Kilimanjaro Masai Mara
Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour is a 13 days adventurous African safari tour. The Kilimanjaro Masai Mara takes you to the world famous national park. The Masai Mara is home to the big Five. It is also the theatre for the great wildebeest migration. You will also trek mount Kilimanjaro. This is the tallest free standing mountain in the world. This is the Kilimanjaro Mountain. Kilimanjaro Masai Mara starts by taking you one of the Masai Mara. Kilimanjaro Masai Mara then cuts across to Tanzania’s best game parks. Join us on Kilimanjaro Masai Mara and you will simply be blown away with the beauty of Africa.
Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve
Met on arrival at JKIA by our Kenya safari rep. You will enjoy a detailed briefing on the Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour. Thereafter drive via Narok town to Masai Mara National Reserve. This is the land of the Maasai tribe. You will see young Maasai warrior-nomads with their plaited hair, red cloaks, and spears. The 1510 square-mile Game Reserve is the Africa of your dreams. It is complete with wild animals grazing amid the superb landscape. Here you will find of gentle hills, plain savannah grassland and acacia woodlands. You will be in time for lunch at your Masai Mara accommodation facility. There will be time to settle in before your first game drive 1600hrs. Return to the lodge before dark. 7.30pm, Dinner and overnight will be at Mara Sentrim Camp.
Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve
Your Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour day begins with an early cup of tea/ coffee. Today there is a possibility of an optional hot air balloon ride (costs excluded). Take to the skies for the ultimate Masai Mara wildlife adventure. You will soar in a hot air balloon over herds of game to the inner reaches of the Mara. You’ll ascend in the early morning, when winds are calmest. Watch as the professional crew fills the balloon with hot air. Slowly the big, colorful bag begins to bulge and take shape. After your incredible flight, it’s time to come back down to earth for breakfast. Before leaving, the pilot will present you with your balloon flight certificate. You’ll enjoy a game drive en route back to the camp. Enjoy the rest of the day on game drive until lunch time. After lunch you will depart for the Lake Naivasha. You will arrive in time for dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Resort.
Day 3: Lake Naivasha – Arusha
Start the day on Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour with an early morning breakfast. You will depart to Arusha driving through Nairobi. This journey takes you across the border into Tanzania. You will arrive in the picturesque town of Arusha in time for lunch. Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mount Meru. It is the gateway to most of Tanzania’s safari areas. The afternoon will be spent at leisure. Dinner and overnight will be at Impala Hotel booked on bed and breakfast.
Day 4: Arusha – Serengeti National Park
Start your Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour day with an early breakfast. You will depart Arusha driving to the Serengeti National Park. This park is to Tanzania, what the Masai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya. The Serengeti National Park covers an area of about 14,763 sq km. It is dominated by vast and open plains with an abundance of wildlife. A picnic lunch will be provided en route. You will arrive in Serengeti later in the afternoon. Embark on game viewing upon arrival. You will absorb the breathtaking scenery of the almost treeless plains of the Serengeti. Your dinner and overnight will be at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
It is Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour day transfer to the Ngorongoro crater. This drive goes via Olduvai Gorge. Ngorongoro Crater is an impressive 20 km wide volcanic crater with 600 m walls. The views from the crater rim are breathtaking. There is an ever-present abundance of wildlife. This is due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. Olduvai Gorge is where the discovery of 3.5 million year-old human fossil fragments was done. You will enjoy lunch overlooking the crater. Your afternoon will be spent at leisure in Ngorongoro Crater National Park. You will have dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.
Day 6: Karatu – Arusha – Moshi
Start your Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour day with breakfast. This will be followed by a drive to Arusha. Proceed to Moshi where toy will be dropped at the Keys hotel. An evening pre-departure group meeting with your mountain guide on this day. Moshi is situated in the heart of a major coffee growing region. It is an attractive small town of about 150,000 people. The town lies at the base of Kilimanjaro. However, Moshi is not the cool highland settlement you might expect. It lies at an altitude of 810 meters and is surprisingly humid. It has a sticky climate, reminiscent of the coast. Moshi means smoke in Swahili, but the origin of this name is something of a mystery.
Day 7: Machame Gate – Machame Camp
Start your Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour day with breakfast. This will be followed by a one hour drive to the village of Machame. You will proceed to the Machame gate of the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the lush rain forest. Here, you will listen to the sounds of many exotic birds. You may even see monkeys such as the black and white colobus. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. You will cover a lot of distance today on a gradual gradient. Climb the lower slopes of the mountain, ending at the Machame Campsite. This is just beyond the rain forest and within the fascinating heath-land.
Day 8: Machame Camp – Shira Camp
Rise early and for your Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour to climb steeply. This is through the heath land of savannah, and sees trees such as Giant Heather and Erica. You will reach a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland. This is notable for beautiful wild alpine flowers. There are also the unique giant lobelia and giant groundsel (senecio kilimanjari) plants. On a clear day, you will have direct views of Kibo. This is the peak and ultimate goal of your adventure. After a short lunch and rest, traverse across the Shira plateau. You will be going west towards a river gorge. You will finally reach the Shira campsite. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night. Temperatures will be dropping to well below freezing.
Day 9: Shira Camp – Barranco Camp
Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour turns east and continues to climb. You will go “pole pole” (slowly, slowly) through increasingly rocky and barren terrain. You will have lunch and ascend the rocky scree path to the Lava Tower (4630m). The trek now starts to become more difficult as the trail steepens. Most hikers start to feel the effects of the altitude. This includes weakness and lack of breath. You will then descend steeply for 2 hours down more than 600m into the Great Barranco Valley. This descent affords fantastic views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. This will be acclimatization as you lose altitude down the valley. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides. This is by the Breach Walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above.
Day 10: Barranco camp – Barafu camp
Today Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour tackles the Great Barranco Wall. This is an imposing face above your camp. A steady climb up the eastern wall takes us just below the Heim Glacier. Here you may have some awesome views of Kilimanjaro. The trail continues down into the Karanga Valley then joins up with the Mweka route. In this valley, your porters will stop to collect water, as there will be none further up. Here the temperature will grow colder as you follow the trail. You will be climbing through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. You will familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark. This will be to prepare you for the final peak assault. Prepare your equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep may be difficult, but you will lie down after dinner to rest for the 1345m final ascent.
Day 11: Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp
Today you will be woken in time to leave camp by around 12am. After a warm drink and a light snack, you will begin the most difficult part of the trek. Your Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour will hike up to the top of Africa. You will be climbing through the dark using your head lights. You will ascend passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers. You will go for approximately 6 hours of slow but strenuous hiking. This gets you to the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m. It is here where you will be rewarded with a breath-taking sunrise (weather permitting). You will enjoy this as you take a short rest. From Stella Point the trail is normally snow-covered. You will then ascent to Uhuru peak which is the highest point in Africa. Take a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment. This is a day to remember for the rest of your life! Descend to Mweka Camp where you will have your dinner.
Day 12: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi
You are on a much lower altitude than the last few mornings. You will wake up to a Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour day full of oxygen. Your body will be ready to descend the short hike to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the forest on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro as you go to the Mweka gate. Successful hikers will receive their summit certificates (gold for Uhuru Peak, Green for Stella point). From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch. Transfer to Moshi in the afternoon for relaxation in your hotel booked on bed and breakfast.
Wake up to the last day of Kilimanjaro Masai Mara tour with an early breakfast. If you have your flight from Nairobi, enjoy a transfer to Kenya. For those leaving from Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be transferred in time for departure flight.