Kilimanjaro and Safari

Code: ERQSR2
12 DAYS 11 NIGHT
  • Kilimanjaro experience
  • kilimanjaro
  • serengeti-game-drive

Highlights: Tanzania (Arusha, Ngorongoro, Serengeti)

Combining the thrill of climbing Africa’s highest mountain with the spectacle of Tanzania’s finest game parks, this trip is ideal for adventurers who want the best of both worlds. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak, rising to a height of 19,341 feet from the surrounding plains and savannah. Experience a 6 day Kilimanjaro hike starting at Machame gate, ascending through afromontane forest and then into the heath zone and on to the edge of the remnants of the Shira volcano. The route then circumnavigates the main peak, Kibo, counterclockwise on route passing some spectacular features such as giant steps and glacial valleys. The final ascent is from Barafu camp. It is a night time ascent to Uhuru Peak via Stella Point.

The descent is via the Mweka route. Climb highlights include: afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi, ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit, in addition to glaciers and the roof of Africa! After the ascent, head west into Ngorongoro, the world’s largest intact caldera which is host to thousands of animals. From the cloudy heights of the volcano’s peak, you will descend into the legendary Serengeti to explore the vast reaches of this world famous park.

The game parks offer a visual feast of the best game parks in Tanzania. Fly back to Arusha for some souvenir shopping and lunch before catching your international flight home from this unforgettable safari. Highlight Specification: All of our highlight treks include a lightweight mess tent, table and stools, smaller client tent and foam pad. Client must provide their own sleeping bag. This is our most adventurous specification and also lowest priced. We have 3 camping specifications for our Kilimanjaro treks along with many different route options. Please speak to one of our Travel Consultants to choose the right route and comfort level for you.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kilimanjaro international airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Accommodations
12 days cruise Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

 

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Day 1: Kilimanjaro - Arusha

Your guide will drive you from Mt. Kilimanjaro to Arusha. The drive will take approximately 1 hour.

In the unfortunate event of serious illness or injury, all travellers are covered by this “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance policy covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment.  This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received.

Accommodation: The Arusha Hotel

Located in the very centre of town overlooked by the majestic shadow of Mount Meru, and only a few minutes walk from the Arusha International Conference Centre, craft markets and attractions of the town, the Arusha Arusha Hotel will immediately strike you with its warmth and welcoming aura.

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Day 2: Kilimanjaro

Every excursion team is equipped with a fully operational safety kit. The kit includes a portable altitude chamber (on crater ascents), first aid kids, pulse oximeters, oxygen with regulator & mask, neck brace, mobile phone, satelite phone (on shira & crater), water filter, stethascope, portable stretcher, guest & crew AMS monitoring sheets.

Excursion guides and crews are specifically trained and instructed to ensure, wherever possible, that our guests can walk off the mountain, unaided, themselves. They are also trained extensively on monitoring systems and also management of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), and more advanced forms of mountain sickness such as HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema).

In the morning you are picked up at 8am from your hotel and drive to Machame gate to collect your permits. There is then an hour drive to the Umbwe gate where after checking in you set off up through the forest zone. This first day of hiking is not overly difficult but certainly steepens towards the latter end of the day. In the late afternoon you arrive in the first camp for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)

An overnight camp area will be set up in a clearing on the trail. Clients must provide their own sleeping bag, however clients will be provided with:

Client Tent: a lightweight 2-person "pup" tent used for 2 people (unless specifically booked for single occupancy), as well as a foam pad for sleeping. Tent is 52" high, 92" front to back, 82" across. Floor area: 48 sq. ft.

Mess Tent: communal lightweight mess tent, lightweight table and stools.

Cooks will be on site to provide meals.

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Day 3: Kilimanjaro

The second day ascends from the forest zone into the heath zone and there are some very steep sections here. Taking it easy is essential to allow your body to acclimatise. A picnic lunch is taken on route and then in the afternoon you arrive into Barranco camp in time to relax for a while before dinner. The views of the Barranco wall and western breach pertain to events some 60,000 years ago when this whole part of the mountain collapsed.

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)

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Day 4: Kilimanjaro

Today is a walk-high sleep-low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to the Barranco Camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is long day but pays dividends later on - great acclimatisation day!

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)

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Day 5: Kilimanjaro

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu Camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)

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Day 6: Kilimanjaro

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka Camp before dusk.

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)

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Day 7: Kilimanjaro - Arusha

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your accommodation.

Accommodation: The Arusha Hotel

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Day 8: Arusha - Manyara - Ngorongoro

Your guide will drive you from Arusha to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. On the way you'll have a game drive in Manyara before continuing on to your lodge near Ngorongoro. Thris drive will take 4-5hrs or more depending on how long you spend on your game drive in Manyara.

Stop in and visit the Manyara region, which is best known for its baboon population. This area also has many herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes. Some lucky  visitors have even spotted the rare tree climbing lion here. The giant fig trees and mahogany trees are seen in the groundwater forest immediately around the park gates, which draw nourishment from the underground springs that replenished continuously from crater highlands directly above the Manyara basin. Afterward, continue on to your next destination.

Accommodation: Plantation Lodge

The Plantation Lodge is located a short drive from the Ngorongoro Crater. It is a haven of shades and hues, as green, violet, ivory and rust mingle to frame the tranquil setting. With 16 delicately arranged rooms and suites, one will be thoroughly delighted by the magical aura of the Plantation Lodge. Relax at dinner, where you will be served the most succulent of fruits and vegetables, produced right there in the garden. Keeping with the times, dining is a more elegant scenario, where one is served in courses. Step into the swimming pool, go for a walk, or head out to one of the nearby farms for a window into this wonderful region.

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Day 9: Ngorongoro

You are provided with a personalized, experienced tracker-guide and private transportation today whilst exploring around the Ngorongoro National Park grounds.

Explore one of the most recognized wildlife conservation areas in Tanzania today. Depart your camp or lodge in a privately driven vehicle, along with a local expert guide, for approximately 20 to 30 minutes towards the Ngorongoro Crater.  To explore the extremes of the crater you’ll have to travel along one of three possible routes.  The first route travels from the top of the rim to the crater floor, the second route travels from the crater floor to the top of the crater rim, and the third routing travels both ways.  The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera.  This geological masterpiece was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse in on itself, thus creating a crater.  The crater is roughly 20 kilometers wide and some 2000 feet deep, making the trip from crater floor to rim around 45 minutes by 4x4.  The extremely fertile crater floor is the reason why there is such a highly concentrated amount of wildlife here.  Over 20000 mammals call the crater home, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world.  The crater floor also boasts one of the highest carnivore densities in the world including large prides of lions, packs of hyenas and solitary predators like cheetahs and jackals.  A keen eye, and expertly recommended search patterns from your guide may help you spot some of the less common species like leopards, servals, and bat-eared foxes.

Accommodation: Plantation Lodge

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Day 10: Ngorongoro - Serengeti

Your guide will pick you up from the Ngorongoro Conservation area and drive you to the famous plains of the Serengeti. On this drive you have the option of stopping at Olduvlai gorge, the Serengeti welcome centre and lookout point, or stop for lunch at a picnic spot. After entering Serengeti park you will have the chance to enjoy game viewing as you drive through the park to your next accommodation. This drive takes 5 to 6 hours depending on the number of stops you make and how much game viewing you enjoy along the way. Expect longer trip times during the rainy seasons.

The massive Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is often referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.”  Beginning in the eastern Serengeti plains, the gorge is roughly some 48 kilometers long.  As a result of millions of year of natural erosion, this gorge boasts a steep-sided ravine which cuts and stretches its way through the Great Rift Valley along eastern Africa.  The gorge is named after a commonly used plant by the Masai people with the scientific name of Sansevieria-Ehrenbergii, or Oldupai for short.

Get ready for an afternoon to remember as you set out accompanied by an experienced tracker-guide into the seamlessly never-ending expanses of the Serengeti.  The park is world renowned for its health stock of resident wildlife species, in particular the African Big 5 which or course includes buffalos, elephants, rhinoceros, leopards and lions.  Although with sightings considered a rarity, very few black rhinoceros still live within the confines of the park grounds.  The Serengeti is also home to the largest population of lions and giraffes in all of Africa.  Heavy concentrations of topi, gazelle, waterbuck and Coke’s hartebeest provide an ample food source for local carnivores including cheetah, hyenas and African wild dog.  The park is also home to some 500+ species of birds, ranging in size and weights some of these bird including ostrich, crowned crane, marabou stork and secretary bird are the most sought after photogenic birds on the planet.

Accommodation: Mbalageti Camp

Mbalageti Serengeti features 24 luxury tented chalets on the slopes of the rising Mwamweni hill and 14 lodge style standard rooms. Each tent is equipped with all the utilities of home, such as an en-suite bathroom and a veranda with a stunning view. Dining takes place both in the bush, privately or with small groups, or in the dining tent, where local and continental cuisine forge new roots. English tea is served in the gardens with pastries daily. Activities range from spending some alone time in the loft reading books or a relaxing float in the tranquility pool, with the Serengeti plains as the backdrop.

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Day 11: Serengeti

This morning’s African adventure begins with an exploratory game drive through Tanzania’s oldest and most recognized National Parks, the Serengeti.  This dynamic location offers the most expansive game viewing in Tanzania, and considered by many as the best for game viewing location in all of Africa.  From predators to prey, great herds of grazing herbivores to tactically cunning packs carnivores, life on the plains of the Serengeti can best be defined as a complete “circle of life.”  A photographic dream will unfold before your eyes as giraffes and elephants feast on tasty shrubbery, whilst impalas, gazelles and buffalos dance carefully through the plains as to not become the latest meal for on-looking lions, cheetahs and hyenas.

Spend the day taking in the spectacle of the famous wildebeest migration. This annual migration through the Serengeti and Masai Mara is one of the safari highlights of Africa. The wildebeest migration moves in a basic clockwise direction throughout the year in Serengeti eco-system and move north into Masai Mara, Kenya from June/July through to Sep/October. Sightings cannot be guaranteed as the herds move according to availability of food source and migration movements can be erratic. The herds are accompanied by zebra and Thomson's gazelle and are stealthily hunted by local predators such as leopard, lion and hyena.

Accommodation: Mbalageti Camp

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Day 12: Serengeti - Arusha

If time allows, your expert guide will squeeze in one more game drive before dropping you off at the airstrip. It will be your last chance to see the park's diverse range of animals.

Take your flight from Serengeti to Arusha today. The flight will do more than one stop on the way. The flight duration is approximately 2hrs.

Stop for lunch at the Arusha Hotel in this tourism capital of Tanzania. Shop the local souvenir market.

Includes opportunity to visit local handicrafts market to stock up on souvenirs.

Airport transfer between your Arusha hotel and Kilimanjaro International airport with private vehicle and english speaking driver.

Accommodation: Depart

Depart from Kilimanjaro international airport - end of itinerary.

1 review for Kilimanjaro and Safari

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    admin

    We have just returned home from our first ever safari and cannot recommend World Escapes enough. We came across World Escapes online and although we were concerned by the mix of reviews, the positives outweighed the negatives. Right from the first email, communication, organisation, planning and tailoring our trip were second to none. Special thanks to Ruth for her incredibly prompt responses, clear communication (fluent in English), professionalism and excellent level of detail. The planning process was easy, efficient and personalized to our every need – thank you very much Ruth .

    We went for the Kilimanjaro and Safari which comprised of one night at Lake Nakuru and two nights in the Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. This duration of trip was perfect for us and we were lucky enough to see all of the animals we had hoped to see in the wild. The pride of lions, the elephant, rhino and giraffe families and the hippo pools were special highlights for us. Hamza, our personal guide in Tanzania and Robin in Kenya were – excellent at spotting
    all of the wildlife, from small birds to big game, and navigating the sometimes challenging routes through the Maasai Mara (recent rains had made things tougher than usual). Thank you for your expertise and for looking after us so well.

    We stayed at Flamingo heights camp , Amani Mara , Kibo safari camp in Amboseli, Rhino Lodge in Ngorongoro and the Migration camp in the Serengeti, all of which we would highly recommend.

    Thank you very much World Escapes for a well deserved 5 star rating from us, would highly recommend and would definitely use again.
    Sean and Jully

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