Kilimanjaro Trekking and Wildlife Safari in Tanzania
Combine Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Safari 12 Days
This safari combines the excitement of climbing the highest mountain in Africa with exploration of the best game parks in Tanzania; Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.”
This safari combines the excitement of climbing the highest mountain in Africa with exploration of the best game parks in Tanzania and is perfect for adventurers interested in getting the very best of the two worlds. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa rising to an elevation of 19,341 feet above the neighboring plains plus savannah. The mountain is the highest self-supporting mountain in the entire world. This trek is conducted by a knowledgeable guide, and consists of a complement of porters plus cooks, and all meals. Following the ascent, you will proceed west into the stunning Ngorongoro, which is the largest unbroken caldera in the world holding thousands of various wild animals. From the foggy heights at the summit of the volcano you will move down into the renowned Serengeti to tour the vast plains of well-known park. The game parks will present a visual variety of the finest game in Tanzania. Catch a flight back to the town of Arusha to shop some souvenirs and lunch prior to going to the airport for your international flight back home.
Day 1: Kilimanjaro
On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be received by a delegate from African Legends who will transfer you to Arusha our place of accommodation for a safari briefing. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2: Kilimanjaro
(Machame Gate to Machame Hut found at 9,300; Hiking time: 7 and a half hours, Elevation change: plus 1200 meters Approximated distance: 10kilometers, ending elevation 3100 meter.)
Early collection from your Hotel and transfer to Machame gate at 5,400’ where trekking official procedure will be done for approx. 30 minutes. Stating at the gate, you will trail a simple track through the thick forest for the very first hour. The path keeps on along the edge, rising progressively with a number of steep areas. The gradient relieves faintly as the forest combines with the expanse covered with heather on the way to Machame Hut.
This 6 day climb is perhaps the most stunning up Kilimanjaro. Fortunately, all your supplies and equipment will be pottered up the mountain in addition to a cook who will prepare your meals. Each person will be availed with 2 porters, have one lead-guide plus one a cook or guide. A Sleeping mat, appropriate clothing, walking sticks and a sleeping bag can be rented at the foot of the mountain.
Day 3: Kilimanjaro
Machame Hut to Shira Hut (12,300’)
(Hiking time: 7 hours, Elevation change: plus 800 meters, approximate distance, 6km, ending elevation 3800 meter)
From Machame Hut we shall traverse the stream to its west shore and trail the path ascending the sheer rocky-edge prior to arriving at the Shira Hut at the bottom of a crescent wall of numerous rocks. In 5 to7 hours we would have ascended 900 m (3,000’) and covered close to 6 kilometers / 3.72 miles while walking.
Day 4: Kilimanjaro
Shira Hut to Barranco Hut (12,800’)
(Hike time: 5 hours, Elevation change: plus 100 meters, ending elevation: 3900 meters)
From Shira Hut we walk to Lava Tower (15,000’), we continue to Barranco through the grand Barranco Wall. The route provides scenic sights of Kibo via the Karanga Valley as we ascend high and later sleep low, descending back below to Barranco after having lunch. Today’s climb will last almost the entire day. The Barranco campsite is situated at an altitude of 3950 meters.
Day 5: Kilimanjaro
Barranco Hut to Barafu camp
From Barranco Hut we ascend higher through the rim of the Great Barranco. 95% of the day’s walking will be done at an altitude of 4250 meters. We end the day at Karanga valley campsite seated at a height of 4,000 meters walking for four to five hours.
Day 6: Kilimanjaro
Barafu Camp to the Summit and then Mweka Camp
The climb starts before daybreak at around1or 2 am, and the hike will last anything between 10 to 14 hours or even more. This way we will be able to keep away from the mist that normally sets later on during the day. The 1,100m or (3,600’) ascent in done in about 3 kilometers or 1.86 miles and will last approximately 6 to 8 hours. following a short stay at the highest peak of Africa, the Uhuru Peak, which is at an elevation of 5,898 meters or (19,340′), we shall descend through the Barafu Route approximately 2,500 meters or (8,200’) covering an area of 12 kilometers or 7.44 miles in just 4 to 7 hours to the Mweka Camp.
Day 7: Kilimanjaro – Arusha
(Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate (6,000’), Descent time: 4 hours, Elevation change: minus 1250 meters, Approximate distance: 10 kilometers, ending elevation: 1828 meters)
Today we shall descend to roughly 1400 m (4,592’) passing through the verdant forest along a jungle path for close to a 10 kilometer or 6.2 miles walk in 3 to 4 hours before arriving at Mweka Gate. Our delegate will then take you to a Lodge where you will be accommodated.
Accommodation: Serena Mountain Village
Serena Mountain Village is located within a coffee plantation, hidden away from the developing parts of Arusha. It is a calm get away from the busy atmosphere of Arusha city. This hotel consists of 42 guest-rooms, and each is fashioned as members of a true African village however with all the basic necessities of your residence. From Lake Duluti’s shores, the hairy mountain plus the clean breeze that flows through the grounds of the hotel, blending with radiance of rich emerald plant life that set the myth mystique of this beautiful hotel. The restaurants complement the tropical-safari aim of the furnishings, with scrumptious dishes patent by local tradition whereas retaining main dishes favored internationally. Guests can develop love for Duluti waters as well as the natural ambiance; appreciating leisurely walks along the lake shore plus climbs through the woods as well as cliffs.
Day 8: Arusha – Manyara – Ngorongoro
From Arusha you will drive in the company of your guide to the stunning Ngorongoro Crater. Along the way you will enjoy a game drive through Manyara prior to heading to your lodge close to Ngorongoro. The drive will go for 4 to 5 hours or even more basing on how much time you will spend on the game drive while in Manyara.
You will make a stop to explore the Manyara area, which is well-known for its resident baboons. In addition, the area has numerous herbivores for instance wildebeests, hippos, giraffes, impalas, warthogs, elephants and buffalo. If fortunate you may get the opportunity to see the uncommon tree-climbing lions in this place. straight away just about the park gates, you will catch sight of the groundwater forest which has a variety of tress among which are the huge fig trees plus the mahogany trees that get nourishment from the wet underground springs that refill constantly from the waters flowing from up the crater highlands straight on top of the Manyara basin. After that, carry on to the next destination.
Dine and slumber at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge:
Day 9: Ngorongoro
Private transportation and safari-guide through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Rising earlier this morning you will drive about twenty minutes from where your camp / lodge is to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area main-gates. Only 3 roads connect the edge of the crater to the crater floor, with 1 for driving down, another for driving up and the third goes both up and down. The crater is approximately 20 km or 12 mi in width and 600 meters or 2,000 feet deep. On reaching the summit of the caldera it needs approximately 45 minutes to move down into the floor of the crater. The floor is habitat to a wealth and large number of wildlife. Among the 20,000 mammals that reside there are close to 20 rare black rhinoceros, and this is actually the best destination in the whole of Tanzania where you can sight at these rhinos. This crater floor in addition has one of the largest populations of carnivore in the entire world among which hyenas, Lions, jackals and cheetahs are commonly seen; whereas leopards, servals plus bat eared foxes may well be seen if fortunate. You will spend almost the entire day on the floor of the crater.
Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge:
Day 10: Ngorongoro – Serengeti
From the stunning Ngorongoro Conservation area together with your guide will proceed to the renowned Serengeti plains. On your journey, you will briefly stop at the legendary Olduvlai gorge and also have a short game viewing on entering the Serengeti. The drive goes for five to six hours; however expect during the wet-rainy months, expect longer driving hours.
The Olduvai Gorge or also known as the Oldupai Gorge is usually referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.” The gorge is a steep-sided narrow valley within the Rift Valley that extends through eastern Africa. The Olduvai is found within the eastern Serengeti Plains located in northern Tanzania and is actually approximately 30 miles / 48 km long. This gorge was named after the local Maasai word for a wild sisal plant ‘Sansevieria ehrenbergii’, commonly referred to as ‘Oldupai’.
Today you will set-out to explore the vast Serengeti plains in the company of your guide. The park is renowned for its rich abundance of inhabitant wildlife, especially the “Big Five”, which were named for the 5 most valued trophies taken on by hunters and these are: black rhinoceros, lion, African buffalo, leopard and elephant. Despite the fact that the number of black rhino within the park has severely lessened over the recent years, you may be fortunate and see them. Serengeti supports the biggest lion as well as giraffe population as compared to all of Africa in addition to the biggest number of topi plus Coke’s hartebeest (kongoni). Take pleasure in the challenge of seeing other game like baboons, cheetah, giraffes, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, African wild-dogs, elands, impalas, waterbucks and hyenas. In addition, the park prides in close to 500 species of birds, among which are Kori bustards, ostriches, marabou storks, secretary birds and crowned cranes.
However, the most exclusive and complimentary getaways is the Migration Camp within the Serengeti National Park found in Tanzania, located suitably in the northern-corridor of the park to make certain privacy. The green haven, with twenty tents, still conserves its way in to the wilderness, having unique access to the movements of the great herd during this annual migration movement. Epicure cooking offers incomparable feasts with elegant mixtures of spices plus fresh produce. During the times that you will not be venturing the plains on game drives, enjoy a sundowner drink as you marvel at the vast colorful yet impressive plains.
Dine and slumber at Serengeti Migration Camp:
Day 11: Serengeti
Begin the day early with an early morning game drive because the animals are much more lively in the wee hours of the morning. Serengeti which is Tanzania’s oldest as well as most well-known national park, provides the most unrestrained game-viewing in the whole of Africa, with large buffalo herds, groups of giraffes plus elephants, as well as thousands and thousands of elands, Grant’s gazelle, topis, impalas and kongonis. Adventure this wonderful park guided by your knowledgeable guide.
Pass the day consuming the display of the well-known wildebeest annual migration. This yearly migration through the plains of the Serengeti as well as Masai Mara is among the highlights of this wonderful safari in Africa. This wildebeest migration travels in a clockwise direction all through the year within the Serengeti eco-system and proceeds north to the Masai Mara found in Kenya from the month of June or July up to September or October. Sightings are not guaranteed because the herds traverse depending to availability of water and food, and the migration movements can turn out to be inconsistent. The large herds are escorted by zebra plus Thomson’s gazelle, and sneakily hunted by the resident predators like leopards, lions plus hyenas.
Dine and slumber at Serengeti Migration Camp:
Day 12: Serengeti – Arusha
If time permits, your professional guide will see to it that you have an extra game drive prior to going to the airstrip. That will be your ultimate opportunity to explore the park’s diverse animal species. Catch a flight from the Serengeti to the town of Arusha today. The flight takes about 2 hours, (1030hrs to 1235hrs). Have lunch at a hotel in Arusha the tourism-capital of the country. Go shopping for some souvenir in the local market and also visit the local handicraft-market to get more souvenirs.
You will be transfer from your hotel in Arusha to Kilimanjaro International airport by a private vehicle in the company of an English-speaking driver.
At Kilimanjaro International Airport you will catch your departure flight back home or proceed to Zanzibar.