Machame Gate (1490m) - Machame camp (2980m)
Hiking time: 7 hrs Distance: About 18 km's
Habitat: Montane forest
Pick up from your Hotel in Arusha at 0800am and drive to the Machame village. The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment at the gate. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy additional mineral water at the village. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have already erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner.
Machame camp (2980m) - Shira camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 9 km's
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a more gentle gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to sometimes below freezing point. Dinner and Overnight at Shira camp.
Barranco camp (3950m)- Barafu camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: About 13 km's
Habitat: Alpine desert
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall, you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit. The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, including replacement of headlamp, camera batteries. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Try to get some precious rest and sleep.
Barafu (4550m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8 hrs to Uhuru Peak 7km, 8 hrs to descend to Mweka 23km
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Wake up around 23h30, and after some tea and bites you shuffle off into the night, heading in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim where you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.
Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)- Arusha
Hiking time: 3 hours Distance: About 15 km's
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificate. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch! You now drive back to Arusha for the drop off at the hotel of your choice that you will have booked in Arusha.
Pick up from Hotel at 0830am and drive on tarmac road 130km (2hrs) with lunch box to Lake Manyara National Park (330 sq km) on the base of the Great Rift Valley, for the Afternoon game drives. Lake Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
The park is home to Lion, Hippo, Elephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Giraffe, Baboon, Blue and Vervet monkey, Warthog and more. This small park contains also five distinct vegetation zones. Thus supporting a large variety of birds and animals. In this park canoeing has recently been added to the tourist activities in this park at extra cost. This is a great way to see the park from a new perspective. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Breakfast at around 0700am. Pick up from the Camp at 0800am and drive to the Great Serengeti National Park (14,763 sq km or 5,700 sq mile’s) with your Picnic Lunch Packed and game drives en route via Ngorongoro Crater rim. Serengeti National Park is a home to lion, leopard, Elephant, Cheetah, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Eland, Wild dog, Gazelles, Crocs and more. Lots of birds including the Eurasia migrants. Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Seronera Campsite.
After breakfast, continue with both morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti national Park. Remember this is the migration safari, so as Serengeti is very large as your game drives will depend on the move of the migrating animals, your guide knows very well how to locate the herds. The Serengeti National Park is famous for the 'Great Migration', over one million wildebeest and two hundred thousand plus zebras each year follow the rains. In October and November they travel from the mountains of the north, southwards to the plains seeking lush pastures. After the rainy season in April, May, and June the herds then make their return journey. Even without this mass migration, the Serengeti is still an exciting and spectacular place that still cannot fail to enthrall. Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Seronera Campsite.
Wake up at around0600hours for early morning game drives in Serengeti at 0900 hours back to the Camp for breakfast. Then check out and drive with lunch and game viewing en route to Ngorongoro Crater Rim. Optional: Visit the Olduvai Gorge at extra fee for the museum. Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Simba “A” Campsite.
Wake up early morning for breakfast then at 0730hours drive to Ngorongoro Crater where you will descend into the Crater floor (19.2 km of diameter, 610m deep, 304 sq km) for game drives. All the Big five Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant live in this wonderful caldera, and many more mammals. Birds includes flamingos on the Soda lake, Geese, Storks, Vultures and more. Break for lunch at Ngoitoktok spring Picnic site. Ngorongoro Crater is often called 'Africa's Eden' the '8th Natural Wonder of the World'. A massive extinct volcano, its towering tree lined walls drop thousands of feet to a "Noah's Ark" of animals on the verdant floor below. This breathtaking oasis provides a haven for both predator and prey to live among grasslands, fresh springs and the large soda lake. Nowhere else can such a diversity in wildlife be experienced in such a short period of time. After lunch proceed with game viewing while ascending the Crater and drive to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.
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