Kilimanjaro Luxury Expedition


ITINERARY MACHAME-BARAFU ROUTE


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1

Arrive Tanzania.
Transfer to Arusha, stay in Arusha Coffee Lodge. Evening team meal.

 

2

Relax, sort gear and explore Arusha.

 

3

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

 

4

Trek to the 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 (3,000m)

 

9

Trek to Machame 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!

5 DAY SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 10:  Fly from Arusha to the Manyara Airstrip, located on top of the Rift Valley escarpment and overlooking Lake Manyara. The day unfolds with wild game viewing in the Lake Manyara National Park, where we are treated to sightings of many of Africa’s amazing species including antelope, elephants and the occasional big cat. Our chefs prepare a bountiful spread for lunch under acacia trees, complete with sparkling wine to celebrate the start of a great safari. After lunch, we continue game viewing for another hour or two, and then it is onto Gibbs Farm; a gorgeous spa retreat set in lush surrounds on an established coffee farm that borders the pristine Ngorongoro Forest. Enjoy a British style afternoon tea on arrival or the ritualistic "sundowner", while taking in spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. After settling into your room and taking a hot bath or shower (inside or al fresco), enjoy a gourmet dinner made with organic produce from the farm. For those keen on a massage, it is possible to arrange with the talented spa team - either before dinner or even before bed. Overnight Gibb's Farm (Luxury Farm Cottage).

Day 11: Leave early for the famous Ngorongoro Crater. This is Africa's Garden of Eden, a 10 square mile unbroken caldera teeming with wildlife. The early birds have the best shot at seeing the elusive rhinos, but there is plenty to keep one in awe on the Crater floor from herds of elephants to warthogs, to lions and leopards. Return to Gibbs Farm to relax or you might enjoy watching the talented on-site ebony carvers, other resident artists or simply sip tea and enjoy the abundant birdlife. The air is pristine, the gardens lush and vibrant. At night fall asleep to the call of bush babies (lemur-like nocturnal primates).   Overnight Gibb's Farm (Luxury Farm Cottage).

Day 12: Transfer to Manyara Airstrip (30-45 min drive) for a scheduled flight to the Serengeti South Airstrip (or depending on the season, Seronera, Lobo or Kogatende), arriving mid-morning. The flight may stop at one or two other Serengeti Airstrips en route (depending on where the other passengers are going). Upon arrival, you will be met by the Serengeti Migration Camp vehicles and guide/s. Game viewing en route to Camp where you have lunch and settle in, before an afternoon of game viewing. Overnight Serengeti Migration Camp.

Day 13: Full day to explore the Southern Serengeti and if during the migration season, we search for the migrating herds of wildebeest. Plan your day with the Camp Manager based on the seasonal movement of the wildlife. Overnight Serengeti Migration Camp.

Day 14: After breakfast, game drive to the Serengeti South Airstrip for the scheduled flight to Arusha. It may stop one or more times en route.

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.

THE ROUTE AND HOW THE EXPEDITION WILL OPERATE

We meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. From here we travel to the main town in the region, Arusha to stay at the 5 Star hotel accommodations.

The following day, your guides will help you sort equipment and brief you on the details of the upcoming adventure. As time allows, you may visit the Snake Farm or enjoy a shopping expedition to a stimulating art and artefact Cultural Heritage Centre that specialises in works from all over Africa. Early the next morning, we travel to the base of the mountain by vehicle and begin the walk to the first camp, following well-formed paths through tropical rainforest.

The porter staff travel ahead to set up camp for our arrival. Once there you will be ushered to your tent, where your luggage will have arrived and you can freshen up with a bowl of warm water before enjoying a sumptuous dinner.  No doubt you will sleep well from the exertions of the day!

Water will again be delivered in the morning so you can start the day refreshed for the coming hike. A filling breakfast will set you up for the hike as you ascend to higher elevations on the trail. The size of the foliage reduces as you go higher and the high peak of Kilimanjaro reveals herself above, while the plains are slowly left behind as you climb. A nutritious lunch is served at the halfway point. If the weather is fine an outdoor table will enable you to enjoy the surrounding views, while you catch up with the other members of your group. If there is wind or precipitation, a dining tent will be erected.

Each day as you ascend, your body adjusts to the elevation gain and the steady walking activity. Time passes without reference to the usual busy timeframes in which we tend to live and it is easy to relish in real time, as we make progress up the mountain.

There are numerous highlights, whether interpersonal moments with our teammates or the fascination with the unique plant life such as the giant Senecio found on Kilimanjaro, a quirky plant that was surely inspiration for Dr Seuss’s zany flora!

Before you know it, summit day arrives.  This entails a midnight start and night time ascent to Stella Point on the crater rim. From there a traverse around the rim takes us to the summit known as Uhuru Peak. We move at a slow and steady pace and the local guides frequently remind us of the Kilimanjaro climbing mantra, “pole-pole” (pronounced pole-ay pole-ay), which means slowly-slowly in Swahili language. Dawn swathes the mountain slopes as you approach Stella Point giving views across the slopes and over the plains. From the crater edge you gain views of the dormant glaciers with huge blocks of ice sit like high rise buildings on the crater floor.

The trail ascends for another 45 minutes to the summit itself and culmination of the journey. It’s time to celebrate and make the most of the photo opportunity at the highest point on the continent.

The descent to your last camp passes quickly where you can enjoy a hearty lunch. Soon after, the group descends to a camp lower on the mountain making for a shorter stroll the following morning to the end of the trail. A short celebration with the staff follows lunch, then it’s time to head back to the hotel for a well-earned rest.

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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