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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route & Serengeti Adventure
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

For many travellers, Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If youre only going to go once, take this incredible 12-day adventure that wraps mighty Kilimanjaro, the sweeping Serengeti, and the stupendous Ngorongoro Crater together in one unbeatable package. Kick things off with a four-day ascent to the very roof of Africa, the return to Moshi to meet with residents of an isolated Maasai village and members of a local G Adventures for Good project before heading out into the wild lands in search of the Big Five and camping under the stars. This is quintessential Africa.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Safari, Sightseeing, Trekking, Walking Tour, Wildlife
  • Physical rating: Challenging
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DTMS.B/201568
  • Starts: Moshi, Tanzania
  • Finishes: Ngorongoro, Tanzania
You will Visit
  • Moshi
  • Mandara Huts
  • Horombo Huts
  • Kibo Huts
  • Arusha
  • Mto wa Mbu
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro

Itinerary

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Day 1: Moshi

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Moshi and head to the hotel. Attend a pre-departure meeting with the local guide to go over last minute details of the trip.

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Day 2: Moshi/Mandara Huts

Hike through the forested, lower slopes to Mandara escarpment.
Most days the hiking will begin early in the morning, with hikes of around 5 to 6 hours. The guides will set a moderate pace, so as to allow for time to acclimatize to the altitude changes. Guides will continually repeat the words, “pole pole” (po-ly, po-ly), which means “go slowly” in Swahili.

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Day 3: Mandara Huts/Horombo Huts

Hike through the heather and moorland zone to Horombo Hut.

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Day 4: Horombo Huts/Kibo Huts

Proceed onto the Kilimanjaro Saddle, through a desertlike alpine zone, to Kibo Hut.

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Day 5: Kibo Huts/Horombo Huts

Night hike to the summit via Stella Point. Appreciate the beautiful sunrise from the roof of Africa, then descend back to Horombo Hut.

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Day 6: Horombo Huts/Moshi

Descend the mountain, passing through villages and plantations on the slopes en route to Moshi. Meet the mamas of the Moshi Women's Cooperative, a G supported project, for a climbing ceremony.
Transfer by shuttle bus to Moshi. Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! Before dinner, you will be welcomed and congratulated on your climb by the mamas of the Moshi Women's Cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures. They will present you with a gift and a certificate to remember all your efforts on the mountain.


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Day 7: Moshi/Arusha

En route to Arusha, enjoy an included stop at the G Adventures-supported Moshi Women's Cooperative. Pick up any last-minute supplies in Arusha.
Travel to the picturesque town of Arusha. En route, stop at the Moshi Women's Cooperative to learn about what this project offers. Meet the women, learn more about their lives, and opt to purchase some souvenirs.

In the evening, you may be joined by other G Adventures travellers arriving from Kenya or starting the safari portion of their Tanzania trip. Check for details of the time and location of a welcome meeting, typically around 18:00.

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Day 8: Arusha/Mto wa Mbu

Experience the Mto wa Mbu village with a guided cultural walk and traditional lunch with a local family. Take a wildlife safari drive in Lake Manyara NP.
Travel to Mto wa Mbu village and take part in a cultural walk to learn about village life in the area. Meet the women who run the village tours and enjoy a delicious home made traditional lunch.

Spend the afternoon viewing wildlife along the main road that winds through a lush cool forests of Lake Manyara National Park, overgrown with ficus trees and covered with bromeliads.

This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a gorgeous backdrop. Search for the phenomenal birdlife, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, and hippos.

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Day 9: Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park

Visit an authentic Maasai village and the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove Project en route to the Serengeti.
Drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to Serengeti National Park. En route marvel at the sheer vastness of this territory, and spot the multitude of animal and birdlife while cruising through this acacia-accented savanna.

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Day 10: Serengeti National Park

Rise early for a morning wildlife safari drive, returning in time for lunch. Continue the search for the Big Five in the afternoon while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains.

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Day 11: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro

Take a morning wildlife safari drive in the Serengeti before getting a spectacular view of the Ngorongoro Crater from its rim.
Enjoy one last morning wildlife safari drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savanna.

After, journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best wildlife viewing. The vistas from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of animals, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor.

Arrive at the campsite on the crater rim in the evening.

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Day 12: Ngorongoro/Arusha

Head out early for a wildlife safari drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, then return to Arusha where the tour ends on arrival.
Embark on a early morning crater drive. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of more than 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit, Moshi G Adventures for Good: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch, Mto wa Mbu G Adventures for Good: Clean Cookstove Project Visit, Mto wa Mbu
    • Mt Kilimanjaro's Marangu Route trekking permits and guides, cooks, and porters
    • Lake Manyara wildlife safari drive
    • Serengeti wildlife safari drives
    • Ngorongoro Crater wildlife safari drive
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (3 nts), full-service camping (4 nts), alpine huts (4 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle, private minibus, trekking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified mountain guide, certified safari guide/driver, local representative, cook, porters, camp crew
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Tour Highlights:
  • Conquer Africa's highest peak
  • Savour local specialities with traditional meals
  • Watch the sun rise from the roof of Africa
  • Enjoy a local lunch with a family in the Mto wa Mbu village