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Mount Meru/Kilimanjaro Climbs and Safari - 25 Days

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Dismas Mathew Mally

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Mount Meru/Kilimanjaro Climbs and Safari - 25 Days

Fantastic climbing up Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Great scenery and photo opportunities. Very experienced guides and porters that will go at your pace. They want you to succeed in making the summit too. A safari at the end of the climbs to offer some relaxation and great wildlife as well as experiencing the restorative nature of the water.

DAY 1

Arrival - Arusha

On your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be picked up by our driver and transferred to your hotel in Arusha Town. On the same day you will meet your guide for your Mount Meru climb briefing, to double-check your climbing gear and make arrangements for any items you may have missed. Dinner and overnight at Outpost Lodge (www.outpostlodge.com) Read more

Outpost Lodge
DAY 2

To MomelaGate-Mariakamba Hut

You will be met by your guide after breakfast and driven to Arusha National Park’s entrance gate, located 45 minutes from Arusha town. After registration, you will commence walking towards Mariakamba Hut. Picnic lunch will be provided. Overnight: Mariakamba Hut (2500m) Walking duration: 8-10hrs, 14km Read more

Mariakamba Hut (2500m)
DAY 3

Mariakamba Hut – Saddle Hut

After breakfast you start hiking towards Saddle Hut. This part is steeper than the previous day and is where the real hiking begins. Your guide and Park Ranger will be assisting you to ensure you keep pace. Overnight: Saddle Hut (3500m) Walking duration: 4-6hrs, 10km

Saddle Hut - 2 Nights
DAY 4

SaddleHut-Little Meru-Saddle

Relaxing/leisure day. You will be staying an extra day at Saddle Hut for acclimatisation and to enjoy the great view of Mount Kilimanjaro. You will have a short climb to Little Meru (3820m) where you will see your route to the summit of Big Meru. Overnight: Saddle Hut (3500m) Walking duration: 2hrs, 3km Read more

Saddle Hut
DAY 5

Saddle Hut – Summit – Mariak

Wake up around midnight and have a cup of tea before commencing the climb to Big Meru peak. Proceed to summit (4566m), crossing rocky paths and back to Saddle Hut for full breakfast. You will then spend a few hours resting at the hut before walking down to Mariakamba Hut for your final overnight stay. Overnight: Mariakamba Hut (2500m) Walking duration: 8- 12hrs, 18km. Read more

Mariakamba Hut - 1 Night
DAY 6

Mariakamba Hut - Momela Gate

Leave the camp and walk down to Momela Gate. You also have the option of arranging with your guide for the Rescue Vehicle to transport you down to the gate instead, pending your physical condition after your climb. On arrival at the gate, you will be collected by your driver and transferred back to your hotel in Arusha. Overnight: Raha Lodge Walking duration: 3-4 hours, 7km Read more

Raha Lodge - 1 Night
DAY 7

At leisure around Arusha

The opportunity to take a look around Arusha, perhaps visit the Masai Market or the Cultural heritage Centre and experience the shops and restaurants in Arusha. The National Natural History Museum is situated in Arusha also - or just relax in your hotel.

Arusha - 2 Nights
DAY 8

Arusha

Meet your guide for a briefing and to check your gear in preparation for your Mount Kilimanjaro climb - Rongai route.

Arusha
DAY 9

Arusha - Rongai

After breakfast you will meet some of your crew members and drive to Marangu gate. After registration, you will proceed to Rongai gate, located approximately 5 hours’ drive from Marangu. Today’s walk is at a leisurely pace through fields and then into the rainforest. Walking duration – 5 hours fter breakfast you will meet some of your crew members and drive to Marangu gate. After registration, you will proceed to Rongai gate, located approximately 5 hours’ drive from Marangu. Today’s walk is at a leisurely pace through fields and then into the rainforest. Walking duration – 5 hours Read more

Rongai – Simba Camp (2830m)
DAY 10

Simba Campsite – Caves Camp

A climb through the heather will bring you to Second Caves. If the weather is clear, Mawenzi will be in plain view; a stunning sight. Enjoy stopping to see the interesting heather-zone flowers and plants which grow alongside the trail. Walking duration – 4-5hours

Caves Camp 2 (3450m)
DAY 11

Caves Camp2-Kikelelwa Camp

Today is a short trek designed to help you acclimatise. A smaller track leads off the main trail through the moorland and towards Mawenzi’s steeply rising slopes (Mawenzi peak). You will arrive in camp for a hot lunch and a chance to explore the surrounding landscape of bizarre plants, rock formations and caves. Walking duration – 3-5hours Read more

Kikelelwa Caves Camp (3650m)
DAY 12

Kikelelwa– Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Trek from the moorland and eventually into the stark highland desert towards Mawenzi, on trails not frequented by many tourists. From the Tarn Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view across the saddle towards Kibo; your final target. Walking duration – 5-7hours

Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4315m)
DAY 13

Tarn Hut to Kibo

Today is a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. Prepare all your gear for the night ahead, and arrive early to rest. Walking duration – 5-7hours

Kibo Camp (10,200ft/3110m)
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DAY 14

Kibo Hut – Summit – Horombo

You are awoken at midnight, and depart the camp at about 1am. From your camp you venture to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point – 18,750ft5712m) and on to Uhuru Peak. Upon your 1am departure, the temperatures will be between 0 to -10°C, and then from 4am to 6am (just before sunrise), you can expect temperatures from -10°to -20°C. The slope is steep, with consistent ascent and descent over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. You will stop at Hans Meyer Cave on the way; the famous place Kilimanjaro’s first Western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point (approx. 5-6 hours) at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). After 3 hours of descending to Kibo hut, there is a pause for rest & food, then another 3 to 4 hours to reach Horombo Hut. Horombo Camp (15,585ft/4750m) Walking duration – 14-16hours Read more

Horombo Camp(15,585ft/4750m)
DAY 15

Horombo/ Mandara

This is your last night on the mountain and will see you trekking from Horombo Camp to Mandara Hut for your overnight stay. Mandara Hut (11,950ft/3700m) Walking duration – 5-6hours

Mandara Hut (11,950ft/3700m)
DAY 16

Horombo/Marangu Gate/Arusha

This is the final day of your climb. Should you have stayed overnight at Horombo, this final descent will take 5-6 hours. For an overnight at Mandara Hut your trekking time is slightly shorter at 3-4 hours. Upon arrival at Marangu Gate, you will be awarded your congratulation certificate for conquering the summit. From here, you will say your farewells to your climbing team and make your way back to Arusha. Dinner and overnight at Green View Lodge (www.greenviewlodge.com) Read more

Green View Lodge
DAY 17

Arusha

Relaxation in or around Arusha before safari.

Green View Lodge
DAY 18

Arusha to Tarangire

Leave your lodge in Arusha at 08.30 am, drive for about 90 minutes to Tarangire National Park. This park is often referred to as the "home of elephants", you have a great chance to spot elephants in large groups gathering around the Tarangire River. Other animals to be spotted include leopards, lions, giraffes and even tree-climbing pythons! Later Exit Tarangire and drive to Lake Manyara. Dinner and overnight at Lilac Tented camp. Read more

Lilac Tented Camp
DAY 19

Tarangire to Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park A full day in Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its green scenery, varied bird life, tree-climbing lions, hippos and baboons. Early sunrise game drive and picnic lunch. In the afternoon, drive back to Lilac tented camp. For dinner and overnight.

Lilac Tented Camp
DAY 20

Lake Manyara to Lake Eyasi

Its only 2 hours’ drive to the mangola village or Eyasi. It is a mildly alkaline lake stretching for about 50 km (31 miles) to the southwest. To the northeast, as far as your eyes can see, the horizon is dominated by the impressive Crater Highlands, to the north the plains of the Serengeti. This area is inhabited by small groups of bushmen - the Hadza and Watindiga, who live in groups hunting with bow and arrows and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits much as humankind lived in the Stone Age. Over 100 years ago, when the stronger Masai tribes moved into the Ngorongoro and Serengeti, the tribes made the area around Lake Eyasi their home. Another interesting tribe in the area is the Datoga. These are the last remaining tribes of bushmen in East Africa. You will be able to visit bushmen homes and hunt with them. Dinner and overnight at Nyika campsite. Read more

Nyika campsite
DAY 21

Lake Eyasi-Ngorongoro-Sereng

After breakfast we depart from Lake Eyasi to Ngorongoro Crater. There is a very high possibility of spotting the big 5 in one day: lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Lunch will take place at the picnic site at the crater floor. Later ascend the crater and drive direct to Serengeti. Dinner and Overnight Read more

Nyani campsite
DAY 22

Serengeti Seronera to North

Serengeti National Park After morning breakfast you will take a game drive at Serengeti Seronera till noon and then return to the campsite for a hot lunch and to pack. Game drive on route to the Northern part of Serengeti until sunset, then dinner and overnight.

Lobo area/Campsite
DAY 23

Mara River

Early morning depart with lunch boxes to the Mara river for a full game drive, Mara river is famous for the wildebeest migration. The migration crosses Mara River where crocodiles will prey on the wildebeest towards Masai Mara Game Reserve. You will see lots of crocodiles as well as big cats - Lion, Leopard, Cheetah. Late evening drive back to the campsite for dinner and overnight. Read more

Lobo campsite
DAY 24

Serengeti Lobo to L.Victoria

After breakfast depart to Mwanza. Spend two days either relaxing at the shores of the lake enjoying the cool breeze, or simply take a walk through the surrounding farm land, or a drive to the closest market. The features of this third-biggest lake in the world are as amazing as the reliance of the Egyptians’ livelihood on the Nile. One of the days here you will participate in boat/canoe safari and a walking safari. All meals and overnight. Read more

Speke Bay Lodge
DAY 25

To airport/Arusha

Proceeding with morning activities until the drive to the airport for your domestic flights to Zanzibar or, if preferred, come back from Mwanza to Arusha.

Zanzibar or Arusha

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Arusha
Hotel Outpost Lodge
Day 2
Location Kilimanjaro
Hotel Mariakamba Hut
Day 3
Location Kilimanjaro
Hotel Saddle Hut
Day 5
Location Kilimanjaro
Hotel Mariakamba Hut
Day 6
Location Arusha
Hotel Raha Lodge
Day 9
Location Rongai
Hotel Simba Camp
Day 10
Location Kilimanjaro
Hotel Caves Camp 2
Day 11
Location Kilimanjaro
Hotel Kikelelwa Caves Camp
Day 12
Location Kilimanjaro
Hotel Mwenzi Tarn Camp
Day 13
Location Kilimanjaro
Hotel Kibo Camp
Day 14
Location Kilimanjaro
Hotel Horombo Camp
Day 15
Location Kilimanjaro
Hotel Mandara Hut
Day 16
Location Arusha
Hotel Green View Lodge
Day 18
Location Manyara
Hotel Lilac Tented Camp
Day 20
Location Eyasi
Hotel Nyika Campsite
Day 21
Location Serengeti
Hotel Nyani Campsite
Day 22
Location Serengeti
Hotel Lobo Campsite
Day 24
Location Mwanza
Hotel Speke Bay Lodge

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Transport during the tour - safari vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Accommodation : Outpost Lodge on arrival, one night on arrival, one night before safari; One night accommodation at Speke Bay.
  • All park fees
  • Local guides and porters
  • Information services
  • Camping facilities on the mountain
  • Accommodations at Rahaa Leo Lodge on your arrival in Arusha
  • Accommodation one night on the day before you start safari.
  • Accommodation at Speke Bay in Mwanza after safari
  • 18% VAT included (government)

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses and gear on mountain.
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips for porters, drivers, cooks and guides
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Your personal equipment on the mountain

More information

  • Please contact us should you wish a more bespoke trip to be arranged for you.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Sia, United States

The two of us did a 5 day/4 night safari tour with African Ambition Tours. The trip was unforgettable. The landscape and animals were beautiful, but what put the trip over the top was our guide, Dismiss. He was professional and attentive to our every need. He helped us set up the tents at night and made sure we were comfortable and well fed throughout the trip. Read more

Jake , United States

We were lucky enough to secure a 5 day safari with Dismas from African Ambition Tours. Hands down, this was one of the best experiences in my life! We were picked up promptly in Arusha and spent our time in Tarangire, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater parks. We were able to see the Big 5 and more. Even got to see a mother cheetah with her 4 cubs. Dismas was extremely helpful at all times. He made sure everything was taken care of - the food, the lodging, the transportation. Our requests were always heard, and he went out of his way to make it happen. He also had a great eye when it came to spotting animals and understanding the terrain, which was a very important trait. A true professional. Highly recommend using this company for any group size, ages young to old! Read more

Debbie, United States

The time in tanzania was beautiful and unforgettable! The trip exceeded our expectations. Thanks to you Dismas and African Ambition Tours for the excellent organisation and support during our trip. We have seen many beautiful national parks and animals. Dismas always had good and funny explanations to everything. We got the luck to be on safari with the best guide ever! Thanks again for this amazing trip! Read more

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