- 7 days to climb Kilimanjaro Mountain via Machame route
- Explore the fascinating African wildlife
- Specialist hiking guide in Kilimanjaro National Park
- Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro
After having climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, you will get a chance to visit two of the most beautiful national parks of Tanzania - the Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Crater for great views.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), you will be met by Dahlia tours & safaris representative, and transferred to the Leopards hotel Moshi www.leopardshotel.com for your overnight resting, ready starting trekking on day two. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check you the mountain equipment/gears.
This is the good day of relation and having a small walking around the Moshi Town, overnight at Leopards hotel Moshi www.leopardshotel.com
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you to Olasiti Lodge Arusha http://www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com for Lunch, Dinner and Overnight.
The Park is an endless pageant of wildlife with the richest Elephant population in Africa with surprisingly large herds. After breakfast, we will continue to Tarangire National Park.
It has an extensive collection of exotic birds, antelopes, lions, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes and tree climbing pythons around the swamps.
The most important feature is the Tarangire River. This is a well-established viewpoint, where game can be viewed ambling to and from the River throughout the day. Thousands of animals migrate from Maasai steppe to the Tarangire River, looking for water. Baobab trees, the World's biggest trees and can be seen thriving all along the river-banks and all over the park too. This African National Park is also home to three rare species of animals, the Greater Kudu, the Fringe-eared Oryx and Ashy Starlings. Thereafter, we will drive to Burunge Tented Lodge for Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we will proceed to Ngorongoro crater for a Full-day game drive, which is the 8th natural wonder of the world and the unique and UNESCO Heritage Site, world famous caldera with the most abundant wildlife.
The caldera is exhibiting more than 120 species of mammals. We will also visit saline lakes such as Lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds. We will see pools full of hippos, the endangered East Africa’s last black rhinos including birds such as secretary bird, white stork arriving from Europe during the wet season, kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big draw card to this picturesque 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. After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park. Also a visit to the famous Maasai Bomas will be great, to see the Maasai cultural setting and way of life. Here you may participate in the Maasai traditional dance or just observe the Moran’s dancing head high. It is also a place to buy few souvenirs to take back
Thereafter, we will drive to Tloma Lodge for Dinner and overnight.
Depart from your hotel to Lake Manyara National Park (photographers' heaven) for game viewing.
We will drive passing through the agricultural and fresh product market town of Mto Wa Mbu, which is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The town is a souvenir hunters’ paradise.
This park is famous for the tree climbing lions, luckily seen resting on acacia trees. From your vehicle, you will have a marvelous view of the Rift Valley escarpment, sparkling in the sun. Lake Manyara is a salt lake with thousands of flamingos. You can also see pelicans, storks, kingfishers and many other birds. It is also a famous jungle, where early Tanzanian movies were filmed.
Thereafter, we will drive back to Arusha and you will be taken to manager’s home, having African BBQ Dinner, discussing about your experience in Tanzania with Dahlia tours&safaris, and then latter travel back to Kibo Palace Hotel for Overnight.
Transfer to Airport for International Flight going Home
- Transport in your safari vehicle 4x4 Land-cruiser
- Accommodation for All nights in the itinerary(double rooms/tents)
- All meals as indicated in the above itinerary, Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- All park fees/crater service fees/ Mto wa Mbu guiding fees/Camping fees
- Bottled drinking water in the vehicle.
- Airport Drop off.
- Professional mountain and safari guide
- International Flight
- Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips for staff
- Drinks of personal Nature