Top 10 Biking/Cycling Vacations in Africa and the Middle East
One of the most exciting landscapes on the planet has a number of legendary cycling routes. Touring here is unlike anything you have ever experienced. The continent is so wide and so diverse. Pass herds of elephants before stopping at a tribal village, your new campsite. Go downhill from the snowy peak of Kilimanjaro before it completely melts away. Ride through Morocco’s Sahara and the high Atlas Mountains and then bargain in a souk for your dinner.
- Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Bike the highest mountain in Africa and then advance to the Masai Plains and Great Rift Valley while scouring the landscape for cheetahs and other wildlife. A classic cycling trip.
- Madadikgadi Pans, Botswana
During Botswana’s dry season, these muddy, flamingo filled pans become a hard, crusty desert perfect for a rugged bike trip.
- Table Mountain and the Garden Route, South Africa
Warm up with a downhill ride down Cape Town’s iconic landmark, and then make your way from penguin colonies to vineyards at the very edge of the African continent.
- Namib Desert, Namibia
Ride from the mountains at Windhoek across the blood red Namib Desert. Canyons, granite mountains, and grasslands where antelopes roam are all on the multi-day itinerary.
- High Sahara Desert, Morocco
Peddle more than 31 miles a day across along old jeep tracks, sipping mint tea in Berber villages, and camping at ancient kasbahs.
- The Southwest, Cameroon
Pass by 14,000 foot Mt. Cameroon and end at the beach, along the way stopping at tea estates and village markets, while winding through dramatic hills and farmland.
- Cairo to the Sinai Desert, Egypt
After leaving Cairo you’ll find an Egypt with sparse population, unlike the Nile Valley. No noise or light pollution, only the brightest stars you’ve ever seen. Get as far off the beaten path as you prefer to go, even all the way to Jordan.
- High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Challenging climbs and technical switchbacks make this trip through high passes and Berber villages limited to advanced cyclists.
- Kaokoland, Namibia
Several hundred miles of little used dirt roads bring you to game reserves and Himba villages. Camp under wild African skies by night and search for lions and elephants by day.
- Amman to Petra, Jordan
The ancient Nabatean route is made easier with a few bus transfers, but that shouldn’t stop the advanced cyclist from getting to the city of Petra, carved in rock in a hidden valley.