Kilimanjaro

ITINERARY MACHAME-BARAFU ROUTE


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Day

 

 

1

Arrive Tanzania.
Transfer to Arusha, stay at the RiverTrees Country Inn.

 

2

Relax, sort gear and explore Arusha. Stay at the RiverTrees Country Inn.

 

3

Drive to the Machame Gate.
Stay at Machame Camp (3,000m)

 

4

Trek to Shira Plateau.
Stay at Shira Cave Camp (3,840m)

 

5

Trek to Barranco Camp (3,900m)

 

6

Trek to Karanga Camp (4,200m) via the Barranco Wall.

 

7

Trek to Barafu Camp (4,600m)

 

8

SUMMIT DAY.
Climb to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) begins at midnight.
Descend and stay at Millennium Camp (3,800m)

 

9

Trek to Gate.
Transport to airport or extra night at hotel.

Those continuing on the safari will be transported to Arusha and the hotel where a shower and a real bed await!

4 DAY TANZANIA SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 10:  Fly from Arusha to the Serengeti Seronera Airport, arriving by late morning. Picnic lunch upon arrival then an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti. Overnight at deluxe tented camp.

Day 11: Full day exploring the Serengeti National Park. Stay overnight at deluxe tented camp, discuss doing an optional night game drive with your guide.

Day 12: Drive to Ngorongoro Crater with a game drive en route and visit the Olduvai Museum. Afternoon game drive on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, maximum 6 hours allowed.  Stay overnight at the Ngorongoro Farmhouse.

Day 13: A relaxing morning before returning to Arusha in the afternoon and transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for an afternoon or evening departure flight.

NOTE: Other safari options can be arranged at any length or level of service for groups and individuals. Have your friends and family join you for the safari after the Kilimanjaro climb. See our Safari Page for more details.

7 DAY KENYA SAFARI OPTION

Join our 2017 Kenya Safari Option scheduled for September 19th to 25th (coinciding with Kilimanjaro # 7 departing September 10th).

Day 10: Fly from Arusha to Nairobi. Check in and relax at Nairobi hotel.

Day 11: After breakfast at the hotel and a safari briefing, depart for the Lake Nakuru National Park. This is an easy relaxing sightseeing drive via some of the subsistence farming communities. Tea and coffee plantations will be seen along the route and we have a brief stop to take in the view over The Rift Valley Escarpments. Drive on past the Rift Valley Lakes; Naivasha and Elmenteita.

Lake Nakuru National Park hosts large flocks of flamingoes, pelicans and other bird species as well as being home to rhinos, warthogs, lions, zebras, giraffes and many more animal species. Arrive at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge; check in, lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, game drive in the park, before returning to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 12: Enjoy a morning game drive, before heading to Lake Naivasha with its commanding setting at the foot of the Rift Valley Escarpment. The lake is an important horticultural area of Kenya and is a diverse bird and animal habitat. Colobus monkeys are often seen in the canopy of the Acacia forests around the lake and on the north shore of the lake; buffalo, waterbuck and eland are often seen grazing. 

Check into the Lake Naivasha Country Club for a hot lunch and then enjoy a 1-hour boat ride on the lake, giving you the opportunity to view the rich birdlife, as well as spotting hippos. Then enjoy an afternoon visit to the Crescent Island before returning for dinner and an overnight stay at Lake Naivasha Country Club.

Day 13: It is an early start to the day, departing after breakfast at 7am. Drive via Narok to the Maasai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. The Maasai Mara is blessed with a permanent water supply and therefore has a permanent population of wildlife. The "big five" - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino are quite common. Arrive at Sekenani Camp in time for lunch, before heading off on an afternoon game drive in the reserve, return to camp for dinner.

Day 14: Today we spend a full day spent game viewing in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. With over 450 species of birds and abundant large mammal species, we explore the plains and rolling hills to view the wildlife in a natural habitat.  You have the option of both a morning and afternoon game drive or a full day game drive with packed lunches which would take you deeper into the park. Enjoy another night at Sekenani Camp.

Day 15: We are lucky enough to have another full day to spend game viewing in the reserve. As with yesterday, you have the option of morning and afternoon game drives or a full day game drive with packed lunches. Enjoy another night at Sekenani Camp.

Day 16: Enjoy a final breakfast at Sekenani Camp and check out in preparation for our departure at 7.30am. Depart from the Maasai Mara back to Nairobi, Kenya's wonderful capital city. Arrive and transfer to the Carnivore restaurant lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

THE ROUTE AND HOW THE EXPEDITION WILL OPERATE

We climb via the picturesque Machame Route which allows spectacular views of the peak and the surrounding countryside. We ascend through the tree line into a wild volcanic moorland landscape with the high summit dome overhead.

Each night is spent in tents that are set up by our local staff, enjoying wholesome meals served in our dining tent. We depart the top camp for the summit soon after midnight to allow us time to reach the peak before the afternoon clouds roll in. The route follows rocky trails to the crater rim where we are rewarded with views of the remnant glaciers.  It’s not too far from here to the summit itself where you can relish the views from the highest point in Africa! Like most dormant volcanoes, the slopes of Kilimanjaro are mostly of reasonably low angle with occasional steeper sections, none of which are more famous than the Breach Wall - a towering cliff of snow and ice descending dramatically from the summit slopes.

Our route of ascent is via the Machame Route, which is incredibly varied in its topography and plant life. Each day we ascend through the various climatic zones, each with unique and different views and highlights. What is initially lush rainforest, thins to become alpine heather that allows views to the surrounding scenery and the upper mountain that is often bathed in a soft glow in the warm morning and evening light. Then we enter the alpine moorland with a cornucopia of weird and exotic plants. Nowhere is this more pronounced than on your arrival into Barranco Camp, home to a large stand of Senecio Kilimanjari, a tree whose form appears to have been the brainchild of Dr Seuss!

The upper mountain features varied volcanic terrain that in places has a tortured appearance, the result of heated lava explosions and resultant flows that have long since cooled. But it is the summit day that amazes most. Remnant glaciers are scattered around the summit crater looking like giant icebergs after the tide has gone. Close to the top of the mountain, the route takes you close to some of the summit glaciers that glisten in the morning light. Soft hues massage the sky as dawn highlights the layers in the stratosphere. It is a view to behold as you take those final steps to the summit – the goal barely tangible up to that point – yet finally achieved. The reality and significance of the moment is unique to each and every one of us and becomes a moment that is your own to hold on to forever.

The climb itself is little more than trekking on well-formed tracks and the camps are at sites established by the Tanzanian National Park Service. At each camp there are Rangers in residence, usually living in small huts.

Each day we climb for 4-8 hours between camps. Our final summit day begins in the early hours of the morning to reveal a magnificent sunrise and panoramic wonder from the summit. The climb to the summit is strenuous due to the altitude and is a long way, but it is appropriate for people who have a sense of adventure and want to see the warm glow of the dawn spread across the African plains!

Highly qualified local guides, porters and cooks will accompany the group allowing you to enjoy the experience and focus on the climb.

No trip to Africa is complete without experiencing a Safari and as Tanzania has some of the most incredible animal populations on the continent, we highly recommend that after the climb you sit back and enjoy the Safari experience!

 

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