Kilimanjaro Safari CME
is required. Expedition style. Moderate hiking, No technical skills necessary.
•Location: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa
•Length: 15 days
•Climber/guide ratio: 2:1
•Prerequisites: Good Physical Condition
•Departure dates: March 5th, 2018
- Certified Mountain Guides, Assistant Guides, Trekking Staff
- Hotel and Lodge accommodations as listed on the itinerary.
- All Park Permits
- Assistance obtaining the permits
- All meals as listed on the itinerary
- Restaurant meals as listed on the itinerary
- Camping and cooking gear for the group
- Base camp services: dining tent, WC, emergency oxygen, hot water
- Satellite phone service.
- Porters for group and personal gear
- Private ground transportation throughout the trip.
- 24/7 assistance in the US before and during the program.
- Real time online dispatches
- Plane tickets
- Restaurant meals and those not listed in the itinerary
- Restaurant drinks (including bottled water and soft drinks)
- Personal equipment
- Personal Insurance
- Staff gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Sat Phone calls.
- Rescue costs and extra expenses caused by abandoning the program.
Depart from home airport. Travel to Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. For Western clients this can be a 24 hour flight. We find it easiest to fly KLM and to flying from Amsterdam directly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
Arrive in Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. Upon your evening arrival, you are met by your AMG Guide and transferred to your hotel in Moshi. Overnight Hotel. (Dinner)
Team Orientation. Morning team orientation staff meeting, and client social. We will spend most of the day organizing and packing our gear and will have some time in the afternoon to relax by the pool and recover from our long flights. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Forest Camp. After breakfast we’ll drive to the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro where you will sign in at the Londorosi Gate and get your climbing permit. From there we’ll drive to Lemosho trailhead where we’ll meet our expedition staff. We will hike for 3-4 hours before reaching Forest Camp (9,200 feet, 2804 meters). As the name suggest the camp is located in a dense temperate forest zone on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Shira Camp (11,500 ft, 3505 meters). We’ll leave camp just after breakfast and ascend to Shira Camp which is located at the heather zone along the Shira Caldera. We will hike for 2-3 hours before we get out of the forest zone. We’ll press ahead into the heather zone (sub alpine), where we’ll stop for lunch. We will continue trekking, traversing the Shira Ridge and camp in the Shira Caldera with its dramatic views of Kibo peak. 5-6- hours walk today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Moir Camp (13,800 ft, 4206 meters). Today we’ll hike for about 4 hours across the Shira Caldera towards the Western side of the Kibo Volcanic Massif. Camping at the Moir Camp is a wonderful experience! We’ll have panoramic views over the Rift Valley and into the heart of Africa. Moir Camp is located at the transition zone between the heather and Moorland, the only place we’ll see the higher altitude plants like the Giant Ground Sells and Lobelia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Barranco Camp (13,200 ft, 4023 meters). Today is an acclimatization day. We will hike to an elevation of 15,000 feet before descending to our camp. The hiking time is about 6 hours. We will pass by Lava Tower and enter the alpine zone. We’ll move slow today and work on acclimatization.
Barafu Camp (15,100 ft, 4602 meters). We continue hiking through rolling hills as we gradually approach Barafu. The hiking will take between 3-4 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner))
Stella point- Barafu Camp (15,100 ft, 4602 meters). We use this day for acclimatization. In the morning we hike to Stella Point, at the edge of the crater, in order to get our bodies ready to move camp to the Crater next day. 5 to 7 hours.
Crater (18,500 ft, 5638 meters). We’ll leave early in the morning as we gradually ascend to Crater Camp elevated at 18,500 feet. The hike is challenging today. We’ll reach our high point of the day, Stella Point (19,000 feet), before descending to Crater Camp. This surreal place will be one of the trip highlights: a moon shaped sandy landscape with glaciers and snow, and incredible views of the african pateau. . Overnight Crater Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Summit Day (19,340 ft, 5894 meters) . At 06:00 we’ll begin our ascent to Uhuru Peak. After 2-3 hours of hiking we will be standing on top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, 19,340 feet above the sea level. We’ll spend as much time as possible on the Roof of Africa taking pictures and enjoying the incredible views. From the summit we’ll descend for 2-3 hrs and after a short stop for lunch around Barafu Camp (15,100 feet) descend for 3-4 hrs and to Mweka Camp where we will have a victory celebration and spend our last night on Kilimanjaro. Total hiking time 8-10 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Exit via Mweka Gate. After a much needed rest we’ll descend for 3-4 hours to Mweka Gate. We’ll bid a sad goodbye to our trekking crew and transfer back to the Hotel for warm showers, relaxation, and more celebrating. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Tarangire National Park. In the morning we drive towards Tarangire, which is home to more elephants per square mile than anywhere else in the world. This Park boasts the highest concentration of wildlife during the dry season of any area in Tanzania outside the Serengeti/Ngorongoro ecosystem. It is well known for it’s river valleys, wetlands, gently rolling hills, rocky outcrops, acacia woodlands and numerous baobabs (the upside down tree). We enjoy a picnic lunch in the bush before driving to our lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Lake Manyara National Park. After breakfast we leave the lodge and drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This Park sits right at the base of the Eastern Great Rift Escarpment-a truly dramatic setting! Although small compared with other game reserves, this 125 square mile Park has a year round water supply that supports numerous animals. The close proximity of a variety of distinct vegetation zones is a perfect environment for viewing all sorts of animals. In the lush forests, we will see troops of baboons and blue monkeys. While traveling along the shoreline of Lake Manyara, we can see large numbers of elephant, hippos and some of the 450 species of birds that call this area home. If we are lucky, we might even be able to spot a lion. We’ll have lunch overlooking the Lake before driving to our Lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Today we head for the Ngorongoro Crater. Often referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world”, this is the largest unbroken and unflooded caldera in the world. It is home to more than 30,000 mammals, and offers some of the best game viewing opportunities in Tanzania. It reputation as one of the world’s most unique ecosystems and premier game viewing areas is well deserved. We spend all day exploring the unforgettable crater floor before returning to our lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Transfer to Airport. After breakfast we leave our safari lodge and drive back to Moshi. We check into the Hotel for the afternoon, giving us plenty of time to clean up and repack our bags. After an early dinner, we are transferred to the airport for our evening flights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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