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Trek Tanzania – The Peaks and Plains – 14 Days

See all of the major highlights of Tanzania! Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (the roof of Africa), on Mt. Kilimanjaro you’ll climb on the Machame route, considered the second most popular, but the most beautiful. With the gradual ascend up Uhuru peak; you’ll emerge through the diversly vegetated forest to see wide views of the moorland on Shira plateau, Kibo and Western Breach.

 Day 1: ARRIVAL in Arusha at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will meet you and drive to Arusha town.

Dinner and overnight accommodation at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar hotel (meals on half board basis)

Day 2:    Briefing for Mt. Kilimanjaro & trekking Gears inspection / Arusha City tour & Sightseeing: 

After your leisurely breakfast at Ilboru Safari Lodge, our Mt. Kilimanjaro trekking guide shall come to give you a detailed briefing on Mt. Kilimanjaro trekking plus trekking gears inspection. Here you will have the time to meet with the guides on one to one and ask them as many questions as you can on your trekking trip.

After lunch, we will take you for Arusha city tour and sightseeing. This takes approximately 2 to 3 hours depending on your interest. From Souvenir shops in the city to the out skirts of the city to Cultural Heritage Center, where you will see the African curving art work and crafts.

Later on, you will retire your day for dinner and overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge on Half Board basis.

2nd night accommodation at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar hotel, meals on half board basis (HB)

Day 3: Arusha     –    Machame Gate – Machame Camp 

To the Mountain

After breakfast you’ll head to the Machame Park Gate (5,870 ft./ 1,790 mt.), where you’ll register with the park authority and begin the climb through the lush forest. Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and may even see black & white colobus monkeys, as well as sykes monkeys as they hike along the knotted roots. After 5-7 hours of walking you’ll stop for the night at Machame Camp (9,875 feet), just above the forest zone. The trek is quite long, but not steep.

Standard Accommodation: tent at Machame camp (all meals included).

Day 4: Machame Camp      –     Shira Camp 

Magnificent Views of Uhuru Peak

Today’s segment of the ascent will continue across beautiful heathland and Afro-alpine moorland with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro Peak. You’ll begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of Giant Heather and Erica. Scrambling around large boulders, you’ll enter the moorland zone, marked by lobelia and senecia plants, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards, which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. Tonight will then be spent at Shira Camp (12,615 feet, 4-5 hours of walking).

Standard Accommodation: tent at Shira camp all meals included.

Day 5: Shira Camp    –    Barranco Camp 

The Route to the Great Barranco Valley

Drawing nearer the peak, the trek becomes a bit more strenuous. The trail steepens on the approach to the Lava Tower, a 300 foot tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet. In the afternoon, you’ll descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides by steep valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants, such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjaro), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Then we slowly ascent to our overnight stop at Barranco Camp (12,990 feet, 5-6 hours of walking)

Standard Accommodation: tent at Barranco camp all meals included.

Day 6: Barranco Camp     –   Barafu Camp 

The Equatorial Anomaly

The day will begin with a descent into the Gorge, before we climb its eastern wall to enjoy views of the Kilimanjaro ice fields, an anomaly of the equator. Continuing the trek, you’ll follow the lava ridge to the Barafu camp. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse on the approach. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Barafu camp (15,225 feet, 6-7 hours of walking)

Standard Accommodation: tent at Barafu camp all meals included.

Day 7: Barafu Camp   – Uhuru Peak   – Barafu Camp – Mweka Camp

Uhuru Peak – The Highest Point in Africa

You’ll start off on a challenging trek (12-17 hours), passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. As the dawn nears, you’ll reach the summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the culmination of – and the reward for – 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. You’ll then descend back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while, before continuing the descent to Mweka Camp (10,105 feet, 3-4 hours of walking on the descent). Standard Accommodation: tent at Mweka Camp all meals included.

Day 8:     Mweka Camp, Kilimanjaro     –    Mweka Gate – Arusha Town 

Back to the Bottom

This morning you’ll make the final descent to the park gate, a walk of about 2 to 3 hours. After bidding farewell to the guide and porters, you’ll head back to Arusha for the night.

Standard Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar hotel (meals on half board basis)

Day 9: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast with packed lunch boxes from your hotel, you will depart for Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population.

Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area.

There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, and cheetah and up to six thousand elephant.

Dinner and overnight at Sangaiwe Tented Lodge or similar hotel (all meals on full board basis)

Day 10:     Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park 


Tree Climbing Lions & Pink Flamingoes

Morning after breakfast with packed lunch boxes, Your Safari will continue with a drive towards Lake Manyara National Park…. Nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty.
You can see many game animals such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo and others. Eventually you will arrive and stay overnight at beautiful Lake Manyara, which Ernest Hemingway once called the “The loveliest lake in Africa.” The national park is home to the unique tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara, which you’ll have the chance to see lounging in the high tree branches.

Dinner and overnight accommodation at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge or similar hotel, all meals included

Day 11: Tarangire – Serengeti National Park 

After breakfast you start on your way to Serengeti National Park (driving time some 4 hours, but with plenty to see on the way!) En route you will see grazing zebras, antelopes and giraffes and sometimes some buffaloes hiding in the bush. The South Serengeti ecosystem belongs partly to the Serengeti National park and partly to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species. After the game drive, you enter the Serengeti National park and drive to your lodge Serengeti Sopa Lodge  or similar hotel, all meals included

Day 12: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park

Endless Plains of the Serengeti

Early start today;  for an early morning game drive to see also nocturnal  predators returning from hunting and animals waking up in early morning light.

You can take breakfast boxes with you and have a bush breakfast when the sun is up before you visit the interesting documentation center about Serengeti at Seronera. Furthermore, you will go out for the migration game drive for the rest of the day.

There is an optional hot-air balloon safari (not included in the package cost), which will take place in the morning, just as the sun rises. You’ll float in whichever direction the morning winds take you. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon; at times he will ascend to 1000′ or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. After the landing you celebrate with champagne and a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in ‘Out of Africa’ style. After breakfast you receive your Serengeti balloon certificate and drive back to your camp or proceed with your day’s activities and game drives around the Serengeti.

 (Price for this ballooning is not included in the package, please let me know in advance to book this for you – space is so limited).

Dinner and overnight accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar hotel,  all meals included

Day 13: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you will depart Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater, after your arrival you will descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater on World Heritage Site holding a permanent population of more than 30 000 animals.

As only very few of those migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. The Crater is also home to the rare black rhino almost extinct in Tanzania. With a bit of luck you will see the ‘Big Five’ during one game drive.

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge or similar hotel, All meals included (FB)

Day 14:  Ngorongoro – Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport 

Morning after breakfast from your lodge, at the appropriate time you will drive from Ngorongoro Crater to Kilimanjaro International Airport through Arusha town for your International flight.

 

Group Size            Per person
   2 – 4                        4,150US$                          
   6 – 8                        3,450US$

10 or more             Contact us for price

 

 

 

 

Included Services

The KILIMANJARO package includes; 

  • airport transfers
  • 03 x HB at Ilboru safari LodgeArusha
  • 6 days shared Kilimanjaro Climb/Machame Route
  • Full board during climb including mineral/drinking water
  • Professional well experienced Kilimanjaro Team with English-speaking guide 
  • Mountain guide, porters and cook
  • Mountain Tent accommodation (tents, mattresses, – Pls bring your own sleeping bag)
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees, rescue fees, Climbing Certificates
  • 05 x overnights at mountain campsites
  • airport transfers
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser or Land Rover with photographic roof hatch and guaranteed window seats
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
  • All game drives as mentioned
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees
  • Full board at safari lodges as per itinerary
  • 2 ltr mineral water per person/day during game drive

 

Excluded Services

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee (50USD or 100USD for American or Irish passport holders – to be paid upon arrival)
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for Kilimanjaro Team or safari guides
  • Sleeping bag hire (rental fee 20 USD per person)
  • Laundry

 

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