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Karibu Tanzania! We hope you have a wonderful stay in one of East Africa’s gems. Home to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and Zanzibar, Tanzania covers an area of 365,756 square miles and is home to approximately 51.82 million people.

Tanzania was formerly known to the world as Tanganyika before it became an independent state (from the United Kingdom) in 1961. The merger of Tanganyika and Zanzibar in 1964 called for a new name thus Tanzania was born.

While Kiswahili is the official language of Tanzania, the country consists of an estimated 125 ethnic groups, including Chagga, Maasai and Sukuma. About a third of country practices Islam, another third practices Christianity and the last third practices their own indigenous beliefs. How is it possible that a people with such a diverse linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds can live relatively peacefully among each other? This is one of the most beautiful puzzles of Tanzania and one many people continue to try to answer. What will you discover during your stay here?

El Mundo Safaris offers you private access to the raw and remote landscapes of a treasured African wilderness. We offer guests the opportunity to experience a contemporary African safari that redefines the meaning of reconnecting with nature.

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Please note: El Mundo Safaris (EMS) will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. Any unforeseeable changes in fees, such as fuel surcharges, increased park fees or other fees that are out of EMS control, will be the responsibility of the guest. Some conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may also necessitate changes in the itinerary. EMS reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary.We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant

Lemosho-The Secret Favourite

The Secret Favourite

The 9 days Lemosho Route is one of the lengthiest, most picturesque routes on Kilimanjaro and it is our ‘secret favorite’. You will traverse through tranquil trails that feature scenic grandeur. In the rainforest, the exquisiteness of dawn’s light pierces the lush, emerald sward. Mist embraces the lichen coated bark and the melodic piping of a songbird splits the silence whilst the distinctive blue monkeys swing above. This leads to the smooth surfaces of the stunning Shira Plateau and the magnificent sight of the looming Lava Tower. Barranco Valley provides beautiful sights of the azure glaciers. Vast plains of Savannah are decorated with splotches of wildlife and there is a possibility of encountering elephants or buffalo. The Mweka Route is used to descend and you have a good chance of completing the 9 days Lemosho Route due to the advantageous acclimatization conditions. Kilimanjaro captivates the hearts of those who reach the summit but this route exceedingly epitomizes Africa’s magnificence

Itineraries

Day 1: ARRIVE-KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Date : 12/28/2019

Arrive in Tanzania JRO

Terminal: Main

El Mundo driver will pick you up at the airport and proceed to the hotel. If you can arrive a few days early that is good. Orientation for your trek will take place shortly after you arrive and your guides will provide comprehensive information that will assist you in reaching the summit. Your trekking gear will be checked before you leave.

Iliboru Safari Lodge B&B.

Booked Through: El Mundo

Iliboru Safari Lodge is situated at the base of Mount Meru, among the banana fields and Maasai tribes, a perfect setting for a family holiday.

We offer spacious guest rooms with a large lawn area between each self-contained Boma. The rooms have a unique African design with a round layout and thatched rooftops. The Maasai fabrics and draped nets add an ethnical charm, blended with international amenities throughout the lodge.

The lodge is only 2 km from Arusha, set within 5 acres of plush land that blends modern conveniences with the local lifestyle. Unwind while watching the variety of birds from your balcony or take a dip in the large swimming pool

DAY 2: FOREST CAMP

Date : 12/29/2019

Starting point (2,300m) to Forest Camp (2821m)

Walking Time: 3,5 hours Distance: 5.4 km Altitude Gain: 397m

Our trek begins on the wilder, western side of Kilimanjaro so you’ll spend part of Day 2 admiring the patchwork fields of the coffee and banana plantations as you’re driven along the south boundary of majestic Kilimanjaro to the Londorossi Gate. After we’ve completed the park entrance formalities, you’ll be driven 12k further through Cyprus plantations into the breathtaking natural wilderness, resplendent with pristine rainforest where you’ll spot colobus and blue monkeys. There’s even a chance of seeing antelope, elephant and buffalo, which prefer this quieter side of the mountain. You’ll hike through the dreamy, misty moss-clad forest, through a soundscape of birdcalls, monkeys tripping across branches overhead, and your own footfalls. The flora can be breathtaking – the glowing orange of the Fireball lily, the pink and white impatiens, and varieties of hibiscus. You’ll camp at Forest Camp – also known as Big Tree Camp or Mti Mkubwa – among the African yellow-wood, hypericum and hanging flowers of the hagenia. After a tasty dinner, you’ll fall asleep to the sound of the night bird.

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP 1

Date : 12/30/2019

Forest Camp (2821m) – Shira Camp 1 (3350m).

Walking Time: 5-6 hours Distance: 9 km Altitude Gain: 529m

It’s an early start today as, after a filling breakfast, you’ll leave the density and closeness of montaine forest. The trees thin out as your vista opens up to big skies and high heath on your way up towards the Shira Plateau. The moorland you’ll hike through is an almost prehistoric landscape of giant heathers interspersed with groundsel and lobelia. You’ll pick your way over bubbling mountain streams, steep ridges and rocky outcrops and we’ll rest for lunch on the western edge of the Shira Plateau, where you’ll see the Kibo Massif sweeping up to the summit. It may seem so far away now but you’ll get there! After lunch we’ll continue the trek under the glorious African skies with plenty of opportunity for photography. We’ll rest overnight at Shira 1 Camp where you’ll get the chance to relax, gazing as the sun sinks into the clouds below you while you enjoy a scrumptious dinner before a well-earned rest.

DAY 4: MOIR CAMP

Date : 12/31/2019

Shira Camp 1 (3350m) - Moir Camp (4,200m).

Walking Time: 5-7 hours Distance: 14km Altitude Gain: 850m

After a restful sleep and sustaining breakfast you’ll head off through an obvious volcanic landscape, so rocky and barren that you’ll feel like you’re on the moon. You’ll see the black, glassy obsidian rocks and pebbles, hurled out during eruptions. All the evidence of its violent past is there for you to climb over, around and through. We’ll camp tonight at Sheffield Camp, where you’ll enjoy warming, filling dinner and the thought of a lie in tomorrow!

DAY 6: SHEFFIELD CAMP

Date : 01/02/2020

Acclimatization day at Sheffield Camp.

Although you’ve climbed high, there’s more climbing to do and it’s important that you become acclimatized to the rarer atmosphere – especially as you’ll be sleeping high in Crater Camp tomorrow night. So you’ve the opportunity to spend the day at Sheffield Camp where you can chill out in your cozy sleeping bag, take in the enormous views, the big skies and the rolling clouds below you; make friends with the friendly chats that skip around the tents or spot a white-necked raven or the soaring elegance of a bearded vulture high above you. But to really get the measure of this amazing place, take a guided walk to one of Kilimanjaro’s most famous features, the 300-foot Lava Tower, a breath-taking lava plug – a geological “cork” over a volcanic vent - formed when Kilimanjaro was an active volcano. Didn’t we tell you Kilimanjaro is a volcano? Don’t worry, it’s dormant. And of course, it’s important you rest your legs and your lungs for the efforts to come. Spend the day with a well-earned break, eating, snacking, taking photos, making videos and reading. It’s also a great opportunity to take stock of what you’ve achieved so far, and gather your strength for the climb ahead – it’s a tough one.

DAY 7: ARROW GLACIER CAMP

Date : 01/03/2020

Sheffield Camp (4338m) - Arrow Glacier Camp (4800m).

Walking Time: 3 hours Distance: 2km Altitude Loss: 462m.

We hope you feel rested and rejuvenated after your acclimatization day at the camp, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get an easy day today! An early start and a filling breakfast then you’ll say goodbye to your home for the day. Today’s hike is tough but it makes up for that with its beauty and the opportunity to dig deep into your own character. After negotiating frozen streams you’ll be climbing up the ridge-line which has amazing views – but watch your feet as you’ll be on loose scree. You’ll be directly below the Western Breach itself, with cliffs and steep drops all around you. It’s an exhilarating landscape and you’ll start to feel that the summit is really within reach. Arrow Glacier Camp has indescribable views and is known for luminescent, astounding sunsets. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the sunset and a filling dinner because it’s early to bed as the temperature drops.

DAY 8:CRATER CAMP

Date : 01/04/2020

Arrow Glacier Camp (4800m) - Crater Camp (5750m).

Walking Time: 6 - 7 hours Distance: 2km Altitude Gain: 950m.

Today’s the day you face the Western Breach – the most difficult of the three summit routes. You’ll start before dawn, strengthened by breakfast, and the climb is easy at first. As the sun rises over the Breach, temperatures will rise and you’ll feel good with the sun warming your muscles. You’ll meet some challenging rocky areas where you’ll have to scramble using your hands, and you’ll be well within the snow-line. There are no paths through the Western Breach as the landscape changes all the time, but your guides will select the safest routes. The views are incredible. The Great Barranco Valley spreads out before you with stunning views of the Lava Tower and you’ll be able to look back across the Shira Plateau – remember that? You’ll be invigorated by a feeling of progress which will give you wings. You’ll ascend through a breach (hence the name!) in the crater rim with magnificent views of the isolated Furtwangler Glacier, the last remnant of an ice cap that once covered the summit, and the Northern Ice-field. The crater floor is soft volcanic sand, softer on your feet but tougher on your calves than the rocky outcrops before. If you’re feeling strong, our guides might lead you to the Reusch Ash Pit, a 400-foot wide hole in the center of the crater. You’ll know you’re near a dormant volcano by the sulfurous fumes which you can smell as you approach. Otherwise, it’s bed early at Crater Camp – the highest camp in Africa - as you have a big day ahead of you tomorrow; the push for the summit itself!

DAY 9: MWEKA CAMP.

Date : 01/05/2020

Crater Camp (5750m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3090m).

Walking Time: 2 hours up, 7 hours down Distance: 16km Altitude Gain: 145m Altitude Loss: 2805m

It’s a big day today - the highlight of your adventure! It’s a shorter climb than other summit routes which means you won’t have to rise at midnight to start your climb, so you’ll be well-rested. It’s the steepest route, well-marked but tough. You’ll be making some of your ascents to Uhuru Peak in darkness and silence, so after a light breakfast, it’ll be a single file with head torches, taking it slowly and deliberately as you push up the crater rim towards Uhuru Peak. It’s a totally different atmosphere from anything you’ve felt before and as the early dawn lightens the sky to the east imperceptibly, you’ll understand the enormity of what you’re achieving. With the pink and gold of the African sunrise lighting your way, the sky becoming bolder and bluer and you’ll take in the vastness of the views around you. At last, you reach the summit of Uhuru Peak itself and you’ll rest there for a short time for photo opportunities and the awesomeness of climbing up on the rooftop of Africa itself. Say goodbye to Uhuru to continue down the trail towards Barafu and the Mweka Camp, traversing almost all the landscape zones in one day – from snowy alpine ridges through moorland and into the forest. You’ll still be high and excited from your successful climb and this will get you through today’s tiring downhill trek. But a hot dinner awaits you at the Mweka Camp as you celebrate what you’ve just achieved.

DAY 10: MWEKA GATE-ARUSHA.

Date : 01/06/2020

Mweka Gate.

Trekking Time: 4 – 5 hours / Distance: 10km / Altitude Loss: 1300m

You will enjoy an appetizing breakfast before your descent to the Mweka Gate (1,300m). The leisurely stroll provides you with beautiful sceneries. A Gold Summit Certificate will be awarded upon reaching the gate, a token to symbolize successfully tackling the 9 days Lemosho Route. From the tranquil Mweka Village, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Iliboru Safari Lodge B&B.

Booked Through: El Mundo

Iliboru Safari Lodge is situated at the base of Mount Meru, among the banana fields and Maasai tribes, a perfect setting for a family holiday.

We offer spacious guest rooms with a large lawn area between each self-contained Boma. The rooms have a unique African design with a round layout and thatched rooftops. The Maasai fabrics and draped nets add an ethnical charm, blended with international amenities throughout the lodge.

The lodge is only 2 km from Arusha, set within 5 acres of plush land that blends modern conveniences with the local lifestyle. Unwind while watching the variety of birds from your balcony or take a dip in the large swimming pool.

DAY 11: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Date : 01/07/2020

Time : 06:00

Breakfast at the Lodge.

6:00 AM - East Africa Time


Provider: El Mundo


We hope you had good rest, enjoy your relaxing breakfast at the lodge.

After early breakfast we will depart for the Tarangire National Park.

7:00 AM - East Africa Time

Exploring Tarangire National Park


Provider: El Mundo Safaris


After breakfast starts your late morning game drive inside the Tarangire National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to see the most magnificent herds of African elephants against the backdrop of a beautiful savannah environment of majestic baobab trees, which are beautifully bare in the dry season, and lush green in the wet season. Tarangire’s spectacular natural beauty and diversity is supported by the Tarangire River, which provides water throughout the year. Wildlife here includes Giraffe, Impala, Zebra, Buffaloes, Kudu, Hyena, Baboons, Cheetah, Leopards, Lions, etc.

Exploring Tarangire National Park


Osupuko Tarangire Lodge.

Enjoy a relaxing dinner, rest & overnight stay at Osupuko Tarangire Lodge.

“Tarangire Osupuko Lodge cottages are built in a well-refined Maasai huts design with all en-suite. They are built-in round huts with very big windows for your spectacular views of the grazing wild animals in Tarangire National Park.”

Osupuko Tarangire Lodge

DAY 12: NGORONGORO CRATER & OL DUPAI

Date : 01/08/2020

Time : 08:00

Breakfast at the Lodge.

Provider: El Mundo

We hope you had good rest, enjoy your relaxing breakfast at the lodge.

Ngorongoro Crater


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Get ready to experience the magnificent wildlife in Tanzania’s richest game park. As you start exploring Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Tanzania’s most important protected areas and world-famous national parks. Our game drives allow us to follow the rhythms of the limitless wildlife as we witness the daily struggle between predators and prey. The kopjes, or massive islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of animals from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik.

Descend into Crater; you will be in awe of the world’s largest unbroken caldera. The Crater is home to a variety of animals that share the vast space of the caldera. Spend a day in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a habitat rich in culture and teeming with wildlife. Sometimes there are more than 30,000 animals in and around the crater, including black rhino, cheetah, lion, hyena, eland, and numerous antelope.

Enjoy relaxed picnic lunch next to the hippo pool in the crater floor, this will also help you maximize your time within the crater.

Ngorongoro Crater.

Olduvai Gorge


Provider: El Mundo


After breakfast drive for about 1 hr in the beautiful Ngorongoro highlands to Olduvai Gorge. This is internationally recognized for Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous discoveries of early humans and magnificent antiquities documenting the evolutionary history of our stone tool-using ancestors, vertebrate fauna, and the environments over the last two million years.

Olduvai Gorge

Nyumbani

Check in at Nyumbani for evening sun set cocktail followed with dinner and overnight.

"Nyumbani, the Swahili word for “home,” reveals a deeper meaning as the name of our luxury camp in the Serengeti. After an unforgettable day of exciting game drive in the Seronera plains, it is our pleasure to welcome you to your home away from home. Savor the magic of safari life and our welcoming oasis where earth meets sky in boundless space. Dine-in an atmosphere of personalized comfort while surrounded by nature’s limitless grandeur. Drift into a restful sleep with the gently hypnotic sounds of the African night."

Nyumbani

DAY 13: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Date : 01/09/2020

Time : 07:00

Breakfast at the Lodge

7:00 - East Africa Time.


Provider: El Mundo


Serengeti Full Day Game Drive

Today you have option to start your day early in the morning depart with packed breakfast. You can enjoy game viewing in the morning as they are most active.

Return to the camp for lunch and siesta before evening game drive when sun starts to get down and animals resume activities.

Central Serengeti

Game driving to Central Serengeti. The Serengeti, Tanzania’s second-largest national park, covers nearly 6,000 square miles of grassland plains, savannah, kopjes, hills, woodlands, and riverine forests. This is the day for you to explore the famous “endless plains”, Central Circuit, with an impressive variety of the exquisite Big Cats that roam about in the area, notably lions, cheetahs and leopards. This is also where the migration takes place all year round, and a chance to be amidst 2.5 million wildebeest and uncountable herds of zebras and gazelles.


Nyumbani

Nyumbani

DAY 14: KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Date : 01/10/2020

Arusha-Departure.

Today you will early morning for short game drive as you drive through Serengeti-Ngorongoro area to Arusha.

You have an option for shopping and shower before driving to the airport for your flight.



  • Domestic/Intra Africa Flight
  • Transport from/to park gate & airport transfer
  • Pre and post-climb accommodation (B&B)
  • Park, camping & rescue fees
  • Mountain tent & mattress
  • Professional English speaking guide(s), porters & chef
  • 8 breakfasts; 7 lunches; 6 dinners
  • Water; tea and coffee with meals
  • Fees for Passport, Visa, or Immunizations
  • Meals and Expenses Tanzania
  • Cost of Hospitalization or Evacuation
  • Flights
  • Increases in park fees where applicable
  • Personal equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for guide(s), porters & cook

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Please note: El Mundo Safaris (EMS) will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. Any unforeseeable changes in fees, such as fuel surcharges, increased park fees or other fees that are out of EMS control, will be the responsibility of the guest. Some conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may also necessitate changes in the itinerary. EMS reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant

 

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