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Kilimanjaro and Safari Trek Guided Walking Holiday
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Tour Summary


Trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro and enjoy a Tanzanian Safari

· The most scenic route to the top of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak
· Acclimatise at Mawenzi Tarn and descend via the Marangu Route
· Holiday with game drives at Tarangire and Ngorongoro
· Great Value – Kilimanjaro park fees and all meals included

3 nights hotels and lodges, 7 nights camping, 7 days trekking, 3 days safari, Max altitude – 5894 metres.

Join in Kilimanjaro International Airport. MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


This sensational trekking holiday combines a week of trekking on the tranquil Rongai Route to the summit of Kilimanjaro with the best short safari in Tanzania.

Crossing lovely, open country on the north side of the mountain, our tried and tested Rongai itinerary incorporates an additional day for acclimatisation. Straightforward trekking (with a challenging summit day) leads to a magical viewpoint on the ‘roof of Africa’.

Descending from the peak, we have a night in Arusha before heading out to experience what is arguably the world’s finest game viewing – in the Tarengire and Lake Manyara national parks and in the unique Ngorongoro Crater.

A series of game drives in specialist safari vehicles will allow us to sample each of these locations and give us a good chance to spot the ‘big five’ of elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion. If you are only going to do one East African treking holiday, then this one is hard to beat!

The Secret of our Success on Kilimanjaro Success on Kilimanjaro is all about acclimatisation. At 5894 metres (19,340 feet) this is a mountain of Himalayan proportions, but without the opportunity to gradually acclimatise on a walk-in through a region of foothills.

A poorly acclimatised person will not cope well with the Kilimanjaro climb and may even become quite ill during the ascent. We know that some companies offer an ascent of Kilimanjaro with just 6 days on the mountain. In our opinion, this at best risks your chance of reaching the highest point in Africa and, at worst, can threaten your health.

The itinerary includes two nights at 4300 metes and an acclimatisation walk to 4500+ metres before climbing Kilimanjaro. This extra day will make all the difference to your chance of success and also to your enjoyment of the trip. On a 6-day ascent 5 or 6 people out of 10 will reach the summit, most of them having really struggled to get there.

On a 7-day ascent with the extra night at Mawenzi Tarn, 9 out of 10 on average will make the summit. Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project We also make every effort to look after our local crews, who are, of course, fundamental to the success of our Kilimanjaro holidays.

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Start of the holiday

Rendezvous at the group hotel. Services begin with the evening meal.

Day 2: Kili

Drive to the village of Rongai on the north side of Kili. Trek through farmland and forest to edge of moorland zone where we can enjoy views across the Kenyan plains. Camp (2600m. / 8530ft.).

Day 3: Kikelewa Caves

A longer day, gaining close to 1000m. / 3000ft. We trek to Kikelewa Caves. We stop for lunch at ‘Second Cave’ in sight of Kibo peak and the ice fields on the crater rim. Camp (3350m. / 10,990ft.).

Day 4: Mawenzi

A shorter walk today, crossing grassy slopes with expansive views, to reach Mawenzi Tarn – spectacularly located beneath the rocky summits of Mawenzi Peak. Camp (4300m. / 14,108ft.).

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn

A rest and acclimatisation day at the camp beside Mawenzi Tarn.

Day 6: Kibo

Trek across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, to reach our overnight halt at the Kibo Hut directly beneath the Kibo crater wall. Camp (4750m. / 15,584ft.).

Day 7: Gilman’s Point

A very early start to reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point, then traverse to Uhuru Peak (5894m. / 19,337ft.), Descent via the Marangu Route to Horombo. Camp (3720m. / 12,205ft.).

Day 8: Marangu

We encounter vegetation and pine forest on our descent to the Marangu Gate. Transfer to the hotel in Arusha

Day 9: Tarangire National Park

A 2 hour drive to the Tarangire National Park where we enjoy a day’s game viewing. Overnight at the Tarangire Safari Lodge Tented camp, situated on a ridge above the river.

Day 10: Lake Manyara Lodge

Early morning game drive along the river. After breakfast drive to the After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro crater where we enjoy a full day’s game drive. Afterwards check in to Lake Manyara Lodge.

Day 11: Lake Manyara

We make an early start for a game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park. After a picnic lunch, we transfer to the airport where Package services end.

Is this holiday for you?

Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and via the trek route that we have chosen to undertake involves around 4000 metres of ascent in just 5 days. Generally, there are excellent trails to follow, although on the upper part of the route we will have to negotiate some sections of loose scree.

There will also be some snow and ice on the crater rim. The very long summit day on Kilimanjaro will provide a test for anyone, as much for the very long descent to the Horombo Camp as for the climb itself.

Altitude

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above.

This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

Big Game Safari
Following the climb of Kilimanjaro we have an exciting 3-day safari, visiting the two most important areas for game viewing in East Africa, Ngorongoro Crater and the Tarengire National Park. Please note that unlike many other companies, we use fixed camps located inside the Park.

We do not bus out to local towns and so on this safari you are guaranteed to experience all the sights, sounds and the real feel of African Safari.

The Secret of our Success on Kilimanjaro
Success on Kilimanjaro is all about acclimatisation. At 5894 metres (19,340 feet) this is a mountain of Himalayan proportions, but without the opportunity to gradually acclimatise on a walk-in through a region of foothills.

A poorly acclimatised person will not cope well with the Kilimanjaro climb and may even become quite ill during the ascent. We know that some companies offer an ascent of Kilimanjaro with just 6 days on the mountain.

In our opinion, this at best risks your chance of reaching the highest point in Africa and, at worst, can threaten your health. Itinerary includes two nights at 4300 metes and an acclimatisation walk to 4500+ metres before climbing Kilimanjaro.

This extra day will make all the difference to your chance of success and also to your enjoyment of the trip.

On a 6-day ascent 5 or 6 people out of 10 will reach the summit, most of them having really struggled to get there.

On a 7-day ascent with the extra night at Mawenzi Tarn, 9 out of 10 on average will make the summit.

Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project
We also make every effort to look after our local crews, who are, of course, fundamental to the success of our Kilimanjaro holidays.

Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project and, in recognition of the quality of care we provide for our local staff, we are listed as a partner on the International Mountain Explorers Connection website.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?


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Tour Information

Holiday Information


What’s Included?

• Professional English speaking local leader
• National Park Fees (worth $950)
• Kilimanjaro Airport transfers on day 1 and day 11
• All land transport involved in the itinerary
• All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• All meals
• A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
• Game viewing in the Tarangire National Park / Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

What’s Not Included

•Travel Insurance
•Tanzanian visa
•Tips for porters and other local staff
•Miscellaneous expenses – drinks etc.

Meal Plan

All meals are included from dinner on day 1 until lunch on day 11.

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend a total of two nights in a comfortable hotel in Arusha. The group will also have use of a day room in Arusha at the end of the trip to freshen up before the flight home.

There are a total of 7 nights camping including a night at the Tarengire Safari Lodge. The final night of the trip is spent in a lodge at Lake Manyara.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost (please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels or at the Tarengire Safari Lodge camp).

Depending on availability, single supplement cost for 4 nights in hotels and lodges (including tented camp lodge ) can be arranged at an additional cost.

Additional hotel nights in Arusha are also available.

Is this holiday for you?

Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and via the trek route that we have chosen to undertake involves around 4000 metres of ascent in just 5 days. Generally, there are excellent trails to follow, although on the upper part of the route we will have to negotiate some sections of loose scree.

There will also be some snow and ice on the crater rim. The very long summit day on Kilimanjaro will provide a test for anyone, as much for the very long descent to the Horombo Camp as for the climb itself.

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Kilimanjaro and Safari Trek, 11 days, 10 nights
3 nights hotels, lodges and 7 nights camping

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