schedule describes a 10 day circumnavigation of
Kilimanjaro by mountain
bikes. This trip is
designed as an encounter with the people, the environment and the
wildlife of this famous mountain. The trip will be led by Dr. Phil Giovannini, a
wildlife biologist with many years of experience planning and
leading safari expeditions in East
This trip is
for active people who are comfortable exploring new cultures and
trip is not an extreme physical adventure, and we believe it is
much less strenuous, and also more rewarding, than climbing Mt
participation on the trip does require that you be physically fit,
culturally adaptable and have some current experience riding a
mountain bike off-road.
On this trip, we will cover about 20 miles per day on our
bikes, in order to complete a 100 mile circumnavigation of the
mountain in about 5 days of riding. This is not a particularly
long distance, but because we will be riding on rough unpaved
tracks, our riding time each day will generally be about 3 - 4
hours. Expect to
spend about the same amount of time stopped along the way,
resting, chatting, eating lunch etc., so each day will be a fairly
full day on the road.
For strong riders it is also possible to explore side
routes and more challenging trails along the
On the trip,
we will be supported by a full camp crew and two dedicated support
vehicles with on-board radio communication. Riders will be in regular
radio contact with the support vehicles, one of which will follow
behind. Those that
wish to take an occasional break from riding will have the option
of riding in the support vehicles.
circumnavigation of the mountain will end at Ndarakwai private
game reserve in West
across the border from Kenya’s
Park. The reserve is home to
large populations of wildlife, including elephants, giraffe,
zebra, baboons, monkeys, cape buffalo, ostrich, leopard, impala,
gazelle and eland.
The reserve is also home to almost 400 bird species. It is also likely that we
will see wildlife while riding along the way. The safari will conclude
with a full day’s walking safari in
Park, one of the
often overlooked jewels in
spectacular park system.
that wish to stay on and venture off on further safari adventures,
this trip can easily be combined with an additional wildlife
safari or a Zanzibar Island beach excursion – or
safari is designed for active people of any age who are not
reluctant, when the occasion presents itself, to venture a bit off
the beaten track in order to gain unique experiences. The safari emphasis is on
being close to the land, close to the people and close to the
adventurous people, there are no disadvantages to this approach,
However, you will be challenged if you are not the kind of
person that enjoys experiencing new cultures and people, and
traveling together as part of a group. Our accommodations
while riding will be light-weight tented camps. At the reserve we will
have excellent “classic” tented safari accommodations. Although our safari camps
are quite comfortable, we design and plan our safaris to emphasize
the quality and depth of experience rather than simply to maximize
luxury, as these goals can be conflicting.
safari style is not the Love Boat, but neither is it
more like Gilligan’s Island!”
while on safari will be primarily by well-equipped four wheel
drive safari vehicles, with on-board two-way radio
road conditions, although generally good and constantly improving,
can sometimes be rough, dusty, muddy or even underwater.
nature of this safari will require us to be together as a group
for an extended period, and participants should enjoy being part
of, and contributing to, a group experience. If you are a “people
person” and have an easy going and adventurous spirit, we can
almost guarantee the trip of a lifetime - if not, you should
consider options such as a private safari.
of the nature of this safari, we have to rely on the teamwork of
the whole group in routine matters such as making a certain fixed
schedule. We can also expect that in spite of the best teamwork
and planning that there will be times when things inevitably don’t
go according to plan,
for example, if a safari vehicle gets a flat, or if road or
weather conditions force a delay in schedule. In these situations it is
even more important to work together and keep a relaxed positive
attitude – after all, this is Africa!
you may have gathered this is not a standard tour bus safari. We will show what we truly
believe are the most incredible places we know with the time,
budget and logistics we have available. What we make of it then,
depends on each of us.
Therefore, everyone in the group should know that they are
all active participants in this adventure, and your positive
attitude and ability to adapt are the keys for a great experience
on this safari.