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15 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trek and Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

Mount Meru Hotel, Kanisa Road, Arusha, Tanzania

Incredible Hiking and Wildlife Safari Tanzania

Staying in nice tented camps under African skies in the heart of the Serengeti, explore this great land where animals are free to roam without restriction of fences. You are in safe hands with local Maasai tribesman and experienced guides employed to keep you safe. Camp atop of Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most incredible wildlife exhibitions in the world and home to the biggest congregation of large mammals on earth. Explore the less visited yet abundant Tarangire after descending into the Great Rift Valley. You have a very good chance of seeing the Great Migration in the Northern Serengeti this time of year as well as large herds of up to 300 elephants.

Key information

  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Children policy: Children are not allowed to join as this tour involves climbing one of the tallest mountains on earth.
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 5 amazing game drives
  • Mount Kilimanjaro hiking via Machame Route
  • Explore Serengeti, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Spot elephants, lions, buffaloes, crocs, wildebeest, and more
  • Transport in a private safari vehicle
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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12 activity days
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will stay at camps during the trek and during the safari days, you will stay at African safari tented camps fitted with all the luxuries of home. You will be pampered with running water, flushing toilets, hot showers, comfortable beds, great food, and campfires in the heart of the African savannah. You will stay at the following accommodations on the respective nights of your trip.

Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha on nights one and eight.

Machame Camp on night two.

Shira 2 Camp on night three.

Barranco Camp on nights four.

Karanga Camp on night five.

Barafu Camp on night six.

Mweka Camp on night seven.

Mara Under Canvas Luxury Tented Camp on nights nine and 10. The luxury temporary camp is open from June to November. It allows visitors to be in the proximity of the Great Migration and to be able to explore remote areas and the beautiful settings of Serengeti with a large amount of resident fauna. The camp has only 10 double tents and a family tent which assures the intimacy and exclusivity of the intense experience.

Kati-Kati Tented Camp on night 11. Kati Kati is a mobile camp strategically situated in Central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation, together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari experience at a camp.

In its comfortable tents, one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area. There are 11 spacious tents with a private en-suite bathroom which includes a camp shower, a wash basin, and toilet. All of the tents have large beds with doubles or two singles. The electricity is provided by solar panels.

An’gata Tented Camp on night 12. The camp is set under the Acacia forest on the northeastern side of the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim. Just inside the park boundaries, the location permits early game drives down to the crater, leaving you almost alone to discover the World Heritage Site. Up to 25,000 animals call the crater their home.

The only prominent absentees would be the Maasai giraffes who cannot cope with the steep slopes of the crater. The main attraction, and also the most elusive, are the 23 Black rhinoceroses that live inside the crater. From the camp, the Empakaai Crater is in a half day's hiking distance and a Massai Boma is located a few kilometers away for those who wish to meet the Maasai.

It is a small camp with eight guest tents, including a two-tent family unit, a lounge, and a dining tent. Each guest tent has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, vanity desk, and flush toilets. Depending on the request, a king size bed, twin beds, or triples are available.

Roika Tented Camp on nights 13 and 14. It is located in a unique flora and fauna of shrublands and Acacia woodlands with hearty Baobab trees strewn around. Welcome to the birds’ paradise of over 500 bird species. Roika Tarangire Tented Lodges has 21 luxury en-suite tents, a swimming pool, internet cafe, games room, gift shop, and bar lounge area.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

You will be greeted upon arrival and transferred to Mount Meru Hotel. Later in the afternoon, you will meet your climbing guide and team, check over your climbing gear, and have a safety briefing. You will enjoy a lovely dinner then, you can settle in for a hot bath and an early night before starting your hike.

Day 2: Central - Machame Gate - Machame Camp

  • Elevation: 5,380 feet to 9,350 feet
  • Distance: 11 kilometers / 7 miles
  • Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

The drive from Arusha to the Machame Gate will take about two hours. The journey will pass through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As you leave the park gate, you will walk through the dense rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge until you reach Machame Camp.

Day 3: Machame Camp - Shira 2 Camp

  • Elevation: 9,350 feet to 12,500 feet
  • Distance: 5 kilometers / 3 miles
  • Hiking time: 4 to s6 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

You will leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep and rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, you will pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

  • Elevation: 12,500 feet to 15,190 feet
  • Distance: 7 kilometers / 4 miles
  • Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

  • Elevation: 15,190 feet to 13,044 feet
  • Distance: 3 kilometers / 2 miles
  • Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

You will continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower, a 300-feet tall volcanic rock formation. You will descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest at an altitude of 13,000 feet. Although you will begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at a higher altitude will be very beneficial for acclimatization.

Day 5: Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

  • Elevation: 13,044 feet to 13,106 feet
  • Distance: 5 kilometers / 3 miles
  • Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

You will begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then, you will climb the non-technical but steep and nearly 900-foot cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, you will cross a series of hills and valleys until you descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up will lead you to Karanga Camp. It will be a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Day 6: Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

  • Elevation: 13,106 feet to 15,331 feet
  • Distance: 4 kilometers / 2 miles
  • Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

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

Day 7: Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

  • Elevation: 15,331 feet to 19,341 feet
  • Distance: 5 kilometers / 3 miles
  • Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

  • Elevation: 19,341 feet to 10,065 feet
  • Distance: 12 kilometers / 7 miles
  • Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Very early in the morning, at around midnight, you will begin your push to the summit. That will be the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at that elevation and time of day can be extreme. You will ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent but short breaks.

Near Stella Point at 18,900 feet, you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, you will arrive at Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, you will make your descent, continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut campsite.

You will stop at Barafu for lunch. The trail will be very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees. Trekking poles will be helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, you will enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 8: Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Arusha

  • Elevation: 10,065 feet to 5,380 feet
  • Distance: 10 kilometers / 6 miles
  • Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

On the last day, you will continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, you will continue for another hour to Mweka village. A vehicle will meet you in Mweka village to drive you back to Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha.

Day 9: Central, Serengeti National Park

You will transfer by road via Manyara, climbing up out of the Great Rift Valley and onto Serengeti National Park with en-route game drives. Your first taste of a real African safari awaits.

You will arrive in one of the favorite camps inside the Serengeti and you will be right in the middle of one of the best conservation areas on earth. Without fences, you can sit by the fire or lay in bed and soak in all the sounds and smells of the African bush.

Day 10: Northern, Serengeti National Park

You will have an early morning game drive en-route to the Mara Under Canvas Luxury Tented Camp before a relaxing lunch while animals rest before getting on the move as it cools. It is a spectacular mobile camp in the heart of the Great Migration area that time of year and close to the Mara River.

Each year, enormous columns of wildebeest cross the river, negotiating the jaws of the hungry crocodiles in order to get to the pastures on the other side in what could be considered the climax of the Great Migration.

Day 11: Serengeti National Park

On day 11, you can enjoy an early morning optional hot air balloon flight. You will have a full-day game drive with morning tea and a bush picnic lunch before returning to Kati-Kati Camp to stay overnight.

Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater Reserve

You will have a morning game drive, heading away from the Great Plains and into the mountains toward Ngorongoro Crater. You will stay overnight at the beautiful An’gata Tented Camp on the crater rim.

Day 13: Tarangire National Park

In the early morning, you will wake up and head into the crater as the gate opens at 06:00 a.m., making the most of the day and beating the crowds. It is a busy and popular place for a good reason. Exiting the park, you will head down the mountains and onto a favorite park, Tarangire.

Roika Tented Camp might be outside the park borders but with no fences, the animals have not got the memo. You could see any number of animals around the camp, most likely, the elephants that Tarangire is famous for.

Day 14: Tarangire National Park

You will have a morning game drive in a totally different landscape when compared with Serengeti and the crater. There, you will also have the opportunity see unique animals that you will not find elsewhere in Tanzania as well as herds of elephants up to 300 strong. Following a picnic lunch inside the park, your final night will end with a Maasai party inside the Boma. You will stay at Roika Tented Camp.

Day 15: Tarangire - Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

After a big breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport to start your journey home or onto the next leg of your African experience.

Location

This safari will take place in Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

Mount Kilimanjaro

It is one of the Seven Summits, the highest points on each continent, and is a destination for the adventurers from around the world. A climb up Kilimanjaro is a challenge and more often than not, a triumph for those who undertake it.

However, it is not a technical climb but rather an attainable goal for any trekker who is relatively fit. Kilimanjaro is far from being the only interesting or challenging climb in the country. Mount Meru, which is the second highest peak in Tanzania, is also a challenging trek and often considered to offer a more difficult climb than the famous Kilimanjaro.

The Usambara Mountains further east of Mount Kilimanjaro also offers a variety of treks as do the Crater Highlands in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, is also referred to as “the roof of Africa.”

Serengeti National Park

The park covers 14,750 square kilometers of grassland plains, savannah, riverine forest, and woodlands. The park lies in Northwestern Tanzania, bordered to the north by the Kenyan border where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. To the southeast of the park is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Bordering the Serengeti, Mara, and Ngorongoro is numerous parks and reserves. Together, those areas form the larger Serengeti ecosystem. The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded, or brindled, blue wildebeest and 250,000 zebras along with numerous other plains like the antelope and gazelle.

You will also find the famous Big Five such as the elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhino. However, it is unlikely to see the rhino in the Serengeti as they are heavily guarded and restricted to the quiet areas of the park.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is one of the favorite parks in Africa with a wide range of habitats. The landscape is composed of granitic ridges, river valleys, and swamps. Vegetation is a mix of Acacia woodlands, seasonally flooded grassland, and large Baobab trees.

It covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers with plenty of dirt tracks to explore and a lot fewer visitors than its infamous neighbors, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. The park is often the highlight of safari for a lot of clients. The park has wildlife you will not find in the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Reserves.

That includes animals such as the kudu, Lesser kudu, and gemsbok. You will not find the rhino there, unfortunately, as again, most of the rhinos in Tanzania have disappeared and what is left is heavily guarded and kept away from public view. You will find a lot of big bull elephants there as well as female herds numbering in hundreds.

Ngorongoro Crater

There, you will get a real insight into the Maasai people who still live traditionally to the present day, nomadic herders living amongst the wildlife in harmony, for the most part anyway. As a conservation reserve, as opposed to a national park, the local Maasai are allowed to live and graze their cattle in the area, including grazing inside the crater, although they cannot live on the crater floor.

The crater, officially a caldera, the largest unbroken un-flooded in the world, is the remnant of an active volcano with the rim reaching up to 1,800 meters above sea level and the walls inside, a dropping 600 meters to the crater floor. That has created a natural wonder with a wide range of habitat diversity that stretches almost 22 kilometers in diameter.

From thick rain forest, you will also see steep hills, grassy savannah plains, swampland, and sulfuric salt lakes which are home to pink flamingos. The Black rhino calls the place home. Although they are very shy and elusive animals, you have a good chance to see them, generally at a distance early in the morning.

Food

During this safari, you will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In the early morning of day 11, you can enjoy an hour on safari in a hot air balloon. You will be surrounded by the clear blue African sky and vast savannah, its flora and fauna at your feet. After the flight, you can enjoy a picnic breakfast. The activity is available at Kati Kati. Pre-bookings are required.

What's included

  • 5 game drives
  • Private 7-day guided Mount Kilimanjaro hike
  • Private safari vehicle
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • All road transfers
  • National park fees
  • Transfers from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • All meals included

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Hiking equipment
  • Visas (recommended to organize pre-travel)
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional activities such as hot air balloon rides, walking safaris, and night drives
  • International currency conversion and bank fees
  • Tips and gratuities

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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This vacation is available from November to March and June to October, please select an arrival date below.

 

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  • November 2018 - March 2019

 

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  • June 2019 - October 2019

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