Cycling tours have grown in popularity over recent years, and it is hardly surprising. This outdoor eco-friendly holiday experience appeals to those with a taste for adventure, and the wildlife-rich country of Tanzania is a must-see for cycling enthusiasts with its breathtaking sights, from towering mountains to stunning national parks.
It is an area that is home to big game, tropical islands, sprawling plains and coral reefs, with a spectacular diversity that will enthral new visitors. If you are planning a cycling tour through Tanzania here are some of the breathtaking sights that you must not miss.
This popular wildlife spot is formed from a huge volcanic crater with a plentiful water supply, attracting elephants, hippo and buffalo as well as a large population of wildebeest and gazelle. Almost all of Tanzania’s wildlife and big game species can be found here, including lions and black rhinos. One of the most popular attractions for tourists is the vast flock of flamingos that can be seen in their thousands on Lake Magadi.
2. Beaches of Zanzibar
Just off Tanzania’s mainland is the Zanzibar archipelago of islands. The main island of Unjuga is a popular tourist destination and has some of the most dazzling white sand beaches and azure blue waters in the world. Cycling tours can be found that will take you from the islands most northern tip to the stunning scenery and breathtaking beaches of Zanzibar.
Offering unspoilt views of the wilderness and a vast assortment of wild animals, National Parks, conservation areas, and game reserves are plentiful in this east African county. For your Tanzanian cycling tour, you should take the opportunity to visit one of these spectacular natural habitats.
- Gombe Stream National Park
One of the smallest parks in Tanzania recognised for its population of Chimpanzees and the work of Jane Goodhall, English anthropologist. Guided walks allow tourists to see various primates and mammals, along with over 200 different species of birds
- Katavi National Park
An expansive flood plain that is home to lions, impala, zebras and giraffes. The Katuma River and several area lakes provide the ideal habitat for hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and birds.
- Arusha National Park
Containing the Momella Lakes, a chain of 7 crater lakes, Arusha park is populated with buffalo, zebra, and warthog, as well as a large number of black and white monkeys. It is also the location of Mount Meru, the 2nd highest mountain in Tanzania
- Serengeti National Park
Most famous for the huge annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, the Serengeti is a gigantic treeless plain in northern Tanzania. It holds a rich assortment of wildlife, big game, and mammals. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and many other animals can be seen here.
- Ruaha National Park
One of the largest populations of elephants can be found at this remote and unspoilt corner of Tanzania. Composed of stunning gorges and imposing trees it is an area that is much photographed by nature-lovers.
- Tarangire National Park
A large population of migratory wildlife makes this park an amazing viewing location. Elephants, hundreds of different bird species, and gazelle, impala, buffalo, and wildebeest can be seen in large numbers as they congregate at the park’s lagoons.
- Lake Manyara National Park
Forested woodlands and swamps provide a home for elephants, hippos, and lions. A popular location for most cycling tours, where visitors come to see the breathtaking wildlife up close.
4. Olduvai Gorge
This archaeological and conservation site is one of high significance. This is due to the discovery of some of the earliest recorded human bones that point to human life originating from Africa. Many artefacts have been uncovered including remains of extinct species. Tourists may visit the dig sites, sometimes being lucky enough to find one that is currently active. The gorge features a museum with exhibits of area findings and a guided tour. Providing insights to the Olduvai Gorge and its prehistoric inhabitants.
5. Mount Kilimanjaro
No cycling tour to Tanzania would be complete without a visit to the breathtaking and awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro. One of the most recognizable images of Africa, its towering peaks reach heights of 5895m and is the highest single free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain slopes cover a range of vegetation from the foothill farms to rainforests and even alpine terrain. Experienced riders cycle up the slopes of Kilimanjaro to conquer the summit, but it is not for the faint of heart, it is an extremely demanding and endurance testing ride.
Embarking on a cycling tour of Tanzania will allow you to see some of the most diverse and breathtaking scenery and vivid wildlife on the planet. Locations and trips should be planned well in advance to enjoy the spectacular landscape and geographic features of this abundant and nature-rich country.