Kilimanjaro Trek and Safari
Tanzania, Trek & Walk, 11 days - from £2,395 (land only) - from €3,355 (land only) - from $3,980 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal at the group hotel in Arusha. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time recharge in the hotel gardens with superb views of Mount Meru (4565m).
Day 2: Leaving the bustling trekkers town of Arusha we drive out to village of Rongai on the northern side of Kilimanjaro. On arrival, we'll meet our trekking crew, fuel up with a hearty lunch and begin our trek in the early afternoon. On arrival at our first camp (2600m), we can enjoy far reaching views across the Kenyan plains.
Day 3: Rising with the sun, we have an early start for our first full day of trekking. Our guide leads onto and across open moorland we have far reaching views of the peak of Kibo and the crater rim. Gaining just over a 1000m of ascent we finish our day at the Kikelewa Caves (3750m). Approx walk distance 9 hours, approx 1250m ascent & 200m descent.
Day 4: Adjusting the altitude our well-paced we trek onwards and upwards through the upper limits of vegetation and towards our spectacular campsite at Mawenzi Tarn (4300m). Spending the night two nights here provides crucial and necessary acclimatisation to increase the chances of summit success. Approx walk distance 4-5 hours, approx 700m of ascent
Day 5: Today we enjoy a leisurely start as we head out of camp and begin our acclimatisation walk. Our 2 to 3 hour walk heads towards a panoramic viewpoint onto the slopes of the Mawenzi volcanic cone. With time to relax in the afternoon allows our bodies to cope with the demands of altitude. Approx walk distance 2-3 hours, approx 200m of ascent & descent.
Day 6: Rested and ready to go, our objective today is Kibo Hut. Crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, our campsite (4750m) sits beneath the mighty Kibo Crater Wall. Arriving early allows us to rest and get an early night ahead of the summit day tomorrow. Approx walk distance 5-6 hours, approx 500m of ascent & 200m descent.
Day 7: Departing camp by the light of our head torches, our very early starts takes up towards and the crater rim as we arrive at Gilman's Point. We then traverse to Uhuru Peak, reaching the roof of Africa at 5894m! After celebratory summit shots, we descend via the Marangu Route to our camp at Horombo (3720m). Approx 12-14 hours walking, approx 1250m ascent & 2250 descent.
Day 8: As we descend we walk through pine forests and lush vegetation before arriving at Marangu Gate. Met by our private vehicle we drive onto our hotel in Arusha for a well earned shower and cold beer! Approx 5 hours walking, approx 350m ascent & 2350m descent.
Day 9: Ready for the African bush, our first day of safari is at the wildlife rich Tarengire National Park. With a distinct welcome of African Baobab trees, we may be lucky enough to encounter herds of elephant dig and scratch their way through the dry riverbed in search of water. In the evening, we can listen to the wildlife night chorus from the comfort of our lodge.
Day 10: An early morning game drive along the banks of the Tarengire River is an optimum time to see elephants, antelope, lion and zebra at the waters edge. Our next safari experience is Africa's 'Garden of Eden', the Ngorongoro crater where we hope to spot a pride of lions or even an elusive leopard. Heading out of the crater we drive on to Lake Manyara lodge for the evening.
Day 11: Our finale to this African adventure is a morning game drive through the distinct Lake Manyara National Park. A real scenic gem, Hemmingway is said to have called Lake Manyara '…the loveliest I had seen in Africa'. After a picnic lunch, we transfer to the airport where KE Land Only package services end.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.