8 days Amani Nature Reserve Hiking Tour

8 days Amani Nature Reserve Hiking Tour

Amani Nature Reserve hiking; Amani nature reserve is located in the East Usambara Mountains and it is the home to fauna and flora which cannot found somewhere else. Among the endemic species found in this reserve and the Usambara Mountains include, the Usambara three-horned chameleon, Nduk eagle owl and the famous African violet (Saintpaulia).

One of the major attraction in Amani nature reserve is the Botanical gardens which is the second largest botanical garden in the world where major medical research are done in the Amani Medical Research. Now days this Nature reserve has changed into one of the significant tourist attraction in the country where by a number of tourist from around the world visit for scientific research, ecotourism and trekking.

Amani Nature Reserve is a bird paradise where variety of birds can be spotted including, Uluguru violet backed, forest warbler, Amani Sun bird, and various species of flowers such us nine species of the African Violet garden flower and the colorful butterflies.

Visitors can get information about the flora and fauna of the Usambara Mountains at the reserve visitors center before starting the tour. The center has a variety of seed samples and photographs of varies species located in the area. You may also get an opportunity to get some information about the local culture and craft.

 

Amani Nature Reserve Tour Itinerary

 

Day 1: Emau Hill, Usambara Mountains
Depart Dar es Salaam at 0800 hrs to Amani nature reserve in Usambara Mountains.. Stop for lunch at Korogwe Transit hotel then proceed to Emau Hill where you will overnight at Emau Hill Campsite.

 

Day 2: Amani Nature Reserve
After breakfast a short walk in the immediate area to experience a tropical rain forest and by the river to see the African Violets growing in profusion.
Optional
A drive around the area including a visit to a tea estate
Escorted night walk in the Amani Nature Reserve

 

Day 3: Bird watching 
Breakfast in the Camp, option to stay at leisure in the camp either go for bird watching or hiking.
Picnic lunch can be arranged.
Optional
Full day escorted bird watching with picnic lunch

 

Day 4- 7: East Usambara Mountains to Pangani

After breakfast depart Amani nature reserve for the journey to the historical and cultural town of Pangani via Tanga. Spend 4 nights HB at Mkoma Bay Tented Lodge.

 

Day 8: Pangani – Dar es Salaam.
Today we will transfer you by road to Dar es Salaam via Msata and the historical town of Bagamayo.

Note: Emau Hill Forest Campsite will be closed during the rainy season approx. mid-April until June 21st

 

Package Includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights in the hotel at Dar es Salaam
  • Reserve Entrance fees
  • 3 nights accommodation at Emau Hill Forest Campsite with three meals a day
  • Transport in a 4WD Safari vehicle
  • 4 nights accommodation at Mkoma Bay Tented lodge HB.
  • Airport transfers on the arriving and departing day at Dar es Salaam.
  • Salary for the Professional English Drive Guide & armed ranger
  • Activities as per itinerary above.

 

Amani Nature Reserve Package Excludes:

  • Airport transfers
  • International flight
  • Airport departure tax
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Flying doctors insurance

 

 

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4 Days Trekking Udzungwa Mountains

4 Days Trekking Udzungwa Mountains

Udzungwa Mountains Trek

Trekking Udzungwa Mountains through Mwanihana trail takes 3 days with overnight stay in tents in the mid of the virgin and charming forest. Starting few kilometers from the Udzungwa Mountains National Park headquarters in Mang’ula village this trail develops through the eastern side of Mt. Mwanihana, across semi-humid hilly forests, humid sub-mountain forests, pluvial mountain forests, and short stretches of high-mountain moorlands, and reaches the highest peak at about 2,400 meters of height. While hiking Udzungwa you will encounter several species of animals and vegetation.

The total distance for this route is about 20 kilometers and trekking is easy with some short steep distances. Since the night is spent in the forest where the weather and climatic condition is somehow difficult then this trail is recommended for adventure travelers and wilderness lovers.

 

Trekking Udzungwa Mountains Program

Day 1 – 2: Dar es Slaam to Mikumi National Park

Pick up from the hotel at Dar es Salaam or Airport for the drive to Mikumi national park with a short stop in Morogoro town for breakfast. Continue to Mikumi national park and upon the arrival at the park conduct game drive with the possibility to see animal such as lion, leopard, cheetah, elephants, buffaloes and several species of antelopes. This park is also the best spot for bird watching safari with about 400 bird species recorded. Meals and overnight at Camp Bastian.

 

Day 3: Mikumi National Park to Mang’ula

Early morning leave Mikumi to Udzungwa Mountains National Park at Mang’ula for registrations thereafter transfer to the starting point of Sanje trail for a half day trek. While hiking you will see several endemic primates such as Sanje Crested Mangabey and the Iringa red Colobus. Arrive at Sanje waterfalls which water drops at the height of about 180 meters. Spend some moments relax at the waterfalls and enjoy your picnic lunch overlooking the panoramic view of the Kilombero Valley. In the afternoon descend back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4: Trekking Udzungwa – Mwanihana trail

Breakfast at the lodge then transfer to Sonjo Village which is begin point for the Mwanihana trek. Trek Mwanihana trail escorted by an armed ranger and encounter some game animals such as elephant and buffalo. As you track in the forest your guide will help you identify various medicinal plants. Today you will camp at Njia panda area.

 

Day 5: Trekking Udzungwa Mountains

Early breakfast, proceed with the Udzungwa Mountains trek through the changing forest to the Mwanihana summit. Encounter true montane vegetation amongst the Giant Ericas. Below you will view a spider’s web of elephant trails crisscrossing the park. Descend and trek through the forest until you reach your camp for the night.

 

Day 4: Udzungwa Mountains – back to Dar es Salaam.

Early morning after breakfast descend the trek with possibility to encounter some primates and antelopes such as red duiker. As you arrive at the starting point catch up the vehicle back to the lodge then proceed to Dar es Salaam.

End of the Tour.

Tour Cost: Contact Us to Inqure

Tour Cost Includes

  • Transport in a Private Safari Vehicle
  • All park entrance fees
  • Game drive in Mikumi
  • Full board accommodation whilst on Safari
  • Trekking at Udzungwa Mountains
  • Transfer from the Lodge to Mwanihana Trail

Tour Cost Excludes

  • Accommodation at Dar es Salaam
  • Flying doctors services
  • Any expenses of the personal nature

 

 

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Rongai Route – Mount Kilimanjaro Climb 6 days Program

Rongai Route – Mount Kilimanjaro Climb 6 days Program

Rongai route begins on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan border. This is the least traveled route for the Mount Kilimanjaro Climb.  It takes a long drive to get to the starting point that is filled with fantastic views. After summit you will decent on the Marangu route. Accommodation on this route will be in tents.

Rongai Route Climb

THE BEST MONTHS TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO RONGAI ROUTE.

Normally March, April and May are the months with long rains and should be avoided.

November is usually short rains but it is not often rains all the days so Climbing is possible.

The best Months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are January, February and also August and September.

July can be colder and November to December can be wet.

January to February is the warmest months, almost clear of clouds each evening and morning.

The success rates with our guides are outstanding compared to the overall success rates for all climbers who attempt to reach the top.

Summit Success Rates: Stella Point (48%). Uhuru Peak (46%).

 

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Rongai Route Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival

Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport/Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Transfer by normal (0800am or 0200pm) shuttle Bus to Arusha where you booked in Arusha Crown Hotel/Impala hotel for the night BB

 

Day 02: Hotel – Rongai Gate – First Cave

Today we transfer to the start of the Rongai route, close to the Kenyan border, where we begin the ascent of Kilimanjaro. The first night will be camping at the first cave.

 

Day 03: First Cave – Third Cave

The climbing today is a gradual ascent and we get great views of the plains of Kenya below and the spectacular Mawenzi Tarn above. We get up to a height of 3800m today where we camp for the night by the Third Cave.

 

Day 04: Third Cave

We have an extra day for acclimatization. This is spent in the vicinity of Third Cave taking gentle walks.

 

Day 05: Third Cave – Kibo Hut

Our climb today takes us through the lunar desert of the Saddle, the lava-covered expanse between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. By the end of the day we reach Kibo Hut at 4700m where we camp overnight and rest, ready for the ascent the next day.

Day 06: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

We have a very early start for the final ascent, leaving the hut in the middle of the night to arrive at Uhuru Peak just after dawn. It is a 4 to 5 hour slow walk up increasingly steep screed to Gillman’s Point at 5690m followed by a further 1 to 2 hour walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak at 5896m. You have incredible views of glaciers many storey high surrounding you, and the plains of Africa stretched out below you. After taking in this amazing view we return by the same path past Kibo Hut and on down the Marangu Route all the way to Horombo Hut.

Day 07: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate

It just takes us about half the day to descend back down to the park gates at Marangu. Here we will be met and transferred back to the Arusha hotel. It is now time to celebrate your achievement. Overnight bed and breakfast basis.

Tour Price:

 

Price Includes:

National Park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees

English speaking guide(s), cook and porters

Full board camping accommodation during the climb

Camping equipment ie Tents + Form mattress

Mineral water for the first day, boiled and filtered water on the other days

Transfer to the gate and return to Arusha

 

Price excludes:

Other drinks

Meals and accommodation in Arusha – We can arrange this one too.

Sleeping bag

Personal expenses and tips

Recommended climbing tips and gears

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Rongai Route – Mount Kilimanjaro Climb 6 days Program

Lemosho Route – Mount Kilimanjaro Climb 8 days Program

Lemosho Route  is considered as the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro Climb. The trek begin through thick and fertile rain forest which followed by the wildflowers and shrubs of the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the vast Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. The Lemosho route is for those with previous backpacking experience

THE BEST MONTHS FOR CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO – LEMOSHO ROUTE.

Lemosho Route Climb

Normally the best Months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are January, February and also August and September. July can be colder and November to December can be wet. The month of March, April and May are the months with long rains and should be avoided.
November is usually short rains but it is not often rains all the days so Climbing is possible.
January to February is the warmest months, almost clear of clouds each evening and morning.
The success rates with our guides are outstanding compared to the overall success rates for all climbers who attempt to reach the top.
Summit Success Rates: Stella Point (48%). Uhuru Peak (46%).

Lemosho Route – Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive Day

Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) met and transfer to Moshi Town. While in the lodge our Mount Kilimanjaro guide will brief you about the next day trek.  The guide will also help you to check for your climbing equipment. In addition to the above he / she will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2: Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m); 3-4 hours walking.

Transfer to Londorosi Gate where you will do the necessary registration formalities. From Londorosi we  drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho roadhead. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain, sometimes we start walking a kilometre or two below the roadhead. We often have our lunch at the roadhead before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp.

Day 3: Shira One” (3,550 m); 5-6 hours walking.

We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One.

Day 4: Great Barranco valley (3,900 m); 7-8 hours walking

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below near our campsite at Barranco valley.

Day 5: Karanga campsite (4,000 m); 4-5 hours walking

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the way to the summit.

Day 6: Barafu campsite (4,600 m); 3-4 hours walking

We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatisation walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Day 7: Mweka forest camp (3100 m); 13-15 hours walking

Proceed with the Lemosho Route climb by ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka forest camp.

Day 8: Mweka forest camp to Mweka Gate (1,650 m); 3-4 hours walking.

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Cost – Lemosho Route

Price: (Price  per person)

1 pax :2950 USD,  2Pax : 1550 USD,  3Pax :1450 USD,  4 Pax : 1400 USD and  6Pax : 1350 USD

Price Includes:
2 Nights accommodation at Keys Hotek on BB
Private professional mountain guides
All Park fees
Rescue fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Arrival and Departure transfers
Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Summit Oxygen
Walking Sticks
Camping Gears

Price Excludes:
Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
Tips and any items of personal nature.
Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor

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Climb Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route 5 days

Climb Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route 5 days

Marangu Route Kilimanjaro

Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route to Climb  Kilimanjaro and sometimes called the “Coca Cola” route. Compared to other routes the Marangu route is the only route on Mt Kilimanjaro which accommodation is offered in shared huts fitted with solar panels in every camp. In each hut there are comfortable beds with sponge mattress and pillow.

The first stop when climbing Kilimanjaro along Marangu route is the Mandara hut at the altitude of 2700 meters above sea the level. This hut has a total of 60 beds. Heading further towards the Mount Kilimanjaro summit is the Horombo hut which located at 3720 meters above sea level. The Horombo Huts is larger than with Mandara huts with the total of 120 beds. Both Horombo and Mandara huts have bathrooms and running water with basic latrines.  At 4700 meters height is Kibo hut with 60 beds. All the huts have dining huts which is shared by all climbers which brings a cheerful atmosphere. Beer and soft drinks are also available for sale at the huts. Climbing Kilimanjaro through this route is normally takes 5 days but it can be done for 6 days for better acclimatization.  The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing to a basecamp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi

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Climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport meet and greet then transfer to the small town of Moshi for overnight at Keys Hotel or other hotels of the same standard.

 

Day 2: Moshi – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

Breakfast, followed by briefing from your guide, depart the hotel at 08:30 am for a 45 minutes drive to Marangu gate. This gate is located to the eastern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Register at the gate and start the climbing through the rain forest. Along the forest you will see the eucalyptus trees, colobus monkeys and bird life. The trail between the gate and Mandara hut used to be wet and muddy so trekking poles and gaiters will help. During climbing Kilimanjaro Shorts and t-shirts can be enough, but you should carry with you the rain gear and warmer clothing. You may opt to stop for lunch at halfway or proceed to Mandara Huts where you will arrive around 1 or 2 pm. Take lunch, rest and have some tea or coffee. While at Mandara you will have a 15 minute walking trip to Maundi Crater where you will see the surroundings. Dinner will be served at 7 pm.

 

Day 3: Mandara to Horombo

Breakfast at 7:30 am, and continue to climb Kilimanjaro through rainforest glades, follow an ascending path through heathland for 1 hour. Along the trail you can see giant lobelias and groundsels. Continue toward the moorlands with the vegetation cover of small shrubs. Stop for lunch at the point where you can enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi. Arrive Horombo Huts at 2 to 3 pm and enjoy the view of Kibo’s summit. Spend the remaining hours of the day relaxing and prepare yourself for dinner. Bathrooms with running shower are available. At this point most climbers start to feel the effects of altitude so you can choose to spend an extra day for acclimatization here. You may also choose to climb to a basecamp below Kibo’s sub peak Mawenzi.

 

Day 4: Horombo to Kibo Hut

Wake up early to enjoy the magnificent sunrise, breakfast and continue with the climb through the to breakfast as usual, but if you wake early you can get some great photos of the sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heathland that annex into a moonscape as you enter the broad saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Halfway stop for lunch, and as you proceed crossing the saddle you can observe the summit that you will be climbing in the coming few hours. Not that there is no running water at Kibo Hut.

 

Day 5: Kibo Hut to Summit

Wake up at midnight for a light breakfast and prepare for your summit ascent. At 1 am start to climb along steep trail via Gilman’s Point and arrive to the summit at 5,861 m / 18,640 ft between 5 and 7 am. Here, the panoramic views of the magical crater and its icecaps welcome you. Continue to trek for another 2 hours along the crater rim near the renowned snows take you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 9 am which is the Africa’s highest point. This is also the best spot on Kilimanjaro to take pictures which you will show to your friends.

After staying at the summit, descend back to the Kibo Huts for lunch and short rest thereafter continue to Horombo huts. Eat dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!

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2 Days Climbing Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain

2 Days Climbing Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain

2 Days Climbing Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain

Climbing Oldoinyo Lengai is extremely awesome adventure ideal not for everyone but for fit people with excellent physical condition. At the beginning the trek is gentle and it start changing to drastically into steepness as you move higher normally after the first distance of 300 meters. The steepness is what makes it difficult and very challenging to climb this mountain and addition to it is the existence of the hot sun during the day which results to a high temperature. Due to these facts we highly recommend to start the climb in the early morning hours at 01:00 am or 02:00 am so that you reach the summit before the sunrise when it is cool. The distance from the base to the point where you can the volcano crater is 2 kilometers and the total time requires to climb Oldoinyo Lengai up and down is approximately 6 to 7 hours.

The total duration required for the entire tours is 3 days which combine climbing oldoinyo lengai and a visit to the nearby area of interest such as the Lake Natron. This lake is the main nesting ground for flamingo birds in the region.

Oldoinyo lengai is part of the volcanic system of the East African Rift Valley which produces natrocarbonatite lava. This mountain has been experiencing occasional volcanic eruptions which makes the locals who lives in the near neighborhood to call it the mountain of God. They actually name it the mountain of Gold “Oldoinyo Lengai” due to the presence of fire and ashes occur during the eruption.

 

Requirements for Climbing Oldoinyo Lengai

Oldoinyo Lengai Climbing gears: Warm sleeping bag (-10’C); Trekking boots (used and comfortable); a warm jacket; Thermo long underwear; Balaclava hat; several pairs of warm socks; windbreaker jacket; Rain gear, Getas, Light camera, Sunglasses and sun creams; Warm gloves, a walking stick and some medicines.

Medical Kit: We advise you to consult your doctor before coming to climb Oldoinyo lengai and furthermore to bring your own medical kit with all important medicines. You can include in the kit antibiotics, malaria tabs, sunburn cream, water purification tabs, Diamox, (Aspirins will do for mild headaches). For the case of Acute Mountain Sickness you shall have to climb down. Doctor before the climb.

 

Camping during Climbing Oldoinyo Lengai:

We use light tents for camping which is perched in the public camping sites supported with basic necessities only. Together with the tents we provide mattresses, chair, tables etc.

During this trip you will accompanied by your private cook who will be preparing fresh meals for you and deals with the camp chores. It is your obligation to inform us about your dietary requirements so that we organize your meals accordingly.

Climbing Oldoinyo Lengai Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arusha – Oldoinyo Lengai

At 08:00 am we shall pick you up from your hotel in Arusha town for hardly 3 hour drive via Engaruka ruins to Oldoinyo Lengai. Located in the Gregory Rift, south of Lake Natron Oldoinyo lengai is the only live volcano in the East African region which experiencing occasion volcanic eruptions. The shape of this mountain is almost perfect cone with crater at the top and steep slopes. As you arrive in the area you shall depart for a short tour to Lake Natron which is located few kilometers north east. The Lake Natron is one of the major breeding site for the flamingo in the area. In the evening you may also visit the maasai community for a cultural interaction and the nearby waterfalls for a swim

 

Day 2: Climb Oldoinyo Lengi Mountain – Arusha

Today at 01:00 am in the night you shall be transferred by vehicle from the camp to the base of the Mount Oldoinyo Lengai to start the climbing. The total climbing distance is from the base to the peak and the way back to the base is approximately 4 kilometers.  The climb is challenging and it requires a physically fit person to manage it. Arrive at the Peak just before sunrise after 5 to 6 hours of trek.

The oldoinyo lengai crater is quite unique with ashes on it as it goes down to the volcano vent. After spending sometimes at the summit taking pictures you will descend to the mountain base for transfer back to the camp. After a short rest and brunch in the camp you will depart back to Arusha arriving in the evening.

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All transfers made by road to all destinations as per Itinerary
Accommodation in campsites while on safari for full board basis.
Park fee and village charges
Service for Maasai guide and their donkey
Fee for a professional driver guide & an armed ranger
Pure drinking water 1.5 liter per person per day
Sleeping bag

Accommodation in Ausha on the arrival and departure day
International flight
Airport departure tax
Flying doctors insurance
All expenses of personal nature
Tips for diver and cooker
Alcoholic drinks while in the Camp.

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