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11 days - Kilimanjaro climb - Scenic route & Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Safari

This trek starts above the picturesque mountain village of Machame to the south of Kilimanjaro. After passing through the forest and into the moorland zone, we encounter an easy rock scramble and eventually emerge onto the Shira Plateau. We will then proceed clockwise below the southern face of Kibo, climb Lava Tower for magnificent 360 degree vistas, ascend the Great Barranco Wall, a challenging and exhilarating scramble, and approach Uhuru Summit from Barafu and the ridge that abuts the South East Valley. This approach provides incredible views of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro’s remnant volcanic cone. After the safari you will be visiting one of the best wildlife parks on earth -the endless Serengeti Plains and incredible Ngorongoro Crater.

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices: $2786
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 11 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti
Activity level: Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Camping
  • Cultural
  • Birding
Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania Day 2: Arusha - Machame Gate (1800m – 2 hours drive) to Machame Camp (3000m – 5 to 6 hours walk) Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3840m – 4 to 5 hours walk) Day 4: Shira Camp to Baranco camp (3950m – 5 to 6 hours walk) via Lava Tower (4600m) Day 5: Baranco Camp to Barafu (4600 m), 6 to 7 hours walk. Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5895m – 6 to 7 hours walk) to Mweka Camp (3000m) Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha. Day 8: Arusha to Serengeti Park / Game drive Day 9: Full day Serengeti Park / Game drive Hot Air Serengeti Balloon excursion ( optional - as outlined below ) Day 10: Serengeti Park safari / transfer to Ngorongoro Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater Safari / Transfer to Arusha Main destination: Arusha Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation) Meals & drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included) End of Tour.

Day 1:  Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania
Transfer to your hotel
preparation for the climb, meet guide, check equipment 
Overnight at Green Mountain Hotel – BB

Day 2: Arusha -  Machame Gate (1800m – 2 hours drive) to Machame Camp (3000m – 5 to 6 hours walk)
After breakfast we will drive to the Machame Gate, where you will meet your mountain crew and enter the Kilimanjaro National Park.  We begin our climb at 1800m , walking a few hours through thick and undisturbed tropical forest, your cook will stop a half way and prepare the hot lunch then diner and overnight at Machame camp. With luck we may see the colobus monkeys that live in the forest.

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3840m – 4 to 5 hours walk)
Today is an easy paced acclimatization day. We will hike over streams, a river gorge, and moorlands. Camp is located on the Shira Plateau, providing expansive views of Kilimanjaro. There is a conditioning hike in the afternoon where you can enjoy the clusters of giant lobelias and senecios that grow at this elevation. Depending on the weather condition your cook may stop half way for the hot lunch or continue to the camp for lunch, dinner and overnight at Shira camp.

Day 4: Shira Camp  to Baranco camp (3950m – 5 to 6 hours walk)  via Lava Tower  (4600m)
Today is another acclimatization day as we have a mostly uphill climb of 5 hours to an elevation over 4500m at Lover tower then descend to Baranco Valley at 3950m. We will pass through the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather, to reach Kilimanjaro’s alpine desert zone. You will have a spectacular view of the steep Western Breach, which we will not be doing on this climb.  After having a hot lunch at Lover tower we will have approximately 1 and half hours descent to the baranco Valley which is dominated by the beautiful giant senecions and Lobelia moorland forest where your camp will be set. This scramble will help prepare you for the climb tomorrow. 

Day 5: Baranco Camp to Barafu (4600 m), 6 to 7 hours walk.
Today we will climb the Great Barranco rock wall - not too steep but challenging for some – which our guides make safe and accessible for every¬one. We will go pole pole (meaning “slowly” in Kiswahili). You will be able to see the breathtaking Heim Glacier. We descend into the Karanga Valley and then walk on the Karanga ridge towards Barafu Camp. As we begin trekking today the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we walk our way to Barafu Camp. Barafu means “ice” in Kiswahili. The Camp is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for our push to the summit. After an early dinner we will rest. At midnight, under the stars and hopefully a brightly shining moon, we will begin the final ascent. We are going to go pole pole and drink plenty of water and tea, refuel with small snacks, and enjoy this final climb to the summit ‘’ Uhuru Peak which is the highest point of the cone’’.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5895m – 6 to 7 hours walk) to Mweka Camp (3000m) 
We will reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro at 5895m. around 8 a.m. At this early hour, before the clouds close in, you will have spectacular views of Africa in all directions. The hiking time is 7 to 8 hours. After a brief stay of 15-20 minutes and photos all around, we will descend 2 to 3 hours to our Barafu Camp for lunch, rest, and to pick up belongings. Then we continue downhill 3 hours to the edge of the Mweka Forest. Tonight’s camp is 3000m below the summit! It is a long descent and trekking poles are recommended. Eat, share your experiences of the climb, and sleep soundly. Congratulations, you made it to the Roof of Africa! 

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha.
After well sleep and breakfast, you will have a time to take a group photo with your climbing crew, then descending again through the tropical forest, the trail is rather steep than the Machame side, it may also be wet and slippery so we recommend using walking pole for this final descent. At the Mweka gate you will sign out of the park, for those who have made it to the top will be rewarded by Kilimanjaro certificate for souvenir then the car will drive you to Moshi where you will have a lunch then continue to your hotel in Arusha for a shower and big relax.
Overnight at Green Mountain Hotel – BB
End of the Climb

Day 8,  BEGIN WILDLIFE SAFARI
Tour Code:  TSA3SN – The Big Five

Serengeti National Park – World heritage site and 7th world wide wonder
Ngorongoro Crater – The world’s sixth-largest unbroken caldera
600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment
Best times: All year round
Type of Tour: Scheduled safari
Shared Game drives: Guaranteed a window seat
Max number of passengers: 7 per vehicle

Day 8: AM transfer to Serengeti National Park, game drive 
After breakfast, transfer to Serengeti National Park,
We stay at Ndutu Area:  best from January to Mid April to see the Wildebeest Migration
game drive in the park
Accommodation:  Serengeti Tented Camp or Lodge
located inside Serengeti Park
Meal Plan:  Breakfast,  Packed lunch and dinner

 

Day 9:  Full day  Serengeti National Park  game drive
Serengeti Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles).
Full day or AM and PM game drive in Serengeti National Park
Accommodation:  Serengeti Guest House private room 
located inside Serengeti Park
Meal Plan:  Breakfast,  Packed lunch and dinner

HOT AIR SERENGETI BALLOON SAFARI: Optional at extra cost - US$ 549,- per person
Program:  After an early wakeup call 4.30am, meet at the common area, light tea/coffee served and the Serengeti Balloon Safari will drive you to Where their Balloon takes off, Do an early Serengeti Balloon ride over the Serengeti Plains and land in the bush for breakfast served with champagne and later continue of game drive in Serengeti with your safari driver )

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater 
After breakfast,  drive to Ngorongoro  and descend down the steep walls of the caldera for another Half-day safaris game viewing in the Ngorongoro National Park. The Park is a paradise of woodlands and lakes that provide for abundant wildlife. Gazelle, buffalo, elephants, wildebeest as well as big cats, particularly the black manned lion, leopards and hyena. 
Accommodation:  Tanzania Ric Lodge
Meal Plan: breakfast, Packed lunch and dinner

Day 11:  AM road transfer to Arusha.
After breakfast, on –route stop at the Lake Manyara park view point on the rift valley escarpment and continue  transfer, about 3 hours drive to Arusha.  Arrival about 12h30.
Meal Plan: breakfast only.
End of Tour

 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Day 1: Hotel in Arusha
  • Day 2: Kilimanjaro - Camping in mountain tent
  • Day 3: Kilimanjaro - Camping in mountain tent
  • Day 4: Kilimanjaro - Camping in mountain tent
  • Day 5: Kilimanjaro - Camping in mountain tent
  • Day 6: Kilimanjaro - Camping in mountain tent
  • Day 7: Hotel in Arusha
  • Day 8: Serengeti Lodge or Tented Camp
  • Day 9: Serengeti Lodge or Tented Camp
  • Day 10: Tanzania Ric Lodge
  • Day 11: Departure
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