(1) Africa Tanzania 5895m - Trek Kilimanjaro - Safari - Nightlife
7 Days Hike only (Intermediate Fitness Level) £800 Approx (Flights not included)
11 Days with Safari (Intermediate) £1800 Approx (Flights not included)
KILIMANJARO HIKE OVERVIEW:
7 Days 6 Nights . Tanzania . Culture and Sightseeing
Zara Tours guides treks up the Marangu Route, which is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro's summit and is known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. This is the only route on Kilimanjaro with the comforts of solar-powered sleeping huts and comfortable beds at every camp. The huts are communal, and each bunk has a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Basic men's and ladies' latrines are available at the last camp. All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer may be for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation). This route is usually done in 5 days, but you can do it in 6 days for better acclimatization. You can spend your extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo's sub peak Mawenzi.
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi for your overnight.
After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, leave Moshi at 9 AM, drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park, and begin hiking at 10:30 AM. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Stop halfway for lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at 2 or 3 PM. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee. A 15 minute side trip to Maundy Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 PM. Bathrooms with running water are available.
Mandara Huts (2,740 m/9,000 ft)
to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
11 km, 6-8 hours Heath land
Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast, and pack for your next trek. Break camp by 8:30 AM, hike for an hour through rainforest glades, then follow an ascending path through heath land where you can look for giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs are the main vegetation. Stop halfway for lunch, where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3 PM, where you can see Kibo’s summit. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available.
You may start to feel the effects of altitude here, and to aid your acclimatization, you can choose to spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing to a base camp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.
Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
to Kibo Huts (4,695 m/15,400 ft)
10 km, 6-8 hours Alpine Desert
Wake to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heath land that blends into a moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.
Summit Day! Kibo Huts
(4,695 m/15,400 ft)
to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft)
to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
4 km up, 14 km down
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!
You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
to Marangu Gate (1,830 m/6,000 ft)
to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft)
18 km, 5-7 hours
Wake as usual, pack, and descend through the moorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. Remember totip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to the Springlands Hotel or similar hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration!
Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania or Kenya. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region.
5 Days 4 Nights
The drive from the Springlands Hotel to Lake Manyara National Parktakes about 4 hours. After having a picnic lunch in Manyara, you start a late afternoon game drive, which is the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and others. Overnight at the Highview Hotel or the Twiga Camp - full board.
Drive 30 minutes from the Highview Hotel to the gate for Ngorongoro Crater. On the eastern side you will see the Rift Valley, elephant, buffalo, zebra, monkey, birds, as well as viewing the crater rim. Tanzania’s best concentration of wild animals is in Ngorongoro’s huge, perfect crater. This is also the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-maned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game you can see include leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. In the afternoon, drive back to the Twiga Camp for lunch, then In the evening, you can enjoy a walk through the coffee plantations while birdwatching. Retire to the Simba Camp or the Highview Hotel for dinner and your overnight - full board.
Day of activity at the Karatu area. After Breakfast You will start walking to the Ngorongoro Forest, it’s about 3-4 hours hike with an armed ranger on a buffalo trail through the Southern forests of the Ngorongoro Conservation area. You will first reach an impressive waterfall and then a cave that has been carved out of the soil by elephants and buffaloes. A third activity to do is visiting a coffee plantation on the way back to Highview hotel for Hot Lunch.
After Lunch walk to and visit the Iraqw cultural centre. The Iraqw are a tribe that several hundred years ago worked its way South from Ethiopia, through Kenya, to settle in the neighborhood of the Ngorongoro. In order to protect themselves and their cattle from Maasai raids, they build an extensive system of underground settlements which are partially reconstructed and accessible to tourist. Locals show visitors around explaining the traditions and culture of the Iraqw people. Dinner and Overnight at Highview Hotel.
The drive from the Highview Hotel to Tarangire National Park takes three hours. This park is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands and oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rain when they migrate again to good grazing areas. Then in the late evening drive back to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi or the Kilimanjaro Airport to catch your flight home.