13 days hiking and wildlife safari
13 days hiking and wildlife safari gives you a mixed experience of Hiking the highest mountain of Africa together with visiting the most wonders of Africa in Serengeti. Book this 13 days hiking and wildlife safari and feel the wildebeest experience and hiking.
Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to hotel
Pick up from the airport and be transferred to your hotel in Arusha, warm welcome to Africa by our guide who will brief you on 13 days hiking and wildlife safari itinerary before transferring to your hotel in Arusha
Day 2: Arusha/Moshi (hotel stay for acclimatization)
After breakfast we have relaxing drive to Moshi for acclimatization Hotel around Marangu route.
Day 3. Moshi to Kilimanjaro (MARANGU)
You will be picked up from Moshi in the morning after your breakfast, the driver guide will meet you and transfer you to the gate as we start our 13 days hiking and wildlife safari hiking part. he helps you park all your trekking gears to the car and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980m). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the lookout for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! After 3-4 hours of ascending, you will reach the Mandara Hut (2700m). The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients.
Day 4: Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Following breakfast, hikers will begin their ascent out of the rainforest and into the heathen moorland. Hikers will pass the Maundi Crater and are able to climb up to its rim for a spectacular view of the Kibo Crater. In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. After 6 hours of hiking, you will reach Horombo Hut (3720m).Horombo Hut sleeps 120 hikers and is located on a small plateau. Similar to the first night, the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this site.
Day 5: Horombo hut (3720m) – acclimatization day
Day 5 of 13 days hiking and wildlife safari at Horombo Hut, you will spend the day allowing your body to acclimate to high altitude. You will have the option of doing a day hike to Mawenzi Hut (4600m) for further acclimatization with your guide. Breakfast and dinner will be at the hut and lunch will either be packed or at the hut depending on your preference for the day.
Day 6. horombo hut (3720m) – kibo hut (4700m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
After early morning breakfast, you will continue your ascent into the alpine desert habitat. Hikers have the option of 2 trails that lead to Kibo Hut (4700m). The upper route (located to the right of the fork) is the same trail used the previous day for the day hike to Mawenzi Hut. The lower route (located to the left of the fork) is the more popular route because it is a shorter hiking distance (1 hour shorter).
Kibo Hut is located in the “Saddle,” which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo in an alpine desert. There is no water at this camp, but hikers can buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!
Day 7. Summit Attempt
kibo hut (4700m) – uhuru peak (5895m) – horombo hut (3720m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru and 6 hours to Horombo
Day 7 of 13 days hiking and wildlife safari, your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The trail is rocky up to Hans Meyer Cave (5150m). You continue your ascent to Gillman’s point (5681m). Reaching this section is an impressive achievement as the trail is steep, rocky, and at high altitude. Gillman’s is located on the crater rim. From this point, you will usually experience a snow covered trail until you reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Kibo Hut takes about 3 hours.
At Kibo Hut, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Horombo Hut (3720m). You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at the hut after a strenuous day.
Day 8. horombo hut (3720m) – marangu gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for 6 hours back to Marangu Gate (1980m). The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Gillman’s Point (5681m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, you will drive back to Arusha as we come to the final day of our hiking part of 13 days hiking and wildlife safari
Day 9. Arusha to Lake Manyara
Start our safari part of 13 days hiking and wildlife safari, have breakfast before transferring to Lake Manyara National Park. Arrival and you will proceed to check-in at your lodge where you will have lunch, relax for a few minutes and embark on your tour into the wild for an afternoon game drive. Lake Manyara National park is located along the foot of the great east African rift valley’s western escarpment and has a massive but shallow soda lake which covers two-thirds of the park. The park attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, the unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos which are attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight stay at
Day 10 Lake Manyara – Serengeti Plains
After morning cup of tea we transfer to another park of our 13 days hiking and wildlife safari head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to 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. Dinner and overnight at
Day 11. Serengeti Plains
Optional Balloon safari.
We do an after breakfast game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible Lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings. The Visitor Centre close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites, is well worth a visit after the morning’s game drive. This nicely designed centre offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The centre also has a shop where cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, as well as a picnic area and information trail up and around a nearby kopje. We will enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the centre in the shade of the giant acacia trees. The best experience of our 13 days hiking and wildlife safari in Africa.
Dinner and overnight at
Day 12. Serengeti Plains – Ngorongoro crater
After breakfast at the lodge do we depart to Ngorongoro Conservation area. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois
and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of ‘Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution.
We arrive in time for lunch at the crater and after lunch 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 National Park 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 it’s 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. Dinner and overnight at
Day 13. Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
We enjoy an early morning breakfast as we come to an end of our 13 days hiking and wildlife safari. We will then transfer back to Arusha for lunch and head to Kilimanjaro Airport in time for your International Flight
- All nights’ accommodation in Huts.
- Purified water
- Two nights’ accommodations in Peace hotel Arusha.
- Professional, experienced, mountain.
- All Park fees and Rescue fees.
- All meals while on the Mountain and on Safari.
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees.
- Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food.
- all accommodation as per itinerary
- 4X4 safari vehicle & Fuel
- Full time English speaking driver/ guide
- All meals as indicated
- Park entrance fees
- Boat cruises
- Vehicle entrance fees
- Bottled mineral water while on safari
- All activities as indicated
- Balloon safaris
- Visa fees
- Air tickets
- All items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, beer, e.t.c