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- The Safari – Day by day in detail – for thumbnail see OVERVIEW
- The Climb – Day by day in detail – for thumbnail see OVERVIEW
The Safari – Day by day in detail: July 4 – 9, 2017
Please note – depending on many circumstances this itinerary might need to be modified at the sole discretion of Meet Me At The Top Inc, the Group Leader and/or the head guides.
Arrival: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania and be picked up and transported to the Springlands Hotel, Moshi. Welcoming dinner and accommodation from July 4 to breakfast July 10, all meals, accommodation, safari vehicles and guides are included.
Day 1: The Safari begins with an early breakfast followed by vehicular transfer to our first game drive in Manyara National Park. . . overnight in the beautiful Highview Hotel near Karatu.
Day 2 : Today takes us into the world renowned Serengetti National Park (3-4 hours). We will make a stopover at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains, in which early human fossils were first discovered. The amazing landscape is the result of tectonic forces that created the famous Rift Valley System of Eastern Africa, so many millions of years ago. After a brief rest and lunch we commence an evening game drive. Next is dinner and an overnight stay in Wild Camp (tall tents, beds, mattresses and showers – of course).
Day 3 : Breakfast and full day game viewing in the Serengeti. We will have a picnic lunch and continue to leisurely explore and experience the African veldt and this world heritage site. Here the earth’s largest concentration of wild life still roams free! We are likely to see migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, monkeys, hartebeest, eland, giraffes, buffalos, and hippos who crowd the shrinking lagoons.In the late evening, happy and tired and awed by the day’s experiences we will go back to the Wild Camp for rest, dinner and overnight.
Day 4 : Transfer to Ngorongoro Crater. On the way we will stop into a Masai village and learn how these nomads live in a symbiotic relationship with nature. In the crater we will stand on the collapsed remnants of a mountain much mightier and taller than Mt. Everest. . . just imagine it exploding and collapsing into the topographical feature we see today. Our game drive and exploration of the crater floor will be followed by our second overnight stay at Highview Hotel.
Day 5 : A breakfast precedes our transfer to Tarangire Game Reserves (4 hours). Our game drive in Tarangire includes seeing some of the 300 elephants who languish in this subtropical paradise – prior to their migration. Tarangiri offers, “… the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared Oryx and peculiar long-necked Gerenuk are regularly observed.” Drive back to Moshi and the Springlands Hotel. Safari ends with breakfast July 10, 2017.
July 10, 2017 – Leadership Development and Climb Prep Day: Moshi, Springlands Hotel – 1/2 Day Leadership Development and preparation for the climb. Optional: shopping, orphanage, sight seeing or rest!.
The Climb – Day by day in detail, July 11 to July 18, 2017.
Note: All meals, accommodation, transportation, guides, assistant guides and porters are included.
The Machame Route is probably one of the two easiest summit routes on the mountain. However, it can still not be underestimated. We are climbing to altitude and rarefied air with a low oxygen concentration (at the peak) of about 45% of that at sea level. With our good acclimatization techniques, and a reasonable degree of conditioning and fitness, virtually everyone can adjust and make it to the top. . . Werner’s group success rate exceeds most statistics by more than 50%.
The Machame Route is a beautiful trail up the southwest and south sides of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It leads through a majestic rainforest, across a moor-like plateau and high altitude desert, to the roof of Africa. The route is scenic and ideal for acclimatization; example – Day 3 leads high past the Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft), and then back down for an overnight at the Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft).
Our great Africa guides, porters and cooks carry virtually all of our equipment, pitch tens and cook meals. The majestic scenery makes this a climb to remember; maybe I should have said, “a trek to remember,” since our adventure IS non technical, and ready for anyone with an adventurous soul and a modicum of spunk.
Day 1: Moshi (915 m/3,000 ft) to Machame Gate (1,490 m/4,890 ft)
to Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) – 18 km/11.2 mi, 5-7 hours
This day starts with a 50-minute drive from Moshi to the Machame Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where we meet our guides and porters. After registering at the park office, our steps immediately take us into the rainforest. We enjoy a box lunch halfway up and reach our forest camp in the late afternoon. Our support staff will have already erected our tents and started cooking our evening meal.
Day 2: Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) to Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft) – 9 km/5.6 mi, 4-6 hours
After breakfast we climb for an hour, leave the rainforest behind and enter the gentle moorland. Two hours later the path takes us to our lunch spot and a rocky ridge that leads to the Shira Plateau. At 12,000’ we are now on one of the highest plateaus on earth with wonderful views of Mt. Meru and Mt. Longed. We also see Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. A few hours later we reach our Shira campsite.
Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) – 15 km/8.9 mi, 7 hours
From Shira Camp we hike east up a steepening path to a prominent landmark, the LavaTower. This remnant of Kilimanjaro’s violent, volcanic past is several hundred feet high, is scalable for the sure-footed and a great spot to have lunch. We always dilly-dally here to support our acclimatization. After lunch we flank the Western Breach and BreachWall as we make our way down through colossal boulders and stunning vegetation to our Barranco Camp. Add a hint of mist and you can’t help but think, “fairy land.” This day is riddled with photo opportunities followed by a slightly faster heart beat as we get up close and personal to the breath taking Great Barranco Wall.
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) to Karanga (4,026 m/13,277 ft) – 9.5 km/6 mi, 4-5 hours
After spending a night under the imposing Wall, we climb this awesome obstacle. It’s non technical and turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out we have beautiful views of Kilimanjaro, the Heim Glacier and Mt. Meru (cloud cover permitting). Two to three hours later, through mainly alpine desert, we arrive at the Karanga Valley. One more down-and-up and we are at our campsite for lunch.
Day 5: Karanga (4,026 m/13,277 ft) to Barafu (4600m /15,200 ft)- 3.9km/2.5 mi, 4-5 hours
From Karanga we climb gently higher, then cross some intervening ridges and valleys to a slope that leads to High Camp, called Barafu. It’s located on a beautiful, rocky ridge. We have lunch, rest a while and then go for our last acclimatization hike prior to our summit push. Before an early supper we will prepare our equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. Thereafter it’s bedtime.
Day 6: To the Summit!
Barafu Camp (4,600 m/15,200 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,341 ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft) – 7 km/4.4 mi up, 23 km/14.9 mi down, 8 hours up, 7-8 hours down
This is the day for which we have all been waiting. Our 6-hour summit climb starts sometime before mid-night. This is when the weather is most stable and, once high, we can see and enjoy the sunrise over the African veldt. We climb (actually trek) between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers over rocky ground, easily negotiated, followed by more challenging scree and finally arrive at the crater rim, Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft). Here we rest a bit and then take a gentle trail to Uhuru Peak. We celebrate our accomplishment and savor the knowledge that we have each created a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives. 3-hours later we will be back at Barafu where we will rest a bit, then commence our trek back into the moorland and eventually into the forests and our final night’s camp at Mweka (3,100 m/10,170 ft).
Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft0 to Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft) to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft) – 15 km/ 8.9 mi, 3-4 hours
Today we hike down to the Park Gate where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. We drive back to Moshi for a welcome shower (maybe a beer), a delicious celebration dinner and a longed for comfortable bed.
Day 8: Adventure ends after Breakfast (July 18, 2017)
Breakfast (included) is followed by your transportation to the airport for your flight home (or, if you wish, spend a day or two with the orphan community and Heshie).
If you wish to depart later we still transport you from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport. If you extend your stay, we will assist you in making accommodation arrangements at our group rate – Note: after breakfast all meals and accommodation will be at your discretion.