The Best of Kili With One Day Game Drive in Arusha

Date: June, July  2023

Maximum number of travelers: 8

Soaring above the rippling coffee plantations and low hills of northeastern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet) is Africa’s highest peak. Follow the less traveled Lemosho Route up the western slope, hiking seven days through the spectacular landscapes of five temperate zones as you explore rain forests, heath and moorlands, lava formations and glaciers. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the mountain with local naturalists. On this once-in-a-lifetime trek, you will awe at extraordinary views extending hundreds of miles while experiencing the sunrise from the roof of Africa.

The Best of Kili with one day game drive fast facts: 

  • Duration: 11 Days, 10 nights
  • Arrival Date: June, July 2023
  • Starting point: Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Finishing point: Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Destinations: Kilimanjaro Mountain
  • Number of travelers: Private climb for a group of 4 to 8 people
  • Rooming List: Double/Twin Rooms
  • Accommodation type: High End (Except during climbing)
  • Number of Porters: Three per climber
  • Number of Guides: One per two climbers
  • Number of cooks: One per four climbers
  • Transport: 7 Seater 4WD Vehicle

What’s Included:

  • Meals during the climb
  • All meals during the climb
  • Mountain guide – Professional, experienced, mountain/safari guides
  • All Park fees
  • Porters
  • Drinking water – water for drinking and washing your face
  • Sleeping tents
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Park transfers
  • AMREF Flying doctors emergence rescue
  • Binoculars
  • Airport Transfers


Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, JRO

Today you will arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, where our staff will be waiting for you at the airport. It takes about 1 hour to drive from the Airport to your hotel in Moshi.

Your guide will arrive at your hotel in the evening at 6 pm to go over the itinerary in detail, do a climb briefing, check your gear and answer any questions you may have.

Overnight at Kili Villa; (ALL INCLUSIVE)

Day 2 – ARUSHA



After breakfast, depart to Arusha National Park, one of the smallest parks in Tanzania but very rich in sightseeing. The hotel staff will have your home lunch prepared specially for you to take during your one day game drive.

A scenic 1.5 hour drive willed you to the home of Mount Meru. Your guide will lead the way in exploring picture perfect scenic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.

Birds, buffaloes, warthogs, elephants and some species of monkeys can be seen in Ngurdoto crater famously known as “mini Ngorongoro”

Your guide will find a special place for a stop to enjoy your hot lunch right in the middle of African wilderness. Then on with exploring different areas of the park. There is also an opportunity to visit Momella alkaline water lake within the park where you have a good chance to see flamingos.

After a day of wildlife viewing, return to your lodge for relaxation and dinner.

Overnight at Kili Villa;  (ALL INCLUSIVE)

Day 3 – CLIMB!

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa


Elevation (ft): 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft

Distance: 6 km

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

We leave Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours. There you will complete entry formalities and from then proceed on a short drive to the Lemosho trailhead.

We begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Overnight at Mti Mkubwa camp


Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Elevation (ft): 9,498 to 11,500ft

Distance: 8 km

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Heath

We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

Overnight at Shira 1 Camp

Day 5 – MOIR HUT

Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

Elevation (ft): 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft

Distance: 7 km

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Heath

We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.


Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Moir Hut to Lava Tower

Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft

Distance: 3km

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft

Distance: 3 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.


Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft)

Distance: 5 km ascent

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Overnight at Karanga Camp


Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.


Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Distance: 5km

Hiking Time: 4 – 6 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Overnight at Mweka Camp


Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate then to Our Lodge

Elevation (ft): 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Overnight at Kili Villa;  (ALL INCLUSIVE)


Transfer to JRO Airport for Departure Flight

Depending on the time of your flight you may want to take our complimentary Moshi town tour. We will enjoy the farewell hot lunch in the afternoon before your transfer to JRO airport for your connecting flight back home.

We hope you have enjoyed your trip and wish you a safe flight back to the US taking back the memories of this incredible adventure you will treasure forever.


Prices starting at US$ 4616.50 per person for up to 6 people based in double room accommodation. More than 6 people based in double room accommodation the price will start at US$ 4737 per person . Prices may vary according to the season and availability. Please inquiry.

What’s not included:

  • International flights
  • International flights and Airport taxes
  • Airport taxes
  • Government increments
  • Any government increments