July 22 Arrive Nairobi (NBO), transfer to the Fairview Hotel for overnight.
July 23 After breakfast, drive to the foot of Kilimanjaro. Overnight in Amboseli National Park at the gracious Amboseli Serena Lodge.
July 24 Morning game-viewing drive through Amboseli Park, famous for its elephants
July 25 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 26 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 27 Hike 3 to 4 hours out onto open moorland to the Shira Hut at 12,600’.
July 28 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 29 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.
July 30 Hike 5 hours up through rocky ground onto the Saddle and to the School Hut at 15,200’. Kilimanjaro looms in the foreground.
July 31 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 1 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 2 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 3 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 4 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.