Mount Kilimanjaro lies on the border of Tanzania and Kenya, just south of the Equator. To the west lies the Great African Rift Valley, created by tremendous tectonic forces which also gave birth to a string of other volcanoes. One of these, Mount Kenya, was originally much higher than Kilimanjaro. Kili is a mountain you can hike for more than 90 kilometers, gain 4000m in altitude, traverse rain forest, moorland, alpine desert, snow fields and ice cliffs, all virtually on the equator!
Our route to the summit, Machame, or the "Whisky Route", is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. An extra day could be added to the itinerary, best spent on the Shira Plateau, where you could walk to the Shira Needles. Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River. The Mweka Route is used for the descent.
Follow the 7-day climb with a 3-day African Safari to Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and through the Tarangire River Basin! See herds of wild elephants, giraffe, zebra, lions, cheetahs, leopards, buffalo, wildebeest, and the endangered black rhino, just to name a few. Enjoy viewing plentiful wildlife from the open air roofless Land Cruisers used for our safari, each with a private driver.
Travel by private safari vehicle and driver during the day, while staying at beautiful lodges and hotels in the evening, enjoying a shower, great home-cooked hot meals, and sampling some of the local African culture, before venturing out to do it all over again the next day. A perfect way to relax, unwind, and revel in the joy of accomplishment after our 7-Day climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro!