TRIP DEPARTURE: 1st JULY
(17 DAYS)

Activities: Kirimanjaro Mountaineering, Balloon Safari, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Arusha, Tarangire national parks
COST USD 3500

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha National Park
Meet our representative on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Arusha to Mt Meru Game lodge
Accommodation: Mt Meru Game Lodge
Meals included: none

Day 2: Arusha National Park
Today, we drive to Arusha National Park with picnic lunch, the park is famous for its birdlife, we will have a game drive, and hiking in the park enabling Us to get used to Tanzania climate before the climb. Accommodation: Mt Meru Game Lodge Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 3:
ARUSHA TO MACHAME – 1280m to 3100m
1hr drive transfer Arusha to Machame gate,
5-7hrs hike, 18kms to Machame campsite – FB
Vegetation: Montane forest

Day 4:
MACHAME TO SHIRA – 3100m to 3840m
4-6hrs hike, 9kms to Shira campsite – FB
Vegetation: Moorland

Day 5:
SHIRA TO BARRANCO FB
– 3840m to 3860m
6-7hrs hike higher to 4630, then descend,
15kms to Barranco campsite – FB
Vegetation: Semi-desert

Day 6:
BARRANCO TO KARANGA – 3860m to 4200m
4hrs hike, 7kms to Karanga Vally campsite – FB
Vegetation: Alphine desert

Day 7:
KARANGA TO BARAFU – 4200m to 4600m
4hrs hike, 6kms to Barafu campsite – FB
Vegetation: Alphine desert

Day 8:
BARAFU TO SUMMIT
– 4600m to 5895m
5hrs Mid-night hike to Stella point to experience sunrise,
another 1-2hrs to Summit, total 7kms to Summit,
Vegetation: snow scree and ice-capped summit.
SUMMIT TO MWEKA – 5895m to 3100m after summit, 7-8hrs descend, 23kms to Mweka Campsite – FB

Day 9:
MWEKA TO ARUSHA
– 3100m to 1280m
3-4hrs descend, 15kms to Park entrance, and say good bye to Kilimanjaro
porters and guides.
another 2hrs drive transfer to your lodge
Accommodation: Mt Meru Game Lodge
Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 10:
Tarangire National Park

AM 2hrs drive to Tarangire National Park and packed lunch.
Game drive in Tarangire National Park.
Game drive timing: 11h30 ? 18h00
Accommodation at Tarangire Safari Lodge ? FB
Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, we leave Tarangire for Lake Manyara National Park in
the Great Rift Valley. The park is home to tree-climbing lion, colorful birds,
elephant and hippo. Game drive in Manyara for the rest of the day.
Accommodation: Lake Manyara Hotel or similar with Lake View.
Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 12: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, 08h30am, drive pass the malanja depression and Plains, en-route
game viewing, visit Olduvai Gorge Museum, continue en-route game viewing to
Naabi Park Gate.
( Naabi Park gate is the border of Ngorongoro Conservation area and Serengeti
National Park ), here you can opted to do a short 15 minutes designated Nature
Trail Walk on the Slopes of Naabi hill. You will enter Serengeti National Park,
packed lunch and continue a further afternoon game drive in Serengeti National
Park. Before 6pm we will drive to our overnight at Serengeti.
( good chance to see leopard, hyena, gazelle, lion, ostrich, giraffe, buffalo
and many more animals )
Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 13: Serengeti National Park
We shall do a balloon safari and continue game drive in Serengeti national park. Full day game drive of Serengeti National Park ( lunch or Packed lunch, as game drive timing will depend on where Wildlife can be best spotted). return to our overnight at Serengeti Lodge FB
Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Meals included: breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner

OPTIONAL:
Serengeti balloon excursion operating in Serengeti only, Eash Balloon can take 16 persons and 2 balloons fly daily – subject to availability. Cost per seat: USD 499,- per person(Already covered in the costing)

DETAILS:

5:00 am, Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your central Serengeti lodge or camp, and transfer you by Landrover to our launch site near Maasai Kopjes. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon.

At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Your pilot can precisely Control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of
the wildlife below.

At other times he will ascend to 1000′ or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. From time to time the pilot must Put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.

The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, on landing you celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne (well, an excellent sparkling wine), before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in ‘Out of Africa’ style with bone china, linen table
cloths, King’s silver etc
After breakfast you receive your Serengeti Balloon certificate and we drive you back to Seronera Lodge game viewing enroute. 9:30 am Arrive at Seronera ready to continue your day’s activities.

Day 14: Serengeti National Park
Full day game drive of Serengeti National Park ( lunch or Packed lunch,as game drive timing will depend on where Wildlife can be best spotted). return to our overnight at Serengeti Lodge ? FB
Accommodation: Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Meals included: breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner

Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater
Today we leave Serengeti for the crater, stopping enroute at Olduvai Gorge for a private guided visit of this history-changing archaeological site made famous by the Leakey family. We also visit a Masai village to learn about their cultures and more. We will arrive at the crater for afternoon game drive in the crater, Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner

Day 16: NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, descent onto the crater floor, game drive on the crater floor. This is the only Park where, Black Rhino could be spotted. packed lunch at a picnic site, and continue game drive until late afternoon. You are allowed in the crater for a maximum of 6hrs.( NOTE: The park gate on the crater rim ascent closes at 6pm sharp )
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner

Day 17: Ngorongoro / Arusha / Departure for Uganda.
Descend into Ngorongoro crater for another game drive in the crater exploring the short-grass plains of the crater floor. This extinct Volcano embraces 100sq miles alive with lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, and many More games, then drive to Arusha.
Day room at MT MERU LODGE,evening transfer to the airport for your next flight back home.

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OPTIONAL:
Serengeti balloon excursion operating in Serengeti only,
Each Balloon can take 16 person and 2 balloon fly daily – subject to
availability. We shall ensure that it’s booked long in advance.

Machame Route costs include;
* English Speaking Kilimanjaro Guide with over 300 successful summit climbs;
* Assistant guide with over 100 successful summit climbs;( we provide the
second guide for 2 climbers or more )
* Porters: Average of 3 porters per climber – depending on the size of the
group;
* Porters to carry climber baggage – maximum baggage allowance is 15kgs per
climber
* Porters to carry foodstuff
* Porters to carry camp, dinning equipment
* 3 meals a day whilst in Kilimanjaro Park
* boiled drinking water is provided.
* Our cook prepares your delicious and excellent meals.
* All Accommodation in mountain tent ( Abacus provides the Tent )
* A mountain 3-person-tent normally used for 2 or 3 persons maximum;
* Shared vehicle return transfers from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Park
Entrance.
* Kilimanjaro National Park Fees: Entry, Rescue and Huts Fees

Machame Route costs excludes;
* Beverages.
* All personal climbing equipment.
* Mineral Bottled water.
* Medical Insurance and Medical bills
* Tipping (money) to guide, cook and porters
* Visas
* Evacuation if required out of East Africa.
* All items not mentioned in “Cost includes”

SOME INFORMATION:
* Kilimanjaro Climbing Permit : Subject to availability on request or
confirmation
* Cooks : We use our Trained Cook/s who prepare delicious meals for mountain
fitness.
* Equipment : We use our camping equipment and mountain chairs on all camping
routes.
* Recommended Equipment List shall be provided on booking.
* Travel and medical insurance : We highly recommend clients to be covered by
travel and personal medical insurance, incase of any injury,
illness, and loss of property etc.
* NOTE: Medicals insurance should cover any rescue required from the Park Exit,
to a hospital plus medication costs etc. However, its advisable
to have about cash USd 50pp which may be required for registering at a hospital
and thereafter included in your medical insurance claim.

Possible Addons

– Go on a Burundi safari and discover the Source of the Nile, go for chimpanzee tracking in Kibira and enjoy cultural heritage in Gitega.

– Go for gorilla tracking in Rwanda or Congo and see the mountain gorillas eye to eye in the wild.

LODGE Safari, costs include:
* Olduvai Gorge fee.
* English speaking Drivercumguide, specialised in
Wildlife, completed over 300+ safari trips, excellent performances, very
friendly and knowledgable.
* Excellent 4WD Safari vehicle; PRIVATE VEHICLE
* 3 meals a day ( breakfast, lunch or lunch boxes, dinner ), whilst on safari;
* Guaranteed window seat whilst on game drives;
* Access to open roof(s) to be able to stand in vehicle, whilst on game drives
* Accomodation in lodges with private bathroom facilities;
* All National Park and Conservation Entry Fees

LODGE Safari, costs exclude:
* Beverages
* laundry
* Telephone
* All activities or excursions not mentioned in program
* Airport departure taxes and Fuel Surcharge
* Mineral Bottled water
* Any Medical expenses
* Evacuation emergency fee
* Tipping to your safari crew; Safari driver / guide
Lodge Porter or Waiters
Olduvai Guide: $10-20 per group,
* Items of personal nature and all not mentioned in cost included;

Name of Tour Operator: Abacus African Vacations – Uganda
Email: info@abacusvacations.com