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Project Description

Cycle Kili2Coast 2018
Hospices Kili2coast trek4life

Raising funds for hospices throughout the UK

Cycle 430km from the foot of the majestic Kilimanjaro to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. This breathtaking cycle challenge is aimed at raising funds for hospices throughout the UK. Collectively, hospices in the UK need to raise £1.9 million every day to fund the care they provide for those with terminal or life-limiting illness. This Hospice challenge brings supporters together to help fund this vital care and support for their loved ones.

Cycle Kili2Coast - unite children's charities
Cycle Kili2Coast 2018
Hospices Kili2coast trek4life
Cycle Kili2Coast - unite children's charities
Cycle Kili2Coast, Tanzania
14 – 24 Sep 2019


Cycle Kili2Coast, Tanzania
14 – 24 Sep 2019

Cycling – an undiscovered paradise in Tanzania. From the foothills of Kilimanjaro to the plains below and beyond through the Usambara and Pare mountains, down to Pangani and the Indian Ocean.

This is a rare opportunity to experience the real Tanzania as this children’s charity cycle ride follows countless miles of village trails across varied terrain. From the coffee plantations in the shadow of the majestic Kilimanjaro, your charity ride will take you through sisal, fruit and banana plantations as you head out into the bush towards Lake Jipe which borders Kenya. Skirting both Tsavo West National Park and Mkomazi National Park the ride takes you through some of the most breathtaking scenery as you circumnavigate the North and South Pare Mountains as well as the spectacular Usumbara Mountains in the West.

Your final destination, Pangani, perfectly sums up the Swahili spirit of the Tanzanian coast, offering the ideal compromise between the Indian Ocean coast, the Swahili village and a genuinely peaceful environment not influenced by mass tourism. An ancient town believed to date from before the 6th Century BC, it was once a strategic point on the caravan route for exporting slaves and ivory. Now it’s mainly a fishing town where you will enjoy clean beaches where endangered Green Turtles breed, historic sites and coral reefs.

Each day you will cover a varied distance with some long days to cover the required ground, and some shorter days giving you a chance to rest and enjoy your surroundings. You also have the reassurance that your accompanying mechanic is always on hand to deal with any maintenance issues and even a change of bike if required. Your guide will be a constant presence and the support vehicle will always be in close contact. Due to the remote route of this challenge, a Tanzanian doctor will accompany the group in the support vehicle.

During this charity cycle ride we camp in local villages and where possible, primary school playing fields. These remote areas see very few tourists and so a huge bonus of this charity cycle is that the fees go directly to the local communities and primary schools. You will receive a very warm welcome from everyone, but especially the local children who love joining a group selfie and will no doubt persuade you to join them in the odd game of football!

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Fundraising and Itinerary

Self Fund

Trip Cost £2400

Deposit – £399 on booking
Interim payment – £700
7-8 months prior to departure

Final balance of £1300 60 days prior to departure

Fundraise as much as you can; there is no time limit

Flexi Fund

Trip Cost £2400

Deposit – £399 on booking
Interim self payment – £700
7-8 months prior to departure

Fundraise £2600 in sponsorship

Fundraising to be completed 10 weeks prior to departure

Minimum Spronsorship

Trip Cost £2400

Deposit – £399 on booking
Fundraise £4000 in sponsorship
(Min of £2000 goes to the charity)

Interim payment paid by the charity*

Fundraising to be completed 10 weeks prior to departure

* The interim payment is made by the charity and is reliant on the fundraiser having sufficient funds in their fundraising account. The target dates for this (and the amounts required) will be shown on the Pledge form.

Fundraising Options Explained

Under this option, you pay the entire cost of your trip yourself, directly to us.
You then raise as much sponsorship as you can for your chosen charity. There is no pressure of a time or financial target.
The balance payment for your trip is due 60 days prior to your departure.

You pay us the deposit PLUS a 2nd personal contribution (some months later), which reduces the fundraising target.
You then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.
You will be asked to complete a Pledge Form with the charity. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.
Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

You pay your deposit and then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.

The completion of a Pledge Form is required. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.

Your chosen charity will support your fundraising throughout and all sponsorship money you raise must be paid to them upon receipt. Generally, the sponsorship target is set to ensure that a minimum of 50% of the money you raise is retained by the charity. All money raised above the target will also be retained by the charity. Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

Children’s Trek4Life Kilimanjaro to Coast Charity Cycle Ride Itinerary

Day 1. Depart UK

Fly from London bound for Kilimanjaro.

Day 2. Arrive Tanzania

You will be collected by our Staff at the airport and transferred to your hotel near Moshi. Your Guide will be there to meet you and brief you on your upcoming adventure and together you will do the bike fitting.

We aim for your flight to arrive in the morning or early afternoon, giving you time for a quick test ride through the nearby coffee plantation and surrounding villages. Or you can simlply rest, enjoy your surroundings and make final preparations for the following day. D

Day 3. Moshi – Jipe (63km)

Today you will cycle through the outskirts of Moshi town, south towards the rice fields. You then follow back roads through the beautiful country side as you head towards the main tarmac road which you cross and head east, circumnavigating the North Pare mountain ranges before finally arriving at the village of Jipe. This will be your camp for the first night near Lake Jipe, a small shallow lake on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. BLD

Day 4. Jipe – Same (85km)

Today you will continue to circumnavigate the North Pare mountain ranges as you head south towards Same town. You will enjoy great views of the North Pare mountain ranges to your right and the Tsavo West National Park bushland far to your left. After completing the first section of today’s ride, you will rejoin with the main tarmac road, cross it, and head south towards Same town using the dirt side roads. BLD

Classic rural village

Day 5. Same – Mombo (137km)

You have a long day ahead of you today as you circumnavigate the South Pare mountain ranges and head south towards Mombo. This a spectacular day as you cycle along the edge of the Mkomazi National Park keeping your eyes open for some wildlife. After completing this semi-loop you will rejoin the main tarmac road as you enter the small town of Mombo, todays destination. BLD

Day 6. Mombo – Korogwe (40km)

Today you will enjoy a shorter ride from Mombo town to Korogwe town along the dirt roads parallel to the main tarmac road with the spectacular Usambara mountains in the shadows. BLD

Day 7. Korogwe – Muheza (56km)

Today we cycle east along the lower slopes of the Usambara mountains towards the town of Muheza.  BLD

Day 8. Muheza – Pangani (55km)

The final leg of the tour is towards the historical coastal town of Pangani where your cycling challenge ends. Your accommodation tonight will be beach front cottages next to the Indian ocean where you will have time to relax before enjoying a celebration dinner with champagne and dancing to celebrate your achievement. BLD

Day 9. Pangani – Dar Es Salam

Today you will be transferred to Dar es Salaam where you will be spending the night. BLD

Day 10. Depart

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the aiport for your flight back to London. Depending on flight schedules, it is possible that you will arrive in the UK the same or the following day. B

Day 11. Arrive London

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Kilimanjaro/Dar Es Salaam – London
  • Return airport transfers in Tanzania
  • Private road transfer at the end of your charity cycle ride
  • Fully qualified English speaking local guides
  • Support vehicle with mechanic and spare bikes
  • TREK and Marida mountain bikes
  • Hotel accommodation in Moshi, Pangani and Dar Es Salam twin share basis
  • All meals & water from dinner on day 2 to breakfast day 10 and snacks en-route
  • Welcome dinner on arrival and celebration dinner in Pangani
  • All camping equipment, chef and support crew
  • All camping and park fees and government fees & taxes
  • Challenge Manual containing everything you need to know
  • Full support before and during your trip
  • Discounts from UK retailers

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities
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Challenge Information

>  Trip length – 11 days UK – UK.
>  Trip length – 6 days.
>  Biggest risk factor – saddle soreness!
>  All meals on trek, unlimited drinking water, b’fasts in hotels.
>  Hotel accommodation in Moshi, Pangani and Dar Es Salaam. Tents on trek.

Passport – Must be valid for 6 months from the date of your Visa application (see below).

Visa – A tourist Visa is required. You can obtain this (single entry) on entry into the country on arrival at Kilimanjaro’s international airport or apply for one prior to travel through the Tanzanian High Commission.

Flight Tickets – You only require the flight reference No (we supply) and your passport. There are no paper tickets.
Depending on the airline, we will either supply you with boarding passes direct, you obtain them on line or use the traditional check in at the airport. We will inform you of this closer to the departure date.

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

Min group size 5.

Once this number is reached, the trip is guaranteed to depart; the trip will not be cancelled.

This is a challenging ride, covering a min of 40km per day, ranging up to 137km on the longest day.

The riding is not technical. You should be used to being in the saddle for a significant number of hours per day.

The riding surfaces are generally dirt tracks and whilst the starting altitude is approx 2800m (Moshi) and it drops to sea level, it is certainly not all downhill!

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108


  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on the ride.
  • Unlimited drinking water on the ride.
  • Breakfasts are usually buffet style, lunches vary depending on the route that day and evening meals are 3 courses.
  • There are water/snack stops en route.
  • Tea/coffee/biscuits are severed on arrival at the campsite.
  • The food is of excellent quality and there is no lacking quantity; you won’t go hungry!


  • Hotels – Twin share basis, same sex.
  • On the ride – tents twin share basis, same sex. Two people in what is a 3 person tent.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation entitles you to sole occupation of all hotel rooms plus a tent to yourself.
  • Sole occupation cost – £120

Our default departure airport is London Heathrow using indirect flights (usually 1 stop; there are no direct flights) to Kilimanjaro’s International airport.

Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg; some airlines are 23kg.

London not convenient?

Other regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Malaria – Tanzania is a HIGH RISK area for Malaria for altitudes under 1800m.  See this map: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/united-republic-of-tanzania/united-republic-of-tanzania-malaria-map.aspx

You are advised to see your GP/Medical Practice about antimalarial tablets. You cannot be vaccinated against Malaria.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

INCLUDED – All taxes and fuel supplements associated with international and domestic flights.

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Optional 3 Night Extension in Pangani

Absolute paradise – relax on an Indian Ocean beach for 3 whole days post trip. A peaceful and relaxing place; food is excellent, friendly service.

Just what the doctor ordered after days in the saddle!

£495 per person*

This includes:

  • 3 nights at Mike’s Beach Cottages, half board basis (b’fast and dinner), twin share, private bathroom.
  • Private transfer back to Dar Es Salaam and private transfer to the airport next day.
  • The 1 x night hotel in Dar Es Salaam is already paid for within your existing itinerary and is retained as part of this extension.

*Based on 2 people sharing.

We do not charge admin fees for using different return flights but we do need to know you are going to extend at the time of booking.

Cycle Kili2Coast - the post cycle home
Cycle Kili2Coast - the post cycle home sunset
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