Trip Description & Itinerary


Your African adventure begins on your arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport! From the airport, we will travel to Arusha, which is a bustling town on the high Rift Valley plateau. Our overnight accommodation is at the 5-Star Mt. Meru Hotel where you will have the chance to get to know the crew and the climbing team as we begin preparing for our big ascent starting the following day.


After a hearty breakfast we will drive to the Machame Gate where we will meet our other guides and mountain crew and enter the Kilimanjaro National Park. Our climb begins
at 6,000 feet, walking for a few hours through dense and pristine tropical forest. Admire the magnificent bird life and the many unique flower and plant species that surround you and learn more about them from our knowledgeable guides. If we are lucky, we may get to see some of the blue or colobus monkeys that populate the forest zone. Upon arrival to our first camp you will be welcomed by cheers and song from our amazing group of porters who will be supporting you every step of the way.


Today is an easy-paced acclimatisation day and provides a total change of scenery from the tropical forests of yesterday. We will hike over streams, a river gorge and moorlands. We will camp for the evening on the Shira Plateau, which provides expansive views of Kilimanjaro. There is a conditioning hike in the afternoon where you can enjoy the clusters of prehistoric-looking giant lobelias and senecios that grow at this higher elevation.


Our trek today is another important day for acclimatisation as we hike for five hours to an elevation above 15,000 feet. We will pass through the alpine moorland zone where the plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses and heather, to reach Kilimanjaro’s alpine desert zone. Our camp tonight at Lava Tower will have a spectacular view of the Western Breach.


After an initial descent from Lava Tower camp we climb the Great Barranco Wall. This is an exhilarating challenge and one which our guides will make safe and accessible for everyone. We will be ascending ‘pole pole’ (meaning “slowly” in Kiswahili). You will be able to see the breathtaking Heim Glacier from the top of the Wall. From here we will descend into the Karanga Valley and then climb again to our camp on a ridge above the valley. After an exciting and demanding day of climbing we will enjoy a well deserved rest and refreshments.


As we begin our hike today, the trail quickly becomes steep and the temperature drops as we move closer to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. You will notice the landscape changing again and becoming sparser as we work our way to Kosovo Camp. Our hiking goal today is Kosvo Camp, which is one hour closer to the summit. The camp is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for our final push to the summit. After an early dinner, we will have a summit briefing and check our equipment before resting.


We will rise after midnight for a warm and hearty early breakfast to fuel our long day ahead. We be getting a head start on other groups who are staying at the lower camp and will ascend ‘pole pole’ under a full moon on the steep switchback trail, drinking plenty of water and eating small snacks, enjoying the trek to Uhuru Peak in solitude. We aim to reach the summit shortly after daybreak. At this early hour, before the clouds close in, we will have spectacular views of Africa in all directions. After a quick stop for photos, hugs and high fives, we descend for 2-3 hours to Kosovo Camp for lunch, rest and to pick up our belongings. We will then continue downhill for another 3-4 hours to the edge of the Mweka Forest, where we reach the final night’s camp, some 7,000 feet below the summit. It is time to rejoice in our successful climb! We will share a celebratory dinner and recount our incredible experience in touching the Roof of Africa!


Our final day on the mountain is another descent of 7,000 feet with 4-5 hours of hiking to Mweka Gate. The trail is steep in places and may be slippery if wet. After a hearty celebration lunch with the whole team, we will head back to our first class accommodations at Mt. Meru Hotel in Arusha to relax, have dinner and enjoy its spacious garden and swimming pool.


Today we will spend a day at our local school project where we plan to meet the kids and their families for special project completion ceremony. Our goal for this project is to participate in raising money prior to the trip in order to fund the building of a secondary school for children that currently don’t have access to this level of education. This will be a science-based school that will include classrooms, labs, dormitories and housing that will benefit up to 200 children, their families and teachers. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of an incredible charitable project from beginning to end, that fosters relationships with the local community near Kilimanjaro. Participants are encouraged to take this opportunity engage their local communities and businesses to support this project and create awareness for the need for education in Africa. We will be providing the necessary tools to support your fundraising efforts. We are working with a very experienced full service non-profit organisation with this project and you can view their work at During our visit we will have the opportunity to help put some finishing touches on the school and spend the day interacting with the community, exchanging songs and gifts, and seeing firsthand the impact we are making to create greater meaning and lasting change in the lives of our host community.


Today we take an early morning flight into the Serengeti Airstrip where we will spend the next five days witnessing the highest concentration of wild animals in the world. We begin our stay at the remote Kilima Tent Camp which provides luxurious accommodations and spectacular views across the Serengeti plains. From here we’ll explore the park on daily game reserve drives in outfitted land rovers with retractable roofs, allowing us get up close to herds of thompson gazelle, wildebeest, zebra, elephant, lions and more. Each evening we’ll return to our camp and enjoy first class meals prepared by our chef, relax around the campfire and sleep in spacious tents complete with queen size beds, down comforters and private verandas. On our third day in the Serengeti, we’ll travel to a Maasai Village and immerse ourselves in Africa’s rich culture, taking part in dance and song and witnessing the daily life of these hardy indigenous people. From here we will travel to Oldvai Gorge and visit archeological sites that contain the oldest evidence of human life found on earth. We’ll then travel to Ngorongoro Crater, which is the largest volcanic caldera on the planet, and spend the night at the Sopa Lodge which is right on the crater rim and provides spectacular sunset views. The following day we’ll drive into the crater, and have the opportunity to witness Africa’s Big Five animals, as well as hyena, hippo, rhino, cheetah and giraffe, and learn about the crater’s unique geology that makes it one of the world’s 7 Natural Wonders. After our picnic lunch we’ll drive to Lake Manyara, another one of the Rift Valley’s impressive wildlife parks. We’ll enjoy a stay at the spacious Acacia Lodge, and then spend the following day exploring this unique park, known for its impressive birdlife such as pink flamingo, pelicans, herons, egrets, stilts, stalks, spoonbills and other waders. Lake Manyara is also home to one of Africa’s largest baboon populations, and its famous tree climbing lions which makes this area one of Africa’s most photographed parks. We end the day back at our basecamp in Arusha and enjoy dinner out at one of the city’s finer restaurants.


Today we fly to the historic island of Zanzibar. We start out with a tour of the famous spice plantations where we’ll get a firsthand look at the preparation of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which are essential ingredients in everyday life for the local people. We will then transfer to our beach accommodations at the all-inclusive Neptune Pwani resort where we will have time to rest, recuperate and explore this tropical paradise. The next morning we relax with a casual breakfast and lunch, taking time in between to swim, snorkel and enjoy pristine white sand beaches. In the afternoon we head out for a tour of the historic Stone Town which is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar where little has changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners competed with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors – there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. You can spend many idle hours just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways. In the evening we will take a sunset dinner cruise on a famous Dhow sailing vessel. We’ll see the sights of Zanzibar Stone Town at dusk, sailing from Stone Town to Sandbank, where we’ll have a stunning celebration dinner including live music and local wine and beer. After dinner, we’ll cruise back to town where we can wander the streets and enjoy the local nightlife. We will continue to relax the next morning and enjoy our final day of tropical luxury, and have the opportunity to go on another excursion, visit a local market or get in any last minute shopping. We then fly out in the evening back to Arusha for our final night’s stay at Mt. Meru Hotel, and our final dinner together.

The Great Rift Valley in Northern Tanzania is one of the most abundant natural wonders on the planet. Our trip begins in the bustling city of Arusha on the borders of the Serengeti plains.  Our basecamp for the trip is the 5-Star Mt. Meru Hotel, which offers incredible views of Africa’s 5th highest mountain.  From here we depart on our climbing expedition, camping 7 nights along the scenic Machame route on the Southern flanks of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Once reaching the summit via the special Kosovo high camp we descend back to Moshi town where we will have an opportunity to visit our school project and have a special celebration ceremony with our local hosts.

The next day we will have an amazing scenic flight across the Serengeti to our remote tent camp where we will witness the greatest wildlife show on Earth, the Wildebeest Migration.  After three days of game drives, we will travel South to a Maasai Village and immerse in the local indigenous culture, followed by a stay of the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, known as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.  The next day we will descend into the crater for a unique wildlife experience, with a picnic lunch.  That evening we will continue South to lake Manyara, listing this pristine alkali lake and its unique wildlife ecosystem.

After another night back in Arusha, where we’ll have an opportunity to shop and enjoy the local nightlife we will then fly out to Zanzibar where we’ll explore a unique history and some of the most pristine beaches on Africa’s Eastern Coast.  We’ll stay at the exclusive Neptune Pwani Beach resort and be catered to with an all-inclusive atmosphere, as we rest and relax after our epic journey.  On the final night we’ll have a celebratory dinner on a authentic Dhow sailing vessel and explore the historic Stone Town.  We’ll then fly back to Arusha for our final nights stay before departing Africa the following morning.

For folks who wish to stay and continue exploring Africa, we will be offering a special excursion to visit the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, which is truly a once on a lifetime opportunity to visit with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Arusha
    We arrive in Arusha check into our hotel, have a group dinner.
  • Day 2 – Depart For Kilimanjaro To Machame Camp
    Time: 5-7 hours / Difficulty: Hard / Camp Elevation: 10,600 feet
  • Day 3 – Machme Camp To Shira Camp
    Time: 6-7 hours / Difficulty: Hard / Camp Elevation: 12,480 feet
  • Day 4 – Shira Camp To Baranco Camp
    Time: 7-8 hours / Difficulty: Very Strenuous / Camp Elevation: 13,000 feet
  • Day 5 – Baranco Camp To Karenga Camp
    Time: 3-5 hours / Difficulty: Strenuous /Camp Elevation: 13,200 feet
  • Day 6 – Karenga Camp To Kosovo Camp
    Time: 3-5 hours / Difficulty: Very Strenuous / Camp Elevation: 15,200 feet
  • Day 7 – Kosovo Camp To Summit To Mkewa Camp
    Time: 11-14 hours / Difficulty: Strenuous / Camp Elevation: 12,200 feet
  • Day 8 – Mkewa Camp To Mkewa Gate
    Time: 3-4 hours / Difficulty: Moderate / Camp Elevation: 5,400 feet
  • Day 9 – Service Day
    Day of Service at school in Moshi
  • Day 10 – Depart for Serengeti
    Morning flight to Serengeti Tent Camp.  Game Drive, Kilima Tent Camp

  • Day 11 – Serengeti Game Drive
    Game drive through Serengeti National Park. Kilima Tent Camp
  • Day 12 – Maasai Village & Olduvai Gorge
    Game drive through Serengeti, visit to Maasai Camp & Olduvai Gorge
  • Day 13 – Ngorongora Crater
    Game Drive through Crater. Stay at Acacia Lodge
  • Day 14 – Lake Manyara
    Game Drive around Lake Manyara. Stay at Mt. Meru
  • Day 15 – Morning Flight To Zanzibar
    Day Tour Spice Plantation & Beach. Stay at Neptune Pwani Resort
  • Day 16 – Beach & Stone Town Tour
    Beach Day & Stone Town Tour.  Stay at Neptune Pwani Resort
  • Day 17 – Beach & Shopping Day
    Final Day Exploring Zanzibar. Return Flight to Arusha
  • Day 18 – Depart Tanzania for Home
    Final Day in Arusha. Depart For Home
  • Day 19 – Uganda Gorilla Extension
    Fly to Uganda For 7 Day Gorilla & Chimpanzee Experience.

  • Day Pack – 20-30L
  • Water Bladder – 3L
  • Sleeping Bag – 20F at least (synthetic recommended)
  • Sleeping Pads – Inflatable and/or closed cell foam
  • Duffel Bags – Large expedition-size vinyl or canvas to be carried by the mules.
  • Additional bag to leave at hotel with change of cloths.
  • Shoes – Lightweight hikers or cross trainers
  • Camp Shoes
  • Warm Hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt

  • Insect repellant with Deet (*Important, there are biting flies near the river)
  • Lightweight Trekking Pant
  • Shorts and/or bathing suit for hot springs and river
  • Capaline/Polypro top and bottom
  • Socks – At least 4 pair
  • Sun Hat/visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Hygiene/toiletry kit – Small
  • Pee bottle or female spout
  • First Aid Items – Small. We provide a larger kit for the group
  • Headlamp w/spare batteries
  • Trekking Poles – Highly recommended
  • Camera
  • Nalgene bottle
  • Snack foods to supplement standard meals.

  • Ear plugs
  • Plastic Bags – Garbage bags for your duffel for rain protection.
  • Camp Soap/Shampoo
  • Small camp towel
  • Disposable wipes
  • Hand sanitizer– Small
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandana-optional
  • Knife or multitool – Optional
  • Duct tape, Blister Kit
  • Journal – Optional
  • Donation items for local people – Shoes, shirts, socks, sunglasses, school supplies.
  • Tip money.This is optional, but the guideline is approximately $150 for the trek.
  • 2 photocopies of your passport
  • Label all Gear