South African couple cycle to the summit on the Marangu Route

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South African couple cycle to the summit on the Marangu Route

Earlier this month avid cyclists Martin Dreyer and his wife Jeannie managed to scale Africa’s highest mountain by riding and pushing their mountain bikes to the summit. It’s not the first time Kilimanjaro has been scaled this way – British TV presenter Nick Crane and his cousin Richard are believed to have been the first to manage it back in the early eighties – but apparently this is the first time it’s been managed on the mountain’s second-most popular trail, the Marangu Route.

The pair, from South Africa, took just four days to get to the summit – but were able to descend in just four hours!

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I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight. Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.