African Safari and Kilimanjaro Climb 2025
June 29th - July 13th, 2025
The Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain, and is the least-traveled route. It is a long drive to the starting point, but you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain, you are obliged to descend via the Marangu Route which is the most popular and well-used route.
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- Hike the many trails and caves of Kilimanjaro, including Rongai Gate, Rongai Cave, Kikelewa Cave, Mawenzi Tarn, and Mawnzi Ridge.
- Stand atop the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Descent the mountain and get certificates.
- Visit Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Tarangire National Park.
- Enjoy a day of game viewing in Serengeti.
- Drive in Ngorongoro Crater, where you’ll see black rhinos, flamingos, and other beautiful water birds.
African Safari and Kilimanjaro Climb Itinerary
We will arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, be picked up and transferred to the Springlands Hotel, or similar hotel, for overnight bed and breakfast. You will need to be at the airport no later than 7:00 PM local time, to be picked up.
We will drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate for permits, before taking a short transfer to the Rongai Gate trailhead. The path winds through corn and potato fields, and then climbs gently through the forest – which is home to a variety of wildlife, including the black-and-white Colobus Monkey.
We will begin this morning with a steady incline up to Second Cave. As we continue trekking through the moorland, we will leave the main trail for a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, before finally arriving at Kikelewa Cave for the night.
The hike today is short and steep, up a grassy slope. Views of the wilderness area are stunning; as we exit the heath zone and emerge into the Alpine Desert zone, the landscape changes dramatically. Our camp is situated beneath the jagged spires of Mawenzi, at Mawenzi Tarn. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing, or exploring the area.
This is an extra day meant for acclimatization, and can be spent day-hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area, we will head back to Mawenzi Tarn for camp.
We climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here, we will rest and enjoy an early dinner, to prepare for the summit day.
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we will begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold, at this elevation and time of day, can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see, coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we will arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
On our last day, we have a long trek (mostly downhill) through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates. A vehicle will meet us here, and drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
Leisure /relaxing day at the Hotel – Bed and Breakfast:
PART II: 5 DAYS’ SAFARI TOUR – Northern Tanzania.
At 9:00 AM, we will take the drive from Moshi (Springlands Hotel) to Lake Manyara National Park (takes about 4 hours). After having a picnic lunch in Manyara, we will start a late afternoon game drive, which is the best time to view animals in this park. When we approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon, forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, and others. We will overnight at Highview Hotel, or similar hotel – full board.
The drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge, takes 3 to 4 hours. Olduvai Gorge is an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains, in which early human fossils were first discovered. It has an amazing landscape that resulted from the same tectonic forces that created the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago. Then in the late evening, we drive to, and overnight at the Serengeti Wild Camp, or similar – full board.
After breakfast, venture into the Serengeti’s wild corners for a full day of game viewing in the park. While having a picnic lunch beside you, take your time, and explore this world heritage site, where earth’s largest concentration of game still roams free! In the late evening, we go to the Serengeti Wild Camp or similar, have dinner, and stay overnight. Full board.
After breakfast, we drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive inside the crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino, as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent, black-maned males. There are lots of colorful flamingos and a variety of water birds. Other game that one can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. In the late afternoon we will drive to Highview Hotel, or similar, for dinner and stay overnight. Full Board.
Our drive from the Highview Hotel to Tarangire National Park will take two hours. This park is spectacular in the dry season, when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands, and oryx gather to stay in Tarangire, until the onset of rain, when they migrate again to good grazing areas. In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Moshi at Springlands Hotel, or similar, for overnight bed and breakfast.
After breakfast, we check out of the Hotel, and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, to catch our departure flights.
African Safari and Kilimanjaro Climb 2025 Trip Registration
Deposit for Trip Registration
Trip Date: June 29th - July 13th, 2025
$1,748.00 – $2,998.00
Cost for Safari and Kilimanjaro climb: $5,995.00
Cost for just the Safari trip: $3,495.00
Deposit for Safari and Kilimanjaro climb: $2,998.00
Deposit for just the Safari trip: $1,748.00
At one year from the trip, an additional payment is due for $2,998.00 or $1,748.00, respectively, and 6 months prior to the trip start date, all remaining funds are due.
A late fee of 8% will be added to any invoice that is more than 30 days late. If paying via PayPal, there will be a 3% service charge.
Included in the Kilimanjaro Climb price
- Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi (before and after the climb)
- First night includes breakfast
- Last night includes dinner & breakfast
- Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
- Qualified guides with mountain crew
- National Park fees
- Tents and sleeping mattresses
- Cutlery / crockery / eating utensils
- Mess tent (for dining) / mini camping chairs / tables / candles
- Pulse oximeters
- First aid kit
- Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
- Boiled water on the mountain
All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodations, and entry fees on the mountain
- Emergency oxygen
- Single-room’s supplement at Springlands Hotel
- Airport transfers
- Guides, porters, cook & waiters tips
- Meals and drinks, not specified
- Gear for your climb
- Items of personal nature
- Additional nights, beyond the two standard hotel nights included
- Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) accommodation while on safari
- Transfers to and from the airport
- All game drives, viewing in a custom-built 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser
- All park and entrance fees
- Transportation with 4×4 vehicles, with viewing roofs
- Professional English-speaking driver/guide during the safari
- Bottled water in safari vehicles
- Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee
- Current government taxes and levies
- 24-hour support during the safari, from the office in Moshi.
- Internal or international flights
- Balloon excursion (US$580 pp)
- Entry visa to Tanzania
- Travel and health insurance
- Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff and porters
- Meals, drinks, and excursions not described in the itinerary
- Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone, and postage
- Items of personal nature
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