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  “TOUR ADVENTURE SECRETS”

 

Safari Itinerary especially prepared for

 

Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing safari

 

Day 1: Nairobi / Arusha

 

Arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi where you will be met by All Seasons Safaris & Tours Representative and briefed concerning your safari as we assist with visa formalities, then escorted past the custom counter where you will be transferred to take your shuttle to Arusha. Overnight at the Arusha hotel.

 

You will be transferred to Moshi hotel which is the basement hotel for the Kilimanjaro climb to start the climb on the morning of the following day.

 

OPTION 1  

 

Day 2: Kilimanjaro 

                                                                                      

After a hefty breakfast at the Impala Moshi hotel, you will then exit the hotel headed for the Kilimanjaro climb.

Arrive at the Machame Park gate, then a gentle climb up through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique "busy lizzie" flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. Ascent of 1,200m and 5-6 hours walking.

 

 

 

Day 3 

 

Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. Herds of eland up here (& occasional lion!) and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half hour optional walk in the afternoon. Ascent 840m and 4-5 hours walking.

 

Day 4

From Shira, climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing Western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 5-7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent - but having climbed higher and dropping back down assists acclimatisation.

 

 

Day 5

 

Up the steep Barranco Wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley. This is a short walking day, around 3 hours, and again you climb about 300m but drop back down again to around 4,000m. There’s an optional further acclimatisation hike in afternoon up onto the scree below the glaciers.

 

 

Day 6

Up to a new camp about 100m above Barafu Hut perched high on a rocky bluff at 4,000m. Fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak, and a bit less to climb tomorrow morning! This is another short walking day, about 4 hours with a 700m height gain, and time for a good rest in the afternoon immediately before the hard summit day.

 

 

Day 7

 

A bracing 1am start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach Stella Point on the crater rim for sunrise - another 40 mins and you’re at the highest point on the continent, usually in warm sunshine. We return on the Mweka descent route. Walking time 7 hours and 1,300m ascent to the summit, 5-6 hours and 2,800m descent to our camp in a clearing amongst the giant heather at Mweka. This is a long and hard day - you’ll feel tired but absolutely ecstatic after you’ve done it.

 

Day 8 

 

A 4-5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka Gate to collect our certificates and meet our vehicle. Return to Arusha, arriving early to mid afternoon.

 

 

OPTION 2

 

Day 1: Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m) 


Hiking time: 5 hours

Distance: About 12 km's

Habitat: Montane forest

 

 

 The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest.  The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro's animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off the to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1,5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.)
Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets  behind the main hut..

   

Day 2: Mandara hut (2700m) - Horombo hut (3720m)

 

Hiking time: 6 hours

Distance: About 15 km's

 Habitat: Moorland

 From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro's most spectacular plants - the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel  (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight

   

Day 3: Horombo hut (3720m) - Acclimatisation day 

 

Horombo toilet.Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1,5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatisation. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night's rest.

 

Day 4: Hiking time: 6 hours 

 

Distance: About 15 km's

Habitat: Alpine desert

 

Sleeping hikers at Kibo hut.After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the "Saddle" (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour, and it also passes the last watering point at  4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night's time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.

 

Day 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT

 

Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)

 

Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru - 6 hours to descend to Horombo

 

Distance: 6 km's ascent - 21 km's descent

 

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

 

Day 6; Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 6 hours

Distance: About 27 km's

 

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Click here for more info on tips. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Moshi for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!

 

Day 8: Kilimanjaro / Nairobi

 

Breakfast then Drive to Nairobi,

 

Arrive and have the following excursions depending on the time.

 

Optional activities on this day

 

Visit to the David Sheldricks Elephant orphanage.

Adopt an elephant or rhino orphans.

 

For Usd 50 you can book an appointment with the elephants and get to see, feed and play football with them and finally put them to bed. This you will need to do it directly with the TRUST.

But just in case you do not adapt, we shall still take you there to see them been fed between 1100 hrs and midday

 

      

 

GIRAFFE CENTER is a wonderful and refreshing experience visit. The tour gives a completely up close and personal interaction where guests have the opportunity to view giraffes as well as feed them. This is the only place where you can go as near as feeding the Giraffe from your palm.

 

 

The Fun of feeding the giraffes from your palms right at your doorstep

 

 

   You can actually feed the Giraffes from your room and you can also Share lunch with them.

 

Mathare Slums

Mathare is a collection of slums in Nairobi Kenya with a population of approximately 500,000 people the population of Mathare Valley alone, the oldest of the slums that make up Mathare, is 180,000 people. Mathare is the home of football team Mathare United. It is believed to be the biggest slum in the world.

You will then have lunch then proceed to the animal orphanage at the Nairobi National Park.

 

The Nairobi Animal Orphanage

The animal orphanage is about 20 minutes drive from Nairobi’s city centre. The orphanage is a wider part of the Nairobi National Park – the first to be established in East Africa on the 16th of December 1946.The park makes Nairobi a special capital as it is the only city in world where wild animals live naturally in the wild transforming Nairobi into Africa’s prime safari capital.

 

 

The Orphanage is home to deeply traumatized, often injured, suffering from shock and grief having lost their mother and family- orphaned animals from all over Kenya. The orphanage is not big - in fact, it is rather small, but this helps make it very intimate and easy to wander around. What adds to its charm and sense of personalization is that every enclosure has a notice describing the animals which allows you to relate to the animal

 

 

 

Nairobi Safari Walk

This is a conservation based recreation facility. The combination of skilled and creative landscape design, unique wildlife species and detailed interpretation, renders the facility supremacy in tourism and conservation education. It is an eye opener to Kenya's Parks and Reserves. It offers you an opportunity to learn what you expect to see across the country. You will have a taste of Kenya's rich Animal collection including the rare bongo, white rhino, albino zebra, and a collection of cats, antelopes and primates. It is also home to a collection of about 150 species of local trees.

 

Bomas Of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya was started by the Government of Kenya in 1971 as wholly owned subsidiary of the Kenya Tourist Development Cooperation (KTDC) the Company was established to Preserve, Maintain and Promote the Rich Diverse cultural values of various ethnic groups of Kenya and to act as a tourist attraction centre thus Bomas of Kenya is expected to preserve the authenticity of the Kenya’s Cultural values and to portray them in the pure form. At the Bomas of Kenya currently we have fourty seven (47) different traditional dances collected from different tribes of Kenya.

  As it is our duty to create cultural awareness for current and future generation we have established special performance for school children from Nursery to High School level at a special rate. We also offer services and hire out our facilities that go a long way to help raise the much needed funds to run and

 Maintain our rich culture. We boast of two large separate hall accommodating up to 2,500 and 3,000 pax, mini hall for 300 pax.

 The final optional activity this day will be a farewell dinner at the carnivore at the cost of 35$ pp.

 The Carnivore is considered ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience’.

 Every type of meat imaginable including a selection of exotic meat is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding. – The waiters will serve until you surrender and put your flags down! Please we surrender – You will be served with fresh brewed Kenyan Tea and Coffee

 

 

You will then transferred to the Airport for your flight back home depending on timing

 

For cost of the safari Email us on info@allseasonssafaris.com 

Cost Inclusions:

  • Full board accommodation on safari
  • Transport and game drives in specially designed 4 x 4 Safari vehicles driven by professional English speaking safari guides
  • All the park entrance fees.
  • Government taxes where applicable.
  • Airport transfers.

Complimentary adds on courtesy of traveling with All Seasons Safaris & Tours.

  • Mineral water while on safari-1 bottle per person per day 500ml.
  • Safari hats while on safari.
  • Meet, smile and greet with visa assistance on arrival.

Cost Exclusions

  • Cost of obtaining visas.
  • Expenses like laundry, beverages, bar bill, telephone, mineral water, tips etc.
  • International departure taxes.
  • Travel & medical insurance.
  • Other expenses that are of purely personal nature

 

 

Cost of optional activities

Usd 35pp for the dinner at the Carnivore

Usd 35 pp for the Giraffe centre.

 

-KARIBU KENYA!! HAKUNA MATATA!!

 

 

 

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