9-Day Western Approach Route & 5-Day Safari

from $9,280 per person

9 day trek
5 day safari

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Thomson Safaris Mountain camps on Kilimanjaro Tanzania Photo credit: Erik Andrews
Cheetah couple by Randy Hanna Photo credit: Randy Hanna

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 lodge.

Overnight: KIA Lodge

 

DAY 3
ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT NDARAKWAI RANCH (Cultivated Zone)

Warm up with leisurely nature hikes through this private conservation area, where you'll have a chance to spot elephant, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, baboon, and monkey.

Overnight: Ndarakwai Ranch (4,200’)

 

DAY 4
BEGIN TREK TO FOREST CAMP (Rainforest)

As you trek through the lush rainforest landscape, listen to the hundreds of different birdcalls and the cries of the black-and-white Colobus monkeys swinging through the trees overhead.

Overnight: Forest Camp (9,281’)
Hours trekking: 3-4

 

DAY 5
FOREST CAMP TO SHIRA 1 CAMP (Rainforest-Heath)

Journey past ancient volcanic rocks draped in bearded lichen. Trek well above the tree line and across the Shira Plateau, catching your first views of the summit high above.

Overnight: Shira 1 Camp (11,499’)
Hours trekking: 5-6

 

DAY 6
SHIRA 1 TO SHIRA 2 CAMP (Heath)

During an acclimatization day on the Shira Plateau, you can hike to the top of Shira Cathedral, the highest point on Kili’s western shoulder.

Overnight: Shira 2 Camp (12,795’)
Hours trekking: 3-4

 

DAY 7
SHIRA 2 TO LAVA TOWER CAMP (Heath-Alpine Desert)

Colossal boulders take the place of vegetation in this striking, lunar landscape. Before settling in for the evening, take a moment to admire the extraordinary Lava Tower rock formation.

Overnight: Lava Tower Camp (15,213’)
Hours trekking: 4-6

 

DAY 8
LAVA TOWER TO KARANGA CAMP (Alpine Desert-Heath)

Scale the Barranco Wall, where you'll have extraordinary views of Kili's glaciers sparkling above the clouds. Then head back down to a lower altitude camp to help you acclimatize before your summit bids.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231’)
Hours trekking: 6-7

 

DAY 9
KARANGA TO BARAFU CAMP (Heath-Alpine Desert)            

You'll hike a meandering trail through sparse, chilly landscapes before a steady ascent to Barafu Camp, dramatically located on an exposed ridge.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331’)
Hours trekking: 3-4

 

DAY 10
BARAFU TO CRATER CAMP (Alpine Desert-Arctic Zone)

Just as dawn breaks, you set out for the glacier zone atop Kilimanjaro. Climbing roughly 3,000 feet today, you’ll have countless opportunities to marvel at Mawenzi, Kili’s second volcanic cone. At Stella Point, continue about an hour on easy terrain for an afternoon summit. Stand at Uhuru Peak—the highest point in Africa – when you may be the only group there. Take time to celebrate with your fellow trekkers, and snap once-in-a-lifetime photos before descending to your next camp, overnighting in the crater’s soft sands.

Overnight: Crater Camp (18,802’)
Hours trekking: 8-10


DAY 11
CRATER CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA MILLENNIUM CAMP (Arctic Zone-Heath)

After breakfast explore the glaciers and ash pit in the crater, or summit for a second time!  Trek out of the glacier zone and down into the alpine desert before descending to your final camp for your last night on the mountain.

Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500’)
Hours trekking: 1-2 to summit/4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp


DAY 12
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 13-14
NGORONGORO CRATER

After a safari briefing, drive towards the Great Rift Valley into the verdant Ngorongoro Highlands, arriving at the stunning Gibb's Farm in time for a delicious gourmet lunch. The next morning, you will rise early and enjoy a full day of wildlife viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater. Here you'll be amazed as you witness some of the highest concentrations of animals in East Africa, including lion, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, rhino, elephant, flamingo, and a myriad of other species.

Indulge in spa services and various optional activities at Gibb's Farm (additional fees apply).

Overnights: Gibb's Farm


DAYS 15-16
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 17-18
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 a day room before your flight home.

Day Room: Mount Meru Hotel

Interested in a longer safari? View our 7-day safari add-on option.

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: $920

Personal Porter: $420

Optional Hot Air Balloon Excursion: $540

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