Climb Mount Kilimanjaro & Safari, 11 Days, Africa

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Climb Mount Kilimanjaro and hike into the UNESCO world heritage, Ngorongoro Crater. Then enjoy luxury camping and safari on the Kilimanjaro nature reserve.

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    Climb Mount Kilimanjaro & Safari

    Both climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, and going on a wildlife Safari are on so many bucket lists. On this Kilimanjaro trip, you get to do both. Take a true break from your every-day and achieve the extraordinary on this great African adventure.

    ITINERARY SUMMARY

    Day 1: Arrive in Moshi
    Day 2: Hike to Mandara Hut
    Day 3: Hike to Horombo Hut
    Day 4: Rest day at Horombo Hut
    Day 5: Hike to Kibo Hut
    Day 6: Summit Kilimanjaro and return to Horombo Hut
    Day 7: Complete trek and return to Moshi
    Day 8: Head to Tarangire Park for safari
    Day 9: Game drive to Lake Manyara, sleep at Ngorongoro Crater
    Day 10: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater and return to Moshi
    Day 11: International departures

     

    PACKING LIST

    You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We’ll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

    Packing System: This Summit Kilimanjaro expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag.

    Carried Bag Weight Limit: 22lbs/10kg

    Rentals Available:

    • Sleeping Bag – $42 USD
    • Trekking Poles – $21 USD
    • Gaiters – $15 USD
    • Must be confirmed no later than 1 week prior to the expedition start date

    Documents and Logistics

    • International flights booked and confirmed to Kilimanjaro International Airport
    • Flight information submitted
    • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date
    • Photocopy of passport
    • US Currency for 15 or 30-day Tanzania Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)
    • Medical insurance card
    • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
    • Yellow fever vaccination card (if applicable)

    Expedition Gear

    • Change of clothes for Moshi – to be kept in storage during the expedition
    • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket
    • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
    • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
    • Rain jacket
    • Rain pants
    • Wind jacket
    • Synthetic long underwear (1-2)
    • Synthetic T-shirt (2)
    • Wool or synthetic hat
    • Sun hat
    • Gloves
    • Waterproof hiking boots (which can accommodate thick hiking socks and liners)
    • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
    • Hiking sock liners
    • Sandals/Crocs/Old Sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)
    • Day pack (30 L)
    • Day pack cover
    • Water bottles (2) or bladder may be substituted for one water bottle
    • Headlamp
    • Sunscreen
    • SPF 50 Sunglasses
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Personal toiletries and medicine
    • Sleeping bag w/ 0ºF rating
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Swimsuit for the lodge in Moshi
    • Bug spray
    • Balaclava
    • Toilet paper in a ziplock bag
    • Lightweight neck gaiter
    • Extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

    Safari Gear

    • T-shirt (2)
    • Hiking pants
    • Hiking boots
    • Socks
    • Fleece
    • Sleeping bag
    • Down jacket (Ngorongoro Crater will be cold in the mornings and evenings)
    • *NOTE: Avoid wearing black or dark blue clothing while on safari as the Tsetse fly is attracted to darker clothing and will bite the skin, leaving a bite similar to that of a mosquito*

    Other (optional)

    • Reading material for the trail
    • OTC medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, etc.)
    • Hotel reservations for an extended time in Tanzania (if applicable)
    • Guidebooks
    • Binoculars for safari
    • Camera
    • Trekking poles
    • Gaiters
    • Bandana (for dust and wind)
    • Energy bars
    • Yaktrax
    • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

    CLIMATE OVERVIEW

    Due to its elevation, Kilimanjaro contains 5 sub-climates from base to peak–bushland, rain forest, moorland, alpine desert, and arctic. Both precipitation and temperature vary greatly between each zone. Expect to hike from flat, dry plains through rainforests and semi-alpine environments before reaching the rocky, snow-capped summit.

    Because Kilimanjaro is located near the equator, the temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year. Highs at the base of the mountains are in the upper 70s and lows in the lower 60s. As you increase in altitude on the mountain temperatures drop significantly and the evenings can drop well below freezing and into single digits higher up on the mountain.

    The rainy season peaks in April, and late March and early May can be quite wet as well. Bringing warm clothes and good rain gear will keep you prepared for any weather you may encounter.

     

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
    • Airport transfers
    • Hut accommodations on trail
    • 3 nights accommodation in Moshi
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
    • Trekking permits and entry fees
    • Farewell and welcome dinners
    • Guide & porter services
    • All ground transportation to/from trail
    • 2 nights camping on safari
    • Guided safari excursions
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
    • Trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
    • International airfare and meals during travel
    • Snacks during trek
    • Beverages outside of designated meals
    1. Itinerary Summary Summary

      Day 1: Arrive in Moshi
      Day 2: Hike to Mandara Hut
      Day 3: Hike to Horombo Hut
      Day 4: Acclimatization day at Horombo Hut
      Day 5: Hike to Kibo Hut
      Day 6: Summit Kilimanjaro and return to Horombo Hut
      Day 7: Complete trek and return to Moshi
      Day 8: Head to Tarangire National Park for an afternoon safari
      Day 9: Game drive in Tarangire National Park, sleep at Ngorongoro Crater
      Day 10: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater and return to Moshi
      Day 11: International departures

    2. Day 1 MOSHI

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      DAY 1:  MOSHI

      Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where our team will be awaiting your arrival. Drive 1 hour to the town of Moshi to check into our partner lodge to catch up on jet lag. Join the rest of the group for a welcome dinner at the lodge.

      Peak Altitude: 2,800 ft  (853 m)

      Inclusions: Welcome dinner (two meal options + other options available for guest purchase); airport transportation; accommodations

    3. Day 2 MOSHI TO MANDARA HUT

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      DAY 2:  MOSHI TO MANDARA HUT

      The adventure begins! Drive 1 hour to the Marangu Gate to get your trekking permits for Kilimanjaro National Park. Depart with only a daypack and begin your ascent through the mossy rain forest. Stop for a picnic to enjoy your box lunch before continuing the ascent. Spend the first night on the trail at Mandara Hut, a solar generated, A-frame hut. Enjoy a delicious dinner before getting some well-deserved rest.

      Total Hiking: approximately 5 miles (8 km) / 5 hours of trekking

      Peak Altitude: 8,907 ft (2715 m)

      Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

    4. Day 3 MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT

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      DAY 3: MANDARA HUT TO HOROMBO HUT

      Transition from the rain forest into the grasslands and catch your first glimpses of the Kibo Crater. Trek past the unique plant life that can live for 100 years and reach up to 16 feet tall. Pass an ancient burial ground and learn about local Chagga culture. Retire to Horombo Hut for the evening after a warm meal and great sunset views.

      Total Hiking: approximately 7.2 miles (11.6 km) / 6-8 hours of trekking

      Peak Altitude: 12,155 ft  (3705 m)

      Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

    5. Day 4 HOROMBO HUT

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      DAY 4: HOROMBO HUT

      Spend a day at Horombo Hut to acclimate to the altitude. Take a short hike to Zebra Rock, a geologic phenomenon located near the hut. Don’t forget to look up at the star-covered sky with a clear view of the Milky Way. With almost no light pollution and it’s proximity to the equator, the Kilimanjaro area is an astronomer’s paradise.

      Total Hiking: approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) / 2-3 hours trekking

      Peak Altitude: 13,123 ft  (4000 m)

      Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

    6. Day 5 HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT

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      DAY 5: HOROMBO HUT TO KIBO HUT

      The hike continues through another microclimate – the alpine desert. This moon-like landscape gives you great views of the summit as you near 15,000 feet of elevation. Eat lunch on the trail and reach Kibo Hut by mid-afternoon. Eat an early dinner and sleep for a few hours before departing at midnight for your summit attempt.

      Total Hiking: approximately 6 miles (9.6 km) / 6 hours trekking

      Peak Altitude: 15,518 ft  (4730 m)

      Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

    7. Day 6 KIBO HUT TO UHURU PEAK TO HOROMBO HUT

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      DAY 6: KIBO HUT TO UHURU PEAK TO HOROMBO HUT

      Prepare for a spectacular (and long) day! Rise just before midnight to begin the long ascent to the summit where steep switchbacks lead you to the top. Be prepared for a very cold summit with plenty of layers and enough battery to snap that summit shot. Reach Gilman’s Point (18,652 ft) at sunrise and take in the golden light before making the final push to Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro’s summit at 19,341 ft! From the summit, head back the way you came and return to Kibo Hut for a quick snack before continuing down to Horombo Hut for the night.

      Total Hiking: approximately 12.7 miles (20.4 km) / 13-16 hours trekking

      Peak Altitude: 19,341 ft  (5895 m)

      Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

    8. Day 7 HOROMBO HUT TO MOSHI

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      DAY 7: HOROMBO HUT TO MOSHI

      In the morning, soak in one last view from Horombo Hut and enjoy songs with the staff members of your group. Now is a good time to tip the porters, cooks, and guides. Continue your descent past Mandara Hut and continue all the way back to the park gates. Return to Moshi for a hot shower and a celebration dinner with your team.

      Total Hiking: approximately 12.2 miles (20 km) / 6 hours trekking

      Peak Altitude: 12,155 ft  (3705 m)

      Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; accommodations, porter services

    9. Day 8 MOSHI TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

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      DAY 8: MOSHI TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

      Time for safari! Depart Moshi after breakfast to drive to Tarangire National Park on a scenic 4-hour ride. At the park, pop the roof of the car and begin a game drive. Spot elephants, ostrich, waterbuck, giraffe, zebra, lions, and more. Wrap up the game drive and head to your campsite nestled within the park. Settle down for a beautiful night of camping under a star-filled sky.

      Peak Altitude: 3,325 ft  (1014 m)

      Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; camping accommodations

    10. Day 9 TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER

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      DAY 9: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER 

      Enjoy a cup of coffee while watching troops of baboons wander by the campgrounds. After a hearty breakfast, take a morning game drive in Tarangire to spot more animals before having lunch at the park gates. After lunch, drive three hours to Ngorongoro for your first views of the massive crater teaming with wildlife. Continue on to your group campsite on the rim of the crater.

      Peak Altitude: 7,500 ft  (2286 m)

      Inclusions: all meals + coffee, tea, water; national park fees; camping accommodations

    11. Day 10 NGORONGORO CRATER TO MOSHI 

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      DAY 10: NGORONGORO CRATER TO MOSHI 

      Wake up early and drive into the spectacular crater. This UNESCO World Heritage site was formed by an imploded volcano over 3 million years ago. Now the conservation area is home to over 25,000 large animals where you can spot rhinos, zebras, lions, wildebeests, and impalas. Return to the campsite for lunch before the 4-hour drive back to Moshi, arriving around 5pm.

      Peak Altitude: 7,500 ft  (2286 m)

      Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; transportation; accommodations

    12. Day 11 MOSHI

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      DAY 11:  MOSHI

      Enjoy one last Tanzania coffee and say goodbye to Moshi town. OneSeed will provide airport transportation for all international departures.

      Peak Altitude: 2,800 ft  (853 m)

      Inclusions: breakfast; airport transfer

    Activity Level: Challenging

    You should be fit and active. be prepared to hike all day and of course there will be elevation gains. As long as you’re reasonably fit and able to walk for several hours, then you’ll be fine. It’s always a good idea to do some preparation by going for long walks in your hiking boots leading-up to your trip.

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