Biking vacation in Kenya & Tanzania

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Responsible tourism: Biking vacation in Kenya & Tanzania

Environment

During this trip we visit a very small Maasai Pre-School under the shade of an acacia tree in Kenya. Our main goal of the visit is a mutual social exchange where children and bikers open their minds and learn more about the other’s way of life. Our bikers can also support the school by donating basic stationery if they like.

We camp with two different local families. As well as the fantastic social and cultural exchange experienced by visitors and locals alike, our visit also brings a regular income to the two communities (by paying for camping and other services).

In Tanzania we have a relationship with a Primary School in the Usambara Mountains. Again there is always a fantastic social and cultural exchange experienced by both the school pupils and our bikers. Over the past years money donated by our bikers has been used to employ local carpenters to build much needed school desks and more recently we have assisted with materials for the schools' new toilet block.

As a company we are committed to running our tours in a responsible manner as highlighted below:
- Small group size – Our groups really are small! With a maximum of 12 in any one group we minimize our impact on the small communities that we visit.
- Support local economies – buy locally made products, use local accommodations, restaurants, markets and support small businesses. (Buying locally made products also decreases the environmental cost of importing). We also employ local drivers and guides in the countries we visit.
- Encourage positive interaction and social exchange – again by supporting locally run businesses (and by traveling by bike!) we develop relationships with local communities and families on our trips where our clients from all over the world can meet and engage one to one with local folk; Also by learning the local languages.
- Educate our bikers – about the effects of buying products that come from endangered species, or products that are destructive to wildlife or the environment. We also like to think about – “What are the short and long term effects of aid/charity on local communities?”, “Who benefits?”
- Waste/rubbish management – when we travel we should treat our surrounding as we would treat our home (or better!). We do our best to avoid ‘single use packaging’ only using reusable or recyclable packaging. We recycle what can be, and manage any rubbish in the best possible way e.g. in Africa – all of our organic waste is feed to local domestic pigs and goats, and we always leave our campsites as we find them (or better!).
- Environmentally conscious office – To avoid paper waste we aim to use as much computer technology as possible in our office. We only produce a minimum of hard copy advertising/brochures/flyers etc… and we consider the source of materials used.

Community

Social integration with the local people is a central part of our trips. Simply traveling by bike is a great start – a great way for our bikers and local people to meet and start a conversation.

We buy locally grown and produced food as much as possible; we support local businesses by staying in locally owned guesthouses, eating in local restaurants and taking our bikers to local operations and parks.

Reviews of Biking vacation in Kenya & Tanzania

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Biking itself and meeting the locals on the way was fascinating enough, but camping on Masai grounds and talk to the villagers was a bonus on top. I definitely enjoyed the variety of biking tracks and terrains and the game drives were fantastic.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Well, be in good condition, have a bit of biking practise beforehand and go for some uphills. Otherwise you will struggle a bit... Bring a camera with a decent zoom. If you want luxury this is not for you!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The thought, brought up by our tour leaders, that sponsoring/supporting one institution (e.g. a school) would certainly affect a non-sponsored institution nearby is an intriguing one and made me feel that the amount of impact and benefit was well chosen for this tour.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I would go again without hesitation. A perfectly organized tour with enough space for individual changes. Well done!

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The most memorable part of our vacation was the time spent in a very remote area of Tanzania with the Masai. We were privileged to visit their homes and witness their day to day living. An amazing experience!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go for it! I would thoroughly recommend this trip, but be aware that the African sun is an added challenge on the bike.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


This tour operator is a very environmentally aware company. They use local produce and employ local people at every opportunity and offer sound advice for ways to help the poorer communities in the long term.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A fantastic adventure with great variety of landscape and cycling terrain. Cycling is the ultimate way to visit remote parts of the amazing African continent.

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The exhaustion and triumph after achieving a difficult day’s riding. Tom ( my son) dancing with the Masai warriors. The dust that got everywhere. The strange and wonderful bathroom and toilet arrangements. Seeing the blue Indian Ocean at the end of the trip and diving into it in our cycling clothes. The friendship within our group aged from 24 to 73 and from England, New Zealand, USA, Finland and South Africa. Being warned when we camped in Ambos Eli national park that we might find a pile of elephant dung by the side of the tent in the morning, as a local elephant had taken to walking over/through the electric fence. The look on the face of one of the Masai men when I explained that I was a vegetarian. Having to get off the bike because a giraffe was crossing the road ahead. Seeing a cheetah cub with a face covered in blood from the kill it was eating – this from the safety of a vehicle. Eating a chocolate cake made in a camp fire. Experiencing earthquake tremors while lying in a tent! Looking at my face in a mirror after three days without one.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


This is a great vacation but I'd advise you to get some off-road experience before tackling it. Many of the dirt roads we were on were in a poor state of repair, because they were off the beaten track (no pun intended!).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, I do. Our leaders were really aware of implications of what we did and found great ways of telling us what was and wasn't OK. Most of the food we used was fresh or using local brands. All litter was cleared and often they cleared litter from previous campers too! Visiting two very different schools and talking to people was great too.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant! I have done supported tours in USA, Cuba, Brazil and Europe and this is the gold standard in terms of support, food, attention to detail, professionalism, friendliness etc. etc. I cannot recommend this company too highly. Go have fun!

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Lots of most memorables.....but the ones that really stick in my mind are:

1. First spotting of a zebra in the wild and not in a Wildlife Park
2. Sitting around the campfire (which we rarely had as John believed and which I entirely agree because of the extensive deforestation in Africa for wood that is used by the locals etc for fuel) and then walking out to the tent, looking up and seeing black, black sky with a zillion starts and hearing animal noises in the background.
3. Standing naked, jumping / dancing while trying to catch the shower water from the water bag hung on one side of the bus on a very windy afternoon with the tents on the other side and nothing but the African scrub and horizon on the shower side.
4. At the same location, sitting 150 feet up on the rock outcrop having a supper picnic watching the sun set sipping wine made from the monastery in Tanzania.
5. At the same location, sitting around with the Masai guards on night asking questions about the culture and just discussing life.
6. Riding "no hands" across the dry lake (approx. 16 km) of Lake Amboseli
7. The colours of the women's robes and headscarves in the hills of Tanzania; at the marketplace there was every imaginable colour!
8. A special Christmas lunch packed by Mandy after having spent the morning touring around Ngorogoro Crater seeing lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, hyenas, birds, etc.
9. Finally (but sadly as the trip was finishing) riding to the first sighting and swim in the Indian Ocean.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Nothing that comes directly to mind.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Any other comments?


Fabulous. I had an amazing trip and thanks very much to John, Mandy and Nash the trip organisers/owners. Also thank you, I like your website, and the "personal touch" of wanting to know how things went through the booking to the weeks after of the trip.

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