12 DAYS TANZANIA WILDLIFE SAFARI TO LAKE MANYA/SERENGETI/NGORONGORO/MOUNT
KILIMANJARO CLIMB MACHAME ROUTE
Day 1. Lake Manyara.
Depart Arusha to Lake Manyara national park to arrive in
time for lunch. After lunch depart for an afternoon game
drive and game viewing. The park is famous for its
tree-climbing lions and birdlife. Inland of the floodplain,
a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of
Manyaras? legendary tree- climbing lions and impressively
tusked elephants squadrons of banded mongoose dart between
the acacias while the diminutive Kirk?s dik dik forages in
then shade, pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted
on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that
streams and bubbles adjacent to the lake shore in the far
south of the park. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 2. Ngorongoro Crater.
Morning game viewing and drive in Manyara. After breakfast
depart to one of the natural wonders of the world,
Ngorongoro crater. The Crater is one of the world's greatest
natural spectacles; its magical setting and abundant
wildlife never fail to enthral visitors. It borders the
Serengeti National Park to the north and west. Arusha is
known as the gateway to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and
the Northern Parks. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 3. Ngorongoro crater.
After breakfast you will be taken 2000ft down the crater by
a 4wheel drive vehicle for a full day crater tour, picnic
lunch at crater, Also referred to as ?the eighth wonder of
the world? and stretching across some 8,300 sq km, the
Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania boasts a
blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology that
is unsurpassed in Africa. The volcanoes, grasslands,
waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of
animals and to the Maasai. In the evening ascend to the
lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Serengeti.
After breakfast depart for Serengeti passing through Olduvai
Gorge the site of Leakey?s family discovery of fossils of
human and animal ancestors dating back to almost two million
years. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on
earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and
fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early
man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two
million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation
and migration are as old as the hills themselves. Meals and
overnight at lodge.
Day 5. Serengeti.
Full day in Serengeti plains with morning and afternoon game
viewing and drive. Search for wild game you might have
missed the previous game drive. It is the migration for
which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million
wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the
northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains
every October and November, and then swirl west and north
after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is
the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or
crocodile infested river can hold them back. Meals and
overnight at lodge.
Day 6. Arusha-Mohi
After breakfast depart to Arusha town- Safari Destination;
it is a starting point for safaris in the northern circuit
arriving in time for lunch. After connect for transfer to
Moshi arriving in the afternoon overnight Springlands hotel
Day 7. Machame Gate to Machame Camp
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Gate takes about 50 minutes. The
journey passes through the village of Machame which is
located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now
leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a
winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy
and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea
here. We continue a short distance untilwe reach the Machame
Day 8. Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and
continue on an ascending path,
crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky
ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends.
The route now turns west onto a
river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the
Day 9. Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge,
passing the junction towards the
peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes
to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the
"Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the
tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to
theArrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft.
We now continue down to the
Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft. Here we
rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight.
Although you end the day at the same elevation as
when you started, this day is very important for
acclimatization and will help your
body prepare for summit day.
Day 10- Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep
ridge up the Barranco Wall,
through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft),
and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
We continue up to the Barafu Hut.
You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of
the summit from many different angles. Here we make
camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and
prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and
Kibo are to be seen from this
Day 11. Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our
way to the summit between the
Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a
northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy
scree towards Stella Point on the
crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically
challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a
short rest and will be rewarded
with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever
likely to see (weather permitting).From Stella Point,
you may encounter snow all they
way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you
have reached the highest point on
Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of
Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the
summit. It can be very cold at
night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the
end of the hiking day. You will
want clothing for both extremes with you. From the
summit, we now make our descent continuing straight
down to the Mweka Hut camp site,
stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and
trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka
Camp is situated in the upper
forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late
afternoon. Later in the evening,
we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a
Day 12- Mweka Camp to Moshi
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka
Park Gate to receive your summit
certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy.
Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts
will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer
clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to
Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to
drive you back to hotel in Moshi. Don't forget to tip your
guides and porters. It is time for celebration! overnight at