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Kilimanjaro/Kenya/Safari Itinerary

  • africa photos Team at Summit. Photo: Bhav
  • africa photos Second cave camp Photo by Jonathan
  • africa photos African Elephant photo by Andrew Wooster
  • africa photos Andrew and Jonnathan on the summit of pt Peter 4900 meters / 16,000 foot. Photo by Jonnathan
  • africa photos Beautiful skies Photo by Jonnathan Barbero
  • africa photos Mackinders valley Photo by Jonnathan
  • africa photos Cheata photo by Andrew Wooster
  • africa photos One climber watching another belay on the pt Peter practice climb Photo by Jonnathan Barbero
  • africa photos Lion club resting on a branch photo by Jonathan Barbero
  • africa photos Walking in the forest towards the Bandas lodge Photo by Jonnathan Barbero
  • africa photos How close! photo by Jonathan Barbero
  • africa photos Masai men preforming their manhood ritual photo by Andrew Wooster
  • africa photos Our Safari van coquering the mud Photo by Arnold
  • africa photos Wild Plant in kili trek.
  • africa photos Impala. photo by Jonathan Barbero
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Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Kenya and Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro:

1) Arrival in Nairobi.

2) Drive 3 hours to Rongai Gate, then start walking to Simba
Camp at 2650 metres/8700 feet (3 hrs). The walk is initially through plantations, then rain forest and finally bush country. Dinner and overnight at Simba Camp.

3) Trek to the 2nd Cave at 3450 metres/11,300 feet, (3 hrs). A gentle day trekking through bush and heather. Dinner and overnight at Cave 2 campsite.

4) Depart after breakfast for a gentle rising traverse through
moorland over several ridges to Kikelewa Caves, 3600 metres/11,800 feet (3 hrs).

5) Depart to Mawenzi Tarn Hut, 4330 metres/14,200 feet (3 hrs). Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mawenzi Tarn Hut.

6) Full day acclimatization at Mawenzi Tarn Hut (photo right: Our trek leader, Elselien, trekking up the trail to Umbwe Cave at 2900 metres/10,000 feet

7) Trek to Kibo Hut for lunch, dinner and overnight.

8) Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman's Point (5681 metres/18,630 feet), which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim (which will take about two hours) to Uhuru Peak (5895 metres/19,330 feet), the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo Hut for tea and biscuits or soup and then down to the thicker air and warmth of Horombo Hut.

9) After breakfast descend further down to Mandara for a hot lunch, then proceed to the Marangu Park gate where you will be picked up and taken back your hotel in town. back to top

Mt. Kenya:

1) Early morning hiking or climbing, then drive to Nainjuki at the base of Mt. Kenya; the starting point for the Sirimon route up Mount Kenya. Camping overnight near Old Moses (3000 metres/10,000 feet) (Photo right by Cheryl Goodwin - Good2GoPhotography.com (all rights reserved) : Our team member Peterson enjoying the view of Teleki Tarn.

2) Traverse, crossing Ontulli Stream, to reach Mackinders valley. After about four hours hike we reach our campsite near the half-demolished Leki North Hut
(3900 metres/12,800 feet).

3) Continue up Mackinder’s Valley to reach the Shipton Hut and our campsite
(4100 metres/13,400 feet) at the base of the northern slopes of Mount Kenya’s main peaks Bation and Nelion.

4) Rest day at Shipton’s Camp. Optional small hikes to the surrounding hills or "Icey Mike" (a famous elephants skeleton) or catch up on some climbing skills on the near by cliffs.

5) Hike around the main peaks of the mountain past two Tarns, over the Hausburgs Col into the valley and through Arthur's Seat, to Mackinder’s Hut in the Teleki Valley.

Climb Option 1: Climbing Bation via North Face Standard route (photo left: View of the main peaks, Batian and Nelion (Dan Mazur).

Climb Option 2: Climbers hike to "Austrian Hut"

15) Trek up to Point Lenana at 4950 metres/16,200 feet (the highest hiking point on the mountain). We will arrive at the point at sunrise and walk back down stopping at Austrian Hut for breakfast. We will later walk to “Minto’s hut” in Chogoria Valley for the night.

Climb Option 1: Climbing Bation, bivouac, and back to "Minto's Hut".

Climb Option 2: Rock climbing Nelion via the southeast ridge standard route.

6) Hike down the mountain using the Chogoria track. We end up at Chogoria Bandas from where we will drive to a nearby lodge for overnight.

7) Drive back to Kenya (Nairobi). Depart that night for home (unless you plan to stay an extra day). The shuttle bus will get you to the airport around 7:00 p.m. and flights generally depart around 11:00 p.m. back to top

Optional Ngorongoro Lake Myanyara Safari:

1) Optional: extra day in Nairobi if you feel it's necessary or go on safari.
Leave Nairobi after breakfast to Serengeti stopping on the way at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site made famous by Louis and Mary Leaky, also known as, "The Cradle of Humankind". Lunch and afternoon game drive in Serengeti untill 6:30 p.m., dinner, and overnight at Seronera camp site or Sope/Serena Lodge;
2) Full day game drive in Serengeti until 2:30 p.m. Then we will drive to Ngorongoro for dinner with a stay overnight at Simba Campsite or Sopa/Serena Lodge;
3) Breakfast and departure for a full day game drive discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife permanently residing on the crater floor until 3:00 p.m. and then drive to respective destinations. back to top

Kilimanjaro only itinerary (Not combined with Mt Kenya)

Day 1- Arrive in Tanzania. Arrive in Arusha, Kilimanjaro International Airport, then transfer to Hotel for overnight stay (nights / F).
Day 2 - Kilimanjaro Trekking - 1.Rongai camp From the hotel ride on a private bus through a region with lush vegetation, coffee and banana plantations on the north side of Kilimanjaro. By forest area we continue to Nale Moru, the starting point for the ascent. A narrow path along the corn and potato fields into forests and with a little luck we can observe wild animals there too. Finally, we leave the forest belt and reach the camp in the transition from forest to moorland near the Rongai cave. Journey time approx. 3 hours walking time approx 3-4 hrs. Overnight tent / VP (2600m).
Day 3 - Kilimanjaro Trekking - Kilelwa stock Equally, the path pulls up to the second cave to around 3450m, always show up in the formed of lava landscape small caves. After lunch we leave the main path and walk across the moorland towards Mawenzi. Finally, we reach the camp near the Kikelewa Caves in the sheltered valley a fascinating backdrop. Walking time 5-7 hours. Overnight tent / VP (3600m).
Day 4 -  Kilimanjaro Trekking - Mawenzi Tarn Today's stage is very steep, but short. Grass covered slopes lead in a high alpine, virtually no vegetation zone. The fantastic panoramic view rewards the effort of the climb to camp near the Mawenzi Tarn, a small lake at the foot of the dominant rock spiers of Mawenzi, the 5149m high neighbouring Kilimanjaro. Walking time 3-4 hours. Overnight tent / VP (4300 m).
Day 5 - Kilimanjaro - Mawenzi Tarn rest day Optional short hikes offers wonderful views of Mawenzi. Overnight tent / VP (4300m)
Day 6 - Kilimanjaro Trekking - School Hut A wide, desert-like and reminiscent of lunar landscape level crosses the saddle between Mawenzi and Kilimanjaro to the next camp at School Hut. In the afternoon, the equipment is placed ready for the next day and everything is prepared.  An early dinner followed by a sleep before shortly after midnight heading for the summit climb. Walking time approx. 4-5 hours overnight hut (VP, 4800m)
Day 7 • Kilimanjaro climb Midnight head for the summit. The summit day is the steepest and most demanding part of the tour. In light of the headlamp we leave as a group. You will be accompanied by local guides and expedition leaders who communicate with each other in radio contact. We can optionally allow for individual groups that run their own pace. We follow a gravel road which becomes steeper upward, rising to become more difficult. This takes approx. 4-6 hrs. To Gilman's Point at 5685 m, at the summit crater where the terrain is flat. Only 200 meters altitude, about 1-2 hrs further. To the main summit, Uhuru Peak at 5895 m, the highest point in Africa. Walking time: about 9-12 hours (6-8 hours ascent, descent 3-4 hours.. .) Overnight tent / VP (3950m / 3760m)
Day 8 • Kilimanjaro trekking - Descent Despite the long but not very strenuous descent we have time to admire and photograph the landscape and flowers. Back at the Marangu Gate it's time to say goodbye to guides and porters. Then we drive to the hotel and you will be rewarded for the summit success with a certificate of the National Park. Walking time approx 3-4 hrs., takes about 1 hr., Hotel (Nights / F).
Day 9 • flight back home or onward

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