TANZANIA - THE GREAT AFRICAN ESCAPE
TANZANIA - THE GREAT AFRICAN ESCAPE

Tanzania Motorcycle Tour

26 Feb - 7 Mar 2024

Overview

Make your childhood dream come true and ride a motorcycle in the endless freedom of the African wilderness. On our expedition, we'll ride around Mount Kilimanjaro, meet wildlife in Arusha National Park, and finally wash off the dust of the road in Zanzibar in the thousand shades of turquoise of the Indian Ocean.

DURATION

11 days / 10 nights*

DIFFICULTY

3/5

MEETING POINT

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

LOCATION

Tanzania (Around Kilimanjaro and in Zanzibar)

ACCOMMODATION

3 nights in a Bauhaus-style villa in Arusha, 3 nights in African lodges, 2 nights in an authentic hotel in Stone Town, and 2 nights in oceanfront resorts in Zanzibar

PRICE

€ 3 990

*The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to flying home from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ).

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Description

Riding through the savannah among antelopes and zebras on Royal Enfield Himalayan motorbikes around Africa’s highest mountain range, Kilimanjaro, on the most spectacular off-road terrain. Wandering along the dusty roads of this never-ending landscape, we cross hidden oases, lakes, and waterfalls. By afternoon, we arrive at the most authentic African-style lodges in the Kilimanjaro area and experience the unique hospitality of the locals.

We visit Arusha National Park, where a game drive safari allows us to admire East African wildlife up close and enjoy the company of wildebeests, rhinos, giraffes, and elephants and also look around at Lake Natron, a favorite gathering spot for flamingos, pelicans, and marabous.

 

After our mainland adventure, we take a flight to Zanzibar, where we explore Stone Town, a unique blend of Arab, Persian, Indian, and European cultures. The next day, we hop back in the saddle to explore the island and its surrounding turquoise ocean by motorbike in a vintage, laid-back mood.

On the final evening, we’ll relax on board a catamaran, cold drinks in hand, and watch the ocean sunset as we recall the most memorable moments of the tour.

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Details

THE GREAT AFRICAN ESCAPE
26 Feb - 7 Mar 2024

The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to flying home from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ). The way there and back might take an extra day, depending on where you are travelling from.

with
€ 3 990
motorbike
pillion or
€ 3 690
back-up van

Included in the price

  • Accommodation for 10 nights (3 nights in a Bauhaus-style villa in Arusha, 3 nights in African lodges, 2 nights in an authentic hotel in Stone Town, and 2 nights in oceanfront resorts in Zanzibar)
  • 4 days of Royal Enfield Himalayan motorbike rental (around Kilimanjaro)
  • 3 days of Royal Enfield Himalayan motorbike rental (Zanzibar)
  • 3 meals per day before the motorcycle tour (2 days), breakfast and dinner during the Kilimanjaro motorcycle tour, and on the last day (5 days in total), breakfast on the remaining days in Zanzibar (4 days)
  • Experienced local motorcycle guide
  • Service background (mechanics and spare parts, tools)
  • Escort vehicle for luggage and non-riders
  • Airport and local transfers
  • All-inclusive catamaran trip on Zanzibar
  • 1-day all-inclusive safari in Arusha National Park
  • GoBeyond tour guide
  • Domestic flights from Kilimanjaro Airport to Zanzibar

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Upon request, flight booking and visa application can be arranged through our office, with a handling fee of € 50
  • Private single rooms in each accommodation throughout the trip: € 750

Further expenses

  • International flights to Tanzania, Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and back from Zanzibar, Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
  • Visa (~$ 50)
  • Refundable deposit for motorbike: $ 500
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Individual expenses
  • Motorcycle insurance valid in Tanzania
  • Fuel for the tour route (depends on riding style, but definitely less than € 100)

Accommodation

On the mainland 3 nights in a Bauhaus-style villa in Arusha, 3 nights in African lodges, 2 nights in an authentic hotel in Stone Town, and 2 nights in oceanfront resorts in Zanzibar.

Motorcycle package

We will also explore the landscapes around Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar on Royal Enfield Himalayan motorbikes, with a total of 7 days of motorbike rental included in the package. Motorcycle tour guides with extensive local knowledge, mechanics, and a support vehicle are also included in the price, as well as daily engine maintenance. Fuel is covered by each rider, which will certainly cost less than €100 per bike. In total, we will ride about 1100 kilometers.

Motorcycle riding ability

Advanced motorcycle skills: can ride for six to eight hours, comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions. No experience is required for pillions or for those who travel in a backup car.

Weather

Daytime temperatures usually reach 32°C with high humidity, falling to 23°C at night.

Activities & sights

Admire the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro from some of East Africa’s best off-road riding terrain and experience Tanzania’s unique lifestyle, culture, and gastronomy. We’ll explore hidden places and witness untouched natural beauty and wildlife (wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, antelope, and many more animals on safari). Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the spice island of Zanzibar on motorbikes, snorkeling, or a catamaran tour.

Travel insurance

You will need insurance that covers motorcycle riding and is valid in Tanzania and Zanzibar. You can contact us and we are happy to recommend the most suitable one.

Meals

The package includes 3 meals per day on the day of arrival and on the safari tour, and breakfast and dinner on the mainland motorcycle tour (on these days, lunches are arranged en route, individually). On the days in Zanzibar, breakfast is included in the package; the rest of the meals are arranged individually, except for the last evening all-inclusive catamaran trip.

Road conditions

We’ll ride on dusty dirt roads, gravels, rocky, sandy and forestry trails, up and down hills. We will only ride a bit on public roads, but there you can expect the worst traffic norms to prevail.

Motorcycle gear

Every rider must bring his own motorcycle protective gear and helmet. We do not recommend wearing leather motorbike suits as we do not go fast on the bikes and we will have mostly warm weather. We strongly recommend bringing good protective top gear, a durable high top riding boot and a helmet. Don’t forget about your rain clothes, as we will have some rain showers. GoBeyond’s official motorbike gear partner is FUEL, gear up for Tanzania on their site with the special discount code for our guests.

Group

There is a maximum of 14 mixed-nationality riders per support team (van, mechanic, and guides). There is a maximum of two teams per camp.

Photo & Video

All the photos and videos you see are from the actual sights, taken either by our providers or group leaders from our previous trips. We produce high-quality content of all our camps, which you will receive after returning home to remember all the amazing memories.

Personal expenses

The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). We recommend bringing USD in cash and to exchange at the airport. Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 300-600 USD. For reference, a meal is between 5-10 USD.

Program

Day 1 - ARRIVAL

Arrival in Arusha, Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), from where a transfer will take you to our Bauhaus-style villa. Acclimatisation, followed by a pleasant African dinner.

Day 2 - Safari

With a full-day safari experience, we continue to get used to the climate and speed of life in Africa. Arusha National Park includes a range of landscapes, including lakes, savannahs, mountain forests, rivers, waterfalls, and the Meru Mountains, a dormant volcano that rises 4,562 meters above the park's floor and serves as the park's crowning feature.

Day 3 - Pick up the bikes and start the tour

A quick practice day to become comfortable with the bikes. After leaving Arusha, we travel on the south side of Kilimanjaro while enjoying views of the mountain via freshly paved and gravel roads. After stopping at a secret oasis for a swim and lunch, we hike up to our lodging on the mountainside, where we can end the day with views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 4 - Kilimanjaro National Park

The beauty of the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks will be with us as we travel. We will have the opportunity to converse with the local Chagga inhabitants, who serve as Kilimanjaro's defenders and keepers. When we get at the Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance, we'll have the opportunity to take a shower beside a 75-meter-tall waterfall. By the foot of Africa's tallest peak, the route will be nicely winding and curvy.

DAY 5 - MOUNT OF GOD

A typical dusty African road takes us to the town of Longido, accompanied by grazing wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, and antelopes. We take a look at Ol Doinyo Lengai, or the Mountain of God, before arriving at Lake Natron, the mating ground of the flamingos.

Day 6 - Back to Arusha

Zebras, antelopes, and herds of wildebeest accompany us as we go back to Arusha across steep terrain. We said goodbye to the savannah that evening as we relaxed in our Bauhaus villa.

DAY 7 - TOWARDS ZANZIBAR

After breakfast, we take a flight to Zanzibar. On the first day on the island of Spices, we explore Stone Town, an outstanding historical and artistic center in East Africa, where we will discover a yet unknown facet of Tanzania.

Day 8-9 - Vintage motorbike tour of the island

We again take to the saddle of Royal Enfields to explore the island at our own pace with complete freedom. If we feel like it, we can enjoy the white sandy beaches in the shade of palm trees, snorkel in the turquoise waters, or just get a massage and eat well. These two days are really all about easy cruising.

Day 10 - Catamaran ride

We roll back to Stone Town, where we say goodbye to Enfields and head to the harbor to enjoy the rest of the day and the sunset from the deck of a catamaran. In the evening, we return to Stone Town for our last night.

Day 11 - Flying home

Transfer to Zanzibar airport, return home.

*The program is subject to change at any times. The final itinerary depends on current weather conditions and the endurance of the group.

Application

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ENQUIRY
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AVAILABILITY CONFIRMATION
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BOOKING
Secure your spot with a deposit & travel contract

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PLANE TICKETS & VISA ARRANGEMENT IF NEEDED
Typically 1-2 months before departure

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SECOND INSTALMENT
30 days before departure

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    Q&A

    Not at all. The accommodations usually have 2-3 people in each room, so you'll probably get a cool roommate, but if you want to sleep alone, let us know when you apply, and we'll work something out for you.

    To enter Tanzania from most countries, you need a visa, which costs $50 and is very easy to apply for online. Flying from the mainland to Zanzibar is considered domestic travel, so no visa is required. Be sure to check your embassy's website.

    We are motorcycling in Tanzania and on the Indian Ocean coast on the island of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous territory of Tanzania.

    You need to have a motorcycle driving license valid for a 500 cc motorbike (at least).

    You can sit into the back-up van and enjoy totally the same trip while saving 200 EUR. Also you will have the chance to sit and ride on the bike behind our guides or if you come together with a rider you can also sit on the back of the bike for most part of the trip.

    Every rider must bring his own motorcycle protective gear and helmet. We do not recommend wearing leather motorbike suits as we do not go fast on the bikes and we will have mostly warm weather. We strongly recommend bringing good protective top gear, a durable high top riding boot and a helmet. Don't forget about your rain clothes, as we will have some rain showers.

    The guides provide helmets if necessary, but obviously these ones are used and not from the highest quality. We recommend you bring your own one! It is your decision what kind of a helmet you prefer, but you need to be prepared for defending yourself against very strong sunshine rain, mud and a lot of dust.

    We will ride mostly on dirt roads. There will be parts with straight, smooth concrete roads, but this is not typical, we'll mostly ride off-road. You need to be prepared for bumps, river crossings, mud, sand, grass, gravel, lots of curves and anything you can imagine.

    It is not safe to drink tap water in Tanzania. In fact, it is advisable to use tap water only for showering or washing your hands. To avoid health problems, use only bottled or filtered water for drinking and brushing your teeth. If you follow the usual health and hygiene rules the chance of getting sick is minimal. However, if anyone feels unwell, he/she can sit in the back-up car. From this point, one of the guides will ride his/her bike for a while.

    Yes, thanks to local guides, we will know when and where to refuel. Fuel is not included in the price of the trip, and although it depends on your driving style, the route of the tour will certainly not require more than €100 in total. We will be driving approximately 1100 km, and the Royal Enfields will consume on average 4 liters per 100 km.

    The staff contains the following people: a professional English-speaking guide grown up in Tanzania (he can ride anybody's bike if anything goes wrong, and he takes care of any upcoming issues); an amazingly kind mechanic; and at least one group leader from the GoBeyond team who is experienced in motorcycle guiding and the local culture and sights.

    You need to pack into at least 2 bags. The big bag travels in or on the back-up van so don't bring your expensive suitcases (you can pack them in and out everyday in the accommodation), and a backpack with extra layers, water, camera and any personal items will be carried by you.

    We cannot give official advice on vaccinations because each passenger's individual medical history, physical condition, etc. determines what vaccinations they do or do not need. We used to consult with the local vaccination center. There is no compulsory vaccination for people coming from Europe, but for those coming from African countries, yellow fever vaccination might be compulsory.

    Depending on your spending habits, your budget for the trip should range from 500 to 700 USD. For reference, a meal is between 10 and 15 USD.

    The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). We recommend bringing USD in cash and to exchange at the airport. ATMs and credit card payments are not typical, so we suggest bringing cash (USD) and changing at the beginning of the trip.

    You'll need to have one that is valid for motorcycling, valid in Tanzania. If you need help, please get in touch with us!

    In Arusha, we spend three nights in a unique Bauhaus-style villa. During the motorbike tour around Kilimanjaro, we will stay three nights in African lodges. In Zanzibar, we will spend 2 nights in Stone Town in an authentic hotel, and for 2 nights we will stay in oceanfront resorts.

    You shouldn't worry, the back-up van with the mechanic is always the last one on the road, just park your bike on the side of the road, wait for him and enjoy the stunning scenery while he repairs your bike. Usually he can fix anything within 15 mins. The head of the group will wait for you at the next resting stop.

    Sometimes. :) At least in the hotels in Arusha and Zanzibar, you’ll have proper connection.

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