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Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Trek & Safari(16 Days)

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The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Sirikwa Travel specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

TOUR VIEW

This unforgettable African safari tour will take you to the Tarangire National Park, which features some of the greatest concentration of game in Tanzania – second only to the Ngorongoro Crater –but less crowded and unspoiled – possessing a wild beauty. Your tour will also take you to Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world teeming with animals. Your African safari tour will also take you to Serengeti National Park into the heart of wild Africa, a massive wilderness of 14500 square km, where every day brings a new landscape and a new adventure. Lastly, your African Safari will take you to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake, located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The size of the park makes it perfect for a one-day game drive and is notably famous for its tree-climbing lions.

Included/Exclude

  1. Group airport transfer
  2. 2 night hotel Accommodation (before and after trek) on Bed and Breakfast
  3. Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides.
  4. All Tanzanian National Park Fees and Government Climbing Taxes.
  5. All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain.
  6. Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries.
  7. Fair and ethical treatment of Porters.
  8. Private Portable Toilet
  9. Enough porters to carry your luggage:
  10. Safety Equipment
  11. Pulse Ox meter hot drinks at every meal.
  12. Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day.
  13. Emergency rescue fees.
Safari Price Inclusions
  • Professional English-speaking safari guide
  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari on breakfast, lunch, and dinner basis
  • 4*4 extended safari jeep with pop-up roof for a good game viewing experience
  • All Government Park Fee, Entrance fees, and crater fee
  • Mineral water throughout the safari
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Nonalcoholic drinks and Alcoholic drinks.
  • Laundry services International airfares and departure taxes.
  • All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc.
  • Balloon Safari (Price per person USD 570)
  • Visa and International flight tickets fees.

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed

Tour Plan

Representative of Africa Outdoors will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and escort you to tonight’s accommodations in Moshi. As local Tanzania’s our guides know the country with unrivaled familiarity, so you’ll be in good hands from the moment you land to the moment you leave. Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast Dinner & Overnight: https://chanyalodge.co.tz/ NOTE: Check-in Time start at 11:00 am
Early morning after having your breakfast, the crew will pick you up from the hotel and you will all departure from Moshi to Londorossi Gate, it will takes about 4 hours where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead, upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site at Mti Mkubwa and overnight there.
  • Elevation: 7,742 ft. to 9,498 ft.
  • Distance: 6 km/ 4 miles
  • Hiking Time; 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
In the morning after the breakfast, we will continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we will reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau. Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.
  • Elevation: 9498 ft. to 11,500ft.
  • Distance: 8 km/ 5 miles
  • HikingTime: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
After the breakfast, we explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadow towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
  • Elevation: 11500ft. to 13,800ft.
  • Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower –a 300 ft. tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization. Overnight at Barranco Camp.
  • Elevation: 13, 800 ft. to 15, 190 ft.
  • Distance: 7 km/4 miles
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava tower to Baranco
  • Elevation: 15,190 ft. to 13,044 ft.
  • Distance: 3 km/2 miles
  • Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.
  • Elevation: 13,044 ft. to 13,106 ft.
  • Distance; 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
We leave to Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.
  • Elevation: 13,106 ft. to 15,331 ft.
  • Distance: 4 km/2 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft.), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak-the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
  • Elevation: 15,331 ft. to 19,341 ft.
  • Distance: 5 km/ 3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru to mweka camp
  • Elevation: 19341 ft. to 10,065 ft.
  • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel Moshi.
  • Elevation: 10,065 ft. to 5,380 ft.
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast
  • Dinner & Overnight: https://chanyalodge.co.tz/
The Tarangire River runs through the park attracting a huge number of elephants, buffalo, giraffe and antelope, particularly in the dry season between June and October. It is not uncommon to see large herds of elephants roaming through Tarangire savannah grasses or taking shade under the odd looking "upside down trees" (baobab) that are dotted around the park. This park is also a "must see" for avid birdwatchers, boasting over 550 different bird species, the most diverse in Africa, including the Kori Bustard, the heaviest flying bird in the World! Following a morning game-drive you will start your journey to Karatu for Overnight. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: https://baghayogarden.com/landing/
After early breakfast we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s safari tour. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. In the afternoon after lunch you will proceed to Serengeti for dinner and overnight at the lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dinner & Overnight: https://intowildafrica.com/
After breakfast, you will take a picnic lunch with you as you go for a full day gamedrive in Central Serengeti. The central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti's species Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dinner & Overnight: https://intowildafrica.com/
You can either have a relaxed breakfast and depart for game drives around 9:00 AM with packed lunch or you can depart at 6:00 AM on an early morning game drive. Later return to accommodation for breakfast and depart to North Serengeti with packed lunch. You will explore the central portion of the Serengeti National Park today and move towards the northern part of the park. The en-route game drive towards the Kogatende region will offer mild action from resident games. As you approach the northern part of the Serengeti, you will notice the terrain change from the usual plain grassland to a more hilly and broken terrain. The northern region offers a variety of resident game such as zebras, topi, gazelle, buffaloes, leopards and lions. A picnic lunch will be done during the day long drive itself. Based on the time of your arrival you will be able to spend a few hours by the Mara River. The eventful day comes to an end with a heavy dinner and a good night's rest in your accommodation. Optional activity: Balloon Safari Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: https://heritagecampsandlodges.com/
You will leave the safari camp at your leisure for another full day game viewing in the Northern Serengeti. During June, the migrating herds will be collecting in the western corridor, preparing to cross the Grumeti River. In the months between mid-June to September the migration can be found in this region. From mid-June to September, the Mara River in this region offers the most dramatic river crossing of the great migration. Fierce, deep and heavily rain fed the river takes an enormous toll on the migrating wildebeest. Watching the wildebeest surging through the torrential flow, some drowning and a few falling prey to lurking crocodiles is an unforgettable sight. If it’s your lucky day you will be able to witness this natural wonder and watch nature take its course. Tracing the great migration you might even move towards the Lobo valley. The pristine lobo valley is scattered with woodlands, plains, hills and famous granite Kopjes. It offers an enormous amount of bigcat game with lions, leopards and cheetah in plenty. During the dry season the permanent water sources in the valley attract plenty of resident and migratory animals, resulting in excellent game viewing. During the full day game drive, you will have a stop where you can have your picnic lunch. The day comes to an end with a tasty dinner and a good rest at your accommodation. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: https://heritagecampsandlodges.com/
This day we will do game en-route as we drive out of Serengeti. As well as the vast migratory herds, the Serengeti has incredible concentrations of predators - huge lion prides, great leopard sightings and high numbers of cheetahs. Later in the afternoon you will be drop at your tonight’s accommodation in Karatu Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dinner & Overnight: https://baghayogarden.com/landing/
You will be picked up from the hotel and be transferred to the airport to catch up your flight back home or to Zanzibar. Please note: this itinerary is subject to change with or without prior notice according to local conditions / park rules. The order of places visited could also be changed according to the guide’s decision. NOTE: Check-out Time is 10:00 am, In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

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