10 Days Mount Meru Climb & Safari

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania    

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Pick up by Joica Tours & Safaris
  • Tonight we overnight in a mid range hotel/lodge

Day 2 Arusha - Momela Gate - Mariakamba Hut

After breakfast be driven to the Momela gate of Mt Meru. Start the hiking with a professional park ranger. Along the way you will likely see some animals including elephants, zebras, and giraffe , monkeys, antelope, and often elephants along the route. After about 5-7 hours reach the hut Mariakamba (2500 m) for rest, dinner and overnight. 

3 meals included.

Day 3 Mariakamba Hut - Saddle Hut

Get breakfast and continue your climb. After about 3-5 hours reach Saddle Hut (3550m) passing through the forest. The walk will take you slowly along the ridge for a spectacular view of the Meru Crater and the impressive Ash Cone. After hot lunch at Saddle Hut we can make a short climb to the summit of Little Meru (3820m) for superb views just before sunset. Dinner and overnight at Saddle Hut.

3 meals included.

Day 4 Saddle Hut - Summit - Mariakamba Hut

Wake up at midnight, around 1:30 am to climb steeply to Rhino Point (3800m) and on to Cobra Point (4350m). We reach the summit (4566m) on time for sunrise. The final part of the climb is along a spectacular narrow ridge line between the sheer inner cliffs and the sloping outer wall of the crater. Take a short rest at Saddle Hut and continue down to the Mariakamba Hut.

3 meals included.

Day 5 Mariakamba - Momela Gate – Arusha

We take a short and fast descent way through open grassland and mixed forest, with possibility of seeing wildlife before reaching Momela Gate in the late morning. From the gate you will be driven back to Arusha town to lodge for your overnight.

Lunch and dinner included.

Accommodation

Day 6 Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park – Mto wa Mbu 

You will be picked up at hotel/Lodge  and journey to the small, yet diverse, Lake Manyara National Park. The park, which stretches along the Rift Valley Escarpment, is named after the shallow alkaline Lake Manyara. The lake can be seen through a hue of pink, due to the large numbers of flamingos, seasonally flocking to its shores. The more than 400 species of birds make this park a bird lovers’ paradise and on any given day 100 different species can be observed. Apart from the avian inhabitants, giraffes, elephants, monkeys and antelopes can be spotted in the forest, acacia trees and grasslands. With a bit of luck you will be able to catch a glimpse of the famous tree-climbing lions, a somewhat uncommon trait for these large cats. After a thorough exploration of the park, you will leave and travel to the town of Mto wa Mbu, where you will spend the night on a Campsite.

Day 7 Mto wa Mbu – Serengeti National Park 

After breakfast you will leave Mto wa Mbu and drive through the cooler highland region towards the Serengeti National park. The world renowned Serengeti National Park, with its diverse landscape ranging from grass plains and dry savannah to marshy woodlands, is the stamping ground of many carnivorous predators and their prey. The park is home to the largest animal migration in the world and depending on the season you will be able to witness this spectacular event unfold. The herds of wildebeest and zebras journey in the short rainy season of November and December from the hills in the north to the southern plains before returning to the north during the longer rainy season of April to June. The location of the migrating herds is dependent on the yearly rainfall, but your guide will know where the best vantage points for wildlife viewing are. The night will be spent on a campsite in the central Serengeti.

Day 8 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area 

As the sun slowly rises over the vast open plains, you will embark on your first game drive of the day. Due to the abundance of prey species, such as gazelles and impalas, the park boasts one of the largest lion populations in Africa as well as other predators such as leopards and cheetahs. Returning to camp after the game drive you will enjoy a hearty breakfast before leaving the park and driving towards Ngorongoro Crater. Arriving at the crater rim, the 600m deep caldera in all its splendour opens up before you. You will spend the night at a campsite on the crater’s edge, watching the sun set over the glistening springs of the collapsed volcano’s floor.

Day 9 Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha 

After an early breakfast you will start your descent on a narrow and steep road to the crater floor. The crater is inhabited by a spectacular array of wildlife, which includes zebras, hippos, hyenas, wildebeests, warthogs and the famous “Big Five” – buffalo, rhino, lion, elephant and leopard. After extensive game viewing and a lunch at a picnic spot, you will leave the crater and travel back to a hotel/lodge in Arusha where you will arrive in the late afternoon.

Day 10 Departure Day

Departure Day

Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home


Rates

1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax +
$ 3,700 $ 2,400 $ 2,050 $ 1,800 $ 1,650 $ 1,550

Safari Overview

DURATION

10 Days / 9 Nights

Rates Includes

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides and Safaris
  • Airport transfers
  • Overnight Stays
  • Rescue fees on Mountain
  • All meals while on the Mountain and Safari
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • All mentioned activities
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF)

Rates Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks (Soda, Alcohol)
  • Tips
  • Vaccination
  • Laundry
  • Other Personal Items