10 DAYS KILIMANJARO TREKKING AND WILDERNESS SAFARI

This is the combination package that includes trekking at Kilimanjaro and Wilderness safari at the northern circuit parks in Tanzania. You will enjoy trek at Kilimanjaro to the summit through Machame route, then after you will have a relaxation at the bush of Tanzania most popular national parks (Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater). At the arrival day, our professional guide will pick you from Kilimanjaro international airport to Kibo palace hotel for dinner and overnight stay before start trekking next day.

Day 1: Arusha to Machame gate (1490m) to Machame Camp (2980m)

Climate: Montane forest

Distance: barely 9kms

Time taken: approximately 7hrs

Early in the morning after breakfast at Mount Meru Hotel, you will depart to Machame gate from arusha barely 2hrs, for registration and urgent information before start ascending to Machame camp. You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. The porters and chef, who move very fast up the mountain, will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, a hot dinner will be served.

Day 2: Machame Camp (2980m) to Shira Camp (3840m)

Climate: Moorland

Distance: barely 9kms

Time taken: about 6hrs

Rise up in the morning at the mid of the Mountain, after breakfast guide and porters will lead your way to Shira camp, through the moorland climate. You will cross many streams and walk over a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau that leads to Shira Camp. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.

Day 3: Shira camp (3840m) to Lava tower (4630m) to Burranco camp (3950m)

Climate: Low Alpine desert

Distance covered: barely 12kms

Time taken: about 8hrs

After early hot breakfast at Shira camp you will experience, a short ascending to Lava tower before descending to Burranco camp. Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. Camp is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.

Day 4: Burranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga Camp (4000m)

Climate: High Alpine desert

Distance: barely 4kms

Time taken: about 2 hours

Early in the morning after breakfast at Burranco camp, you will experience a short ascending to Karanga camp. Hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatization.

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4000m) to Barafu Camp (4600m)

Climate: Glacial

Distance: about 4kms

Time taken: barely 3hrs

After morning breakfast, Guide and porters will lead your way to Barafu camp, where you will stay preparing for summit day. The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00.

Day 6: Summit Day, Barafu Camp (4600m) to Uhuru peak (5895m) to Mweka camp (3100m)

Climate: Glacial

Distance covered: about 7kms ascending and 18kms descending

Time taken: about 8hrs ascending and 9hrs descending

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak. Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours. The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

 

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1980m) to Arusha

Climate: Montane forest

Distance: about 10 kilometers

Time taken: approximately 5 hours

In the morning rise and shine, after breakfast at Mweka camp, you will proceed to descend heading to Mweka gate. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations, waiting for tomorrow relaxation at the wilderness parks.

Day 8: Arusha to Lake Manyara national park

In the morning after delicious breakfast, depart to Lake Manyara with your picnic lunch box for the stunning game drive. Lake Manyara is a lovely scenic park on the road from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater, famous for its tree climbing lions, good elephants and baboons. The lake itself takes up much of the park, leaving a strip of land running along its shores where game concentrates.  The park is also famous for its elephant and huge number of baboons, and its varied landscape supports an impressive range of other game including wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, flamingo, zebra, warthog, waterbuck, dik-dik and impala.

Meal full board at Ngorongoro farm house

Day 9: Lake Manyara to Serengeti national park

This day we will be luck to drive heading to UNESCO world heritage site the Serengeti. We will depart early in the morning after breakfast at Olivers camp, the take a drive of about 205kms barely 4-5 hours to reach Seronera. The Serengeti is Africa’s most famous park. Renowned for its incredible concentrations of predators and the Great Serengeti Migration of two million wildebeest, the Serengeti guarantees an exceptional safari. The endless grassy plains (Serengeti in Maasai) are the richest grazing grounds on the continent, and therefore home to the largest herds and the highest concentrations of predators on the planet.

Meal full board at Katikati tented camp

Day 10: Serengeti to Ngorongoro crater to Arusha

Early in the morning, depart from Serengeti to Ngorongoro crater for the Big 5 safari game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is the best place in Tanzania to see ‘The Big Five’.  A healthy population of black rhino and some of the largest tusker elephants left in Africa today are the prize spots, but the crater is also home to good populations of lion, leopard and hyena along with healthy herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra.  Other wildlife here includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of bird. In the evening you will depart to Arusha for flight back home preparation.