Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek & Safari
Discover the magic and beauty of Mt. Kilimanjaro on a 7 day climb via the Machame Route and a 3 day Safari to Tarangire National Park, Ngorogoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
Start your adventure with local coffee in your hotel near Mount Meru in Arusha, Tanzania before starting out on the most beautiful route on the mountain. Follow your experienced western and local guides as they lead you though the amazing climactic zones of Mt. Kilimanjaro including the Rainforest, Giant Heather and Moorlands, Alpine Desert and Arctic Zones. You’ll find amazing landscapes, spectacular views as you make your way to Uhuru Peak and the 19,341ft roof of Africa.
After your climb you’ll be rewarded by the true wild of Africa on a 3 day safari in open top Jeeps. You’ll search of Elephant, Lion, Giraffe, Rhino and more before resting in style each night at Eileens Trees Lodge.
- Transportation to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- To and from your hotel to the park and gate.
- Hotel accommodation before and after the climb.
- Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping/hut and some rescue fees.
- Professional wilderness first responder trained guides and porters
- All meals and filtered water while on the mountain.
- Portable tented private flush toilet.
- Luxury chairs with backrest and arm supports at camp.
- Eureka XT 3 person expedition tents (2 clients).
- Marmot Liar 8 Person mess tent
- Thermarest Mountaineering mattress (you may bring your own in addition)
- A Kilimanjaro Beer after your return to the hotel.
- Hotel (Lodge) accommodation while on safari.
- Safari Transportation from hotel to parks and return to Kilimanjaro Airport.
- Entrance fees to Safari Parks.
- Breakfast and dinner at the Safari lodge.
- Box lunches during the day while on Safari
Arrive in Tanzania
On your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by your western guide and a member of your hotel staff. You’ll be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay before embarking on your Kilimanjaro adventure.
Machame Gate to Machame Camp
From the hotel we’ll head to Machame Gate (5,938ft) at Kilimanjaro park and trek upwards through the mountain rainforest. Overhead we may see blue monkeys in the forest canopy and hear the grunting calls of the magnificent black Colobus monkeys with their long ‘cape’ of white hair. Our first campsite, Machame Camp (9,774ft), is right after the dense tree cover ends and in an area of thick Podocarpus (African yellow-wood), Hagenia and Hypericum (St John’s Wort). In the evening you might even be luck enough to hear the unmistakable shrieking call of the tree Hyrax.
Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Today we continue through increasingly sparse trees and into moorlands. Picturesque hanging mosses often cover trees offering an ethereal quality to the landscape. The day finishes at Shira Camp (12,424ft), which is on a small plateau in the high moorlands, and features views of Kibo (the summit cone of Kilimanjaro) in the northwest and Mount Meru towards the east.
Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
A big day. Today we will head east and climb “pole pole” (slowly) through increasingly rocky and desolate terrain. We’ll leave the moorlands behind and continue up a rocky path through typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation of Senecios and Lobelia. We’ll pass through the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather, and reach Kilimanjaro’s alpine desert zone.
We’ll take lunch at Lava Tower (15,000ft) and for those who feel up to it we’ll scramble (non-technical) to the top of Lava Tower where you will have spectacular panoramic vistas of the Karanga Valley below, Shira Plateau and the spectacular Western Breach above.
From Lava Tower, we descend steeply for 2 hours down more than 600m into the Barranco Valley. This descent affords fantastic views and some great photo opportunities of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. You’ll also feel the clear benefits of this acclimatization day as we lose altitude down to the camp.
Barranco Camp (12,651ft) is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides by the Breach Walls, and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers shimmer above amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels, and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. This is definitely the toughest day so far, but incredibly beautiful.
Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Today we head up the Great Barranco Wall – an imposing face above Barranco camp. A steady climb up the eastern wall takes us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some breathtaking views of the Heim Glacier and Mt. Kilimanjaro depending upon the weather and cloud cover. Our trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, where we finish this second acclimatization day at Karanga Camp (13,051ft).
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
We begin the day trekking through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Here the temperature will grow colder as we follow the trail climbing through the barren and dry landscape up to Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice”, and the camping area is on a ridge in a narrow and exposed flat area. Usually windy our campsite at 15,200ft offers spectacular views of the nearby peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. In preparation for our final ascent, we’ll will familiarize our self with the terrain before dark, and we’ll prepare our equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep will be difficult, though you will to retire to your tents after dinner to rest for the final ascent to the roof of Africa.
Barafu Camp to the Summit and Mweka Camp
We’ll wake up early to leave camp at around 12am and after a warm drink and a light snack. This will begin the most difficult though most rewarding day of the trek and quite possibly your life. After approximately 6 hours of slow but strenuous hiking, you will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 18,652ft. At this point we stop to rest, eat lunch and take in the views over the clouds. From Stella Point the trail is normally snow-covered, and every step of the two-hour final ascent to Uhuru peak is challenging. Passing alongside the iridescent blue Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers we reach Elveda Point we can see Uhuru Peak now only minutes away.
Arriving at the summit (19,341ft) you feel a huge sense of elation and accomplishment — you made it to the highest point in Africa. We’ll spend as much time as you needed to appreciate your accomplishment, as this is a day to remember for the rest of your life! How long we will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions, temperature and how everyone is feeling.
We start back down the same trail, and descend to Barafu camp. We’ll have a short rest and remove some of your many layers of clothing as the day begins to heat up. We head down the rock and scree path into the moorland zone, reaching the forest, and eventually arriving at Mweka Camp (9934ft). Today is the longest, and the most mentally and physically challenging of the trek, but a life-changing day that will stay with you forever.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and Hotel
Today your legs will be further tested as the trail descends steeply through the lush Mweka rain forest. The trail is steep in places and the going is slippery if wet. The route follows the crest of a broad ridge separating two river valleys until it meets with a road that leads us for the last 40 minutes to the Mweka Park Gates where we’ll stop for a well deserved picnic lunch and receive their summit certificates from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. After a short celebration we’ll head back to our hotel in Arusha for dinner and a well deserved shower!
Tarangire National Park
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll jump in open top jeeps and drive to Tarangire national park for the first day of our safari.
This park is famous of having groups of Elephant; Herds of up to 300 Elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory Wildebeest, Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Gazelle, Hartebeest and Eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem and the only place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked Gerenuk are regularly observed.
Lunch will be boxed and dinner will be served during our stay at Eileen’s tree Inn.
Early in the morning we’ll drive to Ngorongoro crater descend to the crater floor where you will be amazed by the sheer number and diversity of animals and birdlife. Seated or standing in our pop up safari vehicles the viewing opportunities are endless, just deciding which way to look is the hard part. Keeping an eye and ear out for the “Big 5″ we’ll rush with our vehicle to catch a glimpse.
Lunch will again be boxed and dinner will be back at Eileen’s tree inn.
Visit Lake Manyara
After breakfast, we’ll again be picked up from the Hotel and drive to Lake Manyara National Park for our last day.
The name Manyara is derived from the Masai word “Emanyara”, which is a Euphorbia species of plant that is found around a family homestead in the area. We’ll down into the valley and explore the Lake and surrounding area. Stretching for 30 miles along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem. Ernest Hemingway said it was “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
Here we’ll be introduced to large Buffalo, Wildebeest, Giraffes and Zebra as well as Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing Lions and impressively tusked Elephants. Taking in the expansive views eastward, across the central soda lake we will be amazed by the sight of thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as Storks, Cormorants and Pelicans.
At the Southern end of the park we’ll finish our adventure at the algae-streaked sulphur hot water springs known as MajiMoto which bubbles from deep within the earth.
After that we’ll drive back to Arusha and and head to the Airport for our flights home.
2015 Trip Dates
- June 10 – 20
- July 22- 31
- August 12- 21
- Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha shuttle bus terminus and to/from park entrance/exit gates for your selected route
- Hotel accommodation before and after climb.
- Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping/hut and rescue fees
- Professional wilderness first responder trained guide and porters carrying a max 20kgs
- Gamow bag (portable hyperbaric chamber)
- Emergency oxygen
- Expedition medical kit
- Pulse oximeter.
- Blood pressure cuff
- Comprehensive vital sign monitoring
- Medevac stretcher.
- Flying doctors membership
- 2 way radios
- Katadyn expedition water filtration system.
- Portable tented private flush toilet
- Luxury chairs with backrest and arm supports
- Eureka XT 3 person expedition tents (2 clients).
- Thermarest mountaineering mattress
- Marmot Liar 8 person expedition walk in mess tent
- Return transfer Arusha/Moshi hotel to Park Gate
- Transportation from hotel to Safari, Safari hotel and return to Kilimanjaro Airport.
- Breakfast and Dinner at Safari Lodge
- Box lunches on Safari
- Costs of visas
- International airfare
- Excess baggage charges
- Airport departure taxes
- Travel insurance
- Medical insurance
- Game drives or meals not listed in each itinerary
- Personal expenses such as beverages (other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary)
- Room service
- Communication charges
- Medical or extra evacuation fees
- Staff gratuities
- Additional transportation
- Meals incurred by a client unable to continue a planned itinerary due to illness, health, medical conditions or due to airline schedule changes and accommodation before and after the trek.
Travel / Insurance
Fights to and from Kilimanjaro airport are arranged individually and not included in the trip cost. We recommenced booking flights directly through KLM Airlines as they are the main carrier to and from Kilimanjaro. During your fight you’ll notice other climbers and be able to chat about the adventure to come.
Travel Insurance / Visa
It is recommended that you acquire a travel visa prior to your by contacting the Tanzanian embassy
tanzaniaembassy-us.org. Alternatively you CAN obtain a visa at the Kilimanjaro Airport upon your arrival for $100USD.
It is a condition of booking that clients are individually insured for all our programs. As a minimum, clients must have medical evacuation rescue insurance. Most people aren’t aware of the serious deficiencies of their health insurance, travel insurance, platinum card program or SOS hotline service and therefore are placing themselves at risk of significant liabilities associated with medical evacuation, hospitalisation and treatment. Unavita Adventures and it’s partners work with Global Rescue for advanced medical consultation, emergency evacuation and field rescues and we recommend their insurance policy. Insurance should cover, at least:
- personal accident including death and disability
- medical expenses
- trip cancellation
- loss of baggage and personal effects
Proof of insurance must be submitted to Unavita Adventures prior to trip start.
You can purchase travel insurance at: adventure.com/travel-insurance
If you are travelling alone on an Unavita Adventure trip we will match you up with a roommate of the same gender. Should you prefer your own room at your hotel in Arusha and/or tent you will incur an additional fee. If due to an odd number of trekkers, you have to sleep in a single room or tent, you will not charged anything additional.
No refunds will be given for participants leaving a trip by personal choice, or by direction of the guides or medical staff. Unscheduled services such as transportation, hotels and meals etc.., are the sole responsibility of the participant.
Prospective clients should advise Unavita Adventures of any special request (special diet or on account of physical disability) at the time of enquiry or submitting a reservation. We will do our utmost to meet such requests wherever possible.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS
- We expect participants to be in good health and possess the physical fitness level required for their particular program and to bring proper personal clothing and equipment.
- All participants are to be respectful of each country’s customs, values and traditions, work together as a team and to be considerate of every team member.
- Participants acknowledge that all team or group supplies and equipment are the sole property of
Unavita Adventures shall not be responsible for any delay, interruption or cancellation resulting from clients failure to provide the required documentation to immigration or other government authorities at any time.
Passengers carried in vehicles owned and operated by our local service partners and are governed by the laws of the country in which the tour takes place. Unavita Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, injuries or any other events occurred while being transported.
All itineraries are subject to change or termination without liability upon the occurrence of any circumstance beyond our control. Reasons for cancellation could be unforeseen circumstances related to natural disaster, pandemic, government regulations, riot, weather or safety and security considerations.prior to the first day of departure. Participants are also strongly urged to purchase trip cancellation insurance due to the uncertain nature of mountain trekking and safaris.
Fitnesss / Medical
There are NO reports of Ebola in Tanzania as of 1/1/2015. Traveling to Tanzania is not unlike traveling abroad anywhere. While Tanzania is one of the safest countries to travel to in Africa one still must use good judgement and follow the instructions and recommendations of guides and staff.
More information on Ebola and the countries involved can be found at www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org/?p=1097
Clients should seek advice from their medical practitioner, health care provider or travel clinic to ensure that they have up to date Vaccinations. In many African countries Yellow Fever and Cholera vaccinations are mandatory. You will be asked to produce your yellow fever vaccination record by immigration or upon returning home. Before visiting Tanzania and other parts of Africa, you may need to get vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination
It is best to consult your regular physician as well as the CDC for what vaccinations and medication you may need for travel to Tanzania. We do recommend that each trekker carry Diamox (Acetazolamide) for altitude. Ask your physician to discuss all alternatives like Malarone (Atovaquone/proguanil) vs. Doxycycline some pricing and side-effects can be different.
Medical Fitness Disclosure
It is a prerequisite for all trekkers to disclose any known medical conditions that may affect your ability to trek over extended distances at altitude under austere conditions. It is highly recommended that all trekkers undertake a general health medical consultation with their health care practitioner or travel clinic to ascertain your level of health and wellbeing.
Your health and safety on our expeditions is our number one priority.
Mountain climbing is an inherently hazardous undertaking.
We’ll trek around 4-5 hours per-day with the longest day being summit day. Guides and assistant guides are prepared to support a full range of climbers whether they are faster or slower. No one will be left behind. Often times after arriving in camp we may take a short walk to a viewpoint nearby to help us adjust further. We can help you with a fitness plan and give you some better ideas on what to expect.
During all of our climbs you will be accompanied by professional wilderness first responder trained guides and porters. We will travel with a Gamow Bag (portable hyperbaric chamber) emergency oxygen, expedition medical kit, pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff, a Medevac stretcher, Katadyn expedition water filtration system, 2 way radios, Flying doctors membership and access and a private tented flush toilet.
Deposit is made at the time of booking. Final balance due 60 days prior to the first land day of your trip. If your final payment is not received within 60 days of the program your reservation will be cancelled and deposit forfeited.
Applications within 60 days require full payment at time of sign-up.
Aditional Terms and Conditions may apply
Meet your guide
Hi! I'm Kyle Bingham, founder of Unavita Adventures. Having climbed and explored all over the world at a young age I fell in love with adventure early. Though my main passion is alpine mountaineering and plan to climb Mt. Everest in 2016 I love nearly every kind of adventure. After my first trip to Tanzania in 2013 I founded Unavita Adventures with simple idea of helping others experience life in an adventurous way. Working with friends and partners around the world, myself and Unavita Adventures offer unique global travel specializing in Mt. Kilimanjaro treks. I know that the adventure is in experience so we go the extra length to make sure our clients are taken care of from start to finish.