Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro international Airport. Meet and greet with your mountain guide and then transfer to Protea Aishi Lodge for dinner and overnight. Includes: (HB).
Day 2: Machame Gate(1,490 m/4,890 ft)to Machame Camp
- Distance: 2,980 m/9,780 ft (18 km)
- Duration: 5-7 hours
- Terrain type: Montane Forest
After breakfast Machame route briefing and 2 hours drive to the Machame Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where client’s guides and porters prepare and pack clients equipment and supplies. Clients will receive a lunch pack, and clients also buy some more mineral water in the village. If the road is very muddy, it may be impossible to drive from the village to the Machame Gate, and in this case, it will take clients an hour to complete the muddy 3 km walk to the gate. After registering at the park office, clients will start there ascent and enter the rain forest immediately.
Heavy rains on this side of the mountain often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good footwear, trekking poles, and gaiters are useful. Clients will enjoy a lunch stop at halfway up and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Clients porters will arrive at camp before the clients and will erect there tent before they arrive. In the evening, the porters boil drinking water while the cook prepares clients dinner. Night temperatures can drop to freezing at the Machame Camp. Includes: (FB).
Day 3: Machame Camp(2,980 m/9,780 ft)to Shira Camp(3,840 m/12,600 ft)
- Distance: 9 km
- Duration: 4-6 hours
- Terrain type: Moorland
Clients will wake early at Machame camp and after breakfast, climb for an hour to the top of the forest, then for 2 hours through a gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, clients will continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where they will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s Great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. Clients are now West side of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. After a short hike West wards, clients reach the Shira Campsite. The porters will boil drinking water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing. Includes: (FB).
Day 4: Shira Camp(3,840 m/12,600 ft)to Lava Tower(4,630 m/15,190 ft)
to Barranco Camp(3,950 m/12,960 ft)
- Distance: 15 km
- Duration: 47 hours
- Terrain type: Semi-Desert
After breakfast, Clients will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass. After several hours, clients will walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190 ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high; the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while clients wait for dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. Includes: (FB).
Day 4: Barranco Camp(3,950 m/12,960 ft)to Barafu Camp(4,550 m/14,930 ft)
- Distance: 13 km
- Duration: 8 hours
- Terrain type: Alpine Desert
After spending a night under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, clients climb this awesome obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, clients can now appreciate just how beautiful Mt.Kilimanjaro’s really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley and goes over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Clients have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. For now, all eyes are still on the summit, so turn left and hike up the ridge for another hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water point on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.”
The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Clients prepare equipment and warm clothing for clients summit assent. This should include replacing client’s headlamp and camera batteries, and to prevent freezing, consider carrying water in a thermal flask. Go to bed by 1900 hrs, and try to get a few hours of good sleep. Includes: (FB).
Day 5: Summit Day! Barafu Camp(4,550 m/14,930 ft)to Uhuru Peak(5,895 m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp(3,100 m/10,170 ft)7 km up
- Distance: 23 km
- Duration: 8 hours up, 7-8 hours down
Scree and seasonal snow Clients will raise around 2330 hrs, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, clients shuffle off into the night. clients 6 hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Redman and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) clients stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route. But do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.
Depending on the season and recent storms, clients may encounter snow on clients remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, clients can enjoy accomplishment and know that creating a day that will remember for the rest of client’s life. After clients 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest,clients can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner will be prepared and at the camp office sells mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beer. Includes: (FB).
Day 6: Mweka Camp(3,100 m/10,170 ft)to Mweka Gate(1,980 m/6,500 ft)
to Arusha (1200 m/3600 ft)
- Distance: 15 km
- Duration: 3 hours
- Terrain type: Forest
After a well deserved sleep & breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3 hour hike back to the park gate. Don’t give the porters any tips until clients gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to crew at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you clients sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. At Mweka Village clients will be served with hot lunch after which clients are driven back to Arusha. Dinner and overnight: The New Arusha Hotel.
Day 7: Arusha – Tarangire National Park. After breakfast and a safari briefing depart to Tarangire National Park via Meserani Snake Park and Maasai Museum. You will get to know about the snakes that are to be found in East Africa and at the same time learn about the Maasai culture. Continue to Tarangire National Park, where you will have picnic lunch and do game drive till late afternoon. Tarangire Sopa / Tarangire Safari Lodge. Includes: (FB).
Day 8: Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park
While doing game drive clients leave Tarangire National park to drive to Lake Manyara National Park. At Mto Wa Mbu, a village before Lake Manyara National park entrance, you will test some exotic fruits that are grown in this fertile area at the base of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Stop at the entrance to the park to get some information from the beautiful bronze signboards. Drive through an amazing forest and meet with the wild life of the park. Pass along the wall of the Great Rift Valley up to Mto Wa Mbu for picnic lunch. Enjoy your game drive till late afternoon when you start climbing up on the road to for your overnight stay at Kirurumu luxury Tented Lodge for Dinner and overnight. Includes: (FB).
Day 9: Lake Manyara – Oldupai Gorge – Serengeti National Park. The road leads up to the rim of Ngorongoro crater rim. Stop to look into the caldera and descend through a really impressive landscape down to Oldupai Gorge. In the museum clients will find the most complete and eldest proofs of human evolution. Stop for the information about the cradle of mankind! Continue to the heart of Serengeti National Park, entering the National Park from Naabi Hill gate. Game drive while heading towards the camp for dinner and overnight. Includes: (FB).
Days 10 - 13: Serengeti National Park. Clients will have plenty of time to explore the Serengeti, one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world with an incredible wildlife. Dinner and overnight Special Campsite. Includes: (FB). Client’s journey is adapted to there travel period:
- In November-March: In this season normally approx. 2.5 million animals are on their “Great Migration” into southern Serengeti! According to the rainfalls in these months the herds move southwards. You will have the chance to participate in this worldwide unique spectacle! As all our safaris have no limit of mileage and time, clients will get to know the Serengeti in total - clients will therefore also visit Ngong Hill and Moru Kopjes - known as “Islands in the Sea of Grass”.
- In June-October: This season is also called “cat’s time”, because all big cats are going hunting more as the big herds are standing in the North, in Maasai Mara. Clients will also be offered an excursion to Fort Ikoma and Lobo area, the “rolling land” in the North Serengeti. After game drive to Lobo springs and along the Gagoti Plains
Day 14: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater
Early start Giant dust clouds show you the way through the endless plains of the Serengeti. From midday on you will experience the great variety and density of animals in the second largest Caldera on earth. The most beautiful game-drives you may experience in the late afternoon: Most of the people have left the crater-floor, the light gets soft and the activity of the wild animal’s increases.
Please have a sufficient quantity of film-rolls! Clients will take more pictures of this fantastic African landscape, flora and fauna than you have ever expected. Clients will have a cold night at the Crater rim. Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Includes: (FB).
Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha Airport- Zanzibar. From Ngorongoro Crater drive back to Arusha Airport then clients continue with there on going Safari to Zanzibar with flight that depart from Arusha airport at 1215 hrs Once in Zanzibar clients will be met by our ground operator and be trasfrred to Zanzibar Serena Inn. Includes: (FB).
Day 16: Zanzibar. Clients will have an execution in Stone town, have lunch at Mercuries then in the afternoon have a spice tour and then proceed to Sau Inn for dinner and overnight. Includes: (FB).
Days 17-19: Zanzibar - Sau Inn. These 3 days are spent on the Sandy shores of Zanzibar. Dinner and overnight Sau Inn. Includes: (FB).
Day 20: Zanzibar - Dar as Salaam - Fly Back home. After breakfast on this last day of Safari clients will have a day room and then be transferred to Zanzibar International Airport, clients will then fly to Dar es Salaam International Airport and wit for there International Flight back home. Includes: (HB)
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