18 Days Rwanda Tanzania Safari plus Mt.Kilimanjaro climbing

18 DAYS
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Our adventures will take you from rolling savannah to red dusty semi – arid desert, from lush oases to cool mountain forests. And along the way, you’ll be treated to a wonderland of wildlife – lion, leopard, the uncountable wildebeests of the Great Migration, spectacular birdlife and magnificent herds of imposing elephants. And so much more… we can’t wait to show you!

DURATION:  18 Days
COUNTRY: Rwanda, Tanzania, Mt.Kilimanjaro climbing
DEPARTURES: Kigali – Any day
DESTINATION:  Kigali /Kiliamnajro/ Ngorongoro / Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara

 

18 Days Rwanda and Tanzania tour Itinerary.

Day 1 : Kigali

Arrive in Kigali where you are met and transferred to –Lemigo Hotel–where you are booked –on B & B

Day 2 : Kigali -Volcanoes National Park

Arrive in Kigali Airport -where you are met and after a short brief -enjoy  breakfast, enjoy a morning sight-seeing/orientation tour of Kigali City. After an early lunch at a Kigali restaurant. (City tour and lunch included in main quote)
Afternoon, drive to the Volcanoes National Park -arriving in the late afternoon – for check-in
at -Gorilla Mountain View Lodge.
Overnight on Full-Board basis:
Meal Plan: B, L & D
Approximate Transit Time: 4 Hour drive

Day 3 : Volcanoes -Gorilla Trek-Kigali


After breakfast, enjoy Gorilla Trek -after which drive to the Lodge for lunch-after proceed to -Kigali -arrive for dinner and overnight at –
Lemigo Hotel-
Gorilla Mountain View Lodge.
Meal Plan: B, L & D

Day 4 : Kigali -Kilimanjaro -Arusha

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kigali Airport and fly to Kilimanjaro -flight departs –Kigali at 9:00AM and arrives Kilimanjaro international airport at -12:10PM -you will be met at the airport and drive to Moshi Town for lunch -after lunch -drive  near Marangu Gate -to view Mt-Kilimanjaro – and also Visit -waterfalls -and ancient Chagga tribe caves. Evening -drive to Arusha and arrive for dinner and overnight at –Salinero Hotel
Meal Plan: B, L & D

 

 

Day 5 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp

Drive from Moshi to Machame Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
  • Distance: 11km/7mi
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: LD

Day 6 : Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

  • Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Meals: BLD

Day 7 : Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: BLD

Day 8 : Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elev 4250m/13,900ft), through the Karanga Valley (elev 4050m/13,250ft) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance.

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 9km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD

Day  9 : Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals: BLD

Day 10 : Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive to Moshi –then proceed –arrive for dinner and overnight at –Arusha Kibo Palace.

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: BD

 Day 11 :  Arusha- Lake Manyara

After breakfast,  drive to Lake Manyara. Arrive for lunch at –Manyara Wildlife Camp. After lunch game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at Manyara Wildlife Camp.
Approximated Transit Distance: 2 Hour Drive
Meal Plan: B, L & D
Game drive: from 11:00AM to 1:00PM and from 3:00PM to 5:30PM

Day 12 : Lake Manyara-Serengeti

After breakfast, drive  to Serengeti with packed lunches -with a visit to Olduvai Gorge -arrive and start game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at –Mbalageti Lodge.
Approximated Transit Distance: 4 Hour Drive
Meal Plan: B, L & D
Game drive in Serengeti -from 2:00PM to 5:30PM

Day 13 : Serengeti National Park

Full day is game drives in Serengeti. All meals and overnight at –Tortilis Tented Camp.
Meal Plan: B, L & D
Game drive: from 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Day 14 : Serengeti-Ngorongoro

Another game drive in Serengeti, then depart with packed  lunches and transfer to Ngorongoro conservation via Olduvai Gorge for a short visit of the museum. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge.
Approximated Transit Distance: 3 Hour Drive
Meal Plan: B, L & D
Game drive in Serengeti -from 8:00AM to 12:30PM

Day 15 : Ngorongoro Crater Tour

After breakfast descend down to the crater floor for ½ day crater tour, with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight at the lodge –
Bougainvillea Lodge.
Meal Plan: B, L & D
Game drive from 7:00AM to 2:00PM

Day 16 : Tarangire National Park

Depart Ngorongoro after breakfast and drive to Tarangire Nat. Park arriving Roika Tarangire Lodge. in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Roika Tarangire Lodge.
Approximated Transit Distance: 2 Hour Drive
Meal Plan: B, L & D
Game drive  2:00PM to 5:30PM

Day 17 : Tarangire -Arusha

After breakfast – drive to Arusha –arrive for lunch. After lunch time spend at leisure. Dinner and overnight at –Arusha Kibo Palace Hotel.
Approximated Transit Distance: 2 Hour Drive
Meal Plan: B & L& D

Day 18 :  Arusha –Kigali –Depart

After breakfast –you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro Airport and fly to Kigali  -you will arrive and connect to your international
flight.

Hiking gear:

  1. Sleeping bags
  2. Hiking boots
  3. Water proof jackets and pants(trousers)
  4. Hand gloves
  5. Warm clothing
  6. At least 5 t-shirts
  7. Extra sport shoes or sandals
  8. Warm fleece
  9. Thermal suit
  10. Hiking stick
  11. Hat
  12. Getter

Inclusions:

  • Transport based on customized -4×4 -Land cruiser (JEEP) -with pop roof and UHF Radio
  • Transport in a 4×4 Land cruiser (JEEP) in Tanzania
  • All applicable game Park Entrance fees.
  • Finest accommodation as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Three meals a day while on Safari.
  • Airport picks up in Kigali and Tanzania
  • 1 Gorilla permit
  • Professional Safari Guide/Driver.
  • Guaranteed departures for two or more passengers booking this safari.
  • Round trip transport from Nairobi to the designated National Park.
  • Pre–tour itinerary document.
  • Extensive and unlimited Game drives.

Exclusions:

  • Personal expense such as communication charges like emails, faxes, and phone calls
  • Golden Monkey Trek
  • Masai Village visit
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Drinks like sodas, water, beer and wines
  • Gratuity for the driver guide, waiter
  • Laundry
  • The cost of obtaining visa
  • Pre- tour accommodation which can be arranged on request.

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