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14 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Via Machame Route ,Wildlife Safari & Zanzibar

The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to its popularity there are increased numbers of trekkers, it loses some of its splendour. The Machame route approaches the summit from the southwest and descends using the Mweka route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2900 - $3250
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 14 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tarangire
Activity level: Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Romantic
  • Camping
  • Self-drive
After arrival at your hotel in Moshi, you will rest. And later there will be a meeting with your guide for briefing about your trek and Mt Kilimanjaro. After finish to the briefing he will check all your mountain gears to see if you have all equipment, and if you will miss some of them he will take you to rent the missing gears.

DAY 1: KILIMANJARO After landing at 12H55 meeting with the driver and overnight Park view Inn in mosh-Kilimanjaro.

Day 2:- Moshi (915m/ 3000ft) to Machame Gate (1490m/ 4,890 ft) to Machame (2,980 m/9,780 ft) – 18km, 5 -7 hours Montane Forest your day starts early with briefing, thereafter drive from Arusha after breakfast Moshi to the Machame village (1,490m / 4,890 ft) where your guides and porters prepare and pack your equipment and supplies. You will receive a lunch pack, 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 you an hour to complete the muddy 3 km walk to the gate. After registering at the office, you start your 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 footgear, trekking poles and gaiters are useful. You will enjoy a welcome lunch stop halfway up and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters will arrive at the camp before you and will erect your tent before you arrive. In the evening, the porters boil drinking and washing water while the cook prepares your dinner. Night temperatures can drop to freezing at the Machame camp.

Day 3:- Machame Camp (2,980m / 9,780 ft) to Shira Camp (3,840 m /12,600 ft) 9 km, 4 - 6 hours - Moorland ,you rise 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, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you 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. You are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu route. After a short hike west, you reach the Shira Campsite. The porters will boil drinking water and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

Day 4:- Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft)to Lave Tower (4630m /15,190 ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950 m / 12,960 ft) 15 km, 7 hours – Semi desert After breakfast, you will hike east up steepening path above the highest vegetation towards Kilimanjaro’s looming mass. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630m / 15,190ft. this chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and 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 3,950m / 12,960ft. 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 you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

Day 5:- Barranco Camp (3,950 m / 12,960 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,550 m / 14,930 ft) 13 km, 8 hours – Alpine Desert After spending a night under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you climb this awesome obstacle, which turns out to be easier that it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through Karanga Valley and goes over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your decent route. You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angels. 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 on the route is in Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Hut, 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. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. This should include replacing your headlamp and camera batteries, and to prevent freezing, consider carrying your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed by 19:00hrs, and try to get a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 6:- Summit Day Barafu Camp (4,550 m / 14,930 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m / 19,340 ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft ) 7 km up, 23 km down, 8 hours up 7 -8 hours down scree and seasonal snow you will rise around 23:30hrs, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6 hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella point (5,685m / 18,650ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella point you will join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not to here too long, at it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3 hours decent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well earned but short rest, collects your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100m / 10,170ft). This camp is in the upper forest so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates and beer.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100m / 10,170 ft) to Mweka Gate (1980 m / 6500 ft) to Moshi (890m / 2,290 ft) 15 km, 3 hours – Forest After a well deserved breakfast, it is a short scenic, 3 hour hike back to the park gate. Don’t give your porters and tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your crew at the gate. At Mweka gate you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificate. Climbers who reached Stella point are issued green certificate and those who reached Uhuru peak receive gold certificate. 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. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch After which you are driven back to Arusha . Overnight in hotel Ilboro safari lodge prepare and pack for the safari TARANGIRE/ LAKE MANYARA / NGORONGORO AND SERENGETI:

Day 8:Arusha – Tarangire National Park Depart to Tarangire National Park for afternoon game drive with picnic Lunch, later on drive to the campsite for evening at leisure and hot dinner T

Day 9: TARANGIRE-SERENGETI: Early breakfast then with your picnic lunch drive to famous Serengeti national Park via Ngorongoro Conservation area, game drive en route. Having a chance to see all big five. Seronera area its wild paradise you will be able to see thousands of wild animals and also Immigration of wild best depending on the season. Then Afternoon game drives there after dinner and overnight

Day 10: SERENGETI- NGORONGORO CRATER-L/MANYARA: After breakfast with our Picnic Lunch make a game drive briefly in famous Serengeti then to Ngorongoro Conservation area then descend to the crater floor one of the wonders of the world. Game drive inside the crater till late in the evening having a chance to see all big five e.g. Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalos, Hippos and many other game animals. Then drive to your lodge Dinner and overnight 

Day 11: LAKE MANYARA-ARUSHA-ZANZIBAR: After breakfast relax and make nice pictures of the Great Rift Valley then drive to Arusha Airport for your flight to Zanzibar at 1415Hours meet and greet in Zanzibar and transfer to beach hotel 

Day 12:13:Zanzibar (Beach Hotel) Free hotel Amaan Beach Bungalows or similar on bed & breakfast basis Front Sea View rooms. *Option Zanzibar excursion

Day 14: DEPARTURE: BEACH HOTEL-AIRPORT: Departure to Airport back home

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