Pricing Based on Double Occupancy  
Per person  (1-3 pax)  US$6415
Per person  (4 pax or more)  US$6115

 

Download Savanna to Summit Expedition Itinerary

The Unique Experience of our Savanna to Summit Expedition  Complementing  our Lemosho trail climb, this itinerary includes three nights at the breathtaking Ndarakwai Camp, located on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro near the Lemosho Gate (the starting point of your Kilimanjaro climb).  This itinerary is perfect for trekkers who have limited time, but still want the unforgettable experience of a classic east African safari.  You’ll view some of Tanzania’s most stunning wildlife and engage Maasai tribesmen to learn about their rich and colorful culture.

A private ranch located in the Siha District on the slopes of western Kilimanjaro, Ndarakwai Ranch is over 11,000 acres (4500 hectares) in area. The ranch was established in  1995 as an experiment in self-sustaining conservation.  Preserving a variety of habitat, it is now home to over 70 mammal species and 350 bird species.  Ndarakwai is an important part of the Amboseli / Ngasurai eco-system, and helps to preserve vital seasonal elephant routes. Many species (lesser kudu, Grants gazelle, warthogs, impala, wildebeest, giraffe, waterbuck, bushbuck, hyena, etc.), are permanent residents on the ranch, while others (eland, zebra, buffalo, elephant, cheetah, etc) use Ndarakwai seasonally.

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Facilities include 15 spacious en suite tents with thatched roofs, and a large dining and lounge area adjacent to a beautiful river.  The river is an excellent attraction for wildlife.  Ndarakwai offers an intimate relaxed atmosphere,  the perfect environment to prepare you for Kilimanjaro.  We’ll provide guided full or half day walks up to elevations of 7874′ to improve acclimatization.   You can also visit a local Maasai village for a unique cultural experience or simply relax at the camp. The ‘tree house’ offers an excellent opportunity to observe game at a nearby water source.  You’ll also enjoy traditional evening and early morning game drives in open vehicles to observe a variety of Tanzania’s beautiful wildlife.  If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, we can also arrange scenic flights over Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru for truly unforgettable views of the expansive Tanzanian landscape (advance booking required).

Day 1 – Ndarakwai:  Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania (4600’).  Members arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport throughout the day.  We’ll receive you at the airport and transfer you to your luxury  camp accommodation at Ndarakwai.  In-country briefings, team orientation and a gear shake-down is typically conducted in the evening.

Day 2 – Ndarakwai:  After an early breakfast, you’re invited to join us on an acclimatization bush walk reaching an altitude of approximately 6561′ – 7874′. We’ll return to camp in time for a late lunch and an afternoon game drive or a pleasant visit to Maasai boma to learn about local tribal culture.  In the evening, another opportunity is offered for you to view wildlife on an evening game drive. After the day’s activities, you’ll be treated to Tanzanian cuisine and restful evening in Ndarakwai’s well-appointed accommodations.

africa_tanzania_kenya_mount_kilimanjaro_in_the_african_savannah_copyDay 3 – Ndarakwai:  You’ll have the opportunity to participate in another acclimatization bush walk after a hearty breakfast.  We’ll return by lunchtime, giving you plenty of time to relax at camp or enjoy more wildlife.  In the evening, we’ll depart for our last game drive before returning to camp for a delicious meal and plenty of rest for our departure to Kilimanjaro in the morning.

Day 4 – Forest Camp: This will be the first day on the mountain.   After a short drive from Ndarakwai, we arrive at the Londorossi National Park entrance (7742’) where we complete registrations with park staff and set out on an easy day of trekking through beautiful forest to Lemosho Forest Camp (9500’). Have your camera ready – this area is home to a variety of wild game, including buffalo, elephant and colobus monkey.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 1758’ / 536 m (From Arusha 4900’ / 1494 m)
Distance: 3.72 miles / 6 km
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

Day 5 – Shira 1 Camp: Leaving the forest behind, we cross a savannah of high grass and heather before climbing to the rim of the Shira Plateau and the summit of Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock flanked by steep stone pinnacles. We camp near Shira Cave (11500’). The Shira 1 campsite has some of the most excellent views on Kilimanjaro.

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Elevation Gain: 2000’ / 609 m
Distance: 4.9 miles /8 km
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Day 6 – Moir Hut: Enjoy a morning of gentle ascents and panoramic views as we continue further up the plateau and trek east toward the glaciers on Kibo. We continue toward Moir Hut (13800’), a beautiful camp at the base of Lent Hills, offering excellent opportunities for members to explore the surrounding plateau and ascend nearby ridgelines to improve acclimatization.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 2300’ / 701 m
Distance: 8.7 miles /14 km
Trekking Time:5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Day 7 – Barranco Camp: Our route leads us toward lava ridges sitting below the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (14750’), commonly referred to as the “Shark’s Tooth,” we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley sheltered by towering cliffs and extensive views of the plains below. We overnight at Barranco Camp (13000’). Although the next two days are relatively short trekking days with little to no elevation gain, they represent an important part of a thoughtful and comprehensive acclimatization schedule as we close in on our summit bid.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: – 800’ / – 244 m
Distance: 4.4 miles / 7 km
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: High Desert

Day 8 – Karanga Camp: Our route climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley and leads to a trail on the southeastern flank of Kibo that continues to Karanga Campsite (13100’).

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 100’ / 30 m
Distance: 3.1 miles / 5 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 9 – Barafu Camp: The terrain changes to scree as we climb steep slopes to Barafu Campsite (15300’) by way of the Mweka Trail.   Uhuru Peak is very close. We can take in wonderful views of  Mawenzi (16890’) from our camp as we spend the remainder of the day resting and preparing for a very early departure for Kilimanjaro’s summit.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 2200’ / 671 m
Distance: 2.49 miles / 4 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 10 – Summit Day and Mweka Camp: We frequently have a wake-up time at 1:00 a.m. so that we can achieve the summit early in the morning and make a timely descent to Mweka Camp (10000’). We have the opportunity to watch an unforgettable sun rise over the African continent as we make our way between Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers toward Stella Point (18810’).  This is a challenging section of the route and our movement over the loose volcanic scree is slow and steady to Stella Point.  Most trekkers find this section to be the most physically and mentally demanding – a well deserved meal and short break will be waiting for you at Stella Point in preparation for our final push to the summit at Uhuru Peak (19344’).

As we traverse across the ridge above Stella Point, the final stretch toward the summit is uniquely wonderful. Kilimanjaro’s volcanic rim is crowned with snowy glaciers appointed with walls of blue ice dropping abruptly into the steep slopes around us.  A thick cushion of clouds can often be observed resting on the earth several thousand feet below.  Those arriving to the summit in the early morning hours are frequently graced with a view of the sun rising into the darkness on the horizon as they make their final steps to Uhuru Peak.   After taking in the beautiful view over the African continent, we descend to Mweka Camp (10000’) by way of Barafu Campsite (15300’) to celebrate our success.

Crater Rim Trek Option  The crater floor of Kilimanjaro is an extraordinary and surreal landscape.  After achieving the summit, we extend an opportunity for members to descend into the crater to explore the surrounding glaciers.  We encourage our members to join us for this unique adventure at no additional cost.  Our ability to enjoy the crater is dependent on weather conditions, as well as individual acclimatization and performance.

Crater Rim Overnight Option  Individuals with a high level of fitness and performance are invited to customize their trip to include an overnight in Kilimanjaro’s crater.  This provides an extended opportunity to circumnavigate the rim, closely study our landscape and enjoy a walk on the surrounding glaciers.  The high altitude and clear atmosphere also gives us an exceptional and unforgettable view of the constellations. Experienced trekkers and mountaineers will also find this option useful in evaluating personal acclimatization, performance and altitude ceilings.

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Advance planning for an overnight in Kilimanjaro’s crater is required along with an additional cost of $275US.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: Barafu Camp to Stella Point: 3510’ / 1070 m
Stella Point to Uhuru Peak: 534’ / 165 m
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp: – 9344’ / – 2848 m
Distance: Ascent: 3.1 miles / 5 km
Descent: 7.45 miles / 12 km
Trekking Time: Ascent from Barafu Camp to Stella Point: 6-7 hours
Ascent from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak: 1-2 hours
Descent from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp: 5-7 hours
Habitat:Arctic

Day 11 – Mweka Gate: Our descent continues through open moorlands, forest glades and rain forest to the park gate at Mweka (5412’). From Mweka gate we return to our lodge in Arusha by vehicle and celebrate our accomplishment. This is typically accompanied with several bottles of Tusker, a local beverage!

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: – 4588’ / – 1398 m
Distance: 2.49 miles / 6.2 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 12 – Departures: Departures for Kilimanjaro International Airport for members returning home.