Dream Challenges

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

A sneaky peak into The Big Heart Bike Ride Tanzania...

Since 2007 we have run seven Big Heart Bike Rides. The first ever ride was in Cuba, since then the BHBR has travelled to India twice, Sinai in Egypt, Tanzania and Jordan. The events have raised thousands of pounds for a number of heart charities.

The ride sees all types of challengers take part. Some already have the cycling bug, others have previously completed a Big Heart Bike Ride, plus people who at the point of registration worry they are too old or too unfit. The great thing is that they all work together and finish together. We know that following the event many long standing friendships are formed. 

In 2016 we will be taking the ride back to Tanzania, Africa. This week we wanted to give you a sneaky peak into the ride with the use of photos taken when our crew did a recce of the route.

Starting in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro…

The Big Heart Bike Ride in Africa will entail five consecutive days of cycling for a distance of 360km across stunning Tanzania. The starting point for the cycle is Moshi which lies in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 meters.

From Moshi the ride heads to its first overnight camp at Olpopongi Maasai Village. Cycling through the bustling Maasai town of Sanyu Juu and on through lush landscapes. 

We will be greeted by the ever-friendly local children as we cycle from village to village. Once at Olpopongi Maasai Village take the opportunity to explore and we will be given an insight into the authentic Maasai way of life. In the evening whilst we relax around the campfire we will be enchanted by the Maasai dancing and singing.

From Olpopongi Massai Village to Arusha…

The following morning we leave the Olpopongi Maasai Village and head to Arusha which is 76kms away. We will start the day by cycling through an area sandwiched between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru (4565m), still considered by experts to be an active volcano.

The volcanic landscape offers a striking difference to the lush surroundings of Kilimanjaro. 
There is the potential to see lots of wildlife along the route today including giraffe, impala, baboon, monkey and a variety of birdlife. 

 We will finish the day by cycling into the bustling town of Arusha, the main town in northern Tanzania where we stay in comfort in a hotel for the night.  

From hustle and bustle to tranquil grasslands…

The next morning we will head from Arusha to Zion Campsite near Tarangire National Park a 94km cycle.  After a few kilometres we leave the hustle and bustle of Arusha behind to cycle through beautiful rolling and seemingly endless grasslands. 

Our lunch stop will give us the opportunity to visit the nearby Mtimmoja Primary School where approximately 380 Maasai children are educated.

After a long but beautiful day of cycling we descend into the warm basin of the east African Rift Valley where we camp close to the Tarangire National Park.

Cycle Tarangire National Park to Manyara National Park…

From Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park. The first half of today’s ride is a speedy and flat 35kms on a wide and comfortable asphalt road. Cycling through the Rift Valley it becomes an area of stark contrasts, great natural beauty and fantastic off-road cycling. If we are lucky we may see troops of monkey and baboon crossing the bumpy dirt trail which cuts through various cultivated areas. As we approach Lake Manyara a hillier section merges with a swampy area. Arriving and staying in Lake Manyara National Park overnight.

Cycle to the finish line in the Garden of Eden…

We cycle today to our finish line at the gates of the Ngorongoro Crater National Park, often referred to as ‘The Garden of Eden’. Ngorongoro is famous for its profusion of wildlife found within the extinct crater which was formed when a large volcano exploded three million years ago. It is 610 meters deep and has a floor area of 260 square kilometres. Upon reaching the gates of the Ngorongoro Crater there will be the opportunity for celebrations as we cross the official finish line.

After completing the challenge of a lifetime the following day we have the opportunity to take an optional jeep safari into the Ngorongoro Crater which affords the best chance to see lots of game at various locations around the crater before having a picnic lunch at the hippo pool. An incredible way to end an incredible adventure.

A challenge of a lifetime completed…

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