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WHY TANZANIA?

Tanzania is a land of contrasts, from the snow-capped peak of Mt-Kilimanjaroto the endless plains of Serengeti, from the sun-kissed islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago to the gentle shores of Lake Victoria, the country contains immense cultural and natural wealth, It was here on the dusty floor of Olduvai Gorge, that early man left his first footprints. It was here on palm-fringed Zanzibar, that Swahili traders welcomed dhows and trading boats from across the Indian Ocean.

Karibu / Welcome!

On our company have detailed what we consider some of the best areas and National Parks within the listed countries to visit and as you look through we would like to invite you to contact us about what interests you most.
We don’t offer any ready-made itineraries here as we believe in talking to you and tailor making a safari to suit just you. Africa has a rhythm all of its own.
Many who come, come with the intention of inflicting western values and time scales, only to have left disheartened and broken, or they have succumbed to her tradition and rhythm.
Those that succumb find a certain peace within that only Africa can give. On Safari one will surely experience this, leaving the artificial world and all her worries far behind as one tunes into the smell, beat and life of the land. Come look through our website and let Safaris In Africa find out where you’d like to safari.

A stop over on the way to Europe or a full safari experience, or if you’re not sure let us suggest something that’ll free your soul, rekindle your spirit and enrich your life forever as only Africa can. We look forward to hearing from you and would love to talk to you about our beloved Africa.

FLORA AND FAUNA

The mountain is rich in flora and fauna. You get to see the various climatic conditions starting from the bushland on the bottom of the mountain to the arctic ice region on top of the mountain. You have the tropical rain forests, the evergreen forests, the moorlands and the alpine desert regions in between. It is something like walking from the equator to the arctic pole in a matter of days. You get to see some unique plants and flowers on the mountain which is specific to Mt Kilimanjaro. Though there is not much of wildlife on the mountain, you can see some wild buffaloes, elephants and leopards while traversing through the Lemosho Route. You are accompanied by armed rangers in the initial day of the trek while going via the Lemosho route.

CLIMATE

Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s proximity to the equator, this region does not experience the extremes of winter and summer weather, but rather dry and wet seasons. January and February are the warmest months, April and May are the wettest months, June and July are the coolest months, and August and September are the driest months. January, February, and September are considered to be the best months to climb Kilimanjaro in terms of weather. The journey from the gate to the peak is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days. This is because the routes to the Uruhu peak cross different ecological zones. Throughout the climb, temperatures vary considerably with the altitude and time of day. Mount Kilimanjaro has five major ecological zones, each approximately 3,280 feet (1,000 m) in altitude. Each zone is subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life as the altitude increases. At the beginning of the climb, at the base of the mountain, the average temperature is around 70°F to 80°F (27°C to 32°C). From there, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. At the summit, Uruhu Peak, the night time temperatures can range between 0°F to -15F (-18°C to -26°C). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. Therefore, regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.

GET IN

The closest International Airport is Kilimanjaro (IATA: JRO), and if coming from Europe, KLM (Delta Air Lines) has a daily non-stop flight from Amsterdam to JRO. Air Viva offers connections between Kilimanjaro and several domestic airports, such as Arusha,

Year 2012 several International Airlines launched direct flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, these are Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways. These are in addition to other International Airlines like Ethiopian Airways, Condor Air and Kenya Airways.

If you are coming from Nairobi, Kenya, you can fly with Kenya Airways which works with Precision Air, and that would cost you about $400/person for a round trip ticket. Alternatively, you can schedule shuttle buses, which are at 8am and 2 pm daily, for about $35/person, one way, and its a 5-6hrs bus ride. Shuttle buses can be booked in advance by visiting Bus Africa.net.

If coming from Dar es Salaam, you can fly into JRO for $320/person round trip; or take a 7-8hrs bus ride for $40/person one way to Arusha or Moshi.

There are six routes officially sanctioned for climbing Kilimanjaro and two routes used for descent. These are:

  • Machame
  • Marangu
  • Rongai
  • Lemosho
  • Umbwe
  • Shira
  • Mweka (descent only)

Marangu Route Commonly called the Coca-Cola Route, because it is considered the easiest route and vendors sell Coca-Cola at some of the huts. Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Typical duration is either 5 or 6 days depending upon whether you elect to spend an extra day for acclimatization to the altitude. This is the only route that offers huts versus tents. In spite of these, do be aware that 1) a faster ascent means less time for acclimatization and a lower chance of reaching the summit and 2) it is actually colder to stay in huts compared to staying in tents.

  • Day 1: Marangu Gate (1980 m) – Mandara hut (2700 m). Hiking time: 5 hours
  • Day 2: Mandara hut (2700) – Horombo hut (3720 m). Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Day 3: Horombo hut (3720 m) – Acclimatisation day (if necessary)
  • Day 4: Horombo hut (3720 m) – Kibo hut (4700 m). Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Day 5: Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Horombo hut (3720 m). Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo
  • Day 6: Horombo hut (3720 m) – Marangu Gate (1980 m). Hiking time: 6 hours

Machame Route Some call this the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame (also referred to as the “Whiskey route”) better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding him/her with a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu route.

  • Day 1: Machame Gate (1490 m) – Machame camp (2980 m). Hiking time: 4-6 hours
  • Day 2: Machame camp (2980 m) – Shira camp (3840 m). Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Day 3: Shira (3840 m) – Lava Tower (4630 m) – Barranco camp (3950 m). Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Day 4: Barranco camp (3950 m) – Barafu camp (4550 m). Hiking time: 7 hours (frequently broken into 2 days) to allow for acclimatization)
  • Day 5: Barafu camp (4550 m)- Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka (3100 m). Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak: 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka (frequently broken into 2 days with an overnight stay at Mweka camp)

Lemosho Route Little used and more remote than other routes. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game animals.

  • Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2100 m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750 m). Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Day 2: Mti Mkubwa camp (2750 m) – Shira 2 camp (3840 m). Hiking time: 6/7 hours
  • Day 3: Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco camp (3950m). Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Day 4: Barranco camp (3950 m) – Barafu camp (4550 m). Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Day 5: Barafu camp (4550 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka (3100 m). Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka
  • Day 6: Mweka camp (3100 m) – Mweka Gate (1980 m). Hiking time: 3 hours

‘ A variation on the Lemosho Route inserts two extra days in the itinerary for acclimatization and also to avoid having to climb up to the summit in the dark.

  • Day 4: Barranco (3950 m) to Karranga Valley (4000 m). Hiking Time 4 hours. This segment takes you up the infamous ‘Barranco Wall.’
  • Day 5: Karranga Valley (4000 m) to Barafu camp (4550 m). Hiking Time 3 hours
  • Day 6: Barafu camp (4550 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Crater Camp (5640m). Hiking Time about 8 hours
  • Day 7: Crater Camp (5640 m) – Mweka (3100 m). Hiking time: 7/8 hours to descend.

Rongai Route The Rongai route provides ascent up Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya.

  • Day 1: Rongai Gate (1950 m) – 1st Caves camp (2600 m). Hiking time: 5 hours
  • Day 2: 1st Cave (2600 m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600 m). Hiking time: 6/7 hours
  • Day 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330 m). Hiking time: 3/4 hours
  • Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4700 m). Hiking time: 4/5 hours
  • Day 5: Kibo hut (4700 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Horombo hut (3720 m). Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo
  • Day 6: Horombo hut (3720 m) – Marangu Gate (1980 m) . Hiking time: 6 hours

EAT

The various food requirements are met by the porters and cooks who come along with you on the mountain. However, the quality of the food depends on the reputation of the tour operator you are climbing with. The quality of the food tends to go down towards the end of the trek due to reduction in rations carried by the porters and also due to the food becoming stale by the end of the trek. It is recommended to carry along some high energy food like chocolates and nuts for surviving and successful completion of the trek. It would be worthwhile to carry along some ready made noodle packets and like items for cooking them at the end of the trek.

DRINK

Staying hydrated on the mountain is very important. A key reason why people suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness is because they become dehydrated. You should aim to drink at least 3L of water a day. Your guides will provide you with water on Day 1 of the hike and from then on porters collect water from streams on the mountain. It is important that you purify this water using water purification tablets. Also recommended is adding high energy powders to improve the taste and give you an added boost. Also, a lot of oral rehydration salts (ORS) are recommended for preventing dehydration while trekking on the mountain.

SLEEP

LODGING

Lodging on the mountain is limited to designated campsites. Cave sleeping is now prohibited. A number of huts are available, but generally not advisable. Pre-climb lodging is generally found in Moshi or Arusha.

CAMPING

  • It is permitted to camp on Mt Kilimanjaro for as many days as you want by paying the designated fees to the Kilimanjaro national Park authorities and camp in any of the nearest camps like the Machame Hut or the Mweka Hut.

BACKCOUNTRY

CONTACT

GSM mobile phone coverage is available on the summit of the mountain. Various networks like Vodacom, Airtel,Zaintel and Tigo operate in the region and can be accessed from various high points on the mountain. However, with no electric supply on the mountain, it is advised to carry portable mobile travel chargers along for accessing the mobile services atop the mountain.

STAY SAFE

Several immunizations are recommended for yellow fever, tetanus, typhoid, polio, Havrix (Hepatitis A Vaccine), and an anti-malaria prophylactic.

Air at the summit of Kilimanjaro contains only about half the amount of oxygen that it does at sea level. Altitude sickness is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to this reduced level of oxygen as one gains altitude. It is likely that you will experience some form of altitude sickness at some point while climbing Kilimanjaro.

During a trek on Kilimanjaro it is likely that more than 75% of trekkers will experience at least some form of mild altitude sickness caused by a failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air at an increased altitude.

This type of altitude sickness is known as altoxia, a term which is used almost exclusively on Kilimanjaro, since this is the only commonly trekked mountain where these extreme altitudes are encountered so quickly.

LIFESAVING TIPS: This can be a life or health saving resource site: http://www.africaserengetisafaris.com. This organization provides essential free tips and referrals re: high altitude hiking, as well as some tours that are often funded mostly by lodges.

Most high altitude medical experts recommend against using the ALTOX Personal Oxygen System. Please consult your physician prior to considering this product that is sold at an additional expense by some agents.

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There are seven main factors that affect the incidence and severity of Kilimanjaro altitude sickness:

  1. Rate of ascent
  2. Altitude attained
  3. Length of exposure
  4. Level of exertion
  5. Hydration and diet
  6. Inherent physiological susceptibility
  7. Use of oxygen systems or drugs

Always be prepared and use a tried and tested kit list. Make sure that you do your homework and that you have all the essentials. Keep up to date on the weather on Kilimanjaro. Conditions can be unfavorable and dangerous to favorable and pleasant, and a well planned trip has to take the weather patterns into consideration

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The Itinerary

1 -8 days

Adventure in Savannah

Day 01: Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport/Arusha (55km –47 mins)

Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Move to Arusha Crown hotel where you booked for the night bed and breakfast basis. Meals Plan: {B,B}

Day 02: Arusha/Arusha National Park (48km – 1 hour)
Pick up from your hotel in Arusha town at 0800am and drive 30km with packed lunch to Arusha National park for game drives. This park is a home to Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Black and white Colobus Monkey, Baboon and many birds include Turraco and flamingos. Lunch picnic then proceed with afternoon game drives before you drive to your Colobus campsite for Dinner and Overnight. Meals Plan: {L,D}

Day 03: Arusha/Tarangire National Park (120km – 1½hours)
Breakfast at 0700am. Pick up from you’re the Lodge/Camp at 0800am and drive on tarmac road 120km to Tarangire National Park (2,850 sq km or 1,005 sq miles) for game drives. Lunch picnic there after lunch continue with afternoon game viewing in the park, a home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, buffalo, Python, Zebra, Oryx, Impala and more… Over 450 species of birds have been observed. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge/Roika Tented Lodge/Kikoti Tented camp/Maramboi Tented Camp. Meals Plan: {B,L,D}

Day 04: Tarangire National Park/Lake Manyara National Park (70km – 1 hours)

Breakfast at 0700am. Pick up from the Lodge/Camp at 0800am and drive on tarmac road 60km with lunch box to Lake Manyara National Park (330 sq km or 127 sq miles) on the base of the Great Rift Valley, for the Afternoon game drives. The park is home to Lion, Hippo, Elephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Giraffe, Baboon, Blue and Vervet monkey, Warthog and more…About 350 species of birds have been recorded. This small park contains also five distinct vegetation zones. Thus supporting a large variety of birds and animals. The Manyara National park is also famous for its large flocks of flamingos. In this park canoeing has recently been added to the tourist activities in this park at extra cost. This is a great way to see the park from a new perspective. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge/Wildlife Lodge/Eunoto Lodge/Kirurumo Tented Lodge/Migunga Forest Tented camp. Meals Plan: {B,L,D}

Day 05: Lake Manyara National Park /Serengeti National Park (205km – 5 hours)
Breakfast at around 0700am. Pick up from the Lodge/Camp at 0800am and drive to the Great Serengeti National Park (14,763 sq km or 5,700 sq miles) with your Picnic Lunch Packed and game drives en route via Ngorongoro Crater rim. Serengeti National Park is a home to lion, leopard, Elephant, Cheetah, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Eland, Wild dog, Gazelles, Crocs and more. Lot of birds includes the Eurasia migrants. Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge/Sopa Lodge/Wildlife Lodge/Fort Ikoma Tented Camp/Kirawira Tented Camp/Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp/Gurumeti Tented Camp/Serengeti Savannah Camp. Meals Plan: {B,L,D}

Day 06: Full Day Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, continues with both morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti national Park. Remember this is the migration safari, so as Serengeti is very large as your game drives will depend on the move of the migrants, your guide knows very well how to locate the herds. Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge/Sopa Lodge/Wildlife Lodge/Fort Ikoma Tented Camp/Kirawira Tented Camp/Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp/Gurumeti Tented Camp/Serengeti Savannah Camp. Meals Plan: {B,L,D}

Day 07: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater Rim (145km – 3 hours)
Wake up at 0600hours for early morning game drives in Serengeti at 0900 hours back to the Lodge/Camp for breakfast. Then check out and drive with lunch and game viewing en route to Ngorongoro Crater Rim. OPTION: Visit the Olduvai Gorge at extra fee for the museum. Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge/Serena Lodge/Sopa Lodge/Wildlife Lodge/Kuhama Tented Camp. Meals Plan: {B,L,D}

Day 08: Ngorongoro Crater Floor/Arusha (190km – 3 hours)

Wake up early morning for breakfast then at 0730hours descend into the Crater floor (19.2 km of diameter, 610m deep, 304 sq km) for game drives. All the Big five Rhino Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant live in this wonderful caldera, others are Zebra, Hippo, Wildebeest, Hyena and more…Birds includes flamingos on the Soda lake, Geese, Storks, Vultures and more…Your lunch will be served in the picnic site in the Crater at Ngoitoktok swamp a Hippo pool. After lunch proceed with fame viewing while ascending the Crater and drive to Arusha Crown Hotel where you booked for the night bed and breakfast basis/or Drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home. Meals Plan: {B,L}

End ofadventure we hope you will enjoy your safaris with africa serengeti safaris

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • There is no EBOLA in Tanzania?

    There is no EBOLA Tanzania is located in East Africa and the EBOLA is in West Africa miles to Tanzania,

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  • Our guides & team members - Africa Serengeti Safaris Local experts To see wildlife at its best it is essential to have a good guide. We choose our safari guides very carefully. They must be familiar with the surroundings and also be experienced in how to approach animals as close as possible without taking a risk or causing them to flee. They all have a profound knowledge of flora and fauna, providing you with as much background information as you wish. You will also be advised about how to behave in national parks in order to maximize viewing opportunities and at the same time ensuring that nature remains untouched and animals are respected. They are thoroughly trained in visitors' safety and first aid. Their ability to drive and maintain a 4WD vehicle is excellent. On walking safaris, you will always be accompanied by specialist local experts that know each place like the back of their hand. Your guide will ensure you have an interesting and pleasant visit, always respecting the privacy and autonomy you may wish to have. Safari guide Raymond Thomas 15 years' experience guiding in National parks and game reserves in North and South of Tanzania. As a fully qualified tour leader – operator in holds the required government certifications of professional guide/ranger level , walking safaris guide level one and two, bird watching level one, first aid level one. It is these qualifications that allow Raymond to identify a minimum of 700 species of animals, birds and insects as he leads his clients on safari sharing his passion for his native home - Tanzania. Mountain guide Hilary Mlay Is a mountain guides that will accompany you are all very well trained and experienced, over the years Hilary gained experience and became assistant guides, then obtained is profession as mountain guides. Most important to him is personal experience on all mountain routes along with is knowledge about good acclimatization. For technical climbing, we use special guides and rained to deal with any kind of mishap that can possibly happen. If you suffer from blisters, mountain sickness or are just too exhausted to keep going, they will be there to assist you and make you feel comfortable. Placing responsibility first, To be close to you to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your expedition. Together you will reach the summit. Lawrence Thomas All the guides that work with us are local experts with an intimate knowledge of their homeland. They have valuable experience of traveling, are sensitive to cultural diversity and understand nature and its laws. All of them speak English, and we also have French, speakers - there is hardly a question they can't answer! A back-up crew accompanies all our camping trips and will set up/break camp, prepare meals and generally look after your well-being. Karibu sana, Co-Founder Africa Serengeti Safaris.

Included In The Price

Price includes:

  • Arrival and departure Kilimanjaro airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Activities as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • Services of Professional English-speaking driver-guide
  • Game drives in Land Rover or Land Cruiser with pop-up or flip-flop roof tops and guarantee of a window seat
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Unlimited mileage on the safari

Not Included

Price excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa and traveler’s insurance

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