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Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route + 4 day safari

Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route + 4 day safari

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Kilimanjaro with 4 days safari Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and leisure on Zanzibar

Program wyprawy

Day 1: Arrival

Pick up from the airport and transfer to a hotel in the vicinity of  Arusha/Moshi. Supper.

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1800m) - Mandara Hut (2700m)

After breakfast we drive to Marangu Gate from where our expedition commences. Introductory meeting with guides, porters and the chef, who will keep us company throughout the journey. The day's climb from Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut takes us 4 to 5 hours. The route leads through a coffee plantation and through a rainforest. Along the we way we can observe different kinds of animals such as the mantled guereza. Mandara Hut is our destination – a place where there are several simple cottages and where we spend the night.

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

The second day begins with a steep approach through remaining part of the rainforest. After about an hour we leave the rainforest behind and start travelling through moors with a picturesque view of  Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Throughout the day we make an ascent of about 1000 meters which should take us from 5 to 7 hours. Unfortunately some of us might start experiencing the hardships of the high altitude, which is why the following day is meant to be an acclimatization day, allowing us to reach our final destination more swiftly. The final destination of this day's hike is Horombo Hut – our accommodation for the night.

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Zebra Rocks (ok. 4200m) - Horombo Hut (3720m)

This day is what we call an acclimatization day and, according to statistics, it increases the chances of reaching the peak twofold. After breakfast we start a slow climb to the altitude of 4200 meters above sea level – to so called Zebra Rocks. After reaching our destination we rest and we start to descent back towards Horombo Hut where we spend another night.

Day 5: Horombo Hut (3720m) - Kibo Hut (4700m)

Today's climb takes about 6 to 8 hours and the route becomes more and more rocky. On our way up  we go past the last drinking water supply point and, after leaving the remaining moors behind, we enter the mountain pass situated between Kibo and Mawezi peaks. After we cross the mountain pass  the route leads slightly downwards and through a desert-like landscape of a slightly sloping plain. In the end we reach Kibo Hut and after dinner we rest as we start the final approach at midnight.

Day 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

The longest and the most difficult day of the journey. Right after midnight we start a very steep climb in the dark. The temperature can fall below 0 at times. After about 2 hours we reach Hans Meyer Cave – named after the first European to ever climb Kilimanjaro. Afterwards the route leads steeply upwards, to Gilmans Point (5681m), from where we enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Mawenzi peak. After about 2 hours' hike along the edge of a crater we reach  Uhuru Peak (5895m), After a quick rest combined with a photo-shoot we start the descent to Horombo Hut, where we camp for the night.

Day 7: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1800m)

On this day we continue the descent through rainforest to Marangu from where we are driven to the hotel for a deserved rest and a supper.

Day 8: Tarangire National Park

After an early breakfast we pick you up from the hotel and we go for a 2 hours drive to the Tarangire National Park. This park has an area of 2850 square kilometres and its name is derived from the Tarangire River which runs trough the park. Many animal species inhabit the park, just to mention a  few: lions, panthers, African elephants, buffaloes, zebras, impala, and gazelles. Among the plants which grow in the park, worth mentioning is the African baobab. The park is also a paradise for bird enthusiasts as about 550 different species of birds live here. There is a planned break during which we eat our packed lunches. We also carry a supply of bottled water with us throughout the day. In the evening we leave the park and travel to the camping site where we spend the night.

Day 9: Serengeti National Park

After an early breakfast we set off to the largest national park in Tanzania – Serengeti. The area of the park is 14,763 square kilometres, and it is adjacent to Masai Mara Park, which is situated in Kenya. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Serengeti National Park encompasses a flat plain covered with grassy savannah, with individual rocky hills and scattered groups of acacia trees. The park is famous for mass migrating herds of ungulates – millions of antelopes, zebras, Thompson and Grant gazelles, and buffaloes. There is a planned break during which we eat our packed lunches. We also carry a supply of bottled water with us throughout the day. In the evening we travel to the camping site where we spend the night.

Day 10: Serengeti National Park

Early morning we set off on a safari in Serengeti Park once more. Apart from ungulates, we will be on the lookout for: giraffes, elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, lions, panthers, leopards, hyenas, jackals, pythons and many others. After the safari we travel towards  Ngorongoro and we stop for lunch on the way. In the evening hours we reach the campsite where we spend the night and enjoy supper.

Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast we travel to  Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with its most distinctive attraction - the Ngorngoro Crater – the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. An estimated 25,000 animals live in the crater, including: lions, hyenas, black and white rhinos, buffaloes, hippos, Grant's zebras, gnus, and gazelles. During our safari we try to find as many as possible. There is a planned break during which we eat our packed lunches. We also carry a supply of bottled water with us throughout the day. After the safari we transfer to a hotel in the vicinity of Arusha/Moshi where we have supper.
Day 12 – Flight to Zanzibar

Day 12: Flight to Zanzibar

After breakfast we go to the airport and we catch a flight to Zanzibar. We transfer to the hotel.

Day 13: Days 13 to 15 - Zanzibar

We stay in Zanzibar in a hotel (breakfast included). Optional excursions are available for an extra fee. There is also an option to upgrade the hotel to a higher standard or other meal plans (e.g. all-inclusive) for an extra fee.

Day 14: Day 16 – Flight back

Transfer to the airport.

Included in price

  • transfer from the airport to a hotel in the vicinity of Arusha/Moshi on the day of arrival
  • accommodation on the day of arrival in the vicinity of Arusha/Moshi with breakfast and supper
  • 6 day climb to   Kilimanjaro with guide and accommodation
  • entry fee to Kilimanjaro National Park
  • taxes
  • full-board meals during the Kilimanjaro climb (breakfast, lunch, and supper)
  • accommodation in the vicinity of Arusha/Moshi with breakfast and supper after returning from Kilimanjaro
  • airport transfer for the flight to Zanzibar
  • safari in a jeep with a retractable roof
  • services of a professional English-speaking guide/driver
  • accommodation on camping sites
  • meals as per description
  • bottled water
  • Tarangire and Serengeti national parks entry fees
  • taxes and government fees
  • flight to Zanzibar
  • airport transfers in Zanzibar (both ways)
  • accommodation in a hotel in Zanzibar -  4 nights
  • Travel insurance

Not included in price

  • any other flights
  • visas
  • mandatory tips for the personnel during the climb and the safaris 
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages other than listed
  • optional excursions in Zanzibar
  • personal expenses