Kilimanjaro - Machame Route Holidays

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Day 1: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport met and transfer to Aishi Protea Hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 2: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

After breakfast at your hotel you will depart for the Machame village where your climb begins. From the park entrance gate the first bit of your walk is about two to three hours long, through dense forest of fig, rubber trees and tropical vegetation. You will stop for lunch before making your way to the first of your campsites for the evening. You will reach Machame camp between 5pm and 6pm. Your camp is set up near some old metal huts which were once used for shelter. Today should be taken easy giving you time to acclimatize and enjoy the views. Overnight at Machame Camp

Day 3: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

A typical day on the mountain starts with a 6am wake up call for breakfast which weather depending will be enjoyed with fabulous views of the mountain peaks. Today’s trek will take you up a steep track through tall grasses and volcanic rocks. Lunch will be enjoyed just below the Shira plateau about three to four hours from the Shira camp which you should arrive at between 2pm and 3pm. Many climber start feeling the effects of the altitude by this stage. Feeling lethargic and having headaches is a common problem and the guides advise sleep and hot tea.Overnight at Shira Camp

Day 4: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

Today a steady walk takes you up passed the lava tower where you will stop for lunch before you start your descent towards the Barranco Camp, this stunning descent takes you along an immense canyon called the Grand Barranco. Along the way you will see numerous waterfalls and streams coming off the mountain. Your camp for tonight is set at almost the same altitude as last night.Overnight at Barranco Camp

Day 5: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

This morning you will begin your hike to the Karanga Camp which is also on the same altitude at the Barranco Camp. There is a bit of a steep climb when you get the the Barranco cliff and you will spend the rest of the day climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain until you reach your camp for the night. The climbing is not considered difficult and you should arrive in time for lunch having spent about four hours trekking. Climbers who choose to asend to the peak will go to bed very early tonight and tomorrow is the longest climb.Overnight at Barafu Camp

Day 6: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

Today you will be woken at midnight and after a light breakfast you will start climbing at around 1am. At this stage very few climbers will be free from the effects of altitude sickness. But the end is in sight. Making your way up the beautiful paths that are surrounded by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater. Another hour of climbing brings you to the summit! The view is amazing and the feeling of accomplishment overwhelming. The descent to the Mweka camp is no easier arriving at around 5pm. You will have trekked for a total of thirteen hours today. Overnight at Mweka Camp

Day 7: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route - Arusha

On your final day you will descend from Mweka camp to the base. The descent to the gate will take approximately 5 hours and climbers usually arrive before noon. At the gate climber will be rewarded with certificates of their success! Return from Kili transfer to Arusha, dinner and overnight at Mount Meru Hotel

Day 8: Arusha - Lake Manyara N.P.

After lunch and our briefing the safari commences with a short drive to Lake Manyara (120kms, 2 hours). The park is tucked below the majesty of the Rift Valley wall and the white-hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other. Famous for its tree-climbing lions, lying languidly among the branches in the heat of the day, and the dazzling variety of birds, you will have the afternoon to explore this beautiful park. You will continue up the escarpment to your lodge located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the lake below.

Buffalo herd

Day 9: Lake Manyara N.P. - Serengeti N.P.

After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park (250km, 5 hour). You will pass through the forested slopes of Ngorongoro, before the predator rich plains of the Serengeti unfurl before you. Continue your journey to your camp with some excellent game viewing opportunities en-route. You will stop for a picnic lunch, before arriving at the lodge.

Day 10: Serengeti N.P.

Today you will set off on a full day game drive taking a picnic lunch with you. You will have more time to explore a larger area of the Serengeti, with its various landscapes, from savannahs, 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. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy a relaxing sun downer

Leopard surverying the area

Day 11: Serengeti N.P. - Karatu

After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro Crater, with a final Serengeti game drive en-route. There will be a stop at the Olduvai Gorge to visit the site where Mary and Louis Leakey first discoved the remains of Zinjanthropus Bosei, a distant ancestor of man believed to be 1.8 million years old, Australopithecus Bosei, the ‘Nutcracker Man’, a species that became extinct about 1 million years ago and fossilised footprints that date back 3.6 million years. Through this discovery Tanzania has become known as the ‘cradle of mankind’.

Day 12: Karatu

Today you will depart for the Ngorongoro Crater, descending into the crater floor itself, for a game drive. Spend the morning exploring this fascinating wildlife amphitheater. Home to nearly 25,000 animals, which remain in the crater due to the constant supply of water from the springs. There is a very good chance of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard plus countless other African mammal species. This caldera, formed by a volcano sinking, hosts a unique cross-section of eco-systems, from Soda Lake to savannah and is home to almost every major species of African mammal. After a picnic lunch you return to your lodge.

Herd of elephants crossing a road

Day 13: Karatu - Tarangire N.P.

After breakfast we leave for Tarangire National Park (140km, 3 hours). This is the classic Africa of lore with shimmering acacia stands, 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 permanent water of Tarangire River. We then drive to Maramboi, with its spectacular views across the Rift Valley to the escarpment.

Lone baboon at Tarangire National Park

Day 14: Tarangire N.P.

Depart for Arusha where we will have lunch at the Arusha Hotel before our tour arrangements come to an end. Onward transfer to Arusha airport.

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