Kilimanjaro

Challenge yourself! Go do it! Climb Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet/5,895m the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, rising in majestic isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland of 2,953 feet. Our team is here to support you, encourage you, guide you, prepare you and celebrate with you. Mt. Kilimanjaro must be taken seriously, but there is no challenge within your comfort zone. It will challenge you and it will change you!

Kilimanjaro, the name itself, is a mystery obscured in the clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans! But putting the meaning of the name aside, when you see this marvel of East Africa, you understand why. It is actually a dormant volcano.

Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits with people able to reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. Although not technically challenging, one needs to consider the high elevation, low temperature and occasional high winds that can turn it into a difficult trek. Those who reach Uhruru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater will have earned their climbing certificates – AND their memories!

Climbing “Kili” can be accomplished using various routes but all of them lead you through a virtual climactic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. You start at the cultivated foot slopes giving way to lush mountain forests inhabited by elusive elephants, leopard, buffalo, small antelopes and primates. Ascend to the moorland zone where a cover of giant heather is studded with giant lobelias. Above 13,000 feet, a surreal 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.
Best times to ascend

Possibility is year round but clearest and warmest conditions are end of December to February and September. Dryer and colder conditions are generally found in June, July to September/October. March to beginning of June and November/beginning December are rainy season making the slopes very slippery and possibly treacherous.

How many days should I climb

Adjusting to the altitude takes your body time. The longer you allow your body to adjust to the altitude the better it will be able to cope, although each person adjusts differently. There is a big indication that the more days spent on the climb do increase the success rate to of climbers that reach the top.  Therefore the key to a safe, successful climb is to take the longest routes possible. And on the trek itself, your guides will continually say “pole,pole”. Take your time. Rushing it is not the way to go.

Which Route to ChooseOur ClimbsNon Peak OptionsWhy Trek With UsOur CrewEquipmentSafetyConscientious Care of EnvironmentExperience & ExpertiseSafari Extensions
Which Route to Choose

There are three different approaches – West, North and South. Choice of route depends on the amount of time you have available, the importance of the route’s scenery for you, degree of difficulty, and how crowded a route can get depending on time of year. It is important to keep in mind that acclimatization takes time and the more time you have available the better your body will be able to cope with the altitude and you will have an increased success in reaching the top. The Machame and Marangu are the busiest in regards to foot traffic followed by less traffic on the Lemosho and Rongai Route.

Distances, Elevations and Hike Time Comparisons for the various Routes

The distances and hike times can vary enormously depending on the exact route taken. The following data is for guideline purposes only to help with your decision.

DAYMachame 6 Daysstart altitudemax altitudeend altitudevertical gaindropMilesKMHike Time (hrs)
TOTALS205802334033.365747
1Machame gate to Machame camp49001000010000410006.21107
2Machame camp to Shira camp10000132001260032006002.657
3Shira camp to Barranco camp126001510012800250023006108
4Barranco camp to Barafu camp128001510015100230004.8588
5Barafu camp to Stella Point (18,865 ft) to Uhuru Peak down to Barafu to Millenium camp15100193401234042407000
Barafu to Stella Point to Uhuru Peak to Stella Point to Barafu151001934015100424042404.4810
Barafu to Millenium151001510012340027602.342
6Millenium camp to Mweka gate12340123405900064407125

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DAYMACHAME 7 DAYSstart altitudemax altitudeend altitudevertical gaindropMilesKMHike Time (hrs)
TOTALS166701667033.565846
1Machame gate to Machame camp59001000010000410006.21107
2Machame camp to Shira camp10000132001260032006002.657
3Shira camp to Barranco camp126001510012800250023006108
4Barranco camp to Karanga camp1280013780134509803303.154
5Karanga camp to Barafu camp134501510015100165001.9543
6Barafu to Stella Point to Uhuru Peak to Stella Point to Barafu151001934015100424042404.4810
Barafu to Millenium151001510012340027602.342
7Millenium camp to Mweka gate12340123405900064407125

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DAYRONGAI 6 DAYSstart altitudemax altitudeend altitudevertical gaindropMilesKMHike Time (hrs)
TOTALS129401294041.577141.5
1Nale Muru gate (Rongai) to Simba Caves640085508550215004.583
2Simba caves to Kikelewa85501181511815326507128.5
3Kikelewa to Mawenzi camp118151420014200238502.1543
4Mawenzi camp to Kibo camp142001542015420122004.9585
5Kibo to Gilman's to Stella to Uhuru and back to Kibo Hut154201934015420392039205.721011
Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut154201542012160032605.75105
6Horombo to Marangu exit gate121601216064000576011.5196

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DAYRONGAI 7 DAYSstart altitudemax altitudeend altitudevertical gaindropMilesKMHike Time (hrs)
TOTALS138401384038.856644.5
1Nale Muru gate (Rongai) to Simba Caves640085508550215004.583
2Simba caves to Kikelewa85501181511815326507128.5
3Kikelewa to Mawenzi camp118151420014200238502.1543
4Mawenzi camp acclimatisation day1420015100142009009001.533
5Mawenzi camp to Kibo camp142001542015420122004.9585
6Kibo to Gilman's Point (18,650 ft) to Uhuru Peak, descend to Kibo.1542019340154203920392061011
Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut154201542012160032605.75105
7Horombo Hut to Marangu gate121601216064000576011.5196

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DAYSHIRA 6 DAYSstart altitudemax altitudeend altitudevertical gaindropMilesKMHike Time (hrs)
TOTALS142901574039.556745
1Londorossi gate to Murram Barrier73501220512205485508.3147
2Murram Barrier to Shira 112205126001260039506.2105
3Shira camp 1 to Barranco camp126001510012800250023006.5118
4Barranco camp to Barafu camp128001510015100230004.8588
5Barafu to Stella Point to Uhuru Peak to Stella Point to Barafu151001934015100424042404.4810
Barafu to Millenium151001510012340027602.342
6Millenium camp to Mweka gate12340123405900064407125

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DAYSHIRA 7 DAYSstart altitudemax altitudeend altitudevertical gaindropMilesKMHike Time (hrs)
TOTALS146201607039.756844
1Londorossi gate to Murram Barrier73501220512205485508.3147
2Murram Barrier to Shira 112205126001260039506.2105
3Shira camp 1 to Barranco camp126001510012800250023006.5118
4Barranco camp to Karanga camp1280013780134509803303.154
5Karanga camp to Barafu camp134501510015100165001.9543
6Barafu to Stella Point to Uhuru Peak to Stella Point to Barafu151001934015100424042404.4810
Barafu to Millenium151001510012340027602.342
7Millenium camp to Mweka gate12340123405900064407125

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DAYLEMOSHO 8 DAYSstart altitudemax altitudeend altitudevertical gaindropMilesKMHike Time (hrs)
TOTALS1544116070376452
1Lemosho to Forest camp73809385938520050357
2Forest to Shira 1 Camp9385116801168022950477
3Shira 1 to Moir Camp116801345113451177105.595.5
Moir Camp to Barranco Camp126001510012800250023006108
4Barranco camp to Karanga camp128001378013450980330354
5Karanga camp to Barafu camp13450151001510016500243
6Barafu to Stella Point to Uhuru Peak to Stella Point to Barafu151001934015100424042404810
Barafu to Millenium15100151001234002760242
7Millenium camp to Mweka gate12340123405900064407125
Crater Camp Decisions

Crater Camp lies at an altitude of 18,800 feet/5,750 m and is a very unique place that allows you to explore the glaciers or even hike to Reutsch Crater and the ash pit. Yet, because of it’s extreme altitude, if you are not acclimatized properly, it can be very dangerous and serious AMS is a strong possibility. If you wish to include a night at crater camp please inquire with us. All our crater camp overnight treks have mandatory Gamow Bag as part of the standard equipment. We only recommend an overnight at Crater Camp if you choose an itinerary with 9 nights on the mountain and 3 nights near or above 15.000 feet before sleeping at Crater Camp.

Western Breach Option

Ascents via the Western Breach are inherently more dangerous than other routes due to the increased danger of rock fall as well as short sections of scrambling at high altitude and the possibility of increased snow and ice with the associated slipping hazards. It is mandatory for all climbers on the route to wear safety climbing helmets. Please inquire with us for several options on this route.

Considerations for your route selection*
Route Days Adventure Scenery Remoteness Exertions  
Lemosho 8 day Stella Point 88989A great Lemosho trip
Machame 7 day Stella Point 77877The best all round trip. Yes it’s busy,because it is a great route.
Lemosho 7 day Stella Point 789810Exertive Lemosho
Lemosho No Circuit 8 days Gilman’s 89699Off the beaten track, ascends via Gilman’s point
Machame 6 day Stella Point 678710Price conscious OR very fit
Rongai 7 day Gilman’s Point 78997A great all round trip, more off the beaten track than Machame
Rongai 6 day Gilman’s Point66689Fit people, off the beaten track
Umbwe 6 day Stella Point 68688Fitter / adventurous types
Marangu 6 day Gilman’s (note: in huts) 65458Those that want huts
Extreme program:
Shira Northern Circuit 7 days Gilman’s 7961010Off the beaten track– extreme
Additional Trip Options:
Mt. Meru 4 days (note in huts)49768The best Meru trip
Kilimanjaro day trip – Murram Gate 15554A taste of Kilimanjaro for those that don’t have time / energy for more
A Taste of Kilimanjaro – 3 days 35665A taste 3 day program
The Shira Plateau – 4 days 45667A taste 4 day program
High Altitude Ramble – 5 days 55675A taste 5 days – highest without summiting

*these ratings are subject to individual experience and interpretation

Our Climbs

Although we do offer group climbs (see dates and details below) our most popular climbs are private climbs just for you and your climbing partner, due to our competitive pricing. You can start a private climb any day you desire and the advantages are multi-faceted. Walk and rest at your own pace without the limiting factor of the group. Your guides are focused on you and not distracted by other members in your group. Tanzanians are very social and chatting with your crew will give you better local insights and deeper experience than talking with other climbers.

PRIVATE CLIMBS

Please click on the + for complete information on the climb.

Machame 9 Days Private – 7 days trek plus 1 night pre and post trek US$2,983.-pp
Lemosho 10 Days Private – 8 Days Trek plus 1 night each pre and post trek US$3,290.-pp
Rongai 9 Days Private – 7 Days Trek plus 1 night each pre and post trek US$3,098pp

 

Hotel Upgrade: If you prefer to stay at Rivertrees Country Inn   or other hotel in lieu of the Ilboro Safari Lodge in Arusha please inquire.

Add a Day on the Mountain: Adding an extra day for your climb on the mountain for better acclimatization is easily possible from only US$280.-per person, per night. You will feel more comfortable and have a higher success rate to reach the top. Available on all climbs except group climbs.

SOLO Climbers: We can organize solo (1 person) climbs from US$360 added to the above price for  7 day Machame, Umbwe and Rongai. Inquire for other routes.

GROUP CLIMBS

If you wish to join a group departure together with other climbers, we will be undertaking such trips throughout the year.

Pricing for group climbs with 6 or more climbers:

Machame 9 Days  – 7 day group climb plus 1 night pre and post Ilboru Safari Lodge US$2,773.-pp

Rongai 9 days – 7 days group climb plus 1 night pre and post Ilboru Safari Lodge US$2,808.-pp

Lemosho Glades 10 days – 8 day group climb plus 1 night pre and post Ilboru Safari Lodge US$3,040.-pp

We have the following group date climbs available for 2017:

Sat 17 June Machame Route 6 day/5 night hike Everyone welcome
Sat 8 July Machame Route 6 day/5 night hike Everyone welcome
Sat 15 July Rongai Route 6 day/5 night hike Ladies Only
Sat 5 August Machame Route 6 day/5 night hike Everyone welcome
Sat 2 September Machame Route 6 day/5 night hike Ladies ONLY
Sat 30 September Machame Route 6 day/5 night hike Everyone welcome
Sat 14 October Machame Route 6 day/5 night hike Ladies ONLY
Sat 18 November Rongai Route 6 day/5 night hike Everyone welcome
Sat 23 December Machame Route 6 day/5 night hike Everyone welcome

All climbs include:

Fully outfitted climb (3 meals per day), meet and greet at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to your hotel, 2 nights accommodation at Ilboru Safari Lodge with breakfast, pre climb briefing,  transfer to the trailhead. Standard medical emergency evacuation insurance from the mountain to nearest local medical facility. Kilimanjaro National Park Fees, detailed itinerary and hike information packet, Kilimanjaro certificate issued by Kilimanjaro National Park post hike (if you reach Stella Point/Gilmans point or Uhruru Peak)

Please check out the equipment details under the equipment tab on the left

All climbs exclude:

Bottled water (we do provide boiled/filtered drinking water to avoid littering the mountain with bottles), staff tips, flights, visa, mandatory travel/evacuation insurance,

 Example of crew for 2 climbers: 11 crew total consisting of 1 senior guide, 1 assistant guide (if you split up in emergency each one of you will still have a guide) 1 cook and 8 porters

Example of crew for 4 climbers: 16 crew total consisting of 1 senior guide, 1 assistant guide (if you split up in emergency you will still have guide to lead you , 1 cook and 13 porters.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you interrupt your climb, for whatever reason (illness, through choice, bad weather, etc), and return from the mountain early, then you will be liable for extra transport and additional hotel nights, meals, etc. No climbing fees and related costs will be refunded. Extra nights in Arusha due to your early departure from the mountain will have to be settled in Arusha.

Non Peak Options

Perfect itineraries for people who just like to get a “taste” of the mountain without going all the way to the top.

Please click on the + for more details.

Kilimanjaro 3 Days – A Taste of Kilimanjaro – Private Climb
Kilimanjaro 4 Days – The Shira Plateau – Private Climb
Kilimanjaro 5 Days – High altitude Ramble – Private Climb

 

Why trek with us

We are very conscientious not just about our guest’s experience but also our staff.
All our climbs adhere to the following:

  • 24 hour back-up and off mountain team monitors all climbs twice a day
  • Current team of guides, crews and managers have all been working together for over a decade.
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro emergency evacuation insurance included. We take safety seriously.
  • Member of Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project KPAP plus going beyond adhering to their standards and guidance.
  • Member of International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) which is actively following the WTO Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty (STEP) program to promote responsible, sustainable tourism that facilitates benefits from tourism “trickling down” to all members of the local population.
  • Attention to detail: most everything is systemized. Managers follow pre-set checklists and routines for the preparation, execution and completion of every trip to make sure that nothing is missed. We require full client information pre trip and this is used for safety briefings to the crew and kept on file for the duration of any trip. Every item from all zips to the stools are checked pre trip. Our cooks organize purchasing in accordance to dietary limitations and allergic considerations.
  • All mountain guides undergo frequent Mountain Rescue Refresher Courses as well as rope courses
  • All guides are Red Cross First Aid certified or similar
  • All climbs include: pulse oximeter, stethoscope, altitude sickness checklist,  first aid kit, emergency oxygen, cell phone, portable altitude chamber for overnight in crater camp or upon request (extra charge from US$155 per climb)
  • Pre and post climb hotel choice according your budget level
  • Private porter available to carry your hand luggage if you wish (extra charge)
  • High altitude alpine tent. 3 man tent shared only by 2 persons per tent (or one person if you booked a single tent in advance). The tents have aluminium frames with aerodynamic design and a streamlined profile which helps it to stay under the wind. The flysheet is made from Ripstop Nylon, so it won’t be tearing on sharp rocks or branches.
  • We provide compressed foam rubber mattress (1 per climber). You only need, sleeping bag (-15C) ,  hiking poles and personal gear. Staff set up your tents, cook for you and provide you with drinking water and washing water in a bowl.
  • Complete pre-planning and safari or beach add-on choices
  • Group, private and custom treks available
  • There is always a full trip and safety briefing
  • We provide our staff with year round chef training, porter, guide training and refreshers
  • We have in house rental facility so you don’t have to purchase gear you might never use again
  • High guide to climber ratio so you receive the attention you deserve
  • Economical private departures  at any time (versus pre-set group dates) just for the two of you or with friends, for maximum experience
  • Some small group departures available throughout the year to save even more money
  • Complete pre-climb trip planning and physical preparation guidance so you are fully prepared
  • The owner of Adventure To Africa has been a high altitude guide for many years. We understand what’s happening on the mountain, understand the guests concerns and most importantly, understand the utter importance for safety. We not only understand the hard work of the porters but more than respect it.
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Important Preparations

1.Pre Trip: Even before you travel with Adventure To Africa you are expected to furnish us with important information about your health as well as what training you are undertaking and what kit you are bringing. We will assist you with those decisions for you to have the best experience possible. Dietary and allergy information is part of the course.
2.Pre Start: During your briefing, your details and kit are double checked. Guides and crews are fully briefed on all guests.
3.Event: Guides monitor you daily with pulse oximeters and altitude sickness scorecards. If evacuations are required then supplementary oxygen (for high altitude trips) and stretchers are provided.
4.Post Trip: Your feedback is essential and combined with proper guide and crew debriefings and your input we expect our trips to continue to develop and improve, and have done so for 14 years.

Our Crew

We take care of our crew because we understand that it takes a team to make your trip a success. We work as
as a member of KPAP and adhere to the following ethics standards:

Our Kilimanjaro Porter Ethics

We deeply respect our hardworking porters on Kilimanjaro. Without our porters, our treks would not be what they are. We understand and respect that.

  • Member of Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project KPAP and going beyond adhering to their standards and guidance.
  • In addition to being a member of KPAP, an independently employed porter liaison member monitors porter rights and accommodation and provides direct feedback to senior management as an additional layer that porters get what they deserve.
  • Member of International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) which is actively following the WTO Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty (STEP) program to promote responsible, sustainable tourism that facilitates benefits from tourism “trickling down” to all members of the local population.porters
  • Implementation of tipping procedure to ensure that the porters receive the full amount of tip intended for them, we provide details for you in your pre-trip planner for you to double check
  • Upholding mandated weight limits for porter loads – no more than 44 pounds of company weight (your personal allowance is 25 pounds or you may hire additional porter)
  • Ensuring porters have adequate footwear, warm clothing and sleeping gear, tents and groundsheets.
  • Assist with the descent of an ill porter and provide for medical treatment as indicated
  • Our porters have insurance
  • Ensuring transparency in the tipping process.imec
Career progression for our staff

The formal career progression path for most team members is as follows:

Porter
Camp crew
Trainee guide
Assistant guide
Head Guide
Trip leader

Our management team is also made up from head guides and trip leaders that have taken the initiative and shown interest in management. Where ever possible we always try to hire from within and promote according to initiative and competence backed up by supplemental training.

How many crew?

Sometimes people are a little shocked at the numbers of crew involved in these expeditions but bear in mind that you are trekking for multiple days where complete camps have to be carried up and down with all food as well. The employment benefits from these trips are significant and with our teams you’ll love the camaraderie too.

We do not overload our porters and we carry essentials extras such as, oxygen, first aid kits, mess tents, fresh food and so on.

Example of crew for 2 climbers: 11 crew total consisting of 1 senior guide, 1 assistant guide (if you split up in emergency each one of you will still have a guide) 1 cook and 8 porters

Example of crew for 4 climbers: 16 crew total consisting of 1 senior guide, 1 assistant guide (if you split up in emergency you will still have guide to lead you , 1 cook and 13 porters.

We adjust crew according to requirements when needed, ie people that wish to move slower or like to add an extra day ( add a day from only US$280.- per person, per day includes Park fees)

Equipment

 

Category Item STANDARD
CREW
Mountain guide with Mountain Rescue and rope technique y
Assistant guide (s) ( red cross first aid certificated or similar) y
Camp Crew (s) y
Cook (s) y
Porters y
CLIENT TENTS
3 person “pup” alpine tent used for 2 people  y
Compressed Foam Rubber Pad y
MESS TENT
Walk in mess tent  y
Lightweight tables y
Stools y
SAFETY DEVICES
Pulse oximeter y
Altitude sickness checklists y
Stocked first aid kit y
Stethoscope y
Oxygen y
Portable altitude chamber  upon request
OTHER Toilet tent in camp  y
Private portable toilet  upon request
Full trip and safety briefing y


Example of Client Sleeping Tent – NOTE: used for 2 people only

client_sleeping_tent-leightweight-specification

We have the following personal gear available for rent:

Ventex Jacket US$20

Waterproof Pants US$10

Down Jacket US$20

Sleeping Bag and inner sheet US$30

Walking Stick/ski pole US$5each

Gaiters US$10

Gloves US$10

Kit bag US$20

Private Portable Toilet

Prices are for weekly rent and require deposit

We are able to provide optional Luxury Outfitted Climbs (upon request and extra cost)

Luxury Specification has a larger mess tent than the lightweight specification, backed chairs instead of stools, a larger client tent with a 3 inch foam mattress. A pillow and -18 Celcius rated sleeping bag with liner are also included. There is a private portable toilet. Evening meals have an additional course (entrée) and there is fresh pressed coffee available. All in all, highly recommended.
V.I.P Climb available upon request (extra charge)VIP Specification is similar to the Luxury specification but with a larger walk in client tent with a sleeping cot so that guests are raised above the ground. The most comfortable all inclusive specification on the mountain, this is the specification to choose.

Safety is our priority!Safety Devices: We carry the following safety equipment
We carry professional safety equipment and our mountain guides are Mountain Rescue Guides with frequent refreshers.    Assistant Guides are up to date with Red Cross First Aid Certifications or similar.
Emergency oxygen (each cylinder gives -+7 hours of supply) Portable Altitude Chamber provided on any trek staying in Kibo crater as secondary support for supplementary oxygen. Other climbs upon request only.
Conscientious Care of EnvironmentThrough our Tanzania partner we adhere to strict ethical and environmentally responsible standards. We are members of Carbon Tanzania:A global community fully committed to the sustainable management of nature.CONSERVING FORESTS · PRESERVING CULTURES · MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE
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Experience & Expertise

Our Tanzania partner team has been working together for over 20 years. All guest feedback is analyzed and this has allowed us to fine tune our operations over the years.
We are committed to being wage leaders. On high altitude mountains your team is your life line.
Our commitment to our team is your peace of mind. The owner of Adventure To Africa has been a high altitude guide for many years, and understands the importance of a team that has the equipment and ability to take care of you.

SAFARI EXTENSIONS Some of Tanzania’s best safari areas are located within a short distance of Mt. Kilimanjaro. the following are safaris that are ideal for tacking on to a Kili climb. Short on time but not on substance. Our very new acclimitazition safari allows you to see the “Big 5” whilst getting your body ready for your climb at the high altitude retreat. This is a win-win situation and gives you a much better chance to summit and on top of it you will be feeling better because you are acclimatized!For additional  longer safaris please see here.
4 Day Acclimatization Safari US$1,893.-pp -

Go on safari whilst acclimatizing to the altitude prior your Mt. Kilimanjaro climb. The Highlands Camp is a high altitude retreat located at a dizzying 2,710m/8891′ and ideal for your acclimatization whilst safaring in Ngorongoro Crater and going on hikes on the craters surrounding your camp. Accommodation style: Standard

ACCOMODATION STYLE: Luxury

PRICE

US$1,893.- April more information...

3 Day Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara US$1,415.-pp -

Ultimate Safari to see the best in the area and ideal for your post Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb. Makes the best of short time available by flying back to Kilimanjaro to avoid back tracking and traffic through Arusha. Explore famous and game rich Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park as well as Rift Valley more information...