Cycle Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar

Embark on a cycling adventure in Tanzania

Explore the heart of East Africa on two wheels with our exciting cycling tour in Tanzania, in partnership with Canadian adventurer Josée Clermont. Our meticulously crafted route takes you through diverse landscapes from the foothills of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar. On the way, you will cycle and hike through the cool rain-forested Usambara Mountains before ultimately dropping down the tropical Indian Ocean coast. Finally, you will experience the rich culture and buzz of Zanzibar Island. With professional guides ensuring safety and providing insights, our tour caters to different levels of cyclists.

About Josée Clermont

Hello, I am Josée, a Canadian adventurer and educator with a passion for discovering the world by bicycle. I cycled more than 50,000 km in 30 countries, on five continents, solo and unsupported! I fell in love with Tanzania when I first came in 2020 to climb Kilimanjaro. I returned to Africa to cycle from South Africa to Uganda, spending two months in Tanzania. I now live in Tanzania for part of the year. I have previous experience planning and guiding trips in South America and Tanzania. I have a Master’s degree in linguistics and speak fluent French, English and Spanish. I now dedicate myself to sharing my passion for discovering the world by bicycle. Join me now and make your dream come true!

Moshi to Zanzibar Island 320 km

DISTANCE DATE
320km Feb 2-15, 2025
COST DIFFICULTY
$3400 US + 300$ Single Supplement 3/5 (80% paved, 20% dirt road)
THE jOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Riding days 7
  • Hiking days 2
  • Sightseeing days 2
  • Travel day 1
  • Foothills of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Lake Chala, caldera, deepest body of water in Africa
  • Coffee plantation
  • Usambara mountains, virgin tropical rainforest, colourful villages
  • Magamba Forest, 9th biggest bio-diversity in the world
  • Zanzibar island

12 Days Northeastern Tanzania Cycle Tour

Explore North-Eastern Tanzania’s stunning vistas by bicycle passing through many villages and towns. Meet local cultures such as the Chagga People, the Maasai, Usambara tribesmen and the People of Zanzibar.

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met and transferred 50 km to the town of Moshi (journey time is approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic). This evening there will be a tour briefing before dinner.

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation: Chanya Lodge

Cycling Moshi to Marangu, Marangu Village is a picturesque settlement located in the Moshi region of Tanzania. Nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Marangu Village is a popular starting point for climbers embarking on their journey to conquer the mountain. The village is renowned for its natural beauty, surrounded by lush green landscapes, fertile farmlands, and dense rainforests. It is home to the Chagga people, who have a rich cultural heritage and a long history of living harmoniously with the mountain.

Distance: 35km

Road: Paved

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation: Chanya Lodge

Immerse yourself in the history Marangu and its people. Marangu, at the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, is a small town with a great amount of history and ancient traditions. Get carried away by the Chagga tribe, unique rainforest landscape and coffee growing insides. This tour has it all: action, tradition and culinary. In the morning we start our tour in Marangu and visit Marangu gate, Waterfalls & Coffee tour. The area around Marangu is home to the local Chagga tribe and you will learn all about their history and traditions on this full-day excursion.

Distance: 13.5 km (From Hotel to Marangu gate and Return)

Road: Paved

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation: Chanya Lodge

Lake Chala is a hidden gem, a perfect place to relax and unwind from the busy city life. The remote caldera lake on the border of Tanzania & Kenya is only 55 km from Moshi and therefore the perfect get away for a day. Pure tranquility and beautiful nature await you at the lake. Explore the area on one of the many possible hikes, kayak across borders or simply enjoy the stunning vistas of an untouched Africa. In the morning, you will ride the bicycle to Lake Chala Safari Camp with a packed lunch box and drinking water. Upon arrival you will see the beautiful private game reserve overlooking the Crater Lake. Our guide will take you down to the lake. Spend the afternoon swimming, exploring, or kayaking (optional). You will experience the natural beauties of the green scenery, landscape and will also have the opportunity to meet local people doing their daily activity. There is a very high possibility of spotting the baboon monkey, velvet monkey, blue monkey, and many different birds, that live in this wonderful savannah land. Overnight in Lake Chala Safari Lodge. There is a bar that serves alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and a restaurant that serves snacks and delicious main meals.

Distance: 28 km (longer distance is optional)

Road: Paved & unpaved

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation: Lake Chala Safari Lodge

After breakfast, you will have an early departure and drive about 250 km south to the ecologically important Usambara Mountains. The van will drive a very steep hill and then will pass through the beautiful village of Mtae. After lunch at the lodge, walk/ cycle along the ridge through picturesque villages to the Mambo View Point eco-lodge at 1900 m. or simply rest and enjoy the magnificent views over the Pare Mountains, the Mkomazi National Park and Kilimanjaro.

Distance: 250km

Road: Paved & unpaved

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation:Magumba View Cottages

You will cycle from the lodge at Usambara Mountains (Lushoto). You will ride through winding roads and picturesque villages. Here you will enjoy lush green mountains, a cooler climate and beautiful views. You can cycle the entire distance or choose to do half and rest up at the Irente View Cliff Lodge to enjoy magnificent views of the Maasai Steppe.

Distance: 54km

Road: Unpaved

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation: Irente View Cliff Lodge

You will hike through the beautiful Magamba Nature Forest located in the Usambara Mountain Range. You will experience the flora and fauna of the reserve and listen to the sounds of birds and animals like the bush pig, blue monkey and black and white Colobus monkey. If you are lucky, you may see a chameleon.

Distance: 34km

Road: Unpaved

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation: Irente View Cliff Lodge

Today you will already be tackling your last bike stage. From the lodge, you will take a gravel road, the old Lushoto Highway, to Mombo. You will have fun riding downhill through small villages and the lush green vegetation. Beside you will meet many locals with simple bicycles. From Mombo, you will reach the tar road all the way to Korogwe.

Distance: 60.5km

Road: Gravel & Paved

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation: Korogwe Executive Lounge

Cycling from Korogwe to Muheza can be a wonderful adventure, allowing you to enjoy the scenic beauty of Tanzania’s countryside and embrace the beautiful landscapes, interact with locals, and immerse yourself in the culture and surroundings.

Distance: 59km

Road: Paved

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation: Korogwe Executive Lounge

Cycling from Muheza to Pangani offers another exciting opportunity to explore Tanzania’s beautiful scenery. Pangani is a coastal town located in the Tanga Region of North – Eastern Tanzania. It sits on the banks of the Pangani River and faces the Indian Ocean. Pangagni is known for its historical significance and natural beauty.

Distance: 51km

Road: Paved & Unpaved

Meal plan: Full Board

Accomodation: Pangani Cliff Lodge

Pangani is an ancient town believed to date from before the 6th century BC and was once a strategic point on the caravan route for exporting slaves and ivory. Now it is mainly a fishing and vacation town. You have all day to explore the town or visit Pangani Falls, a stunning waterfall, which provides electricity to several major towns. Another option is to just relax on the beach for a well-earned rest after yesterday’s long ride.

Accomodation: Pangani Cliff Lodge

An early boat transfer takes us to Nungwi at the north end of Zanzibar Island (also called Unguja). Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Island’ for its cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. The boat trip takes about 2 hours. Nungwi is a vibrant fishing village loved by its many visitors. Our hotel overlooks the sea to the distant island of Tumbatu and its lighthouse. The beautiful white coral and seashell beach is the perfect place to watch an incredible sunset.

Meal plan: Half Board

Accomodation: Aluna Nungwi

Zanzibar Island has lured traders, adventurers and explorers for centuries. We explore it by bike, ending up in Stone Town, the island’s main town. Named for the coral stone of its buildings, Stone Town was once the heart of the slave and spice trades. Its winding alleys, bazaars, mosques and grand Arabian houses have changed little in 200 years. You can spend many hours exploring the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways. Today we ride on single-speed local bikes, and stay in a local hotel.

Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast

Accomodation: Tembo Hotel

It’s time to say goodbye to Zanzibar as our Tanzanian adventure concludes. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before we transfer you to the airport.

Meal plan:Breakfast

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Testimonial

Cyclist Feedback

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Julia, 2023 tour

"I really enjoyed cycling through varied terrain while learning about the local history, culture, environment and language from our fantastic guides. We ended each day at beautiful accommodations with delicious meals. If you’re looking for a cycling trip of a lifetime, I would highly recommend joining!”

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Perry Kulak, 2023 tour

“I loved the bike trip. It was hot and had hills so it was challenging at times. However, at the end of the day we were in lovely resorts with great food, swimming pools and, occasionally, massages for our tired muscles. We had guides at the front and back while we cycled and the support truck kept stopping often to offer us water and snacks. Everyone was very friendly and people living along the route would often wave and say hello as we passed by.”

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