Rock My Mount Kilimanjaro Adventure

Join us on an epic adventure climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by an (optional) epic Big Five Safari to the incredible Serengeti, stunning Ngorongoro Crater and the elephantastic Tarangire National Park.

Be part of something incredible and join the Rock My Kilimanjaro Adventure expedition!

This is an 8-day group trek and we’ll climb the mountain as a fearless team, cheering each other on and helping each other every step of the way! We’re all in this together!

You’ll be taking the wonderful Lemosho Route, one of the most scenic, yet quietest routes on the mountain and with a high success rate.

Each day you will encounter different terrain, from jungle-like rainforest to other-worldly moonscapes and you will be absolutely in awe of the world around you. You’ll be surprised at how free your mind becomes when hiking above the clouds.

It’s not an easy hike, but we guarantee that it will be one of the best things you’ve ever done in your entire life! Standing on the ‘Roof of Africa’ is one of the greatest and most empowering feelings in the world!

Down from the mountain, we’ll spend a day visiting a Maasai village, before relaxing and resting our weary bodies at a beautiful natural hot spring.

PLEASE NOTE: We only work with Kilimanjaro trek providers who are KPAP or KIATO approved to ensure that our porters and guides are paid well and treated fairly. 

Safari Add-On

As an added bonus, you can add on a 4-day trip to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park – 3 of the most spectacular safari destinations in all of Africa and home to the ‘Big 5’. 

Be prepared to be absolutely amazed by the wonders of the animal kingdom – it’s the real-life Lion King in action! 

 

Climb with us to the ‘Roof of Africa’!

 

 

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime!

“I would like to thank you for two of the most extraordinary trips I have ever had the joy of experiencing. As I review my photos I feel so overwhelmed. I had the pleasure to meet some amazing people thanks to you. We had great times just sitting around and joking with each other. If anyone is in doubt about booking a tour through Rock My Adventure, don’t hesitate, you’ll never regret it . Thank you, Helen. You are amazing! ❤ Go and you will thank me afterwards.”

OANA / SWITZERLAND / ROCK MY TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR ADVENTURE 2018 

Mount Kilimanjaro & Safari

Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi

Arrive in Moshi (Kilimanjaro International Airport), relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and maybe a beer or two!

Your Rock My Kilimanjaro Adventure starts here. Karibu Tanzania!

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can organise any other activities you wish to do or help you find accommodation. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: None

 

Day 2: Moshi

Today we’ll have an acclimatisation day in Moshi. Weather permitting, we may even catch a glimpse of Kilimanjaro herself.

Those who would like to, can take an optional day trip to a village on the foothills of Kilimanjaro, where you can take a gentle warm up hike through beautiful rainforest, visit a stunning waterfall and meet and learn about the Chagga people who live in Moshi and the surrounding areas.

After hiking, you will enjoy a local lunch at Mama Agnes’s house, try banana beer and learn how to make coffee in the traditional Chagga way. The coffee making process is fun and interactive and accompanied by traditional songs and dances.

Alternatively you can rest at the guesthouse, explore Moshi town or go for a swim at the pool.

In the afternoon, we’ll meet our Kilimanjaro guides who will brief us on our upcoming trek and do a quick equipment check. Anything you don’t have can be rented!

In the evening, we’ll rest and have dinner at our lovely guesthouse and get mentally prepared for the week ahead.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: None

 

Day 3: Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)

We’ll be picked up from the hotel in the morning and transferred to the Lemosho gate on the western side of Kilimanjaro.

We will be  climbing the mountain via the Lemosho Route, which is known to be one of the most scenic routes, along with the Machame route. the two routes join part way through the trip, however, the Lemosho route is less crowded than the Machame Route.

After registering, we will start our steady climb through the forests of the Lemosho Glades to reach Mti Mkubwa, which means Big Tree camp where we will camp for the night, eat a hearty dinner to replenish our strength, play some games and relax.

Each evening, you will receive a briefing (and pep talk) about the following day from our guides.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Kilimanjaro Trek
Day 4: Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)

Today you will notice a change in the terrain from the previous day as enter the second zone, trekking across grassy moorland and heather scattered volcanic rock formations to reach our destination.

The views are spectacular, with rolling hills as far as the eye can see.

We’ll trek across the Shira Plateau to spend the night at Shira 1 Camp where we may get the chance to see Kibo Peak, poking above the clouds.

We should arrive in the early afternoon. Here we’ll rest, and eat (a lot) to give us the strength we need to keep pushing on to the top!

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Kilimanjaro Trek
Day 5: Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

Waking up early, you will see the sunrise peaking over Kibo Peak, a beautiful sight!

We’ll enjoy breakfast and some singing before we continue up the mountain.

Today we’ll make our way from Shira 1 Camp, to Shira 2 Camp and you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields. It’s a steady climb, with great panoramic views of the mountain.

You’ll start to notice the air getting thinner, but we’ll support each other every step of the way to keep our spirits high!

Once we reach our camp, we’ll do an acclimatisation walk to allow our bodies to get used to the thin air, before settling down for the evening with more great food!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Kilimanjaro Trek
Day 6: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Today we’ll be treated to even more epic views as we make our way up to Barranco Camp.

Entering the climatic zone of the upland desert, our route now starts to merge with the popular Machame Route.

The landscape really changes today and you’ll feel like you’re on the moon with dramatic rock formations and the unusual looking giant groundsel trees.

We’ll pass the famous Lava Tower at 4640m, where we’ll enjoy lunch before making our way down (yes down, this helps with acclimatisation) to Barranco Camp where we will spend the night.

The views from this camp are incredible so have your cameras at the ready. it just keeps getting better and better on Kilimanjaro!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Kilimanjaro Trek
Day 7: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Today is my absolute favourite day on Kilimanjaro, it’s very tough but extremely rewarding.

The morning views from camp are absolutely amazing and today is the day we face the awesome Barranco Wall.

The Barranco Wall is not for the faint of heart (or for those with a fear of heights) as it requires scrambling up a very street rock face, but is an exciting and exhilarating challenge! But don’t worry, we’ll take it slow and our guides will help us every single step of the way!

The feeling when you reach the top is amazing and sitting above the clouds, on the top of the Barranco Wall was one of the most peaceful and serene moments of my life.

From here we’ll make our way into the Karanga Valley to spend the night. We’ll enjoy dinner in the mess tent and rest for the evening to regain our strength for the days ahead.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Kilimanjaro Trek
Day 8: Karanga Camp (3960m) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

After a good rest and big breakfast, we’ll start the trek to Barafu Camp (base camp). This is our penultimate push towards the summit.

The terrain is very different now, with little to no signs of vegetation. Standing amongst the rocks, above the clouds, with Mount Meru poking above the clouds in the distance, you will feel like you’ve landed on an alien planet.

Once we arrive at camp, we’ll have a nap before dinner. Once we’ve eaten, we’ll go back to bed, for tonight we attempt the summit!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Kilimanjaro Trek
Day 9: Summit Night - Barafu Camp (4640m) to Summit (5695m) to Mweka Camp (3790m)

Waking up at around 10.30pm, we’ll wake, put on our warm clothes and have breakfast before we start our ascent to the summit around midnight.

It’s pole pole (Swahili for slowly) up the mountain, one step at a time. As we walk in the through the darkness, you will see the stars twinkling above us and the headlamps of all of the other trekkers snaking up the mountain and know that you are not alone in this. It’s a hard slog to the top. But you’re almost there. We can do it!

Nearing the top, you’ll be in awe of the views as the sun begins to peak over the horizon, illuminating the landscape and the clouds below. If you’ve ever imagined what heaven looks like, this is probably close.

Our first major landmark is Stella Point (5739m) on the crater rim, before we make the final push to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). From Uhuru Peak it’s a gentle but difficult slope (due to the altitude) but you are almost there! When you see that sign in the distance and finally reach the summit, it is a strange and emotional experience.

There will be a few tears, lots of hugs and I’m sure, lots of photos before we begin our descent. Heading down the mountain at 4 times the speed we went up.

We’ll have brunch at Barafu camp, before stopping at Mweka Camp for our final night on the mountain.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Kilimanjaro Trek
Day 10: Moshi

It’s a relatively short walk down to the Mweka Gate, where we will receive our certificates and say goodbye to our support team (this is an emotional experience too) and take part in the tipping ceremony.

Our next stop is Moshi, for what I can 100% say will be THE BEST shower of your life!

And you’ll never be so glad to see a proper toilet again!

After we’re all cleaned, rested and refreshed, we’ll head out for a celebratory meal for our awesome team of Kili warriors!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Kilimanjaro Trek, Celebration Meal
Day 11: Moshi

Today we’ll visit a Maasai village, which unlike many in the area is a totally authentic village founded and run by the Maasai themselves.

During the visit, you will have chance to meet the Maasai people and learn about their unique way of life.

In the early afternoon, we will leave the village and continue to a beautiful hot spring, which attracts locals and tourists alike.

Here we’ll rest our weary bodes, swim in the crystal clear waters that run from Kilimanjaro, swing Tarzan style into the water, enjoy a delightful picnic lunch prepared by our guides and maybe have a beer or two.

Refreshed and relaxed (although probably still a bit achy), we’ll head back to Moshi ready for our safari tomorrow.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Maasai Village & Kikuletwa Hot Springs
Day 12: Tarangire National Park

We’ll spend the next few days on a camping safari to Tarangire National Park, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, 3 of the most spectacular safari destinations in the world and the perfect place to look for the ‘Big Five’.

We’ll leave Moshi early, arriving in the Tarangire in the afternoon. 

Tarangire is one of the best places to spot elephants in all of Africa and the best in East Africa so you will not be disappointed if elephants are number 1 on your safari bucket list.

Today is the departure day for those not coming on safari.

11-Night Trip

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Activities: None

15-Night Trip

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Tarangire National Park Safari
Day 13: Serengeti National Park

We’ll leave Tarangire early, we’ll arrive in the Serengeti in the afternoon.

As we drive into the park, there will be plenty of opportunities to spot some wildlife! Believe me, you’ll be singing Circle of Life all the way in!!

You’ll go to sleep to the sounds of hyenas cackling and maybe even hear the odd lion roar or elephant trumpet in the distance (or possibly nearby).

It’s not uncommon for animals to wander through the campsite at night so it’s always an adventure!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Serengeti Safari
Day 14: The Ngorongoro Crater

We’ll be up and out early for another game drive in the Serengeti looking for animals who are usually very active in the morning before it gets too hot.

You’ll likely see zebras milling about the camp as you go to brush your teeth and we’ll share stories of the noises we heard in the night over breakfast.

The Serengeti has an abundance of wildlife and we will be there during the migration, so you won’t be disappointed! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and all the other animals you could ever hope to see on safari.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the Ngorongoro Crater, where we’ll set up camp on the crater rim. When the sun goes down, we’ll relax around the campfire and under the stars at our campsite.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Serengeti Safari
Day 15: Arusha

After another early start, we’ll head down into the Ngorongoro Crater for another day on safari.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact crater in the world, formed 3 million years ago when a volcano (reportedly higher than Kilimanjaro) collapsed. The result is one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth.

Inside the crater is filled with animals and if we’re lucky we might see an endangered black rhino or two.

In the afternoon, we’ll head back to Arusha, where we’ll freshen up (aka have a good wash and scrub off the safari dust) before heading out for a well-deserved dinner.

Those who want to can have a night out on the town (if you aren’t too tired)!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Safari
Day 16: Departure Day

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime!

We can arrange the transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

PLEASE NOTE: Alternatively, you can continue your trip by joining on the incredible Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure!

If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Activities: None

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

 

Essential Info

Duration: 11 or 15 Nights

Dates:

  • 11 Nights: 29 July – 9 August 2020
  • 15 Nights: 29 July – 13 August (inc Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Tarangire Safari)

Start: Moshi

Finish: Arusha

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Tough

Cost:

  • 11 Nights: £2,195 + $1000 (local payment, paid on arrival)
  • 15 Nights: £2,795 + $1000 (local payment, paid on arrival)
  • Price includes tips for Kilimanjaro Guides & Porters

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

 

Support

  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

Meals

  • 11 Nights: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners.
  • 15 Nights: 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 11 or 15 nights accommodation in good quality camps and guesthouses. We will be camping on Kilimanjaro and whilst on safari in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire National Park (all camping equipment provided).

Transport

  • Airport Pick Up.
  • All transport within Tanzania to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, safari vehicle & mini bus.

Activities

  • Welcome Meal
  • 8-day Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Expedition (including amazing Guides & Porters, all drinking water, all meals, permits, park fees, camping equipment and our own private toilet)
  • Tips for Kilimanjaro Guides, Porters & Cooks
  • Celebratory Meal
  • Maasai Village Experience
  • Swimming and Picnic at the Kikuletwa Hot Springs

Activities (Safari Add-On)

  • Serengeti National Park Safari
  • Ngorongoro Crater Safari
  • Tarangire National Park Safari
  • Curio Shop Visit

 

  • Flights.
  • Departure transfer (however we can arrange these for you).
  • Visas (if needed).
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance (required).
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides (Kilimanjaro tips ARE included).

You will make 3 payments:

  • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
  • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
  • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

  • 11 Nights: 29 July – 9 August 2020
  • 15 Nights: 29 July – 13 August (inc Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Tarangire Safari)

Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. 

Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket. 

If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on. 

If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones. 

Please always read the small print.

Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

  • Name of insurance provider.
  • Your policy number.
  • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
  • Your next of kin name and number.

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