AFRICA’S TALLEST PEAK + ADVENTURE CAMPING SAFARI
Discover Mount Kilimanjaro – the Wonder of Africa, and enjoy your dream African safari on this 12-day/11-night tour! At 5895 meters (19341 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world! Conquer this natural wonder over 6-days/5-nights with our expert guides as they lead you to the summit through the iconic Machame Route. You’ll be provided with an experience of a lifetime, as you challenge yourself while enjoying the endless opportunities to appreciate the stunning vistas available to you as you make your way up the mountain. You’ll have your nightly camp set up for you, and your gear transported by our reliable and experienced porters. After reaching Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa, you’ll safely descend on your final day, before getting some much needed rest, and perhaps a celebratory drink at Honey Badger Lodge in Moshi.
The following day, you’ll depart on a 5-day/4-night Adventure Camping safari through the most iconic national parks and natural areas in the world. You’ll begin by visiting Tarangire National Park, continuing on to Serengeti National Park, and finish your experience by exploring the famous Ngorongoro Crater.
The level of accommodation for this tour will be a mix of comfortable lodging before/after your climb/safari, and adventure camping during your climb and safari.
- This tour is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 participants
- If you are a solo traveller and prefer to stay in a single room, a single supplement of $150 will apply
- December 27, 2018 – January 6, 2019
- Climb: Dec 28, 2018
- Safari: Jan 3, 2019
- February 12-22, 2019
- Climb: Feb 13, 2019
- Safari: Feb 19, 2019
- April 4-14, 2019
- Climb: April 5, 2019
- Safari: April 11, 2019
- May 2-12, 2019
- Climb: May 3, 2019
- Safari: May 9, 2019
- June 6-16, 2019
- Climb: June 7, 2019
- Safari: June 13, 2019
- July 6-16, 2019
- Climb: July 7, 2019
- Safari: July 13, 2019
- Aug 6-16, 2019
- Climb: Aug 7, 2019
- Safari: Aug 13, 2019
- September 3-13, 2019
- Climb: Sept 4, 2019
- Safari: Sept 10, 2019
- October 1-11, 2019
- Climb: Oct 2, 2019
- Safari: Oct 8, 2019
- October 29 – November 8, 2019
- Climb: Oct 30, 2019
- Safari: Nov 5, 2019
- December 16-26, 2019
- Climb: Dec 17, 2019
- Safari: Dec 23, 2019
You have the choice of participating:
- Complete Roof of Africa Tour
- Kilimanjaro Climb ONLY
- Safari ONLY
All of the safari cruisers are built to maximize comfort and viewing experience. Each cruiser seats 8, including 7 seats for the tour participants and the other for our expert driver-guide. Everyone will have their own window, and during the game drives the roof will be opened to allow everyone to stand, view, photograph, and get up-close with the wildlife. Everyone will always be able to capture and experience every moment, without obstruction.
Of all the main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame Route is the most popular. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats.
The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a relatively challenging climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Climbers on Machame hike steeper trails for longer distances, while sleeping in comfortable tents.
The Machame route exposes the climber to higher elevations quicker (day three) which kickstarts the body’s adaptation to altitud. This route requires that a person be in relatively good shape to be able to tackle the challenging elevation gains and losses.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Your mind will be blown as we take you through the lush and dramatic Tarangire National Park. This rich ecosystem offers a large and diverse range of wildlife. You will see zebra, giraffes, buffalo, wildebeest, impala, lions, and the largest concentration of elephants in all of Tanzania. You will explore many different areas of Tarangire, with expansive views of the Great Rift Valley, Tarangire Hill, and Lake Burungi. Especially amazing is the stunning sunset you will experience while perched above the baobab dotted landscape.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Your thrilling African safari only gets better as we then take you to the iconic Serengeti National Park. This rugged and vast savanna offers everything you will have ever dreamed of experiencing on your African safari! The Serengeti is home to large groups of cheetahs, hippos, hyena, lions, elephants, leopards, and rhinos. The Serengeti is also home to one of the worlds greatest natural wonders: the great wildebeest migration! We’ll spend two nights exploring the far reaches of this expansive and ever-changing wildlife paradise.
You will be truly inspired when we move on and visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Crater). This extremely rare and breathtaking oasis is a renown haven for wildlife. As we descend into the crater you will catch the early morning sunrise over the surrounding cliffs while the majestic wildlife that roam this paradise offer you the ultimate HD experience as they hunt and move throughout the crater.
Safety: Before/during and after your climb, your health and safety is always our number one priority! There are risks associated with climbing Kilimanjaro that we are always completely prepared to responsibly avoid and address if necessary.
|INCLUDED|| All Ground Transportation
Head Guide w/ WFR Training
TANAPA Certified Secondary Guide Assistant Guide
Table & Chairs w/ back rest
Private Toilet (1 per 6 climbers)
Oxygen Tank (1 per 6 climbers)
Radio for internal communication
Katadyn Pump water filter
Transport to/from mountain
Bed/Breakfast Accommodation (Pre & Post Climb/Safari)
Full-Board Camping Accommodation (Climb/Safari)
All Food, Water and Soft Drinks
Optional Maasai Village Tour (around $10 USD)
|DATES||April 4-15, 2019, August 6-17, 2019, Dec 16-27, 2019, Dec 27, 2018 – Jan 7, 2019, Feb 12-23, 2019, July 6-17, 2019, June 6-17, 2019, May 2-13, 2019, Oct 1-12, 2019, Oct 29 – Nov 9, 2019, Sept 3-14, 2019|
|ACCOMMODATION||Adventure Camping, Mid-range Lodge|
|DESTINATION||Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tarangire|
Arrival: Overnight on the Slopes of Kilimanjaro
Following your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a Wild Mind representative who will provide transportation to Honey Badger Lodge where you will stay the night. Your Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided at this tranquil lodge with views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.
ACCOMMODATION: Honey Badger Lodge
Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 18km
Habitat: Montane forest
After an early breakfast at Honey Badger Lodge, you will be driven to the Machame Village. From the village, depending on the road conditions, you will either continue to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.
Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have set up your tent on arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.
Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 9 km
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Shira (at 3840m) to Lava Tower (at 4630m) to Barranco camp (at 3950m)
Hiking time: 7h
Distance: Approximately 15 km
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This is definitely the toughest day so far. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.
Barranco camp (3950m)- Barafu camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 7h
Distance: Approximately 13 km
Habitat: Alpine desert
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.
The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and is the camping area you’ll spend the night. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.
Summit Attempt - Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8h to reach Uhuru Peak, 7 – 8h to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 km ascent – 23 km descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. For many climbers, this 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life! The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear. The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.
Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 3h
Distance: Approximately 15 km
Following a well-deserved breakfast, the Wild Mind staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 km). You will be served a hot lunch then you will be driven back to Honey Badger Lodge in Moshi for a hot shower, dinner, and a well-earned rest.
Tarangire National Park
After an early breakfast, you will be collected at Honey Badger and begin your safari by travelling through the picturesque Great Rift Valley to Tarangire National Park. This takes approximately 3 hrs. Tarangire National Park is spectacular in the dry season through to well into the rainy season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elands and oryx gather until the onset of the rain, when they migrate again to good grazing areas. The crown jewel of Tarangire National Park are the massive numbers of African elephants – the park holds the largest number of elephants in all of Tanzania. Following your game drive you will make your way to your camp and enjoy your dinner and a good night’s rest.
ACCOMMODATION: Tarangire National Park Camping
Tarangire to Serengeti National Park
After a delicious breakfast at your safari lodge, you’ll embark on a morning game drive exploring every corner of this beautiful woodland savanna. Tarangire offers ample opportunities to capture much of the wildlife you’ve dreamt of seeing during your African safari. Afterwards, you’ll journey to the Nabi Gate of Serengeti National Park, passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area along the way. You’ll be treated to an evening game drive (time permitting), and a delicious dinner and restful nights sleep under the stars at your camp.
ACCOMMODATION:Serengeti National Park Camping
Serengeti National Park
The iconic Serengeti National Park has the stunning landscape that earned it the Maasai name Serengeti – Endless Plains. Today you’ll spend the entire day exploring this diverse and expansive landscape, with opportunities to spot all of the “Big Five”, as well as many other wildlife species, and the natural wonder of the world, the great migration. Before dark you’ll head to your camp for dinner and a restful nights sleep.
ACCOMMODATION:Serengeti National Park Camping
Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, you’ll embark on a full day game drive in the Serengeti, and then later in the afternoon you will exit Serengeti National Park into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, eventually arriving at Simba Camp on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater for the evening.
ACCOMMODATION:Ngorongoro Crater, Simba Camp
Tour ends: Ngorongoro Crater to Moshi
After an early morning breakfast, you will be driven down into the Ngorongoro Crater and will enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to see the rare black rhino in Africa, not to mention the large prides of lions, and the magnificent black-mane lions. There are lots of colourful flamingos and various other species of water birds. In the crater you are also likely to spot leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, many members of the antelope family, and a variety of other small mammals. In the afternoon we will drive you out of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and depending on your schedule either back to Honey Badger Lodge in Moshi for the evening or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return journey home. Until we meet again!
We endeavour to keep our set itineraries as consistent as possible. However, alterations may sometimes be made to accommodate customers needs, changing weather, or special circumstances.