Bicycling (South Africa)
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COST: As a general rule, Kili mountain-bike trips are more expensive than hiking trips, as Kilimanjaro National Park charges an additional bike permit fee for every bike on the mountain.
HEALTH ISSUES: Every biker is allocated one porter – to assist with the bike, should they develop health issues, and in case of any possible emergency during the summit attempt.
HOW MUCH OF THE ROUTE CAN I CYCLE?
It depends on your fitness levels, experience and capability, and on the weather conditions. These are rough estimates of what is rideable: Kilema gate to Horombo hut – 100% Horombo hut to Kibo hut – 70% Kibo hut to Uhuru peak – 0% Uhuru peak to Kibo hut – 15%
Kibo hut to Horombo hut – 100%
(last section very technical) Horombo hut to Kilema gate – 100% BIKE RENTAL IN TANZANIA: It is possible to rent bikes, but bringing your own is recommended; rental bikes are basic, and not well maintained. A bike with a good ‘donkey’ gear is a must.
WHEN TO GO: The best time is from mid-June to mid-October. Worst months are April, May and November, because of the rains. From December to March, weather conditions tend to be a bit unpredictable.
HOW TO GET THERE: Kenya Airways offer daily flights from Johannesburg to Kilimanjaro, via Nairobi. Passengers may take mountain bikes free of charge if packed in a carton and not exceeding 23kg.
VISIT: climbingkilimanjaro.com and bikingkilimanjaro.com.