2 PEAK CHALLENGE IN TANZANIA WITH SERENGETI SAFARI
Acclimatisation trek on lovely Mount Meru
Game drive in the Serengeti National Park
Trek the scenic Lemosho route on Kilimanjaro
Mt Meru is a real gem of a mountain and is often ignored by trekkers who only seem intent on climbing Kili. Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania at 4,565 m. There are great views down to the subsidiary cinder cone on the crater floor and of course across to Kilimanjaro for the next climb. Combining trekking to the summits of the Africa’s continent’s highest and fifth highest peaks. Starting with the beautiful ascent of Mt. Meru – an exceptional crater rimroller – coaster warm up and acclimatization trek for the big one – Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho route. .
Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route
The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on the mountain, and a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Most of our clients use this route and love it.
The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge. Unlike the popular Machame route, which simply intersects the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho route crosses the entirety of the plain from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. An added bonus is that climbers will encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. Descent is made via the Mweka route.
The Serengeti is Africa’s most famous park. Renowned for its incredible concentrations of predators and the Great Serengeti Migration of two million wildebeest, the Serengeti guarantees an exceptional safari. The endless grassy plains (Serengeti in Maasai) are the richest grazing grounds on the continent, and therefore home to the largest herds and the highest concentrations of predators on the planet.To focus solely on the Serengeti’s Migration would be to do the Serengeti a grave injustice. Even taking the Great Migration out of the equation, it can be argued that the Serengeti is still the finest park in Africa
Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (IATA code: JRO). Eco-Africa Climbing representative will be there to collect and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. That night or early the next morning you will meet the rest of the group and the Eco-Africa Climbing crew. Your Eco-Africa Climbing guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing.
Day 2: Moshi – Arusha National Park-Momella Gate.
After an early morning breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Momella Gate in Arusha National Park. At this time, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent in Arusha National Park. The first day of hiking is similar to a walking safari; you should expect to see giraffes, zebras, antelope, buffalo, and potentially elephants near the trail. Due to the high possibility of spotting wildlife, an armed ranger, hired through the National Park, is required to hike with our team for the duration of the hike. As you continue hiking, you will pass the Ngarenanyuki River and a beautiful waterfall at the base of Mt. Meru. Upon arriving to Miriakamba Hut (2500m), your chef will prepare a hot dinner and washing water for you. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and overnight.
Elevation(m): (1,387 m to (1,500 m) | Distance: 10 km | Hiking Time: 5-7 hours | Habitat: Montane Forest.
Day 3: Mariakamba – Saddle
After breakfast, you will start ascending up the steep trail along the ridge of the saddle. You may see various wildlife along the way! The trail has views of Mt. Meru Crater and the Ash Tray. When you arrive at camp, you have the option of hiking Little Mt. Meru (3820m) with your guide to further acclimate. You will be served an early dinner, so you can receive ample rest before your midnight summit attempt. Get to sleep by 1900.
Elevation (m): 2,514 m to 3,570 m | Distance: 8 km | Hiking Time: 3-5 hours | Habitat: Forest and Moorland.
Day 4: Saddle – Summit – Mariakamba
Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30am. The trail starts off on a steep grade to Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). The last hour of the hike you will scamble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500m) for dinner and overnight.
Elevation (m): 3,570 m to 4,565m to 2,514m | Distance: 5 km up 13 km down | Hiking Time: 10 – 12 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.
Day 5: Mariakamba – Momella Gate
After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate. We will hike through forest and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will be greeted by our driver who will take you back to the Hotel.
Elevation (m): 2,514 m to 1,500 m to 1,387 m | Distance: 10 km | Hiking time: 2-3 hours | Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 6: Hotel Relaxing
Spend a relaxing day by the pool or have a stroll around. A walk to this small town of Moshi with view of the mountain is as good as it reveals. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 7 Lemosho Gate – BigTree Camp
The day begins with a long drive to Londrossi Park Gate (2100 m) for registration. Pass through village
communities to the trailhead to start hiking on the route along a narrow forest path to reach Mti
Mkubwa (Big Tree) campsite (2800 m).
Trekking Time: 2-3 hours ⎟ Distance: 5 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 411 m.
DAY 8: Big Tree Camp – Shira Hut 1
Leaving the forest, the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone towards the valley.
A gentle grade walk takes you across the high altitude Shira Caldera past Shira Cave (views of Arrow
glacier) at 3500 m and then gently downwards to Shira Hut 1 located near a stream on the Shira Plateau.
Trekking Time: 3 hours ⎟ Distance: 8 km ⎟ Altitude Gain: 719 m.
DAY 9: Shira Hut 1 – Shira Hut 2
A gentle hike across the plateau within the moorland meadow takes you to Shira Hut 2 for the afternoon
Many hikes are available on the Plateau, making this a great day for acclimatization.
Trekking Time: 3 hours ⎟ Distance: 7 km ⎟ Altitude Gain: 321 m
DAY 10: Shira Hut 2 – Barranco Camp
Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. Traverse the
southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western
Breach to reach Barranco camp (3900 m). The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600 m), but you will
have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to avoid altitude sickness by aiding your
bodies in acclimatization.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hours ⎟ Distance: 10 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 60 m
DAY 11: Barranco Camp -Karanga Valley
Start the day by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. Then exit steeply, up what
has been termed the Breakfast Wall, which divides you from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It is a climb
over rocks, although not technical. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, head towards the
Karanga Valley (4000 m) for overnight.
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours ⎟ Distance: 5 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 100 m
DAY 12: Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp
The day is characterized by a short hike on terrain formed by scree. Walk through arid land towards
Barafu Camp (4600 m) where you have the entire afternoon to rest before ascending towards the summit.
Trekking Time: 2-4 hours ⎟ Distance: 4 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 600 m
DAY 13: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Millennium Camp
We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting around midnight, walking steeply
upwards to the summit glaciers. You will be climbing scree for 5 to 6 hours but you gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. You should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5750 m) as the first rays of the sun emerge. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround you and the views to Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walk takes you to your goal, the summit of Uhuru (5896 m), the highest point; Uhuru means freedom in Swahili.
Trekking Time: 6-8 hours ⎟Distance: 7 km ⎟Altitude Gain: 1296 m
After a quick celebration and photos at the top, you will begin the descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope back to Barafu Camp for breakfast and a short rest before finally heading down to Millennium Camp (3000 m) for a well-earned rest. On the descent, you will have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi peak.
Trekking Time: 6-8 hours ⎟ Distance: 12 km ⎟Altitude Loss: 2896 m
DAY 14: Millennium Camp – Moshi
A gentle trek takes you down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate (1640 m), where
park formalities will be completed, you will be met by our vehicles, and receive your certificate of ascent
courtesy of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. Thereafter, drive back to Moshi where you can treat
yourself to a well-earned shower and a cold beer or two.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours ⎟ Distance: 10 km⎟ Altitude Loss: 1360 m
Day 15: Drive to Serengeti
On this day morning you will start by driving from Moshi to the Serengeti National Park crossing the Masaai Steppe and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, entering the Serengeti via Naabi Hill Gate. If you flying from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam you will take the Morning (09.00 hrs flight straight to Seronera Airstrip where you will be picked by our Safari driver guide. The afternoon will be spent doing game drives in Serengeti until late afternoon when you will drive and check in at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 16: Safari Serengeti
We can wake up early for a sunrise game drive in the Serengeti at Dawn if you wish. This should be discussed with your safari guide on the previous night. After the early morning game drive you will take breakfast at the lodge/camp then leave with a packed lunch and spend the whole day in the endless plains of the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park is the largest part of the Serengeti – Masai Mara Ecosystem that stretches into Kenya and is the stage for the Annual Wildebeests Migration that sees Millions of Wildebeests, Zebras and Gazelles trek thousands of Kilometers in search of pasture and Water. Serengeti is also the home for some amazing numbers of wild animals and bird life. Overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp. All meals are included. Breakfast, Lunch/lunch box and dinner.
Day 17: Serengeti to Arusha or Moshi
Early morning game drive can be done and after breakfast you will check out and drive back to Moshi, Arusha or to the Seronera Airstrip for your flight Back to Arusha town where the Serengeti Safari ends. This safari can be done in 4 or 5 Days depending on your Preference and availability of time. This Serengeti tour can be done while staying at luxury, or Mid-range or budget safari lodges/ tented Camps, or as a Camping safari The Serengeti Safari can only be done as a private safari and we can include your arrival airport pickup and Accommodation at Moshi or Arusha. This Safari can start from Moshi, Arusha, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam or even from Mwanza Tanzania.
$ 8500 per person for group join Minimum 4 people to departure and Maximum 12 people
Our package includes the following
2 transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro airport.
Carbon Offset with Certificate.
Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees.
Adequate and appropriate number of guides, porters, and cooks for your group.
All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees.
Transfers to and from the route gate(s) (4 transfers)
Sleeping mattress pad(s), dining tent(s), sleeping tent(s), and crew’s equipment– Dining tent and sleeping tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
4 nights in a hotel in Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis and Double Occupancy ( before trekking & after trekking).
3 full fresh meals daily. We provide fresh food on the mountain in plentiful and well prepared by skilled professional cooker (we also consider your choice of food that you would prefer -Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian). Menu especially designed for climbers.
Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provided everyday on the mountain.
3-4 liters of mineral (per Climber) provided daily during the climb
Portable toilet for the trek with the tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
Emergency evacuation covers with AMREF Flying Doctors for Kilimanjaro trek.
Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team) and Arusha National Park rescue fees.
Chief guide carries a Pulse Ox meter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.
Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
Salaries for mountain support crew, as per required KINAPA and KPAP.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.
Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.
Kilimanjaro National Park and Arusha National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
03 days private safari from /back to Moshi or Arusha
Transport and game drives in clean well maintained 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
All game reserve entry fees
All game drives as mentioned
02 x FB at safari lodges or tented camp as per your itinerary
One and a half liter mineral water per person / day during game drives
Tourist Development Levy
Wildlife Management Area Fees where applicable
Value Added Tax by Tanzania Revenue Authority
Excluded from Package rates:
International and Domestic Flights.
Items of a personal nature.
Compulsory tips for guides, porters, cook, safari guide & lodge /camp staff.
Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders).
Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended).
Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Accommodation at Moshi or Arusha after the safari.
Laundry services during the safari.
Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks & beverages.
Air Balloon at Serengeti ( $ 570 per person including concession fees)
Costs of additional services:
Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $800.
Extra porter, for excess gear, $30 per day.
Extra hotel night in Moshi, check in 11AM, check out 10AM, per double room $180.
Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardware Lamina, synthetic -30F, per trip $50.
Trekking poles rental, telescopic, per trip $20.
Materuni Waterfall (1 day trip), cost $50 per person.
Marangu Coffee Tour (1 day trip), cost $75 per person.