Rock My Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure

Be part of something amazing and join us on an epic adventure climbing Africa’s highest and most iconic mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by an epic Big Five Safari to the incredible Serengeti and stunning Ngorongoro Crater during the exciting Wildebeest Calving Season!

 

Tour Overview

Climbing Kilimanjaro was the most incredible experience of my life, so be part of something incredible and join the Rock My Kilimanjaro & Serengeti Adventure expedition!

This is a 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!

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 I guarantee that it will be one of the best things you’ve ever done! Standing on the ‘Roof of Africa’ is one of the best feelings in the world!

Let’s do this!!!!!!

Down from the mountain, we’ll head out on an incredible ‘Big 5’ safari to see the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, two of the most spectacular safari destinations on earth!

The February 2019 departure coincides with the wildebeest calving. This is an awesome and very dramatic time in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater as around 8000 wildebeest calves are born every day, which makes the predators go wild, so you will likely see a lots of lions and hyenas hunting, often at the same time. David Attenborough, eat your heart out!

PLEASE NOTE: We only work with Kilimanjaro trek providers who are KPAP approved.

£100 OFF THIS TOUR IF YOU SIGN UP BEFORE 31ST DECEMBER 2018!

THE ULTIMATE TANZANIA ADVENTURE: This tour can be combined with the incredible Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure for the ULTIMATE Tanzanian adventure! The combined cost for the 25-night combo tour is  £3285 + $1305* (local payment, paid on arrival).

Essential Info

Duration: 14 Nights

Dates:

  • 15 February – 1 March 2019

Start: Moshi

Finish: Arusha

Maximum Group Size: 10 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Tough

Cost:

  • 14 Nights: £2,495 + $450* (local payment, paid on arrival)

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

* The local payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on arrival to your tour leader in US Dollars. 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.

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 

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Moshi

Dinner

More Than a Drop (or similar)

None

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.

DAY 2: Moshi

Breakfast, Dinner

More Than a Drop (or similar)

Kilimanjaro Briefing

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 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.

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

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Big Tree Camp

Kilimanjaro Trek

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.

DAY 4: Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shira 1 Camp (or similar)

Kilimanjaro Trek

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!

DAY 5: Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shira 2 Camp (or similar)

Kilimanjaro Trek

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!

DAY 6: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Barranco Camp (or similar)

Kilimanjaro Trek

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!

DAY 7:  Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Karanga Camp (or similar)

Kilimanjaro Trek

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

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.

DAY 8: Karanga Camp (3960m) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Barafu Camp

Kilimanjaro Trek

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!

DAY 9: Barafu Camp (4640m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Millennium Camp (or similar)

Kilimanjaro Trek

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. Sliding down the mountain at 4 times the speed we went up.

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

DAY 10:  Moshi

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

More Than a Drop (or similar)

Kilimanjaro Trek

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), before heading back to Moshi for what I can 100% say is THE BEST shower of your life! You’ll never be so glad to see a proper shower and 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!

DAY 11:  Arusha

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Green Mountain Hotel (or similar)

Maasai Village, Hot Springs

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 to Arusha ready for our safari tomorrow.

DAY 12: The Serengeti

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Seronera Campsite (or similar)

Serengeti Safari

We’ll spend the next few days on a camping safari to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, 2 of the most spectacular places in the world and the perfect place to look for the ‘Big Five’.

We’ll leave Arusha early, arriving 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!

DAY 13: Ngorongoro Crater

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Simba Campsite (or similar)

Serengeti Safari

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.

DAY 14:  Arusha

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Green Mountain Hotel (or similar)

Ngorongoro Crater Safari

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) – tonight is party night in Arusha!

DAY 15:  Departure Day

Breakfast, Lunch

None

None

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!

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.

What’s Included?

SUPPORT

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

MEALS

14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 14 dinners.

ACCOMMODATION

14 nights accommodation in good quality camps and guesthouses. We will be camping on Kilimanjaro and whilst on safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

ACTIVITIES

Welcome Meal

8-day Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Expedition (including amazing guides & porters, all drinking water, all meals, permits, camping equipment and our own private toilet)

All Drinking Water on 

Celebratory Meal

Maasai Village Visit

Swimming and Picnic at the Kikulweta Hot Springs

Serengeti National Park Safari 

Ngorongoro Crater Safari

TRANSPORT

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

What’s Not Included?

      • Flights.
      • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
      • Visas (if needed).
      • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
      • Travel/health insurance.
      • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities
  • Tips for local guides.

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime to Tanzania!

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