Tour no. VE-P7: 15 days safari and Kilimanjaro. An exploration of the best of the northern circuit, go searching for “the big five” before conquering Africa’s highest mountain! For this particular tour we recommend you to book a flight go and return to Kilimanjaro or Nairobi Airport.
Day 1. Transfer from point of arrival to Arusha. Overnight at; L: Serena Mountain Village, H: New Arusha Hotel, M: Mount Meru Hotel, B: Arusha Travel Lodge
Day 2. Depart Arusha at 09.00 am for a full day in Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its green scenery, varied bird life, tree-climbing lions, hippos and baboons. Overnight on the rim of the Great Rift Valley, overlooking Lake Manyara at; L: Lake Manyara Serena, H: E Unoto Retreat, M: Lake Manyara Hotel, B: Panorama Camp
Day 3. Early breakfast at 6.00 am. Game drive en route to Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is the largest and most famous park in Tanzania, known worldwide for its endless plains, wildebeest-migration, herds of lions and other predators like hyenas, cheetahs and leopards. Crocodiles can be found in the Grumeti River, as well as hippos, giraffes, antelopes, and gazelles. Dinner and overnight in the heart of Serengeti at; L: Serengeti Serena, H: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, M: Seronera Wildlife Lodge, B: Seronera Camp
Day 4. A full day in Serengeti. Overnight at; L: Serengeti Serena, H: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, M: Seronera Wildlife Lodge, B: Seronera Camp
Day 5. Another game drive in Serengeti. In the afternoon you drive en route (optional stopover at Olduvai) to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater for dinner and overnight with an excellent view of the crater floor! Overnight at; L: Ngorongoro Serena, H: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, M: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, B: Simba Camp
Day 6. A full day in the Ngorongoro Crater. There is a very high possibility of spotting the big 5 in one day: lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Lunch will take place at the picnic site at the crater floor. Overnight in the Great Rift Valley at; L: Lake Manyara Serena, H: Tarangire Sopa Lodge,M: Lake Manyara Hotel, B: Panorama Camp
Day 7. Transfer to Tarangire National Park for a day of game viewing. This park is often referred to as the “home of elephants”, you have a great chance to spot elephants in large groups gathering around the Tarangire River. Other animals to be spotted include leopards, lions, giraffes and even tree-climbing pythons! In the late afternoon, return to Arusha for overnight at; L: Serena Mountain Village, H: New Arusha Hotel, M: Mount Meru Hotel, B: Arusha Travel Lodge.
Day 8. An early start with a drive to Machame gate. Begin trekking through the rain forests on a winding trail for 5-7 hours until you arrive at and overnight at Machame Campsite (3,100 m)
Day 9. After breakfast, leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing a little valley and walking along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather until the end of the ridge. The route then turns west onto a river gorge at 3658m (5-7 hours). Overnight at the Shira Campsite (3800 m)
Day 10. From the Shira plateau continue trekking east towards the lava tower called “the sharks tooth”. Shortly after the tower you come to a junction leading to the arrow glacier. Continue walking for about five hours to Barranco Campsite (3950 m) for overnight
Day 11. A day of acclimatization with a walk to Karranga Valley Camp (3963 m)
Day 12 . Walk through the Karanga valley and the junction which is connected to the Barafu Campsite (4600 m) for overnight. The two peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this point.
Day 13. Just after midnight trek past the Stella point (5745m) on the way to the summit, the Uhuru peak. This part of the climb takes about 8 hours. You have now reached the highest point in Africa at 5895 meters!!! From the summit descend to Mweka Campsite (3100m) for overnight, this takes about 5 hours.
Day 14. The day is spent descending to the Mweka park gates (3-4 hours). Transfer to Arusha for overnight at; L: Serena Mountain Village, H: New Arusha Hotel, M: Mount Meru Hotel, B: Arusha Travel Lodge.
Day 15. Transfer to Kilimanjaro or Nairobi Airport for connecting flight home.
L = Luxury
Five star accommodation while in Arusha and on safari. Basic camping on Kilimanjaro.
H = High end
Upper end standard while in Arusha and on safari. Basic camping on Kilimanjaro.
M = Medium
Medium standard while in Arusha and on safari. Basic camping on Kilimanjaro.
B = Budget
Basic camping while on safari and Kilimanjaro, budget class accommodation in Arusha.
We can provide French and Spanish speaking guides on request. You can find photos of the different accommodation options offered here. Note that for this package we have quoted a Kilimanjaro trek via Machame route for seven days, including a day for acclimatization. We can also offer this package with the Kilimanjaro trek via other routes, and shorten or lengthen the duration of the trek. Contact us for detailed quotes.
* Transfer from Kilimanjaro / Arusha / Nairobi Airport and return. Note that for transfer from Nairobi Airport and return we use Impala Shuttle Service with departures daily at 0800 and 1400.
* Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis while in Arusha
* Accommodation on fullboard basis while on safari and Kilimanjaro
* Seven days safari as described above including park entry fees, camping fees / lodge accommodation, 3 meals a day while on tour, English speaking driver/guide, 4WD Landcruiser with open roof and sliding windows, cook, camping equipment, unlimited game viewing within park opening hours, AAR Emergency Rescue & Evacuation Insurance.
* Seven days Kilimanjaro trek via Machame route including park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees, transfers, English speaking mountain guide, assistant guide(s), porters, cook, 3 meals a day while on tour, camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, chairs, tables and mess tent), walking sticks, head lamps and gloves.
* Entry visas
* International flights
* Dinner on day 1, 8 and 15
* Items of personal nature (mineral water, alcohol, phone calls etc)
* Tipping to the crew
Note: Prices are subject to change should any of the hotels or national parks increase their rates.