12DAYS 11 KILIMANJARO AND SAFARI
DAY 00: ARRIVAL AT KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO ARUSHA.
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport, you will be warmly greeted by your driver guide, after short introduction you will be offered bottles of mineral water followed by a private transfer to Green Mountain hotel or any other Similar in Arusha for an Overnight. Depending on your arrival time, you will have good opportunity to explore the hotel`s surroundings. Bed and Breakfast Included.
DAY 01: ARUSHA TO MACHAME GATE (1490M) TO MACHAME CAMP (2980)
Your day starts early with a briefing from the tour organizer and the guides followed by 70-minute drive from Your Hotel in Moshi (910m) to the Machame village (1490m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy water in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 1 km walk will take about 30minutes to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very foggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have your tent set up on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can drop to freezing at this Machame campsite. Be prepared for this. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 02: MACHAME CAMP (2980M) – SHIRA CAMP (3840M)
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast climb an hour or so to the top of the forest. Next there will be a 2 hour gentle uphill gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction. This will be a view of the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, and then serve dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 03: SHIRA (3840M)-LAVA TOWER (4630M)-BARRANCO CAMP (3950M)
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding the “Lava Tower” where you reach an altitude of 4630m after a 5 hour walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This will be the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point where some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches. After lunch you descend almost 680m to the Barranco camping. As this camping area is lower than the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, you will experience acclimation benefits. This is a proven method to help climbers adjust to the altitude of Kilimanjaro. The descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which could provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp site. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 04: BARRANCO CAMP (3950M)-KARANGA CAMP (4550M)
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall, you will proceed to make your way up this awesome looking obstacle. Hikers find that in the end this normally turns out easier than anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you will now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley crossing the last water point over intervening ridges and valleys and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so take note. Dinner and overnight at Karanga Valley Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 05: KARANGA VALLEY TO BARAFU CAMP
After breakfast at the Karanga valley camp, you will walk a ridge and enter a cold desert for about 4 hours and then reach the Barafu Hut. Crews will collect water from the last water stop at Karanga Valley in morning, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” as it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents as this is a dangerous area. The summit is now 1345m above you, and you will make the final ascent tonight. Prepare your equipment, ski stick, and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. Make sure and replace the batteries in your headlamp and camera and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing, it would be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed around 7 PM and try to get some good. Try not to sleep more than 5 hours. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 06: SUMMIT ATTEMPT TO MWEKA CAMP
You will rise around 11:30 PM and have some hot tea and biscuits before you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trip. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you will witness in your lifetime (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow to Uhuru Peak (2 hour ascent). The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment as this is a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit will take about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest. You will then collect the rest of your gear before heading down to Mweka Camp (3100m). This route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared. Drinking water, soft drinks, chocolate, and beer is available from the camp office if you so desire. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 07: MWEKA CAMP (3100M)-MWEKA GATE (1980M) TO ARUSHA
After Hot breakfast from in Mweka Campsite you will start walking slowly towards the mountain gate the walk takes about 3hours to get to the Mweka campsite where our driver will pick you and transfer you to Arusha for overnight at Green Mountain Hotel or any other similar. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 08: ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK FOR GAME DRIVE
In the morning after super breakfast from the kitchen of professional Cooks, you will embark to Tarangire national park for game drives and game viewings. Tarangire is Tanzania's third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are also an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Your game drives may reveal lions, giraffes, wildebeest, elephants, Zebras, wildebeests and much more. Lunchboxes shall be served to you by your driver guide at the picnic site inside the park with some rest before proceeding with further game drives. Later after amazing hours of exploration, you will exit the park and drive to Lilac Campsites for Dinner and Overnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 09: TARANGIRE TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK VIA NGORONGORO CONSERVATION
After rewarding breakfast, leave the camp with your packed lunches and drive to Serengeti national park via Ngorongoro Conservation area. Your driver guide shall be stopping in some of the beautiful views overlooking the crater floor for sightseeing. Animals like Giraffes, Elephants, Wildebeests, Gazelles, Zebras, Lions and Buffaloes may be revealed in Ngorongoro. On your way, you can opt to visit one of the Masai Boma for a short but authentic cultural tour with the Masai People. On crossing the border, picnic lunches will be served to you followed by game drives en route to Serengeti Seronera public campsite for dinner and Overnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 10: FULL DAY OF GAME DRIVES AND GAME VIEWINGS IN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
We are completely flexible with your preferences and this day will be organized according to your wishes. Your guide will discuss with you the best timing for you, including the game drives and the wake up time. For example, you may opt to do a morning game drive, return to the camp for lunch and relaxation and finish with an afternoon game drive, or you could do a full day game drive with picnic lunches.
The Serengeti Park derived its name from Maasai Language meaning endless plain. This massive plain (14763sq km) is home to many animals including Lions, Elephants, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Leopard, and Cheetah, baboon, warthogs, Hyena plus lots of bird life. In many cases migration is taking place around Serengeti and at that particular time millions of wildebeest and zebra are mingling together followed by predators. Our professional guide will lead you into the right path making sure you have the best time to enjoy these great phenomena. Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Seronera public campsite for dinner and Overnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
DAY 11: GAME DRIVES IN SERENGETI EN ROUTE TO NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Every day is a new day in Serengeti with different amazing series of events. After breakfast, you will leave the camp with your packed lunches for another memorable day towards the Ngorongoro conservation area. On this day still you will have a great opportunity to explore the Serengeti ecosystem with great possibility to spot any other animals that you did not see in your first days. Lunchboxes shall be served to you at the picnic point followed by a further game drive to famous Ngorongoro conservation area for Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Simba Public Campsite located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 12: GAME DRIVES INSIDE THE NGORONGORO CRATER TO ARUSHA
Early in morning and after breakfast, leave the camp with your packed lunches ready for another exciting day. Today your expert safari guide will lead you into the Ngorongoro crater for a wonderful game drives. The Ngorongoro crater is the 8th wonder of the Natural World, spreading over 102 sq. miles and has 2.000 ft high walls, making it virtually a Noah's ark like, it is inhabited by almost every species of wildlife that is indigenous to East Africa including the rare and endangered black rhinos, other animals that can be revealed on your game drives are Elands, Lions, Waterbucks, Wildebeests, Hyenas, jackals, African Elephants, Buffaloes, Secretive leopards, Cheetahs, hippos and many more alongside hundreds of bird species eg. Maasai Ostrich, Kori bustard, Ibis, Starlings etc. Lunchboxes shall be served to you at the picnic site inside the crater. Later ascend the crater walls and drive to Arusha for an Overnight at Green Mountain Hotel or any other similar. Bed and Breakfast Included.
DAY 00: AIRPORT DEPARTURE
Morning at leisure until departure time, transfer to the Airport for your flight back home.
PRICES FOR 12DAYS 35O7USD PER PERSON
PRICE FOR THIS SAFARI INCLUDE
• Airport Transfers in Private Car
• Accommodation and Meals on the mountain and during safari as per Itinerary
• All entry fees on the mountain and during safari
• Certified Mountain and Safari guides
• Mountain Porters and Chef
• Mountain Rescue Fees
• Transport to and from the mountain
• Transport in modified 4WD Land Cruiser or Land Rover with photographic roof during wildlife safari
• All safari camping gears (please come with your own sleeping bag/s).
• All game drives as mentioned
• 1.5 mineral water per person / day during game drives
• Lunch Boxes
PRICE FOR THIS SAFARI EXCLUDE
• International airfare & flights
• Visa Fee
• All items of a personal nature
• Gratuities for safari guide and camp staff
• Travel insurance
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages at the camp/Hotel.