Marangu Route 7 Days

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01

Leave Nairobi by shuttle bus arriving in arusha in time for dinner at Arusha Boma guest Home.  After a short relaxation time and being settled into your rooms a tour of Arusha by night is organized.  Dinner overnight in Arusha Boma Guest Home.

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02

Arusha - Mandara Hut (2,750m)

Leave after early breakfast, driving to marangu Park gate (1800m) from where our trek begins.  Today’s hike is leisurely one, following the truck as it mandara Hut (2,750m), a bunkhouse equipped with beds and foam mattresses.  Total walking time 4-5 hours.  From mandara, you can walk a short distance up to Maundi crater rim from where you can enjoy splendid views of plains, lakes and scenic volcanic formations below.  

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03

Mandara - Horombo Hut(3,720m)

Leave at 7.00 am, first walking through the upper forest before you enter the sprawling moorlands, a zone which abounds in giant groundsels, flowers, tussock grasses and many other interesting plants.  After a long walk lasting 6-7 hours we arrive at our next camp-Horombo Hut (3,720m).

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04

Horombo(3,720m) Acclimatization Day

Spend a day at Horombo, rest and acclimatization.

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05

Horombo - Kibo Hut(4,700m)

Continue with trek, completing the remaining stretch of moorlands to enter the afro-alpine zone.  This is a dry and desert-like rock region.  After replenishing our water reserves in sufficient quantities at the last stream we cross popularly known as the “last water point”, we hike further to Kibo hut (4,700m) at the base of the summit.  The total walking time is about 5-7 hours, gaining 1,000m in altitude. It’s advisable we go to bed early tonight in readiness for the challenging ascent to the summit tomorrow.

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06

Kibo - Uhuru Peak(5,895m) - Horombo Hut

A long and hard day.  We get up at midnight, have a hot beverage then begin the steep and challenging, but exhilarating trek to the summit.  From Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) is a distance of 4km, taking 7-8 hours.  Our experienced guide keeps the pace reasonable.  We arrive at Gilliman’s Point (5,895m) in time to catch the fascinating sight of the sun as it rises over the Mawenzi Peak.  More energetic hikers can continue trekking for another two hours to uhuru Peak (5,898m), the highest point of Africa.  From the summit, we descend to horombo hut, a distant of 14 km in 5-7 hours (a descent of 2200m) for overnight.

Day:

07

Horombo Hut - Arusha

We descend 18 km in about 5 hours, a descent of 1900m through the virgin forest to marangu Park Gate, collect certificates then transfer vehicle off the mountain to arusha.

Rongai Route 6 Days

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01

Your first day’s walk is a gradual ascent through the rain forest.  The main thing to watch out for is elephants and cats covering portions of the trail.  About 4hrs RONGAI CAVE (2,600M).

The Rongai route is one of the easiest ascent to the peak.

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02

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim.  After lunch, leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of mawenzi.  The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios near Kilelewa cave.  About 7hrs.

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03

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness.  Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of mawenzi.  The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.  4 hrs .  MAWENZI TARN (4,330M).

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04

Cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (4,750m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall.  The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! 5hrs KIBO HUT (4,750M).

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05

Begin the final, and by far the steepest and the most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m.  Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gilliman’s Point (5,685m) Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi.  Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to uhuru Peak (5,896m)  passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.  The descent to Kibo (4,740m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo.  About 11hrs.  HOROMBO HUT (3,780M).

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06

After breakfast,  a steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,752m) the first stopping place at the marangu route.  Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the national Park gate at Marangu.  Here you will meet your vehicle which will transport you to Arusha Boma Guest Home.

Machame Route 7 Days

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01

After breakfast you meet your climbing guides and porters for briefing.  Transfer to machame gate and start the climb to Machame hut 3,000m, which will take about 6 hours walk through rain forest and giant heatherMACHAME HUT CAMP (3,000M).

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02

Rise early and climb up a steep ridge for 3-4 hours,  then the path drops into the river gorge before climbing more gently for another 3-4 hours into open moorland of ShiraPlateau SHIRA CAMP SITE ( 3,840M).

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03

A long trek to Barranco.  This camp lies in a sheltered area below the spectacular cliffs of the Breach wall.  The Breach wall, the dome of Uhuru and the edge of the Heim Glacier dominate the head of the valley.  BARANCO CAMP (3,900M).

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04

Up the steep Baranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the karanga Valley.  This is a short walking day, 3-4 hours with an optional acclimatization hike in afternoon up onto the scree below the glaciers.  KARANGA CAMP.

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05

Up to a new camp about 150m above Barafu Hut perched high on a rocky bluff at 4,750m.  Fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak, and a bit less to climb tomorrow morning! This is another short walking day, about 4 hours, with less exertion and a good rest in afternoon immediately before the hard summit day. BARAFU HUT (4,750M).

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06

At midnight the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Stella point.  Walk steadily up the ridge and around the crater to reach Uhuru peak, your ultimate goal, at 5895m.  From the summit the trek descends to overnight at Mweka Hut/High Camp.  MWEKA HUT/HIGH CAMP (3000M).

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07

Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Arusha for a well-earned hot shower! BOMA GUEST HOME (B/B).This can also be done in 6 days – instead of sleeping at Karanga camp you will walk down to Barafu hut.

Johannesburg

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01

Johannesburg

Depart from Johannesburg early and head on our scenic drive where we explore the Panorama Route with its breathtaking views and spectacular scenery

We visit God’s Window, Waterfalls and Pilgrim’s Rest.

We continue on the Kruger National Park in the mid afternoon and upon arrival we check in at Phumulani Lodge

We then embark on our night game drive

On arriving back at the lodge dinner is served, and we enjoy the magical sounds of the African night before retiring to our bungalows

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02-03

Kruger National Park

We start at dawn on this day and do three game drives in the Kruger Park

We stop several times during the day to freshen up and have breakfast and lunch in rest camps along the way

We also visit Skukuza, the main camp of the Park

We return to our camp before dark and have time to relax before we enjoy dinner at the Lodge

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04

Kruger National Park / Johannesburg

We again set out at dawn and do a thorough morning drive before we have breakfast

There after we have a final mid-morning game drive, before checing out and departing to Johannesburg

We return to Johannesburg in the late afternoon

Drop off at your hotel or the Airport

Please Note:

Should you have an onward flight either Domestic or International, please do not book this before 19h00

Kruger National Park

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01

Johanne Sburg / Kruger National Park

We leave Johannesburg from the Rosebank Hotel at 07h00 and head north towards the vast wilderness of the Kruger National Park

After a short stop for tea we arrive at the safari hub of Hazyview, where you’ll climb aboard open safari vehicles

Game sightings begin virtually as soon as we enter the reserve, which is home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as 147 species of mammals, reptiles and birds

Enjoy spotting them during an afternoon open safari vehicle drive, before returning to the rest camp for dinner and your first nights sleep in this famous patch of bushveld

Accommodation: Kruger Park Rest Camp (Dinner)

Day:

02

Kruger National Park

A full day seeking out Kruger’s creatures, big and small

They escape the full force of the African sun by retreating into dense bush, so the best game spotting opportunities are during game drives in the early morning and late afternoon

We follow the animal’s example by taking a midday siesta! Dinner and overnight at a rest camp

Accommodation: Kruger Park Rest Camp (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day:

03

Kruger National Park / Johannesburg

Enjoy an early morning game drive then tuck into a hearty breakfast before returning to camp around mid morning

We then leave the park and travel back to Johannesburg, arriving at around 19h00

Tour ends in Johannesburg (Breakfast)

Kalahari 8 Day Safari

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Our standard 8 day Kalahari safari explores both the spectacular Augrabies Falls National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. A photographers dream with harshly contrasted landscapes, vivid colours and superb wildlife viewing.

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01

Depart from Cape Town early morning and travel through the spectacular semi- desert scenery of Namaqualand and Bushmanland into the Northern Cape stopping for a picnic lunch on our way. We arrive in the historical copper mining town of Springbok late afternoon. Time permitting, visit the Goegap Nature Reserve, famous for its wealth of succulents, for a late afternoon game drive/ walk and sunset. Overnight: Mountain View Guest House or similar (3*), Springbok

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02

Travel to the Augrabies Falls National Park, also known as “place of noise” in Nama. Afternoon at leisure to swim, relax, enjoy a walk to “Arrow Point” and view the falls with its dramatic 18km long canyon. Late afternoon game drive in the Augrabies reserve ( look out for Klipspringers, Springbok, Giraffe and Rock rabbits ) and sunset with sundowners at “Moon Rock”. Overnight: Comfortable stone and thatch chalets (3*), Augrabies Natiional Park.

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03

Today we journey into the Kalahari desert and one of the largest untouched reserves in Africa, the Kgaladi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park. Our first overnight camp is Twee Rivieren , aptly named after the two ancient dry riverbeds which form the nucleus of the park. Afternoon game drive in the Kalahari until sunset. Overnight: Comfortable stone and thatch chalets(3*), Twee Rivieren

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04

Today we journey northwards to the most remote camp in the park, Nossob, stopping at the different waterholes to spot the animals on our way ( often scenes of action ).An evening barbecue under the stars ends the day with a visit to the nearby floodlit waterhole. We recommend you reserve a night drive from Nossob at additional cost. 
Overnight: Simple and comfortable chalets (3*), Nossob

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05

Another full day exploring the Kalahari. Crossing the red desert dunes, we follow the Auob riverbed, reputedly one of the best places in South Africa to see cheetah hunt. Our overnight camp is Mata Mata on the Namibian border. Overnight: Comfortable chalet, Mata Mata Main Camp

Day:

06

A last morning game viewing in the park on our way back to Twee Rivieren. After lunch we travel back to Upington and overnight at a charming guest house on the banks of the Orange River.Overnight: Le Must Guest House (4*), Upington

Day:

07

We travel through the dramatic open plains of the Great Karoo to Nieuwoudtville, where we are welcomed on Papkuilsfontien Farm, an historical pioneer farmstead dating back over 200 years to the days of the first pioneer farmers. We spend the remainder of the afternoon discovering the farm before enjoying a traditional Karoo farm dinner with our hosts. Overnight: Papkuilsfontein Farm, Niewoudtville. For those who wish a return flight to Cape Town may be arranged this morning

Day:

08

In the morning we explore the bushman rockart paintings on De Hoop farm and then enjoy a delicious farm breakfast with our hosts. We depart over the spectacular Vanryns Pass and pay a visit to the largest succulent nursery in South Africa before arriving back to Cape Town late afternoon.

Info:

Departure Dates:       Daily

Min No of Persons:    2

Best time to go: 

Throughout the year. Each season brings a different attraction. In summer it is lambing time when many of the antelope species have their young and predators are nearby. Winter is the dry season so game tends to concentrate around the waterholes.

Climate:
Temperatures vary greatly from -11 degrees C on cold winter nights to 42 degrees C in the shade during peak summer. Generally speaking the heat is dry and bearable. Winter in the Kalahari is cool and dry from May- October and then hot and dry with periodic thunderstorms from November to April.

Health Requirements:

The Kalahari is situated in a low risk malaria zone. During the summer month we advise the use of malaria prophylactics.

Suitable for:

Those looking for a safari with a difference away from it all; photographers; birders ( the Kalahari is well know for its great variety of raptors ). All ages although due to the long distances covered we recommend a tailor made safari for parents of younger children.