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Trek Kilimanjaro and Safari -12 Days

The Roof of Africa and The Big Five combined. This 12 night combination includes a 7 day Machame route Kilimanjaro Trek and a safari into The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, spending time camping under the African stars with morning and afternoon game drives. 

Trek Kilimanjaro and Safari -12 Days

Day 1

Transfer to Tanzanian camp in Arusha or Mto Wa Mbu including evening meal and overnight camping.

Day 2 

Breakfast, then transfer through Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with afternoon game drives, evening meal and overnight camping in the Serengeti.

Day 3

Breakfast, morning game drives in the Serengeti, picnic lunch. Evening meal and overnight camping above the Crater.

Optional:A visit to a Maasai Boma and Olduvai Gorge Museum on leaving the park.

Day 4 

Breakfast, morning game drives in Ngorongoro Crater, picnic lunch. Transfering back to Arusha by late afternoon, camping and evening meal in Arusha.

Day 5 

Transfer through to Moshi. Pre-trek briefing and equipment check and overnight in Moshi bed & breakfast.

Day 6

After breakfast at your hotel we drive for 45 minutes from Moshi to the Machame gate at 1,490m, where guides and porters prepare and pack your supplies and equipment. The climb starts from Machame Gate (1,800 m.) Shortly after the gate the path follows a ridge through dense montane forest.

This is the richest forested area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 96% of the water on Kilimanjaro originates. On sunny days, and especially in the dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful. It can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently!

We have lunch at Halfway Clearing, a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000 m.). We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. [6-8 hours walking].

Day 7

A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here and it is a good rest point too! The trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau (3840m).

We camp near Shira Hut (3,840 m.) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro. We are close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and look across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds. [4-6 hours walking].

Day 8

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3,900 m.), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. [5-7 hours walking].

Day 9

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the southern ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to Karanga Camp (4,100 m.), the last water point on the approach to Barafu, in a narrow valley. After lunch at Karanga we head down through the Karanga Valley. [4 hours walking].

Day 10

A short but steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views, we then climb steadily to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.). Barafu is the Swahili word for ice. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before an early night. [3 hours walking]

Day 11

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m.) in about five or six hours.

We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.

The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,100 m.) at the edge of Mweka Forest. [11-15 hours walking].

Day 12

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m). Overnight in Moshi Bed & Breakfast. Airport transfer tomorrow morning. [4-6 hours walking]

What's Included 
• The Serengeti National Park drives and park fees
• Ngorongoro Crater drives and park fees
• Transfers from Nairobi or Kilimanjaro airport and return
• Two nights bed and breakfast in Moshi, one night before and one night after the trek
• Camping fees throughout
• Three meals a day whilst in the parks and post-safari barbecue
• 3 meals a day while trekking and drinking water
• All park fees while trekking including park rescue fees
• Air Ambulance, emergency medical & air evacuation included with AMREF Flying Doctor during trek
• Quality camping equipment including professional mountain tents for trek, finger pulse oximeters and a mountain mess tent for meals essential to keep out wind and cold
• Late model Toyota Land cruiser 4x4 on safari including inverter chargers for batteries, window seats, and pop up game viewing roof
• All camping and cooking gear on safari incl. sleeping mats
• Services of experienced and dedicated local guides, porters and cooks, supervised by Samson Lauwo while trekking
• English speaking guide on safari
• Ongoing advice from the Absolute team
• All road tolls & taxes are paid