Marangu Route Trekking Kilimanjaro (5 Days)& Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Manyara, Lodge Tour (10 Days)
Marangu route takes about 5 days to trek Kilimanjaro to Uhuru peak, which is the highest point on mount Kilimanjaro. Any physically fit person can trek Mount Kilimanjaro. No climbing experience is necessary. Mountain trekking can be in any month except during long rains in April and May.
The best months are January to March and August to October. There are two peaks: Mawenzi-5149m and Kibo(uhuru)–5895m. Probably no other mountain in the world has the same mystique and appeal of Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa at 19,340 ft. (5,895m). It is also the highest mountain on earth that is not part of a mountain range and its snow-capped peak hovers majestically over the African plain. This is a very challenging but a rewarding trek! Marangu route (also refereed 'Coca Cola Route' is the easiest and most popular route up Kilimanjaro with excellent well-defined trails .
Marangu is a classic trail with comfortable mountain huts and good facilities intermittently spaced at ideal locations. The hikers' summit is Gillman's Point - 5685m on the crater rim, but more energetic hikers can continue on to Uhuru Peak - 5896m, the actual summit and the highest point on the African continent! Marangu route offer trekkers an opportunity to socialize with other trekkers from all over the world. The descent is via the same trail. An extra night at Horombo Huts is recommended and it offers trekkers a chance to acclimatize. An experienced guide and porters, who will carry the bulk of your gear, will escort you during the trek and prepares all meals during the trekking.
Day 1: Arrive into Nairobi or Kilimanjaro airport
You are warmly welcome at the Nairobi airport "Jomo Kenyatta International airport" and transferred to our Sandton Palace Hotel or 680 hotel for your first night. (Bed and Breakfast)
Day 2: Nairobi Arusha
Nairobi Arusha shuttle bus transfers, The shuttle depart at 8am for a drive of about 5 hours to arrive Arusha at about 1pm, check in to your hotel, freshen up and have lunch, afternoon half day set free for preparation, over night at Stereo Hotel (Lunch, Dinner and break fast)
(Visa to Kenya cost US $ 25 and can be given at airport immigration offices as you arrive, very easy and we do assist, Visa to Tanzania costs US $ 50, We can assist you get it at Boarder as you cross to Tanzania and takes about 10 to 15 min, bus shall wait for you, paid as extras)
Day 3: Mandara Hut
Arusha - Marangu Gate. Start trek to Mandara Hut which is about 2770m (5 hours) A trek through fascinating rain forests till you reach the first hut Mandara;. Meals and overnight at Mandara hut. The'A''-frame Mandara Huts during meal time, it can accommodate up to seventy people and consist of several sleeping huts and a dining area. All of Marangu's huts have beds with mattresses and pillows. During high season, the huts can be crowded and you may have to wait your turn to eat dinner in the dining hall. (Full board accommodation)
Day 4: Horombo Hut
Trek Mandara to stay at Horombo Hut 3750m. (7 hours).After breakfast, follow the ascending path through the alpine-meadow. The altitude begins to change, slowdown your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo Hut 12km from Mandara. Meals and overnight at the hut. Although extremely busy, the Horombo Huts are considered to be the nicest lodging on Kilimanjaro. The small, ''A''-frame buildings can accommodate up to eight people each, provide lodging for ascending , descending and acclimatizing trekkers. Horombo can accommodate up to one hundred trekkers and many more porters,cooks and guides. There is only one dining hut at Horombo, making meal times a bit hectic. (Full board accommodation)
Day 5: Kibo Hut
Trek Horombo to Kibo Hut 4725m. (7 hours) After breakfast, resume the trek, the landscape becomes rugged and rocky. Lobelias begin to appear. Climb to Kibo Hut. Meals and overnight at the hut. The Kibo huts are made of stone and are not very warm. Make sure you have a four-season sleeping bag or a three-season bag with an extra sleep sheet. Here most trekkers experience some effects of altitude sickness. Be sure you are aware of altitude sickness symptoms, and if you feel, please tell your guide. (Full board accommodation)
Day 6: Horombo Hut
Trek Kibo hut to the Summit at about 5895m and down to Horombo Hut 3750m.(14 hrs)
The beginning of the last ascent is made in the wee hrs of the morning while the scree is still frozen. Climb the very steep part of the route to GILMANS' POINT (most difficult and tiring part). UHURU PEAK is reached within an hour's walk along the crater rim. (19,344ft). Start the descent to Horombo hut for overnight. (Full board accommodation)
Day 7: Horombo Arusha
Descend Horombo to Marangu gate, vehicle transfer to Arusha for overnight and preper for lodge wildlife tour. Dinner and overnight at Stereo hotel.
Day 08: Arusha / Tarangire National Park (drive)
After an early breakfast we leave (08.00 am) for our first Safari experience, strait to Tarangire National Park. Once we reach the Park we will go for our morning Game Drive. Tarangire known for Herds of up to 300 or more elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. After our picnic-style Lunch, we continue with the wildlife drive observation, since the swamps tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world Over night at Tarangire Roika Lodge (FB)
Day 09: Tarangire / Ngorongoro Highlands (drive)
After a leisurely breakfast and en route game drive at Tarangire National Park, we'll have lunch and an unforgettable visit to Mto wa Mbu - Maasai Village. Here we'll meet with the Maasai people, will observe their tribal life and maybe enjoy a short dancing / singing performance. The entrance fee to this Village it is actually a donation to the Chief of the Village and it is not included in our tour price. After this memorable Cultural experience, we proceed to the Great Rift Valley, to Ngorongoro. Over night at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge(FB)
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater Full day
This morning better prepare yourself for Africa's Eden: The Crater Twelve miles wide, the Ngorongoro Crater is a home to the rare Black Rhino and has its own Soda Lake. The highest concentration of wild animals in the Crater area means that you are likely to see the African Big Five in a short period of time. As we descend 2,200 feet into the Crater, well experience a thrilling day among Africa's Big Five: the Lion, the Elephant, the Buffalo, the Black Rhino and the Leopard. After a picnic lunch and a full day of game viewing drives, we will return to our lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Over night at Ngorongoro Sopa lodge(FB)
Day 11: Ngorongoro / Serengeti National Park (drive)
After breakfast we leave the Ngorongoro Highlands via Malanja and proceed to Olduvai Gorge, where you will visit the local Museum and have the chance to see a Maasai Boma (or a family village), within Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After we enjoy our picnic lunch, en-route to Serengeti National Park we'll continue with our game drive, Over night at Soronela Wildlife Lodge (FB)
Day 12: Serengeti National Park full day
Today we begin exploring the famous Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the World, unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value. With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson's gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra moreover form the star cast of a unique spectacular - the annual Serengeti migration. Serengeti's unique combination of diverse habitats enables it to support more than 30 species of large herbivores and nearly 500 species of birds. Its landscape,originally formed by volcanic activity, has been sculptured by the concerted action of wind, rain and sun. It now varies from open grass plains in the south, savannah with scattered acacia trees in the centre,hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west. Small rivers, lakes and swamps are scattered throughout.
In the southeast rise the great volcanic massifs and craters of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Each area has its own particular atmosphere and wildlife. Over night At Soronela wildlife Lodge (FB)
Day 13: Serengeti National Park
Another full day spent to explore Serengeti National Park. In the open
grass plains during the rainy months, from November to May, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and Burchell's zebra congregate. The area is the starting point for one of the great wonders of the world: the Serengeti annual migration. Towards the end of May when the grass becomes dry and exhausted, the wildebeest start to mass in huge armies. Eventually, after several dummy runs, the animals begin their trek in a column several miles long to the permanent waters in the north of the Park. After moving westwards, the migration divides by some uncanny instinct, one group turning northeast and the other due north. Once started, little stops the stampede: hundreds often drown at a time in the broad mara river in the north. Over night At Soronela wildlife Lodge (FB)
Day 14: Serengeti / Lake Manyara National Park (drive)
From Serengeti National Park we drive this morning to another National Park, to Lake Manyara. As we drive, we cannot avoid the en-route game drive and the picnic lunch. When we arrive here we check-in to our hotel Over night at Lake Manyara Hotel(FB)
Day 15: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast we'll enjoy a full day Safari at Lake Manyara National Park.
Lake Manyara is one of the most scenic parks that we will encounter on our journey in Tanzania, and it is situated on the base of the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. Whilst driving up the rift wall, Lake Manyara appears behind us. The view is breathtaking, as we take in this massive lake with its silver shimmer and surrounding vegetation. Like most Rift Valley lakes, the water is alkaline. This attracts vast flocks of flamingos, which form pink foam against a silver background of water.
There are numerous water birds in the area, including pelicans that waddle around next to short grasses on the shore of the lake. The park is a bird lovers haven with a variety of local species inhabiting the forest and bush. The best time to observe these birds is in the late afternoon and early morning. Animals also found in the area include zebra, wildebeest,waterbuck and warthog. Manyara is also known for its tree-climbing lions.
These majestic animals find shelter in the branches of trees from the heat and biting flies. There is a particular belt, which they frequent along the woodland, south of the Msasa River. These lions also have a peculiar specialization of killing buffalo. An adult buffalo weighs in the proximity of one and a half tons, being far larger than the average weight of an adult male lion. After our phenomenal experience, we'll return to our Lodge.
Day 16: Lake Manyara / Amboseli National Park (drive)
After breakfast we leave Lake Manyara and drive first to the City of Arusha, which is considered to be the exact geometrical centre point between Cape Town and Cairo.
From here we proceed to Amboseli National Park, crossing again the Tanzania and Kenya border at Namanga .Shortly after we'll be entering Amboseli National Park and if time permitting have en-route game drives and views to mount Kilimanjaro. Late in the evening we go to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge (FB)
Day 17: Amboseli National Park
Pre-breakfast game drive viewing, with the a visit to the view point to view Mount Kilimanjaro at morning and late evening, are a guaranteed time for great views of mount Kilimanjaro which just is just very visible. Return for breakfast at our lodge.
Amboseli National Park, situated at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Its famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Kilimanjaro on clear days, so we'll have to make sure we have our camera ready. Our game drive for the search of elephant, giraffe, buffalo and much more is assured. We return to our lodge for lunch and take a drive to Nairobi airport. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for our flight back home.
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Trekking Tour and Safari Cost Includes:
- Arrival and Departure Airport transfers
- Transport/Transfer to and from the mountain
- Meals as advised above for entire trek and tour
- Accommodation as detailed on the itinerary
- Tents and Mattress during mountain trekking
- Services of a private mountain guide, cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions and client's private bags.
- National Park entrance, accommodation or camping fees.
- Food and catering equipment, breakfasts, lunches (packed when necessary) and evening meals prepared by our own cook during mountain trekking.
- Full Board accommodation during wildlife or cultural tours.
- Special dietary requirements are catered for with prior arrangements at no extra cost.
- Trekking Certificate of Achievement /appreciation from us.
- Free storage of excess baggage not required during mountain trekking.
- Crisis management apparatus VHF 2-way radio, basic first aid kit and an on call vehicle.
- Services of an English speaking driver guide during wildlife or cultural tours.
- Treated/ Bottled drinking water during wildlife or cultural tours.
- All Local traveler assistance during your tour
- Specialized and personalized services
- Use of custom built 4x4 Land cruiser or Van (Jeep)with a pop-up open roof for great views during game drive viewing
- All game drives as per the programme above.
Trekking Tour and Safari Cost Excludes:
- Travel and personal accident insurance.
- Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines.
- Personal Mountain equipment.
- Expenditure on alcoholic drinks, souvenirs and other personal items.
- Optional excursions not detailed in the itinerary.
- Additional optional accommodation added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain.
- Treated drinking water during mountain trekking.
- Extra costs incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on trek.
- Porters to carry excess of 16Kg. personal luggage per client.
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