Join us as we start our African adventure with and ascent of 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.
We celebrate our climb 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.
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 at Kilimanjaro International Airport, (JRO) , you transfer to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Arusha Serena Hotel. (D)
A day to recover from your long flight. You can enjoy the 40 acres of walking trails through the coffee plantations of the Arusha Serena Hotel or do some souvenir shopping in town. (B,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
Millennium 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 Moivaro Lodge. (B,L,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. We arrive in time for you to wash up before your flight back home or to Zanzibar. (B,L,D)