Your Rainbow shuttle departs from Jeevanje Gardens everyday at 0800 HRS and arrives Arusha by 1400 HRS. You will be met upon your arrival by our representative and transferred to New Arusha Hotel. Dinner at leisure not included in the tour price.
Arusha- Machame, onto Machame hut.
Depart after your morning breakfast for Machame park gate. The drive by private vehicle to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gates takes about one hour. The drive passes through the village of Machame, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gates you will make your final preparations for the walk.
The porters at this time will be busy arranging their packs containing, food, and camping together with kitchen equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly so you may not be able to retrieve any items that you have given to them to carry until the evening camp.
You now leave the park gates (at around 2,000m) and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail to the first hut, which is located at an altitude of 3048m. From here you continue for a short distance and reach the Machame Hut at 3,100m (10,000ft). Here you make your first camp, rest and enjoy our evening dinner and overnight. Total walking time around 5 hours.
Machame hut to Shira Hut
After breakfast, you leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing a small valley to gain a steep heather covered rocky ridge. You follow this ascending ridge until the spur opens out and the route turns west into a river gorge at 3,658m (12,598ft). Time for rest, dinner and overnight at the Shira Hut camp. Total walking about 4 hours.
Shira to Barranco Hut
From the Shira Plateau you continue to the East passing the junction of the route up to the peak of Kibo. You continue on until your direction turns to the South East and you head towards the Lava Tower, called the 'Shark's Tooth'. Shortly after the tower you come to a second junction, which leads you up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876m. You then continue on and down to the Barranco Hut at 3,860m (12,795ft) to enjoy a well-deserved rest, evening meal and overnight camp. Total walking time around 6 hours.
Barranco to Barafu Hut
After breakfast you leave the Barranco Hut to ascend a steep ridge, which passes the Barranco Wall in the Karanga Valley. Here you meet up with the top part of the Mweka trail and continue up to the Barafu Hut at 4,600m (15,500ft). This is your high camp from where the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen. The rest and evening meal will be very welcome after a walking day of around 8 hours.
Barafu to Summit, and descend to Mweka Hut
SUMMIT DAY: Very early in the morning you make your way slowly up to Stella Point at 5,745m before making the final traverse to the Uhuru Peak, highest point in the continent of Africa, at 5,985m (19,340ft). This ascent will take around 6 hours. Views of the plains and Mount Meru in the early morning sunlight are possible before any cloud drifts up from the steamy jungle below. From the summit you now make your descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut at 3,100m. This descent should take around 5 hours and you can take pleasure in a well-deserved rest and final evening meal on the mountain.
Mweka to Mweka Gate-Arusha
After a comparatively late breakfast you continue the descent down through the rain forest to the Mweka Park Gate. This takes around 4 hours. At the Park Gates you will be met by the guides’ vehicle to travel back to New Arusha Hotel for overnight. Dinner at leisure not included in the tour price.
Depart after your morning breakfast for Lake Manyara National Park. Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is well worth a stop in its own right. Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobob strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds. Hot lunch at Twiga Lodge. Enjoy your afternoon game drive with your private guide and safari jeep till late in the evening. Full board accommodation is included in the tour price. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Depart after your breakfast for Ngorongoro via the olduvai gorge where the cradle of mankind began. The world-famous Ngorongoro Crater is nearly three million years old. The ancient caldera of the extinct volcano shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth, ringed with towering walls and sheltering forests, grasslands, fresh springs and a large soda lake. Descend to the rim of the crater for your game viewing with you private jeep. Full board accommodation included in the tour price. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Transfer after your morning breakfast with picnic lunch boxes for Serengeti National Park which is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and it’s also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometers of protected area that borders Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park. Its far-reaching plains of endless grass, tinged with the twisted shadows of acacia trees, have made it the quintessential image of a wild and untarnished Africa. Its large stone kopjes are home to rich ecosystems, and the sheer magnitude and scale of life that the plains support is staggering. Enjoy your en route game drive with our experienced guide who is knowledgeable with fauna and flora. Transfer in the evening to your lodge. Full board accommodation is included in the tour price. Dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.
Enjoy your full day of game drive at Serengeti National Park. Full board accommodation included in the tour price. Dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.
Depart after breakfast for Tarangire National Park. The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, always, there is water. Arrive in time for your hot lunch at your lodge. Enjoy your evening game drive at Tarangire National Park. Full board accommodation is included in the tour price. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge
Enjoy your game at Tarangire National Park. Transfer after your game to Arusha/Kilimanjaro Airport.
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