Safari & Kilimanjaro Wildlife Adventure
Join us as we visit some of the most famous parks in Eastern Africa and enjoy the comforts of very tasteful, authentic, high-end safari lodges. We begin our African safari at Tarangire National Park, a wildlife retreat during dry season, graced by the unique beauty of its baobab woodlands and the fantastic concentrations of game. Then we drive to Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations.
We then ascend Mount Kilimanjaro via the Modified Shira Route, a route specially chosen by Bio Bio Expeditions that combines the best of the Shira Route with the most scenic section of the Machame route. We consider this the best route up the mountain!
We allow seven days for our climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro to ensure everyone can acclimatize to the altitude. Our approach to the Kilimanjaro trek is just as much about getting to know the mountain’s many sides and moods as getting to the top. Everyone will reach a summit – whether it be the Uhuru Peak, one’s own personal highest point, or just the satisfaction of spending seven days on one of the most spectacular mountains of the world.
Experience the rush of standing on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, towering 19,324 feet above the African plains. Explore the wildlife, sounds and special magic that defines Africa is an unforgettable lifetime adventure.
Upon your arrival, you transfer to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Arumeru River Lodge. (D)
After breakfast, we leave for Tarangire National Park – a famous park for its high concentration of elephant herds and tree climbing pythons. Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. (B,L,D)
A day to explore Tarangire National Park. Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. (B,L,D).
After breakfast, we leave for Ngorongoro Crater passing Lake Manyara on the way. Have your camera ready for fantastic panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley. Overnight at Serena Ngorongoro Lodge. (B,L,D)
Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a full day game drive. Overnight Serena Ngorongoro Lodge. (B,L,D)
After breakfast we start our drive back to Arusha, stopping to take photos of Massai villages and a visit to the Reptile Farm. Overnight at Arumeru River Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 1 of trekking – the gate to Shire 1 Camp: We drive to the town of Londorossi where the porters are waiting. We then enter the gates of Kilimanjaro National Park and begin hiking through the lush rainforest. 4-5 hours hiking. (B,L,D)
Day 2 of trekking – Shira 1 Camp to Shira Camp: The day’s trek begins with a steep hike out of camp through a new type of vegetation and volcanic rock. 5-6 hours hiking. (B,L,D)
Day 3 of trekking – Shira Camp to Barranco Camp: We ascend out of Shira Camp and Kili will be right in front of us throughout the hike. 6-7 hours hiking. (B,L,D)
Day 4 of trekking – Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp: Wake up to hot tea and breakfast and immediately make our assault on the steep Barranco Wall, fondly called “The Breakfast Climb”. 4-6 hours hiking. (B,L,D)
Day 5 of trekking: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp: After climbing out of the Karanga Valley, the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Camp, our highest camp yet, at 15500 feet. 3-4 hours hiking. (B,L,D)
Day 6 of trekking: Barafu Camp to summit and back down to Mweka Camp: Rise and shine at 11:30 pm! We begin climbing by starlight, the porters always reminding us to go “polee-polee” (slowly, slowly!), until we reach Uhuru Peak, (Freedom Peak) at 5895 meters / 19,340 feet, the highest point on the continent of Africa. 11-15 hours hiking. (B,L,D)
Day 7 of trekking: Mweka Camp to Mweka Village: Now we hike down the Mweka Trail through the rainforest and arrive in the village of Mweka where there are plenty of wood curios, batiks, T-shirts, and souvenirs for sale. 4-5 hours hiking. Overnight at Arumeru River Lodge. (B,L,D)
A day to recover from your trek. You can enjoy the 40 acres of walking trails through the coffee plantations of the Arumeru River lodge or do some souvenir shopping in town. We can also arrange a tour of Arusha National Park at an additional fee upon request. Travel home or continue your African Adventure to Zanzibar or celebrate your climb up Kilimanjaro with another Safari! (B)