TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT
Our driver will pick you up at the airport or city, depending on your place of arrival (Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport) and take you to hotel in Arusha.
For clients arriving from Nairobi airport we will arrange Impala Shuttle Service with daily departures 08:00 or 14:00.
Our staff will meet you at hotel and together we will have short briefing to finalize details and answer any additional questions regarding your upcoming safari.
DAY 1- ARUSHA - LAKE MANYARA OR TARANGIRE NP
Tarangire NP (June to October)
After breakfast we will continue to Tarangire National Park.
The Park is an endless pageant of wildlife with undoubtedly the richest Elephant population in Africa with surprisingly large herds. It has an extensive collection of exotic birds, antelopes, lions, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes and the supposedly tree climbing pythons which can be seen around the swamps. But the most important feature of this Park, the game in the necklace, is the Tarangire River. This is a well established view point, where game can be viewed ambling to and from the River throughout the day. Thousands of animals migrate from Maasai steppe to the Tarangire River, looking for water. Baobab trees, also called 'upside down trees', are among the World's biggest trees and can be seen thriving all along the river-banks and all over the park too. This African National Park is also home to three rare species of animals, the Greater Kudu, the Fringe-eared Oryx as well as a few Ashy Starlings.
Dinner & overnight Hotel/Lodge according to the type of accommodation options requested.
Lake Manyara NP (December-March)
Depart from Arusha at 9 am. We will drive for about two hours, passing through the agricultural and fresh product market town of Mto Wa Mbu, which is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The town is a souvenir hunters’ paradise.
We will enter Lake Manyara National Park.Expect to see unspoiled paradise with ground water forest, laced with underground springs and teeming with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, the largest baboon troops in Africa and some of the antelopes. It is full of outstanding birding places with more than 400 species on display and butterflies. This park is famous for the tree climbing lions, luckily seen resting on acacia trees. From your vehicle, you will have a marvellous view of the Rift Valley escarpment, sparkling in the sun. Lake Manyara is a salt lake with thousands of flamingos. You can also see pelicans, storks, kingfishers and many other birds. It is also a famous jungle, where early Tanzanian movies were filmed
Dinner & overnight on the top of the Great Rift Valley offering an eagle eye view on the whole of Lake Manyara, according to the type of accommodation options requested.
DAY 2 – NGORONGOR CRATER – ARUSHA
After breakfast, we will proceed to Ngorongoro crater for a half-day game drive, which is the 8th natural wonder of the world and the unique, world famous caldera with the most abundant wildlife. We will descend into the Ngorongoro crater floor.
From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, descending down the crater, you will enjoy amazing panoramic view and if you are lucky, you will see the Big five. The caldera is exhibiting more than 120 species of mammals.
We will also visit saline lakes such as lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds. We will see pools full of hippos, the endangered East Africa’s last black rhinos including birds such as secretary bird, white stork arriving from Europe during the wet season, kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big draw card to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park.
Late afternoon we will drive back to Arusha. Dinner and an overnight stay will be provided at the lodge/campsite according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 3 – KILIMANJARO CLIMBING: MARANGU GATE – MANDARA HUT
You will start your journey after breakfast. Our driver will wait for you in Arusha to transport you to the village of Marangu. Choosing this rout your journey will start at the Machame gate (1,980 m), where you should sign in at the Park Office. Porters will load all the necessary packs with water, food, cooking gas and most of the other equipment, but you should carry some drinking water, lunch pack and extra clothing for the day with you, because the porters are hiking very quick.
Your journey will start in the scenic landscape of the montane forest. On your path you will pass a little stream and a couple of beautiful waterfalls. You will walk about an hour and a half to reach the Kisamboni picnic area, where lunch will be served. You will need about another hour and a half to reach Mandara hut (2,700 m). The vegetation at this campsite changes to the low alpine zone with heathers and moorland. In this vegetation zone you will see the first heathers as well as lichen on all trees and shrubs.
Mandara hut, where you will stay for the overnight, lies in a forest clearing and consists of a group of wooden A-framed huts.
This camp has a total capacity of 60 sleeping bunks and each of the huts has 6 – 8 of this sleeping bunks. This campsite has drinking water from a spring above it and flush toilets.
If you still have enough time and energy, you can even take a little walk (about 15 minutes) to the Maundi Crater where you will in good weather conditions have the possibility to see Mawenzi. At Maundi Crater you might also spot blue monkeys and black-and-white colobus monkeys. Before going to bed, the porters and cooks will prepare something for dinner.
Walking distance: approximately 12 km
Duration: 5 hours
Altitudes: Marangu gate (1,980 m) – Mandara hut (2,700 m)
Vegetation zone: Montane forest, low alpine zone (heath and moorland)
DAY 4 – MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT
Your second day will begin with a light breakfast. Here you will start your hike in the last patches of forest.
You will pass behind Maundi Crater and will soon enter the moorland vegetation zone. In this vegetation zone you will see the dominating plant, the heather, as well as the beautiful Dendrosenecio kilimanjari and Lobelia Deckenii. If the weather conditions are good, you will have great views of Mawenzi and Kibo.
You will have a short stop for lunch and rest. Here you should eat well and drink enough water, since today's journey is long with a big distance and altitude gain.
From here you will need about an hour and a half to reach Horombo hut (3,720 m), where you will have hot washing water, an evening meal and luxurious sleeping opportunity in beds. Horombo hut is a village of huts with a total capacity of 120 beds. The nights at this campsite tend to be very cold. It is important to take an extra day at this campsite for proper acclimatization.
Walking distance: approximately 15 km
Duration: 6 hours
Altitudes: Mandara hut (2,700 m) – Horombo hut (3,720 m)
Vegetation zone: moorland
DAY 5 – HOROMBO HUT ACCLIMATISATION DAY
You will spend your third day at the Horombo hut for proper acclimatisation.
This acclimatisation day is optional but please keep in mind that the Marangu route has the lowest success rate. So you should add this optional one day stay at the Horombo hut, exploring the surrounding, to increase your chances to reach Uhuru peak.
On clear days you might even see Moshi way below the mountain and the Pare mountain range. On your acclimatisation day you shouldn't spend the whole day in the camp, the best thing we can advise to do is to hike to a higher altitude and then returning to the campsite to avoid altitude sickness. We recommend a hike towards Mawenzi hut (4,500 m). On this journey, which will take about 3 hours up and about an hour and a half down, you will pass the Zebra Rocks.
DAY 6 – HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT
You will start your day after breakfast. There are two ways to reach the Saddle, the area between Mawenzi and Kibo. The upper route is very stony and eroded.
The lower route is recommended, because it is easier and it passes near the “Last Water Point” (4,200 m) of this route. We recommend that you fill your water bottles with enough drinking water, since it is the last watering possibility before reaching Horombo hut again, unless you want to buy mineral water or soft drinks at Kibo hut. You might also take a little break at this “Last Water Point” and sit down at the picnic area for lunch.
After two hours you will reach Kibo hut (4,700 m), located in the barren Alpine desert. The only plants which you will see here are some hardy grasses and everlasting flowers. Kibo hut consists of a stone build block house with 60 bunk beds. The hut has platform toilets.
Walking distance: approximately 15 km
Duration: 6 hours
Altitudes: Horombo hut (3,720 m)
DAY 7 – SUMMIT ATTEMPT: KIVO HUT TO UHURU PEAK TO HOROMBO HUT
You will make the final part of your journey in the night, so make sure to prepare all the necessary equipment before going to bed, this should be around 19 o'clock.
Among the things which you should prepare before attempting to reach the summit are: ski-stick, thermal clothing, hand warmers, thermal flask for your water and replacing your headlamp and batteries.
You will wake up at about 23:00 and 23:30. You will have some tea and biscuits.
The first part of the climb is very tough consisting of a rocky path. You will pass Williams Point (5,000 m), Hans Meyer Cave (5,150 m) and Gillman's point (5,681 m) located on the crater's rim. From Kibo hut you will need about two and a half hours to reach Hans Meyer Cave. Gilman's point is not so far away from Hans Meyer Cave, it takes only about an hour to get there. From Gilman's point you will need about an hour and a half to reach the summit. The rest of the climb is usually snow covered all the way up to Uhuru Peak and you will be walking along the crater's rim. You will also pass Stella point (5,752 m), this is the point where the other routes reach the rim. Now you are not far away from the summit but it can be very challenging. At Uhuru peak you will take some photographs and you shouldn't expect to remain at this altitude for longer than a few minutes.
You will now start your journey back down towards Kibo hut (4,700 m) where lunch will be served. From here you will need about three hours to get back to Horombo hut (3,720 m) where dinner will be served. You will stay at the Horombo hut for the overnight in luxurious beds.
Walking distance: approximately 6 km ascent and 21 km descent
Duration: 8 hours to Uhuru and 6 hours to Horombo hut
Altitudes: Kibo hut (4,700 m) – Uhuru peak (5,895 m) – Horombo hut (3,720 m)
Vegetation zones: rocky, ice-capped summit
DAY 8 – HOROMBO HUT TO MARANGU GATE
You will start your last day on Kilimanjaro with a breakfast at the Horombo hut.
On the way back down to the Marangu gate you will pass Mandara hut (2,700 m) where you will have a short stop for lunch. You already know this path from your first day on this route. When you reach the Marangu gate you will sign your details into a register and receive a summit certificate, a green certificate for reaching Gilmann's Point and gold certificate for Uhuru Peak. We recommend that you tip the porters when you and all your equipment reaches the gate.
At the gate a driver will be waiting for you to transport you back to your hotel in Arusha.
Walking distance: approximately 27 km
Duration: 6 hours
DAY 9 – FLIGHT TO ZANZIBAR AND TRANSPORT TO HOTEL IN NUNGWI BEACH
DAY 10, 11– RELAXING ON THE BEACH
You might check out day trips and tours on Zanizbar:
Safari Blue by boat, Spice Tour, prison island tour, Dolphin tour, Snorkling in Chumbe island...
DAY 12 – TRANSFER TO STONE TOWN
for a last night on the legendary spice island of Zanzibar.Half day Stone Town tour.
DAY 13 – RETURN TO ARUSHA OR DAR ES SALAAM FOR CONNECTING FLIGHT HOME
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