Christmas holidays on the roof of Africa
December 25, 2017 – January 4, 2018
If you ask us to name the most reckless trip out of the upcoming ones, this definitely will be our pick. Why? Well, you probably don't get a chance to climb one of the Seven Summits every day, do you. Get ready for lots and lots of walking, though. By the time you see the highest place of Africa ‒ snow-capped Uhuru peak – you'll have covered over 60 kilometers of treks having walked through all of the planet's climate zones: from savanna plains and the wilderness of tropical forests through alpine deserts to the huge glacier on the summit. Won't that take your trek and climb skills to a new level?

It's always nice to have a symbolic completion, and this time it's something truly special. After 7 days of walking through equatorial forests, heather bushes and deep snow we'll finally put our feet up and ring in the new year!

The Roof of Africa is rewarding enough by itself, but in Tanzania you just can't help wanting more. We figured a safari around Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater national parks would complement the trip the best way possible. Rare animal and bird species will be waiting for you in their natural habitat and so will one of the biggest and most ancient calderas of the planet.

We don't want you to get back home all exhausted though, so we've scheduled some time for the beaches too. When you see the snow-white sands and turquoise water of Zanzibar island your heart's likely to skip a beat.

Dates: December, 25th 2017 – January, 4th 2018

Program options and prices
Kilimanjaro: 2300$, (additional fee of 140$ for single occupancy at the hotel and 150$ in a tent)
Safari (2 days): 700$ (additional fee of 60$ for single occupancy)
Zanzibar: calculations are carried out upon request

Day1-Day8 Kilimanjaro ascent

Day 1 (December, 25th)
Arrive Kilimanjaro. Check-in to the hotel. Free time.

Day 2 (December, 26th)
Machame village. National park entrance. Hiking to Machame camp. Equatorial forests. Overnight stay in a tent.

Day 3 (December, 27th)
Shira plateau. Shira Hut shelter. Moorland. Overnight stay in a tent.

Day 4 (December, 28th)
Lava Tower peak ascent. A break to ease acclimatization. Hiking to Barranco camp. Watching Barranco wall.

Please note that in case one or more participants' unwell state it is possible to cut the trek and walk the porter route instead of going through the Lava Tower peak.

Day 5 (December, 29th)
Barranco wall climb. Kibo volcano views. Hiking to Karanga camp. Barafu camp acclimatization hike.

Day 6 (December, 30th)
Barranco wall ascent from the Karanga valley. Kibo peak views. Day rest before the final ascent.

Day 7 (December, 31st)

Stela point night hike. Uhuru ascent. Hiking to the glacier. Hiking to Millenium camp. Overnight stay in a tent.

Day 8 (January, 1st)
Mweka descent. Certificate awarding ceremony. Transfer to Moshi, overnight stay.

Day9-Day10 Safari (optional)

Day 9 (January, 2nd)
Tarangire national park safari. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 (January, 3rd)
Ngorongoro Crater national park safari. Crater safari. Transfer to Moshi. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 and more upon request Zanzibar (optional)

Day 11 (January, 4th)
Flight to Zanzibar.

Day 12 (January, 5th)
Zanzibar island.
Now for the real adventure. Join us for a climb on mount Kilimanjaro to reach the highest peak of Africa – the Uhuru peak. We'll spend 7 unforgettable days following the most picturesque route to the summit – the Machame trek. The trail is wide and goes first through forests in the lower part of the trek, then through open area slopes and up the volcano cone with a path along the crater rim in the end of the route. It might sound like a pro challenge, but let us assure you that no specific level of fitness or experience is required.

We'll walk over 60 kilometers to the summit making our way through equatorial forests, which are one of the landmarks of the county, walking around damp Mooreland and climbing Barranco wall, extremely steep but totally doable. The romance of pitching tents under Tanzanian starlit sky, blooming groundsels and mind-blowing views of Shira plateau and Kibo volcano will make for great memories. More kicks are yet to come, though – just wait till the 31st of December to ring in the new year right at the top of the roof of Africa at the altitude of 5895 meters!

After we have scaled the summit, we'll set out for a two-day safari around Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater national parks pursuing as many encounters with wildlife as possible. And there's plenty to be seen indeed: storks, pelicans, ostriches, hippos, lions, giraffes, elephants and many others! In Tarangire we'll also rest in the shade of one of the biggest baobab alleys' canopy while in Ngorongoro you'll be able to walk around an enormous volcano crater with lots of species that have never left the spot.

To relax after these energy-consuming activities we'll fly to Zanzibar where you'll be able to swim in the clean waters of the Indian Ocean, snorkel with colorful marine creatures and explore the local culture, which is truly fascinating.

What's included:
  • transfer Kilimanjaro airport – hotel – Kilimanjaro airport;
  • double occupancy B&B accommodation 3* in Moshi (1 night before and 1 night after the ascent);
  • transfers according to the itinerary;
  • Kilimanjaro national park entrance permit;
  • guiding services;
  • catering and porter services;
  • tent rental fees while in the park;
  • meals during the ascent and safari (breakfasts, lunches, dinners);
  • climbing gear, portable kitchen, oxygen systems rental fee;
  • first-aid kit;
  • ascent certificates;
  • safari jeep rental fee;
  • dinner B&B Safari Lodge 3* accommodation (1 night);
  • Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater national parks entrance permit.

Additional expenses:
  • plane tickets to Kilimanjaro airport and back;
  • domestic flights (Zanzibar);
  • mountaineering insurance (5$ per day);
  • mandatory catering and porter tipping (150-200$ per person);
  • lunches and dinners at the hotel in Moshi (10-15$ per meal);
  • early check-in and late check-out charges;
  • mandatory safari tipping (30-50$ per car a day);
  • any additional expenses that have to do with participant-caused itinerary alterations (e.g early descent).

About Tanzania

Kilimanjaro is the highest peak of Africa situated in the north-west of Tanzania and a potentially active volcano at the same time. It's also the highest free-standing mountain in the world! Located 300 kilometers to the south from the equator close to the Kenyan boarder, it has three separate summits: Shira (3962m), Mawnezi (5149m) and Kibo (5895m) with the highest peak in Africa - Uhuru. The slopes of Kibo are covered with glaciers from the south and north while the foot of the mountain is tropical jungles so you'll get a chance to see all of the planet's climate zones just in one go.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is considered relatively easy, although it will take you some time to get acclimatized to the altitude. Unless you've got certain health conditions, you will be able to follow most to the routes to the summit (Lemosho, Machame, Umbwe, Marangu, Rongai) despite the lack of training and experience and even without special equipment.

The Tarangire national park was named after the river which makes its way through the park and serves as a fresh water source for local flora and fauna. In the park you will find one of the biggest baobab alleys on the planet and the area itself hasn't changed much since time immemorial with wild animal like lions, buffalos, giraffes and elephants still peacefully roaming this pristine spot of land flocking to the only fresh water source.

The national park of Ngorongoro crater is on the list of the world heritage sites of UNESCO, so it's no wonder the place is breath-taking. What makes it so special? Well, it is located in one of the biggest calderas in the world with slopes as high as 500 to 700 meters above the bottom surface. While it's hard to make out what's happening in the dense forests on the slopes, the open area plain at the bottom will expose lots of wild animals like warthogs, lions, elephants, leopards, hippos, monkeys and even rhinos! Given that this species is on the verge of extinction 17 animals inhabiting one spot is more than not bad.

Good to know:
  • the air temperature in the cities is about 30˚C, the climate is hot and dry. On the summit the temperature might be as low as -5 ‒ -15˚C;
  • the trek is energy and time-consuming, but it requires no special training or skills and is coordinated by an experienced guide;
  • Make sure you check the visa and vaccination requirements for your nationality.

Tanzania is a relatively safe country to stay at disease-wise, but it's highly recommended to consult your physician about preventive measures you can take against yellow fever and malaria.

  • Yellow fever vaccination has to be received at least 10 days before entering the country, but it is only mandatory if you are planning to visit Zanzibar or if you transit through other African countries.
  • There are no vaccines against malaria so tourists are obliged to take special pills (1 pill before the trip, 1 pill upon arrival, 1 pill weekly while in Tanzania, 1 pill weekly during a month upon returning home is highly recommended).
  • Insect bites might be unpleasant and even dangerous in Tanzania, so clothes that cover your arms and legs, insect repellents and protection net are a must.

To-pack list:
  • tickets and documents;
  • sunscreen;
  • personal hygiene kit;
  • chap stick;
  • personal first-aid kit;
  • insect repellent.

Footwear, clothes and gear to take with (or rent upon arrival):
  • membrane wind jacket, softshell jacket, fleece jacket;
  • membrane wind pants, softshell pants, fleece pants;
  • thermal underwear thick and light;
  • thin trekking socks (4 pairs), mountaineering socks (3 pairs);
  • -20˚C gloves and mittens, -15˚C gloves;
  • fleece hat, cap;
  • t-shirts, long sleeve shirts;
  • shorts;
  • rain coat;
  • mountain trekking boots;
  • trekking sneakers;
  • trekking sandals;
  • trekking poles;
  • batteries;
  • headlamp flashlight;
  • mountaineering goggles;
  • 40/50L backpack;
  • 120L bag;
  • -10˚C sleeping bag;
  • roll/self inflating mats;
  • personal sets (bowls, spoons, forks, knives);
  • 1L vacuum steel flask.
Why choose Team Trip?

  • Our team unites travelers, mountaineers, divers, photographers, guides and ethnographers experiences enough and qualified to organize unconventional trips. Surrounded by professionals you will not only learn a lot about the field they work in, but also feel safe and taken care of throughout the travel.
  • The team spirit is just as important: we treat our clients like our friends and it's no wonder most of them do stay in touch after travelling with us. Having fun is part of our motto and a great sense of humor is a must for our team members.
  • We thoroughly select, check and double-check all of our routes before we lead the group, so there won't be any surprises but for the nice ones.
  • Safety is our utmost priority, that's why we only collaborate with trustworthy and reliable accommodation providers, guides and transportation services. We prepare for the trips we organize and our knowledge of the area is impeccable.
  • Taking part in wildlife preservation programs and wildlife photography contests allows us to reflect on what we see during our trips. We've won several so far (Siena International Photo Award, Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016, Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen), but most importantly this way we're able to give back instead of merely taking.

Once you have made up your mind or in case further information is required contact us and we'll gladly answer all of your questions and make a booking for you
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