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KILIMANJARO: ITINERARY

July 15 Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania. You'll be met onarrival and transferred to River Trees Lodge for overnight.

July 16 After breakfast depart for an excursion through Arusha National Park, home of elephants, giraffes, buffalo and myriad antelope. Continue on to Simba Farm, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, for overnight.

July 17 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’.

July 18 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.

July 19 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.

July 20 Hike 5 hours through the heather and across the moors to Bofu Camp, a wilderness location on the wild side of the mountain. We can almost hear the lions roaring from Amboseli Park, in Kenya, directly below now.

July 21 A short 3 hour day of hiking today through heather and moor, around the scenic north side of the mountain. Camp at Third Cave at 12,800.

July 22 Hike 5 hours up through rocky ground onto the Saddle and to the School Hut at 15,200’. Kilimanjaro looms in the foreground.

July 23 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 Millenium Camp at 12,000'.

July 24 Descend 4 hours along the Mweka Route to the trailhead at 5900' Mweka Gate. Drive 3 hours to Arusha for overnight at River Trees Lodge.

July 25 Morning drive into Lake Manyara National Park. This stunning park stretches along the shores of Lake Manyara at the base of the Great Rift Escarpment. Lunch in the Park, then drive to Tarangire Safari Lodge for overnight.

July 26 Full day game drive through Tarangire National Park. This is the best season at Tarangire. With the deepening of the dry season, all the wildlife congregates around the Tarangire River. Herds of wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, elephants and buffalo should be seen, as well as lions and other predators. Overnight at the Tarangire Safari Lodge.

July 27 Drive back to Arusha with time to do some good shopping, then transferto Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for flights home.

July 28 Arrive home.




All photos on this page were taken by Kent Myers.

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