Highlights

Tanzania is part of East Africa, the largest of the three (3) countries. It’ s amazing scenery is most evident in its national parks and game reserves

The biggest annual event in Tanzania begins at the Serengeti National Park near the Kenyan border, when huge herds of wildebeests head for greener pastures in Kenya. Starting in April each year, more than 2 million of these animals migrate across the Serengeti’s southern plains accompanied by zebras, antelopes, gazelles, lions and tourists. Tanzanian Independence Day (December 9) somehow pales in significance.
Step out into the vast open plains that dominate much of Tanzania and you suddenly feel very, very small. And so you should. You’ve just joined one of the largest, wildest animal populations in the world. Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, crocodile, gazelle, flamingo – you name them, Tanzania’s had great White plunderers shoot them. But these days they use cameras rather than guns. An economically poor country troubled by rowdy neighbours and opportunistic colonial powers, Tanzania offers some of the best wildlife spotting opportunities on the continent. Famous parks such as the Serengeti and Mt Kilimanjaro, or the wonderful crater of Ngorongoro, make many drab towns here well worth the stopover. Then there’s the country’s very sexy appendage – Zanzibar. One of several islands off Tanzania’s coast, this former spice centre simply oozes exotica and scented Persian bath water.

Tour Name CCTT504 – MACHAME ROUTE
No of Days6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS
Prices From On request
CountryTanzania
Validity

Day 1- Pick up from Arusha town or Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Half Board accommodation at a Base Hotel in Moshi.

Day 2 – Transfer to Machame Gate and begin ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro via Machame Route. Today you will be transferred to the Machame Gate to begin your climb. Depending on the weather this can be a moderate to very demanding day as the trek winds through a beautifully lush rain forest. Overnight in mountain tents at Machame (3000m.)

Day 3 – A full day as you start early, leaving the forest behind and climb a steep ridge for 3-4 hours. The path then drops into a gorgeous river gorge before you climb more gently up onto the moorland of the Shira Plateau. The Shira Plateau is all that remains of an older volcano that was engulfed when the much larger Kili formed. On clear days the views are absolutely breath-taking: a seemingly endless expanse of multi-coloured heath to the gargantuan rim at the end of the plateau where billows of clouds melt down onto the plateau floor. Overnight camping in mountain tents at Shira(3840m).

Day 4 – Today’s 5-6 hours walk across the plateau makes little net elevation, although there are ups and downs throughout the day. We’ll enjoy sightings of the typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation and rewarding views of the spectacular Barranco Valley. Overnight camping in mountain tents at Barranco (3950m).

Day 5 – The standard day includes about 6-8 hours of trekking, up the Barranco Wall, then across scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4100m) for lunch, before continuing up to Barafu Camp at 4600m. Overnight camping in mountain tents at Barafu.

Day 6 – You will rise around 2330hrs and after some tea and biscuits you will shuffle off into the night. You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 8-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically, the most challenging on the route. At Stella point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hourascent to Uhuru Peak (5896m). Despite the actual distance of the trek not being too far the progress is slow – there is less than half the oxygen than at sea level! Uhuru Peak provides a unique reward and usually a plethora of emotions. If your progress has been good you can watch the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa! Most people then start returning quite soon after sunrise as the return journey today is quite long. Take a brief respite at Barafu Camp before descending all the way down to Mweka Camp at 3100m. Overnight at Mweka Camp

Day 7 – After breakfast descend through the lower heath section that quickly turns into rainforest. Your time on Kilimanjaro ends at Kibololoni Gate where you will be met and transferred back to a Base Hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight

Day 8 – After breakfast, transfer back to Arusha town.

Machame Route: The rates for Kilimanjaro climb include: Ground transfers with pick up and drop off at Arusha or JRO, park entrance fees, rescue fees, Mountain Guide, porters, accommodation and meals with 2 nights at the hotel as indicated on the above itinerary. They do not include: Lunch on the last day, climbing equipment, sleeping bags, drinks, tipping and all other expenses of personal nature.

Rates include:
• Transportation,
• Services of multi-lingual driver guide,
• Park entry fees
• Accommodation as mentioned on program
• Government taxes
• 1 litre mineral water per person per day.

Not included:
• Tips and gratuities
• Laundry,
• Drinks and beverages and any other item of a personal nature.
• All prices are subject to change without notice as a result of increased rates or fluctuation of foreign currency, oil prices and from any other unforeseen circumstances.

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