XKS KILIMANJARO TREK & WILDLIFE SAFARI TOURSEARCH TOUR
Arusha National Park-warm up hike Lesser travelled Machame Route: trek high, camp low Northern Tanzania, Mt Meru, Kibo volcano-amazing views] Rest day-greatly increases chance of success Standing atop the 'Roof of Africa' Ngorongoro Crater: natural wonder Endless Serengeti plain Great Rift Valley
- DATES & PRICES
- FULL ITINERARY
- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Wed 07 Sep 2016||Wed 21 Sep 2016||$5160 USD|
|Wed 25 Jan 2017||Wed 08 Feb 2017||$5160 USD|
|Wed 06 Sep 2017||Wed 20 Sep 2017||$5160 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $900 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $450, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.
The trails winding through the African terrain cannot be justified through frivolous or assuring words that make up the bulk of a detailed traveller's itinerary, but only through the words of our personal journals as we recount the days spent wandering a land whose imagery will forever be etched into our memory. Our hiking schedule will accommodate our gradual acclimatization to the high altitudes, but there is no becoming accustomed to the thrill that envelopes our senses as we look down from the mountain to the valley bellow. Descend 700 metres into the deep crater of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where we can catch a glimpse at the wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and hippopotamuses in their secluded environment.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Location: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, ... Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Lit by flaming wall-lanterns, clad in gigantic volcanic boulders and decorated by the iron spears, bright-beaded robes and intricately carved artifacts of the Maasai, the Lodge is a unique blend of world-class luxury, timeless volcanic splendour and ethnic style.
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Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Location: Serengeti National Park
Nestled in the acacia woodland on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti. 69 standard ... all with 2 queen size beds, carpeted, and tastefully furnished with local fabrics and pictures. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms and hairdryers.
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Most meals are included. All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for driver-guides, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us. We provide the tents, stoves, pots, mess kits, all trek and camping arrangements in the field.
Some lunches and drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, sleeping bag, mattress pad-can be rented in Moshi for 10 USD per item); international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, packing, weather, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
TREK: Daytime temperatures on the lower parts of the mountain are often pleasantly warm, although brief rain in the afternoon is always possible. As soon as the sun drops the air becomes very cold. At night, and on higher parts of the mountain, temperatures often drop well below freezing point. The best months for climbing are January, February, and September as they are the warmest months and almost clear of clouds. SAFARI: Feb / Mar post-short rains with many migratory birds from Europe though high grass can make game spotting a challenge. Sept / Oct is often hot and dusty though game viewing is excellent due to short grass and animals congregating around water sources.
Transport and Travel Conditions
We grade this trek STRENUOUS. For any trek at this level, fitness is most important and you may have to improve yours before departure. This trek is equivalent to extended walking in mountainous terrain at home, but usually at significantly higher altitudes; climate and remoteness can also play a part. Walking days are usually between 5 to 8 hours. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not essential if you are confident of your physical condition.
All group camp equipment, food, etc is carried and set up for; all you carry is you day pack-water, lunch, camera, personal items, and extra clothing for the day. Road transport provided by vans or mini-buses, depending on group size.
Some road journeys are very long and very rough, possibly dusty. We travel via well-maintained, rugged 4x4 Land Rover / Land Cruisers. The same vehicles, with roofs that pop up, will be used for our game drives in parks and reserves. Please note that air-conditioned safari vehicles are non-existent in East Africa.
Hotels and lodges used are 4-5 star properties with hot water, electricity, mosquito netting, dining areas, bar, swimming pools. Remote lodges are not air-conditioned though many are at higher elevations where heat is not a factor.
Hotel porter service is available throughout (see 'Inclusions'). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Head guide, assistant guide, 2 porters per person, camp cook, driver/guide.
Minimum 5 participants
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