August 2 Arrive Nairobi (NBO), transfer to the Fairview Hotel for overnight.
August 3 After breakfast, drive to the foot of Kilimanjaro. Overnight in Amboseli National Park at the gracious Amboseli Serena Lodge.
August 4 Morning game-viewing drive through Amboseli Park, famous for its elephants
August 5 Drive to Londorossi Gate and on to Lemosho Start, at 7700', where we'll meet our porters and guides. Hike 4 hours through the dense rain-forest and tall heather to Mti Kubwa at 9,500’.
August 6 Hike 5 to 6 hours through the tall heather forest and moorland meadows across the Shira Plateau to Shira 1 campsite, at 11,000’. Views of the Western Breach and its stunning glaciers.
August 7 Hike 3 to 4 hours out onto open moorland to the Shira Hut at 12,600’.
August 8 Hike 6 hours across the Shira Caldera to Moir Hut at 13,500'. Shira is the oldest and lowest of the three calderas that comprise the Kilimanjaro massif. We have clear views of the Arrow Glacier from here.
August 9 A long undulating day of hiking today through heather and moor, around the scenic north side of the mountain. We can almost hear the lions roaring from Amboseli, directly below us now. Camp at Third Cave at 12,800.
August 10 Hike 5 hours up through rocky ground onto the Saddle and to the School Hut at 15,200’. Kilimanjaro looms in the foreground.
August 11 Starting for the summit at midnight we hope to top out at Uhuru Point, 19,340’, soon after dawn. Descend via Stella Point to Barafu for lunch, then down to the Mweka Hut for camp at 10,000'.
August 12 Descend 4 hours along the Mweka Route to the trailhead at 5900' Mweka Gate. Drive 3 hours to Arusha for overnight at a comfortable lodge.
August 13 Morning drive into Tarangire National Park. Lunch and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge, overlooking the Tarangire River. Afternoon game drive through the Park. This is the best season at Tarangire. With the deepening of the dry season, all the wildlife congregates around the Tarangire River, directly below the lodge.
August 14 Full day game drive through Tarangire National Park. Herds of wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, elephants and buffalo will be seen, as well as lions and other predators. Overnight at the atmospheric Tarangire Safari Lodge.
August 15 Early morning game drive through Tarangire Park. Drive back to Arusha with time to do some good shopping, then transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for flights home.