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AKT/922: 10 Day Safari Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro Climb

10 Day Safari Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro Climb


Itinerary Highlights

  • Duration in days:  10
  • Itinerary Category: Combo (Safari and Trekking)
  • Destinations: Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Mt Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route
  • Major Attractions: Big Five, Great Migration, The Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro the roof of Africa
  • Budget Level:  Standard
  • Guiding Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Start point: Arusha
  • End point: Arusha
  • Essential items: Digital Camera with enough memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with ultra violet radiation filtering etc

Itinerary Description by Day

Day 1: Drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara for a game drive
Non game-viewing travel time: 2½ hours
Distance: 130 km

Pick up from Arusha and transfer to Lake Manyara National Park. Have lunch enroute and after lunch we do head into the Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. This national park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. Lake Manyara has unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight stay at accommodations near Lake Manyara National Park

Day 2: Drive from Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park for a game drive
Non game-viewing travel time: 6 hours
Distance: 205 km

After breakfast we start a safari to Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park. Dinner and overnight stay is in accommodation in the Seronera area

Day 3: Drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro crater
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 145 km

After breakfast at the lodge, depart to Ngorongoro Conservation area. We will stop over at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of ‘Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s safari tour. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.

Dinner and overnight stay at the accommodations near to Ngorongoro Crater

Day 4: Game drive at Ngorongoro crater then later transfer to Arusha
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 190 km

Enjoy breakfast, after which we will conduct a half day game drive at Ngorongoro Crater then transfer back to Arusha and have lunch enroute. Arrive in Arusha for an overnight stay at your booked hotel or lodge for preparation for Kilimanjaro trekking.

Day 5: Trek from Marangu Gate (1980m) to Mandara Hut (2700m)
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 12 km

Zone:  Montane forest

Have breakfast at your hotel, picked up from the hotel in Arusha and transferred to Marangu Gate. At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide perform registration formalities. You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be able to encounter wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! After 3-4 hours of ascending, you will reach the Mandara Hut (2700m). At this point temperatures may drop to freezing point. Have dinner and overnight stay at Mandara Hut.

Day 6: Trek from Mandara Hut (2700m) to Horombo Hut (3720m)
Trekking Time: 6 hours

Distance: 15 km

Zone:  Moorland

After breakfast, we will begin their ascent out of the rainforest and into the heathen moorland. The trail passes through the Maundi Crater and you are able to climb up to its rim for a spectacular view of the Kibo Crater. In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. After 6 hours of hiking, you will reach Horombo Hut (3720m) which is located on a small plateau. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this site. Have dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Hut.

Day 7: Full day Acclimatization at Horombo Hut (3720m)
At Horombo Hut (3720m), you will spend the whole day allowing your body to acclimate to high altitude. You will have an option of doing a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for further acclimatization with your guide. Breakfast and dinner will be at the hut and lunch will either be packed or at the hut depending on your preference for the day.
Day 8: Trek from Horombo Hut (3720m) to Kibo Hut (4700m)
Trekking Time: 6 hours

Distance: 15 km

Zone:  Alpine Desert

After an early morning breakfast, you will continue your ascent into the alpine desert habitat. We will have the option of two trails that lead to Kibo Hut (4700m). The upper route (located to the right of the fork) is the same trail used the previous day for the day hike to Mawenzi Hut. The lower route (located to the left of the fork) is the more popular route because it is a shorter hiking distance (1 hour shorter). Kibo Hut is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. An early dinner will be served so that climbers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Have an early sleep in the night for preparation for midnight climb to the Summit.

Day 9: Trekking to reach Uhuru Peak
Trekking Time: 8 hr to Uhuru and 6 hr to Horombo

Distance: 6 km ascent and 21 Km descent

Zone:  Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Guides will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours. At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m).

Day 10: Trek from Horombo Hut (3720m) to Marangu Gate (1980m)
Trekking Time: 6 hours

Distance: 27 Km

After having breakfast you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m). You will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

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