Kilimanjaro Spirit

 

Ngorongoro & Serengeti Safari

  • Duration : 7 Days

  • Led By : Locally LED

  • Price : $2,395.00

  • Number of Persons : USD $2,395.00 per person

 

 

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.

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.

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 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 (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.

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.