6-Day Umbwe Route & 7-Day Safari

from $8,580 per person

6 day trek
7 day safari

Please call to discuss flight options. Ask about competitive business class rates.

                        
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Mawenzi Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro Photo credit: Peter Gaylord
Lion in the Serengeti Plains by Andy Biggs Photo credit: Andy Biggs

DAYS 1-2
DEPART NORTH AMERICA AND ARRIVE IN ARUSHA, TANZANIA

A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to tonight’s comfortable lodge.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

 

DAY 3
ACCLIMATIZATION & HIKING DAY IN ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

Explore Arusha National Park on foot with an acclimatization hike where you'll have a chance to see some of Tanzania's most iconic wildlife, including lion, giraffe, zebra, and antelope.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

 

DAY 4
BEGIN TREK TO UMBWE CAVES CAMP (Rainforest)

After lunch at the trailhead, you'll begin your climb through the lush, fertile rainforest. You'll see black-and-white colobus monkeys swinging through the canopy and hundreds of different bird species feasting on the abundant berries and wild figs.

Overnight: Umbwe Caves Camp (9,500’)
Hours trekking: 6-7

 

DAY 5
UMBWE CAVES TO BARRANCO CAMP (Rainforest-Heath)

Journey above the tree line where dense forests give way to tall grasses, shrubs, and hardy lichens on your way to the Great Barranco Valley.

Overnight: Barranco Camp (13,004’)
Hours trekking: 6-7

 

DAY 6
BARRANCO TO KARANGA CAMP (Heath-Alpine Desert)

Jump-start your day with an invigorating rock scramble up the Barranco Wall, affording panoramic views. Then cross the rolling ridges of Karanga Valley to your next camp, where the glaciers of Kibo—Kili’s tallest volcanic cone—loom in the distance.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231’)
Hours trekking: 4-5

 

DAY 7
KARANGA TO BARAFU CAMP (Alpine Desert)

Hike a steady incline over barren, rocky landscapes, through cold air and mist-shrouded valleys. Eat a hearty dinner and prepare your gear before turning in early; in just a few hours you begin the demanding nighttime bid to the summit.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331’)
Hours trekking: 5-6

 

DAY 8
BARAFU TO THE SUMMIT TO MWEKA MILLENNIUM CAMP (Alpine Desert-Arctic Zone-Heath)

Wake before midnight and begin a challenging ascent to the summit. On the way, stop for hot tea and sunrise views over Mawenzi, Kili’s second-highest volcanic cone. Enjoy the stunning views from Uhuru peak before the long descent to camp.

Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500’)
Hours trekking: 6-8 to Summit/4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp


DAY 9
COMPLETE TREK AND TRAVEL BACK TO ARUSHA

Enjoy your final day of trekking through thick forests to the park gate, where you’ll bid farewell to your guides and porters. Transfer to your lodge to take a well-earned shower and rest before continuing on your safari.

Overnight: Mount Meru Hotel
Hours trekking: 4-6


DAYS 10-11
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Depart Arusha for Tarangire, Tanzania’s fourth largest park and one of the best places to view enormous elephant herds. Relax at your private Nyumba Camp, set amongst the park’s dramatic baobab trees. Enjoy delicious dinners and nights around the campfire, under the brilliant stars. 

Overnights: Tarangire Nyumba


DAYS 12-13
NGORONGORO CRATER

Drive towards the Great Rift Valley, into the verdant highlands. Enter into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and stop at a Maasai boma to learn more about this unique culture. Continue on to your Nyumba which is on the crater rim, with time to enjoy a snack before dinner. Because of this camp’s special location, you have a short drive down to the crater floor and more time to marvel at the highest concentrations of animals in East Africa. Take photos of lion and leopard, zebra and wildebeest, hippo and flamingo, and old bull elephants.

Overnights: Ngorongoro Nyumba


DAYS 14-15
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Drive west, stopping at Olduvai Gorge to learn more about this historic archeological site. Continue on to the Serengeti where you’ll traverse the vast plains teeming with wildlife. See lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephant, rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra and the famous wildebeest migration. Enjoy your evenings in the bush, in beautiful, remote and exclusive Nyumba Camps.

Join an optional  hot air balloon ride  to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. (Advanced reservations and additional fees apply).

Overnights: Serengeti Nyumba


DAYS 16-17
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO ARUSHA AND RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA

Take a scenic flight back to Arusha this morning where you'll enjoy a special farewell lunch and time for souvenir shopping. Relax in your day room before an evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for the flight to Amsterdam.

Day Room: Mount Meru Hotel

Extend your discoveries with one of our optional trip extensions. Stroll the colorful streets on the island of Zanzibar … catch intimate glimpses of gorillas in the Virunga Mountains … search for wildlife across uncharted plains in Ruaha National Park … and more.


Additional Details:

Single Accommodations: $820

Personal Porter: $320

Optional Hot Air Balloon Excursion: $540

Please call us to discuss options for international flights to Tanzania.
Ask us about our competitive Business Class fares.



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