Kilimanjaro & Safari 

15 Nights/16 Days

Over 9 years of Travel  Experience

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Trip highlights

  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Serengeti National Park

  • Lake Manyara

  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  • World class game viewing

  • Authentic tented Camp experience

Day 1 

Arrival in Arusha

Welcome to Tanzania!

You will be met upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred to the hotel in Arusha for your overnight stay. This drive takes around 1hr (45km)

Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha Region. Here, you will relax and settle in to begin your adventure in Tanzania.

Overnight: Arusha

Mount Meru Hotel

Dinner & breakfast

Day 2 - 3

Arusha - Serengeti National Park

(Seronera) 345km

Approx 5hrs  game drive today

Breakfast at the hotel, then depart to Arusha airport for your flight  to Serengeti National Park (Seronera) arrival meet and greet by your guide for a full day game drive in the park.

Later to retire at the camp for a well deserved dinner, ready for the following day.

Early rise on day 3 and after breakfast a full game drive in central Serengeti national park

Transportation:   New 4WD Safari Land Cruiser with pop up roof

 

Serengeti National Park:

Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th wonder of the world, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

2 Nights in Serengeti National Park:

Serengeti Acacia Tented Camp

Full Board (excluding Alcoholic drinks)

Day 4 - 5

Ngorongoro

Crater Tour - 145 km - approx 3 hours drive

After breakfast, depart with a picnic lunch for a game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Return to the lodge late afternoon to freshen up before dinner.

The following day after breakfast we embark on an Empakai crater walking Safari inside the Ngorongoro conservation area. A day of hiking then return to the lodge in the afternoon for dinner and overnight stay. 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area:

The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south western corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.

Empakai Crater:

Empakai crater is one of the most beautiful craters in Ngorongoro conservation area. From the crater rim you have a fantastic view in the craters' green paradise. The large portion of its floor is covered with a lake. It is 3200m above sea level, the wall rises 300m above the crater floor and the crater is about 8km in diameter. Because of high altitude, the area is often shrouded in mist and combined with the emerald colour of the lake, it creates an atmosphere straight out of a fairy tale. A unique place for walking to explore the forested crater and a wide range of flora and fauna.

The views along the trail downwards are spectacular at every point. All along you can enjoy the changing views of Empakai itself.

2 Nights in Ngorongoro:

Ngorongoro Farm house Lodge

Full Board - (excluding Alcoholic drinks)

Day 6

Lake Manyara National Park - Arusha

145 km - approx 3 hours drive

After breakfast depart on a morning walking safari at Lake Manyara. A game drive in the park in the afternoon before driving back to Arusha in the late afternoon for your overnight stay.

Transportation: New 4WD Safari Land Cruiser with pop up roof

Lake Manyara National Park:

The Park derives its name from the Maasai word manyara, which is the name for the plant Euphorbia tirucalli. The Maasai use this plant to grow livestock stockades. Eventually manyara will produce a stockproof hedge which is more durable than any made of cut thorn branches,  late afternoon drive back to our hotel in Arusha.

Overnight in Arusha:

Mount Meru Hotel

Full Board - (excluding Alcoholic drinks)

Day 7

Mount Kilimanjaro - Day 1

2018: Machame Hut Camp (10,000ft)

Pick you from your Hotel in Moshi  and drive for 1 hour to Machame gate (10,000ft) for registration, and meet the rest of the crew (Cooks and Porters) ready for the climb. We will start the climb through rainforest and the giant heathers for 6 hrs to our first overnight camp

Overnight on the Mountain Camp

Day 8

Mount Kilimanjaro - Day 2

2018:Shira Camp (12,480ft)

Short day but rather steep rocky and dusty trails. It's a slow hike with plenty of breaks and enough time to acclimatise. Most of the route is rather bare of vegetation providing little shade from heat. You will cross many ridges and see the first of many Senecias overnight at Shira hut.

Overnight on the Mountain Camp

Day 9

Mount Kilimanjaro - Day 3

2018: Barranco Camp (13,000ft)

Start with climbing over boulders and very few rocks, then steady uphill climb to Lava tower and stop for lunch around noon. For those interested we may climb up the Lava tower which is 14850ft (You may start to get a mild headache due to altitude change). From Lava tower we will go down for about 2 hrs through dusty and rocky trails to the Barranco Camp at 13000ft.

Overnight on the Mountain Camp

Day 10

Mount Kilimanjaro - Day 4

2018: Katanga Camp (13,255ft)

After spending a night at the great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out to be 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 over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit. The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water available at Barafu camp. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Karanga camp.

Overnight on the Mountain Camp

Day 11

Mount Kilimanjaro - Day 5

2018:Barafu Camp (15,358ft)

Breakfast at Karanga camp and after breakfast turn left up the ridge and the route ascends 640m towards Barafu Camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night.

Exposed to the ever-present gales, the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge.

Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents.  The summit is now a further 1214m higher and you will commence with your final ascent attempt, the same night. Prepare your equipment, hiking poles and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed as early as possible and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

Overnight on the Mountain Camp

Day 12

Mount Kilimanjaro - Day 6

2018:Summit Day & head back down to Mweka hut (10,500ft)

After breakfast  you will have a short day walk to Barafu hut for the early dinner and evening rest.

 

We will start the climb at around midnight. We will start with very steep rocks for 1 hour, and then will enter a snow covered area where you can see glaciers above. If it's a moonlit night, you may turn off your headlamp and walk in the moonlight, it is a wonderful experience.

 

Next 2 hours to Stella Point; we will take a break every 15 minutes as the struggle gets more mentally and physically challenging. Then we will get to Stella Point where the Lava fields are like loose sand. It's very funny and frustrating because you will take a step up and slide back gaining no distance, and if not careful slide back 2 steps and gain negative 2 steps.  

 

After breakfast, we will climb to UHURU PEAK for 1 hr just as the sun appears over the Mawenzi peaks. We will be at UHURU PEAK (19,370ft) around 6.00 or 7:00am. We will start our descent which is steep and rigorous via Stella Point to Barafu hut Camp. We will stop at Barafu Camp for lunch and a good rest before we proceed down to Mweka camp, a very comfortable hike, but very dusty and long.

Overnight on the Mountain Camp

Day 13

Mount Kilimanjaro - Day 7

2018: Mweka Camp (10,138ft) - Mweka Gate (5,384ft) - Arusha

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 4 to 6 hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. Some hikers do experience knee problems which could make the descend longer than planned.

It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely.

At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.

 

Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5739m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! you drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, at Mount meru Hotel.

Overnight in Arusha:

Mount Meru Hotel

Full Board - (excluding Alcoholic drinks)

Day 14

Last day and transfer back to Kilimanjaro Airport to catch you flights home

Breakfast at the hotel. Relax by the pool. Pick up for afternoon transfer to the airport for your connection to your international flight back home.

International flights home

Trip details

Price from £3995  Per person based on twin share basis

With Domestic & Economy class International flights to/from Uk, from  £4,615 per person

Price includes

  • All accomodation & meals/activities as shown

  • Safari guide services & park fees

  • Porters / guides / cook on kilimanjaro climb

  • transfers to/from airports

  • ATOL protection (When taking international flights)

Additional Extra's

  • Domestic and/or International Flights

  • Alcoholic  drinks

  • Additional unscheduled excursions / trips

  • Immunisations

  • Visa's

  • Personal travel insurance

  • local gratuaties