7-DAY MT. KILIMANJARO CLIMB – The Rongai Route
No climbing experience needed!
The Rongai Route is one of the most beautiful routes for hiking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares your meals. It is less traversed than other routes and uses tented camping for a truly authentic trek experience. There is an added benefit to this route, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain and that is acclimatization. This allows you the best opportunity to reach the summit. The “Kilimanjaro “Climb” takes 7 Days – It covers about 75 Kilometers! It is all hiking and trekking! No technical climbing.
Day 1: You will arrive to Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to the hotel in Moshi. Rest after our journey, and settle in. Dinner at hotel included. Overnight at Moshi.
Day 2: Breakfast at hotel. This is a rest day after a long travel time to arrive here. Meet with guides to go over trek details, pack up, purchase flying doctors if you would like, get gear organized, etc. Overnight in Moshi. Dinner at the hotel included. (optional excursion into Moshi Town center available)
Day 3: After breakfast from the hotel, you will meet your guides and porters and prepare your equipment before departing to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950m) on a small path that winds through crop fields before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains, the walk takes 3 – 4 hours. Overnight 1st Cave or Simba Campsite.
Day 4: The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m). Dinner and overnight. 6 – 7 hours walking.
Day 5: Today is an acclimatization day. Morning at leisure, striking out around noon for walks to higher elevation and back to same camp (or onward with Day 5’s hike today to Mawenzi Tarn Hut and then there will be two nights at that camp instead) for dinner and overnight. 4 – 5 hours walking.
Day 6: A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn, spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. Overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Hut Campsite (4,330 m.) 3 – 4 hours walking.
Day 7: Cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,695 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night at Kibo Huts. Dinner and overnight at Kibo Camp (4,695 m), and midnight start preparing for the ascent to the Summit. 4 – 5 hours walking.
Day 8: Summit Day Kibo Huts (4,695 m/15,400 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft) 10-15 hours walking. Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn
so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1 AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet you.
Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle down to the Horombo Huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!
Day 9: A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park Gate at Marangu (1,830m) which you should reach around 2 or 3 PM. Walking time 6 – 7 hours. A vehicle will take you back to the hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration! Dinner included. Overnight in Moshi.
7-DAY SAFARI DURING THE GREAT MIGRATION
Day 10: Moshi, Tanzania to Amboseli National Park in Kenya
After breakfast, you will be driven from the hotel in Moshi to the Namanga Border of Tanzania and Kenya. After clearing customs and crossing the border, you will be picked up on the other side of the border by your Kenya Safari driver guides, and then will drive to the Amboseli National Park lying just north of the most famous symbol of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro. Towered over by the magnificent bulk of 5,896 m high mountain,
Amboseli is comparatively compact and dotted with emerald green swamps in which great herds of elephants can often be seen half-submerged amongst the papyrus grasses. Blessed with panoramic vistas and stunning backdrops it is world-famous as a venue revered by Hollywood professionals and amateur photographers alike. Arrival will be in time for a late lunch. After checking in and lunch head out on an included afternoon game drive. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge.
Day 11: – Amboseli
Amboseli National Park
Early morning game drive.
Day spent in Amboseli National Park. Wildlife highlights include: lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, zebra, hippo, spotted and striped hyena, giraffe, oryx, wildebeest, gerenuk, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Over 425 bird species have been recorded here, including over 40 species of birds of prey, amongst which are two great rarities, the Taita falcon and the southern banded harrier eagle.
Afternoon game drive. All meals and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge.
Day 12: Lake Naivasha
Amboseli Serena Lodge
After breakfast depart with a picnic lunch via Nairobi to Lake Naivasha. Afternoon at leisure.
Optional activities (extra charge): The hotel offers lake frontage with direct access to private jetty. A sunset cruise by boat will give you breathtaking views and allow you to get closer to the water animals. Fishing is allowed during six months a year and you can catch tilapia and the occasional black bass.
You can take a boat trip to Crescent Island and enjoy seeing implala, waterbuck and warthog. You are also likely to make acquaintance with Chatu, the resident python snake. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge.
Day 13: Lake Nakuru
After breakfast and some time at leisure, take the short drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. High in wildlife, this park abounds in picturesque lookouts and picnic spots. As Kenya’s first and largest rhino sanctuary, sightings of both black and white rhino are almost guaranteed, while plentiful waterbuck, warthog, zebra, gazelle and buffalo graze the shoreline. Echoing to the haunting cries of the numerous fish eagles, this is also the park in which you have the best chance of seeing a leopard. Game drives at Lake Nakuru. Dinner and overnight at Flamingo Hill Camp.
Day 14: Masai Mara
Drive via Narok to the Masai Mara National Reserve. World renowned for the breathtaking spectacle of ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, the awe inspiring annual migration of the wildebeest, the Mara is Kenya’s most visited protected area. Technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park, the Mara has rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments offering one of the world’s most rewarding and evocative wildlife arenas. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Arrival will be in time for lunch at your lodge.
Afternoon game drive. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp
Day 15: Masai Mara
Early morning game drives.
Day spent game-viewing in the reserve. With morning and afternoon game drives, you have ample time to discover all that this globally famous wilderness has to offer. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises it’s visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five’!
All Meals and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp
Day 16: Masai Mara – Nairobi
Early morning game drive. After breakfast depart at around 10:00am to Nairobi, Kenya’s colorful capital city, the birthplace of safari and the only place in the world where you will find herds of zebra and giraffe, prides of lion and rhino families living in the wild just 20 minutes from a major city center! Afternoon free for guided shopping excursions, lunch stop (lunch today is on your own account), some guided city sightseeing, etc. Our included Farewell Dinner will be at the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi. After dinner- included transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure flight home.