Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route & Serengeti Adventure

Classic, Moshi to Arusha

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit, Moshi G Adventures for Good: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch, Mto wa Mbu G Adventures for Good: Clean Cookstove Project Visit, Mto wa Mbu
  • Mt Kilimanjaro's Lemosho Route trekking permits and guides, cooks, and porters
  • Additional "acclimatization day" during ascent
  • Lake Manyara wildlife safari drive
  • Serengeti wildlife safari drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater wildlife safari drive
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Conquer africa's highest peak
  • Visit an authentic maasai village
  • Search for the "big five" during wildlife drives in the serengeti
  • Enjoy an included lunch with a local family in the mto wa mbu village

Itinerary

Day 1 Moshi Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Moshi/Mti Mkubwa Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) Begin the Lemosho trail of Mt Kilimanjaro ending for the day at the Mti Mkubwa Campsite. Included Activities: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Mti Mkubwa Camp/Shira 1 Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) Climb into the moorland over the Shira ridge and down to the plateau and the Shira 1 Camp. Included Activities: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp
Day 4 Shira 1 Camp/Shira 2 Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Day 5 Shira 2 Camp/Barranco Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) Climb through rocky scree to the Lava Tower. Descend into the Great Barranco Valley to acclimatize and camp. Included Activities: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Day 6 Barranco Camp/Karanga Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) Tackle the Great Barranco Wall up into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Included Activities: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Day 7 Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Day 8 Barafu Camp/Mweka Camp (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Barafu Camp to Stella Point Stella Point to Summit Summit to Mweka Camp
Day 9 Mweka Camp/Moshi (1B, 1L) 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. Included Activities: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate Mweka Gate to Mweka Village Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 10 Moshi/Arusha (1B) 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. Included Activities: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 65km)
Day 11 Arusha/Mto wa Mbu (1B, 1L) 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. Included Activities: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch Lake Manyara National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)
Day 12 Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Clean Cookstove Project Visit Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (190km)
Day 13 Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) 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 Notes: 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. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari
Day 14 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy one last morning wildlife safari drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savanna. After, journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best wildlife viewing. The vistas from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of animals, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. Arrive at the campsite on the crater rim in the evening. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 160km)
Day 15 Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L) Embark on a early morning crater drive. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of more than 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive Departure Day Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 200km)
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