12 Days Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Natron and Kilimanjaro trekking Machame Route
Day 1: Arusha Lake Manyara
After breakfast from Arusha, you will proceed to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive with picnic lunches. Later you will proceed to Lake Manyara Sun bright for dinner and overnight stay. Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa". The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundreds of baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bush buck tread warily through the shadows, and out sized forest horn bills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Dinner & overnight at Fanaka campsite
Day 2: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, proceed to Serengeti National Park for a game drive with picnic lunches and dinner and overnight will be at Seronera campsite. A million wildebeest, each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro crater
You will have early morning game drives in Serengeti National Park and return back for breakfast and relaxation. Later again you will proceed for a full day game drive with picnic lunches, dinner, Later drive you to Ngongoro crater and overnight at Simba Campsite at the tour There is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park's isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500plus bird species, ranging from the oversized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater to Tarangire
After an early breakfast, proceed for a full day crater tour with picnic lunches at Ngorongoro Crater. Later you will proceed to Tarangire. Dinner and overnight are at Tarangire campsite. In Tarangire you will found day after day of cloudless skies. The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shrivelled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that here, always, there is water. More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow collored lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous tailed weaver and ashy starling all endemic to the dry savanna of north central Tanzania.
Day 5: Tarangire National Park to Lake Natron
After early breakfast, proceed with game drive at Tarangire National Park with picnic lunches; later continue back to Lake Natron for dinner and overnight
Lake Natron is home to some extraordinary landscapes as well as many different types of wildlife. Most known for the presence of flamingos and spectacular sunsets, Lake Natron is truly a unique place to see. It is common to see zebra, giraffes, ostriches, baboons, gazelles, gnu, donkeys, and many other animals. We offer guided treks around Lake Natron the most popular are a half day trek (4-5 hours), or a full day trek that includes a picnic and a rest in a natural swimming pool on the eastern side of Lake Natron. We also offer an overnight trek that allows guests to stay in a tent near the lake.
Day 6: Lake Natron to Arusha
Lake Natron is stunning Lake and the nearby active volcano OlDoinyoLengai are located in Northern Tanzania near the Kenyan border, just north of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Lake Natron and OlDonyoLengai occupy a surreal landscape, overshadowed by the Rift Valley Escarpment.
Early in the morning you will game drive, walking, having chance to see all cultural activities, late in the evening back to arusha
Lake Natron is a soda lake with a large resident population of flamingos. It is also an excellent area to visit authentic Maasai communities, experiencing first hand the Masai culture.
Stunning Lake Natron, and the nearby active volcano OlDoinyoLengai are located in Northern Tanzania near the Kenyan border, just north of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Lake Natron and OlDoinyoLengai occupy a surreal landscape, overshadowed by the Rift Valley Escarpment.
Day 7 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp
If Marangu is the "Coca Cola" route, then the Machame Route is the "Whiskey" route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain.
All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience.
Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millenium camp the final night on the mountain. Drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp for dinner and overnight
- Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
- Distance: 11km/7mi
- Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
- Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 8 : Hike Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite for dinner and overnight
- Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
- Distance: 5km/3mi
- Walking Time: 4-5 hours
- Habitat: Moorland
Day 9 : Hike Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth" (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
- Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
- Distance: 10km/6mi
- Walking Time: 5-6 hours
- Habitat: Semi-desert
Day 10 : Hike Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elev 4250m/13,900ft), through the Karanga Valley (elev 4050m/13,250ft) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance.
- Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
- Distance: 9km/6mi
- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 11: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!
From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.After summit to the later back to the camp for dinner and overnight
- Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
- Down to 3090m/10,150ft
- Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
- Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Day 12 : Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi
After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Don't forget to tip your guides and porters.
- Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
- Distance: 10km/6mi
- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
- Habitat: Forest
- 5 nights budget camping accommodation.
- Meals: Full Board Breakfast, Hot Lunch or Picnic Lunch and Dinner while on Safari.
- All Transfers and Transport, Park Fees, Hotel Accommodation.
- Game viewing activities as stated in the above tour/safari description.
- Services of a Safari Driver/ Guide.
- Safari tent, Safari cook and camping supplies
- All trekking equipment.
- International air fares.
- Any required Visas.
- Travel Insurance.
- Items of a Personal Nature.
- Tips and Gratitudes to Safari Staff.
- A warm sweater as the nights can be chilly at high altitudes.
- Comfortable shoes.