16 Days Tanzania Motorbike Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

Meet and greet from Dahlia Africa Motorbike Tanzania staff from any airport, you will be taken to the lodge for refreshing. Later, you will meet the bikes for personal adjustment and trial. In the evening, you will be taken to Arusha's famous street for a dinner barbecue (vegetarian meals also available). On this evening, Motorbike Tanzania will give a briefing for the days' activities. After dinner, you will be taken around for a drink if you're interested. If not, you will return to the lodge for a restful night.

  • Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel

Day 2: Arusha to Lake Chala

Crocodiles were introduced to Lake Chala in the 1930's. According to legend, they were brought in by E.S. Grogran, a British explorer who became famous for walking from Cape Town to Cairo in 1898. The terrain is totally unsuitable for crocodiles to breed, there being no beaches or sandy areas to make their nests. In the early 1990s, fishermen were angered that their nets were continually being destroyed, and therefore began a program to eradicate them. There are no longer any crocodiles left in Lake Chala and the lake is safe for swimming; however as everywhere in Africa, it pays to be careful.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team.

 Day 3: Lake Chala to Same (Eastern arch mountain trail)

The Elephant Motel is ideally situated along the Moshi - Dar es Salaam road, only half a kilometer from Same Town. The motel offers spectacular views of the South Pare Mountains and because of its location, it is the ideal gateway to Mkomazi National Park, the South Pare Mountains, and Shengena Forest.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team.

Day 4: Same to Lushoto Highlands

The term "Eastern Arc" was introduced in 1985 to describe the forest-capped ancient crystaline mountains of eastern Tanzania and southeast Kenya, which are under the influence of the Indian Ocean climatic regime, and therefore contain predictable local climates (Lovett 1985). Starting in the 1970s, the "Eastern Arc Mountains" were identified as a component of the Afromontane archipelago-like regional center of endemism by White (1983). In the latter half of the 19th century, it is reported that there was a lot of war and terror with neighboring tribes which ended with the German colonization.

The Germans discovered the charm of the Usambaras and they established Lushoto (during those days Wilhelmsthal and it was a favored holiday spot for colonial administrators). Today, you'll still find many traces of the German times. Tanganyika became a British mandate territory after Worl War I. The British administration continued to reserve and exploit forests.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team at Mambo View Point

 Day 5: Full day at Lushoto Highlands (Mambo village)

This full-day stay Mambo View Point will give you an opportunity to rest your muscles. Having a cultural walk tour around the village will give you a unique view on daily life in a small Usambara agricultural village. You can experience the daily problems and challenges that the local community has to cope with and talk with local people. You can also choose an activity / cultural walk.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team at Mambo View Point.

 Day 6: Lushoto Highlands to Maasai Steppe

This is an accommodation which will be arranged by Motorbike Safari Tanzania's team in the bush, all basic needs will be provided and will be a typical African wilderness experience. The meals will be bashed on African food, all drinks will be available at a reasonable price and some will be complimentary to enjoy around the campfire. Campfires, Maasai dancing, and entertainment will be ready as you arrive at the camp.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team.

 Day 7-8: Maasai Steppe to Tarangire (Manyara Ecosystems)

This is a unique opportunity to experience and explore the Tarangire and Manyara ecosystem. Maramboi Tented Camp offers permanent camp facilities and endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in evolution and the origins of mankind and an exploration of the Rift Valley and Africa's big picture. It is a complete semi-desert experience focusing on game drives.

Day 8 will be a full-day stay at the camp and a game drive in Tarangire National Park. You will also have a community project at Mswakini School.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team.

Day 9: Tarangire Manyara Ecosystem to Lake Eyasi

After breakfast, you will be leaving this awesome lodge, riding on the Rift Valley escarpment towards the Hadza community. The Hadza are hunters and gatherers in east and southern Africa.

Accommodation:

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team.

 Day 10: Lake Eyasi to Lake Natron

This trip will take you east along winding dirt trails away from the lush area surrounding the mountain and out into the savannah scenery of the Maasai plains. You will ride towards the wall of the Great Rift Valley at the base of which stands the mighty volcano Ol Donyo Lengai. The Ol Donyo Lengai is an active volcano that last erupted in the 1970s. It is revered by the Maasai as the home of "Ngai", their god. Its almost perfect cone looms over an area of astonishing barren beauty.

At the foot of the mountain, there is an area of rocky desert. Here, you will find the cones of a small extinct volcano and Lake Natron, a huge soda lake that stretches up to the Kenyan border. Flamingoes come here to breed and in the late afternoon sun, the colorful flamingo colonies make a spectacular sight, adding a dash of color against the shimmering water. You will also have a community project visit today in the Engaruka Women Empowerment Project.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team.

 Day 11: Full day at Lake Natron

After a night under the incomparable star-filled African sky, you will wake up refreshed. First enjoy a hearty breakfast, then set off to explore the gorge that houses the campsite. A trail leads over boulders and through narrow chasms. In some places, you will cross the torrent and scramble up rocky walls. In some spots, you will find strange cactuses clinging to the hot rock, in others you will see lush ferns and palms in the damp shady gorge bottom. You will duck under waterfalls and pass bubbling Jacuzzi-like pools and chutes where the brave can ride the natural water slide. Eventually, you will arrive at the head of the valley, a huge natural amphitheater cut into the imposing cliff. Here you will find the source of the waters where many springs gush from the cliff walls and form pools and streams. You can play in the pools, shower in the waterfalls, and enjoy your packed lunch. You will return to camp for an early barbecue and then off to bed early for the next day will be on safari jeep. You will also have a community school project visit today.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team.

Day 12: Lake Natron to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park. Arriving at the lodge in time for dinner, you will find yourself deep in the heart of this famous migration corridor. With its wide-open spaces, bright blue skies, and creature-filled landscape, over the next two days you will discover why the fabled Serengeti typifies the dream of "Old Africa." Large prides of lions laze in the long grasses; plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland, and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team.

 

Day 13: Full day at Serengeti National Park

A full day dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. Your guide will take you to the best spots to observe the wildlife. Elephants, buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, topi, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles and many more can be seen in this large national park. Especially in the Seronera Valley you will be able to experience fantastic game viewing all year round. The Serengeti is home to the largest animal migration on the planet.

 Wildlife Highlights: wildebeest Migration, zebra, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, gazelle, giraffe, spotted hyena, jackal, Aardwolf, Serval, Agama lizard, rock hyrax, secretary bird, ostrich, black eagle & this is the most visited park in Tanzania; famous for massive migration of ungulates; more than 500 bird species.

 

Optional Serengeti Balloon: Enjoy an incredible Safari from The Sky over the Serengeti National Park, boosting enchanting scenery and uninterrupted views as you embark on an extraordinary adventure. Special arrangements are made for you to depart before the break of dawn. This gives you a rare chance to experience the awakening of the surrounding wildlife and a wonderful sunrise. With amazing opportunities for stunning photographic moments, this miraculous glide over the Serengeti ecosystem allows you to absorb the magnitude of the size of the park. Planned take-off is at dawn - 6am. The flight depends mostly on the weather and the wind, thus varies from day to day, but generally it is an hour’s flight. Once you land, our ground team will escort you to your breakfast area where you will commemorate this special event with a hearty breakfast amidst the wild ambiance.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team.

 Day 14: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater

A lovely drive takes you to Ngorongoro Crater, Rise and shine! After breakfast you travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area before you drive down into the crater floor for a full day game drive. The massive collapsed volcano is home to over 25,000 mammals ranging from the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – to spotted hyenas, rare wild dogs and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. After an extensive game drive and a picnic for lunch, you will leave the caldera in the afternoon and return to your accommodation on the crater rim.

 

Wildlife Highlights: All Africa Big-5, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, black rhinoceros, lion, hartebeest, spotted hyena, hippopotamus, buffalo, elephant, mountain reedbuck, leopard, serval, ostrich, kori- bustard, papilio sjoestedti & many.

  • Accommodation: Special Campsite set by our team onm crater rim.

 

Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

You will leave the lodge after brunch as this morning will be relaxing and lazy. Drive to Arusha for at least five hours with a couple of stops. You will visit one of the orphanage centers that Motorbike Safari Tanzania supports for tour donations. This donation comes from some of the proceeds paid for the safari with them.

  • Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel

Day 16: Departure

Departure will depend on your flight time versus airport. If in Nairobi, you will leave very early with a good breakfast at the lodge or with a breakfast box. From other airports, Motorbike Safari Tanzania will link you with the timings. Transfers will be on time to catch your flights.

What's included

  • Personal meet and greet services
  • Bike, fuel, and guide (Honda XLR 250cc Baja & 400 XR MOTARD)
  • Basic spares, tools, and first-aid kit
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide and full-time mechanic
  • Support vehicle and safari Jeep (pop up roof)
  • Private transfers
  • 15 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Soft drinks and bottled water during the day
  • Third-party motorbike insurance in case of accidents or property damage
  • All park fees, entry fees, and government taxes

What's not included

  • Driver / guide gratuities
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Medical expenses in case of evacuation
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • International flights
  • Drinks / laundry (unless specified)
  • Riding gear
  • Motorbike damage insurance (150 USD to cover up to 300 USD worth of damage)
  • Expenses in case of emergency evacuation service.

 

 

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