What you need to know

about MTB in Kenya

 
  Transport

After arrival, you will be picked up at the airport Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi and transported to the hotel. During the journey, there will be a 4x4 follow car and bus for support and transportation of your travel luggage.​

 Accommodations

The first and the last night you spend the night in a hotel near Nairobi. The remaining nights during the bike ride you sleep alternately in a tent on a camp or in a guesthouse. We assume 2 people per room or tent, if you travel alone you will be linked to another participant. It is also possible to reserve a single room or a tent for you alone. If you're not much of a camper, you can choose to upgrade to a cabin or guesthouse. A surcharge applies for these options.

  Traveling companions

The group will consist of a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 international participants. A local scout is cycling along in the group and knows all the tracks and sights.

  Gear

You can choose to take your own bike on the plane or to rent a bicycle. Both options are possible, view our blog on this topic. A bicycle mechanic is available throughout the trip for standard repairs and adjustments. Prices for parts such as a tire or chain are not included. Of course, you can also bring your own material.​

  Skill and fitness level

The MTB tracks in Kenya are varied, from narrow forest paths to red clay soil and roads of sand and loose stones. The local guide is present for directions and guidance. The routes are physically challenging but with some training doable for everyone. You have a reasonable fitness level, you train twice a week for at least 1 hour. You are able to cycle 3 to 5 hours a day, alternating with snack and lunch breaks. Good health and thorough preparation is necessary. As a group, we take care of each other so that everyone has the possibility to experience this unforgettable adventure!

 
 
  Climate

Kenya has a pleasant climate. The average temperature is between 21ºC and 25ºC. An ideal temperature for cycling and visiting beautiful nature parks. The coast of Kenya has a tropical climate, the humidity is higher and the temperature is about 30ºC all year round.

 

January - March
This is a good and dry period to travel, it is clear, dry and warm both during the day and at night. At the end of March, the chance of rain will increase slightly. These months are suitable for making an MTB tour.

 

April - May
In these months it becomes less hot but still pleasant. Some rain falls, how often varies per year. 
Usually, the rains are short and it does not rain all day. Because there is less dust in the air, the colors of nature are more bright. 

 

June - October
This is a suitable time to visit Kenya, the temperature is not very high and sometimes more cloudy but the days and nights are generally dry. Ideal weather for a physical challenge. In the higher areas, it can be a bit cold in the evenings and at night. In September and October, you have the least chance of rain and the temperature increases.

 

November - December
The temperatures are good, lots of sun and warm days but also occasionally a short but heavy shower. A good time to make an MTB trip through the beautiful nature of Kenya.

 

  Health

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, in particular, these are carriers of a number of diseases such as Malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever. We recommend taking preventive measures such as insect repellent such as DEET, a mosquito net for the night and the use of anti-malaria drugs like Malarone. This can easily be obtained with your General Practicer or drug store.

 

Avoid contact with fresh surface water to prevent infection with Bilharzia (freshwater worm). Do not swim or paddle in lakes and water pools. No worries, we are looking for a nice swimming pool.

It is recommended to take ORS against dehydration in diarrhea.

 

Recommended vaccinations for travel to Kenya:
Yellow fever, DTP, Hepatitis A.
If you have not yet had vaccinations, make an appointment with your doctor.

  Airline tickets

Airline tickets are not included in the package tours of SansaTravel. The group tours are international and our customers fly to Nairobi from different countries. You can search for the best deal for a ticket yourself. One person finds it fine to make one or more stopovers and pay a lower price, the other prefers to book a direct flight with a favorable departure and arrival times and pays a little more for that.

 

If you need advice when choosing your ticket, please let us know via the contact form, we are happy to help you.

  Travel documents

If you travel to Kenya as a tourist, you need a tourist visa. You can easily request this visa at https://www.ecitizen.go.ke the costs are 51 USD, to be paid by credit card. You will receive the visa within 5 working days, this visa is valid for 3 months. Wait until you have your visa before you book an airline ticket. In an exceptional situation, the visa application could be rejected.

 

Your passport must be valid until 6 months after your trip to Kenya.

  Language

Kenya has 2 official languages, English and Swahili. Both languages are taught at school. Normally a mixture of Swahili and English is spoken. In the big cities, people generally speak English very well, in the villages and rural area's mostly Swahili is spoken. It is highly appreciated if you speak a few words of Swahili, for instance, the greetings:

 

How are you - Habari yako
(Very) good - Mzuri (sana)
Welcome - Karibu
Good morning - Habari za
asubuhi
Good afternoon - Habari zamchana
Good evening - Habari zajioni
Goodbye - Kwaheri
Good night - Lala Salama

My name is ... - mimi ni....
Thank you - Asante (sana)
Thank you, no interest -
asante sirtaki
White people - Mzungu
Okay, okay - Sawa
sawa
Friend - Rafiki

  Safety

The bicycle routes mainly go through rural areas. In the villages safety is good, there is a friendly atmosphere and you will enjoy meeting you. In the big cities it is better not to walk around with expensive jewelry or equipment. Always follow the instructions of the tour guide, they are familiar with the risk situations and areas.

  Insurance

We advise you to look carefully at the possibility of travel insurance. If something happens the costs can be high. For a relatively low amount, you avoid high costs afterward.

 

A cancellation insurance will prevent you from incurring high costs if you can not make the trip or continue due to circumstances. With a cancellation insurance, you can receive the travel back with a good reason.

 

The travel insurance is required to participate in one of our trips. You insure your luggage against loss or theft and medical assistance abroad. You can also use the helpdesk if necessary. At Allianz Global Assistance you can take out an adventure & survival insurance, which means you are also covered when practicing extreme sports. 

 

  Luggage

Although you can take several suitcases with many airlines with intercontinental flights, we advise you to bring one suitcase or back-pack. The luggage must also be taken in the 4x4 car or bus during the MTB rides. Only limited space is available here.

In addition to your suitcase or backpack, you can also take a smaller bag or backpack as hand luggage.

A small backpack to take stuff with you during the MTB rides is recommended.

 

You will receive a detailed packing checklist after you confirm your booking with SansaTravel.

 

  Food & Drinks

The traditional cuisine of Kenya is characterized by ingredients such as meat, chicken, carrot, tomato, beans, and onion. With Ugali (cooked cornmeal), rice or potatoes as a base. Do not expect a culinary, high-quality experience, the standard of living of the average Kenyan leaves little room for luxury, which is why the meals are mainly sober and nutritious. Of course, we provide some extras during the trip such as chapati (kind of pancake) and Samosa (a hearty filled dough triangle) In addition, the local barbecue Nyama Choma is a delicious change with a piece of roasted meat.

 

3 meals per day are included in the trip. There is a local cook who will cook for us during the trip. If you want to eat something more luxurious, you are free to go to a restaurant of choice. The costs for this are not included.

 

You can not drink the water from the tap, even in the more expensive hotels. Always drink water from a bottle, bottles of water are made available during the entire trip. Even when you are on the bike. This is included in the fare.

 

  Time-difference

Eastern Africa Time time zone (UTC +3)

 

  Phone and internet

The range for your mobile phone has become increasingly better in Kenya in recent years, in the big cities you even have access to 4G internet. In the rural areas, the connection is a lot worse or even not present at all. The hotels and guesthouses usually offer Wifi, the Wifi connections can be slow sometimes. 

 

We recommend that you purchase a SIM card from the local Safaricom provider when you arrive at Nairobi airport. These are not expensive and easy to top up. In this way, you can keep in touch with the home front and the other participants of the trip.

 

  Electricity

n Kenya, the sockets of type G are used. The mains voltage is 240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your own devices on this power grid, a small deviation is no problem. However you do need a travel plug / adapter plug.

 

The electricity network in Kenya is not very stable, the power is regularly off. Sometimes there is no electricity at all in the remote areas.

 

  Africa is Africa

All trips from SansaTravel are carefully and thoroughly prepared. Nevertheless, it is good to keep in mind that things can sometimes be slightly different than planned. Timetable can be adjusted, roads can be bad or the weather is against.

 

If you already intend to deal with this flexible, then you are already a lot more relaxed. Usually, you can laugh about it afterwards, and you are richer in an experience!

 

 
  Which bike is suitable for this trip?

A hardtail mountain bike with front suspension is suitable to make the trips in various terrains. Your own bike is best adjusted to you and you are already used to it. Of course, you can also rent a good quality Mountainbike. Read more about taking or renting a bicycle here.

 

  What if I can not ride a part of the route?

If there is a more difficult part in the course then the guide will give you instructions and tips on how to take the track. If the tricky part is not too long, you can jump off the bike and walk a bit. If that does not work, you jump into the follow car and drive you as far as necessary.

 

  From what age can I participate?

Everyone from 18 years can participate, provided you are in good health and have a good physical condition and have sufficient cycling experience. Read more about the required skill and fitness level.

 

  What distance is cycled daily?

The distance varies from 25 to 75km per day. We will alternate cycling with time for sightseeing and lunch break etc. During the hot months, we will cycle mostly in the morning and in the afternoon. In some tours a rest day is scheduled, so you can relax and your body can recover.

 

  Who guides us during the tour?

The MTB guides are local bike enthusiasts who are trained to guide you on the best routes. They know the country and the customs and will guide the group step by step. In addition, there is a SansaTravel tour leader who ensures that everything around the trip, such as accommodations, meals, etc., is well organized. You can all your questions during the trip.

 

  In what type of accommodation do we stay during the trip?

The first and the last night (and for some trips on the rest day) we will stay in a hotel or guesthouse, the other nights we stay on the camp in a tent. The tents are being built up by the SansaTravel team.

 

  What to do in case of an accident?

Should an accident occur, it is very important that the tour guide is informed as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the accident, emergency services will be called or the follow car will transport the people involved to the nearest medical post. The tour guide will do everything possible to ensure the safety of the participants.

 

Contact

Contact us via phone or email. Or through the contact form below. We will answer your query soon.

Phone: 0031 (06)-12345678

Email: info@sansatravel.com