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12-Day Tanzania Mega Safari & Mt Kilimanjaro Hiking

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Explore the popular Kilimanjaro Hiking Experience with a mouth-watering safari in the three unquestioned most impressive national parks and conversation area of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit. Experience to the large elephant population in Tarangire National Park, explore the breathtaking wildebeest migration at Serengeti and spot one of the rare rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater. We will take you on an African adventure you did not even picture in your wildest dreams.

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Explore the popular Kilimanjaro Hiking Experience with a mouth-watering safari in the three unquestioned most impressive national parks and conversation area of Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit. Experience to the large elephant population in Tarangire National Park, explore the breathtaking wildebeest migration at Serengeti and spot one of the rare rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater. We will take you on an African adventure you did not even picture in your wildest dreams.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport - MoshiDay 1: Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi

Our Kilimanjaro adventure starts the Moment you land at Kilimanjaro international Aiport. You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred to Arusha in the peaceful surrounds of our comfortable pre and post accommodation at Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel (or similar). You can relax by the pool before your briefing with the Guides, who will provide the essential information for your trek to the roof of Africa and safari.

Main Destination: Moshi (Town)
Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel ( Mid-range hotel located in or near Moshi )

Meals & Drinks:

Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Machame Gate - Machame CampDay 2: Machame Gate - Machame Camp

The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Distance Covered: 10.8kms(6 hours).

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)
Accommodation: Machame Camp (Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro )

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Machame Camp - Shira CampMachame Camp - Shira Camp

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 gentler 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 well below freezing.

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)
Accommodation: Budget camping In or near Mt Kilimanjaro

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco CampDay 4: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This is definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)
Accommodation: Barranco Camp (Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro)

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu CampDay 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)
Accommodation: Barafu Camp (Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro)

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka HutDay 6: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy screed towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down.

Main Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro (Mountain)
Accommodation: Mweka Camp (Budget mountain hut located in or near Mt Kilimanjaro)

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Mweka Camp - Mweka GateDay 7: Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebration.

Main Destination: Arusha (City)
Accommodation: Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel ( Budget hotel located in or near Arusha )

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Arusha -SerengetiDay 8: Arusha -Serengeti

After breakfast, departure to Serengeti national park. Arrive in Serengeti for an optional evening sunset game drive. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
The Serengeti is one of the most famous parks in Africa and is synonymous with wildlife and classic African scenery. It is Tanzania’s oldest park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration and offers top-class
Main Destination : Serengeti National Park

Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (Mid-range tented camp located inside Central Serengeti )

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Serengeti National ParkDay 9: Serengeti National Park

The day will begin in the center of the majestic Serengeti. After a nourishing breakfast, we will continue our journey into the plains. Since we have a full day of game driving, you will likely view hundreds of the diverse animals that find their home within the Serengeti’s endless plains. This day will likely offer sightings of the African mammals that make the park famous- lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, and water buffalo, all within a few feet of the jeep. Visitors will also have the chance to view some of the parks lesser known, but equally majestic animals including, elands, hyenas, gazelles, crocodiles, giraffe, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos and antelope. Depending on the time of year, visitors will also have the chance to view thousands of zebra and wildebeest on their Great Migration.

Main Destination: Serengeti National Park
Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (Mid-range tented camp located inside Central Serengeti )

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10 : Serengeti -Ngoro NgoroDay 10 : Serengeti -Ngoro Ngoro

We will begin our day with an early morning game drive in the central Serengeti. The savannah is an active landscape and the air is flooded with the melodies the birds create as the regenerated sunlight starts to illuminate the full landscape. Your guide will study the prints on the ground to pursue predators at late afternoon. We will travel to the Ngorongoro Crater. You will be provided with dinner and overnight.

Main Destination: Ngorongoro Crater
Accommodation:Rhino Lodge (Mid-range lodge located on the crater rim of Ngorongoro Crater )

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 11: Ngoro Ngoro - Lake ManyaraDay 11: Ngoro Ngoro - Lake Manyara

After an early morning breakfast, we will hurry to Ngorongoro Crater, as it is the best time to spot animals. On this day, we will enjoy a game drive around the crater and stop for a picnic lunch at a small lake within the park. The lake is home to many hippos and migratory birds, so guests will be sure to enjoy the visit! Due to the animal “oasis” created within the crater, there is a high possibility of spotting every member of ‘The Big 5’. The group comprises some of the strongest animals in Africa – the ferocious lion, the giant elephant, the stealthy leopard, the charging rhino and the mighty water buffalo. Ngorongoro Crater is truly an amazing place. Did you know it was formed over two million of years ago? A large volcano erupted, collapsing the volcano, but left a perfectly unbroken crater, known as a caldera. Within the amazing crater you can expect to view the playful zebra, lumbering hippo, swift wildebeest and cackling hyenas.

Main Destination: Lake Manyara National Park

Accommodation: Fanaka Safaris Campsites & Lodges (Budget lodge located just outside Lake Manyara NP)

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 12: Lake Manyara -Tarangire -ArushaDay 12: Lake Manyara -Tarangire -Arusha

After breakfast we will depart in the morning and travel to the Tarangire National Park where you can marvel at the colossal termite mounds and the ancient baobab trees. The picturesque scenery and diverse bird-life assist in creating the tranquil ambiance of the Tarangire National Park. The great elephant population is an extremely remarkable sight. African elephants are the largest land mammal and adult males can weigh as much as seven tonnes. Tarangire’s varied wildlife includes lions, giraffes, warthogs, ostriches, impalas, cheetah, mongoose, buffaloes, and baboons. When your game drive comes to an end, we will take you back to Arusha. At Tourist Inn hotel BB.

Main Destination: Arusha (City)
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:

Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

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