Kilimanjaro – Machame Route & Serengeti Adventure

Start: Moshi Finish: Arusha

Visiting: Moshi, Machame Gate - Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame Camp, Machame camp, Shira Camp Two, Shira 2 Camp, Lava Tower, Barranco Camp, Barafu Camp, Stella Point, Kilimanjaro Summit, Mweka Camp, Mweka gate, Mweka, Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Mto Wa Mbu, Mto wa Mbu, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro


Duration: 12 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: $4908

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Tour Overview

From the soaring heights of Africa's highest peak to the endless plains of the Serengeti, discover the best of Tanzania. In the company of our expert guides, explore the world's best wildlife parks in pursuit of Africa’s "big five" and climb iconic Mt Kilimanjaro. Our agile 4x4s will get you close to some of the planet’s most amazing wildlife. And, with full-service camping, you can stay close to the action without having to worry about the chores — so you can focus on the magnificent terrain and fantastic views. If you're craving a physical challenge and wildlife encounters that will leave you breathless, here's your fix.

Highlights

  • icon Meet local artisans on a village tour.
  • icon Explore Tanzania's best wildlife parks.
  • icon Dance with the Maasai.
  • icon Conquer Africa's highest peak.
  • icon Savour local specialities with traditional meals.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Moshi
Machame Camp
Moshi
Barranco Camp
Barafu Camp
Serengeti National Park.
Mto Wa Mbu
Arusha.
Ngorongoro
Serengeti Balloon Safari
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/Machame camp

Location: Moshi, Machame Gate - Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Machame Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to Machame Camp.

Most of the day is spent in the gorgeous and fascinating, forested slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, most of which is considered to be rainforest zone. Depending on the weather, the trail will be soggy and possibly muddy if it rains.

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

ACTIVITY: Start at the Machame Gate where the group will register and begin hiking. The slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro are a rainforest zone, so trails can be wet and muddy. Keep a look-out for black and white colobus monkeys and exotic birds. On the first day of hiking the group covers a long distance with a gradual gradient. End the day at the Machame Campsite above the rainforest.

icon Day 3 : Machame camp/Shira 2 Camp

Location: Machame camp, Shira Camp Two

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Shira 2 Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike through lower alpine moorland to Shira 2 camp and observe the spectacular views of Kibo Peak.

ACTIVITY: Start with a steep ascent towards the edge of the forest. Climb the steep ridge and stop for a break. Before reaching camp, continue hiking to Shira Cathedral and enjoy the view of the peaks.

icon Day 4 : Shira 2 Camp/Barranco Camp

Location: Shira 2 Camp, Lava Tower, Barranco Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Barranco Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower. Enjoy the fantastic view of Western Breach and the Breach Wall.

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 5 : Barranco Camp/Barafu Camp

Location: Barranco Camp, Barafu Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Barafu Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

View the Great Barranco Wall and climb up the eastern wall, passing below the Helm Glacier.

ACTIVITY: Take a look at the view of the Great Barranco Wall from camp then get ready to climb up the eastern wall. The route is a steady incline that passes below the Helm Glacier and meets with the Mweka route on the way down. Get some rest at the Barafu camp, the site is a on a narrow, rocky, ridge with no barriers to block the wind. Get equipment like headlamps, hiking poles and thermal clothing ready to go for the very early morning start the next day.

icon Day 6 : Barafu Camp/Mweka Camp

Location: Barafu Camp, Stella Point, Kilimanjaro Summit, Mweka Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Mweka Camp (Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike during the night to the Summit via Stella Point. Watch the sunrise before descending to Mweka Camp.

The route from Barafu Camp to the summit is mentally and physically, the longest, most challenging day of the entire trek. Despite the difficulty, the memory of conquering Mt 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 7 : Mweka Camp/Moshi

Location: Mweka Camp, Mweka gate, Mweka, 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.

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 8 : 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 9 : Arusha/Mto wa Mbu

Location: Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, 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 10 : 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 11 : 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 12 : Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro

Location: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, 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 13 : 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 Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group.

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    Accommodation

    Simple hotels (3 nts), full-service alpine camping (5 nts), full-service camping (4 nts).

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    Lake Manyara wildlife safari drive

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    Mt Kilimanjaro's 6-day Machame Route trekking permits and guides, cooks, and porters

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    Ngorongoro Crater wildlife safari drive

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    Meals

    12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners Allow USD100-130 for meals not included.

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

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    Serengeti wildlife safari drives

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

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Meals Included

12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

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

Accommodation

Simple hotels (3 nts), full-service alpine camping (5 nts), full-service camping (4 nts).

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    Low Deposit

    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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