The Kilimanjaro Adventurer

The Mount Kilimanjaro Experience With Kilimanjaro Spirit

Mount Kilimanjaro stands 330 kilometres south of the equator, on the northern boundary of Tanzania.  Its location, on an open plain close to the Indian Ocean, and its great size and height strongly influence the climbing conditions.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent.  It is composed of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo at 5,895 metres (19,3400 feet), Mawenzi at 5,149 metres (16,896 feet), and Shira at 3,962 metres (13,000 feet).  It is also one of the world’s highest free standing mountains, its bulk looming 5895 metres above above sea level.  Its long axis lies in a north-west to south-west line for 60 kilometres and, at its widest part, Kilimanjaro is 40 kilometres across.

The Machame Route is a fantastic opportunity to combine mountain skills and experience.  It maximises the time and options available for climbing and allows for a more leisurely pace. The nights are spent camping, and we provide top mountain guides, porters and safari chefs to look after youCamping equipment is provided and it is carried by the porters.  There are no shower / bath facilities while doing the climb, and toilets will be long drops.  You will be provided with a bowl of warm water each morning, on request, to wash with. It is advisable to “walk high, sleep low” – so after a short rest at the camps, walk up another few hundred metres and then return to camp for the evening.  This will help you with acclimatisation to the altitude and assist with a successful summit.

Kilimanjaro National Park comprises the area above the 2,700 metre contour.  It includes the moorland and highland zones, Shira Plateau, Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.  In addition, the Park has six corridors, or rights of way, through the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve.  The Forest Reserve, which is also a Game Reserve, was established in 1921.

The Park was established in 1973 and officially opened in 1977. The Park exists to preserve Mount Kilimanjaro outstanding scenic and geological features and its flora and fauna for the use and enjoyment of all people, present and future.  This is also the aim of the Forest and Game Reserve below the Park itself, and these different agencies are co-operative in the conservation of all the mountain’s resources.

When Is The Best time to Climb Mt Kilimanjaro?

The best time to climb Mt Kilimanjaro is during its two dry seasons, January to mid-March and June to October. You can trek Kilimanjaro in the rainy season but not only is there a much higher chance of trekking in the rain, the summits of Kibo and Mawenzi are likely to be wreathed in thick cloud too. Christmas and New Year, when the weather is far from perfect, are actually the most popular times for climbing Kilimanjaro.

 Which is the best season on Kilimanjaro?

The January to March season tends to be colder and there is a much greater chance of snow on the path at this time. The days, however, are often clearer, with only the occasional brief shower. It is usually an exceptionally beautiful time to climb and is often a little quieter than the other peak season of June to October. 

 

Mt Kilimanjaro

“As wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun,
was the square top of Mount Kilimanjaro” Ernest Hemingway.

The first written reference to Mt. Kilimanjaro was by Ptolemy but even so, Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free standing mountain in the world remained relatively unknown to the outside world until 1848.

Snow capped and shrouded by clouds, the local Chagga people called it ‘Kilema Kyaro’ meaning ‘that which cannot be conquered’ or ‘that which makes a journey impossible.’ Today, it is the dream of every adventurer to conquer its summit and stand on the “roof of Africa.”

Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 19 340 feet, (5895m) this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest “free standing” mountain in the world.

Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for the successful trekker, as well as the satisfaction of conquering this mighty peak.

It is not for the faint-hearted – this will test you to your limits, mentally as well as physically. The main problems encountered are altitude sickness, which can be countered by use of medicines, and lack of oxygen.

The standard route is a hike – no climbing as such. It is very cold – correct kit is a must – but our kit lists and hire equipment are top quality. We have personally done the major routes; so can offer first hand advice.

Good preparation and advice, as well as good guides on the mountain, have given us an over 95% success rate (the average is 60%) – this type of thing is a “once in a lifetime ” challenge, and must not be taken lightly.

We ensure that all our climbers have all the facts – medical list, equipment list, etc, long before they travel – possibly the reason for our success rate.

Any reasonably fit person who enjoys walking can reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. The youngest to make it was nine years old – the oldest seventy-nine.

While thousands of people scramble to the top of Kilimanjaro each year, there are some extremely severe climbs available to the experienced mountaineer. There are several principal hiking routes up the mountain, like the Marangu (Coca Cola), Shira, Londorossi, Rongai, Umbwe and Machame.

The Shira plateau can be reached with a four-wheel drive vehicle up to 4 000 metres. These routes are marked and provided with simple bivouac huts and water, we choose to camp on all of these routes (except Marangu which offers communal huts)

The Machame route is one of the more scenic routes up the mountain, after the Umbwe route, this is probably the most beautiful route by which to ascend the mountain. Nights are spent in ‘alpine tents’ sleeping two persons per tent (three person tents, so there is space for your luggage).

All your supplies and camping equipment are portaged up for you (tents, 20-25 mm compressed foam sleeping mats, awnings, stools, lights, etc), and your meals are prepared.

Your personal baggage limit is 12kg for the climb.

South African tents and sleeping mats are supplied on this trip.
The Keys Hotel, your base hotel, is located in Moshi and has a swimming pool, indoor bar and garden area, patio, restaurant and satellite television coverage. The rooms are clean, neat and comfortable. Showers are en-suite with hot/cold water. It is one of the best hotels in town, although fairly basic by South African standards. The staff are very friendly and ‘nothing is too much trouble’.

The guides employed are excellent (some have climbed Kili over 400 times)! They are employed by the Keys Hotel and have looked after a multitude of our clients. Each trip is lead by a senior guide, with other guides in a ratio of approximately one guide per 2 or 3 climbers – if you are a bit slower than the rest or get ill and have to descend, a guide will always be with you.

Food served on the mountain is generally plain and wholesome, including a lot of carbohydrates, stews and soups, vegetables and fresh fruit. Vegetarians are catered for, but please notify us in advance.

When flying, we strongly suggest you wear / carry on your boots, wet weather gear and cameras – these are crucial for your climb, and you do not want to risk losing them in the hold. Make sure you have your yellow fever certificate with you – as it will be asked for on in Tanzania and on arrival back home.

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a Representative from Keys Hotel and transferred to the hotel in Moshi (approx 1 – 1 ½ hour’s drive), where you will overnight including a continental breakfast.

There are two sister hotels – Keys Mbokomo and Keys Uru. Both of these hotels have good views of Mount Kilimanjaro and are classified as modern “Tourist” standard hotels.
They are of medium size, and rooms are all en-suite.
Some have air-conditioning, television and mini-bar.

Meals consist of buffet continental breakfast, full restaurant meals, bar snacks served all day and occasional barbecues. A bar with a full range of drinks including beers, bottled
water and soft drinks is available.

Amenities include room service, full laundry service, swimming pool, international telephone, facsimile and internet services, car parking and security.
Leave any excess clothing and valuables at the hotel – they will lock them up for
you.

Pack your bag carefully for the climb – remember the weight limit of 12kg.

Optional Tours

Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Safari

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Led By: Locally LED
  • Price: $1,463.00
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Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari

  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Led By: Locally LED
  • Price: $2,395.00
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Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari

  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Led By: Locally LED
  • Price: $2195
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Safari

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Led By: Locally LED
  • Price: 2 Persons sharing 1,679.00 per person, 4 Persons sharing 1463.00 per person
See Itinerary

 

 

Inclusion

What’s Included

The following are included in the price of your Mount Kilimanjaro trekking adventure trip:

  • Airport/Hotel accommodation transfers
  • Accommodation 2 nights twin share, Keys Hotel in Moshi (pre and post trek only)
  • Breakfast on 2 mornings at Keys Hotel
  • Transport to and from National Park Gate
  • National park fees and Campsite fees
  • All meals during the trek
  • Experienced Guides and Porters
  • Tent and Mattress
  • Certificate on completion
  • Wild Spirit shirt

 

What’s Not Included

The following are not included in the price of your Mount Kilimanjaro trekking adventure trip:

  • International flights and Domestic flights (within Australia)
  • Anti-malaria medication and / or inoculations as recommended by your Doctor
  • Personal first aid and personal care items
  • Medical Assessment (Wild Spirit will provide each person with a Doctors letter to take to your local Doctor)
  • Visa for entry into Tanzania
  • Passport
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Insurance needs to include provision for a medical evacuation from Mount Kilimanjaro)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. telephone calls, drinks, meals, room service etc)
  • Tips (budget approx $140-160 per person for any of the six day camping route)
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Moshi
  • “Trekking Gear List” items
  • All expenses relating to a Medical Evacuation (refer to Booking Terms & Conditions)

Safari Options

Ngorongoro Conservation Area 2 Nights

Adventure Grade” Camping Safaris

“Adventure Grade” Camping Safaris are run with a crew of a cook / assistant plus guide. It is a viable option for those keen to camp and stay in more remote places.
You are accompanied by an experienced, knowledgeable guide, a camp assistant and a cook – all fully trained professionals who will prioritise your comfort and safety as well as striving to ensure optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your journey.

Meals usually consist of a cooked breakfast or brunch, light lunch and a three course dinner. Fridges are used for safe and efficient storage of meat and food, and cool boxes are used for keeping your drinks cold – your guide will show you the best places to purchase these prior to departure and along the way.

You are requested to erect your own tent on arrival at camp and dismantle your tent on departure. This is very simple to do and takes about five minutes – your guide will show you how this is done. The balance of the chores (cooking, washing up, etc) will be taken care of by the camp assistant and cook.

It is important to note that this is a quality camping product, and not a luxury mobile camp. Accommodation is in the public campsites of Tanzania’s National Parks and, despite our best efforts, we have very little control over the quality and standards of ablution facilities at the campsite.

Please be aware that the toilets in public campsites are long-drop style without flush.

Game viewing at Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch included.
Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment.
The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre national park, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting biodiversity of fauna and flora can be observed here and a variety of large mammal species including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion.

Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephant and, for keen birders, Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity.

After game viewing, you will weave your way upwards into the dense forest slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, pausing to admire the splendid view of the crater floor 600 m below at Heroes Point, before driving on to our campsite on the rim of the Ngorongoro caldera.

If we arrive and set up camp in good time, you may consider an early evening/sunset visit to a Maasai boma where you can spend some time learning about the culture, traditions and beliefs of this ancient, noble warrior tribe. This visit is at an additional cost, and should be discussed with, and paid directly to the guide.

Overnight at a public campsite on the crater rim in the conservation area including all meals.

Day 1
A representative of Keys Hotel will meet you at reception (they will advise you the exact time to meet) and transfer you to Arusha Town (arrival around 08h30 at our Offices) for a short briefing. After the briefing your crew will assist you in purchasing water, other beverages or items of a personal nature and help you, if necessary, to exchange money at a bureau de change.
We transfer from Moshi to Arusha, one way in private 4×4 vehicles with game viewing hatches for Adventure Grade. Tonight we camp on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.
The crater rim can be very cold at night and cloaked in mist in the early mornings. It can also be quite bleak and windy (July and August). You will need a heavy jumper, several layers or a very warm jacket here.

Day 2
Today we will descend the steep walls of the crater to admire the microcosms of life within it. We will have a picnic lunch on the floor of the crater at a pleasant lakeside location where we can stretch our legs and soak up the magnificent scenery.

The 8,300km2 Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world largest intact volcanic caldera and within which has evolved an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest populations of large mammals.
The crater floor itself is 260km2 and from the viewing points at the rim the vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra look like mere ant formations winding their way across the grasslands below! The crater is also home to a great diversity of environments and you
may encounter all of the large herbivores mentioned above, as well as lions, hyenas, jackals, male elephants (females and family groups tend to stay up on the higher slopes) and, in the forest around the rim, occasional leopard and bushbuck.
There is an active black rhino breeding project inside the crater and you may be lucky enough to spot some of these magnificent, shy beasts during your tour, but sightings are limited as breeding areas are strictly protected and usually closed to public access.
We spend 6 hours on safari today before driving back to Arusha.

 

Inclusions

  • Transfer from Moshi to Arusha, one way
  • Private 4×4 vehicle with game viewing hatches for Adventure Grade
  • Camping Safari from Arusha, return to Arusha including equipment (Walk-in safari tents (3m x 1.9m x 3m), camp bedroll and bedding, mess tent, tables, chairs, fridges and / or cool boxes), driver / English speaking guide and safari chef, fuel, game drives, all vehicle / staff entries, and Public and Passenger Liability.
  • All the equipment is carried in a trailer. Guests are requested to erect their own tents, but the crew will take care of the rest of the chores.
  • All meals and additional services for Adventure Grade Camping Safari
  • 2 nights camping Ngorongoro Crater
  • Ngorongoro Park Fees.
  • Ngorongoro Camp Fees for public campsite.
  • Crater Visit Fee.

Price per person

Configuration and Per Person Sharing Pricing in USD:
2 Persons sharing 1,679.00 per person
4 Persons sharing 1463.00 per person

Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park

Day 1
A representative of Keys Hotel will meet you at reception (they will advise you the exact time to meet) and transfer you to Arusha Town (arrival around 08h30 at our Offices) for a short briefing. After the briefing your crew will assist you in purchasing water, other beverages or items of a personal nature and help you, if necessary, to exchange money at a bureau de change.

“Adventure Grade” Camping Safaris are run with a crew of a cook / assistant plus guide. It is a viable option for those keen to camp and stay in more remote places.
You are accompanied by an experienced, knowledgeable guide, a camp assistant and a cook – all fully trained professionals who will prioritise your comfort and safety as well as striving to ensure optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your journey.

Meals usually consist of a cooked breakfast or brunch, light lunch and a three course
dinner. Fridges are used for safe and efficient storage of meat and food, and cool boxes are used for keeping your drinks cold – your guide will show you the best places to purchase these prior to departure and along the way.

You are requested to erect your own tent on arrival at camp and dismantle your tent on departure. This is very simple to do and takes about five minutes – your guide will show you how this is done. The balance of the chores (cooking, washing up, etc) will be taken care of by the camp assistant and cook.

It is important to note that this is a quality camping product, and not a luxury mobile camp. Accommodation is in the public campsites of Tanzania’s National Parks and, despite our best efforts, we have very little control over the quality and standards of ablution facilities at the campsite.

Please be aware that the toilets in public campsites are long-drop style without flush.

Game viewing at Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch included.
Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment.

The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre national park, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting biodiversity of fauna and flora can be observed here and a variety of large mammal species including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion.

Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephant and, for keen birders, Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity.

After game viewing, you will weave your way upwards into the dense forest slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, pausing to admire the splendid view of the crater floor 600 m below at Heroes Point, before driving on to our campsite on the rim of the Ngorongoro caldera.

If we arrive and set up camp in good time, you may consider an early evening/sunset visit to a Maasai boma where you can spend some time learning about the culture, traditions and beliefs of this ancient, noble warrior tribe. This visit is at an additional cost, and should be discussed with, and paid directly to the guide.

Overnight at a public campsite on the crater rim in the conservation area including all meals.

Day 2
Today we will descend the steep walls of the crater to admire the microcosms of life within it. We will have a picnic lunch on the floor of the crater at a pleasant lakeside location where we can stretch our legs and soak up the magnificent scenery.

The 8,300km2 Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world largest intact volcanic caldera and within which has evolved an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest populations of large mammals.
The crater floor itself is 260km2 and from the viewing points at the rim the vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra look like mere ant formations winding their way across the grasslands below! The crater is also home to a great diversity of environments and you
may encounter all of the large herbivores mentioned above, as well as lions, hyenas, jackals, male elephants (females and family groups tend to stay up on the higher slopes) and, in the forest around the rim, occasional leopard and bushbuck.

There is an active black rhino breeding project inside the crater and you may be lucky enough to spot some of these magnificent, shy beasts during your tour, but sightings are limited as breeding areas are strictly protected and usually closed to public access.
The crater rim can be very cold at night and cloaked in mist in the early mornings. It can also be quite bleak and windy (July and August). You will need a heavy jumper, several layers or a very warm jacket here.

Overnight at your public campsite on the crater rim in the conservation area including all meals.

Day 3
Today we break camp and embark on a game drive into the great Serengeti plains.
Before crossing from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area into the Serengeti National Park we should take the opportunity to visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum where we may attend a short talk on the archaeological importance of Olduvai and the work of Mary and Louis Leakey in excavating the area and discovering some of Africa’s most important hominid fossils.
An optional extra this morning, on our way to Olduvai, would be the chance to visit a Maasai village boma and spend some time learning about the culture, traditions and beliefs of this ancient, noble warrior tribe. This is at an additional cost, and should be discussed with the guide, and paid directly to the guide.
Overnight Serengeti, Seronera (central) zone at a public campsite including all meals.

Day 4
Morning and afternoon game-drives in the Serengeti National Park.
Overnight Serengeti, Seronera (central) zone at a public campsite including all
meals.

Africa’s most famous game reserve covers an area of almost 15,000km2 and is world- renowned for its dense predator population and the annual wildebeest migration.

The park is part of the much larger Serengeti eco-system, which includes Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, and encompasses more than double this area. The greater part of the park is open grassland, patches of acacia woodland and isolated areas of granite rock outcrops called koppies.
Animal migration is linked to the annual rainfall patterns and its effect on their feeding habitats.
Formerly the home of the Maasai tribe who displaced the Datoga pastoralists in the 17th century, the name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word Serengit, meaning ‘endless plain’. The national park was created by the Tanzanian government in 1951 and became famous through the work of Professor Bernard Grzimek (in particular his book ‘Serengeti Shall Not Die’).

Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here along with smaller concentrations of Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer and small numbers of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog.
Elephants are relatively scarce on the open plains, more common in the northern areas and the western corridor.

The few remaining black rhinos are restricted to an inaccessible part of the park. But the most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats.

Lions, cheetahs and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.

Day 5
Drive back to Arusha – arriving late afternoon (picnic lunch included). There may be a little time to shop for curios along the way or just outside the town centre. Overnight at The Outpost Lodge with breakfast included.

The Outpost Lodge
A true ‘home from home’ the Out Post offers rustic but clean and comfortable board and lodging 15 minutes walk from Arusha town centre.
The OutPost has long been synonymous with the safari industry within Tanzania and a large
portion of visitor’s set off on their adventure of a lifetime from here.
Set in spacious grounds shaded by banana trees the lodge has a total of 23 rooms all with en suite bathrooms, television and mosquito nets.
The popular garden chalets are a mixture of singles, doubles/twins and triples. The main
house has dormitory facilities – ideal for student groups and families. An open plan dining cum lounge and bar area leads into spacious grounds and the tropical garden. Breakfast and dinner is served from the large barbeque and buffet area. Big screen overhead satellite television keeps you in touch with the outside world but most residents are usually too busy chatting and making new friends.

Day 6
Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure of your flight.
Note: Continental breakfast means pastries, yoghurt, fruits etc, if you order a
cooked breakfast there will be a small additional charge payable at the hotel.

Includes

  • 1 Nights accommodation at The Outpost Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • 4 night private safari staying at public campsites including all meals, road transportation in 4×4 vehicles with open game viewing hatches, game viewing as indicated, services of a driver/guide and cook/assistant and National park fees.

Excludes

  • Flights and Airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Health requirements
  • Meals and drinks not stated
  • Tip for the guides (recommended USD170-190)
  • Staff gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature and any services not specified in the above.

Travel Insurance

Please ensure you have sufficient medical cover for the duration of your trip and in particular to cover you while doing the Kilimanjaro Climb.

Price $2195.00 per person

Ngorongoro Crater 7 Day

Itinerary

The “Adventure Grade” camping safari is designed for those who really enjoy camping. Travel in comfortable, well-maintained vehicles specially customised to maximise your game viewing enjoyment. All the camping equipment is designed to ensure maximum comfort. Group areas are well lit by camping tube lights when the vehicle is nearby, or by kerosene lamps.

You are accompanied by an experienced, knowledgeable guide, and a safari chef – fully trained professionals who will prioritise your comfort and safety as well as striving to ensure optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your journey.

In the safari vehicle you will find a selection of reference books on the parks, their flora and fauna, and a cool box for drinks. The Land Cruisers have game viewing hatches that allow 360-degree views.

You are requested to erect your own tent on arrival at camp and dismantle your tent on departure. This is very simple to do and takes about five minutes – your guide will show you how this is done. The balance of the chores will be taken care of by the camp assistant.

It is important to note that this is a quality camping product, and not a luxury mobile safari. Accommodation is in the public campsites of Tanzania’s National Parks and, despite our best efforts, Wild Spirit has very little control over the quality and standards of ablution facilities at the campsite. Please be aware that the toilets in public campsites are long-drop style without flush.

Your guide will be happy to show you where best to purchase beverages or alcoholic drinks prior to departure at convenient points along the way.

Wild Spirits Tanzania Safaris

  • Our packages generally include an extra park compared to most other operators. We include a visit to Tarangire National Park en-route in most of our packages.
  • Our safaris depart after breakfast as opposed to after lunch, thereby allowing a full day in the national park visited on day 1.
  • We use our own vehicles and guides rather than out-sourcing to other companies.
  • We spend more game viewing time in the parks to give you a better opportunity to see elusive game.
  • We will, if allowed, spend a full day in Ngorongoro Crater as opposed to half a day.
  • We can make arrangements for you to fly home immediately after your safari if you are pressed for time, which often works out to be cost-effective too.
  • We offer 24 hour support from our base in Arusha.
  • We are a fully licensed and insured company

6 night / 7 day Scheduled Authentic Style Mobile Safari starting and ending Arusha, including pick up / drop off at Arusha hotel, services of driver / guide throughout, all meals, and full support camp safari crew in separate vehicle.

Park fees are not included in the above package cost, but are charged and indicated separately.

The “Authentic Mobile Safari” offers a style of travel which is extremely comfortable, whilst still mobile camping, allowing you to get off the beaten track and away from the main safari thoroughfares. On this style of safari, private wilderness campsites are booked to keep you away from the crowds and as close as possible to the wildlife action. It is a relaxed alternative to a lodge safari – for those who prefer to sleep under canvas and get away from the crowds.

The support vehicle and camp crew travel ahead of your group and set up camp. Camping equipment consists of 3.5m x 6.5m en-suite dome tents, which are extremely spacious, and camp beds, foam mattresses and warm bedding consisting of sleeping bag, cotton inner sheet and a small pillow. The shower and eco-friendly toilet are en-suite, so you don’t have to leave the safety of the your tent at night. Sumptuous meals are prepared by the friendly chef and are either served in the mess tent or, if you prefer, directly under the stars. Outside your tent and at the meal table you will have the use of large, comfortable foldaway chairs and you are provided with a washstand and large towel.
In the safari vehicle you will find a selection of reference books on the parks, history, their flora and fauna, and a cool box for drinks. The Land Cruisers have game viewing hatches that allow 360-degree views.

Your guide and their assistants are experienced professionals who prioritise your comfort and safety as well as ensuring optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your safari.
Your guide will be happy to show you where best to purchase other beverages or alcoholic drinks prior to departure and at convenient points along the way. Your drinks supply will be carried in the supply vehicle.

Day 1: Your guide will meet you at your hotel and conduct a pre-departure briefing at 09h00 for a 09h30 departure. Your guide can assist you should you wish to exchange money or purchase other beverages or snacks. The rest of the safari crew will have gone ahead to set up your camp. The drive to Tarangire is just over two hours and so you will either be able to enjoy lunch at the campsite or a picnic lunch en route so that you will be able to spend the rest of the day game-viewing. Continue on to Lake Manyara National Park and overnight at a private campsite at the park or in a private concession nearby.

The Tarangire ecosystem is the third largest in Tanzania (20,000 square kilometres), of which the park occupies a mere 13%. During the dry season, the park has the second largest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania. The unique acacia and baobab vegetation provides a home for over 550 bird species, as well as lion, leopard, buffalo and large herds of elephant as well as species such as gerenuk, oryx and eland, rarely seen in the other parks in the north.

Day 2: This morning, you will be able to enjoy a full day exploring Lake Manyara National Park where you can enjoy game viewing and bird watching. If you rise early, you will enjoy the park in relative “privacy” before other guests arrive from their lodges outside of the park. Tonight, spend a second evening in your private campsite in Lake Manyara or in a nearby private concession.

Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment. The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre national park, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting bio-diversity of fauna and flora can be observed here and a variety of large mammal species, including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion. Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephant and, for keen birders, Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity.

Day 3: This morning after breakfast, continue to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with a picnic lunch packed for the day. You may stop along the way at the bustling town of Mto-wa-mbu, where there is a lively curio market, and then at Karatu, a rich farming area. Weave your way upwards into the densely forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation area, pausing to admire the splendid view of the crater floor 600 metres below at Heroes Point.

Head down into the caldera below and spend the rest of the day enjoying game viewing in one of the most spectacular places on earth! Photographic opportunities are abundant, and one often sees four out of the Big Five in a short time. Have a picnic lunch at the floor of the crater at a pleasant lakeside location where you can stretch your legs and soak up the magnificent scenery. Overnight at a private campsite inside the conservation area. The crater rim can be very cold at night and cloaked in mist in the early mornings. You will need a heavy jumper, several layers or a warm jacket here.

At 8,300 square kilometres, Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and within which has evolved an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest populations of large mammals. The crater floor itself is 260 square kilometres and from the viewing points at the rim the vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra look like mere ant formations winding their way across the grasslands below. The crater is also home to a great diversity of environments and you may encounter all of the large herbivores mentioned above as well as lions, hyenas, jackals, male elephant (females and family groups tend to stay up on the higher slopes) and, in the forest around the rim, occasional leopard and bushbuck. There is an active rhino breeding project inside the crater and you may be lucky enough to spot some of these magnificent, shy beasts during your tour, but sightings are limited as breeding areas are strictly protected and usually closed to public access.

Day 4: Break up camp this morning and embark on a game drive into the great Serengeti plains. Before crossing from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area into the Serengeti National Park, you should take the opportunity to visit the Olduvai Gorge where you may attend a short talk on the archaeological importance of Olduvai and the work of Mary and Louis Leakey in excavating the area and discovering some of Africa’s most important hominid fossils. You may like to consider an optional extra visit to a Maasai village boma where you can spend some time learning about the culture, traditions and beliefs of this ancient, noble warrior tribe. This is an additional cost, and should be discussed with the guide, and paid directly to the guide and the Masai. Overnight at a private campsite in the Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti is unequalled for its beauty and contains more than three million large mammals spread over the vast endless plains. Africa’s most famous game reserve covers an area of almost 15,000 square kilometres and is world-renowned for its dense predator population and the annual wildebeest migration. The park is part of the much larger Serengeti eco-system, which includes Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, and encompassed more than double this area. The greater part of the park is open grassland, patches of acacia woodland and isolated areas of granite rock outcrops called koppies. Animal migration is linked to the annual rainfall patterns and its effect on their feeding habitats. Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here, along with smaller concentrations of Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer and small number of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog. Elephant are relatively scarce on the open plains, more common in the northern areas and the western corridor. The few remaining black rhino are restricted to an inaccessible part of the park. The most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance then elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats. Lion, cheetah and leopard may all be seen here, along with other predators such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackal, wild cat and serval.
Balloon Safari
If you would like to go on an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti, this MAY be possible, but is largely dependent on the position of your pre-booked accommodation or camp and the season you are travelling. Please note that the balloon safaris can only be guaranteed if they are pre-booked and there is an additional charge for this.

Day 5: Morning and afternoon, or full day, game drives in Serengeti National Park. If you would like to go on an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti, this may be possible – but it is largely dependent on the position of your pre-booked campsites and the season that you travel. Please note that balloon safaris can only be organised by pre-arrangement and there is an additional cost of this. Overnight at your private campsite in the Serengeti National Park.

Day 6: Another day in the Serengeti – with either morning and afternoon game drives, or a full day game drive with picnic lunch. Overnight at your private campsite in the Serengeti National Park.

Day 7:It is recommended that you consider the option of flying back from the Serengeti to Arusha today. It is an exceptionally scenic flight over the highlands of Ngorongoro, across the vast expanse of the Rift Valley escarpments, and over the green coffee plantations surrounding Arusha airport. On a clear day, you will see amazing views of Mount Meru’s dark profile rising up above the town, cloaked in wisps of cloud, and sometimes Kilimanjaro in the distance. This flight is an additional cost. Should you fly back, only breakfast this morning will be included.

Alternatively, if you decide to drive back to Arusha, you will arrive in the late afternoon and a picnic lunch will be provided en-route. There may be a little time to shop for curios along the way, or just outside the town centre.

Tarangire National Park

The Tarangire ecosystem is the third largest in Tanzania (20,000 square kilometres), of which the park occupies a mere 13%. During the dry season, the park has the second largest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania. The unique acacia and baobab vegetation provides a home for over 550 bird species, as well as lion, leopard, buffalo and large herds of elephant. Species such as gerenuk, Oryx and eland – rarely seen in the other parks in the north – are also common to this area.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment. The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre national park, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting bio-diversity of fauna and flora can be observed here and a variety of large mammal species including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion. Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephant and, for keen birders; Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The 8,300 square kilometre Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, and within which has evolved an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest populations of large mammals. The crater floor itself is 260 square kilometres and, from the viewing points at the rim, the vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra look like mere ant formations winding their way across the rasslands below! The crater is also home to a great diversity of environments and you may encounter all of the large herbivores mentioned above, as well as lions, hyenas, jackals, male elephants (female and family groups tend to stay up on the higher slopes) and, in the forest around the crater, the occasional leopard and bushbuck. There is an active black rhino breeding project inside the crater and you may be lucky enough to spot some of these magnificent, shy beasts during your tour, but sightings are limited as breeding areas are strictly protected and usually closed to public access.

Olduvai Gorge and optional Masai Village visit.
Please note: The Masai Village visit is an additional per vehicle cost split between the group and paid direct to the village.

Between Ngorongoro and Serengeti, we visit the famous Olduvai Gorge, where remains of early man were discovered by Louis Leakey. The museum is fascinating, and a resident specialist gives an interesting talk on this area in the past and present. We also have the opportunity to visit a great Masai village in the area, where you will learn about these amazing people, see their homes and meet them – and take as many pictures as you like.

 

Serengeti National Park

Africa’s most famous game reserve covers an area of almost 15,000 square kilometres and is renowned for its dense predator population and the annual wildebeest migration. The park is part of the the much larger Serengeti eco-system, which includes Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, and encompasses more than double this area. The greater part of the park is open grassland, patches of acacia woodland and isolated areas of granite rock outcrops called koppies. Huge herds of wildebeest and zebra can be found here along with smaller concentrations of Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, kongoni, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer and small numbers of roan, oryx, oribi, eland and waterbuck. There are also significant numbers of buffalo, giraffe and warthog. Elephants are relatively scarce on the open plains, more common in the northern areas and the western corridor. The few remaining black rhino are restricted to an inaccessible park of the park. The most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the cats. Lion, cheetah and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.

Price per person USD $2,395.00 per person

Important Notes

  • All rates have been quoted in AUD.
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notification due to circumstances beyond our control, namely fuel surcharges, supplier increases, government taxes, exchange rate fluctuations, etc.
  • All flight costs are based on the lowest fare class and are subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Airport taxes can only be confirmed at time of booking due to exchange rate fluctuations and may change the costing of the attached estimation.
  • Standard Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • It is a condition of travel that guests must have insurance for cancellations / curtailment, medical expenses and baggage loss.

Should any details change, we reserve the right to re-calculate the tour price accordingly.

This quotation is valid until 1 February 2011.

“Adventure Grade” Camping Safaris

“Adventure Grade” Camping Safaris are run with a crew of a cook / assistant plus guide. It is a viable option for those keen to camp and stay in more remote places.

You are accompanied by an experienced, knowledgeable guide, a camp assistant and a cook – all fully trained professionals who will prioritise your comfort and safety as well as striving to ensure optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your journey.

Meals usually consist of a cooked breakfast or brunch, light lunch and a three course dinner. Fridges are used for safe and efficient storage of meat and food, and cool boxes are used for keeping your drinks cold – your guide will show you the best places to purchase these prior to departure and along the way.

You are requested to erect your own tent on arrival at camp and dismantle your tent on departure. This is very simple to do and takes about five minutes – your guide will show you how this is done. The balance of the chores (cooking, washing up, etc) will be taken care of by the camp assistant and cook.

It is important to note that this is a quality camping product, and not a luxury mobile camp. Accommodation is in the public campsites of Tanzania’s National Parks and, despite our best efforts, we have very little control over the quality and standards of ablution facilities at the campsite.

Please be aware that the toilets in public campsites are long-drop style without flush.

Game viewing at Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch included.

Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment.

The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre national park, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting biodiversity of fauna and flora can be observed here and a variety of large mammal species including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion.

Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephant and, for keen birders, Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity.

After game viewing, you will weave your way upwards into the dense forest slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, pausing to admire the splendid view of the crater floor 600 m below at Heroes Point, before driving on to our campsite on the rim of the Ngorongoro caldera.

If we arrive and set up camp in good time, you may consider an early evening/sunset visit to a Maasai boma where you can spend some time learning about the culture, traditions and beliefs of this ancient, noble warrior tribe. This visit is at an additional cost, and should be discussed with, and paid directly to the guide.

Trekking Gear List – Mount Kilimanjaro

(This is our recommendation of gear required)

Toiletries
 
TOILETRIES
Toothbrush
1Toothpaste
1Roll on deodorant
1Razor
2Rolls of toilet paper
1Wet ones
1Soap
1Zinc cream for protection from UV rays and dry air
1Ladies hygiene products
1Antibacterial Hand Gel
Camping Trekking Gear
 
Camping Trekking Gear
1150 litre kitbag for porter can be hired
1Daypack (for personal use) can be hired
1Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner (at least -5 rating) can be hired
1Self inflating mattress - 2 foam rolls are supplied but will not give a great level of comfort
1Pillow (optional)

(Inflatable travel pillow or cushion insert – do not bring full size pillow)
1-2Walking poles – this is essential can be hired
1-2Gloves, 1 inner thin pair plus thicker outer glove or mitts, water and wind proof
1Torch (and spare batteries)
1Head Torch (and spare batteries)
2Dry bags or waterproof bags (available from camping stores) or garbage bags to keep clothing dry in kitbag
Water - need minimum of 4 litres

(your choice of water bottles or water bladder, you will need easy access to bottles)
3ltrBackpack bladder and 1 water bottle (for mixing supplements)
1Water drink bottles
1Waterproofing product
Camera + lots of film, spare batteries, disposable camera

(Note: Cameras and video recorders cannot be charged on the Mountain as there is no electricity)
Medical Kit
 
Medical Kit
Medications as Prescribed by your Doctor

(Anti malaria, antibiotics for wounds and infections, anti inflammatory, anti vomiting, epi-pen etc…)
1Diamox for altitude sickness, max of 3 per day
12Gastrolyte (must have)
1Endura Powder (available from Chemists)
1Headache Tablets
1Diarrhoea Tablets
1Travel Calm Tablets
1Anti-Inflammatory medications (eg. Ibrofen, Voltaren, Nurofen)
1Antihistamines (e.g. Telfast, Phenergan 10mg)
Multivitamins / B1 Tablets (start a couple of weeks prior to trek)
2Antibacterial hand gel (e.g. Aqium)
1pktBlister Pads (optional)
1Roll of strapping tape
smallVaseline (blisters)
2pktLarge size band-aids (Elastoplast)
1Knee and/or ankle guards
1Antiseptic lotion/cream (e.g. Paraderm Plus, Betadine, Bepanthen)
1Papaw ointment
1Hydrocortisone cream (for bites)
10Cotton wool balls
3Insect repellent roll-on / cream

(we suggest ‘Bushman Plus’ – always keep it on)
2pktWater purification tablets (highly recommend)
1Sunscreen (always keep it on)
1Sunglasses – wrap-around style for UV protection
1Salt tablets
3pktGlucose Jelly Beans or Glucose lollies
4 pktsGlucodin Tablets
For every dayMunchies (chocolates, muesli bars, lollies, beef jerky, nuts etc...)
Clothing
All clothing should be LAYERED for maximum warmth. Lightweight layers – usually thermal plus 3 layers and a down jacket for the final ascent. DO NOT take heavy woolen jumpers or jackets.
 
CLOTHING
1Walking boots (waterproof) and spare boot laces
1Lightweight shoes to wear in camp at night e.g. running shoes
2Tracksuit/ fleece pants for colder days & evenings
1Waterproof pants , lightweight and breathable can be hired
2Thermal underwear polypropylene or similar, must be breathable
4Long sleeved lightweight fleecy shirts for layering
2Synthetic pants and shirts, breathable and wind-resistant, highly recommend the zip-off pants
1-2‘skins’ style sports clothing shorts

(highly recommended, great to reduce chafing)
1Waterproof Jacket Gortex or similar. Breathable wind and waterproof jacket, must have a hood can be hired
1Lightweight poncho – for heavy rain
5Thick Synthetic hiking style socks
5Thin socks to help prevent blisters
3Comfortable underwear / bras
1Gaiters alpine type, not the anklets can be hired
1Warm fleece hat or balaclava, need to ensure ears are covered
1Microfiber Towels
1Scarf/ Buff to keep the neck warm
Repair Kit
For broken bags, boots – these items can be shared amongst a group
 
Repair Kit
10Long cable ties
1Electrical tape
1Pocket knife or Multi tool
1Small super glue
Extras
Below are some ‘optional extras’
EXTRAS
Diary and pen
Small mirror
Playing cards
Large zip lock bags (for personal items, clothes, lollies)

* If travelling with friends or part of a group you may be able to share some of the above items e.g. creams / lotions.
* This list is our recommendation of what to take

To The Kilimanjaro Adventurer

From Wayne Wetherall – Wild Spirit Adventures

When you choose a climb or adventure operator there are certain points that should be checked before you place your life in their hands. Everyone has their own set of criteria – we list below some important issues regarding your Mt Kilimanjaro Climb that may be of interest.

  • Our partner has the experience – operating since 1990 – and over 8000 successful summits of Mt Kilimanjaro. Our partner has a 95%+ success rate, and all our guests come home safe.
  • Our partner has been operating in East Africa longer than any other SA Tour Operator, even before the region opened to South Africans!
  • The majority of our partners’ office team have climbed, and can give first hand advice.
  • Our partner is members of SATOA / SATSA and in Tanzania of TATO e.g. we are legal both in Tanzania and in SA – you have peace of mind when paying your money over that you are dealing with an approved long term member of the industry, who undertakes annual industry led financial analysis to prove their continued viability.
  • Our guides and crew are looked after to international standards, following guidelines laid down by the International Mountain Explorers Connection – in fact our partner isthe only South African linked operator currently working to these guidelines.
  • Guide to climber ratio is one to 2 or 3 guests.
  • Guides are qualified and trained in Mountain Rescue and CPR etc
  • Some guides have well over 400 summits to their name.
  • We carry portable oxygen on all climbs
  • We have available on the mountain portable hyperbaric chambers for groups. Please enquire for details.
  • Guides check guests’ medical condition daily, and monitor this.
  • Our guides are local – e.g. from Moshi, the regional centre, as are our porters. We do not bring in other tribes / people from Arusha etc to work on our climbs, ensuring the area gets the benefit of the income. There is a lot more information contained in other documents you will be sent on booking with this one. These documents will answer many of the questions that you SHOULD be asking before climbing Kilimanjaro (or booking of any travel package!!)

There are a few more points that may help you in this decision:

Price issues – these always come up when groups “research“trips and then compare options. Some will want to go for the cheapest option, some want the better quality and peace of mind of booking through an experienced, reliable licensed operator. At the end of the day, you all buy safe vehicles, put safe tyres on them, and plan to live a long life – don’t compromise on something as important as summiting Kilimanjaro. Temperatures drop to minus 200C, and if you don’t have the correct gear, crew, food and so forth, you may be putting your life, and others, at risk. You want to get to the top, safely – and have a good time doing it.Just looking at our success rate of 95%+, and the AVERAGE success rate of about 50 – 60%, you have about a 30% better chance with us than a budget operator. You don’t want to waste your money. This is where our experienced staff, kit lists, detailed presentations at our offices etc help a LOT.

A lot of the reasons for our success rate boils down to money – we pay enough to get good guides, crew, and to buy you good food, and use decent equipment (which is maintained/upgraded regularly). When you consider that about $600 per person on a 6-day climb goes on park fees alone, and you work out what a budget operator has got left to run a business on, you can see that on budget trips corners will probably be cut. All to the detriment of YOU, the guest.

This could be done in many ways:

  • Dodging Park fees – e.g. paying for a 5-day climb, and doing a 6-day.
  • Not paying their crew properly, porters especially – leaving them to survive on tips only.
  • Overloading porters – and yes, they have even found a way around the National Parks scales at the gate, and manage to load up porters with over 40 kg!!
  • Poor food – not enough budget to buy the right food for altitude – and you can imagine what a “dose of the runs“ does to your chances of getting to the top…
  • Old equipment / not repaired etc.

It has been estimated that in GOOD weather, your summit chances with a budget operator are probably only slightly less than if you climb with a decent operator. In BAD weather, the chances of summiting – indeed surviving without injury – are 40% better with a higher standard of climb. Basically a good, qualified, well paid crew, with decent leadership and good gear, is what you need – and get – from our standard of climb. It is not a luxury trip, but we ensure that both standards and service are maintained to a high level. Our trips are not cheap – and they never will be. We pay our crew well, use good gear, pay local taxes, operate ethically etc. You will however, get good value for money and a good chance at the summit.

Consider the above points well – they are ALL questions you should be asking. I am confident that, knowing the above, we will soon see you on a Wild Spirit Kilimanjaro Climb. If you want cheap, we suggest you contact many of the other “operators“ out there.

Hope to see you up there soon.

Wayne Wetherall
Wild Spirit Adventures

Mountain Safety

Safety, when undergoing these treks, is important to us and we strive to give you all available and necessary information in regards to your health and well being while going on your adventure. We strongly recommend you read the following pages of information on mountain safety – particularly in regards to health issues that can occur at high altitudes and in unfamilar climates.

FAQ’s

The Kilimanjaro Adventurer

Contingencies

In case one person gets sick and has to stay behind or even return, he or she will be accompanied by one of the assistant guides while other climbers go on with the leading guide and other assistant guide(s). Unlike most other companies who charge about US$100, we provide a free transfer from the mountain to the hotel should a climber return earlier than planned. However, if the climb is extended for any reason, we will charge $170 per day per person.

Tipping

Tipping our porters, guides and cooks is an important way for us to supplement their wages. The following is a guide on what to expect to pay while in East Africa. Guide: US$10 Porter: US$5 Assistant Guide: US$7 Cook: US$4

This tipping structure is per group/per day. This is a local payment and cannot be paid directly to Wild Spirit Adventures. The amount you tip will depend on which Track you do however on average it adds approximately US$150 – US$250 to the cost of the expedition. All companies use this tipping arrangement.

Set Departures vs. Private Climbs Mt Kilimanjaro

Due to popular demand, we have group departures on the Marangu, Machame and Umbwe routes throughout the year.
When you book, kindly advise if your guests would like a PRIVATE or GROUP departure. Should it be the latter, we will endeavour to put them with other guests on the climb itself. Generally, Saturday arrival (Sunday climb) is the most popular days of the week as such we can more readily put your guests with others over the weekends.
Your consultant will confirm with you if your clients will be climbing with others or not, and the approximate group size during the booking process. We cannot guarantee a group departure, as certain times of the year are busier than others – and should you guest be travelling alone, then the solo / single supplement would still apply.

Please note

SOLO climber rate – This includes single room supplement at the hotel, single tent supplement on mountain, and solo climber supplement, i.e. to climb privately, not part of a group. Should you request for an individual to join a group, we cannot always guarantee the availability of others to climb, and therefore retain the right to charge the solo rate should we be unsuccessful in finding others to climb with your client.

Excludes

Travel insurance, tips (budget approx USD130-150 per person for any of the six day camping route), drinks and items of a personal nature, personal equipment. Airport transfers and shuttle bus optional extra.

Payments for drinks and extras at Keys Hotel

For all payments made by Travellers Cheque there is a service charge of US $15. Also all payments made by Credit Cards, attracts a surcharge of 7.5%.
Please pay preferably by CASH USD, small denomination notes are recommended (1’s, 5’s, 10’s etc for the smaller bills).
Telephone Calls are EXTREMELY expensive from the hotel for various reasons; please ASK FIRST before you call!

Tips

The tips have become a tradition, and are expected by the guides and porters for all attempting Kilimanjaro. Please budget around USD 170- 190 for this six day camping hike – per climber – which gets split across the group. Old clothing is also appreciated! Please do not provide tips whilst on the mountain (see tipping document).

Phone Home / Let the world know you made it!!!

There is cell phone network coverage on certain parts of Kilimanjaro and in
Tanzania, so remember to organise an international roaming facility.

Flights

It is imperative that you reconfirm your onward/return flights.

Visas

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Tanzania, which you can obtain on
arrival for USD 50 per person (depending on your nationality).

Health

Please note you will need a Yellow Fever inoculation, this must be done no later than 10 days prior to departure. If you have had any previous history of liver disorders you must consult your physician first. Malaria prophylactics are a must. Please refer to our medical sheet for the mountain.

Which is the best season on Kilimanjaro?

The January to March season tends to be colder and there is a much greater chance of snow on the path at this time. The days, however, are often clearer, with only the occasional brief shower. It is usually an exceptionally beautiful time to climb and is often a little quieter than the other peak season of June to October.

Mt Kilimanjaro

“As wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun,
was the square top of Mount Kilimanjaro” Ernest Hemingway.

The first written reference to Mt. Kilimanjaro was by Ptolemy but even so, Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free standing mountain in the world remained relatively unknown to the outside world until 1848.

Snow capped and shrouded by clouds, the local Chagga people called it ‘Kilema Kyaro’ meaning ‘that which cannot be conquered’ or ‘that which makes a journey impossible.’ Today, it is the dream of every adventurer to conquer its summit and stand on the “roof of Africa.”

Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 19 340 feet, (5895m) this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest “free standing” mountain in the world.

Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for the successful trekker, as well as the satisfaction of conquering this mighty peak.

It is not for the faint-hearted – this will test you to your limits, mentally as well as physically. The main problems encountered are altitude sickness, which can be countered by use of medicines, and lack of oxygen.

The standard route is a hike – no climbing as such. It is very cold – correct kit is a must – but our kit lists and hire equipment are top quality. We have personally done the major routes; so can offer first hand advice.

Good preparation and advice, as well as good guides on the mountain, have given us an over 95% success rate (the average is 60%) – this type of thing is a “once in a lifetime ” challenge, and must not be taken lightly.

We ensure that all our climbers have all the facts – medical list, equipment list, etc, long before they travel – possibly the reason for our success rate.

Any reasonably fit person who enjoys walking can reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. The youngest to make it was nine years old – the oldest seventy-nine.

While thousands of people scramble to the top of Kilimanjaro each year, there are some extremely severe climbs available to the experienced mountaineer. There are several principal hiking routes up the mountain, like the Marangu (Coca Cola), Shira, Londorossi, Rongai, Umbwe and Machame.

The Shira plateau can be reached with a four-wheel drive vehicle up to 4 000 metres. These routes are marked and provided with simple bivouac huts and water, we choose to camp on all of these routes (except Marangu which offers communal huts)

The Machame route is one of the more scenic routes up the mountain, after the Umbwe route, this is probably the most beautiful route by which to ascend the mountain. Nights are spent in ‘alpine tents’ sleeping two persons per tent (three person tents, so there is space for your luggage).

All your supplies and camping equipment are portaged up for you (tents, 20-25 mm compressed foam sleeping mats, awnings, stools, lights, etc), and your meals are prepared.

Your personal baggage limit is 12kg for the climb.

South African tents and sleeping mats are supplied on this trip.
The Keys Hotel, your base hotel, is located in Moshi and has a swimming pool, indoor bar and garden area, patio, restaurant and satellite television coverage. The rooms are clean, neat and comfortable. Showers are en-suite with hot/cold water. It is one of the best hotels in town, although fairly basic by South African standards. The staff are very friendly and ‘nothing is too much trouble’.

The guides employed are excellent (some have climbed Kili over 400 times)! They are employed by the Keys Hotel and have looked after a multitude of our clients. Each trip is lead by a senior guide, with other guides in a ratio of approximately one guide per 2 or 3 climbers – if you are a bit slower than the rest or get ill and have to descend, a guide will always be with you.

Food served on the mountain is generally plain and wholesome, including a lot of carbohydrates, stews and soups, vegetables and fresh fruit. Vegetarians are catered for, but please notify us in advance.

When flying, we strongly suggest you wear / carry on your boots, wet weather gear and cameras – these are crucial for your climb, and you do not want to risk losing them in the hold. Make sure you have your yellow fever certificate with you – as it will be asked for on in Tanzania and on arrival back home.

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a Representative from Keys Hotel and transferred to the hotel in Moshi (approx 1 – 1 ½ hour’s drive), where you will overnight including a continental breakfast.

There are two sister hotels – Keys Mbokomo and Keys Uru. Both of these hotels have good views of Mount Kilimanjaro and are classified as modern “Tourist” standard hotels.
They are of medium size, and rooms are all en-suite.
Some have air-conditioning, television and mini-bar.

Meals consist of buffet continental breakfast, full restaurant meals, bar snacks served all day and occasional barbecues. A bar with a full range of drinks including beers, bottled
water and soft drinks is available.

Amenities include room service, full laundry service, swimming pool, international telephone, facsimile and internet services, car parking and security.
Leave any excess clothing and valuables at the hotel – they will lock them up for
you.

Pack your bag carefully for the climb – remember the weight limit of 12kg.

The best time to Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
The best time to climb Mt Kilimanjaro is during its two dry seasons, January to mid-March and June to October. You can trek Kilimanjaro in the rainy season but not only is there a much higher chance of trekking in the rain, the summits of Kibo and Mawenzi are likely to be wreathed in thick cloud too. Christmas and New Year, when the weather is far from perfect, are actually the most popular times for climbing Kilimanjaro.


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