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Tanzania Safaris: Lushoto Cycling Tour

For adventure and sports lovers, Tanzania is a great place to indulge in a variety of activities. One of the popular tours is a combination safari and cycling trip, with accommodation at tented camp-sites, night game-drives in private reserves and big national parks, exploring the lesser known regions like Lushoto and Rangwi, visiting parks like Sadaani and ending in Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam. Accommodation may be at lodges or camp-sites. All tours can be customized to the needs and abilities of the travelers and they can add more features like bird-watching, sports or culture tours as desired.

Cycling Tour: A typical cycling tour may last for 10 or more days, starting at Lushoto on the Kenya border, with stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro. An important railway line connects Tanzania and Kenya through the Usambara mountains. Moshi, one of the big towns here, is lesser known than Arusha, and is famous for its cultural and historical associations. Located on the foothills, Moshi is the starting point for many climbing trips and has a huge population of skilled guides, cooks, porters, drivers etc. The Kilimanjaro Marathon starts here. The cycling route through this region is through typical rain-forest area, with dinner and camping at Rangwi.

The route continues through the panoramic landscape of Mwae with a stop at the God's Footprint viewing-point. The route is downhill and very comfortable from here, through tea estates, botanical gardens and butterfly farms at Amani. At Pangani, on the Indian Ocean coast, there's an opportunity for water-sports, snorkeling and diving and watching the rich marine life. This is also a place of historical interest, with remains of the tragic history of slave-trade in the region, trading in gems and spices since Roman times. Remains of Arab, Yemeni, German, Indian and British culture exist here. Visits to cultural settlements and interactions with the local population offer a rich cultural exchange and wonderful photo and souvenir-shopping opportunities. Onto Saadani National Park is uniquely situated on the shores of the turquoise Indian Ocean and has a unique eco-system that combines marine and land wild-life and a variety of sea birds and reptiles. The last stop is in Bagamoyo with its flat terrain and historical associations. The former capital of the German occupation of East Africa, Bagamoyo is very close to Zanzibar and enjoys a marine climate. The Kaole Ruins are one of the most important Islamic archaeological sites here, apart from the gracious colonial mansions, churches and Christian mission buildings in Bagamoyo.

The tour ends at Dar es Salaam, another historical and cultural hub of Tanzania. The facilities offered by most cycling tour operators include support-vehicles right through, all meals, bike and equipment rentals, expert guides and accommodation at camps and park fees at game-parks.

This is an unforgettable tour through the lesser-known areas of Tanzania and it's a trip that's well worth the time and effort involved.

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