Tanzania

A vast and spectacular place to safari whether it is your first time or your tenth. Tanzania is known for the melting snowcapped peaks of Kilimanjaro, the endless Serengeti plains, Olduvai Gorge which many call the cradle of mankind, Ngorongoro Crater which boasts rich concentration of game, Lake Victoria the largest lake in Africa, and the exotic Zanzibar Spice Islands.

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, approximately twice the size of California.  Roughly 25% of the country is designated as wildlife protected areas - National Parks, Game Reserves and Game Controlled Areas. The Indian Ocean coast and islands offer tropical beaches, coral reefs and great marine life.

The onset of rain in late November triggers the annual migration of large mammals and birds. The great Serengeti plains turn green and the zebras take the lead grazing the taller grasses and seed heads. They are followed by 1.2 million wildebeest who are a bit more selective grazers. This is one of the last places on earth where you can witness a huge spectacle of wild animals carrying out this annual circle of life.

Tanzania is a safe, stable and peaceful country with a multi-party democracy. Home to more than 100 different tribal groups, the Maasai are the best known. Many of these pastoralists are living the same lifestyle as their ancestors did centuries ago. English and Kiswahili are spoken here. International airports are located in Kilimanjaro and Dar Es Salaam. 

Tanzania Democratic Republic of Congo Rwanda Burundi Zambia Kenya SerengetiNational Park MaswaGame Reserve GrumetiGame Reserve IkongoroGame Reserve Ngorongoro Conservation Area Lolliondo Controlled Area Masai MaraGame Reserve SelousGame Reserve RuahaNational Park Gombe Stream National Park MahaleMountainsNational Park KataviNational Park Malawi Mozambique Uganda Lake Victoria Lake Rukwa Lake Manyara LakeNatron Lake Eyasi ● Kigoma Zanzibar Mafia Island Pemba Island ● Ngorongoro Crater Olduvai Gorge Arusha Namanga Dar es Salaam Mkomazi Game Reserve Lake Tanganyika Indian Ocean Lake Malawi AmboseliNational Park Tsavo West National Park Tsavo EastNational Park SaadaniNational Park TarangireNational Park ArushaNational Park Mt. KilimanjaroNational Park Mikumi National Park ● Iringa Udzungwa Mountains National Park Udzungwa Mountains National Park Great Rift Valley Great Rift Valley
Tanzania Highlights

Itineraries

Tanzania itineraries are usually focused on one or two regions of this vast country utilizing both road and flying transfers.  Mobile tented safaris tracking the Great Wildebeest migration, cultural interactions, horseback safaris, and chimp trekking can be combined with diving and snorkeling off the coast.  

Across Tanzania

Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro
You will be met upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha, where a welcoming staff awaits.  Settle in for your first night in Africa. 
1 Night in Arusha

Day 2: Serengeti
After an early breakfast, you will to catch your flight to the Serengeti. If the weather cooperates, you'll see the snows of Kilimanjaro on the way! 
4 Nights at Lamai Serengeti Camp

This is the land of endless plains punctuated with iconic kopjes -- think of Pride Rock from The Lion King!  The camp is situated high above the savanna giving you a commanding view of the Mara River valley. Traveling in the months of August to October will give you a front row seat for the Great Wildebeest Migration at the Mara River, where the crossings can mean life and death.

The en-suite tents are scattered within the rocks and feature 24 hour power, hot and cold running water, bathrooms with flush toilets, inside bath and outdoor shower.  There is a natural rock swimming pool if you feel like taking a dip.  Game drives, guided bush walks and optional fly camping are on offer here.

Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite kopjes. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

Day 6: Katavi
Head to the airstrip this morning for your flight to Katavi National Park. You'll have an eagle eye view as you fly across Tanzania 3 Nights at Chada Katavi Camp

Katavi is for the wildlife connoisseur, a wild and remote place with a high density of wildlife.  Rivers groan with hippopotamus and crocodile, and the plains are covered with massive herds of buffalo. Almost everywhere you look there’s something grazing, bellowing, fighting, mating or hunting.

Hidden in the trees that flank it are six guest tents, with fine wooden furniture, and large comfortable beds spread with crisp white Egyptian cottons, and floors covered with thick woven rugs. The tents are large, romantic and airy with many shade netting windows to allow the cool breezes through. The bathrooms are bush deluxe, and set just behind each bed tent. And to cap it all, the thoroughly good white wine sitting on your porch table is perfectly chilled. Activities include game drives in open 4 WD vehicles, bush walks, birding and fly camping under the stars.

Day 9:  Mahale
The flight from Katavi to Mahale is only 20 minutes and the landscape changes dramatically. When the plane lands at the edge of Lake Tanganyika, you'll wade out to the waiting dhow for a one hour ride to camp.  The Mahale Mountains are spectacularly beautiful with the forested slopes plunging from 8,000 feet down to the shoreline. 
4 Nights at Greystoke Mahale Camp

The exotic bandas at Greystoke are open fronted, looking out across the sandy beach and the blue water.  The interiors are fashioned from dhow timber and feature dressing rooms, a loft for morning yoga or afternoon naps, adjoining bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. There's never enough time to explore the forests which are filled with primates, forest mammals, birds, giant vines and waterfalls.  Beyond 'chimping' you can hike, fish, snorkel, swim and kayak.

Day 13:  Kilimanjaro
Today you will take the dhow ride back up the lake to the airstrip to catch your flight back to Arusha.  If time permits, you can do a bit of shopping before heading to Kilimanjaro to connect with your homeward flight.

Optional Extension:
To complete your "Across Tanzania" safari we recommend adding a few nights in Zanzibar or Pemba Island for a shore to shore experience!

Private Departures:
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

Schedule:
 The ideal time for this itinerary would be August through October when you would have a good chance of seeing the “Great Wildebeest Migration" moving toward the Masai Mara and back to the northern Serengeti

Gorillas & Luxury Safari

Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe
You will be met on arrival in Entebbe and transferred to your hotel. 
1 Night in Entebbe

Day 2: Bwindi Forest National Park
Take a scheduled flight to Bwindi Forest National Park, which impresses with a truly theatrical landscape. This is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges. And it is here, on a flat ridge high in the forest, that Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked away. This is the ideal base for encounters with the mountain gorillas that live in Bwindi.

Later you may have time to visit the Batwa Pygmies village to learn about these native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills. 
3 Nights at Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 3
There are nine habituated gorilla families in Bwindi and you will have the opportunity to visit one of them today. Meet with the local guides and trackers for trekking formalities and a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking. The trekking can take from three to seven hours and the terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery along with the anticipation of our quest seem to lessen the trekking effort. Once you locate your assigned gorilla group, you will have one hour to spend with them before making your way back down. This afternoon you may want to relax or get a massage!

Day 4
After breakfast and the now familiar trekking formalities, you will re-enter the forest to visit another gorilla family. You will likely find this to be a very different experience than you had the day before!

The bio-diversity of the park also makes it home for more than 350 bird species, 200 butterfly species, and eleven kinds of primates including L'Hoest's monkeys, rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and antelopes.

Day 5: Serengeti
Today you fly to Entebbe and onward to Tanzania’s famed Serengeti.  You will be met at the airstrip and then game drive en-route to your private camp which will be situated near the Great Wildebeest Migration.  This will serve as your base for exploring the area for the next few days.

2 Nights at a Private Tented Camp in the Serengeti

This is a totally private and exclusive camp just for you, with large walk-in tents with dressing area, private en-suite bathroom (short drop toilet, bucket shower and wash stand). There is a separate dining/mess tent, and fully equipped and well-stocked bar. This camp reflects the old and luxurious “Out of Africa” camping style, the beauty of the bush in an authentic atmosphere.

The Serengeti hosts the largest concentration of wildlife in the world, thought to be more than 3 million, and is home to one of the great wonders in the world, the Great Migration. Over a million wildebeest move annually from the southern plains, where they give birth in January - March, to the north and the Mara River, and back, accompanied by zebra and other migratory mammals. Lion, cheetah, hyena, African wild dog and crocodiles make sure only the strongest survive. 

Day 7: Grumeti Reserves
You will take a short flight to your next camp.  Once settled in you will have lunch and later go out to explore the area. 3 Nights at Singita Sabora Tented Camp

The Singita Grumeti Reserves spans more than 400,000 acres of relatively untouched wilderness and is part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem bordering the western corridor of Serengeti National Park.  There are no fences so wildlife moves freely and the concession has a variety of habitats including open plains, rugged rocky outcrops, woodlands and riverine forests.  Grumeti features unparalleled exclusivity combined with the ability to enjoy a wide selection of activities not allowed inside the Serengeti, since it is not governed by national park regulations.

Sabora Plains Tented Camp is situated on the Serengeti plains, beautifully decorated in grand campaign 1920s style. The six lavish tents are air-conditioned and feature a bedroom and reading area, bathroom with bath and outdoor shower, viewing deck with your own Swarovski spotting scope.

Day 10
This morning you will game drive en-route to Faru Faru River Lodge, arriving for lunch and settling in for the next few days. 
3 Nights at Singita Faru Faru River Lodge

This contemporary safari styled lodge offers barefoot elegance in a laid-back rustic setting. Elevated viewing desks over the watering hole allow guests to watch game from the lodge. The open-style suites are air- air-conditioned with a bath and outdoor shower, a personal bar and fridge, Wi-Fi, and deck. Walks from the lodge along the Grumeti River, with its unrivalled spectrum of fauna and flora, are an unforgettable experience.

Day 13
Enjoy your last game drive back to the Sasakwa airstrip to catch your flight to Arusha.  You will be met and taken to the Shanga River House for lunch and shopping.  Day rooms can be arranged here and later you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro for your international departure. 

Private Departures:
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

The Great Ape Escape

Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro         
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport. 
1 Night in Arusha

Day 2: Serengeti National Park         
Depart after breakfast for Arusha Airport where you will board your chartered flight to Seronera in the Serengeti National Park. Enjoy lunch in camp and an afternoon game drive.  You will discuss the next day’s adventure over sundowners around the campfire. Enjoy a late dinner before retiring to be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa. 
5 Nights in Serengeti National Park

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater       
Head east across the short grass plains for Olduvai Gorge (site of Leakey’s discovery of early man) and the Ngorongoro Crater. This cross country route will take you well into Maasai country. This is spectacular open plain country that was used during the filming of “Out of Africa” and will be ideal for an opportunity to do some hiking and for a picnic with a view.  From the Cradle of Mankind, you ride up in elevation through the fertile highlands area. 
1 Night in Ngorongoro Highlands       

Day 8: Lake Tanganyika
Depart after breakfast for Lake Manyara airstrip where your private charter waits to take you to Mahale on the western edge of Tanzania.  Upon arrival, you will board a dhow for the one hour boat ride to Greystoke Camp located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.  Mahale Mountains is one of the most remote and beautiful parks in the whole of Africa.  The forested slopes plunge from the peaks to the shoreline.  The park is located halfway down the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. 
3 Nights at Greystoke Mahale

Days 9-10: Mahale National Park       
Mahale National Park is the best place in the world to view chimpanzees in their natural habitat.  You will track the chimps concentrating on the “M” group.  This troop inhabits all of Mahale Park.  Swimming and snorkeling in Lake Tanganyika are welcome afternoon activities.  Sunset cruises with fishing opportunities. Dinners on the beach under the stars.

Day 11: Tarangire National Park
Depart after breakfast on the one hour boat ride to Kigoma where you will board your charter flight to Tarangire National Park. This park gets its name from the Tarangire River that works its way through the length of the Park. This baobab-studded park looks like no other in northern Tanzania. During the dry season, it is the place to be as seasonal migrations of elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, eland and oryx come from southern Maasailand to the Tarangire River. 
3 Nights in Tarangire National Park

Day 14: Arusha          
Depart Tarangire after breakfast for the drive back to Arusha where day rooms are reserved.  You will have time for shopping, lunch, and relaxing before preparing for your evening departure from Kilimanjaro Airport.

Private Chartered Flights:
This itinerary features private chartered flights which enable you to make the best use of your safari days. 

Group Size:
This itinerary is ideal for a group of six to twelve travelers.

Optional Extension:
We recommend adding a few nights in Zanzibar or Pemba Island for a shore to shore experience!

Private Departures:
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

Schedule:
The ideal time for this itinerary would be August through October when the game viewing in Tarangire National Park is best.

 

                           

Serengeti & Zanzibar Safari

Itinerary

Day 1:  Kilimanjaro
You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Ngare Sero Lodge on the slopes of Mount Meru.  This intimate, country estate is located only 30 minutes away. Sitting on the veranda you can see the snows of Kilimanjaro in the distance. Sykes and Colobus monkeys frolic in the trees of the gardens. 
2 Nights at Ngare Sero Lodge

Day 2: Mount Meru

Today is a cultural excursion to a nearby village on the southern slopes of Mount Meru. The villagers are subsistence farmers and grow coffee, bananas and vegetables. Visit the women of Mama Anna's to get a glimpse of rural African life. These enterprising women make cheese, harvest honey and coffee.

Day 3: Loliondo
Depart early for Arusha to board your plane to Klein’s Airstrip and begin a game drive as soon as you arrive. 

The Loliondo private concession area - east of the Serengeti National Park border – is where the nomadic Maasai have small settlements.  Here you will be able to do walking safaris and night drives, activities which are not allowed within the national park.  You will also visit a traditional Maasai community and school. 
3 Nights at Loliondo area camp

Day 6: Serengeti
Travel by road to Sayari Camp in the northern Serengeti National Park.  The endless rolling plains and riverine woodlands are home to lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, large herds of antelope and much more.

Sayari Camp is situated on the Mara River in a remote location where you can immerse yourself in the safari experience.  The wildebeest migration can be seen in this area from mid-July to November. The en-suite tents have verandas overlooking the Serengeti.  The crew is dedicated to making you feel right at home.  Days will be spent exploring the Mara River for hippo, crocs and wildebeest crossings. Each night at the campfire, you’ll look up at the star-strewn sky and feel thankful that you’re here at last. 
3 Nights at Sayari Camp

Day 9: Zanzibar
Board your plane at the Kogatende airstrip for the flight to Zanzibar. Matemwe is a tropical paradise with white sand beaches, lush gardens, swimming pools and a menu featuring fresh seafood specialties served in the open-air restaurant.  The bungalows are constructed from local materials and have private verandas overlooking the Indian Ocean.  Matemwe is situated opposite the Mnemba Atoll, which offers spectacular diving and snorkeling. 
3 Nights at Matemwe

Day 10
Spend the day sailing and snorkeling to the Mnemba atoll. Lunch will be set up on the beach just for you. 

Day 11
Tour Stone Town’s narrow alleyways, bustling market and appreciate the historic architecture. Stone Town has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.  After lunch you can stop for a spice tour at one of the local plantations. Fresh cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper and nutmeg will never seem quite the same again after you have been to the “spice island.”

Day 12: Dar es Salaam
Spend your last hours around the infinity pool before heading to the airport to check in for your flight to Dar es Salaam where you will connect with your homeward flight.  

Private Departures: 
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

Schedule:
The ideal time for this itinerary would be August through October when you would have a good chance of seeing the “Great Wildebeest Migration" moving toward the Masai Mara and back to the northern Serengeti.

 

Southern Tanzania & Zanzibar Expedition

Itinerary

Day 1: Dar es Salaam
You will be met when you arrive in Dar es Salaam and transferred to a nearby hotel.  Get a good night's sleep and dream of the adventures that await you. 
1 Night in Dar es Salaam

Day 2: Ruaha National Park
Depart for Ruaha National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania where you’ll see an amazing diversity and quantity of big game.  Enjoy the birds-eye-view of the wild south en-route. After lunch you can settle in and later set out on your first game drive.
3 Nights in Ruaha

Ruaha offers an abundance of predators such as lion, cheetah, hyena, leopard, jackal, and Africa wild dog.  The location is special, sitting in the zone between northern and southern hemispheres where species (bird migrants, mammal species, and plant species) from both overlap.  The Ruaha River and a number of smaller seasonal rivers are a vital life-source.  The varied topography also results in a correspondingly varied diversity of species so that there are 1,600 plant species compared to 600 in the Serengeti and now over 500 bird species which approximates to half that are found in the entire country.

Days 3 & 4
Ruaha has a wealth of different habitats to explore, from grassy plains, escarpment woodlands and rocky kopjes. Hippo pools and an abundance of bird life make for many alternative game drives. Guided walk along the river or through the bush focus on the smaller things you miss in a vehicle.

Day 5: Selous Game Reserve
Enjoy your last morning in Ruaha before heading to the airstrip for your flight to the Selous Game Reserve. The plane swoops over the Rufiji River on its approach to landing, a dramatic arrival to the World Heritage Site and one of the largest conservation areas in Africa.   You will be met upon arrival and transferred by road to camp. 

3 Nights in the Selous Game Reserve

Selous is the world's largest game reserve covering a huge area measuring more than 21,000 square-miles with most of it untouched by human activities.  The reserve is bisected by the Rufiji River, a sprawling waterway with a myriad of channels that make for exciting boating safaris.  You will find large numbers of buffalo, lion, elephant and a healthy population of African wild dogs. This is also a birder's paradise boasting 440 species of birds.

The main feature of Selous is the sprawling river system with linked lakes and channels. Choose between walking, boating or vehicle safaris. Selous is the only location in Tanzania where boating safaris are possible.

Day 8

You will head to the airstrip to catch your flight to Zanzibar. 

3 Nights in Zanzibar

This is a spectacular place for diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and walks on the beach.  You’ll enjoy the local catch from the fishermen who deliver fresh crab, lobster and fish on a daily basis.   A spice farm tour and a visit to the historical Stone Town are also on offer here.

Day 11

Begin your homeward journey.

 

Private Departures:
Contact us to custom-tailor this itinerary for you.

Schedule:
The ideal time for this itinerary would be late June through October.

Optional Extension:
See more of Tanzania while you’re here!  Start in northern Tanzania with a visit to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.  We also recommend the chimp trekking experiences on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. 

 

Climb Kilimanjaro

Itinerary

Lemosho Route

Day 1:  Kilimanjaro

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your lodge where you will stay for two nights before your climb, and one night after the climb. You will have a late supper and settle in for your first night’s sleep under African skies.

2 Nights in Arusha

Day 2:             

It will be a good idea to go for a hike today, getting the legs warmed up and the body clock adjusted.  Later there will be a pre-climb briefing and equipment check.

Day 3:  Arusha - Londorossi Gate (2000m) to Big Tree Camp (2650m) - 4 hours walk

After registration formalities and you will be driven to the Lemosho Route starting point to begin the climb through the thick montane forest to reach the first camp.  You will spend six nights on the mountain in private camps.  You will be climbing with an experienced crew to maintain your safety and comfort in your private camp.  You will be sleeping in high quality, 2-person sized tents and there will be a private chemical toilet in camp.  The mess tent has tables and chairs and the kitchen has all required cooking utensils to provide hot meals in the morning and evening.  The crew will also carry a hyperbaric decompression chamber and oxygen.

Day 4:  Big Tree Camp to Shira 1 Camp (3500m) – 6 hours walk

The day’s hike takes you from the montane forest, through a transition zone, and into the heath zone, where the old lava flows are visible. Tonight’s camp provides a dramatic view of Kilimanjaro and its glaciers.

Day 5: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp (3860m) - 5 hours walk

Today is an easy paced acclimatization day of 4 to 5 hours hiking. Camp is set higher on the Shira Plateau with more expansive views of Kilimanjaro.

Day 6:  Shira 2 Camp to Baranco Camp (3950m –6 hours walk) via Lava Tower (4600m)

Today is another acclimatization day for a mostly uphill climb of 5 hours to an elevation over 4500m at Lava tower then descending to Baranco Valley at 3950m to camp in the Lobelia moorland forest.  You will pass through the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather, to reach Kilimanjaro’s alpine desert zone. You will have a spectacular view of the steep Western Breach.

Day 7:  Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4600m) – 5 hours walk

As you begin trekking today the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we work our way to Barafu Camp. Barafu means, “ice” in Kiswahili.  The base camp at Barafu hut is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for your push to the summit. After an early dinner you will rest. At midnight, under the stars and moon, you will begin the final ascent.

Day 8:              Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5895m – 7 hours walk) then 5 hours descending to Mweka Camp (3000m)

You will reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro at 5,895 meters/19,340 feet around 8 a.m.   At this early hour, before the clouds close in, you will have spectacular views of Africa in all directions. After a brief stay for photos and awe, you will descend 2 to 3 hours to our Barafu Camp for lunch, rest, and to pick up belongings. Then we continue downhill 3 hours to the edge of the Mweka Forest. Tonight’s camp is 3000m below the summit!

Day 9:  Mweka Camp to Arusha (3 hours walk), 2 hour drive

After a good sleep and breakfast, you will begin the final descent to the Mweka gate.  You will then be driven to our lodge for a nice long shower!   The rest of the day is for relaxing and a leisurely evening of sundowners and dinner.

Day 10:  Arusha

Those doing a post-climb safari, or a Zanzibar beach stay, will begin their journey.  Those departing for home will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Group Size: 

- We arrange climbs for solos, couples, small groups of 6-12, and larger groups of up to 35.

 

Best Time to Climb: 

- We suggest climbing anytime except during  late March, April and May. 

 

Fundraising Consultation:

- Duffle & Compass can also provide fundraising advice for charity climbs.

 

Partial Climbs:

- We can organize a partial climb for three days and two nights on the mountain.

 

Optional Extensions:

- We highly recommend a pre-climb or post-climb safari since you are so near to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.  A Zanzibar beach vacation is also a popular post-climb destination.  Contact Duffle & Compass

 

Joy Climb 2018

Itinerary

Friday, July 20              Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your lodge where you will stay for two nights before your climb, and one night after the climb. You will have a late supper and settle in for your first night’s sleep under African skies.

Saturday, July 21          Arusha

It will be a good idea to go for a hike today, getting the legs warmed up and the body clock adjusted.  Arrangements will be made for guides to lead a hike.  There will also be an opportunity to visit Arusha for those who are interested.   Later there will be a pre-climb briefing and equipment check.

Sunday, July 22            Londorossi Gate (2000m) to Big Tree Camp (2650m), 4 hours walk

We will be driven to the Londorossi Gate, to meet our guides and porters.   After registration formalities and we will be driven to the Lemosho Route starting point to begin the climb through the thick montane forest to reach the first camp.  Many beautiful flowers are observed en-route and with luck we will spot colobus monkeys and possibly signs of elephants.

Those on the Full Climb will spend six nights on the mountain; those on the Partial Climb will spend two nights in private camps.  You will be climbing with an experienced crew of 45 for each 12 climbers to maintain your safety and comfort in our private camp.  You will be sleeping in high quality, 2-person sized tents and there will be a private chemical toilet in camp.  The mess tent has tables and chairs and the kitchen has all required cooking utensils to provide hot meals in the morning and evening.

Monday, July 23           Big Tree Camp to Shira 1 Camp (3500m) – 6 hours walk

Today we will reach the west side of the Shira Plateau in a hiking time of six hours. Taking our time walking through the forest will allow us to observe its animal and bird life. The day’s hike takes us from the forest, through a transition zone, and into the heath zone, where the old lava flows are visible.

Tuesday, July 24          Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp (3860m) - 5 hours walk

Full Climb -  Today is an easy paced acclimatization day of four to five hours hiking. Camp is set higher on the Shira Plateau with more expansive views of Kilimanjaro

Partial Climb - Bid goodbye to those heading up the mountain on the Full Climb.  Begin the descent through the tropical forest to the gate.  Your safari guide will meet you and transfer you to your safari lodge. 

Wednesday, July 25     Shira 2 Camp to Baranco Camp (3950m – 5 to 6hrs walk) via Lava Tower (4600m)

Full Climb – Today is a mostly uphill climb of five hours to Lava tower before descending to camp in the Baranco Valley’s Lobelia moorland forest.

Partial Climb -   Your camp sits in a private concession that is home to some of the largest elephants in East Africa.  Activities include game drives, walking safaris escorted by Maasai warriors and interaction with the local Maasai.

Thursday, July 26         Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4600m) – 5 hours walk

Full Climb - Today the trail turns steadily uphill and temperature will grow colder as we make our way to base camp, our staging point for our summit.  After an early dinner we will rest. At midnight, under the stars and a brightly shining moon, we will begin the final ascent.

Partial Climb -  Today we will visit St. Jude’s School and later this afternoon check in at our hotel in Arusha.

Friday, July 27              Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5895m – 6 to 7 hours walk) to Mweka Camp (3000m - 5 hours descending)

Full Climb - We will reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet around 8 a.m.  Descend to base camp for lunch and rest before continuing down to the edge of the Mweka Forest to spend your last night on the mountain.  Congratulations, you made it to the Roof of Africa!

Partial Climb – Today is a full safari day at Arusha National Park.

Saturday, July 28          Mweka Camp to Arusha (3 hours walk), 2 hour drive

Full Climb - Begin the final descent to the Mweka gate where you will bid your climbing team goodbye.  You will be taken to your hotel for a nice long shower, sundowners and a celebration dinner. 

Partial Climb – Today you will visit an orphanage, stop by some local markets for shopping and meet the climbers back at the hotel for this evening’s celebration dinner.

Sunday, July 29             Arusha

Those doing a post-climb safari will begin their journey.  Those departing for home will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Full Joy Climb - Estimated PRICE

$3,510 per person sharing accommodation

$   395  Single Supplement

This estimate is based on a group size of 12 travelers minimum.

The Full Climb is limited to 14 climbers.    

 

Partial Joy Climb – Estimated PRICE

$3,655 per adult sharing accommodation

$3,620 per teen under 16 sharing accommodation

$3,065 per child under 12 sharing a room with parents (triple)

$   555  Single Supplement

This estimate is based on a group size of 12 travelers minimum. 

The Partial Climb is limited to 13 climbers.

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

- Accommodations, meals and beverages as specified in the itinerary

- All airport transfers and scheduled land transfers as specified

- Services of English-speaking guides & drivers in 4x4 safari vehicles

- Services of porters and private camp crew on the mountain

- All conservation and park entrance fees, activity fees as specified

- All government taxes and levies

- Emergency medical evacuation insurance while in Tanzania

PRICE EXCLUDES:

- Gratuities and all items of a personal nature

- International air

- Passport & Visa fees

- Compulsory travel insurance (Duffle & Compass will arrange for you)

- Alcoholic drinks

- Any pre-safari or post-safari plans (Duffle & Compass will arrange for you) 

 

RESERVATIONS

The Full Climb is limited to 14 climbers.  The Partial Climb is limited to 13 climbers.  Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-confirmed basis.  To confirm your participation requires a 50% non-refundable deposit.  Contact Duffle & Compass for further information.

 

YOUR CAMPAIGN

It’s easy to set up your campaign page on the Healing Hands of Joy website to raise sponsorships for your climb.  The HHOJ staff will be happy to assist in setting up your page and giving you some ideas about reaching out to those who will want to support your Joy Climb.  It is suggested that each climber set a minimum sponsorship goal of raising $2,020 from their campaign page prior to the trip.  Healing Hands of Joy has a goal to end obstetric fistula by 2020.  

All proceeds of the Joy Climb will benefit Healing Hands of Joy, a 501c3 non-profit organization.  

All contributions are tax deductible.

 

EXTENSIONS

Since you will be so close to some of the best wildlife viewing in East Africa, we suggest a Pre-Climb or Post-Climb safari which can be custom tailored for you.   Contact Duffle & Compass

 

Accommodations

Accommodations in Tanzania range from intimate settler inns and coffee plantations to award-winning lodges and camps in private reserves to rustic beach retreats on the Indian Ocean Islands. We book many more lodges and camps, but these are some of our preferred places.

Northern Tanzania

This area is home to two of Africa’s most famed destinations – Serengeti National Park and Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest free standing mountain.  In addition there are adjacent wildlife reserves around the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge, and Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.   

Photo: &Beyond

Klein’s Camp

Located in on the Kuka Hills in northern Serengeti, Klein’s Camp is in a 24,700-acre private wildlife preserve and offers a vintage style safari experience. Day and night game drives and interpretive bush walks are offered to Klein’s 20 exclusive guests.

Photo: &Beyond

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Perched on the rim of the famous Crater, the architecture is inspired by the Maasai who build in mud and sticks. The lodge has three intimate camps, North Camp (12 suites), South Camp (12 suites) and Tree Camp (six suites).  In this place of dramatic contrasts, where Versailles meets Maasai, the rooms feature Persian carpets and butler service.

Photo: &Beyond

Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

Ten spacious guest tents sit in a forest on the banks of the Grumeti River in the western Serengeti where the annual migration brings thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other herbivores to cross.  Anticipating crocodiles provide quite the show. There is also a nearby launching site for hot air balloon safaris over the Serengeti.

Photo: Sabora Tented Camp

Sabora Tented Camp

Singita’s Sabora Tented Camp is an intimate 1920s-style camp that sits in the midst of the savanna, reminiscent of a bygone era.  The nine lavish tents offer opulent luxury complete with antique mahogany travel chests, Persian rugs, silk curtains, en-suite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower, dressing area, reading area, viewing deck with Swarovski spotting scope. Children aged 10 and over are welcome.

Photo: Faru Faru Lodge

Faru Faru Lodge

Singita’s Faru Faru River Lodge is mix of contemporary and organic style inspired by the idea of a botanist’s camp. Set along the Grumeti River the lodge has seven suites, one family suite and a two-bedroom suite with a private infinity pool.  Children of all ages are welcome. There are babysitting services available and tailor-made activities to suit each family. 

Photo: Singita

Serengeti House

Singita Serengeti House opened in 2012 for exclusive use.  The house accommodates eight guests in four spacious suites all featuring private outdoor showers and terraces. In addition, the main house boasts large dining and lounge areas, ample decked areas with day beds, a swimming pool and a private tennis court.

Photo: Singita

Singita Mara River Tented Camp

This luxury “green” camp is set in the Lamai area of the Northern Serengeti with great views of the Mara River. This area is a key location in the annual wildebeest migration, as well as, a year-round home to big cats and elephants on land while the hippo and crocodile rule the Mara River. Children aged 10 and over are welcome. The camp is closed in March and April.

Photo: Asilia

Sayari Camp

Sayari sits in an unspoilt area of the remote northern Serengeti where the migration generally roams from mid-July to November.  This is when the stage is set for the annual drama of migrating wildebeest herds crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River. There are nine luxury guest tents in one wing of the camp and another wing with six.  Each wing has a dining area to ensure intimacy and personal service especially for groups who would like to book the wing exclusively.

Photo: Quinten Miller

Kimondo Camp

This eight tent migration camp moves twice a year across the expansive Serengeti plains following the Migration. From mid-November to mid-March, Kimondo is perfectly situated to witness the calving of wildebeest.  In the dryer months the camp moves to the Lamai Wedge, just ten minutes from the Mara River. The camp does not operate from mid-March through June.

Photo: Nomad Tanzania

Lamai Serengeti Camp

Here in the quieter part of the Serengeti you will find year-round resident game and the Migration passing through from July through October heading to cross the Mara River. The camp is built amongst the Kogakuria kopi with 12 rooms total including four rooms with a private lodge for families or groups traveling together.  

 

Photo: Nomad Tanzania

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Perched high on the wild side of the Ngorongoro Crater rim, guests see the sunrise over the crater and the setting sun over the Serengeti Plains.  The camp’s name comes from the Maa language of the Masai and means “circle.”  Newly opened in 2016, there are six canvas rooms elevated on wooden platforms, with two family rooms made up of two full size rooms and a shared bathroom. Each room has indoor heating and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water. Although open year-round, the camp is designed to be removable to ensure minimal disturbance to the environment.

Photo: Gibbs Farm

Gibb’s Farm

Gibb’s Farm provides an ideal base for a few days to visit the foothills of the Ngorongoro Forest, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Lake Manyara areas. Coffee is grown and roasted on site and a 10-acre organic fruit, vegetable and herb garden is utilized in providing fresh, home-cooked meals.  Activities include guided farm and garden tours, forest walks, bird watching, mountain biking, game drives and cultural visits. The spa features traditional Maasai healing treatments.

Photo: Asilia

Oliver’s Camp

Located in a remote area of the Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp is named for Paul Oliver, a safari guide who fell in love with this area when he first came here in the 1980s. Night drives, walking safaris and wilderness 'fly camps' are all on offer in this slice of untamed Tanzania. Oliver’s Camp is closed from April to mid-May.

Photo: Little Oliver’s Camp

Little Oliver’s Camp

Little Oliver’s is situated near Oliver’s Camp in the remote southeastern part of the Tarangire National Park. There are five en-suite tents here which are good for groups traveling together. The prime season here is August through October during dry season.

Photo: &Beyond

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

This luxury safari lodge is set on the shores of the lake in the heart of a mahogany forest. The ten tree house suites are the only accommodations in Lake Manyara National Park. The area is known for the tree-climbing lions.

Western Tanzania

Winging your way across the country takes you to some special places that are perfect for those who yearn to venture to more remote areas with first-rate wildlife viewing.  

Photo: Nomad Tanzania

Greystoke Mahale

This camp sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains rising behind. This is home to the world’s largest population of wild chimpanzees. In addition to “chimping,” activities include, hiking, swimming in the warm, clear lake, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking.

Photo: Nomad Tanzania

Chada Katavi

Katavi National Park is in remote western Tanzania, and this stylishly simple bush camp is perfect for the wildlife connoisseur. The six en-suite tents have breathtaking views over the wide Chada Plain and elephants are frequently passing through camp feeding on the fruit trees. Activities include game drives, fly camping under the stars, walks, birding and three to four-day walking safaris. Chada is open from June through November.

Southern Tanzania

There are some enormous tracts of pristine wilderness here making it new frontier territory for adventurous types. The Selous Game Reserve covers an area measuring more than 21,000 square-miles with most of it untouched by human activities. Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest national park and home to 10% of the world’s lion population.

Photo: Beho Beho

Beho Beho

This camp in the Selous Game Reserve is privately owned and has operated for forty years. There are eight spacious stone and palm thatched guest cottages all with magnificent views.  The combination of excellent guiding, unbounded friendly hospitality and bush luxury creates a favorite base from which to explore this area.  Excursions by foot, by boat or by open safari cruiser are available.

Photo: Azura Selous

Azura Selous

This private retreat is located in Africa’s largest game reserve in Southern Tanzania. If you’re looking to safari in a rugged and wild place, and yet have luxury comforts, this is the place for you!   You will likely not see another vehicle during your stay. The 12 air-conditioned villas overlooking the rapids of the Great Ruaha River have stone baths and private plunge pools. 

Photo: Nomad Tanzania

Kigelia Ruaha

Located in the best wildlife area of the great Ruaha National Park, Kigelia Ruaha is a simple tented bush camp offering all those creature comforts that you need while enjoying one of the best kept big game secrets in East Africa. From here, you can explore on foot and in open vehicles, in search of elephant and lion, the statuesque greater kudu and noble sable, as well as all the smaller creatures that call this place home. 

Photo: The Oyster Bay

The Oyster Bay

This boutique property, located in the ambassadorial, residential area of Dar es Salaam, is a good place to begin or end your safari.  There are eight ocean-facing suites, extensive lounges and terraces overlooking the gardens and a swimming pool.

Photo: Asilia

Roho Ya Selous

This stylish property opened in August, 2017 in the very heart of the Selous Game Reserve.  It is situated on a hill overlooking the Rufiji River where the hippos wallow.  There is an air-cooling system in the nine, spacious en-suite tents including one family unit for those hot weather months when game viewing is spectacular here.  A wide range of activities, led by the expert guiding team includes game drives, boat safaris, and walking safaris. The camp closes in April and May.

Photo: Asilia

Jabali Ridge

This eight suite property opened in September 2017 in the Ruaha National Park.  The site provides exceptional views of this baobab studded landscape.  A tenth of the world’s lion population hunts across these plains and sightings of large prides are common. Expert guides lead walking safaris, game drives and night drives.  The guest suites feature private decks and bathrooms have rain showers and flushing toilets.  There is an infinity pool to cool off on hot afternoons.

Indian Ocean Coast & Islands

Zanzibar Archipelago, referred to as the Spice Islands is a series of islands just 23 miles off the coast. The largest is Zanzibar with the historic capital city Stone Town and Pemba which lies to the north. These exotic locales provide a fascinating history, diverse cultural offerings, spice plantations, beautiful beaches, excellent fishing and diving.

Photo: Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge

The 12 chalets are perched on coral rock, surrounded by the white sand beaches of northeast Zanzibar. Each chalet has a private veranda with a hammock overlooking the water.  Situated opposite the Mnemba atoll, this is a spectacular place for diving, snorkeling, canoeing, reef walks and excursions to Stone Town. Matemwe is closed during April and May.

Matemwe Retreat

These four luxury, air-conditioned villas are just north of the main lodge and share a private beach.  Perfect for honeymooners and those looking for more privacy, each villa offers private roof terrace with plunge pool and both sun and shade decks, large veranda with couch and hammock, in-house dining, butler service, Internet, and in-room massage treatments

Photo: Matemwe Beach House

Matemwe Beach House

This exclusive use property offers a private slice of this beautiful coastline and accommodates six guests in three bedrooms.  Enclosed with its own walled garden, the view is out over the private plunge pool to the beach and blue sea beyond.  A private butler and chef will serve your every need.  

Photo: Mnemba Island

Mnemba Island

Mnemba is a private island just off the northeast tip of Zanzibar.  This award-winning barefoot beach paradise is a romantic, private hideaway with just ten beachside bandas. There is a PADI dive school and a variety of excellent dive sites. 

Photo: Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon, Pemba

Set on the southwest coast of Pemba, this privately owned, romantic and peaceful resort is considered one of the top dive sites in the world. There are 18 Makuti thatched tented rooms and suites, an infinity pool and spa at this award-winning resort. This is a PADI 5-star resort where you can also enjoy snorkeling, diving, sailing and the popular dhow sunset cruise. Fundu Lagoon supports the local villages on the island with a variety of health, education and economic development projects.

 

Photo: Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

Nestled in the nature amongst baobabs and exotic gardens, this privately owned beach resort was designed by Neil Rocher one of the best architects in East Africa.  There is a simplicity to the furniture and décor and a commitment to sustainability and working with the local community.  A variety of garden rooms and villas to accommodate couples and families are spread out over the beachfront on Paje beach. There is a spa and a high-end watersports center which specializes in kitesurfing.    

Photo: Kilindi Zanzibar

Kilindi Zanzibar

Set in 50 acres of lush tropical gardens, Kilindi Zanzibar is a luxurious boutique hotel for those who love nature.  Originally designed for Benny Anderson of the pop band ABBA, the property boasts dramatic architecture of Middle Eastern heritage and Scandinavian minimalism.  Each of the 15 domed pavilions is slightly different but all feature wooden-slatted shutters and glassless windows allowing for views and the subtle breezes of the Indian Ocean.  Each pavilion has a sleeping room and a separate, and quite stunning, rainfall shower room.  There is also a private plunge pool, veranda area for private relaxation and dining, and butler service.

Photo: The Residence Zanzibar

The Residence Zanzibar

Luxury comforts of Swahili, Omani, British and Indian influences make up The Residence Zanzibar.  There are 66 one and two-bedroom spacious, private villas set within a lush 79-acre estate.  Indulge in the island life while lounging on your private deck, overlooking your own swimming pool with beach, garden or ocean views.  You can bicycle around the property to the restaurants, bars, spa and beach, or call for golf cart pick up.  

Travel Information

When to go to Tanzania
Temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year with more tropical humidity along the coast and on the islands. The coolest months are June to October with daytime temperatures that range from 68 to 86 F. Overnight temperatures can go down to 50 F in some areas. 

The Great Migration is best viewed across the Serengeti plains from May to July and again from late October to March. The pilgrimage is prompted by the lack of water in May when the herds begin moving west and north from the southern plains. The wildebeests mate in May and June and eventually cross into Kenya's Masai Mara during the months of July through October. The herds begin to head back south in November and they are back on the southern plains again by December. Calving starts in February.

Some camps and lodges close during the long-rains in April and May because road conditions can sometimes be very difficult.

Passport & Visa for Tanzania
Your passport must be valid for at least six month after the date of your return from Tanzania. A visa is required to visit Tanzania and can be obtained on arrival. 

For further information:  The Embassy of the Republic of Tanzania in Washington, D.C. & U.S. State Department

Medical Information for Tanzania
Before traveling to Africa, please consult with your physician. An International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required for travelers arriving in Tanzania from countries where yellow fever is present. This list includes Kenya. The certificate must be obtained no less than 10 days prior to your arrival into Tanzania.  You will also need a malaria prophylaxis.

For further information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Tanzania