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Cycling Safaris

Mountain Biking

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on 26/01/2017

A low impact Cycling challenge that circumnavigates the entire circumference of Mount Kenya. This challenge offers cycling enthusiasts an unmatched active holiday alternative in Kenya. Our mapped route around Mount Kenya is set up with the rider’s maximum safety in mind and planned to avoid riding through any busy highways or populous town centres while offering great insights into the contrasting flora/fauna and tribes living around Mount Kenya.  Accommodation throughout the mountain bike trek is either in mobile camps (supported) or use of local lodges found along the route. This challenge is suitable for accomplished mountain bikers capable of completing the course and also for amateurs or riders doing it for fun. 

7 days mild cycling challenge – 360˚ Around Mount Kenya.

Mountain Bike on Mount Kenya
Cycling inside Ngare Ndare forest

Day 1: The cycling  challenge covering the entire Mount Kenya foothills circuit commences commences on the western slopes of the mountain near the equator. It starts with a morning road transfer to Naro Moru arriving there in time for lunch. After Lunch is the bike fitting followed by short ride to the Mau Mau Caves within the Mount Kenya Forest (12kms round trip). This Short rides helps to familiarise with the bikes and ensure that you are comfortable with the bike allocated to you. Evening relaxation before dinner & overnight at the lodge (either in tents or Hotel rooms).

Day 2: Ride mostly through indegenous montane forest and plantions over 20kms to KWS Laikipia Headquarters for lunch stop. Then vehicle transfer to Kisima farm then another 15kms through farmland and villages to Ngare Ndare forest -  a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya which supporting a rich variety of bird and animal life. Canopy walk in the late afternoon.Overnight in a comfortable campsite in Ngare Ndare Forest. TOTAL RIDE 35kms.

Day 3: 20kms ride on captivating mountain bike forest trails in Ngare Ndare through village Lewa Down wildlife conservancy savannah rich in wildlife to emerge in a local farming area of Meru with a lunch stop en-route. Road transfer past the busy town of Meru to commence ride past the town. Afternoon ride on Old Meru to Nkubu gravel roads via farms carpeted with maize, beans, banana, coffee and tea bushes to Nkubu River Bank Hotel where we camp tonight. TOTAL RIDE  40KMS

Day 4: Ride for 28kms on village roads through tea growing areas of Machikine to Kinoro town centre where we regroup. Ride for a further 10kms on tarmac Chogoria town.Then road transfer by vehicle to a Embu town hotel. Rest and relax at the poolside. TOTAL RIDE 38KMS

Day 5: Ride past the Embu Hospital into the farmlands with a blend of subsistent crops before we re-emerge to the tea growing regions of Embu and Kerugoya with lunch in between. the last section is tough uphill ride to Castle Forest Lodge where we overnight at the campsite. TOTAL RIDE 35KMS.

Day 6: A tough 21kms stretch of undulating tea growing farmland from Castle Forest Lodge. Lunch en-route then a further 27Kms of less challenging country roads with sections of tarmac. Finally we cycle past Karatina University before easing off to a final 5kms of tarmac to get to Hombe Guest House campsite where we overnight. TOTAL RIDE 48KMS 

Day 7:  An easy 8kms down hill ride on a tarmac road and join the dirt road to Naro Moru town that goes through Munyu town. Re-group at Naro-Moru town for a short transfer to Mountain Rock Bantu Lodge where our celebratory Lunch is served. At lunch we receive certificates for the great achievement. Optional overnight stay at Mountain Rock Lodge or alternatively the transfer back to Nairobi this afternoon. TOTAL RIDE  34KMS.

Charges for an economy bike trek based on a group of 10 riders and above:

FROM US$ 1,660 per person for the trip.

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