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Africa Natural Tours

  • Tanzania

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Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

This is a fantastic combination of trekking the Machame Route up Mount Kilimanjaro, which takes seven days, followed by a wildlife safari in spectacular Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater to search for diverse animals and birds. On the highly recommended Machame route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt which is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers are better rested.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Serengeti National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
  • Wildlife:
    Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyena, Wildebeest, Colobus Monkey, Baboon
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Moshi , end in Arusha
  • Minimum age:
    7

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,200 per person

What's Included

  • Transport (4 x 4 Land Cruiser) with open roof
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Mattress at campsites
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visa
  • Tips to mountain crew & safari driver guide
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Doctor for the group
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra ($100 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • Extra safari balloon in Serengeti (USD  570 per person) & Masai Village (USD 25 per person)
  • Laundry services
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Africa Natural Tours
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Africa Natural Tours‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

We will drive from Moshi/Arusha to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate, which takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We 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 so gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Elevation (ft): 5,400 ft to 9,400 ft
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

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.

Elevation (ft): 9,400 ft to 12,500 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

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 the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000 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.

Elevation (ft): 12,500 ft to 13,000 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Semi Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

Elevation (ft): 13,000 ft to 13,100 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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.

Elevation (ft): 13,100 ft to 15,300 ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Pretzel 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 (18,600 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 the 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.

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.

Elevation (ft): 15,300 ft to 1345 ft (and down to 10,000 ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent

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 so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Elevation (ft): 10,000 ft to 5,400 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

We will leave Arusha early in the morning and travel to Serengeti National Park on a road near the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, allowing for animal sightings along the way. The golden savannah and endless plains, teeming with zebras, wildebeest and giraffes make it easy to understand why the Serengeti is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. On this day, we will enjoy a picnic lunch on Naabai kopje (a small, rocky hill in a generally flat area), where you will have the opportunity to view the Serengeti’s famous pink-headed lizards. After lunch, we will proceed further into the plains for a leisurely game drive.

Accommodation: Tented campsite
Meals & drinks: Water is included with all meals (other drinks is not included)

We will begin our day with an early morning game drive in the central Serengeti. The Savannah is an active landscape and the air is flooded with the melodies the birds create as the regenerated sunlight starts to illuminate the full landscape. Your guide will study the prints on the ground to pursue predators. We will travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation. You will be provided with dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Tented campsite
Meals & drinks: Water is included with all meals (other drinks is not included)

After an early morning breakfast, we will hurry to Ngorongoro Crater as it is the best time of the day to spot animals. We will enjoy a game drive around the crater and stop for a picnic lunch at a small lake within the park, home to many hippos and migratory birds. Due to the animal ‘oasis’ created within the crater, there is a high possibility of spotting every member of ‘Big 5’ consisting of some of the strongest animals in Africa – the ferocious lion, the giant elephant, the stealthy leopard, the charging rhino and the mighty  buffalo.

Ngorongoro Crater is truly an amazing place, formed over two million of years ago. A large volcano erupted, collapsing the volcano, but left a perfectly unbroken crater, known as a caldera. Within the amazing crater you can expect to view playful zebra, lumbering hippo, swift wildebeest and cackling hyenas. In addition, there are flocks of graceful flamingos along the Soda Lake, while hungry hawks and vultures circle the sky in search their next meal of discarded carcass. Beautiful storks, ibis, and cranes are popular water birds in the crater, a sight not to miss. After a lovely afternoon of animal sightings, we will finally start our journey back to Arusha at the hotel where you will overnight.

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