13 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Via Machame Ruote & 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:

Circa 4-5 hours hiking

After breakfast 08:30 you leave and drive to the start of the Machame route we drive to Machame road head (70 kms) and start hiking to 3,100m,we now leave the park gate and walk through the Rain Forest on a winding trail to the first uniport hut which is located at an altitude of (3048 mtrs) we continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Hut, where we spend the night at our first campsite BLD

Day 3:

Circa 4-5 hours hiking

leaving the “glades of rain forest” we now follow the steep ridge, which veers west, and after 3-4 hours gradually ascend the Shira Plateau and our campsite at an altitude of 3,840 mtrs BLD

Day 4:

Circa 6 hours hiking

From Shira we walk east on the plateau, following the trail leading to the Lava Tower (Sharks Tooth). Shortly before the tower we branch off onto the path to the Umbwe Ridge and Barranco Hut which is situated at 3900m. Our campsite is a further 30 minutes walk beyond the hut beside a glacial stream.  From here there are superb views of the Southern Ice Cliffs and the Breach Wall. BLD

Day 5:

Circa 8 hours hiking

today we scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and traverse over scree and ridges beneath the ice falls of the heim kersten and decken glaciers. After a steep pull out of the Karanga Valley we ascend the ridge leading to the Barafu Huts at 4600m. BLD

Day 6:

Circa 11 hours hiking

After an early start, we ascend directly to the rim of Kibo between the Rebmann and Retzel glaciers. From here it is about a 45 minute walk to Uhuru Peak 5, 895 mtrs – the roof of Africa, with fine views of Mt. Meru to the west and the Jagged Peak of Mawenzi to the east. We then descend to Barafu Hut and our overnight camp Mweka BLD

Day 7:

We descend to Mweka Gate, passing Karanga Hut through the forest.On arrival at the gate you will receive your Certificate of Accomplishment and be taken by our vehicle back to your lodge for a much needed hot shower and rest.

Overnight in a mid range hotel/lodge D

 

Day 8 Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park – Mto wa Mbu

You will picked up from hotel/lodge and drive to the Lake Manyara National Park. Not only is this park a bird-lover’s paradise with over 400 species of birds, but is also home to primates such as baboons and blue monkeys and many herbivores, such as elephants, hippos, wildebeest, impalas and giraffes. You might even catch a glimpse of the more carnivorous inhabitants, such as leopards and lions. Through the pop-up roof of your safari vehicle you will see the landscape changing from lush acacia woodlands to grassy floodplains, where colonies of flamingos and other water fowls can be found on the alkaline Lake Manyara’s shoreline. After extensive game viewing you will leave the park and head to your campsite in the small town of Mto wa Mbu. The evening can be spent lounging at the pool or bar, before you have your evening meal and overnight. The night will be spent in tents.

 

Day 9 Mto wa Mbu – Serengeti National Park

After the breakfast plates have been cleared, you will continue toward the fertile highland where wheat, coffee and corn are grown by the Iraqw people. Passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will be able to see the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater before travelling onwards to the Serengeti National Park, which you will reach by midday. The Serengeti National Park is the largest park in Tanzania with a diversity of landscapes and habitats, such as grassy plains, swamps, lakes, savannah and mountains. Here the biggest wildebeest and zebra migration takes place and depending on season you will have the opportunity to witness thousands of animals on their search for nourishment. You will camp the night in the Seronera area in central Serengeti.

 

Day 10 Serengeti National Park

Today you will explore the Serengeti National Park. Your guide will take you closer to where the migrating herds are to be found. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds make their way from the hills in the north to the plains of the south, returning north during the longer rainy season from April to June. Their exact location differ yearly as they migrate according to the rainfalls, but your guide will know where you will be able to see them best. Lurking close by you might even spot some leopards, cheetahs and lions. After an eventful day you will return to your campsite in the Seronera area for your evening meal and overnight.

 

Day 11 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Early morning you will set out on another game drive in the Serengeti before continuing towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Soon the 600 meters deep unbroken caldera will open up before you and you will have a moment to take in the fantastic, awe-inspiring views of the collapsed volcano. Your campsite lies directly on the crater’s edge, offering a once in a lifetime view as the sun slowly sets over the crater. Nestled in your tent, thinking about the adventure the next morning brings, you will drift off to sleep.

 

Day 12 Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

Early in the morning you will head down the forested slopes into the crater on a steep and narrow path. The crater floor is covered in open grassland with the occasional acacia tree and two small wooded areas. Teaming with wildlife, you will be able to see many animals in a short period of time and might even be able to tick the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – off your list. Other animals present in the crater area include wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, hippos and more than 500 species of birds. You will spend the entire morning exploring the park and after a picnic lunch in the crater, you will return to Arusha in hotel/lodge where you will arrive by early evening.

 

Day 13  Departure Day

Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.


Rates

1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax +
$ 5,075 $ 3,650 $ 3,205 $ 3,045 $ 2,983 $ 2,805

Safari Overview

DURATION

13 Days / 12 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) during the safari

Rates Excludes

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