Serengeti & Kilimanjaro

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Experience two of Africa's most famous natural wonders from ground level on this Active trip for those with a passion for the outdoors. The vast plains of the Serengeti evoke a sense of wonder and deep respect for the animal kingdom, while the imposing peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro inspire awe and rouse a spirit of adventure. Safari through the savanna in search of stealthy predators then spot other game in the gigantic Ngorongoro Crater. Rise to the challenge and conquer Africa's highest peak on a difficult trek to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. This is a trip that will reward those with an appetite for excitement and an appreciation for nature - get ready for thrills, challenges and discovery!

Itinerary

Day 1 Nairobi

Discover Kenya's bustling capital Nairobi.

Day 2 Kisii

Travel across the breathtaking Great Rift Valley into Kenya's fertile highlands.

Day 3 Lake Victoria

Visit a soapstone carving cooperative and watch master craftsmen at work. Mingle with the locals in Musoma's lively marketplace and stay overnight on a quiet stretch of shoreline beside one of the world's largest lakes, Lake Victoria.

Days 4-5 Serengeti National Park

Watch the famous grasslands and river valleys of Tanzania's Serengeti unfold on game-viewing safaris. Look out for lions, gazelles, cheetahs, wildebeest, giraffes and elusive spotted leopards. Safe and sound in a tent, drift off to sleep to the sounds of nocturnal animals.

Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater

Stop by Olduvai Gorge where some of the world's oldest humanoid skeletons were discovered. Set up camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater - with endless views of volcanic peaks, this is one of the most spectacular camping spots in the world.

Day 7 Meserani

Jump in a 4x4 and descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. Thousands of animals live in this lush landscape including elephants, rhinos and lions. Visit the town of Mto Wa Mbu and browse the colourful marketplace to experience quintessential African village life.

Day 8 Marangu

Admire the cloud-covered summit - 5,895 m above sea level - of the upcoming challenge of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Day 9 Mandara Hut

Hike through lush rainforest and spot monkeys in the overhead canopy.

Day 10 Horombo Hut

Rainforest gives way to rolling alpine meadow and the path crosses several ravines on a trek to Horombo Hut. Spend the night in the shadow of the twin snow-tipped peaks, Kibo and Mawenzi.

Day 11 Kibo Hut

Take a slower pace as the air begins to thin closer to the peak of Kilimanjaro. Hike through hauntingly beautiful moorland forests full of hanging moss and exotic flowers.

Day 12 Summit

Rise in the middle of the night, sip some tea then zigzag up a scree slope by lamplight. Arrive at Gilman's Point in time to watch the sun rise and then continue the final trek upwards, passing along the rim of a crater to reach the highest point in Africa, the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Days 13-14 Marangu

Descend through alpine meadows and lush rainforests to Marangu and relax tired muscles with a hot shower.

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