Bicycling (South Africa)



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.


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: climbingki­ and bikingkili­

EMAIL: info@bikingkili­

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