Tour Highlights

  • Reach Uhuru, the Roof of Africa
  • Very good acclimatisation conditions
  • Catch the first view of the sun rise over Africa
  • Take pictures of the huge African elephants and big cuts
  • Game drives in Serengeti National Park, with Africa’s highest concentration of wildlife

Safaris’ view

Start and end in Arusha! With the Mt Kilimanjaro trek & wildlife safari, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Mount Kilimanjaro and one of the top national parks in northern Tanzania. The Marangu Route has been referred to as the ‘Coca Cola’ route and this has led potential climbers to think that it is an easy route to the summit.

The fact that it requires a minimum of 5 days to complete it does not mean that it is easier than any other route. The only reason that people say it is easier is because it is the only route up Kilimanjaro where you sleep in huts as opposed to tents. An optional acclimatisation day at Horombo Huts is highly recommended for those with no prior trekking in altitude experience under their belt.

The route starts from the park headquarters in the village of Marangu and heads straight westwards towards Kibo. The trail goes through lush rainforest, heath, and moorland to the alpine desert and ultimately the arctic zone at the peak and same route down.

After 5 days of trekking this amazing and most beautiful free standing mountain the world, you will also have a great chance to explore the glories Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world teeming with animals.

Your tour will also take you to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake, at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment.

Finally, your African safari tour will also take you to the Tarangire National Park, which features some of the greatest concentration of game in Tanzania. The size of the selected Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, make them a perfect choice for our shorter safaris.

Tour Itinerary

 

 

DAY 1 – ARRIVING DAY

You will be met at Kilimanjaro airport with one of our Landside Adventures team members and transferred to Lodge or Hotel. The lodge is right in the heart of Arusha.

Accommodation: Planet Lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast.

 

 

DAY 2 MARANGU GATE (1860M) TO MANDARA HUT (2700M)

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge in Arusha and taken to the Marangu gate. Once the necessary paperwork has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense rainforest. Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.

Distance covered: 8.3km / 5.2mi
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 

 

DAY 3 – MANDARA HUT (2700M) TO HOROMBO HUT (3700M)

The day begins with an early breakfast. Shortly after you have left Mandara Hut, you will reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4 – 6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.

Distance covered: 12.5km / 7.8mi
Approx. time taken: 9 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 

 

DAY 4 – HOROMBO HUT (3700M) TO KIBO HUT (4700M)

Today’s stage is long and tough. The well-built trail passes the “Last Water point” which is followed by the so-called “saddle”. This near vegetation less plateau join the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Today’s destination is the Kibo Hut that is usually reached in about 5 – 6 hours. Here, you will enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short.

Distance covered: 9.5km / 5.9mi
Approx. time taken: 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 

 

DAY 5 – KIBO HUT (4700M) TO UHURU PEAK (5895M) TO HOROMBO HUT (3700M)

Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage. You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

Distance covered: 22km / 13.7mi
Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 

 

DAY 6 – HOROMBO HUT (3700M) TO MARANGU GATE (1860M)

The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) where a warm lunch is waiting for you. Soon, you will once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, you will be back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (1860m). After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Arusha. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro.

Distance covered: 20.8km / 12.9mi
Approx. time taken: 8 hours

Accommodation: Planet Lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast.

 

 

DAY 7 – ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA

after breakfast, we will drive to the Lake Manyara National park with picnic lunches. This impressive park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.

Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Travel time: 2 ½ hours
Distance: 130 km

 

 

DAY 8 – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER

After breakfast, we descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a morning, half-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after which we travel to the Tarangire National Park.(Distance: 60km)

Accommodation: Burudika Manyara Lodge
Meals included: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

 

 

DAY 9 – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PAK – ARUSHA TOWN

After breakfast, we begin game drive at Tarangire National Park. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. This African national park is also home to three rare species of animals – the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings. We return to the lodge for lunch after which we will depart for Arusha town and we will end our African safari adventure.  You will be taken to your hotel which ends our safari packages services. (Distance: 120 km)

Accommodation: Planet Lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast

 

Pricing Table

$ 5008
$ 4380
$ 4150

Price includes the following:

  • First Aid Kit
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • All national park fees
  • AMREF Flying Doctors
  • All mentioned activities
  • Cook, Assistant cook and Porters
  • Transport in a 4×4WD safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking driver guide
  • Meals and mineral water according to the itinerary
  • Overnight stays in safari tents & while on trekking
  • Accommodation in a Safari according to the itinerary
  • A professional mountain guides and assistant guides.
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)

Price does not include the following:

  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Flights, Visa fees, Travel insurance
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Equipment including fleece jacket, socks, sunglasses, water bottles, body tights etc
  • Equipment including sleeping bags, mountain boots, balaclava, wind jackets, wind trousers,  inner gloves and outer gloves, gaiters, walking sticks,  rain pants etc. 

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