• 10 Days from
    $3250 p/p in USD
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Shira Cave Adventures

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping, Mid Range

Tour Overview

Start this experience on spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro, hiking up to Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa – with stunning scenery and panoramic views along the way. Afterwards explore the superb national parks of Lake Manyara and Tarangire, before heading to the remarkable Ngorongoro Crater, all home to amazing wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Camping Safari, Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Lake Manyara NP, Kilimanjaro National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
  • Wildlife:
    Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Crocodile, Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Hyena, Vervet Monkey, Eland
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Game Viewing, Trekking, Hiking
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Moshi, end in Moshi

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 3,250 per person

What's Included


  • Pick up and drop off at the airport
  • 2 nights hotel in Moshi with breakfast (before & after climb)
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi & gear check
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs, sleeping pad, trekking poles
  • All meals while on the climb, evening tea, drinking water
  • Medically qualified guides & 3-4 porters per climber
  • Twice a day medical health check up
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, and rescue fees
  • Oxygen Cylinder


  • Overnight stays in luxury safari lodges/tented lodges
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), drinking water
  • Transportation in 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • National park fees

What's Excluded


  • Flights & visas
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
  • Tip to your guides, porters and cook (per day guideline is $20 head guide, $15 per assistant guide, $15 per cook, $10 per porter, which can be split between each client)
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear (some available for rent)
  • Snacks and personal medicine
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry (available at the hotel)


  • Sleeping bag
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Tips & personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.


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

Day by Day Overview

The drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate takes about one hour. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate, we walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp.

Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Elevation: 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft
Distance: 11 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

This is a shortest day but steeper one. You will wake up and get breakfast, then proceed your hiking for the second day where you will trek uphill tracks where there are several viewpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo peak above as well as Mount Meru which is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. As you gain high altitude you will notice changes in vegetations and the trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro’s high altitude plants, Scenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia deckenii.

Machame Camp to Shira Cave
Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,500 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Heath

We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

Shira Cave to Lava Tower down to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft down 13044ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. 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.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak descent to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft descent to 10065ft
Distance: 18 km/10 miles
Hiking Time: 13-14 hours
Habitat: Arctic

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka gate to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast the tour departs with the first stop in Arusha town for any last minute purchases before we set off on safari. Afterwards we head towards Tarangire National Park for a game drive with picnic lunch in the park. Tarangire is well known for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 3000 elephants, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebras.

Dinner and overnight at 3 star hotel/lodge/tented lodge

After breakfast we head to Lake Manyara National Park, which offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats, Acacia woodlands, water forests, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps and the lake itself. Thanks to this variety of habitats, this small park is able to support a large number of animal species and incredible bird life. Manyara has the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world and the lions here are also renowned for their tree climbing.

Dinner and overnight at 3 star hotel/lodge/tented lodge

After an early breakfast, you will descend over 600 meters into Ngorongoro Crater to view its incredible wildlife. Supported by a year round water supply and food, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area supports vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo and elephants. This picturesque national park also has a dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Late afternoon transfer to Arusha for overnight or airport drop off.

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