FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What is the terrain/riding like?

Our Kenya bicycle tour is all about getting out amongst it with the wildlife, nature and the locals in some pretty cool places - and by bike just happens to be the perfect way to immerse ourselves. The riding terrain varies from very flat to undulating gentle hills and from very smooth to sandy or bumpy surfaces. It is all there! The riding surface is made up of 80% dirt roads, 15% paved roads, and about 5% non-technical single track so a mountain bike with front suspension is the ideal bike. The trip is suited to riders with a good level of biking fitness and if you have had some experience riding off-road biking or on variable surfaces - this will add to the enjoyment of your trip.


How far will we bike each day?

Please contact us for a more detailed trip itinerary for more information about daily distances and terrain. Throughout your trip - the distance you will travel each day will vary a great deal. Some days include other activities, game viewing, rest days, and some days we plan longer, more challenging rides. Remember that all of our biking is vehicle supported which means you can bike as much or as little as you want in the best possible areas (and if you get tired - you can just catch a ride for a while). We also have plenty of stops for food and refreshments and to make the most of the environment that we are in.


How fit do I need to be?

Being an active holiday it will certainly help to have a reasonable level of fitness and will add to the enjoyment of your adventure. However you don't need to be a fitness fanatic. As long as you are comfortable spending a few hours in the saddle and do a bit of pedaling on undulating terrain you will enjoy biking in Kenya & Tanzania. We can offer extended challenge for those who want it and again - remember that our support vehicle is there when you need a break from the saddle.


What about wild animals? Is biking in Africa safe?

With wise and sensible behaviour, the threat from wild animals is minimal. While you will see plenty of plains game, and some predators we seldom see any dangerous animals outside games parks. There are certain animals and situations that need to be treated with respect but your trip leaders will show you how ‘playing by some simple rules' we can eliminate any risks.

In Africa, as with any developing nation being a traveller can attract some unwanted attention. We have minimised this as much as possible by camping in areas that we know well and providing good security for your belongings in our support vehicle. Even though you may think that you do not have a lot of things, you will have a lot more than many people who live there. The best security is simply to keep cash and valuable items out of public view, and avoid waving a lot of money about when paying for things such as souvenirs etc; and take care of your possessions. Basically, don't flaunt it!


Who will be leading the trip?

We are a small personal company and all of our trips are lead by our own Escape leaders who will bike along with you. In Kenya we have a team of three Escape Crew. Visit Meet our Team to meet them. On all of our trips we also always have a local team member/guide driving support and giving you some essential local insight.


Who are the typical people who join your trips?

In general (but not exclusively) our Kenya bikers are in their 30's, 40's, 50's and 60‘s. Most are pretty adventurous and well travelled, and many professionals. Our bikers range from keen bikers and cyclists to some who just use their bike to commute to work or joy-ride in the weekends. Our trips appeal equally to individuals, couples, groups or friends.


What will the accommodation be like?

Your trip will start and finish in a local guesthouse that we have chosen for its level of experience, comfort, location and so that you will be comfortable arriving early or staying on after your trip with us. We also stay in a local guesthouse for a couple of nights during your biking trip. For the remaining 11 nights we provide spacious dome tents and foam mattresses on a twin/double basis for those travelling together and single if you are travelling alone. We stay in campsites with facilities ranging from very established to very basic when we bush camp under the care of local families. Showers are available at all of our camping sites. At some campsites there is an option to upgrade to rooms at your own cost.


What are the meals like? Who prepares them?

Baisikeli Maridadi is an active holiday. It's what we do and what we like - and it creates a mean appetite! Your trip leaders understand this and with the benefit of fresh locally produced foods provide healthy and sustaining meals with plenty of tropical fruits and fresh vegetables. You are welcome to assist with the meals and to add your own touch if desired.
An example of typical meals during a trip:
Breakfast - Fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, toast, hot drinks. Cooked breakfast on occasions.
Lunch - Picnic style lunch, fresh salads, cold meats, cheese, fruit, nuts, bread etc.
Evening - Good wholesome camp-cooked meals using as much local fresh produce as possible.


Do you cater for vegetarians/special diets?

Absolutely. Please just let us know any special dietary requirements prior to your trip so that we can prepare accordingly.


What are the toilet and showering facilities like?

Every night of your biking holiday you will have the opportunity to bathe or shower. The ‘established' campsites that we use have varying degrees of hot or cold showering facilities and flush toilets. On the couple of nights when we ‘bush camp' we have a very flash fandangle system that we set up to have showers off the side of the bus and ‘bush style toilet facilities'.


What vaccinations will I need?

We are generally pretty cautious about giving any advice about vaccinations or anti malaria prophylactics (because we are not doctors!) and also because the information is always changing. The best thing you can do is contact your local travel clinic or doctor for advice. There are also various online Travel Clinics. Yellow Fever is the only vaccination that Tanzania requires on entry. We personally choose to vaccinate against Hepatitis A&B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis and Polio. With Malaria the surest way to avoid it is to not get bitten! So covering up and a good insect repellent are a good idea. When choosing an anti-malaria prophylactics DO take into consideration that we have observed Larium to have psychological side effects to terms of mood and sleep disturbances, and doxycycline can cause indigestion and increased sun sensitivity.


Why do you only lead your African trips from June through until October?

June through until October is generally the cooler dry season in East Africa and the best time to travel by bike. Typically the ‘short rains' arrive in November for 6 weeks or so; and then the ‘long rains' during the months of February to May. We have in the past led trips over the ‘hot dry season' during Christmas and January period and found that the conditions were too hot, humid and potentially rainy for most people to enjoy.


What will the temperature be like?

Day time temperatures will vary during your trip and will depend on what time during the season you bike with us. June is the coolest month with temperatures cooler at higher altitude (in Nairobi City and in the Usambara Moutains) and warmer closer to the coast. Nights can be cool and a hat and jersy or fleece is highly recommended. The following are estimates based on our experience and can vary from season to season:


  Degrees °C     June     July     August     September     October  
  Coolest:     15°     17°     18°     15°     22°  
  Hotest:     26°     28°     30°     32°     34°  
  Night-time:     5° - 15°     7° - 15°     8° - 20°     10° - 20°     12° - 25°  

Do I need an entry visa?

Yes, most Nationalities require an entry visa for both Kenya and for Tanzania. The cost for your entry visas vary depending on your nationality but vary between USD$505 or USD$100 for each country, and to date all of our bikers have easily obtained on arrival into the relevant country with USD$ in cash. Please note that visa requirements are constantly changing; so please contact your travel agent or local embassy prior to your departure to insure you have the correct visa and know how much it will cost you. You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months after your intended return home.


What is local payment all about?

Local payment is a part of your trip cost. The reason for it is that we have various expenses throughout our trip that we can only pay in USD$ cash. They are things like National Park fees, permits for taking the vehicle into parks and across borders, crew visas... just to name a few. By getting you to bring part of your trip cost in USD$ cash is a convenient way for us to get hold of USD$ which we can not otherwise draw out of our operating account in East Africa.

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