16-Day Climb Mt Kilimanjaro Summit Combined with Wildlife

16 Days

Trip Info

  • 5 Star Hotels, Lodges and Tented Camps.
  • Nairobi
  • All Year Round
  • Zanzibar
  • Guided
  • Available
  • All Meals
  • 4X4 Tour Van / Land Cruiser

Tour Overview

This safari is for you who want to explore East Africa’s finest Safari destination which is Masai Mara in Kenya in search of the big five, The Endless plains of Serengeti, and the beautifully untouched and well-preserved natural phenomenon that has become a sanctuary for all kinds of wildlife. Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and finally challenging your endurance by climbing the largest free-standing mountain rise in the world(Mt Kilimanjaro) Then to Zanzibar island Africa’s tropical Paradise.

Trip Attractions

  • Nairobi
  • Lake Nakuru NP
  • Masai Mara NR
  • Serengeti NP
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire NP
  • Arusha
  • Machame Gate (Mt Kilimanjaro)
  • Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Zanzibar

Your Route

Your Itinerary

You will be picked by our company representative from the airport or your accommodation facility in Nairobi for a scenic drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. You will have a stopover at the spectacular Great Rift Valley viewpoint to stretch your legs and photograph the contrasting landscapes including Mt. Longonot arriving at the park in time for lunch, check in to your lodge and later depart for an afternoon game drive in the park returning back to the lodge at sunset.

Lake Nakuru is among Kenya's finest national parks. The park is gorgeous all year-round and boasts of rocky escarpments, patches of yellow-barked acacia forest and a waterfall. It is home to flamingos, both black and white rhinos; lions, leopards, buffaloes, hippos and the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. The forested area below the cliff is a favorite lion-spotting point where lionesses love to sleep in the trees; and leopards frequent the same area. Afterward, return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

After breakfast, You will drive through the Rift Valley floor to Masai Mara National Reserve arriving at the camp in good time for lunch. After lunch, Embark on your first game drive in this rich wildlife sanctuary also known as the 'eighth wonder of the animal world' in search of the big five namely the Lions, Leopards, Elephants, & Rhinos. return to the camp at sunset for dinner and overnight

One of our favorite places to look for wildlife in Kenya is the Masai Mara National Reserve. That's because the wildlife here is incredible, with big cats (lions, leopards and cheetahs) and elephants among the highlights. There's a very good chance you'll also see giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras, hippos, hyenas, and, of course, impalas. And bring your binoculars, because more than 500 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve. It's a place of beautiful savannah landscapes as well, with lots of acacia trees.

This is a full day spent game viewing across the rich tree studded grassland and rolling hills of the famous "Eighth Wonder of the animal World". The Mara is renowned for its great herds of plains game animals like leopards, Cheetahs & Lions. It also has numerous Elephants and virtually every other type of wildlife to be found in Kenya. You will have a full-day game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve.

Your lunch today is picnic lunch boxes in the savannah under a flat-top acacia tree while watching the animals grazing. Continue with the game viewing on-route to your camp, arriving at your late in the afternoon after thoroughly exploring this massive grassland savannah measuring 1,500sq km.

You have an option of booking a balloon ride today which takes off early in the morning. After landing, the crew helps you out of the basket and escorts you to a lovely setting for a bush breakfast. It is a lifetime experience and worth the price.

Today after breakfast, carrying picnic lunch boxes, You will head towards the border separating Kenya and Tanzania, Prepare to pay for your visa which cost $50 (Visa cards NOT accepted) then after clearing the border, You will be transferred to our Tanzanian driver guide then proceed to this expanse Serengeti National park in Tanzania which means (endless plains) you will have your first Serengeti game drive en-route to your camp keeping an eye out for millions of animals that call this place home. Tonight you'll have a true African safari experience, the lodge is unfenced site within the national park, Right in the heart of the animal action. Your driver guide and the camp manager will give you a full safety briefing once you arrive.

Wake to another glorious day in the Serengeti. Start the day with an early morning game drive to search for animals when they're at their most active, Then return to the Lodge for a relaxed breakfast and lunch. Spend the hottest part of the day relaxing in camp reading your favorite book or writing your journal about the safari or just listening to your favorite music while observing the birds – don't stress, The animals will be doing the same – then head off again in the afternoon for another drive through the park. Return to the lodge for dinner and another night under the Serengeti's stars.

Note: there's also an option of an early hot air balloon ride here. Please ask the tour manager before booking this trip if you're interested.

Enjoy a final game drive through the Serengeti as you exit the park this morning. Drive through the Ngorongoro crater Conservation area en route to Karatu, This afternoon you'll descend to the Ngorongoro's crater floor for a game drive.

If all goes to plan, you'll see some or maybe even all of the Big Five animals that reside here. The animals here are less wary of humans and vehicles and as a result it's easier to watch them from up close.

Take in the spectacular views from the rim of the crater as you make your way to the bottom, where animals roam the lakes, rivers, woodlands and hills. Keep an eye out for wildebeest, lion, zebra, cheetah, buffalo, gazelle and the endangered black rhino. Later you will drive out of the crater to your lodge located in a small town of Karatu on the outskirts of Ngorongoro crater your base for the next 1 night.

After breakfast this morning, You’ll make your way to Lake Eyasi, A huge seasonal soda lake. Lake Eyasi has been home to the Hadzabe people for more than 10,000 years and is one of the few places in Africa where traditional tribal life continues without modern influence. Today’s visit to the Hadzabe lands which offers incredible insight into this ancient culture and a chance to learn about their way of life. You’ll have the opportunity to meet members of the community and join in on daily activities like hunting, Gathering and traditional dances. You’ll also learn about their unique ‘click’ language, which is thought to be one of the oldest languages still in use today. Proceed to your lodge in Tarangire for your dinner and overnight.

Today Embark on your last safari early morning then return to the camp for your leisurly breakfask and then thereafter, drive to Arusha town which is approximately 2hrs. On arrival after check in and have lunch, you will have an optional city tour, Arusha museum visit or just relaxing in your hotel while listening to your favorite music while preparing for your Mt kilimanjaro Climbing experience.

Departing from Arusha 45-minute drive will take you through the Village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddyand quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast we emerge from 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. Temperatures begin to drop.

Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft Altitude gained: 147m
Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue, South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft Altitude gained: 48m
After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft Altitude gained: 628m
We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking viewsof the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft Altitude gained: 1233m Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers
trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa! After.
Overnight Mweka Camp.

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft Altitude lost: 1473m
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.

From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel Arusha (about 58 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, You will be transferred from your hotel in Arusha to Arusha airport for your scheduled flight to Zanzibar Stone town where you will be met by our company representative and a driver to transfer you at your hotel in stone town Zanzibar.

Your trip finishes in Stone Town on arrival, usually around 1p but That doesn’t mean your adventure has to come to an end! If you would like to spend more time here, we’ll be happy to organize additional accommodation and Stay in the northern beaches (subject to availability). (Nungwi or kendwa beaches).

It's a pity that it has to end, but this is where your safari will draw to a close. We're sure that you will return home with so many exciting and happy memories, and we hope that you will join us again on safari sometime in the future.

Day by Day Accommodation

Day 1

Lake Nakuru National Park

Spend the night at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, a Mid-range lodge inside Lake Nakuru NP.

Lunch and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 2 & Day 3

Masai Mara National Park

Spend 2 nights at Zebra Plains Mara Camp, a Mid-range tented camp bordering Masai Mara NR.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 4 & Day 5

Serengeti National park

Spend 2 nights at Kenzan Tented Camp a Mid-range Tented camp Inside Serengeti National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 6

Ngorongoro Conservancy

Spend the night at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, a Mid-range lodge located beside Ngorongoro Crater.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 7

Tarangire National Park

Spend the night at Acacia Tarangire Luxury Camp a Luxury Tented camp Inside Tarangire National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 8

Arusha Town

Spend the night at Arusha Planet Lodge a Mid-range Lodge In Arusha Town.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 9

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb

Spend the first night of your hike at Machame Camp Budget Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

Day 10

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb

Spend the first night of your hike at Shira Camp Budget Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

Day 11

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb

Spend the first night of your hike at Baranco Camp Budget Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

Day 12

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb

Spend the first night of your hike at Karanga Camp Budget Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

Day 13

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb

Spend the first night of your hike at Barafu Camp Budget Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

Day 14

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb

Spend the first night of your hike at Mweka Camp Budget Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

Day 15

Arusha Town

Spend the night at Arusha Planet Lodge a Mid-range Lodge In Arusha Town.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Will be Provided

 

Day 16

Zanzibar Islands

Last day with us.

(End of Tour) No accommodations

Breakfast Will be Provided

NOTE: Additional Accommodation can be arranged at the end of your tour for an added fee.

Vehicle Options

Customized 4X4 Safari Tour Vans fitted with:

  1. Pop up roof
  2. 8 reclining seats & a baby seat
  3. Power charging points
  4. Cooler Box/fridge
  5. Binoculars
  6. First Aid Kit
  7. High-frequency radio
  8. Sandbags (for photography)

Customized 4X4 Safari Land Cruisers fitted with:

  1. Pop up roof
  2. 8 reclining seats & a baby seat
  3. Power charging points
  4. Cooler Box/fridge
  5. Binoculars
  6. First Aid Kit
  7. High-frequency radio
  8. Sandbags (for photography)

4X4 Toyota Prados

  1. Binoculars
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. Cooler Box/fridge
  4. High-frequency radio
  5. Power charging points
  6. Sandbags (for photography)
  7. 8 reclining seats & a baby seat

Toyota Noahs

  1. Spacious for luggage
  2. Comfortable seats
  3. Suitable for airport transfers to and from your hotel.
  4.  Bottle Holders
  5. Fridge Bracket
  6. Sliding Window Glass.

Trip Cost

Important to Know

  • Rates are per person, excluding international flights from/to your home country.
  • Note; We provide tickets for international flights to and from Your Home for our clients and thus arrange the full trip from home and back.
  • This tour accepts children who are 3 years and older. Children under 13 receive a discount and children under 4 are free.

Rates Per Person Starting From:-


Start Dates                                                                                                               Rate


Jan 3-Jun 30                                                                                                              $5344


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Cost Includes & Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Porterage
  • Rescue fee
  • Climbing gear
  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Cost Excludes

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

FAQs

What is the best time to climb Mt Kilimanjaro?

The best times are during the dry seasons—January to March and June to October. These months offer clearer skies and more stable trekking conditions.

Are game drives included in the itinerary?

Yes, daily game drives are integral to the safari experience. Professional guides lead you through vast landscapes, unique terrains, and the renowned Parks and Reserves, maximizing wildlife encounters.

Is travel insurance recommended for this safari?

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended to cover unexpected circumstances. Ensure that your insurance includes medical coverage and trip cancellation protection.

What should I pack for the safari?

Proper gear is essential. This includes waterproof clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag, and trekking poles. Ensure you’re well-prepared for various weather conditions. Packing essentials include comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a camera. We provide a detailed packing list upon confirmation of your booking.

How do I apply for a visa for this safari?

Visa applications are typically handled before your arrival. We recommend checking with the embassy or consulate in your home country for the most accurate and up-to-date visa requirements. For entry to Kenya please read the update here.

How difficult is the climb?

Kilimanjaro is a challenging trek, but no technical climbing skills are required. Good physical fitness, mental preparation, and acclimatization are crucial.

How long does it take to summit Kilimanjaro?

The trek duration varies by route. Most routes take around 6 to 8 days, allowing for gradual acclimatization and increased chances of reaching the summit.

Is altitude sickness a concern?

Yes, altitude sickness is a risk. Choosing a route with a gradual ascent, staying hydrated, and acclimatization days are vital to minimize this risk.

What is the success rate of reaching the summit?

The success rate varies but is generally around 60-70%. Proper preparation, including physical fitness and acclimatization, improves your chances.

Are there age restrictions for climbing Kilimanjaro?

While there’s no strict age limit, climbers should be in good health. Many operators recommend a minimum age of 10–12 for safety reasons.

What are the accommodation options during the climb?

Accommodations range from basic mountain huts to more luxurious tented camps, depending on the chosen route. Some routes offer a more comfortable experience.

Can I climb Kilimanjaro independently, or do I need a guide?

The Tanzanian authorities require all climbers to have a certified guide. A guide and a support team enhance safety and increase your chances of a successful summit.

How do I obtain a permit to climb Kilimanjaro?

We usually handle permits. Ensure we have proper licensing and permits to operate on the mountain. The permits are part of the overall trek cost.

What COVID-19 safety measures are in place?

We prioritize your safety. Our team adheres to local health guidelines, and the accommodations and vehicles are regularly sanitized to ensure a safe and enjoyable safari experience.

Are vaccinations required for this safari?

Please consult your healthcare provider for the latest travel health advice. Common vaccinations include yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, and typhoid.

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16-Day Climb Mt Kilimanjaro Summit Combined with Wildlife