15 Days Kenya, Tanzania, Kilimanjaro Climbing Safari

KENYA – TANZANIA COMBINED KILIMANJARO CLIMBING & ZANZIBAR SAFARI

Day 1 : Nairobi – Arusha-Moshi
Arrive in Nairobi and connect for the tourist shuttle bus to Moshi arriving in the afternoon overnight hotel (B&B).

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MACHAME ROUTE

Day 2 : Machame Gate to Machame Camp
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

 

Day 3 : Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite

 

Day 4 : Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to theArrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

 

Day 5 : Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

 

Day 6 : Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in
the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

 

Day 7 : Mweka Camp to Moshi
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration! overnight at hotel.

 

LAKE MANYARA / NGORONGORO / SERENGETI/MASAI MARA/NAIROBI

Day 8 : Lake Manyara National Park.
Depart Arusha in the morning for Lake Manyara arriving in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest, is the grass floodplain and its expansive views eastward across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai steppes large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes. Some so dark in coloration that they appear to be from a distance. Dinner and overnight at lake manyara Hotel/Miguga Forest Tented Camp.

 

Day 9 : Ngorongoro.
After morning game drive in Lake Manyara, proceed to one of the natural wonders of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater to arrive in time for lunch. After lunch relax in the lodge enjoying the magnificent view of the crater from the lodge located in the rim of the crater. The Crater is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthral visitors. It borders the Serengeti National Park to the north and west. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge/Ngorongoro crater Tented Camp.

 

Day 10 : Ngorongoro Crater.
After early breakfast a 4wheel drive vehicle will take you 2000ft down the crater, tracking animals with picnic lunch. Also referred to as “the eighth wonder of the world” and stretching across some 8,300 sq km, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania boasts a blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology that is unsurpassed in Africa. The volcanoes, grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of animals and to the Maasai. In the evening ascend to the lodge for dinner and overnight Wildlife lodge./Ngorongoro Crater Tented Camp.

 

Day 11 : Ngorongoro-Serengeti National Park
Breakfast at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge and depart for the vast Serengeti plains National Reserve via Olduvai Gorge ,site of the famous archeologist Dr. Leakey where fossils of human and animal believed to be over 2 million years are seen. Lunch enroute arriving Serengeti in the afternoon. Afternoon game viewing inside the Park known to host great herds of plains game. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti wildlife Lodge/Ikoma Tented Camp.

 

Day 12 : Serengeti National Park
Morning and afternoon game inside the Park taking you to different parts of the park famous for the annual migration when millions of wildebeest (gnus) and zebra set off for maasai Mara in search of better grazing grounds and water, search for numerous plains game. Meals and overnight at Serengeti wildlife Lodge.

 

Day 13 : Masai mara./Ikoma Tented Camp
Breakfast at the lodge and depart with enroute game drive passing through sirari border to Masai mara arriving in the afternoon with enroute game drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight a Mara Serena lodge/Keekorok lodge/Mara Sopa lodge/Mara Sarova Tented Camp.

 

Day 14 : Maasai mara National Reserve.
Morning and afternoon game viewing inside the Park. Search for wild game black manned lion for which Mara is famous for, cheetah, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, leopard, grants gazelle are quite common, even the rare rhino might come out of the thicket for you, hyenas are plentiful, Extend your drive to the hippo point where schools of hippo submerge on the approach of vehicles only to surface seconds later to shot and gamble their displeasure as the crocodiles sunbathe on the river banks mouths agape. Between meals there is optional visit to the maasai villages for an insight to their culture if clients so wish. Meals and overnight at Mara Serena lodge/Keekorok lodge/Mara Sopa lodge/Mara Sarova Tented Camp. Optional Balloon ride at a special price of $425 p.p.

 

Day 15 : Maasai Mara- Nairobi
Early morning game drive, Breakfast and depart with enroute game drive backl to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon.

 

Price per person sharing $4560

 

Safari Inclusives

  • The price includes transportation in a safari 4WD minibus in Kenya/4WD
  • Land cruiser in Tanzania equiped
    with HF Radio communication and pop-up roof for easy viewing and photographing
  • Full board accommodation on safari,and on the mountain
    -services of English speaking skilled and experienced driver/guide
  • Extensive game drives in the national parks, all airport transfers

Exclusive in safari cost;

  • Beverages and Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal and Luggage insurance
  • Airport departure Tax
  • Climbing equipment
  • Tips
  • Visas
  • Laundry
  • Personal Toiletries
    – optional activities or items of personal nature

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