This 12-day 11 nights Safari will let you climb the second highest mountain in Tanzania Mount Meru which is 4566m above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is 5895m, the climb will take you 4 days 3 nights. After the climb, you will attend a 5 Days Tanzania Safari which you will visit Tarangire, Serengeti National Park for 2 nights, and Ngorongoro Crater.
DAY 01: ARRIVE AT KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
We will meet you on your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer you to your overnight accommodation.
Dinner & Overnight at The New Arusha Safari Hotel
DAY 02: MIRIAKAMBA HUT (8,250') (DAY 1 ON THE MOUNTAIN)
We will leave early in the morning and drive to Arusha National Park entrance gate where we will meet the rest of the crew, guides, and porters. We will pick an armed park ranger who will climb with us because the presence of wild animals such as buffalo and elephant pose a potential danger to climbers. There will be two routes to our overnight camp; we will take a slightly longer and more scenic Fig Tree Route for about 4-6 hours hike to Miriakamba Hut.
The hike will start out in the grasslands of the lower slopes where we will encounter animals like Giraffes, Cape Buffaloes, and Warthogs etc. and continue through a lush forest inhabited by bushbucks, red duiker, Sykes monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys etc. We will stop for lunch and after lunch, we will continue through less dense forest with an abundance of birds until we reach our camp for the night at Miriakamba Hut. Late afternoon, there will be an optional excursion to the scenic Njeku viewpoint which overlooks a waterfall, the Ash Cone and the entire crater itself.
DAY 03: SADDLE HUT (11,700') (DAY 2 ON THE MOUNTAIN)
Today we will leave after leisurely breakfast and hike through giant heather and other fascinating moorland vegetation. We will stop at Tope la Mbogo (Buffalo Swamp) and Mgongo wa Tembo (Elephant Ridge) viewpoint which is a half way marker. Our hike today from Miriakamba hut to the saddle below little Meru is short but steep and will take us about 3-5 hours.
We will arrive at camp for lunch where we will have lunch and a short break. We will have an optional hike early evening to the summit of the little Meru at 12,400' which has spectacular views of Mt. Meru's summit and the sheer cliffs of the crater's inner wall. It will take us about an hour up and about 45 minutes down. At sunset, we will have a very beautiful view of the glaciers on Kilimanjaro turning different hues of orange and red from the sunset.
DAY 04: SUMMIT (UJAMAA PEAK) (14,980') (DAY 3 ON THE MOUNTAIN)
Today we will leave very early in the morning at 5 am in time to watch the sunrise from Rhino Point at 12700 feet. It will be a steep hour-long hike to Rhino Point, as the sun rises behind Kilimanjaro; we will depart Rhino Point on a slightly downhill path before reaching a narrow ridge of the crater to the summit itself at (Ujamaa Peak) Socialist Peak (14,980') which we will reach by 10 am.
With clear weather, we can see Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain to the west and below us, the town of Arusha and the Masai Steppe plains. We will hike down to Saddle Hut for lunch and after lunch, we will proceed with our hike down for about 2 hours to Miriakamba Hut for dinner and overnight.
DAY 05: HIKE OUT & DRIVE BACK TO ARUSHA (DAY 4 ON THE MOUNTAIN)
We will leave after leisurely breakfast and hike down to the park gate through open grassland and mixed forest with good chances to see wildlife. The trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the park. We will get to the park gate by late morning, where will receive our certificate and drive back to Arusha or Moshi for a nice hot shower at the lodge and relax, looking forward to going on safari next day.
DAY 06: ARUSHA- TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Today is a beautiful day, starts with an early morning pick-up from your hotel and is followed by a 3-4 hour drive to Tarangire National Park for a full day of the game drive. Enjoy picnic lunch with landscape and wildlife scenes. After a game drive in Tarangire, we will drive towards Lake Manyara and Overnight at Twiga Campsite and lodge outside the park where you will enjoy dinner and watch shooting stars before retreating to your room for sleep.
Dinner and Overnight: Twiga Lodge
DAY 07: MANYARA SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Start a new journey towards Serengeti National Park leaving Ngorongoro Conservation Area behind. Enjoy lunch on the way and game drive en-route to your Serengeti tented camp and settle into the wild. Watch the African sunset until dinner and listen to the sounds of nature until you fall asleep.
Dinner and overnight at Kati Kati tented camp:
DAY 08: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
The adventure continues with a full day game drive in order to discover more wonders of Serengeti. The presence of spectacular nature and wildlife is manifested at each glance. If a tear wets your eye, you were probably awed and realized the urgency of protecting this precious eco-system. Return dusty to your camp for dinner under the stars and rest under canvas.
Dinner and overnight at Kati Kati tented camp:
DAY 09: SERENGETI-NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Show your final respects to the Serengeti (for this time) with another game drive while heading back to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of 'Nutcracker Man' and 'Handy Man', both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. You will overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge where you enjoy the views and share stories over dinner. Don't be surprised if wild animals are visiting the lodge, as you are closer to their home
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
DAY 10: NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, it is time for the World Heritage Site- Ngorongoro Crater. You will descend into the caldera floor that represents 260 km2 of paradise on earth. The game drive aims to satisfy your senses and complete your wildlife safaris for this time. Reminisce of wilderness adventures, new insights on your way back to Arusha. With luggage filled with unforgettable memories of nature and adventures you will end your safari -feel more connected to nature and yourself.
Dinner and Overnight at Kili Wonders Hotel
DAY 11: DEPARTURE DAY
According to your flight time, you will be taken to the airport to catch up with your flight back home
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