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Tanzania and Kenya (13 Days)


Overview


Program

Day 1

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport - Pick up and transfer to your hotel at Bristol Cottage Moshi, for dinner and overnight, short brief from your guide and check up of your mountain gears.

Day 2 Rongai Gate (1800m) to First Cave Camp (2560m)

Distance 7 kilometers

After an early breakfast in Moshi, you will drive to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. This journey takes around 5 hours. Once the guide and his team have made their final preparations you will begin your climb to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa.
The first day is a gentle hike across maize fields and through pine forests where you may see and hear wildlife. Keep looking up in the trees for the Colobus monkeys. Eat lunch on the trail before continuing to the first campsite.
Overnight: Camping

Day 3 First Cave Camp (2600m) to Kikelewa Camp (3600m)

Distance 12 kilometers

After a hearty breakfast hike through Kilimanjaro's  moorland. The Rongai route is relatively short and steep, making for shorter hiking times. The views really start to open up and you begin to feel that you are on a really big mountain! You will see the stunning Mawenzi Peak ahead.
Overnight: Camping

Day 4 Kikelewa Camp (3600m) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)

Distance 3.75 kilometers

On this day you will hike in the morning and rest in the afternoon. This aids acclimatization thus increasing your chances of successfully reaching the summit and conquering Kilimanjaro. The hike is relatively short but steep. The Mawenzi Tarn campsite is spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi and also offers stunning views of Kibo.
Overnight: Camping

Day 5 Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m)

Acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. This is a stunning area, we advise hiking a bit higher this day before returning to Mawenzi Tarn in the afternoon for hot lunch and dinner.
Overnight: Camping

Day 6 Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) to Kibo Camp (4750m)

Distance 8.9 kilometers

Cross the stark lunar landscape of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. This is many peoples favorite part of the mountain. Kibo Camp is situated directly below the Kibo cone, giving you views of your final destination. Try to sleep as soon as you finish your dinner as you will be awake before midnight to commence your summit ascent.
Overnight: Camping

Day 7 SUMMIT DAY - Kibo Camp (4750m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m)  to Horombo Hut (3720m)

Distance: 22km

Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours hike slowly by the light of your head torch. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep with switchbacks over loose rock and scree until you reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point.
The hike from Gilman's to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. You should reach the crater rim within around two hours when the sun will be rising. A scene you will never forget. After celebrating reaching Uhuru Peak we descend toHorombo Hut. On the descent you can enjoy the breath-taking views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.
Overnight: Camping

Day 8 Horombo Hut (3720m) to Marangu Gate (1800m)

Distance 20.8 km

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Marangu Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through the cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to transfer you back to Moshi at Bristol Cottage, hot shower ,cold beer or soft drinks will awaiting you at your hotel.

Day 9 KENYA-MASAI MARA

Transfer by shuttle or take a flight to Nairobi, dinner and overnight at Park side hotel.

Day 10 Maasai Mara

A fantastic 3 - day Tented Safari to Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve, one of Africa’s best game viewing destinations!

This Safari will start off with a journey to the beautiful Maasai Mara via the Great Rift Valley which offers spectacular views.

On arrival at the Maasai Mara Park we will spend our time in search of the wildlife that makes this one of Africa’ s premier safari destinations . The Maasai Mara is especially famous for its

Large cat population and also the fact that it plays an integral role in the Wildebeest Migration, wildlife spectacular like none other on earth.

The scenic and wildlife adventure of this short Maasai Mara Camping Safari ends back in Nairobi on the last day.

Day 11 Nairobi to Maasai Mara – Kenya

Departing from the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, we drive down the escarpment via the floor of the scenic Great Rift Valley. We arrive at our luxury tented camp near Maasai Mara in time for lunch.

Then we take our first thrilling game drive in the Maasai Mara game reserve , one of East Africa ' s top safari destinations . The Mara reserve incorporates 1510 km ² of incredible, wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodland following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers in Kenya. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is typical open Savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife.

Returning from our first foray into Maasai Mara we have dinner relax under the stars, falling asleep to the sounds of the bush. Dinner and overnight at Rhino tented campsite.

Day 12 Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Kenya

The next day is spent game viewing in Kenya’s finest wildlife park, the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Our morning and afternoon game drives take us in search of Africa ' s Big Five and the plethora of other wildlife inhabiting this vast Kenyan game reserve . On clear days, the Mara offers fantastic orange tinged sunsets well - worth capturing on camera.

Wherever you go in the vast Maasai Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Maasai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topes, impala, Harte-beets, wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos are also found in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot, but reasonably common.

The ultimate action here is without doubt the annual wildebeest exodus , the Great Migration , in July and August when millions of these grass eaters move north from the Serengeti in search of greener grass before turning south again in October.

Hot- air balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the Savannah plains teeming with wildlife. These Maasai Mara balloon trips can be arranged at extra cost. Dinner and overnight at Rhino tented campsite.

Day 13 Maasai Mara to Nairobi – Kenya

Overnight at Park Side Hotel

We depart from our safari camp and take a morning game drive through the Maasai Mara Reserve on day three.

Then we return to bustling Nairobi, arriving at about 15: 00 in the afternoon. This unforgettable

3 -Day Budget Maasai Mara Camping Safari ends upon arrival back in Nairobi.

Maasai Mara Tour Accommodation

Accommodation is at a luxury tented camp located in a natural setting near the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We stay in permanent tents with double beds and en -suite bathrooms with flush toilets, washbasins and hot showers. These spacious tents are fitted with mosquito nets and have private verandas for relaxing in the bush.

Day 14

Flight back home

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