DAY 1: NAIROBI MASAI MARA
After breakfast you will be pick up by driver-guide, thereafter you will be driven towards the escarpment into the Great Rift Valley where you will have good photos of the Rift at the viewpoint. Continue with your drive via Narok town to Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will have your lunch en-route and on arrival, if time allows you will head to the reserve for your evening game drive. Later head to the campsite for dinner and overnight. Masai Mara is the land of the Masai tribe. The proud young Maasai warrior-nomads with their plaited hair, red cloaks, and spears, challenge your curiosity. The 700-square-mile Game Reserve is the Africa of your dreams, complete with wild animals grazing amid the superb rolling landscape of gentle hills and acacia woodlands.
DAY 2: MASAI MARA FULL DAY
After your breakfast, you will leave with your picnic lunch for a full day game drive in the reserve in search of the big five as well as other numerous plain animals. You will have a lunch break in the reserve after which continue with your game drive till evening when you will return to your campsite for dinner and overnight. You will have an opportunity to see Lion, Cheetah and Leopard roam the vast grasslands in search for their next meal, it may be an unsuspecting impala or even a small one like the warthog. Whatever the players, the spectacle of nature unfolding is always awe-inspiring!
DAY 3: LAKE NAIVASHA TO ARUSHA
After your breakfast then depart to Arusha via Nairobi. Our journey will take us across the border of Kenya into Tanzania. Once on the border, you will clear with the immigration procedures and then continue with your drive arriving in the picturesque town of Arusha in time for lunch. Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mount Meru and is the gateway to most of Tanzania's safari areas. The afternoon will be spent at leisure. Later in the evening settle down for dinner and overnight
DAY 4: ARUSHA - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the famous Serengeti National Park. This park is to Tanzania, what the Masai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya. Covering 14,763 sq km, the Serengeti is dominated by vast, open plains with an abundance of wildlife. A picnic lunch will be provided en-route and the afternoon will be spent viewing game led by our guide and absorbing the breathtaking scenery of the almost treeless plains of the Serengeti. You will continue with your game drive till late in the evening when you will be transferred to your campsite for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, you will have a game drive en-route as you depart Serengeti for Ngorongoro crater via Olduvai Gorge. Ngorongoro is an impressive 20 km wide volcanic crater with 600 m walls. The views from the crater rim are breathtaking, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. Olduvai Gorge is famed for the discovery of 3.5-million-year-old fossil fragments of early human civilization. We will enjoy lunch overlooking the crater, and the afternoon will be spent at leisure. Later you will be transferred to your lodge for dinner and overnight
DAY 6: KARATU - MOSHI
Today you will wake in the morning, after breakfast you will drive to Moshi town with lunch en route. A pre-departure group meeting with your mountain guide is scheduled for the early evening.
Situated in the heart of a major coffee-growing region, Moshi is an attractive small town of about 150,000 people and it lies at the base of Kilimanjaro. Despite the teasing proximity of snow-capped Kilimanjaro, Moshi is not the cool highland settlement you might expect. Instead, lying at an altitude of 810 meters, it has a surprisingly humid, sticky climate, reminiscent of the coast. Moshi means smoke in Swahili, but the origin of this name is something of a mystery.
DAY 7: MACHAME GATE TO MACHAME CAMP (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we drive approximately 1-hour drive to the village of Machame. Depending on the condition of the road, it may be possible to drive 3km further from the village to the Machame gate of the Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park (1815m). After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the lush rain forest. Here, you will listen to the sounds of many exotic birds, and may even see monkeys such as the black & white colobus - these monkeys are black with a long 'cape' of white hair and a flowing whitetail.
Most of today's day is spent in the gorgeous and fascinating forested slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, most of which is considered to be rainforest zone. It is very possible that we will see some rain today, or that at least the trail will be moist and soggy, and possibly muddy.
We cover a lot of distance today, though the gradient is gradual. We climb the lower slopes of the mountain, ending at the Machame Campsite, just beyond the rain forest and within the fascinating heath-land.
DAY 8: MACHAME CAMP TO NAIROBI
Rise early and climb steeply through the heathland of savannah, and trees such as Giant Heather and Erica. You will reach a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is notable for beautiful wild alpine flowers and the unique giant lobelia and giant groundsel (Senecio Kilimanjaro) plants. If it’s a clear day, you will have direct views of Kibo, the peak and ultimate goal of your adventure.
After a short lunch and rest, traverse across the Shira plateau west towards a river gorge, and finally, you will reach the Shira campsite. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.