Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Serengeti Adventure

Start: Moshi Finish: Arusha

Visiting: Moshi, Londorossi Gate, Mti Mkubwa Camp, Shira Camp, Shira 1 Camp, Shira Camp Two, Shira 2 Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp, Mweka Camp, Arusha, Mto Wa Mbu, Mto wa Mbu, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro


Duration: 14 Nights

Physical rating: 5 - Challenging

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 10 - 14

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $5564 $4729

-£600
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Tour Overview

Get the complete picture of Africa from two dazzling perspectives: the top of Kilimanjaro and vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This 15-day adventure begins with a seven-day attempt at the summit of Kilimanjaro from the Lemosho route, then gives way to five life-altering days in the Serengeti with time spent getting to know the Maasai in a remote village, wildlife drives in search of the "big five," and a visit to the massive Ngorongoro Crater. Those who’ve been will tell you that Africa will change your life. This tour will do it several times a day.

Highlights

  • icon Search for the "big five" during wildlife drives in the Serengeti.
  • icon Conquer Africa's highest peak.
  • icon Enjoy an included lunch with a local family in the Mto wa Mbu village.
  • icon Visit an authentic Maasai village.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Serengeti Adventure
Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Serengeti Adventure
Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Serengeti Adventure
Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Serengeti Adventure
Mti Mkubwa Camp
Moshi
Karanga Camp
Moshi
Arusha
Arusha
Ngorongoro
Serengeti National Park

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Moshi

Location: Moshi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Moshi/Mti Mkubwa Camp

Location: Moshi, Londorossi Gate, Mti Mkubwa Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Mti Mkubwa Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin the Lemosho trail of Mt Kilimanjaro ending for the day at the Mti Mkubwa Campsite.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Register at the gate office, and start the hike with a gradual ascent and a slight descent into the Lemosho Glades. Enter the lush rainforest and listen to the sounds of many exotic birds. Spot monkeys such as the black and white colobus - these monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. Spend the day in the gorgeous and fascinating forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, most of which is considered to be a rainforest zone. End the day at the Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Campsite, within the upper reaches of the montane forest zone.

icon Day 3 : Mti Mkubwa Camp/Shira 1 Camp

Location: Mti Mkubwa Camp, Shira Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Shira 1 Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Climb into the moorland over the Shira ridge and down to the plateau and the Shira 1 Camp.

ACTIVITY: Rise early and tackle a steep climb to head out of the montane forest zone and into the moorland zone. Admire trees such as the Giant Heather and Erica. Embark on a challenging hiking day with a trek over the Shira ridge at 3,500m (11,483 ft), where, on a clear day, have direct views of Kibo, the peak and ultimate goal of the adventure. From there, descend to the Shira plateau and set up at Shira 1 Camp, located next to a stream.

icon Day 4 : Shira 1 Camp/Shira 2 Camp

Location: Shira 1 Camp, Shira Camp Two

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Shira 2 Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel across the Shira plateau, with time for short acclimatization walks.

Because the hiking time is only about 3 hours today, use the free time to take a number of short acclimatization walks around and above the Shira 2 Camp. This camp is more exposed than the previous night's camp. It may be windier and colder, with temperatures dropping to below freezing.

ACTIVITY: Traverse the Shira plateau. Ascend gently through the lower alpine moorland, which is notable for beautiful wild alpine flowers and the unique giant lobelia and giant groundsel (senecio kilimanjari) plants.

icon Day 5 : Shira 2 Camp/Barranco Camp

Location: Shira 2 Camp, Barranco Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Barranco Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Climb through rocky scree to the Lava Tower. Descend into the Great Barranco Valley to acclimatize and camp.

ACTIVITY: Climb slowly through the rocky terrain to the Lava Tower (4600m, 15,092 ft) from the Shira 2 Camp. The route becomes increasingly challenging and steep. Some hikers might start to feel weak or short of breath from the altitude so go slowly— “pole pole” as they say in Swahili—to avoid exasperating the symptoms.

ACTIVITY: Descend from the Lava Tower 650m (2133 ft) to the Great Barranco Valley. Hike about 2 hours to reach the valley, acclimate to the elevation and take in the view of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way. Reach the Barranco Camp and enjoy the beautiful landscape as a reward for the day’s difficult hike. The Breach Wall surrounds the Camp on three sides and the area has an amazing view of hanging glaciers and the Kibo massif.

icon Day 6 : Barranco Camp/Karanga Camp

Location: Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Karanga Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tackle the Great Barranco Wall up into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley.

ACTIVITY: Start the steady hike up the eastern side of the Great Barranco Wall. On the way to the Karanga Camp (4100m, 13,451 ft), pass below the Heim Glacier and through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Depending on the weather, enjoy the fantastic view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Heim Glacier.

icon Day 7 : Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp

Location: Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Barafu Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trek through the alpine desert up to Barafu Camp. Prepare for the midnight start of the summit attempt.

In preparation for the final ascent the same night, you will familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark, and prepare your equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep may be difficult, but lie down after dinner to try and rest for the 1295m final ascent.

ACTIVITY: Trek through the Karanga Valley to the Barafu Camp at 4600m (15,092ft). The trail through the alpine desert is dry, barren, and temperatures will get colder after leaving the valley camp. The Barafu Camp is on a narrow ridge with no barriers from the wind, but with a beautiful view of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Take some time before dark to get familiar with the camp area to avoid any accidents later.

icon Day 8 : Barafu Camp/Mweka Camp

Location: Barafu Camp, Mweka Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Mweka Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At midnight, begin the summit trek. Conquer the rim of the main crater, then cross the scree and snow to Uhuru Peak. Descend to Mweka Camp.

This stretch is the longest, and the most mentally and physically challenging of the trek. But the feeling of conquering Kilimanjaro will stay with you forever.

ACTIVITY: Wake up call today is at 11pm in order to reach Stella Point (5756m, 18,885 ft) in time for the spectacular view of the sunrise (depending on weather). Enjoy a snack and warm drink and get ready for the ascent in the dark up the northwest scree. Go slowly as the terrain is rocky and difficult, pass between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers before arriving at Stella Point.

ACTIVITY: Start the 1 hour, gradual ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m, 19341 ft) along the snow-covered trail. Temperatures near the summit can range from -23° C (-9°f) in the morning to just below freezing overnight. Arrive at the summit at last! Take a deep breath and celebrate a successful climb.

ACTIVITY: Begin the descent from the summit towards the Barafu camp, where the group will pack up and enjoy a quick rest. The route down will use the same rock and scree path as the ascent and will pass back through moorland and forest terrain. Reach Mweka hut in the late afternoon.

icon Day 9 : Mweka Camp/Moshi

Location: Mweka Camp, Moshi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue descent through the forested, lower slopes to Moshi. Meet the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a G supported project, for a climbing ceremony.

Arrive to Moshi in the afternoon. Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! Before dinner, you will be welcomed and congratulated on your climb by the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures. They will present you with a gift and a certificate to remember all your efforts on the mountain. Opt to pre-book the Moshi Mamas Massage by adding it to your checkout page, or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

ACTIVITY: Hike downhill to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the lower altitude and the view of the forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route can be muddy underfoot so take care. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Upon arrival to Moshi in the afternoon, relax, or opt to have that much-deserved shower and congratulatory beverage.

ACTIVITY: Walk back to the Mweka village for lunch. The route is typically muddy but doesn’t take long.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: This project is supported by the Planeterra Foundation and G Adventures. Women and girls are often the first to be excluded from educational programs in Tanzania, with most girls being pulled out of school by Grade 3 to help out around the home. Our ground partners provide free adult business education for women in Moshi, and Planeterra and G Adventures have rented a cooperative space to allow these students to practice their academic skills and save income to start their own business. Feel free to shop for for souvenirs and speak to the women who run the cooperative about their lives and how the project has assisted in building a brighter future.

icon Day 10 : Moshi/Arusha

Location: Moshi, Arusha

Accommodation: Outpost Lodge (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

En route to Arusha, enjoy an included stop at the G Adventures-supported Moshi Women’s Cooperative. Pick up any last-minute supplies in Arusha.

Travel to the picturesque town of Arusha. En route, stop at the Moshi Women’s Cooperative to learn about what this project offers. Meet the women, learn more about their lives, and opt to purchase some souvenirs. In the evening, you may be joined by other G Adventures travellers arriving from Kenya or starting the safari portion of their Tanzania trip. Check for details of the time and location of a welcome meeting, typically around 18:00.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: This project is supported by the Planeterra Foundation and G Adventures. Women and girls are often the first to be excluded from educational programs in Tanzania, with most girls being pulled out of school by Grade 3 to help out around the home. Our ground partners provide free adult business education for women in Moshi, and Planeterra and G Adventures have rented a cooperative space to allow these students to practice their academic skills and save income to start their own business. Feel free to shop for for souvenirs and speak to the women who run the cooperative about their lives and how the project has assisted in building a brighter future.

icon Day 11 : Arusha/Mto wa Mbu

Location: Arusha, Mto Wa Mbu

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Twiga Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Experience the Mto wa Mbu village with a guided cultural walk and traditional lunch with a local family. Take a wildlife safari drive in Lake Manyara NP.

Travel to Mto wa Mbu village and take part in a cultural walk to learn about village life in the area. Meet the women who run the village tours and enjoy a delicious home made traditional lunch. Spend the afternoon viewing wildlife along the main road that winds through a lush cool forests of Lake Manyara National Park, overgrown with ficus trees and covered with bromeliads. This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a gorgeous backdrop. Search for the phenomenal birdlife, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, and hippos.

TRANSPORT: Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

ACTIVITY: Take part in a cultural walk to learn about life in this East African town. Mto wa Mbu has attracted some 18,000 residents from 120 different tribes. During the two-hour tour, visit the village's local market, go right to the farmer's fields, see how huts are constructed, and meet artisans in their shops. Afterwards, sit down with our new friends and enjoy a traditional lunch of meat and plantains.

ACTIVITY: AFTERNOON This western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment is truly stunning. It provides a backdrop for your search for the park's phenomenal bird life (including raptors), tree-climbing lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, baboons, and buffalos. Look up and see some of the more than 400 species of birds, including pink flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, and storks. Beyond wildlife, Lake Manyara NP is home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees, and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking; the open plains, huge escarpment, central alkaline lake, dense woodlands, and distant volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I have seen in Africa.”

icon Day 12 : Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park

Location: Mto wa Mbu, Serengeti National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Seronera Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive en route to the central Serengeti.

Drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to Serengeti National Park. En route marvel at the sheer vastness of this territory, and spot the multitude of animal and birdlife while cruising through this acacia-accented savanna.

TRANSPORT: Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

ACTIVITY: This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

icon Day 13 : Serengeti National Park

Location: Serengeti National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Seronera Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early for a morning wildlife safari drive, returning in time for lunch. Continue the search for the "big five" in the afternoon while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains.

Additional Information: If you have pre-booked a Serengeti Balloon Safari, your flight will be in the morning. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have spectacular views from above. If you have not yet pre-booked, add it to your checkout page, or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

TRANSPORT: Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

ACTIVITY: FULL DAY This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

icon Day 14 : Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro

Location: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Simba Campsite (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a morning wildlife safari drive as you depart the Serengeti, then continue wildlife viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, before getting a spectacular view of the crater from your campsite on its rim.

The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of more than 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals.

Additional Information: Please note that due to the high-altitude location of our camp, temperatures can drop at night. We recommend bringing extra layers to wear during the evening and following morning.

TRANSPORT: Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

ACTIVITY: MORNING This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

ACTIVITY: Head down into the crater and to all the best spots to view wildlife. Spot zebra, gazelles, buffaloes, and warthogs. The swamp and forest are home to hippos, rhinos, elephants, baboons, and monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to capture a pride of lions or a lone leopard walking along the crater floor.

icon Day 15 : Ngorongoro/Arusha

Location: Ngorongoro, Arusha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit an authentic Maasai village and the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove Project, then return to Arusha where the tour ends on arrival. Onward flights can be booked from 6pm, or extend your stay in Arusha by a night, or two.

TRANSPORT: Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

ACTIVITY: Visit a Maasai village in the Monduli District and witness the benefits of the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove Project. In Tanzania, 95% of people rely on cooking with wood and coal. Women and girls spend hours walking to collect wood every day (making them vulnerable to assault and unable to use their time to go to school). Indoor smoke from open-fire stoves causes cancer, emphysema, pneumonia, blindness, and burns. Take a guided tour of these villages and meet the women that have been trained as stove engineers, visit bomas (traditional homes), and observe (or get your hands dirty) by helping the Stove Team build a stove in a home. See the beneficial impact of the clean-burning stoves on the health and daily lives of the Maasai villagers, especially the women.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Your G for Good Moment: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit, Moshi

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    Meals

    14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners Allow USD110-145 for meals not included.

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    Your G for Good Moment: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch, Mto wa Mbu

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    Mt Kilimanjaro's Lemosho Route trekking permits and guides, cooks, and porters

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    Lake Manyara wildlife safari drive

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    Your G for Good Moment: Clean Cookstove Project Visit, Mto wa Mbu

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    Serengeti wildlife safari drives

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group.

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    Ngorongoro Crater wildlife safari drive

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    Accommodation

    Simple hotels (3 nts), full-service alpine camping (7 nts), full-service camping (4 nts),

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    Additional "acclimatization day" during ascent

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer), certified mountain guide, certified safari guide/driver, local representative, cook, porters, camp crew

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Transport

7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle, private minibus, trekking

Meals Included

14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners

Accommodation

Simple hotels (3 nts), full-service alpine camping (7 nts), full-service camping (4 nts),

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    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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