How are the conditions on the mountainbike during the tour and what should you bring?
Weather, road and health conditions
Climate change has its impact on Africa. In former days the rain periods were fairly predictable: a short rain in November and a longer rain period from mid-February till May. Nowadays rainfall is unpredictable. It may start earlier or later. The rains can be heavier or lighter. During the tour you may be exposed to heat of 38 – 40 degrees in the plains to as low as 10 degrees at the highest point in the tour (2100 m). Most of the time it is dry, but you may be exposed to a heavy tropical shower lasting more than one hour.
Road conditions vary from well-maintained tarmac roads to very bumpy and slippery clay or gravel roads and tracks. At some tracks you encounter ascents and descents of more than 20%.
So it is obvious you need to be in good health and be well prepared to bike under challenging circumstances of both heat and cold and long tracks (6-10 hours). We do not have any age limits, but we discourage persons below 18 and above 70.
It is recommended to ask professional travel health advice prior to booking a tour. The physician should give you proper advice a.o. about needed vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis as well check your fitness for the tour. Biking and your stay is at your own risk. You will need to (agree to and) sign a waiver of liability together with your booking.
Bicycles for hire – refurbished MTB’s – are available at Arusha Bicycle Centre. Quality is fair to good. We need the size of your MTB at home to prepare a bike suited for you.
You can also bring your own bike. Air France KLM has special cardboard boxes for sale for bikes. The transport of your bike (special luggage) might be for free within your luggage allowance for Africa. You should however reserve the transport as early as possible and no later than 48 hours before departure.
Other items to bring
- Biking clothes, including raincoat (in case of)
- In case of bike hire: maybe click pedals and/or your own seat
- Camelback or water bidons
- High energy snacks
- Warm clothes, long trousers, socks, shirts with long sleeves for the possible cold evenings and as a protection against mosquitos
- Swim wear and microfiber towel
- Power pack for recharging your mobile
- Mosquito repellent (DEET)
- Insurance including repatriation coverage
- Tanzania has put a ban on plastic bags : “The Government of Tanzania wishes to make an official note to travellers planning to travel to Tanzania that from 1st June 2019 all plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in mainland Tanzania.”
- If you bring the above, you should be well prepared for the conditions on the mountainbike!
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- Tel : +316 820 094 54 (European Agent)