Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi Holidays

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Bird coming in to land

Day 1: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

Welcome to tantalizing Tanzania! Arriving into Kilimanjaro airport our local team will meet you and take you to your hotel in Moshi. Relax for the remainder of the day acclimatizing to the altitude.

Lion in Amboseli National Park

Day 2: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

Enjoy the day at leisure acclimatizing to the altitude.

Taking it easy

Day 3: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

After early breakfast at your lodge then Kilimanjaro briefing and checking your mountain personal equipments before transfer to Kilimanjaro entrance gate with picnic lunches. After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate we start climbing through the forest up to the Forest camp – a gentle walk of a few hours to stretch our legs in anticipation of the long climb ahead.(OVERNIGHT AT THE FOREST CAMP)

Close up of tusker, Amboseli

Day 4: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

After breakfast in the chattering forest, we start a slow walk to aid acclimatisation through the forest and into the Hagenia zone, where the vegetation begins to thin out as we approach the Shira Plateau. Shira is one of the three craters of the Kilimanjaro volcanic massif, the others being Mawenzi and Kibo and from our camp we have great views of the Shira needles and the distant form of the Mount Meru. (OVERNIGHT AT THE SHIRA 1 CAMP)

Day 5: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

We explore beneath the Northern Ice fields, an area almost totally unvisited by tourists and with unusual views of Kibo. The morning walk is a steady climb away from the moorland of Shira Plateau to reach the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills, with expansive views in all directions. After lunch in our camp close to Moir Hut (4,200 m), there is the option of a more strenuous afternoon walk to reach the summit of the Lent Hills (4,700 m). Few visitors get to this remote corner of Kilimanjaro. (3-6 hours walking) (OVERNIGHT AT THE MOIR HUT)

Day 6: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch at our Lava Tower campsite there is a steep and spectacular afternoon walk on the rocky lower slopes of the Western Breach to reach the ruins of the old hut at Arrow Glacier. This afternoon excursion is highly recommended both for acclimatization purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach. (OVERNIGHT AT THE LAVA TOWER CAMP)

Day 7: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

This morning you begin your hike to Karanga Camp. You will encounter a bit of a climb at Barranco Cliff and spend the rest of the trek climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain most of the way to camp. The climbing is not considered difficult and you should arrive in time for lunch (approximately 1:00PM) having trekked for about four hours. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to hike in the Karanga Valley where giant senecios and lobelia grow; however, you are well advised to rest as much as you possibly can to prepare you for the climb ahead. (OVERNIGHT AT THE KARANGA CAMP)

Day 8: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

The scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on a moraine with a view of Mawenzi peak towering majestically to the right, and overhead, Kibo peak seemingly just out of reach. The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few lichens and mosses. Lunch will be taken half way. All climbers advised to go to bed very early this night, as the next day is the longest one. (OVERNIGHT AT THE BARAFU CAMP)

Looking for prey in the setting sun

Day 9: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

Thanks to our careful acclimatization and slow ascent to this final camp, we are closer to the summit than any of the other climbers and do not have a gruelling final day with only a final two hour hike to the crater summit and a ten minute final stretch to Uhuru Summit 5895m, the Roof of Africa. After a thrilling scree run for two hours, we follow the Mweka descent path, feeling the air thicken as we descend, as we reach Mweka Camp after a tiring but rewarding seven hour trek and descent. Here we celebrate our achievements amidst the thick forest reliving one of the definitive moments of our life. (OVERNIGHT AT THE MWEKA CAMP)

Elephant in the afternoon sun

Day 10: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

After breakfast then continue to go down to Mweka gate 1630m where you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From here, you will be transferred to your hotel at the foot of the mountain.

Monkeys in the Kruger

Day 11: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi - Karatu

We spend the morning on a game drive through Tarangire National Park with its shimmering acacia sands, old baobab trees, Masai tribes and herds of elephant. In the dry season of July - October, Tarangire National Park surpasses the Serengeti in terms of animal concentration as big herds begin to congregate around the Tarangire River. In the afternoon we continue on to Karatu and our lodge in the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Day 12: Karatu - Serengeti N.P.

We set off to the vast plains of the Serengeti on a full day game drive taking a picnic lunch with us before checking into our lodge on the outskirts of the park. You will have more time to explore a larger area of the Serengeti, with its various landscapes, from savannas, forests, dry river beds and rocky kopjes, all of which offering a better environment for a whole range of animals. Your picnic lunch will be enjoyed in a secluded spot in the park among the wildlife.

Day 13: Serengeti N.P.

Another full day in the magnificent Serengeti awaits today with an early start ensuring we see the animals at their most active.

Leopard surverying the area

Day 14: Serengeti N.P. - Ngorongoro Crater

Today we make our way back to the Ngorongoro Highlands visiting Olduvai Gorge en route. The gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, where a distant ancestor of man was found, which is believed to be 1.8 million years old.

Lunch time at Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater

This morning we head to the Ngorongoro Crater, descending into the crater floor itself, for an exciting game drive. We spend the morning exploring this fascinating wildlife amphitheatre, home to nearly 25,000 animals, which remain in the crater due to the constant supply of water from the springs.

Day 16: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha

This morning we enjoy a final game drive at Lake Manyara National Park before being transferred back to Moshi and check into your hotel.

Day 17: Arusha

Sadly your journey comes to its conclusion today, we will transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport in time for your flight home.

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