• 11 Days – The Scenic Summit & Safari

    • Kilimanjaro Climb by Machame scenic route
    • Serengeti National Park – World heritage site and  7th world wide wonder
    • Ngorongoro Crater – The world’s sixth-largest unbroken caldera
    • 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment
    • Best times: All year round
    • Game drives:  Each person guaranteed a window seat
    • Max number of passengers:  7 per vehicle

  • Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

    Karibu Tanzania! Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you’ll we warmly welcomed my Tanzania immigration. As soon as you see you driver guide, introduce yourselves and he shall transfer you to Arusha City- Tanzania’s Toursit Hub. Today is your final preparation day before tackling Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Machame route and so your Kilimanjaro guides will meet you at the hotel to go through a complete equipment and gear check, ensuring all is set for your climb.

    Day 2: Arusha to Machame Camp

    After an early breakfast and checking out at 08:00, we will drive to Machame Gate where you will meet your mountain crew and enter the Kilimanjaro National Park. We begin our climb at 1800m, walking a few hours through thick and undisturbed Montane Forest. Depending on our progress, our cook will either serve us a hot lunch or provide us with a packed lunch. With luck, we may encounter some Colobus Monkeys in the forest canopies above enroute to Machame Camp, where the camp will be set for this first night on Africa’s tallest mountain.

    Summary of day hike:

    • Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
    • Distance: 11 km
    • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    • Habitat: Rain Forest

    Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    Today is an easy paced acclimatization day. We will hike over streams, a river gorge, and moorlands. Camp is located on the Shira Plateau, providing expansive views of Kilimanjaro. There is a conditioning hike in the afternoon where you can enjoy the clusters of giant lobelias and senecios that grow at this elevation. Depending on the weather condition your cook may stop half way for the hot lunch or continue to the camp for lunch, dinner and overnight at Shira camp.

    Summary of day hike:

    • Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
    • Distance: 5 km
    • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland

    Day 4: Shira Camp to Baranco Camp, via Lava Tower

    Today is another acclimatization day as we have a mostly uphill climb of 5 hours to an elevation over 4500m at Lover tower then descend to Baranco Valley at 3950m. We will pass through the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather, to reach Kilimanjaro’s alpine desert zone. You will have a spectacular view of the steep Western Breach, which we will not be doing on this climb. After having a hot lunch at Lover tower we will have approximately 1 and half hours descent to the baranco Valley which is dominated by the beautiful giant senecions and Lobelia moorland forest where your camp will be set. This scramble will help prepare you for the climb tomorrow.

    ummary of day hike:

    • Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
    • Distance: 10 km
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    • Habitat: Semi Desert

    Day 5: Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp

    Today we will climb the Great Barranco rock wall – not too steep but challenging for some – which our guides make safe and accessible for every¬one. We will go pole pole (meaning “slowly” in Kiswahili). You will be able to see the breathtaking Heim Glacier. We descend into the Karanga Valley and then walk on the Karanga ridge towards Barafu Camp. As we begin trekking today the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we walk our way to Barafu Camp. Barafu means “ice” in Kiswahili. The Camp is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for our push to the summit. After an early dinner we will rest. At midnight, under the stars and hopefully a brightly shining moon, we will begin the final ascent. We are going to go pole pole and drink plenty of water and tea, refuel with small snacks, and enjoy this final climb to the summit ‘’ Uhuru Peak which is the highest point of the cone’’.

    Summary of day hike:

    • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
    • Distance: 9km
    • Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert

    Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak, descend to Mweka Camp

    You will reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro at 5895m. At this early hour, before the clouds close in, you will have spectacular views of Africa in all directions. The hiking time is 7 to 8 hours. After a brief stay of 15-20 minutes and photos all around, we will descend 2 to 3 hours to our Barafu Camp for lunch, rest, and to pick up belongings. Then we continue downhill 3 hours to the edge of the Mweka Forest. Tonight’s camp is 3000m below the summit! It is a long descent and trekking poles are recommended. Eat, share your experiences of the climb, and sleep soundly.

    Congratulations, you made it to the Roof of Africa!

    Summary of day hike: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

    • Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
    • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
    • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
    • Habitat: Arctic

    Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha

    After well sleep and breakfast, you will have a time to take a group photo with your climbing crew, then descending again through the tropical forest, the trail is rather steep than the Machame side, it may also be wet and slippery so we recommend using walking pole for this final descent. At the Mweka gate you will sign out of the park, for those who have made it to the top will be rewarded by Kilimanjaro certificate for souvenir then the car will drive you to Moshi where you will have a lunch then continue drive 2 hours to your hotel in Arusha for a shower and big relax.

    Summary of day hike: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

    • Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
    • Distance: 10 km
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Rain Forest

    Day 8: Arusha to Serengeti

    Today after an early breakfast and checking out, you will be picked up and transferred to Serengeti National Park and having the rest of the day reserved to exploring its fabled, endless plains. Midday, we will pause for a picnic lunch out in the middle of the Serengeti, before continuing on an afternoon game drive enroute to Mbugani Migration Camp where we will be set up for the next two nights. Enjoy your stay in classic, explorer style, safari tents and savouring your meals amidst the endless savannah plains – a truly intimate experience with the surrounding wilderness!

    Accommodation style: Luxury Tented Camp or Lodge
    Recommended: Mbugani Migration Camp

    Day 9: Serengeti

    After breakfast you will continue your safari with tracking game viewing. In the afternoon, pause for a boxed lunch . As the sun sets upon the horizon, we will do an enroute game drive to Central Serengeti National Park for our dinner and final overnight at Mbugani Migration Camp under the stars. Serengeti National Park is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries which remain on the planet earth and the largest National Park of Tanzania.

    Accommodation style: Luxury Tented Camp or Lodge
    Recommended: Mbugani Migration Camp

    Day 10:  Ngorongoro Crater

    Today is fully reserved towards exploring the Ngorongoro Crater – arguably Africa’s most magnificent geological feature. After an early breakfast and checking out at 07:00, we will do a morning game drive of the Serengeti’s southern plains enroute to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, exiting the Serengeti within your park permit times. We will then drive further to the Crater’s entry point and descend onto its floor for an afternoon game drive encased by its dramatic walls. Midday, we will pause for lunch at the Hippo Pool picnic site, before continuing on game drive. Later in the afternoon, ascend the Crater wall and exit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.. A brief hop off the beaten track will take us to Tanzania Ric Lodge, humbly tucked away in Oldeani’s fertile farmlands, for your final overnight in the heart of rural Tanzania – enjoy!

    Accommodation style: Lodge
    Recommended: Tanzania Ric Lodge

    Day 11: Transfer to Arusha.

    After a freshly brewed cup of coffee and hot breakfast, you will checkout head back to Arusha City for your flight back home.

    Sadly, it is time to wish farewell to your safari companions as you prepare for your next adventure. You may wish to exchange contacts or take some final photographs, to help preserve fond memories of an extraordinary safari. We hope you have enjoyed your adventures in East Africa and ticking-off your safari bucket list with the Tanzania Serengeti Adventure team. Hope to see you again soon! Karibu tena!

    Extra Options

    • Add a hot air balloon ride to your safari.
    • Extend your trip with a beach excursion to Zanzibar island.
    • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
    • Airport transfers can be arranged for an extra cost.

  • Low Season

    High Season

    Peak Season

    April | May March | November to December 15  January | February | June to October | December 16 to 31


    Additional extra cost for the entire trip:

    • Festive Christmas December 24/25/26/31 and January 1:  US$ 40,-per person per night
    • Easter Supplement: US$ 35,-per person per night  (March 25 to 28 inclusive)

  • Price Includes:

    • Transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Park entrance gate – return scheduled transfer
    • All Kilimanjaro Park fees, shown as ‘add’ to trip cost, subject to changes
    • English speaking guide or French speaking guide on request
    • Salaries for the climbing crew
    • All meals during the climb
    • Camping equipment ( tents, mattresses, chairs, table, mess tents, kitchen tents, crew tent , utensils and private chemical toilet )
    • Gammon bag/PAC, Stethoscope, Pulse Oximeter
    • 2 nights accommodation in Arusha – before and after your climb
    • All National Park fees, subject to government changes
    • Ngorongoro Conservation Entry Fee
    • Professional and experience English speaking guide/driver
    • Meals; breakfast, lunch or lunch boxes, dinner as indicated above in Meal Plan
    • 4×4 Safari shared vehicle with pop up roof and each person guaranteed window seat
    • 3 nights safari accommodation, private shower and toilet in each room/tent
    • 1 bottle Mineral water whilst on game drives

     

    Price Excludes:

    • Tourist Visa for Kenya and Tanzania (if applicable)
    • International Airfares from home and back
    • Travel Insurance
    • Mineral drinking water and drinks
    • Tips for the climbing crew
    • Personal climbing gears
    • Any other extra cost which may arise due to a client returning back before the climb, lost luggage etc.
    • Tips for the safari driver and lodge waiters, room attendants, camping crew
    • Laundry and Telephone
    • Items of personal nature and all not mentioned in cost included, Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
    • Airport transfers
    • Government imposed increase of park fees and/or taxes
    • Accommodation on the last day
    • Roundtrip airport transfer