Climbing Kilimanjaro and Safari Adventure

Main destination Tanzania 12 Days Tour

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Climbing Kilimanjaro and Safari Adventure
Welcome to Tanzania. On this once in a lifetime buck list experience, you will have the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This experience is one you will talk about for the rest of your life!
At 19,341 feet, Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. The Lemosho Glades route is perhaps the least used initial ascent route on Kilimanjaro, partly because of its remote location and likewise the difficult roads leading to the trailhead. The trailhead is at relatively high elevation, and thus we start slow and easy on this route. Buffalo and elephant sightings are possible on the first day trekking through the forest, and the trail is often overgrown from lack of use. The route leads up to the western edge of the Shira Plateau, and the hike across the plateau is said to be one of the most stunningly beautiful hikes in Africa. The trail merges on day three of the trek with the Shira Route, and on day four merges with the Machame Route. From this point, all three trails continue to Lava Tower, and then down into the Great Barranco Valley, where the Umbwe route joins steeply from the south. From here, the trail circumvents counter-clockwise around the upper slopes of the Kibo massif, over the high-desert ridges to the Karanga Valley, then to an exposed campsite set on a high ridge. From Barafu Camp, we overnight attempt at Africa’s highest peak which will be an experience that few ever forget.
The route as per this itinerary is the longest distance to trek up Kilimanjaro, so fitness certainly plays a role in the enjoyment and success of this trek. We start slow and gain altitude slowly for the first four days, then the physical and mental demand will continue to increase. The many changes of scenery and spectacular hike across the Shira Plateau make this trek truly special. The accommodation during the trek is in mountain tents and dining is in mess tents. After the trek is complete, continue to Ngorongoro where you will have daily nature walks and safari game drives in search of the Big Five.

Included:

  • Ground transfers with pick up and drop off from Arusha or JRO to/from base Hotel in Moshi
  • Transport from Moshi to the Mountain gate.
  • Park fees.
  • Fees of national park approved guides and porters.
  • 18% VAT
  • Food on the mountain (B/L/D).
  • Drinking water (Not Mineral water) & fruit juices
  • Experienced cooks, guides and porters.
  • Tents, dining or mess tents, camping table and chairs.(On camping routes only).
  • 2 Nights hotel in Moshi HB (B/A the climb) in either Park View Inn, Sal Salinero Hotel or other depending on availability.
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Ground transportation in a 7 seater 4x4 safari vehicle with English speaking Driver guide:-
  • 7 Seat Safari Vehicle has 6 window seats (in the passenger cabin) and 1 window seat next to the driver (in front)
  • Game drives and park entry fees
  • VAT on Ground Transportation, Crater Service Fee, & Park Entry Fees

Not Included:

  • Tips.
  • Visas.
  • Airline tickets.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Laundry.
  • Insurances.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Other beverages apart from fruit juices and drinking water given on the first day of the climb (boiled water is given during the climb)
  • Other equipment on the mountain. (other than tents, camping table and chairs). (Mountain gear)
  • Visas
  • Inoculations and personal insurance
  • Domestic & International flights and departure taxes (Quoted separately where applicable)
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Drinks, tips, laundry, bottled drinking water and other personal expenses
  • Medical, Travel and Baggage Insurance
  • Holiday Surcharge
NOTE: Additional SRS for single tent will apply of Camping routes

Hotels:

We book rooms with a private bath/shower where possible on the basis of two persons sharing a double room. However, neither single room nor rooms with a private bath can be guaranteed, especially in the game lodges. The choice of hotels or lodges can change due to their availability in the high or low season.

Liability and risks:

The company and its agents act only as an agent of agents in all matters relating to tours and shall not be liable for injury, death, delay, loss, damage, illness or weather conditions for a cause in any manner.
The company's liability carried in the vehicle is governed by the respective laws of the country and all claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country.
The company reserves the right to subcontract all or any part of the services agreed to be supplied.
The company cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to baggage or equipment.
The company draws your attention to the fact that there are certain inherent risks present when on safari, or when engaging in any strenuous physical activity. It is your sole responsibility to obtain appropriate medical advice as to medication, immunization, and whether or not you are fit enough to undertake the trip, prior to departure.

Alteration of tours:

The right is reserved to change any arrangements should conditions so necessitate.

Valid travel insurance:

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel comprehensive insurance when making a booking. We recommend that insurance covers loss of deposit and other monies through cancellation, loss or damage to personal baggage and loss of money, medical expenses, additional expenses to cover hotel accommodation and repatriation costs to their home country should any services need to be extended or curtailed due to illness or other insurable risks. Please note that restrictions on the time to effect insurance apply to some services such as airfares.

Cancellation and refund:

In the event of cancellation or amendments, a minimum charge to cover expenses incurred as well as cancellation fees chargeable at the lodges will be made if cancellation is received less than 30 days before the commencement of the tour.
A refund will not be provided if parts of the service/ climb are not utilized.
Cancellation during the climb, the client will not receive any refund on not used service. If the client has to be brought down to Moshi for injuries and does not complete the climb, the refund will not be made to the unused services/ climb.
Any extra cost will be barred by the client.

Baggage:

Your personal baggage limit is 12 kg per person for the climb.

Rates:

Should the government introduce/increase any fees, taxes, levies etc affecting the above rates the same will be passed on to you

General Terms & Conditions:

  • Government Taxes and Levies: The rates above are inclusive of current levies & taxes as of today, however, should there be any new statutory taxes introduced and/or increase of any current levies by Government/statutory bodies the same shall be passed on to you
  • Tanzania National Park Authority (Tanapa): The quoted Park Entry Fees are based on the current tariff which is valid up to 30th June 2020. Should TANAPA increase the entry fees from 1st July 2020 the same will be passed on to you.
  • Rooming Policy with Serena Lodges: Serena Hotels will confirm up to a maximum of seven singles per group at a single room rate as at contract rate. Any additional single rooms will be charged at double room contract rate.
  • Luggage space: Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage on safari vehicles within East Africa. Large suitcases of dimensions greater than 24'x 17'x 7' are impossible to store in vehicles and on aircraft and should not be used. (Baggage and personal effects are at owner's risk throughout the tour and baggage insurance for members is strongly advised).
  • Re-routing of Itineraries due to limited space availability: There may be some departures operated on a re-routed version depending on the status given, but reflecting the same experience and number of game drives.
  • Seasonal variations: Some bookings might straddle between two seasons making the above seasonal quotations on accommodation not applicable. In such cases, supplements/reductions will be applicable for such bookings.

Day 1

Arrival

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. This evening is at your leisure to prepare for an experience of a lifetime climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Park View Inn or Sal Salinero Hotel, Panama Garden or Bristal Cottages
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Day 2

Lemosho Trailhead- Forest Camp

Depart this morning from the hotel for Londorossi gate, here you will complete entry formalities and double check you have all your gear. Once completed, we drive about an hour to the Lemosho trailhead entry way. Upon arrival at trailhead, we have lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp. Today we trek for approximately 3-4 hours.  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Forest Camp (Mtee Mkubwa Camp)
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Day 3

Forest Camp-Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast, we ascend out of the forest and take a steep track into a Savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we continue the scenery keeps getting more spectacular as we trek through the lush rolling hills below the Shira plateau and finally reach camp at the edge of the plateau. After you complete your trek for approximately 5-6 hours you will have a chance to relax at the Shira 1 Camp and take in the amazing view of Kibo from across the plateau.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Shira 1 Camp
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Day 4

Shira 1 Camp- Shira 2 Camp

Embark on a full day exploration of the Shira plateau. Start your trek East toward Kibo’s glacier peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes. After your 3-hour trek, you will eventually arrive at Shira 2 camp with an elevation of 12,600 ft. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Shira 2 Camp
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Day 5

Shira 2 Camp- Barranco Camp

Start your day trekking for 4 hour as you steadily make your way upward over the expansive ridgelines of the high desert to Lava Tower, for lunch. Lava Tower known for being a 300 foot volcanic plug, marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet. In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set in a valley enclosed on three sides with the massive valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Total trekking time is 6-7 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Barranco Camp
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Day 6

Barranco Camp- Barafu Camp

The day begins with a scramble up the steep ‘Barranco Wall’, then traversing up and down the slopes of valleys which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face. Kibo’s glaciers loom above to your left and the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jut into the African sky at just under 17,000 feet straight ahead. We will reach the Karanga Valley after 3-4 hours of trekking to find a hot lunch served. In the afternoon the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Eat and drink as much as possible before retiring to your tent for rest and sleep.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Barafu Camp
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Day 7

Barafu Camp- Uhuru Peak-Mweka Camp

The steaming hot drink will arrive very early on this momentous day. A midnight wake-up call is the start of a juggernaut (12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 1 am. The winding path of endless switchbacks will take form and shape in the shadows of the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers at early dawn, and behind you the spires of Mawenzi will be silhouetted against the red glow of the sun from beneath the clouds. After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater; Stella Point, at 19,000 feet on the crater rim is the end of the steep track. From here, there is a gentle slope about 1 hour to Uhuru Peak. The strength it takes to ascend this final 340 feet is for many monumental. After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail back to Barafu Camp for some rest, then summon your strength again for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Mweka Camp
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Day 8

Mweka Camp- Mweka Gate

Descend straight to the gate for 2-3 hours, where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates for completing this trek. Upon return, transfer to the base hotel for a hot shower, dinner and overnight in a long awaited bed to sleep in.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Park View Inn, Sal Salinero Hotel, Panama Garden or Bristal Cottages
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Day 9

Moshi –Arusha – Tarangire

After breakfast, drive to Tarangire where we will arrive for lunch at Balloon Safari Camp. You will enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park searching for the big 5 before returning to your hotel to have dinner and an evening of leisure to relax. 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodations: Balloon Safari Camp
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Day 10

Tarangire – Manyara – Ngorongoro

After breakfast, depart to Lake Manyara National Park where you will enjoy a morning game drive followed by Treetop walk. Enjoy lunch and visit Mto Wa Mbu village where you will have a chance to visit the people, markets and learn about the daily life of the local villagers. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure unless you wish to take part in an optional biking tour around the village. Later this evening, we will continue our drive to Ngorongoro where we will spend the final two nights of our journey. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
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Day 11

Ngorongoro Crater Tour

Early this morning we pick up a warm beverage at reception and head out in search of the Big Five.
After searching for lions, hyenas, elephants, giraffes and antelope, we return to the lodge mid-morning for some time at leisure before a delightful lunch. After lunch enjoy leisure time at the lodge or take part in an optional afternoon Ngorongoro Nature Walk. This evening dinner will be served at the lodge unless you wish to take part in an optional bush dinner in the Ngorongoro Crater. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
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Day 12

Ngorongoro – Arusha – Depart

Early this morning we pick up a warm beverage at reception and head out in search of the big five. After your return, enjoy breakfast, then continue to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, continue to Kilimanjaro airport where you will depart after completing this bucket list adventure. 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
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The activity Level for this tour is:

Challenging - Come prepared to sweat and exercise. Multiple high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Prior training and/or frequent exercise highly recommended before travel.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. This evening is at your leisure to prepare for an experience of a lifetime climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Park View Inn or Sal Salinero Hotel, Panama Garden or Bristal Cottages
GettyImages-599754210.jpg
Day 2

Lemosho Trailhead- Forest Camp

Depart this morning from the hotel for Londorossi gate, here you will complete entry formalities and double check you have all your gear. Once completed, we drive about an hour to the Lemosho trailhead entry way. Upon arrival at trailhead, we have lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp. Today we trek for approximately 3-4 hours.  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Forest Camp (Mtee Mkubwa Camp)
GettyImages-1175399739.jpg
Day 3

Forest Camp-Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast, we ascend out of the forest and take a steep track into a Savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we continue the scenery keeps getting more spectacular as we trek through the lush rolling hills below the Shira plateau and finally reach camp at the edge of the plateau. After you complete your trek for approximately 5-6 hours you will have a chance to relax at the Shira 1 Camp and take in the amazing view of Kibo from across the plateau.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Shira 1 Camp
GettyImages-499620163.jpg
Day 4

Shira 1 Camp- Shira 2 Camp

Embark on a full day exploration of the Shira plateau. Start your trek East toward Kibo’s glacier peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes. After your 3-hour trek, you will eventually arrive at Shira 2 camp with an elevation of 12,600 ft. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Shira 2 Camp
GettyImages-1133860865.jpg
Day 5

Shira 2 Camp- Barranco Camp

Start your day trekking for 4 hour as you steadily make your way upward over the expansive ridgelines of the high desert to Lava Tower, for lunch. Lava Tower known for being a 300 foot volcanic plug, marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet. In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set in a valley enclosed on three sides with the massive valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Total trekking time is 6-7 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Barranco Camp
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Day 6

Barranco Camp- Barafu Camp

The day begins with a scramble up the steep ‘Barranco Wall’, then traversing up and down the slopes of valleys which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face. Kibo’s glaciers loom above to your left and the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jut into the African sky at just under 17,000 feet straight ahead. We will reach the Karanga Valley after 3-4 hours of trekking to find a hot lunch served. In the afternoon the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Eat and drink as much as possible before retiring to your tent for rest and sleep.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Barafu Camp
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Day 7

Barafu Camp- Uhuru Peak-Mweka Camp

The steaming hot drink will arrive very early on this momentous day. A midnight wake-up call is the start of a juggernaut (12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 1 am. The winding path of endless switchbacks will take form and shape in the shadows of the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers at early dawn, and behind you the spires of Mawenzi will be silhouetted against the red glow of the sun from beneath the clouds. After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater; Stella Point, at 19,000 feet on the crater rim is the end of the steep track. From here, there is a gentle slope about 1 hour to Uhuru Peak. The strength it takes to ascend this final 340 feet is for many monumental. After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail back to Barafu Camp for some rest, then summon your strength again for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Mweka Camp
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Day 8

Mweka Camp- Mweka Gate

Descend straight to the gate for 2-3 hours, where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates for completing this trek. Upon return, transfer to the base hotel for a hot shower, dinner and overnight in a long awaited bed to sleep in.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Park View Inn, Sal Salinero Hotel, Panama Garden or Bristal Cottages
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Day 9

Moshi –Arusha – Tarangire

After breakfast, drive to Tarangire where we will arrive for lunch at Balloon Safari Camp. You will enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park searching for the big 5 before returning to your hotel to have dinner and an evening of leisure to relax. 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodations: Balloon Safari Camp
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Day 10

Tarangire – Manyara – Ngorongoro

After breakfast, depart to Lake Manyara National Park where you will enjoy a morning game drive followed by Treetop walk. Enjoy lunch and visit Mto Wa Mbu village where you will have a chance to visit the people, markets and learn about the daily life of the local villagers. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure unless you wish to take part in an optional biking tour around the village. Later this evening, we will continue our drive to Ngorongoro where we will spend the final two nights of our journey. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
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Day 11

Ngorongoro Crater Tour

Early this morning we pick up a warm beverage at reception and head out in search of the Big Five.
After searching for lions, hyenas, elephants, giraffes and antelope, we return to the lodge mid-morning for some time at leisure before a delightful lunch. After lunch enjoy leisure time at the lodge or take part in an optional afternoon Ngorongoro Nature Walk. This evening dinner will be served at the lodge unless you wish to take part in an optional bush dinner in the Ngorongoro Crater. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
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Day 12

Ngorongoro – Arusha – Depart

Early this morning we pick up a warm beverage at reception and head out in search of the big five. After your return, enjoy breakfast, then continue to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, continue to Kilimanjaro airport where you will depart after completing this bucket list adventure. 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
GettyImages-177429980.jpg

The activity Level for this tour is:

Challenging - Come prepared to sweat and exercise. Multiple high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Prior training and/or frequent exercise highly recommended before travel.

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