Kilimanjaro Trek and Migration Safari

This tour is a tour for 4 – 10 people from 6 July to 21 July 2017. It includes a Kilimanjaro Trek and Migration Safari but it also allows for people who only want to join the Kilimanjaro Trek. If you are only interested in the Kilimanjaro Trek, the tour ends at Day 8 (13 July) and you will return back to Singapore on Day 9 (14 July).

For enquiries, please fill in the form below and we will contact you for booking and payment.

About Kilimanjaro: Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most well-known names in Africa, perhaps after Egypt. It has been featured in two popular animated films (The Lion King and Madagascar) and about 75 000 people attempt the submit every year. Living up to its impressive name, there are many stunning facts about the mountain that one might not be aware of. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant stratovolcano located near the equator and its prime location allows the trek up to Kilimanjaro to pass through five different ecosystems including rainforest, alpine desert and arctic snowcap. You can expect the view to be impressive, especially for a climb in July during the dry season, which will definitely enhance the sceneries along Machame route, often considered the most scenic of the seven trekking routes. Yet it is not the view alone that will be hypnotising with the many species of animals that you would usually only have seen in an enclosure. Here, you will find bushbucks, dik-diks and warthogs along the way and even hyenas and zebras around the Shira plateau. You might even spot the local Kilimanjaro shrew and Kinyongia tavetana chameleon along the way!

I T I N E R A R Y

Note: BLD refers to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner respectively.

Day 01: SINGAPORE – ARUSHA                                               

Arrive in Nairobi by flight and board the bus to Arusha village. Overnight at Out Post Lodge.

Day 02: ARUSHA (MACHAME GATE) – MACHAME CAMP

Depart Machame Gate and trek upwards through the montane rainforest, characterized by dense vegetation, a muddy trail and short sections of steep climbs where you may hear the calls of many exotic birds and if we are lucky we may see blue monkeys on the forest canopy and hear the grunting calls of the magnificent black colobus monkeys with their long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. Our first campsite, Machame Camp, is right after the dense tree cover in an area with lower but still thick bush where Podocarpus (African yellow-wood), Hagenia and Hypericum (St John’s Wort) dominate. In the evening, you may hear the unmistakable shrieking call of the tree hyrax. (BLD)

Day 03: MACHAME CAMP – SHIRA 2 CAMP

Today we continue through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands. Picturesque hanging mosses often cover trees offering an ethereal quality to the landscape. The day finishes with Shira Camp, which is on a small plateau in the high moorlands, and features views of Kibo in the northwest and Mount Merutowards the east. White necked ravens can be seen throughout the day and around our campsite. (BLD)

 

Day 04: SHIRA 2 CAMP – BARRANCO CAMP

Today we turn east and continue to climb “pole pole” (slowly, slowly) through increasingly rocky and desolate terrain.  We will leave the moorland behind and continue up a rocky path through typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation of Senecios and Lobelia. We will pass through the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather, to reach Kilimanjaro’s alpine desert zone. 

We take lunch at Lava Tower (4630m) and for those who feel up to it you can undertake an optional rock scramble (non-technical) to the top of Lava Tower where you will have spectacular panoramic vistas of the Karanga Valley below, Shira Plateau and the spectacular Western Breach above.

From Lava Tower, we descend steeply for 2 hours down more than 600m into the Great Barranco Valley. This descent affords fantastic views and some great photo opportunities of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. You will also feel the clear benefits of this acclimatization day as we lose altitude down to the camp.

Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides by the Breach Walls, and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers shimmer in the sunshine above amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels, and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. This is definitely the toughest day so far, but incredibly beautiful. (BLD)

Day 05: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA VALLEY CAMP

Today we undertake the Great Barranco Wall – an imposing face above Barranco camp. A steady climb up the eastern wall takes us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some breathtaking views of the Heim Glacier and Mt. Kilimanjaro depending upon the weather and any cloud cover. Our trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, where we finish this second acclimatization day at Karanga Camp at 4046m. (BLD)

Day 06: KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP

Our trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Here the temperature will grow colder as we follow the trail climbing through this barren and dry landscape up to the Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice”, and the camping area is on a ridge in a narrow and exposed flat area. Here there are ever-present powerful winds blowing down from the mountain peaks. Our campsite at 4600m offers spectacular views of the nearby peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. In preparation for your final ascent tonight, you will familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark, and prepare your equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep will be difficult, though you will to retire to your tents after dinner to rest for the 1385m final ascent to the roof of Africa. (BLD)

 

Day 07: BARAFU CAMP – UHURU PEAK – MWEKA CAMP

We will rise early to leave camp at around 12am and after a warm drink and a light snack, you will begin the most difficult though most rewarding day of the trek – your hike to the roof of Africa. After approximately 6 hours of slow but strenuous hiking, you will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m. At this point we stop to rest, eat lunch and take in the views over the clouds. From Stella Point the trail is normally snow-covered, and every step of the two-hour final ascent to Uhuru peak is challenging. Passing alongside the iridescent blue Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers we reach Elveda Point (5882) we can see Uhuru Peak now only minutes away. The roof of Africa is within your grasp.

Arriving at the summit you feel a huge sense of elation and accomplishment you have done it, you have made it to the highest point in Africa. We spend as much time as you need to appreciate your accomplishment, as this is a day to remember for the rest of your life! The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions and temperature.

We start back down the same trail, and descend to Barafu camp. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest and remove some of your many layers of clothing as the day begins to heat up. We head down the rock and scree path into the moorland zone, reaching the forest, and eventually arriving at Mweka Camp in the early afternoon where a hot shower and meal awaits. Today is the longest, and the most mentally and physically challenging of the trek, but a life changing day that will stay with you forever, as you have conquered the summit of Kilimanjaro. (BLD)

 

Day 08: MWEKA CAMP – ARUSHA (MWEKA GATE)

Today your legs will be further tested as the trail descends steeply through the lush Mweka rain forest. The trail is steep in places and the going slippery if wet. The route follows the crest of a broad ridge separating two river valleys until it meets with a road that leads us for the last 40 minutes to the Mweka Park Gates where we stop for a well-deserved picnic lunch where successful hikers will receive their summit certificates (gold for Uhuru Peale, Green for Stella point) from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. Post celebrations, we are taken by either private bus or jeep to Arusha, overnight at Out Post Lodge (BL)

Day 09: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK – FANAKA CAMPSITE

This morning after breakfast you will drive to Tarangire National Park and will spend the afternoon exploring on game drives. The park is cut through by the Tarangire River which proves a magnet for all manner of wildlife during the long dry season when the surrounding area becomes completely parched. During the wet season the wildlife is more scattered but you are still almost guaranteed sightings of Tarangire’s extensive elephant population. Large herds roam the riverbed whilst zebra, buffalo, gazelle and wildebeest try to avoid the predatory advances of lion and leopard. There is also a remarkable profusion of bird life as the Tarangire’s swamps are home to 550 bird varieties including many rare species. Overnight at Fanaka campsite. (BLD)

Day 10: FANAKA CAMPSITE – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, depart for the Serengeti National Park. Along the way, you will stop at the Olduvai Gorge. This is a steep sided ravine in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, and is famous for the variety of early hominid fossils that have been found here. There is an excellent museum; it is very small but informative and well worth the stop. Overnight at Seronera campsite. (BLD)

Day 11: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Full days to explore the Serengeti with both morning and afternoon game drives. The Serengeti National Park is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s game parks and offers arguably the best game viewing in Africa. The setting is perfect – a sea of endless plains that stretches to the horizon, dotted with the occasional acacia tree and termite mound. This savannah is home to huge herds of buffalo that every year make the mass migration north, through crocodile infested rivers, in a frenzied mixture of mating and galloping that is driven by instinct. Prides of lion rule here, their hungry gaze sweeping the savannah for a chance to attack the thousands of eland, impala and gazelle. Solitary leopard stake out their place in the high branches of the acacia tree and herds of elephants roam at will. This is the Africa that you have always dreamed about. Overnight at Seronera campsite. (BLD)

Day 12: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – NGORONGORO

After breakfast, you will have morning game drive in Serengeti, After lunch drive to Ngorongoro and overnight at samba campsite. (BLD)

Day 13: NGORONGORO

Early in the morning we drive to Ngorongoro crater descend to the crater floor where you will be amazed by the sheer number and diversity of animals and birdlife. Seated or standing in our pop up safari vehicles the viewing opportunities are endless, just deciding which way to look and what to look at, the choices are unlimited. The sheer excitement as we spot any of the Big 5 or we get the call over the radio that a lion is perched high atop a nearby rocky outcrop or a black rhino has been sighted and rush with our vehicle to catch a glimpse before the moment passes. The excitement mounts again as arrive to yet another sighting, perhaps a lioness and her cubs right next to our vehicle. The sheer excitement of the chase is indescribable. Overnight at Simba campsite dinner and overnight. (BLD)

 

Day 14: NGORONGORO – ARUSHA (MTO WA MBU)

After breakfast, we continue our journey bound for Arusha stopping at Mto wa Mbu village, home to 19000 inhabitants from 120 different tribes. This is your opportunity for a glimpse and taste of northern Tanzanian culture, taking in the many sights and sounds, visiting artisan shops and finishing our walk several hours later at the central marketplace. Enjoy a local traditional lunch before continuing our return leg to Arusha, passing through the Masai Steppe, composed of ancient crystalline rocks, home to many African villages, coffee plantations and vast wheat plains, overnight at Out Post Lodge. (BLD)

 

Day 15: ARUSHA – SINGAPORE

After breakfast, you will be transfered to the airport flight back home. (B)

Land Only Cost in USD:

Price per person for entire tour: $3833

Price per person for Kilimanjaro trek only: $1838

Cost Includes :

1.       Airport transfers.

2.       1 night accomodations on BB at Out Post Lodge, return transfer Arush/Moshi hotel to Park Gate/KIA and other accommodation as per itinerary.

3.       Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping/hut and rescue fees

4.       Professional trained guide and porters carrying a maximum of 20kg.

5.       Expedition medical kit and expedition tents.

6.       2 to 3 litres of water per person per day and emergency oxygen

7.       Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food.

8.       Fair and ethical treatement of porters.

9.       Salary for porters, guides and cooks.

10.     Government taxes.

11.     4×4 safari vehicle, guaranteed window seat.

12.     Entrances and game drives in Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manvara National Park and Serengeti National Park.

13.     All camping equipment (table, chairs, tents, mattress and cooking equipment)

Cost Excludes :

1.       Laundry

2.       Commnuication charges

3.       Medical or extra evacuation fees

4.       Staff gratuities

5.       Additional transportation, accommodation and meals incurred by a client unable to continue a planned itinerary due to illness, health, medical conditions or due to airline schedule charges

6.       Christmas supplements