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Welcome to Africa and the start of your holiday! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure to prepare for your Kilimanjaro climb tomorrow. Overnight Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort
After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro entrance. After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho roadhead. The last section of the road is poor quality and sometimes we start walking a kilometre or two below the roadhead. Its a gentle walk through beautiful and lush forest to stretch your legs in anticipation of the long climb ahead. Overnight Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m) 2-3 hours walking
We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. Shira is one of the three craters of the Kilimanjaro volcanic massif, the others being Mawenzi and Kibo. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at Shira One (3,550 m) 6-7 hours walking
Today we walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut (3,840 m). This campsite has stunning views, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. 3-6 hours walking
In the morning we cross part of the plateau heading north to reach our campsite at Moir Hut (4,200m) for lunch. After which there is an excellent acclimatization walk up onto the Lent Hills, the summit of which is at 4,700 metres. 4-7 hours walking
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. 7-8 hours walking
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the way to the summit. 4-5 hours walking
Today we follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatisation walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. 3-5 hours walking
Start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about 5-6 hours. We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi before carrying on to Uhuru Peak (5896 m) passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. Absorb the magnificent views across Kenya and Tanzania at ‘the roof of the world’. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,800 m) Millenium. 11-15 hours walking
A sustained descent on a well constructed path through lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m). Here we sign out from the national park before walking on for a further 15 minutes through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village where our vehicle awaits. The shower, the beer, and the swimming pool are tantalisingly close! 4-6 hours walking Overnight Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort
After breakfast we drive to Ngorongoro via Lake Manyara National Park for our first game drive. Lake Manyara is a scenic park which is only 330 square kilometres in area, of which about 230 square kilometres are lake. The park contains a large variety of habitats: the rift wall, the ground water forest, acacia woodland, areas of open grassland, the lake shore, swamp, and the lake itself. Continue on to Ngorongoro where we will spend the night.
Imagine a giant bowl teeming with wildlife, in the middle of the African bush and you are close to an idea of the Ngorongoro Crater. Thanks to a permanent water and pasture source, the crater floor plays host to nearly every species of African animal. Zebra, buffalo, black rhino and wildebeest graze amongst the predatory lion, cheetah and hyena. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last remaining areas in Tanzania where you can see the endangered Black Rhino. Depart today with a picnic lunch and descend down in to the crater floor for a full day of game driving.
After breakfast we depart for Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is famous for its enormous concentration of game (especially the big cats) and for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles. The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. The Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world-wide wonder.
Enjoy a full days game drive. There will be some great photo opportunities so have your camera ready.
This morning we drive to Serengeti Airstrip for a scheduled flight to Arusha, arriving at 12:10pm. You will be met and transferred to The Arusha Hotel for lunch. After lunch transfer to Kilimanjaro for your onward flight where your tour with us comes to an end today. We truly hope you have had a great time, collecting many wonderful memories of our beautiful continent.