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KILIMANJARO: ITINERARY

August 5         Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania. You'll be met on arrival and transferred to Lake Duluti Lodge for overnight.

August 6         After breakfast depart for a full-day excursion into Arusha National Park, home of elephants, giraffes, buffalo and myriad antelope. Continue on to Simba Farm, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, for overnight.

August 7         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 8         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 9         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 10         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 us now.

August 11         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.

August 12         Hike 5 hours up through rocky ground onto the Saddle and to the School Hut at 15,200’.  Kilimanjaro looms in the foreground.

August 13         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'.

August 14         Descend 4 hours along the Mweka Route to the trailhead at 5900' Mweka Gate. Drive 3 hours to Arusha for overnight at Lake Duluti Lodge.

August 15         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. Overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp.

August 16         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 Maramboi Tented Camp.  

August 17                  Drive back to Arusha with time to do some good shopping, then transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for flights home.

August 18         Arrive home.


All photos on this page were taken by Kent Myers.

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