All in one Tanzania for dedicated hikers and joggers. Run Kilimanjaro Marathon, climb kilimanjaro and end your Tanzanian vacation on safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara. Kilimanjaro Marathon is (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km) and Fun Run (5km)and is going into its 10th year! It is a fully registered IAAF race. In addition, you will climb Kilimanjaro!
DAY 1: Arrival Transfer from point of arrival to Arusha/Moshi.
Dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge, according to the type of accommodation options requested.
DAY 2: Rest day Rest day and free time to visit Arusha town.
After breakfast we will have free time to visit Arusha town.
Arusha, Tanzania’s safari and tourism capital. The city, which has a population of 270,485 (2002 census), was established in 1900 as a minor German military garrison for the colonial administration. Arusha was once a trading place for the domestic Wameru and Waarusha tribes but today it is Tanzania’s safari and tourism center. The Geneva of Africa consists of picturesque street markets, craft shops, museums, Makonde carving workshops, restaurants, street cafes and bars.
Lunch we will have in Restaurant in Arusha and you will have opportunity to test traditional Tanzanian food. Dinner and an overnight stay will be provided at the Hotel/Lodge according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 3: Kilimanjaro Marathon 2015
The Kilimanjaro Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km) and Fun Run (5km) As a fully registered IAAF race, the marathon has official marshalling, time-keeping and refreshment points… Every year a standard 42.2 km marathon, a 21.1 km half marathon and a 5km fun run, is run from the town of Moshi, Tanzania. This race has been set up to promote the sport in Tanzania, and has the official backing of the Tanzania Tourist Board, the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association, the IAAF, and is registered with AIMS.
DAY 4: Rest day
Arusha Rest day and free time to visit Arusha town or other activities. You can visit Maasai Market, have a local lunch, go to market, or opt for any other day trips we offer to surrounding area. This day is important for you to charge your batteries and prepare your body for next Tanzanian adventure. Check your bags and make sure you pack everything for Kilimanjaro climb.
DAY 5 – 10 Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
Marangu Route is the most popular, least difficult and the shortest way to Uhuru Peak. This route is also called the Tourist Route or the Coca Cola Route. 70% of all climbers choose this route, because most of the route consists of easy hiking. This route is fairly easy but the final part to the summit is still difficult. Although this rout is the easiest, it has the highest failure rate due to bad preparation. It is advised to take this route seriously enough, to be well organized and to take all possible safety measures. All the camps on this route sale goods such as chocolates, beer, soft drinks and mineral water, and they all have a radio contact to the Park Office. This route can be done in 5 days but it is advised to take an extra day for acclimatization at the Horombo hut which is also the only campsite on Kilimanjaro with beds and mattresses.
DAY 11 Lake Manyara National Park
We will drive for about two hours, passing through the agricultural and fresh product market town of Mto Wa Mbu, which is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. We will drive for about two hours, passing through the agricultural and fresh product market town of Mto Wa Mbu, which is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. The town is a souvenir hunters paradise. We will enter Lake Manyara National Park.Expect to see unspoiled paradise with ground water forest, laced with underground springs and teeming with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, the largest baboon troops in Africa and some of the antelopes. It is full of outstanding birding places with more than 400 species on display and butterflies. This park is famous for the tree climbing lions, luckily seen resting on acacia trees. From your vehicle, you will have a marvellous view of the Rift Valley escarpment, sparkling in the sun. Lake Manyara is a salt lake with thousands of flamingos. You can also see pelicans, storks, kingfishers and many other birds. It is also a famous jungle, where early Tanzanian movies were filmed . Dinner & overnight on the top of the Great Rift Valley offering an eagle eye view on the whole of Lake Manyara, according to the type of accommodation options requested.
DAY 12 Serengeti National Park
The warm and inviting colours of the very core of African wildlife are a symbol of the Serengeti National Park. Wildbeest migration, which is often referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the world.” The warm and inviting colours of the very core of African wildlife are a symbol of the Serengeti National Park. Wildbeest migration, which is often referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the world.” After breakfast, we will start our drive past the unique and gorgeous Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park. The warm and inviting colours of the very core of African wildlife are a symbol of the Serengeti National Park. The most intriguing, yet amazing natural legend of the timeless African landscape rolls before your eyes when the wildebeest embark on the most important journey of their lives: the amazing migration, which is often referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the world.” The height of their expedition is a blast for all the spectators, since there is practically no need for a game drive. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals herd when the migration reaches its pinnacle; from tall and graceful giraffes, which feed on the tops of trees and pay no attention to the visitors, to bulky, yet sweet hippos, which trim the grasses in the serene nights, jumping antelopes and gazelles and the most respected group of animals: predators. You will be able to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, which laugh their way through the plains, powerful crocodiles in the Grumeti river, which pray discreetly for the sick and weak animals at the crossing and last but not least, the king himself; the lazy lion, slowly marching through the savannah and letting the mistress hunt for fresh meals. We will then head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area. This area provides a variety of habitats for wild animals, the most important of them being the Seronera river, which is the main attraction for herds of game and families of predators, because it is a rich source of water to quench their thirst. For this reason, the great majority of animal species in the Serengeti National Park can be found here and thus it would be a sin not to stop and watch the animals in their natural habitat.We will drive south of the Seronera river, along the Sogore river circuit to look for Thompson’s gazelles, topis, ostriches and possibly also predators, such as lions or cheetahs. We recommend a visit to the Visitors Center, located near the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and the public campsites. It is a great spot to see some wildlife or buy information leaflets or maps of the area. You can buy snack or drinks at the center too and take a walk around a kopje in the vicinity or cool in the picnic area, where we will eat our picnic lunches and the giant acacia trees will protect you from the hot sunrays.
Dinner and overnight in the heart of the Serengeti National Park according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options.
DAY 13 Serengeti National Park
At 06.00h we will start the sunrise game drive We will drive around the alkaline Lake Ndutu, used by a wide array of local wildlife, particularly between the months of December and April. The area is heavily populated with elephants and birds as well as resident plain game. This is also the area where the migration begins and where animals choose their spots for calving.After experiencing luxury with some breathtaking panoramic views of the open plains, we will enjoy our picnic lunch. Dinner and an overnight stay will be provided at the lodge/campsite according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options. After breakfast, we will start with a morning game drive and then head towards Ngorongoro via the famous Oldupai Gorge also known as “The Cradle of Mankind”. DAY 1:4 – 15 Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha Town After breakfast, we will start with a morning game drive and then head towards Ngorongoro via the famous Oldupai Gorge also known as “The Cradle of Mankind. The gorge lies on the same spot as once lay an ancient lake, which was covered by thick layers of volcanic ash, which carefully preserved the world’s earliest records of mankind. This extremely important prehistoric site was discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey and the exhibitions from different periods in its history are on display in the Oldupai Gorge Museum, located on the gorge’s rim. Our visit will also include the famous Maasai bomas, where you will be able to meet the Maasai people, get to know their culture and their habits and see the most respected group of the Maasai tribe – the warriors. The Maasai warriors have many privileges because of their position and are thus the only Maasai individuals that are allowed to wear long hair. Dinner and overnight in the Rim of the Crater according to the standard and the type of accommodation requested from our options. Second day in NgorNgoro Crater After breakfast, we will proceed to Ngorongoro crater for a half-day game drive, which is the 8th natural wonder of the world and the unique, world famous caldera with the most abundant wildlife. We will descend into the Ngorongoro crater floor. From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, descending down the crater, you will enjoy amazing panoramic view and if you are lucky, you will see the Big five. The caldera is exhibiting more than 120 species of mammals. We will also visit saline lakes such as lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds. We will see pools full of hippos, the endangered East Africa’s last black rhinos including birds such as secretary bird, white stork arriving from Europe during the wet season, kori bustards, crowned cranes and ostriches. It is for sure a landscape of sheer beauty. Another big draw card to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch in the park. Thereafter, we will drive back to Arusha and you will be taken to your hotel.
DAY 16 After breakfast transfer to Airport.