Mountain and Safari Itineraries

Mount Kilimanjaro has official seven routes but only six are used for trekking which are Marangu, Machame, Umbwe, Rongai, Lemosho and Shira. Mweka route is reserved for descending only to avoid overworking it. The below program can use and different route plus the wildlife program. Please check with the number of days that you will be spending in Kilimanjaro on the Kilimanjaro link to let you known how you can be flexible on designing your own itinerary.

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route & Ngorongoro / Manyara / Tarangire – 8 Days / 7 Nights

The Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route offers accommodation in huts at every point you spend your night with solar lights and comfortable beds. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts.

Day 1: Marangu gate (1700m) – Mandara Hut 2740m – (5,500ft to 9,000ft)
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Marangu village and proceed to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register at Kilimanjaro National Park Authority offices and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara hut located at 9,000 ft / 2,740 m. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania.

Day 2: Mandara Hut (2,740m) – Horombo Hut (3700m) – (9,000ft to 12,100ft)
In the morning around 8:30 a.m after breakfast starting trekking to Horombo hut. After about 1 hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo hut. The view of Kibo summit and Mawenzi are both stunning and shinning in clear days. In most cases giant lobelias and grounsels are found on your way. Horombo hut is a point were most of the climbers uses it for acclimatization whereby they spend an extra day. Spending an extra day give a wide change for successful summit the roof of Africa.

Day 3: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Kibo Hut (4700m) – (12,100ft to 15,400ft)
In the morning after breakfast the trek will take us to the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heartland but then disappears into desert like structure. At Kibo you will have your dinner, take a nap and at the middle of the night around 23:30 hour prepare for summit climb.

Day 4: Kibo Hut (4700m) – (Summit and Horombo) – (5,895m) – (and down to 3,700m) – (and down to 12,100ft)
Very early in the morning you will be awaken by your guide for a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate with some snakes. After a warm up the commence start to the summit of Africa. The trek will take you to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim at 18,640 ft / 5,861 m (4-7 hours). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa: 19,340 ft / 5,895 m (1-2 hours). You will need a flash light, camera, sun glass as well as warm layers as it gets to cold. While at the summit you will take your pictures and thereafter start trekking down to Kibo hut for breakfast and a rest before proceeding to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3700m) – Mandara Hut (2,740m) – Marangu gate (1700m) – (12,100ft to 5,500ft)
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m / 8,858 ft), the first stopping place of the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m / 6,004 ft). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha. The day will spend for rest and relaxation. In the evening you will have hot shower, dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Lake Manyara National Park
Early in the morning you will meet your tour guide at your designated hotel or lodge in Arusha and after briefing you will start your transfer to Lake Manyara National Park with your packed lunch. The drive is about 3 to 4 hours in a tarmac road. Lake Manyara is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Marvel at the variety of species, spoonbill, teal, pelican, kingfisher, hornbill and cormorant along the alkaline lake. In the tall trees, forest monkeys leap from branch to branch on the slope of the Great Rift escarpment, elephants stand in the shade of the baobab; and in the acacia woodland, and lions lie draped along the branches of the umbrella trees. After a late afternoon game drive you will have hot shower, dinner and overnight at the designated lodge in Lake Manyara National Park or outside the park depending with the arrangements.

Day 7: Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Crater
Early in the morning after breakfast you will be driving to Ngorongoro crater and after normal formalities upon your arrival at the gate you will be descending to the crater. Ngorongoro crater is an extinct volcano that collapsed around 25 million years ago thus forming a vast super bowl where the largest permanent concentration of African game is on display. Large grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra that depends on the open grasslands in the crater are found within the crater, predators such as lion, leopard and hyena are common here. Ngorongoro has lots to offer and game drive is done with packed lunch. The game drive will end up for ascending the crater for hot shower, dinner and overnight at the designated lodge around the Ngorongoro crater rim.

Day 8: Ngorongoro / Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, game drive en-route for Tarangire National Park, upon your arrival you will have an early afternoon game drive until late afternoon. Tarangire has high concentration of wildlife and birdlife around the River Tarangire from which the park had driven its name. Many of the animals congregate around the only source of permanent water in the park, the Tarangire River. This is the best place in Tanzania to see really big herds of elephants of up to 300 at a time on safari. In the late afternoon you will be driving to Arusha and upon your arrival you will take your belongings to connect to the International airport for your flight back home.

Climbing Mount Meru/ Arusha National Park/ Lake Manyara National Park/ Ngorongoro Crater/ Tarangire – 6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 1: After breakfast depart Moshi about 8:30 a.m drive to Momella gate. Make payment and start the climb with picnic lunch to the first hut called Miriakamba hut. Dinner and overnight – Miriakamba hut (3 ½ hrs).

Day 2: After breakfast we proceed with a climb to second hut called Saddle. This is too steep part compared to the first part (2 ½). During the afternoon, client can decide to attempt climbing little Meru peak and back. Dinner and overnight – Saddle hut.

Day 3: Wake up at middle-night and have a cup of tea before starting attempt big Meru peak. Proceed to summit crossing rocky path and back to Saddle hut for full breakfast. Then short rest and leave Saddle hut and descend down to Momella gate via first hut (Miriakamba). On the way back you path though Momella Lakes for a game drive. In the afternoon you will have hot lunch at the designated lodge before starting a walking safari escorted by armed rangers. Arusha National Park is among the few parks in Tanzania that offers a walking safari within the parks and don’t try to miss it. In the late afternoon you will drive to Arusha for hot shower, dinner and overnight at the designated accommodation.

Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park
Early in the morning you will meet your tour guide at your designated hotel or lodge in Arusha and after briefing you will start your transfer to Lake Manyara National Park with your packed lunch. The drive is about 3 to 4 hours in a tarmac road. Lake Manyara is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Marvel at the variety of species, spoonbill, teal, pelican, kingfisher, hornbill and cormorant along the alkaline lake. In the tall trees, forest monkeys leap from branch to branch on the slope of the Great Rift escarpment, elephants stand in the shade of the baobab; and in the acacia woodland, and lions lie draped along the branches of the umbrella trees. After a late afternoon game drive you will have hot shower, dinner and overnight at the designated lodge in Lake Manyara National Park or outside the park depending with the arrangements.

Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Crater
Early in the morning after breakfast you will be driving to Ngorongoro crater and after normal formalities upon your arrival at the gate you will be descending to the crater. Ngorongoro crater is an extinct volcano that collapsed around 25 million years ago thus forming a vast super bowl where the largest permanent concentration of African game is on display. Large grazing animals such as wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle and zebra that depends on the open grasslands in the crater are found within the crater, predators such as lion, leopard and hyena are common here. Ngorongoro has lots to offer and game drive is done with packed lunch. The game drive will end up for ascending the crater for hot shower, dinner and overnight at the designated lodge around the Ngorongoro crater rim.

Day 6: Ngorongoro / Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, game drive en-route for Tarangire National Park, upon your arrival you will have an early afternoon game drive until late afternoon. Tarangire has high concentration of wildlife and birdlife around the River Tarangire from which the park had driven its name. Many of the animals congregate around the only source of permanent water in the park, the Tarangire River. This is the best place in Tanzania to see really big herds of elephants of up to 300 at a time on safari. In the late afternoon you will be driving to Arusha and upon your arrival you will take your belongings to connect to the International airport for your flight back home.