Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit includes some of the most famous and remarkable sights in the world, such as the annual Wildebeest Migration and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater.
Stefan went on safari with Wild Things and a Kilimanjaro Hike with Mountain Kingdom safaris our partner company that specialises in Kilimanjaro Climbs.
Day 1: On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 20:25hrs you will be met and transferred to Bristol Cottage. In the evening you will meet your guide and have a Mountain Briefing. to prepare you for the climb. You will also be able to hire equipment if required. Dinner at Bristol followed by an early night.
Day 2: Full day relaxing and explore the Moshi town. Dinner and overnight back at Bristol.
) Day 3: Londorossi Gate (2000 m) to Mti Mkubwa (2650 m)
A three hour drive from Moshi, around the mountain, brings you to the Londorosi Gate on the western side of Kilimanjaro. At the gate, you pick up a game ranger who will protect you from elephants and buffalo during the trek. After a short drive to the trail head at Lemosho Glades you will start your trek through the pristine rain forest. Today you will hike to Mti Mbubwa, which means 'Big Tree; in Kiswahili. Overnight camping.
Day 4: Mti Mkubwa (2650 m) to Shira One (3610 m)
After a good breakfast, you start the climb through the remaining rain forest toward the giant Erica moorland zone. You will enjoy a great lunch stop in a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater. Today you will get your first close views of the summit. Overnight at Shira one camp site.
Day 5: Shira One (3610 m) to Shira Two (3850 m)
After an early breakfast, you hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral toward Shira Two camp. We only gain 240m in elevation which allows you to acclimatize slowly to the altitude. The views of the plateau are spectacular. Overnight at Shira Two Camp.
Day 6: Shira Two (3610 m) to Lava Tower (4650 m)
You will head up to Lava Tower, traversing the southern flank of Kibo. This is one of the most valuable days for acclimatization. If you prefer we can substitute Lava Tower for Barranco Camp, but this makes the walk a few hours longer.
Day 7: Lava Tower (4650m) to Karanga Valley (4000m)
After leaving Lava Tower, you descend into the stunning Barranco Valley which is adorned with giant lobelia and senecia plants. There are good views of Kibo peak from here. After the Barannco Wall, we descend down into the Karanga Valley, where we rest for the night before the hard climb to Barafu Hut.
Day 8: Karanga Valley (4000m) to Barafu Camp (4600m)
This is a tough, steep, climb uphill to the rocky, craggy slopes at the camp. 'Barafu' means, 'Ice'in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. You will get a half day rest before you begin the final summit ascent at midnight.
Day 9: Barafu to Uhuru Peak (Summit) to Mweka Camp Barafu Camp (4,600m) to the Summit (5896 m) and then to Mweka Camp (3100m)
This is a 17 hour day, commencing at midnight and hiking until the next afternoon. You will begin your summit ascent around midnight, and will arrive at the Kilimanjaro summit before sunrise. After the sunrise, you will head back down the mountain, stopping at Barafu Camp to rest, and heading to Mweka Camp, just a few hours from the gate.
Day 10: Mweka Camp to Moshi
In the morning you will hike for about 3 hours through lush forest to the gate. After a welcome lunch, you will get your climb certificate and say goodbye to your crew and porters. We will then you back to your hotel in Moshi-Bristol cottage for Rest & Relax.
Day 11: Free day to rest, to start your safari on next day Dinner and overnight.( Kili Trek plus 4 nights at Bristol cottage, and transfers from airport $2050 pp)
Again; 5 days 4 nights safari
Day 12: Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park At 7.30am, pick up from Bristol Cottages and leave for Lake Manyara National Park via Arusha. Reach Lake Manyara at 10.30am and go on a game drive until 6pm. Lake Manyara, a Rift Valley chain lake, is nestled at the foot of a spectacular 2,000-foot escarpment and is surrounded by a lush tropical forest filled with towering mahogany and fig trees. During the game drive, you will see elephants, baboons and giraffes at close range. You will visit the park's five different vegetation zones and spend time at the lake shore viewing magnificent birds. If lucky, you may glimpse Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions. After the game drive, proceed to Twiga camp site for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park Leave your accommodation at around 8:30am for Serengeti National Park. To get to the Serengeti, you have to first pass through Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. You will arrive in Ngorongoro at approximately 11am. Stop at the view point to take photos of Ngorongoro Crater and eat a snack. Continue driving to the Serengeti, viewing animals along the way. Once you arrive in the Serengeti, you will drive across the Seronera Plain to the north west gate of the Serengeti. Serengeti National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is a vast and beautiful expanse of 15,000 square kilometres, which supports the largest concentration of plain game in the world. Famous for its gregarious procession of millions of wildebeest and zebra that takes place from December to August, the Serengeti attracts thousands of visitors each year. The migration offers excellent opportunities to view animal behaviour due to the abundance of both predators and prey. Common animals are wildebeest, cheetah, zebra, lion, giraffe, and many species of antelope. Arrive at Seronera camp-site at around 6pm where you will have dinner and overnight.
Day 14: Serengeti National Park Spend all of day three in Serengeti National Park following the migration. Watch thousands of wildebeest and zebra in their natural habitat. See male wildebeest battle for control of the uninterested females. Watch zebra feed on the fresh grasses of the Serengeti Plain. The Serengeti region encompasses Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The migration could be in one of several possible locations and we will alter the Serengeti schedule depending on where the migration is during your safari. Return to Seronera camp-site for dinner and overnight.
Day 15: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater After an early breakfast, leave with all of your belongings for a final game drive in the Serengeti. Drive to Grumet River to spend time watching bird and water life. We will have the opportunity to view crocodiles and may be lucky enough to see a crocodile hunt a wildebeest. Continue on a game drive watching lions and searching for cheetahs. After lunch, drive to Ngorongoro Crater. We will make sure to get you to Simba camp-site in time for the spectacular sunset.
Day 16: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Leave the camp-site at 7:30am to descend 2000 feet to the crater floor. The largest unbroken caldera in the world, Ngorongoro has an area of 260 kilometres and a depth of 610 meters. The crater provides a protected habitat for thousands of mammals and birds. The entire day is spent on the crater floor viewing lion, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, black rhinoceros, and many species of small antelopes. During some seasons, the soda lake on the crater floor is crowded with flamingo and other water birds. You may also see Maasai herdsmen grazing their cattle in the crater. Enjoy your picnic lunch on the crater floor where Black Kites feed on tourists' leftovers. Lunch offers an excellent opportunity to view the behaviour of birds and observe the forest elephants that usually feed in the marsh near the picnic area. After lunch, continue on a game drive to spot the most elusive of the Big Five, rhinoceros and leopard. Leave the crater at around 2pm to drive back to Kilimanjaro Airport where you will connect (KL 0569) flight back home. Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport around 1830hrs.
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