Few tours will better expose you to the wonder and variation of the African continent. Beginning with a trek to the ‘roof of Africa’, watch the continent’s best sunrise from the glacial peak of Kilimanjaro. Descend to the savanna of the Serengeti embarking on the ultimate safari in Tanzania, across the golden plains stippled with migrating wildebeest and ominous predators. Descend further to the floor of the world’s largest...
Moshi – Final Preparations for Kilimanjaro Hike
Karibu! Welcome to Tanzania! Today you will fly into the city of Moshi in central Tanzania, which thrives in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. After a long international flight, today will be spent relaxing and adjusting to the time difference. A portion of the afternoon will be spent reviewing final preparations in anticipation of the hike tomorrow. Spend time around the lodge in Moshi, enjoying a final restaurant-style meal and a glass of wine in the evening, before retiring early to bed. Tomorrow will be the first of a series of physically challenging and stimulating days!
Mandara Camp – Begin to Ascend the Rainforested Slopes of Kilimanjaro
Horombo Huts – Hike Through Heather and Moorland
Kibo Huts – Hike Into the Alpine Desert as you Near the Peak
Horombo Huts – Summit Uhuru Peak, Soaking in the Best Sunrise on the Continent
Moshi – Descend to the Base for Rest and Relaxation
Arusha – Drive from Moshi to Arusha
Lake Manyara – Search for Tree-Climbing Lions
Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge the ‘Cradle of Mankind’
Serengeti – In Search of Intimate Wildlife Encounters
Ngorongoro Crater – Explore the Plateaus of the Collapsed Volcano
Arusha – Explore the Floor of the Ngorongoro Crater
Stone Town – Fly to the Island of Zanzibar
Stone Town – Exploring Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Kendwa – From Spice Plantation to Northern Beach
Kendwa – Relaxing on the Aquamarine Shores
Stone Town – Depart to Home
- Watch the sunrise from the roof of Africa as you summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest walkable mountain in the world
- Explore the varied and unique climactic zones of Kilimanjaro, as you climb the mountain on a five-day journey
- Descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, a lush natural enclosure for Africa’s ‘Big Five’
- Drive across the Serengeti in search of close encounters with the continent’s most famous wildlife including giraffe, lion, leopard and elephant
- Visit an active Masai village, learning about the customs, beliefs and traditions of this famous and decorated African tribe
- Wander throughout the cobbled streets seeped in Swahili culture in the historic city of Stone Town
- Unwind on the pristine white shores of Zanzibar, slipping occasionally into the calm aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean
This tour begins with adrenaline and adventure as you embark on a five-day journey up the slopes of Africa’s tallest mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro. Spend days hiking through the varied climactic zones of this global landmark, pausing to admire rainforest waterfalls, giant lobelias and the alpine desert. Climb to the glacial peak at midnight, arriving on the roof of Africa just in time for one of the planet’s most dramatic sunrises. Descend quickly, claiming a certificate before venturing onwards to the other corners of the country.
From Kilimanjaro, move towards the quintessential African landscape as you enter into the Serengeti National Reserve. Drive across endless savanna as you seek out intimate encounters with elephant, lion, cheetah and giraffe. As an expert safari guide leads you around, stop to learn about the smaller insects, amphibians, birds and plants, which are fundamental to this phenomenal landscape. Indulge in a classic cocktail in a secluded corner of the bush as the sun descends around you, prompting a dramatic transformation of the sky at sunset.
Fly out of the bush, landing on the idyllic tropical shores of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Spend a day exploring the Swahili-steeped city of Stone Town, visiting monuments, palaces and delightful restaurants as you wander through a labyrinth of cobbled streets. Detour via a spice farm before concluding this unbelievable adventure on the soft white sand beaches of northern Zanzibar. Slip into the aquamarine water to explore the marine life below, or simply drift away in a daydream as you reflect upon the magic of it all.
Ideal Travel Months
Given the variation in destinations and activities on this tour, the ideal time for visiting will depend largely on which sections of this trip are most important to you. Nevertheless, each area will still deliver an unforgettable experience. What follows are a few parameters that outline the best times to visit the varied region:Kilimanjaro: January, February and September are the warmest and driest months on the mountain, albeit they are also the busiest.Serengeti/Ngorongoro: June to October, and January to February are the driest months in the bush, which make ideal game viewing conditions. October to April is the best for The Great Wildebeest Migration. Calving occurs in February in the Serengeti.Zanzibar: June to October, and December to mid March are the driest months on the island. The hottest and most popular months to visit occur between December and February.
$7,645 per person (excluding international flights)
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