MOUNT KILIMANJARO

At 5896m Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain and one of the continent's magnificent sights, It has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The name itself "Kilimanjaro" is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans.

Above the gently rolling hills and plateaux of northern Tanzania rises the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, it’s slopes and glaciers shimmering above the rising clouds. Kilimanjaro is located near the town of Moshi and is a protected area, carefully regulated for climbers to enjoy without leaving a trace of their presence. The mountain’s ecosystems are as strikingly beautiful as they are varied and diverse. On the lowland slopes, much of the mountain is farmland, with coffee, banana, cassava, and maize crops grown for subsistence and cash sale. A few larger coffee farms still exist on the lower slopes, but much of the area outside the national park has been subdivided into small plots. Once inside the park, thick lowland forest covers the lower altitudes and breaks into alpine meadows once the air begins to thin. Near the peak, the landscape is harsh and barren, with rocks and ice the predominant features above a breathtaking African view. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the grandeur, the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe, that belongs to Kilimanjaro. Hiking on the ‘rooftop of Africa’ — the highest point on the continent at 5896 metres — is the adventure of a lifetime, especially because, if paced well, everyone from seasoned trekkers to first-time enthusiasts can scale the snowy peak. For more information, see the ‘Mountain Climbing‘ section under ‘Things to Do. Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa. Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet). Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates. And their memories. But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias. Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent. About Kilimanjaro National Park Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles). Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi. Getting there - 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha. - About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport. What to do - Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes. - Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches. - Trout fishing. - Visit the beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes. Accommodation - Huts and campsites on the mountain. - Several hotels and campsites outside the park in the village of Marangu and town of Moshi also Arusha. NOTE: - Climb slowly to increase your acclimatisation time and maximise your chances of reaching the summit. -  To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountain. NOTE 2: NEW RATES FOR PORTERS AND GUIDES Porters - USD 15 per day Cooks - USD 18 per day Guides - USD 20 per day

Follow The Great Migration

9 days  comfortable safari designed to follow the Great Migration during the July-September period. Beginning in Arusha, guests travel to the Tarangire,Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti park is considered by many to be the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world, with the Wildebeest Migration  being perhaps the best known of the park’s many attractions. The Wildebeest move almost constantly in search of new grass, with most of the population migrating into the northern Serengeti and Kenya from July-September. Predators such as Lions follow the movements of the Wildebeest. This fantastic safari follows the natural parade and offers its guests sights of the migration from the Tarangire River, the vast and wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater and, of course, the Serengeti National Park. Due to the focus of this safari, it is only available from July to September, ensuring the best window for viewing of the Great Migration. Safari  vehicles are fully extended Land Cruisers specially designed to give photographers the most flexibility and maximum space. Experienced Safari Guides: Our driver guides are all silver rated and have thousands of hours of experience throughout the entire Northern Tanzania.

Tanzania Popular National Parks

TANZANIA Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa with over 945 203km². Almost of third of the country is protected for wildlife viewing and it hosts some of the largest game parks on the continent. Safari is a way of life here in Tanzania. The country is home to approximately 120 different tribal groups. The dominant religions are Christianity and Islam, the latter especially along the coast. The official languages of the country are Swahili and English, however many indigenous languages are still spoken. Arabic is widely spoken in the coastal areas and Zanzibar. Each part of the country is vastly different and unique. Offering everything from an endless savannah and the majestic crater to lush green jungles and sparkling turquoise water. Tanzania is sure to please just about every adventurer out there. SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK A name meaning "endless plains" in Masai, the Serengeti is a dream destination for anyone wanting to see Africa. Visitors flock here to witness the epic annual Great Migration through the open grasslands- a massive spectacle with wildebeest herds so large they can be seen from space. The 14,763 sq km Serengeti National Park is also renowned for its predators, especially its lions. Hunting alongside the lions are cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals and more. NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA The 8,292km² Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) in the Southern Serengeti has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for many reasons. Its rich variation in climate, landforms and altitudes allow for several distinct and overlapping ecosystems, allowing for a truly unique game drive. The NCA also contains crucial paleontological evidence of human evolution.  The Ngorongoro Crater itself, was formed from the eruption of a mountain that once dwarfed Kilimanjaro, and contains a rich ecosystem teaming with Wildlife inside it's walls and home to highest concentration of predators in the world.  The crater is not only a UNESCO world heritage site but is also home to 16 endangered black rhinos. TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK This is one of Africa's most underrated parks. Elephants dot the landscape like cattle; it has the second highest concentration of wildlife after the Serengeti and reportedly the highest concentration of elephants in the world. With over 450 species of bird, it is also arguably the best bird watching destination in Tanzania. ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK One Tanzania’s smallest (552 sq km) but most beautiful and topographically varied parks. The stunning Mount Meru and the Ngurdoto Crater, often dubbed little Ngorongoro, provide the perfect backdrop for a walking safari, horse ride or canoe Wildlife is present but for the most part visitors come to this park for trekking or scenery. LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK The dramatic western escarpment of the Rift Valley forms the park’s western border. To the east is the alkaline Lake Manyara, which hosts millions of flamingos during the rains. Lake Manyara is also host to the famous tree climbing lions MAHALE MOUNTAINS Hike the forest paths looking for birds and butterflies, as well as the other shy mammals that quietly live there. Swim in ice-cold pools up in the mountain waterfalls, take a kayak out for a dawn paddle towards the middle of the lake; drink your morning coffee there and enjoy the sunrise coming up over the mountains. In the evening sip cocktails on the old wooden dhow, lazily following the shoreline and stopping to fish along the way, or just relax on the warm sands of the beach with a drink in hand. KATAVI NATIONAL PARK Unsettled and remote, Katavi is a true wilderness. Two enormous plains of knee-high golden grass – Chada and Katasunga – dominate the park, surrounded by varied woodlands and a usually abundant amount of game. Katavi National Park is at its best in the dry season, when the plains fill with thousands of zebra, topi and impala. Hartebeest, giraffe, and Defassa waterbuck are also very common, there's a large population of resident elephants, and some impressive herds of buffalo. SELOUS GAME RESERVE Covering 45,000km² of wilderness, with grassy plains, open woodland, mountains and forests, the Selous Game Reserve (pronounced Selooo and named after the great explorer and hunter, Frederick Courtney Selous) is Africa's largest game reserve, about twice the size of the Serengeti. RUAHA NATIONAL PARK Tanzania's largest park at over 20,000 km2, there are relatively few lodges and campsites, making this Tanzania's best kept secret. Ruaha is well known for its varied dramatic scenery, open plains, rolling hills, hosts of baobabs and the Great Ruaha River. This is an excellent choice for regular safari goers looking for something off the beaten path. MOUNT MERU

At 4566m, Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. About 250 000 years ago, a massive volcanic blast blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the characteristic and distinctive appearance it has today. Last eruption: 1910

At 4566m, Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania. About 250 000 years ago, a massive volcanic blast blew away the entire eastern flank of the mountain and left it with the characteristic and distinctive appearance it has today. The Mt Meru ascent passes through many different vegetation zones. The dry forest of the lower region gives way to a dense mountain rainforest, which then turns into a scrubland. Towards the top of the mountain, the vegetation consists of heath and moorland and is then finally replaced by the stunning baron alpine deserts. As the flora changes the wildlife does so too, which is diverse and equally impressive. During the ascent, you will regularly come across large game such as elephants and buffalos but you may also come across leopards. Due to this, it is obligatory to be accompanied by an armed park ranger on your tour.
 

Wildlife Photo Safari

Photo tour specializing in creating the best photographic wildlife safaris and cultural tours, You want to be confident of being in the right place at the right time, have qualified guides that understand your needs as a photographer, have freedom and flexibility that a small group ensures, and the experience of a lifetime. Photograph Safari Vehicles Our vehicles are fully extended Land Cruisers specially designed to give photographers the most flexibility and maximum space. The roof has a special leather roll back top, so there are no bars holding up a pop-top, which create obstructions of your lens placement. They ensure plenty of space and options for using clamps, molar beanbags, panning plates, and other gear to aid your ability to capture the best images. Experienced Safari Guides Our driver guides are all silver rated and have thousands of hours of experience throughout the entire Northern Tanzania. They understand the needs of photographers and the importance of quickly positioning the vehicle for the best light, composition, and exceptional photographs.

Kilimanjaro Climb-Marangu Route

The Marangu route and this has led potential climbers to think that it is an easy route to the summit. The fact that it requires a minimum of 6 days to complete it does not mean that it is easier than any other route. The only reason that people say it is easier is because it is the only route up Kilimanjaro where you sleep in huts as opposed to tents. An optional acclimatization day at Horombo Huts is highly recommended for those with no prior trekking in altitude experience under their belt. Advance booking of hut accommodation is required to avoid any inconveniences. The route starts from the park headquarters in the village of Marangu and heads straight westwards towards Kibo. The trail goes through lush rainforest, heath and moorland to alpine desert and ultimately the arctic zone at the peak and same route down.

  • Necessary travel papers (documents)
  • Valid passport: Tanzanian visa (if necessary: depends on your citizenship)
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in hotels (DBL, B&B), 5 nights in mountain huts
  • Meals: Full board on the mountain
  • Staff: Local Mountain guides, assistants, cook, porters on the mountain
  • Health and medical insurance: Vaccinations against malaria, yellow fever and cholera are musts, even though the malaria threat is the highest in the coastal areas, minimal in Moshi and practically nonexistent on Kilimanjaro.
  • Weather: There are two rain seasons in East Africa. Though the dates are not fixed, roughly the first one is between late March and early