London - Dar es Salaam
Overnight flight from London to Dar es Salaam via Dubai.
Dar es Salem - Bagamoyo
Welcome to Tanzania! Arrive in Dar es Saleem and transfer to our hotel in Bagamoyo (1 hour approx.). An ancient town and one-time slave port, Bagamoyo combines natural beauty with cultural heritage. This afternoon we acclimatise, do bike fitting, meet the local team and hear more about the adventure ahead. Overnight in Bagamoyo.
Bagamoyo - Kipepeo 65km approx.
Saddle up for an exciting first day of cycling along the sparkling Indian Ocean coastline. We ride from Bagamoyo towards Dar es Salaam (56km) for our first real taste of the sights and sounds of Tanzania. The terrain is mainly flat and all on road. After a well-earned lunch we take a ferry to cross the busy city. Once off the ferry it’s a further 9km cycling to our hotel in Kipepeo village on the shores of the Indian Ocean
Kipepeo - Kasa Beach 79km approx.
We set off bound for Kasa Beach along beautiful palm-lined roads dotted with thatched huts and tropical fruit trees. What better way to discover Tanzania than by bicycle, well off the usual tourist trail? The cycling today is a mixture of hilly and flat terrain. The first 25km is on road and the rest is exciting off –road trails. Today we will hopefully witness some of the fascinating wildlife that Tanzania has to offer. We have dinner and overnight at Kasa Beach, a tropical paradise surrounded by palm and cashew trees. It is an area rich in bird and marine life with a lagoon and beach close by.
Kasa Beach - Stone Town, Zanzibar 48km approx.
An action-packed day as we leave Kasa Beach and ride on a mixture of dirt and tarmac roads to the ferry that will take us to the Spice Island of Zanzibar. We arrive in Zanzibar City; whose historic centre Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon there is time to explore its labyrinth of alleyway and bustling bazaars. Dinner and overnight in Stone Town.
Stone Town - Uroa 103km approx.
It’s the longest day of the challenge and the one where your training will really come into play. We set off through the lively streets of the old town but are soon in to the tranquil Zanzibar countryside. It’s a beautiful ride across the island past lush vegetation, tropical forests, rice paddies and of course the many spices which make this island famous. The terrain is undulating with some short sections on dirt roads. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, bush pigs, antelopes, civets – and the elusive Zanzibar leopard! Our destination is the vibrant fishing village of Uroa on the east coast of Zanzibar. Its powdery white beach is fringed with coconut palms. It’s the perfect place to rest our weary limbs after a hard day in the saddle.
Uroa – Nungwi 54km approx.
A spectacular day of cycling, much of it along the stunning Indian Ocean coastline. We ride through several traditional villages for a fascinating insight into local life. The roads are lined with sugar cane, rice paddies and we pass the Kiwengwa Pongwe Forest Reserve en-route. The reserve is prolific in bird life, exotic plants and wildlife including red colobus and blue monkeys, sykes, antelopes and several species of snakes This afternoon we reach the finishing line in Nungwi at the northern tip of Zanzibar - a fantastic finale to a memorable ride. Nungwi is renowned for its amazing sunsets and the beach is one of the most beautiful on the island. This evening we celebrate our achievement at the Amaan Bungalows, a laid-back beach hotel.
Free day to relax on the beach or round the pool at the Amaan Bungalows. Nungwi is home to abundant sea life which makes it a fantastic location for scuba diving, snorkelling and deep sea fishing. Overnight for a second night in Nungwi.
Transfer to Dar es Salaam Airport for our flight back to the UK going via Dubai arriving the next day.