- Duration: 11 days
- Category: Kilimanjaro trekking, Wildlife safari
- Destination: Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar
- Attractions: Africa’s highest mountain, five climatic zones, Ngorongoro crater, Big five
- Activity: Trekking, Game drive
- Start in: Moshi
- End in: Arusha
- Essential items: long sleeve shirts, long pants, sunhats, safari boots, sunglasses, mosquito repellants and daypack
Day 1: Moshi Town To Machame Gate (1640 m) To Machame Camp (2835 m)
Pickup from the hotel in Moshi and drive to Machame gate for registration formalities. Start walking through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through dense mountain forest. Break for lunch at at ‘Halfway Clearing’, a small opening in the trees and proceed with the walk to reach Machame camp in the evening. Dinner and sleep at the camp.
Day 2: Machame Camp (2835 m) To Shira Camp (3850 m)
Climb up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. The path provides such excellent views of Kibo (one of Kilimanjaro’s peaks). Proceed walking to reach Shira Plateau for a lunch break. The trail leads on to Shira camp in the evening for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Shira Camp (3850m) To Lava Tower (4600m) To Barranco Camp(3900m)
The day is meant for acclimatization where you trek from the Shira plateau through “Garden of Senacious” to climb Lava tower. Get time to rest and have lunch while at the tower. Descend the tower and continue hiking to reach Barranco camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3900 m) To Karanga Camp (4000 m)
Start climbing steeply up the Barranco wall, the 900 ft cliff. Pass through hills and valleys approaching the Karanga valley. Have lunch enroute and proceed hiking to finally arrive at Karanga camp in the evening for dinner and sleep.
Day 5: Karanga Camp (400m) To Barafu Camp (4600m)
Trek out of Karanga valley following the path which intersects with Mweka trail. Have lunch enroute and trek through the rocky section to reach Barafu camp. Have much rest and drink lots of water as preparing for the summit. It’s recommended to sleep very early by 19:00.
Day 6: Ascend To The Summit At Uhuru Peak (5895m)
Wake up around 23:00 for a cup of coffee and adding more warm clothes. Start climbing by midnight through the volcanic scree while approaching Stella point (5685 m). Reach at the summit at sunrise for spectacular view of glaciers. Take another round trip to finally reach Uhuru peak (the roof of Africa). Get time for photographs and some rest at the summit. Start descending to reach at Mweka hut in the evening for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Mweka Hut (3100 m) To Machame Gate
Hike through the rainforest to reach the final destination at Machame gate. Get awarded with certificates where golden certificates are given to hikers who reached Uhuru peak and green to those who reached Stella point. Show appreciation by tipping guides, cooks and porters. Get transferred to Arusha for much celebrating and hot shower.
Day 8: Transfer To Serengeti National Park For Afternoon Game Drive
Pick up from your accommodations in Arusha and start a 6 hour drive to the famous Serengeti. Have lunch upon arrival and proceed with an afternoon game drive. Game view in the park to spot variety species of flora and fauna. Transfer to the booked hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9: Full day Game Drive In Serengeti
Leave for a day’s game drive in the exclusive Serengeti park. Game drive to spot big cats, elephants, giraffes, jackals, antelopes, zebras, wildebeests, crocodiles and hippos. Break for lunch at one of the park’s picnic site. Proceed with game view to spot variety of bird species and other animals. Return to the hotel for dinner and sleep.
Day 10: Transfer To Ngorongoro Via Olduvai Gorge
Have breakfast and check out the hotel with packed lunch. Little game drive to spot more animals while exiting the park. Drive to Olduvai gorge, an anthropological site holding remains for the first human ancestors. Have lunch enroute and proceed with the drive to Ngorongoro. Transfer to the booked hotel upon arrival for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Transfer To Arusha Via Ngorongoro Crater
Have an early breakfast and checkout the hotel to proceed with the drive to Ngorongoro. Descend the beautiful crater which is a home to many animal and bird species. Game drive to spot Big Five, zebras, hyenas, jackals, giraffes, antelopes, Oryx and others. Break for an early lunch in the crater and proceed with the visit to the crater lake to see flamingos and other birds across the lake. Ascend out the crater and drive back to Arusha.