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You'll be out in the coffee fields seeing the whole process, from harvesting to peeling to grinding to drinking coffee. All that while singing and dancing is performed by the local community! Enjoy some delicious African coffee with the chance to buy some to enjoy back home! We provide lunch and beverages of your choice – cold water, sodas, or beer.
You'll be taken to co-owner Thomas’ village to experience authentic Maasai culture. You’ll see firsthand their traditional customs, their boma houses, how they cook, herd cattle, make beads to create necklaces, and maybe even the sacred drinking of blood which typically only happens when there is a shortage of food. Maasai warriors and mamas alike will perform traditional song and dance, with a chance to join if you’d like! We provide lunch and beverages of your choice – cold water, sodas, or beer.
The fifth highest mountain in Africa, this climb is more technical than Kilimanjaro (believe it or not!) but can also be great altitude training for a Kili trek. The path is 3- or 4-days round trip, staying in two different huts along the way. You'll pass thru Arusha National Park, seeing buffalo, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, and other animals before beginning the hike up thru forests to a rocky summit with great views of the surrounding landscape!
Called “Mountain of God” in Massai language due to the fact it is a dormant but active volcano. Generally accompanied with a day trip to Lake Natron, the hike itself is a nighttime adventure. Donkeys will carry your luggage so you can sleep in a hut near the center of the volcano - a very cool and fun experience!
The Lemosho route offers many of the same benefits as the Machame route, as they converge at Barafu hut, and can be done in 7- to 8-days. One main difference with Lemosho over Machame, is that the first 2-days are spent in a truly beautiful and gorgeous rainforest, with great opportunities to see wildlife. Though the longer duration of Lemosho makes it a more expensive route, it also offers a great opportunity for acclimatization, and with that, high success rates for summiting.
The Marangu route, also known as the Coca-Cola route, is one of the most popular routes and the only route to offer hut accommodation. Marangu can be done in 5- to 6-days, and though it's popular, the quick ascent from Kibo hut to the summit makes it recommended for those already familiar with higher altitude climbing for the best summit success rate. Marangu is also the only route to use the same path up and down.
The Machame route is the most popular route, and can be done in 6- to 7-days. Though the trail can be steep at some points, and has many ups and downs, the 7-day trek offers a great opportunity for acclimatization. Both Machame and Lemosho converge at Barafu Hut before the final ascent to the summit. The views on Machame are spectacular, and you will cross Shira Plateau, encounter Lava Tower, and ascend Barranco Wall. For these reasons, it's also considered the most scenic route on Kili.
The Rongai route is the easiest route on Kilimanjaro, and can be done in 6- to 7-days. Rongai is less crowded than Marangu and Machame, while offering great views of landscape (and the possibility of seeing wildlife). Rongai also has great success rates for summiting, with a short push to the summit from the final camp, and a long period for acclimatization. Camp is typically set up under Mawenzi Peak, which is beautiful. Rongai is also one of the drier routes, approaching the mountain from the north side.
The Shira route can be done in 6- to 7-days, and quickly gets you to higher altitudes, though at a cost of skipping the rainforest zone. The Shira route eventually converges with Machame, and Shira is unique in that the first day is spent driving, typically as far as possible, before the hike begins. However, being at higher altitude quicker can give more time for acclimatization, and spending the night in Karanga Valley makes for a short day before summiting. You also get to spend time at Lover's Tower.
The Umbwe route is by far the most difficult route on Kilimanjaro from the geography and elevation gains, and is not recommended for tourists. However, it is also a spectacular route. The Umbwe route can be done in 6- to 7-days, and converges with Machame near Barranco Camp on the second day (versus on the third or fourth day for other routes). The route is very steep, and in many places you must use tree roots as steps and to lift yourself up. The ridge is exposed, and you'll also encounter Rope Rock.
Hot Springs (Moshi)
No, this is not a wildlife watering hole, it’s for people! Swim in the crystal clear water, float lazily in the gentle current through an arching tunnel of green palms, jump off the rope swing – you’d never guess such beauty exits in the semi-arid climate of Moshi and Arusha. It’s a great way to cool off from the African sun, or to relax after a successful summit of Kili! We provide lunch and beverages of your choice – cold water, sodas, or beer.
See bushmen carving creatures from local woods, and animals such as large antelopes, hyenas, and zebras wandering the plains, or birds bathing in the lake! This is a great day trip into the countryside near Arusha. We provide lunch and beverages of your choice – cold water, sodas, or beer.
Flamingos, flamingos, and more fantastic pink flamingos! This is the mating site and food source for both Great Flamingos and Lesser Flamingos. You’ll also see local fishing communities and food markets, giving you the chance to purchase local banana beer if you like. We provide lunch and beverages of your choice.
Note: This is NOT the Lake Manyara safari tour. Lake Manyara is composed of the actual lake, and a National Park. For safari, please check out the listing in the "Safaris" category.
This trip is for the avid bird watcher (or it may turn you into one, the variety of colorful birds is so stunning). You’ll be able to interact with the local community, who are Maasai, and also the local fishing communities. Standing tall beyond the lake is Oldonyo volcano, with an option for a night hike to sleep in a hut on top of the volcano. We provide lunch and beverages of your choice – cold water, sodas, or beer.
As one of the largest lakes in Africa, Lake Victoria is home to hippopotamus, crocodiles, antelopes, and an array of African fish. Depending on which location you’d like to see, you can interact with the Sukuma or Wa-haya tribes. We provide lunch and beverages of your choice – cold water, sodas, or beer.
Located near Mt. Meru, the Arusha waterfalls are a great way to escape in town. Hiking thru the forest, you have two choices of paths to test your skills or have a relaxing time. As you walk, you'll encounter numerous varieties of trees and plants, before trekking along the riverbed to the falls. The falls are a great sight, and depending on the time of year, you can even take a dip in the water! We provide lunch and beverages of your choice – cold water, sodas, or beer.
Hike narrow paths thru lush forests speckled with colorful flowers, pass homes tucked into steep valley walls, and stop by the babbling brook before reaching the 100-foot cascading waterfall. The sound of crashing water will restore you and you can even swim in the waters below the falls and go behind the base of the waterfall (if you can handle it!). A great way to relax after a successful summit of Kili, you can even try local banana beer here! We provide lunch and beverages of your choice.
Safari Package (6-day Tour)
Want to see it all? Try our safari package! We'll spend two days at Serengeti, one day at Tarangire, one day at Ngorongoro Crater, one day at Lake Manyara, and get a free day at Maasailand plus a 10% discount!
Other Custom Package
Interested in a custom package just for you and your friends or family? Want to relax at hot springs or waterfalls after a successful Kilimanjaro summit? Or perhaps have specific animals you'd like to see, or birds you'd like to watch? Schedule with us using this link - we're here to help and create an unforgettable memory and experience!
Arusha National Park
The concentration of Black-and-white Colobus Monkeys, which are the only ruminates in the primate order, is unsurpassed. They are born on trees and die on trees, but are easy to see throughout the Park. The alkaline water of the Momela lakes adds to the concentration of large mammals like buffalo, elephants, giraffes, and zebras plus some carnivores including hyenas, leopards and small cats. The sight of Mt. Meru might make you want to stay a bit longer, and you can spend the night in a campsite or lodge!
Lake Manyara National Park
The glistening waters of the lake entice giraffes, buffalos, wildebeest, zebras, antelope, and even small cats to wallow and drink. Lions love to climb the Sausage trees of this park, hot spring waters attract baboons, and underground springs burst forth at the end of the rain season. So many species of birds, including two types of flamingos, also flock to the waters of Lake Manyara. Camping or lodging are available, giving you plenty of time to explore more, and spy leopards on the early morning light!
Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area
Descend down into one of the most famous calderas, into the home for lions, rhinos, hyenas, wildebeest, zebras, very big elephants, and hippopotamus. It’s simple to see many animals because they're within the boundary of the crater and there throughout the year – they do not migrate. Cruising with the roof up, picnic under big trees while observing hippos, seeing animals at watering holes that don’t dry out anytime of the year, all make this a magical journey. Camping or lodging are available!
Serengeti National Park
The endless plains of Africa come to life in the Serengeti where you can see the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo) and maybe even catch the wildebeest migration. Travel thru the grasslands and Acacia trees, pass volcanic kopje rocks and rivers, and look for small cats, giraffes, and colorful birds to experience the most iconic of all African landscapes. Learn the history of the park and sleep in lodges or public campsites (don’t worry, they're surrounded by protective fencing)!
Tarangire National Park
The heart of Tarangire is the river, which uniquely flows from lowland to highland. Buffalos, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, small cats, antelope all depend on the river for their survival so it’s a sure bet you’ll see the animals of your dreams. You might even see the tree-climbing pythons! Camping and lodging are available so you can immerse yourself in the sounds, sights, and wildlife of this park which sports its own local animal migration!
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