15 days

Kilimanjaro Climb & Tanzania Safari

Kilimanjaro Climb & Tanzania Safari

The black-maned tree-climbing lions and flamingos of Lake Manyara National Park

The 'Garden of Eden' of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Crater

Game drives in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Serengeti

Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest peak

Trip rating
  • Combine the achievement of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with a safari in Tanzania’s spectacular game parks. This is the ultimate challenge followed by the ultimate reward!

     

    TRIP CHANGE FOR 2015:
    An additional night will be spent trekking on Mt Kilimanjaro and there will be an included visit to the village of Tengeru on the morning of Day 9.

    Why we love it

    • The chance to tick an item off your bucket list and trek 5895 metres to the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro
    • Celebrating your achievement with a swim, a cold beer and the best hot shower of your life at Marangu Hotel
    • Spotting some incredible wildlife on safari, including a large numbers of birds and black-maned, tree-climbing lions
    • Staying in an intimate eco-friendly tented camp in the Serengeti and enjoying some of the finest wildlife viewing opportunities the world has to offer!

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Marangu

    • Your adventure will begin at the Marangu Hotel in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. You will be able to see the beautiful snow-capped mountains from the hotel grounds on a clear day.
    • Please make sure you are at Marangu Hotel by early evening, as your tour commences here with a full briefing and kit inspection before dinner by an experienced Kilimanjaro climber, in preparation for the start of our trek. Please note that it is sometimes necessary to have this meeting on the morning of Day 2 if someone arrives late. Please check at reception for up to date information on where and when this important meeting will take place.

    Day 2 - Machame Hut

    • Today you’ll meet up with your porters and guides after breakfast, and transfer the short distance to the Machame Gate, situated at the entrance to the forest at around 1800 metres. After completing registration procedures at Machame, you should be on your way by late morning.
    • Today’s walk will be about five to six hours, gradually ascending through the forest to a ridge between two streams, before eventually emerging into heather at around 3000 metres. Please note that it can be wet in the rainforest.
    • The night will be spent camping near Machame Hut, at much the same altitude. The porters will carry your trek bag with all of your kit, while you’ll carry a day bag with your wet weather gear, camera, lunch and water. Generally speaking, the porters will walk ahead so they can reach camp first and put up your tents prior to your arrival.
    Machame Hut Camp - 3100m or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Shira Hut

    • After breakfast, you will set off around 8.00am to head up to the Shira Plateau. From your overnight campsite you will cross a small valley and continue up along a steep ridge, through open moorland, to about 3600 metres. The peak of Kilamanjaro lies straight ahead, an inspiring site on what can be a challenging day’s walk!
    • After around three to four hours the route veers left before flattening out into a gorge, and from here you’ll gradually ascend towards the Shira Plateau, and your overnight camp, Shira Hut, at 3850 metres, to the west of Kibo.
    Shira Hut or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Barranco Hut

    • Today will be an important acclimatisation day as you'll be travelling up to 4250 metres before spending the night at Barranco (3950m). The path continues directly up the ridge towards Kibo. This is a high altitude desert, offering glorious views of the Western Breach of Kibo.
    • After about four hours the path forks to the right and descends into a gorge (‘barranco’ in Swahili). There’s a fair amount of ‘up and down’ walking today. Turning south-east towards the lava tower known as Shark’s Tooth, you will reach Barranco Hut and your overnight campsite at 3950 metres. With any luck you’ll be treated to a great sunset tonight!
    Baranco Hut or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Barafu Hut

    • Today will be a tough day hiking up and down the craggy landscape as you make your way up to Barafu Camp. Barafu is Kiswahili for 'ice' and it is a very fitting name. You will start the day off with a challenging ascent and then embark on a fascinating walk through the dry desert region of the mountain with spectacular views of the Hiem, Kersten and Rebmann glaciers above. It is a rather tough slog up a final ridge to Barafu Camp but the knowledge that you'll conquer the summit tomorrow is wonderful motivation.
    • From Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp, you will ascend to 4,600 m (15,100 ft) and cover 12 km.
    Barafu Hut Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Summit - Mweka

    • Today will be the longest and most challenging climbing day. Leaving your campsite between midnight and 2am, the climb from Barafu to Stella Point will be fairly steep.
    • At Rebmann Glacier (4870m) you head north between Rebmann and Ratzel Glacier, which will bring you up to the crater rim just west of Stella Point (about six to seven hours), where you’ll join the main trail for the last leg (about an hour) to the summit at Uhuru (5895m).
    • You’ll then head back down, via the Mweka route, where your tents will be pitched for the last time. The section from Uhuru down to Barafu (four hours) is scree (as on the way up), then you’ll head down through the various vegetation zones, on a continual downhill, into Mweka which is located on the edge of the rainforest area (three to four hours).
    • At an altitude of approx 3100 metres, it will be nice to have some 'air' to breathe!
    Mweka Hut Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-8 - Marangu

    • Today you will continue to descend the mountain, traversing alpine meadows and rainforest to the Mweka park gate. From Mweka Camp to the Mweka gate, you will trek for 10 km (approximately 3-4 hours) descending a total of 1,300 m (4,300 ft). You will have lunch here after checking out of the park and then the transport sent to meet you returns back to the Marangu Hotel for a well deserved shower or bath. A private transfer will come to collect you after breakfast on Day 8 and take you to Arusha.
    Breakfast

    Day 9 - Lake Manyara

    • This morning will be free to enjoy at leisure in Arusha before joining up with other guests on the safari for lunch. In Arusha you may wish to visit a very special local school that the Peregrine Community Trust is helping to support.
    • This morning's activity can be pre-booked with us. A short trip briefing is held and you will also meet your safari guide and special 4WD safari vehicle. A three-hour drive will take you through the village of Mto Wa Mbu before you climb up part of the great Rift Valley to your lodge.
    • You will arrive at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in the late afternoon. Spectacularly perched high on the escarpment overlooking the alkaline Lake Manyara, this is a wonderful place to spend your first night on Tanzanian safari.
    Lake Manyara Serena Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10 - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park

    • In the morning you will explore Lake Manyara National Park on a short game drive. This picturesque lake is home to a large number of birds, including flamingos and pelicans, which can be seen in the water or on shore.
    • The area is also renowned for black-maned, tree-climbing lions, who have developed this habit due to the marshy soil. Witnessing one of these is real highlight of any safari. Large herds of buffalo and elephant are also often sighted.
    • You will depart Lake Manyara for the wide open plains of the Serengeti. To reach the Serengeti you must travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, skirting the Ngorongoro Crater before entering into the Serengeti.
    • You will spend the afternoon on a game drive covering the more southern regions of the Serengeti before reaching the Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
    Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Serengeti National Park

    • The seemingly endless Serengeti Plains capture the essence of Africa. They are home to massive numbers of grazing animals and also various predators, and the interaction between the many species often provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.
    • Today you will start around sunrise for a morning game drive and follow that up later on with an afternoon game drive, as the animals tend to be more active in the cooler hours of the day. You will usually return to camp during the hotter hours in the middle of the day, where you will enjoy a hearty meal, relax and maybe take a siesta.
    • Depending on wildlife movements and opportunities for sightings, the drive may continue through lunch and last all day. In this case, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon.
    Serengeti Sopa Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12 - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    • This morning you will have time to further explore the Serengeti and perhaps visit Simba Kopjes, an outcrop of rocks favoured by lion and cheetah, who can often be seen basking in the morning sun.
    • You will spend your time game viewing and will stop for a picnic lunch on the drive from Serengeti National Park back toward the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Along the way you will have the option to visit Olduvai Gorge, a site famous for the discovery of fossilised remains of pre-historic man.
    • Your lodge for the next two nights is beautifully located on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. We highly recommend that you take the time in the late afternoon to pause and take in this incredible vista, as the sun sets over the crater.
    Ngorongoro Sopa or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13 - Ngorongoro Crater

    • Today you will explore the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater, widely regarded as a microcosm of natural habitats in Africa and often touted as a veritable Garden of Eden. Within this crater lies every type of ecosystem, including riverine forests, open plains, freshwater and alkaline lakes.
    • Ngorongoro Crater is the remnants of an ancient volcano caldera, and within its 300 square kilometres is a remarkable concentration of wildlife. The scenery is spectacular as you descend almost 600 metres down to the crater floor. There is every chance that you will see a considerable variety of wildlife in this compact area, including the highly endangered black rhinoceros.
    • In the afternoon you will leave the crater and return to the lodge for a second night. (National park regulations stipulate that vehicles are only allowed a maximum of six hours in Ngorongoro Crater.) The late afternoon can be spent relaxing at the lodge, enjoying the wonderful views.
    Ngorongoro Sopa or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14 - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tarangire National Park

    • Bidding farewell to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you will travel back down the Rift Valley escarpment and through Mto Wa Mbu before reaching Tarangire National Park - your final Tanzanian national park.
    • Tarangire National Park lies to the south of the Masailands and is defined by large open savannahs dotted with acacia woodland and large baobab trees. With the presence of the Tarangire River, this park forms a refuge during the dry season for many migratory animals, ensuring that Tarangire's wildlife concentration is second only to that of Ngorongoro Crater.
    • At Tarangire you will enjoy an afternoon game drive en route to your safari lodge, situated inside the park.
    Tarangire Sopa Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15 - Tarangire National Park - Kilimanjaro Airport

    • You will enjoy an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park before returning to Arusha in time for lunch. It is then time for fond farewells, as some of you will be leaving the trip in Arusha.
    • The rest of you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport, arriving mid-afternoon at which time your tour finishes. Any flights out of Kilimanjaro Airport should not be booked prior to 3.30pm.
    Breakfast | Lunch
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine’s specialist English-speaking local mountain guide.
    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local tour leader on the Tanzania Safari
    • The services of porters and a cook on the trek. We work with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project to ensure our porters are treated and paid well.
    • 5 days in Kilimanjaro National Park ascending along the Machame Route and descending along the Mweka Route.
    • Equipment: a sturdy canvas bag for your main luggage which will be carried by the porters; cotton inner sleep sheet; and sleeping mat.
    • Entrance and park/mountain fees.
    • 5 nights camping in spacious dome tents set up for you by the porters.
    • 1 night in the comfortable Marangu Hotel located at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro.
    • 1 day in Lake Manyara National Park, 2 days in the Serengeti National Park, 2 days in Ngorongoro Crater and 1 day in Tarangire National Park

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport taxes or any other departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - but there will be opportunity to do some hand-washing in the camps where we stay for two or more nights.
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
    • Personal items
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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFJT
Group size 4 - 6
Start City: Kilimanjaro Airport
End City: Kilimanjaro Airport
Style: Small Group

What to know

Physical preparation is essential to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. You will trek on terrain with plenty of ascents and descents, often on steep trails, and at altitude.

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