14 Days Peaks to Plains: Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Trekking & Safari

14 Days Peaks to Plains: Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Trekking & Safari

Experience the best of Tanzania with our Peaks to Plains adventure! Embark on the challenging Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro trek, reaching the iconic Uhuru Peak. Then, dive into the wild on a thrilling safari, exploring the untamed beauty of Tanzania’s national parks. An unforgettable journey awaits!

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Route

Tour Features

  • Luxury tour

    This luxury tour uses lodges and hotels.

  • Private tour

    This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won't be shared with others.

  • Can start any day

    If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

  • Can be customized

    You can request changes to this tour.

  • For both solo and group travelers

    Both solo travelers and groups can book this tour.

  • Minimum age of 3 years

    The minimum age for this tour is 3 years.

Activities & Transportation

Day by Day

  • Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

    ➔ You'll be collected from the airport.
    ➔ Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

  • Day 1 - Moshi

    It's time to begin your safari. Welcome to Tanzania! After we greet you and provide you with the trip briefing, we'll take you out to help you discover why so many people think Tanzania is the best place in Africa to go on safari. Watch for Mt Kilimanjaro to appear above Moshi’s rooftops to the north – the best time is usually when the clouds clear in the early morning or late afternoon. Moshi is quieter than Arusha and is a pleasant place to stroll with good shops, restaurants and bustling markets.

    Main Destination: Arusha
    Accommodation:  Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
    Meals & Drinks: All meals included

  • Day 2 - Trekking from Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

    A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle (roughly 3–4 hours) to Kilimanjaro National Park's western entrance: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking towards the first camp of the route: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m). Raincoats are necessary on this day in particular, as you will be walking through the rainforest. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put up tents, and cook lunch for you. After lunch, the group will depart on an acclimatization hike towards Shira 1 Camp, which features a 300-meter gain in altitude, after which you will hike back down to Mti Mkubwa Camp, where a hot dinner will be waiting.

    Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

    Accommodation:  Mti Mkubwa Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 3 Trekking from Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

    An early wakeup, breakfast, and a gradual trek upwards until 3,500 meters; at that point, for the first time you will be able to see stunning views of Shira Plateau and Kibo Volcano. On the whole, the passage from Mti Mkubwa Camp to the second high-altitude Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) is rather easy and takes about 5–6 hours. This will allow you to start the acclimatization process gradually, which is a mainstay of good trekking. When you reach the camp, your team of specialists will cook you lunch, and you will have the chance to rest in your tent or walk around the nearby area.

    Accommodation:  Shira 1 Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 4 Trekking From Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

    Departing from Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) and a light trekking towards the second high-altitude camp, Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). This trek is not difficult, and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Africa and the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area. Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru (the fifth summit of Africa), weather permitting. When you arrive to camp, you will have lunch, and after a two-hour rest, everyone will complete an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp, which features a 300-meter gain in altitude.

    Accommodation:  Shira 2 Camp
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 5 Trekking From Shira 2 Camp to The Lava Tower And Descent To Barranco Camp

    After breakfast you will leave Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be.

    You can see the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro from Barranco Camp (3983m). It's a stirring backdrop to the campsite, and its high snows are a contrast to the bare, dry landscape that surrounds you here, high above the tree line. Barranco lies along a number of climbing routes, including the popular Machame Route, so there are always lots of people in camp

    Accommodation:  Barranco Camp
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 6 Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano.

    Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours, you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then descent back down to the camp.

    Landscapes of austere beauty surround you and the oxygen is pretty thin at Karanga Camp, which lies high on Mt Kilimanjaro at an altitude of 3995m. You're well above the treeline here, in a terrain known as an alpine desert. The summit is clearly visible high above you, there's plenty of space to pitch your tent, and there are always many other climbers around with whom to swap stories.

    Accommodation:  Karanga Camp
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 7 Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    In the morning after breakfast you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting.

    When you stay at Barafu Camp, at an altitude of 4681m on Mt Kilimanjaro, you're surrounded by a landscape where nothing grows and the views extend out across the mountain's high and treeless valleys. 'Barafu' means 'ice' in Swahili and it's always cold up here, as well as beautiful. Enjoy talking with the other climbers who've reached this milestone.

    Accommodation:  Barafu Camp
    Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 8 - Uhuru Peak

    Stand on Africa's highest point (5895m) when you make it all the way to Uhuru Peak. The summit of Mt Kilimanjaro looks out from the Kibo crater rim, and the views go deep down into Kenya and Tanzania. Admire the glaciers and enjoy that feeling of achievement.

    Rest your weary legs at Millennium Camp and enjoy the sense of achievement and the company of other travelers.

    Accommodation:  Millennium Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 9 Moshi

    Extra time in Moshi lets you experience life in a provincial Tanzanian town with all the street energy and infrastructure you’ll need.

    Accommodation:Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
    Meals & Drinks: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 10 Tarangire National Park

    Explore one of Tanzania’s most rewarding national parks, a land of big baobab trees, big elephants and big cats. No wonder this ends up being the favorite park in Tanzania for many visitors. Sightings of wildebeest, giraffes, hippos, buffaloes, baboons, vervet monkeys and zebras are also almost guaranteed. Lions are plentiful here – Tarangire is home to one of Tanzania’s healthiest lion populations. While you’ll have to work a little harder to see a cheetah or leopard, it will only enhance your excitement when you do. You can also look forward to classic safari scenery – savannah plains, river woodlands and rocky hills.

    Main Destination:  Tarangire National Park
    Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge
    Meals & Drinks: All meals included

  • Day 11 & 12 Serengeti National Park

    You’ll never forget the time you spend in the Serengeti. Perhaps it will be the sightings of leopard and cheetah as they show their skills as feared hunters of the plains and valleys. Or that unforgettable moment when an elephant family feeds alongside your vehicle, so close you could almost reach out and touch them. Or the first time you hear a lion roar. Then there are the herds of buffalo, zebra or wildebeest so large that they move as one across your horizon, like a river. All of these experiences are possible in the Serengeti, one of the most beautiful parks in Africa.

    Day 11, Ngorongoro Highlands Enjoy cool temperatures, forest wildlife (including elephants, buffaloes and leopards), and fine views of craters and mountains when you visit the Ngorongoro Highlands.

    Activity Day 11
    ➔ Transfer by Road, Marera Valley Lodge to Ngorongoro Highlands
    ➔ You'll love the chance to get to know the Maasai when we take you on a visit to the community in Ngorongoro Highlands.
    ➔ Come with us as we take you to your next destination, but we'll also go looking for wildlife along the way.
    ➔ You'll get to know Serengeti National Park in the best possible way on a guided game drive. Led by an expert guide, you'll drive out across the park's famous savannahs to look for the incredible wildlife (big cats, elephants and more) that calls the park home

    Activities Day 12
    ➔ You'll be joining us in Serengeti National Park for a guided game drive. It's a fantastic opportunity to see some of the animals you came so far to see.

    Afternoon
    ➔ We'll take you to enjoy the sunset and a sundowner at one of our favorite places in Serengeti National Park.

    Main Destination:  Serengeti National Park
    Accommodation:  Embalakai Camp
    Meals & Drinks:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Drinking water Non-alcoholic drinks

  • Day 14 Lake Manyara National Park

    Strung out in the shadow of the Rift Valley escarpment, that great fracture in the earth’s surface that divides Africa in two, Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania’s more unusual parks. Here you’ll certainly see the elephants for which the park is famous, and, if you’re really lucky, one of the park’s equally wellknown tree-climbing lions. There’s also a lake filled with wading birds, plenty of olive baboons, and dense forests that make you feel that exciting animals could emerge from the trees at any moment. It’s a wonderful chance to mark the transition between the lower plains and the Crater Highlands (with Ngorongoro Crater) away to the west.

    This marks the end of your safari in Tanzania. We hope that you have enjoyed your trip and that you're already planning your next safari.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch Drinking water Non-alcoholic drinks

  • Departure

    This marks the end of your safari in Tanzania. We hope that you have enjoyed your trip and that you're already planning your next safari.

    Meals & Drinks: Breakfast & Lunch

  • End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

    ➔ Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost. ➔ You'll be dropped off at the airport.

Important to Know

Rates Per Person

Inclusion

  • Park fees

    For Non Residents

  • All game drives & activities

    (Unless labeled as optional)

  • All accommodations

    (Unless listed as upgrade)

  • A professional driver/guide

    English/German/Spanish speaking

  • All transportation

    (Unless labeled as optional)

  • All Meals

    (As specified in the day-by-day section)

  • All Drinks

    (As specified in the day-by-day section)

  • All Taxes/VAT

    (Unless labeled as optional)

Excluded

  • International flights

    (From/to home)

  • Personal items & arrangements

    (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

  • Additional accommodations

    (before and at the end of the tour)

  • Tips

    (Tipping guideline US$15.00 pp per day)

  • Some meals

    (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Getting There

From $4,200 pp

Customer Reviews

Gina & Chris
Gina & Chris
2023-06-14
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The best Experience ever! Wir hatten eine unglaubliche 5 Tages Safari mit Laurent! Es war das Beste was wir je erlebt haben und wir haben schon viel auf der Welt erlebt. Wir haben die Big Five gesehen und viele andere Tiere! Eine unglaubliche Erfahrung! Laurent ist ein toller Guide und es waren tolle Tage mit ihm! Danke für dieses Erlebnis!
Angela M
Angela M
2023-01-13
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Safari tour with family Shiri tours is one of the best tour company with excellent communication skills. Linux was great and our tour guide Ally was exceptional and would recommend them to anyone. Keep up the good work.
Amanda Wanders
Amanda Wanders
2023-01-10
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7 Day Safari – Trip of a Lifetime I did a 7 day safari with Shiri Adventures and it was incredible. Full disclosure, I did get mine severely discounted as we worked together on content creation/promotion, but I can honestly say I would have absolutely paid full price to do it.Our guide Laurent was amazing. Linus, the Managing Director, is a godsend and helped us with some issues that popped up right before we left as well as answering every little question we had along the way.This trip was the time of our lives (me and my husband went for our honeymoon). I couldn’t recommend it enough, and I found Shiri to be very reasonable in cost compared to many other safaris at this level.And we saw the big 5! I’m telling you, our guide had supervision. 10/10 would recommend Shiri Adventures.
mampangile
mampangile
2023-01-09
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Fantastic Serengeti and Ngorongoro safari was absolutely amazing. Shiri adventures made it all possible for us.
Kyle D
Kyle D
2023-01-09
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7 Day Safari Experience Shiri Adventures made the whole safari a breeze! We got to see so many animals and different national parks over our 7 day safari. And with the help of our guide we were able to spot and see the all of the big 5 animals (lions, elephants, leopards, water buffalo & rhinos)! We got a discounted experience via my wife, but I would pay full price any day. It was amazing!
lindsmariea
lindsmariea
2022-11-07
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BEST Guide Company In Tanzania Linus and his crew were all over the tiny details that made each excursion we want on amazing. Did the 3-day safari, Materuni Falls & coffee tour, and visited the Chemka hot springs. Everything was well planned out and communication from Linus was impeccable. Highly recommend this company and will use them again if I ever find myself back in Eastern Africa!
Mariam N
Mariam N
2022-10-21
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My Kilimanjaro hike I had a wonderful experience with the team at Shiri, Linus provided such a wonderful team that played a very huge role in helping us summit Uhuru peak. The team was organised and professional and made the 6 day hike a very memorable one for me and for the friends I made on the hike.
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faheymk
2022-10-19
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6 day Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Absolutely wonderful from start to finish! My friends and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route with Shiri Adventures, and Linus and his staff delivered an amazing experience. There were 4 of us in our group and we all had limited hiking experience, but we all made it to the summit with the help of our amazing guides Yaki and Bryson, along with the porters. After we finished, they had beers, champagne and a bus waiting for us at the gate. I have traveled quit a bit and I can say I’ve never had a better experience anywhere. If I ever go back to Tanzania I will hire Linus and Shiri Adventures to handle it. I wish I could do more than write a review. I highly highly highly recommend using Linus and Shiri Adventures for your Kilimanjaro trek or safari. Thanks again to Linus, Yaki, Bryson and everyone else, you made our trip happen and delivered a once in a lifetime experience!!
Jennifer H
Jennifer H
2022-10-18
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Highly recommend using Shiri Adventures. We went on a three-day safari with Shiri as well as a day trip to Materuni Falls and Coffee Plantation and Chemka Hot Springs. I can’t say enough good things about how helpful Linus and his staff were before, during, and after our trip. Everyone was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure we were enjoying our trip. Our accommodations and food exceeded expectations. If you’re planning a trip to Tanzania, I would highly recommend booking your adventures with Shiri.
Jan Smole
Jan Smole
2022-09-25
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Best Safari! Me and my wife spend our honeymoon on safari (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Manyara) with Shiri Adventures and I can say that it was the best experience!We didn’t have a single complaint. From communication with mr. Linus, who responded quickly to all our questions and concerns (via WhatsApp or email), to the entire organization of Safari, transfers to airport, luxury lodges in national parks… Also, on our safari jeep they put our wedding photo – nice personal touch :)Our guide (mr. Ibra) was an exceptional at finding animals that we could see from a distance of only a few meters! He taught us about animals, their behavior and the habitats they live in, about the natives Maasai (which we also visited), about land Africa and Tanzania… Really experienced guide! We would recommend Shiri Adventures 10/10. These guys are on another level! 🙂

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FAQ

GENERAL

Where is Tanzania located?

Tanzania is located east of Africa’s Great Lakes, north of Mozambique and south of Kenya. It’s coastline runs along the Indian Ocean.

Do I need a visa to visit Tanzania?

Yes, travellers from most countries need a visa to travel to Tanzania. A single entry e-visa can be obtained online before travelling.

What are the visa requirements for traveling to Tanzania?

Travelers visiting Tanzania are required to have a valid passport and obtain a visa. The visa application process can be completed online or at Tanzanian embassies or consulates. Different visa types are available, such as tourist visas and business visas, and specific documents, including proof of accommodation and return tickets, may be required.

What animals can I see in Tanzania?

Tanzania has the largest animal population density of any country in the world. Animals native to Tanzania include cheetah, lion, wildebeest, gazelle, ostrich, elephant, leopard, jackal, hyena and giraffe, and over 1,100 different bird species. Tanzania also has the highest number of predators in Africa.

What language is spoken in Tanzania?

Swahili and English are widely spoken in Tanzania.

How many national parks are there in Tanzania?

Almost 40% of the country is protected through wildlife reserves, conservation areas and marine conservation areas. Tanzania has 17 national parks that cover more than 16,000 square miles. Our Wilderness teams can arrange accommodation in beautiful safari camps situated in the country’s most sought-after wildlife areas.

What can I do in Tanzania besides going on safari?

There is much to do in Tanzania. A visit to Zanzibar’s golden beaches with a dhow cruise on the warm Indian Ocean is a must. Discover the rich culture of Tanzania by visiting Stone Town, the famous spice market and enjoy eating delicious local food.  Explore the bustling city of Dar es Salaam. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is many people’s most aspirational African adventure.

What should I wear on a Tanzanian safari?

Tanzania is generally warm but can get cooler in winter, particularly on early morning and late evening game drives. Pack a rain jacket, and warmer clothing for winter, with light clothing for summer. Bright colours and white are not recommended for a safari, with khaki-coloured clothing generally recommended for travel in the African wilderness.

Where do I fly into Tanzania for a safari?

If you are travelling to Tanzania’s popular northern safari circuit you will land at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Tanzania's main airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport, in Dar es Salaam.

What is Tanzania’s national animal?

The graceful giraffe is Tanzania’s  national animal.

What are the accommodation options in Tanzania?

Tanzania offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. You can choose from luxury hotels, safari lodges, tented camps, and eco-friendly accommodations. Whether you prefer staying in the heart of national parks or relaxing on the beach, there are accommodations available to cater to your needs.

How can I practice responsible tourism in Tanzania?

Responsible tourism in Tanzania involves supporting conservation efforts by respecting wildlife and their habitats, minimizing environmental impact, and engaging with local communities in a respectful and sustainable manner. Choosing tour operators and accommodations that prioritize sustainability and community involvement is a great way to contribute to responsible tourism practices

Which are the top national parks in Tanzania?

Tanzania is home to several remarkable national parks, including the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park. These parks offer unique features and incredible wildlife experiences, including the annual wildebeest migration and the opportunity to spot the "Big Five" animals.

What cultural experiences can I have in Tanzania?

Tanzania boasts a rich cultural heritage, and there are plenty of cultural experiences to enjoy. You can visit local villages to learn about traditional lifestyles, participate in traditional music and dance sessions, and have the opportunity to interact with the Maasai community and experience their fascinating culture.

Vaccinations

What are some safety tips for traveling in Tanzania?

When traveling in Tanzania, it is important to prioritize personal safety. This includes being cautious of your surroundings, avoiding displaying valuable items, and staying informed about local customs and regulations. It is also recommended to take health precautions, such as getting necessary vaccinations, and being aware of potential wildlife encounters.

What vaccines do I need to visit Tanzania?

Always chat to your travel clinic or doctor before travelling to Tanzania. As a guide, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A, diphtheria and polio vaccinations are recommended. You will also need to show your yellow fever vaccination card.

Is Tanzania malaria free?

No. Over 93% of the population in mainland Tanzania live in malaria transmission areas. We advise all our guests to chat to their physician about the best anti-malaria medicine to take. Please note, many anti-malaria tablets need to be taken a few weeks before departure.

What is the COVID protocol for travelling to Tanzania?

We address all concerns surrounding COVID in line with the latest recommendations from the World Health Organization and other leading authorities. Please speak to your Travel Designer for the latest travel advisory updates, to ensure that you are prepared for all COVID travel requirements in Tanzania before your departure.

Do I need to show proof of COVID vaccination when arriving in Tanzania?

Travellers do not currently need a vaccine to enter Tanzania. Also, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter the country.

Honeymoon FAQ

What makes Tanzania an ideal choice for a honeymoon safari?

Essential packing tips include advice on clothing, footwear, toiletries, and necessary equipment for the safari.

What are the top honeymoon safari destinations in Tanzania?

The top honeymoon safari destinations in Tanzania include Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar.

What romantic experiences can be enjoyed on a Tanzania honeymoon safari?

Couples can enjoy intimate candlelit dinners in the bush, private game drives, sunrise hot air balloon rides, and relaxing spa treatments.

What adventurous activities are available for honeymooners in Tanzania?

Honeymooners can engage in thrilling game drives, guided nature walks, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

How can couples select the perfect accommodation for their honeymoon safari in Tanzania?

Couples can choose between luxury lodges, exclusive tented camps, and beach resorts, considering amenities, privacy, and romantic ambiance.

When is the best time to visit Tanzania for a honeymoon safari?

The best time to visit Tanzania for a honeymoon safari depends on factors such as weather, wildlife migrations, and peak tourist seasons.

What wildlife encounters can couples expect on a Tanzania honeymoon safari?

Couples can encounter the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), as well as giraffes, zebras, and cheetahs.

What cultural immersion and local experiences are available during a Tanzania honeymoon safari?

Couples can visit Maasai villages, interact with local communities, and experience traditional ceremonies, gaining a deeper understanding of Tanzanian culture.

How can couples plan and book their Tanzania honeymoon safari?

Couples should choose a reputable tour operator, consider travel insurance, obtain necessary travel documents, and create a customized itinerary.

What essential packing tips are there for a Tanzania honeymoon safari?

Essential packing tips include advice on clothing, footwear, toiletries, and necessary equipment for the safari.

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