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Kilimanjaro Luxury Trek

Adventure Consultants specialise in ‘Luxury Services’ treks to Kilimanjaro for individuals or groups wanting the highest degree of comfort available on the mountain.

Services include 4 or 5 star hotel, heated mess tents, walk-in sleeping tents with beds, showers, additional portable toilets, bottled mineral water, exceptional food, luxury safaris, Western guides and more.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Medium ?
Duration 14 days
Elevation 5,895M / 19,340FT
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Dining in relative comfort

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Leaving Shira Caves camp in the sunshine

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Glacier on the summit

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Luxury camping

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On the roof of Africa

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Barafu Camp

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A snowy summit day - Mike Roberts

From January to December
Departs from Arusha, Tanzania
RATIOS 9 DAYS 14 DAYS
4 People - 9 days Climb or 14 days Climb + Safari $11,800 USD $ $17,900 USD $
6 People - 9 days Climb or 14 days Climb + Safari $9,700 USD $ $15,800 USD $
8 People - 9 days Climb or 14 days Climb + Safari $8,600 USD $ $14,700 USD $
  • Overview

    • Travel, climb and safari, all in only two weeks!
    • Africa’s highest peak and one of the Seven Summits
    • Also one of the Volcanic Seven Summits, comprised of the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents
    • Choose from a vast list of luxury services options both on and off mountain
    • Led by experienced Western guides
    • Stay in 5-star accommodations before and after the climb
    • Following your climb, reward yourself with a luxury tented safari


    The summit of Kilimanjaro is the culmination of a seven-day hike that takes you from the red earth plains up through tropical rainforest and alpine moorland to this arid landscape.

    There has been no escaping the vibrancy of the landscape, emphasised by sounds emanating from the local support crew that fade in and out on gentle thermals, occasionally accentuated by bursts of Maasai tribal song. 

    When you stand on the broad summit of the highest point in Africa, you sense the vast expanse of the continent that breathes to a different rhythm to the rest of our planet. The blood-red dawn begins to illuminate the surrounding plains of the Serengeti broken only by the occasional distant peak. Strange ice formations sit stranded on the coarse gravel around the summit plateau, like isolated icebergs left by the ebbing tide. Inexplicably, it makes you smile. You are really here.

    Any visit to Africa must include a safari and our 5-day / 4-night Luxury Tented Safari takes in some of the world’s most unique game reserves such as the Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks and the Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high-altitude expedition climbing and trekking. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers and trekkers the best possible chance of success.

    Kilimanjaro has always been a favourite of ours and as it is often the first foray into the mountains for many, you can be rest-assured of full support from your dedicated client liaison as you prepare for the trek including informative reference notes and reading material to enable you to be as best prepared for your adventure as you can be. Through our local Tanzania based agency, we employ strong trek leaders and support staff, who are certified guides as well as being medically trained, so are some of the most pre-eminent leaders on the mountain. Many of our local Tanzanian guides have at least 100 summits to their name!

    We also provide nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable camping facilities, reliable communications systems and any necessary back-up and support required to ensure the best experience and thus heightened opportunities for summit success.

    Adventure Consultants are pleased to support the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Program (KPAP), who have been instrumental in changing and maintaining practices to ensure fair porter treatment. This includes fair wages and ethical treatment as well as suitable clothing and equipment.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants Guide and Local Guides
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • 5 star Hotel in Arusha within expedition dates, based on shared rooms (single room supplement available for extra fee) including dinner and breakfast (day 1 & 2 on climb & day 9 if on safari).
    • Group climbing equipment, tents, lodging, and all meals and snacks while in the Kilimanjaro region and on optional safari
    • Transport to and from the National Park
    • Porters, drivers, park fees and climbing permits
    • Private toilets for your group
    • Heated dining tent, shower tent and stand up sleeping tent (twin share)
    • Solar charging kit and USB connections


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Entry visa for Tanzanian and/or Kenya
    • Airport transfers – typically US$95 - $120 for a Landcruiser vehicle which can be shared between team members arriving/departing at similar times
    • Lunches in Arusha
    • Travel insurance including trip cancellation and medical evacuation or any rescue costs
    • Any costs associated with early departure from the expedition
    • International round-trip travel costs into and out of Tanzania and/or Kenya
    • Extra hotel nights
    • Spending on personal items such as gifts etc
    • International travel vaccinations
    • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
    • Bottled beverages
    • Tips and gratuity (depending on final group size, members to contribute $250 to $500 each to tip pool for local staff, we will advise you of final amounts based on the number of people and extra additional services)

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account #: 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% credit card fee.

    Deposit & Balance Payments

    A non-refundable deposit of US$2,000 is payable to secure your Kilimanjaro Luxury Trek and US$1,000 for the Kilimanjaro Luxury Safari.

    The balance is payable 90 days prior to the expedition start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 90 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition trek member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 89 - 60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment.
    • For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.


    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you take out private insurance which covers you against cancellation due to medical, personal or other reasons. This is called trip cancellation insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Kilimanjaro Luxury TrekThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Kilimanjaro Luxury Trek & Safari.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following links:

    Kilimanjaro Private and Luxury Expeditions

    Team Membership

    The team will have a minimum size of 1 member and 1 guide and a maximum size of 12 members.

    Our Guides

    The journey is supervised by a senior Adventure Consultants Western guide with many years of experience in the world’s highest mountains. Your guide is there to ensure your wellbeing and safety.

    You are supported by a substantial staff of local guides and porters who are very capable and specifically trained for Kilimanjaro ascents. Our local guides on our Kilimanjaro ascents are local Tanzanian guides who originate from the regions surrounding the mountain.They are very experienced guides with multiple ascents of Kilimanjaro (ie 100+ times) and are specifically trained in guiding techniques. Each guide holds guiding certifications, are KINAPA (Kilimanjaro National Parks) certified, and hold wilderness medical qualifications. Our group of local guides have all been personally selected due to their personal attributes as they are both courteous and caring, whilst being good leaders.

    Staff

    Each expedition has a cook, waiter, camp manager and a group of porters to carry the loads required for your trip. The cook is trained in ‘Western style’ cooking and hygiene techniques to ensure your health and wellbeing during your ascent. On top of that, the food we provide is excellent! The number of porters on your trip is dependent on the size of the group. Adventure Consultants is a supporting member of the Porter Protection Society, a group that oversees the welfare of porters around the world. This ensures the porters are well clothed, fed and accommodated during the expedition. There are some operators who will exploit their porters and deny them these necessities in order to offer cheaper pricing on their trips.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Tiffany ShervellTiffany Shervell, Client Liaison

    Tiffany has worked with Adventure Consultants since 2005 and is our Office Manager and Marketing Assistant. She has a passion for travel and adventure that has seen her work and travel throughout the world, including visiting Tanzania with AC.


    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    What You Carry 

    While on the mountain you will simply carry your daypack containing water, snacks, camera, jacket, waterproof layers, headlamp and extra warm clothes. You have a baggage allowance of 15kg which will be carried for you by porters. This weight is strictly adhered to, so please ensure that you pack carefully. Your guide will assist with your gear preparation prior to the trek so you can make your final selection on clothing at that stage.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    With reduced air pressure at higher altitudes, there is less available oxygen. The result of this is a lower level of performance. Being generally fit and healthy is paramount to doing well at altitude. Training should focus on developing cardiovascular capability. Being overweight places more stress on your system so ensure that you are not putting yourself at a disadvantage before you start.

    It is recommended that you focus on cardiovascular training as the cardiovascular system is constantly stressed at altitude whether trekking or at rest. Hill hiking, mountain biking and swimming are beneficial.

    During aerobic training it is helpful to monitor your heart rate to ensure you are training your cardiovascular system. This can be achieved by using a heart rate monitor or by manually measuring heart rate during exertion. A basic formula is 220 – Age = Heart Rate (HR) maximum. Operating at 70-85% of your HR max will ensure you are exercising to enhance cardiovascular fitness.

    There is no training for trekking like trekking. Sport specific training will ensure your ligaments and tendons are conditioned for the stresses of the expedition so get out, in your trekking boots, as much as possible.

    Be careful not to over-train just prior to the trip as you will need all your reserves and you don’t want to ‘peak’ too early. For further professional advice, personalised coaching options and specific training plans designed for mountaineering see our Fitness Training Programs page, or read our AC Blog article 'Fit to Trek'.

    Food

    The food on our Kilimanjaro climbs is exceptionally good - we place emphasis on providing nutritious meals and a good supply of snack food throughout the trip. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.

    Accommodation

    Lying on the gently rolling foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling and vibrant town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before and after your Kilimanjaro climb and safari.

    Conveniently located an hours drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport on the outskirts of Arusha, giving you peace and quiet away from the hustle of the city hotels and offering a fabulous location from which to base your adventures.

    The private cottages are located around the original homestead lodge, now a comfortable lounge and dining area. The theme of coffee permeates throughout Arusha Coffee Lodge, reflecting in the colours and textures of the delightfully comfortable accommodations with beautifully appointed en suite bathrooms.

    Facilities include massage and spa treatments, a coffee plantation tour, visit the Maasai Market, take a walking tour or simply, relaxing by the pool. 

    If you would like to upgrade your hotel before or after your Kilimanjaro Trek, there are several other superb properties in the Arusha area, see our Hotel Upgrades in the Add-Ons section above or contact our office for more information.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Adventure Consultants will supply all group gear (e.g. tents, tables and chairs, stoves, utensils etc) whilst expedition members are to provide their own personal clothing, day pack, duffel bag, footwear and sleeping bag. An equipment list will be provided to expedition members upon confirmation of your participation.

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    1 Arrive Tanzania, transfer to Arusha, stay in Arusha Coffee Lodge, evening team meal
    2 Relax, sort gear and explore Arusha
    3 Drive to Machame Gate, stay at Machame Camp (3,000m/9,800ft)
    4 Trek to the Shira Plateau, stay at Shira Cave Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)
    5 Trek to Barranco Camp (3,900m/12,800ft)
    6 Trek to Karanga Camp (4,200m/13,800ft) via the Barranco Wall
    7 Trek to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)
    8 SUMMIT DAY: Climb to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) begins at midnight, descend and stay at Millennium Camp (3,800m/12,500ft)
    9 Trek to Mweka Gate, transport to airport or extra night at hotel

    Those continuing on the safari will be transported to Arusha and the hotel where a shower and a real bed await!

     

    Day  
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    Fly from Arusha to the Manyara Airstrip, located on top of the Rift Valley escarpment and overlooking Lake Manyara. The day unfolds with wild game viewing in the Lake Manyara National Park, where we are treated to sightings of many of Africa’s amazing species including antelope, elephants and the occasional big cat. Our chefs prepare a bountiful spread for lunch under acacia trees, complete with sparkling wine to celebrate the start of a great safari. After lunch, we continue game viewing for another hour or two, and then it is onto Gibbs Farm; a gorgeous spa retreat set in lush surrounds on an established coffee farm that borders the pristine Ngorongoro Forest. Enjoy a British style afternoon tea on arrival or the ritualistic "sundowner", while taking in spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. After settling into your room and taking a hot bath or shower (inside or al fresco), enjoy a gourmet dinner made with organic produce from the farm. For those keen on a massage, it is possible to arrange with the talented spa team - either before dinner or even before bed. Overnight Gibb's Farm (Luxury Farm Cottage).

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    Leave early for the famous Ngorongoro Crater. This is Africa's Garden of Eden, a 10 square mile unbroken caldera teeming with wildlife. The early birds have the best shot at seeing the elusive rhinos, but there is plenty to keep one in awe on the Crater floor from herds of elephants to warthogs, to lions and leopards. Return to Gibbs Farm to relax or you might enjoy watching the talented on-site ebony carvers, other resident artists or simply sip tea and enjoy the abundant birdlife. The air is pristine, the gardens lush and vibrant. At night fall asleep to the call of bush babies (lemur-like nocturnal primates). Overnight Gibb's Farm (Luxury Farm Cottage).

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    Transfer to Manyara Airstrip (30-45 min drive) for a scheduled flight to the Serengeti South Airstrip (or depending on the season, Seronera, Lobo or Kogatende), arriving mid-morning. The flight may stop at one or two other Serengeti Airstrips en route (depending on where the other passengers are going). Upon arrival, you will be met by the Serengeti Migration Camp vehicles and guide/s. Game viewing en route to Camp where you have lunch and settle in, before an afternoon of game viewing. Overnight Serengeti Migration Camp.

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    Full day to explore the Southern Serengeti and if during the migration season, we search for the migrating herds of wildebeest. Plan your day with the Camp Manager based on the seasonal movement of the wildlife. Overnight Serengeti Migration Camp.

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    After breakfast, game drive to the Serengeti South Airstrip for the scheduled flight to Arusha. It may stop one or more times en route.

    PLEASE NOTE: Other safari options can be arranged at any length or level of service for groups and individuals. Have your friends and family join you for the safari after the Kilimanjaro climb. See our Safari Page for more details.

    We meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. From here we travel to the main town in the region, Arusha to stay at the 5 Star hotel accommodations.

    The following day, your guides will help you sort equipment and brief you on the details of the upcoming adventure. As time allows, you may visit the Snake Farm or enjoy a shopping expedition to a stimulating art and artefact Cultural Heritage Centre that specialises in works from all over Africa. Early the next morning, we travel to the base of the mountain by vehicle and begin the walk to the first camp, following well-formed paths through tropical rainforest.

    The porter staff travel ahead to set up camp for our arrival. Once there you will be ushered to your tent, where your luggage will have arrived and you can freshen up with a bowl of warm water before enjoying a sumptuous dinner. No doubt you will sleep well from the exertions of the day!

    Water will again be delivered in the morning so you can start the day refreshed for the coming hike. A filling breakfast will set you up for the hike as you ascend to higher elevations on the trail. The size of the foliage reduces as you go higher and the high peak of Kilimanjaro reveals herself above, while the plains are slowly left behind as you climb. A nutritious lunch is served at the halfway point. If the weather is fine an outdoor table will enable you to enjoy the surrounding views, while you catch up with the other members of your group. If there is wind or precipitation, a dining tent will be erected.

    Each day as you ascend, your body adjusts to the elevation gain and the steady walking activity. Time passes without reference to the usual busy timeframes in which we tend to live and it is easy to relish in real time, as we make progress up the mountain.

    There are numerous highlights, whether interpersonal moments with our teammates or the fascination with the unique plant life such as the giant Senecio found on Kilimanjaro, a quirky plant that was surely inspiration for Dr Seuss’s zany flora!

    Before you know it, summit day arrives. This entails a midnight start and night time ascent to Stella Point on the crater rim. From there a traverse around the rim takes us to the summit known as Uhuru Peak. We move at a slow and steady pace and the local guides frequently remind us of the Kilimanjaro climbing mantra, “pole-pole” (pronounced pole-ay pole-ay), which means slowly-slowly in Swahili language. Dawn swathes the mountain slopes as you approach Stella Point giving views across the slopes and over the plains. From the crater edge you gain views of the dormant glaciers with huge blocks of ice sit like high rise buildings on the crater floor.

    The trail ascends for another 45 minutes to the summit itself and culmination of the journey. It’s time to celebrate and make the most of the photo opportunity at the highest point on the continent.

    The descent to your last camp passes quickly where you can enjoy a hearty lunch. Soon after, the group descends to a camp lower on the mountain making for a shorter stroll the following morning to the end of the trail. A short celebration with the staff follows lunch, then it’s time to head back to the hotel for a well-earned rest.

    No trip to Africa is complete without experiencing a Safari and as Tanzania has some of the most incredible animal populations on the continent, we highly recommend that after the climb you sit back and enjoy the Safari experience!

  • African Safaris

    No visit to Africa is complete without a classic African safari experience! At Adventure Consultants, we have selected safari options that cater to everyone and cover some of Tanzania's most spectacular wildlife habitats. Our safaris explore the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater World Heritage Area and Lake Manyara National Park.

    The park is divided up into three areas with the Serengeti plains to the south, where the wildebeest breed from December to May; as well as zebra, gazelle, impala, buffalo also reside in large numbers during the wet season. The Western Corridor is home to the Grumeti River and the infamous Nile crocodiles, colobus monkeys and hippos. The annual migration passes through this region from May to July. The Northern Serengeti area is covered by open woodlands and hills, and this area is best to see elephant, giraffe, dik-dik and the migration between July to August, and in November.

    Safari Dean Staples EleSerengeti National Park

    Serengeti means 'Endless Plains' in Maasai, it is one of Tanzania’s most famous parks and is well known for the 'Big Five' - Maasai lion, African leopard, African bush elephant, black rhinoceros and the African buffalo. It covers a huge area of nearly 14,750 square kilometres of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest and woodlands. This park borders with Kenya to the north, where it continues as the Maasai Mara National Reserve and to the south-east is the Ngorongoro Crater, the Grumeti/Ikorongo Game Reserves to the west and to the east/northeast, the Loliondo Game Control Area. Together, these make up the larger Serengeti Ecosystem.

    MG 6938Ngorongoro Crater

    The world’s largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera at 600 metres deep, 20kms across and covering an area of 300 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking and once-in-a-lifetime wonder to behold. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only conservation area in Tanzania that protects wildlife and allows human occupation at the same time. Originally named by the Maasai as El-Nkoronkoro (‘Gift of Life’), the crater is home to the Maasai community.

    Some 25,000 large animals call the crater home including the endangered black rhino (current population of around 25), the Cape buffalo, hippo’s, wildebeest, Maasai lions, Grants zebra, over 500 species of birds, eland and gazelles. The annual migrations also pass through the crater, seeing 1.7 million wildebeest, 260,000 zebra and 470,000 gazelles moving south into the area in December and north in June.

    Hippo and Heron Lake Manyara Gibbs FarmLake Manyara National Park (Luxury or Private Safari Only)

    Lake Manyara is renowned for the flamingos that inhabit the edge of the lake, along with more than 400 other species of birds - a literal bird-watching paradise, with visitors to the park expecting to see upwards of 100 different species of bird on any day. Leopards, Maasai lions, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, hippopotami, Maasai giraffe, impala, zebras and many more wild animals also inhabit this park with many able to be seen throughout the year.

    Standard Safari Option

    Following the Kilimanjaro or Mt Kenya climb, we head off on our 4-day safari which explores two of the best National Parks that Tanzania has to offer. We travel from Arusha on a small regional safari flight, which takes us into the heart of the Serengeti and it is here that you are met by your dedicated guide/driver. We explore the parks in a private Landcruiser.

    Throughout the safari, we stay at a deluxe tented camp in the Serengeti National Park, getting us back to nature and from here; we then travel to the Ngorongoro Crater, where we stay at a wonderful hotel located near the crater rim in Karatu. 

    P1020894Luxury Safari Option

    Our 5 day Luxury Safari is everything you imagine and more. Not only do we spend time exploring three of Tanzania's spectacular National Parks, but we also stay in the area's most renowned and luxurious accommodations. Our safari begins with an early morning flight from Arusha to the Manyara Airstrip, home to strikingly diverse Lake Manyara National Park. Our safari tour commences soon after landing as our driver/guide takes us deep into Lake Manyara Park where we enjoy a luxurious picnic lunch in the wilderness before making our way to Gibbs Farm, the luxurious coffee plantation where we will stay for two nights.

    The following day is spent exploring Africa's 'Garden of Eden' the Ngorongoro Crater, an area teeming with wildlife. Then it is time to move deeper into the Serengeti and we fly to the luxury tented Serengeti Migration Camp to explore different areas depending on the seasonal movement of the wildebeest population. 

    Private Safari Option

    Choose a safari that suits your own preferences and timeframe with our Private Safari option. Flexible accommodation options, safari locations and duration are possible. Child-friendly safari options are available for those wanting to bring their family along to experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Contact our team to learn more.

    Standard Safari Accommodation

    Kati Kati camp 2Kati Kati Tented Camp

    The Kati Kati Tented Camp is located in the central Serengeti, strategically positioned to cover the vast plains. Enjoy the well-appointed dining tent, where meals are served and return to a sundowner drink by the campfire. Ensuite tents with a shower, hand basin and flush toilet, plus solar lighting.

    ngorongoro Farmhouse restaurant 2Ngorongoro Farmhouse

    The Ngorongoro Farmhouse is located only 5kms from the Lolduare Gate, this exclusive lodge is located on a 500-acre coffee farm offering the perfect location to spend your final safari night. Reminiscent of the ‘old days’ of Africa, the lodge offers comfortable accommodation in their ensuite rooms and facilities include a swimming pool, the internet and an enviable location in Karatu. The main building houses the lounge, restaurant and a large viewing deck, taking in the views of Oldeani Volcano.

    Luxury Safari Accommodation

    Gibbs Farm verandah viewGibbs Farm

    Being one of the first ever guesthouses in Northern Tanzania, Gibbs Farm offers charming accommodation that is surrounded by lush gardens and a working coffee farm. Enjoy an authentic experience as you soak up the history and tradition while relaxing in your individually crafted room which offers amenities that one would expect as well as indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace, private verandah. 

    Serengeti Migration CampSerengeti Migration Camp

    Located near the Grumeti River and hidden among the rocky outcrops, the Serengeti Migration Camp offers luxury elevated tents giving you a 360-degree view from your own private verandah. The tents provide an ensuite shower, flushing toilet, electronic safe and are well furnished for your comfort.

    The main tent compromises as a lounge, restaurant, viewing platform and a swimming pool to cool off in after a day out on safari.

  • Add Ons

    With the Luxury Services options, you can add additional services onto your expedition as follows:

    • Single sleeping tent option (instead of shared) US$175
    • Luxury lounge tent*
    • Extra days for longer acclimatisation timeframes*
    • Additional portable toilets (1 supplied for 4 people, 2 for 5-8 people) US$440
    • Additional porter support (over the standard 15kg per person) US$265 for 15kg
    • Additional local guides (for personal support) US$660
    • Safari options catered to your timeframe and requirements*


    *Please enquire for pricing

    Arusha is the gateway to Kilimanjaro and the Tanzanian National Parks, and all that East Africa has to offer. There is a huge variety of properties in and around Arusha, and after many years of operating in the region we have discovered some of it's finest. At Adventure Consultants we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing the accommodation providers, so as to keep this aligned with our high standards.

    If you would like to upgrade your hotel before or after your Kilimanjaro Luxury Trek, there are several superb properties in the Arusha area. We profile our favourite selection below:

    Legendary Lodge ExteriorLegendary Lodge

    • Set in a fabulous location in tropical gardens on a working coffee farm on the western side of Arusha and only 5 minutes from the Arusha Regional Airport.
    • Colonial style cottage rates are all inclusive (house wines, beer, local spirits, soft drinks, laundry and internet) including breakfast and dinner.
    • Spacious grounds providing privacy, so this is perfect for honeymooners as well as families.
    • Flexibility of meal times and tailored to guest requirements.
    • Facilities available including a large swimming pool, gym, spa and yoga.
    • The Friedken Conservation Fund which supports and donates to wildlife and land conservation, as well as supporting neighboring communities that the property borders.

    Arusha Coffee Lodge exteriorArusha Coffee Lodge

    • Set in one of Arusha’s largest coffee plantations on the western side of the city, very close to the Arusha Regional Airport.
    • 30 Plantation Houses (including 12 suites) set amongst the plantation offering privacy.
    • The variety of restaurants on offer – from the menu created by the executive chef at the Bacchus restaurant, the 3 Degrees South all day/night bistro, the garden buffet and for those that want to head out for the day, easily arranged picnic lunches.

    Machweo Wellness Retreat GroundsMachweo Wellness Retreat

    • Owner operated by the Janssen’s family, who support the Baraa Primary School offering free education to 1500 children in collaboration with the iThemba Foundation.
    • Located just outside of Arusha and set in tranquil gardens, including a floodlit swimming pool.
    • Awe-inspiring food by chef, Axel who has perfected his art in several Michelin Star restaurants.

    Onsea House RoomOnsea House

    • The most luxurious bed and breakfast in Arusha, which is owned and operated by the Janssen’s family.
    • Set in beautiful landscaped gardens with panoramic views over the Maasai steppe and with unrivalled views of Mt Meru.
    • Only a short drive from the Arusha town Centre and 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
    • The floodlit swimming pool and lawn bar which is the perfect place to relax in style.
    • Onsea House in conjunction with the iThemba Foundation supporting the Baraa Primary School, giving free education to over 1500 children.

    Siringit LoungeSiringit Private Villa

    • 15 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport and located in the KiliGolf Estate.
    • Boutique and exclusive private villa, that comes complete with a cook, butler and housekeeping staff.
    • Enjoy gastronomic meals made from locally sourced produce.

    Coffee GCAre you arriving early or departing late? If so, we can recommend some fantastic day trips that are achievable within an easy drive from Arusha. Options range from a cultural visit to Longido and the Masaai women's market, a day safari to Arusha or Tarangire National Parks, a coffee tour, or a visit to the Snake Museum.

    Uganda Hayley Furze 2Experience the exhilaration, the excitement and the poignancy of an encounter with gorillas in their natural habitat. Our three-day Add-On to your African adventure takes you to the slopes of the Rwandan mountains, home to one of the few remaining troops of the endangered mountain gorilla. 

    Check out our Rwanda Gorilla Trek page for more information and contact us to book this once-in-a-lifetime experience today!

    200004Mount Kenya Climb
    Why not join one of our Mount Kenya expeditions in preparation for your Kilimanjaro climb?

    Our scheduled Mount Kenya departures are timed to coincide with Kilimanjaro Trip #1 and Trip #5 so you can pre-acclimatise on this great peak - the second highest point in Africa and a fabulous climb in its own right - before transferring directly onto your Mount Kilimanjaro expedition.

     

    Mt Kenya 2Lenana Peak Trek
    From forest to moorland and alpine meadows, the landscape surrounding Africa's second highest peak, Mount Kenya is a veritable trekker's delight! Our Lenana Peak Trek traverses across several distinct ecological zones, each abundant with exotic equatorial flora and fauna, towards the extinct volcano of Mount Kenya where we climb Lenana Peak, the mountains third highest point. Attracting less visitors than it's famous cousin, Kilimanjaro, Lenana Peak is a spectacular and achievable African adventure for all ages.

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    Kenya Safari
    Given its extremely close location to Arusha and its fascinating contrasts, why not take the time to explore the wonders of Kenya. Include Kenya’s oldest and largest National Park, Tsavo East, which borders the Tsavo West Park and offers a variety of habitats. There is also Amboseli Park, known for its elephant population and Maasai communities. Perhaps an escape to the central highlands or to one of Kenya’s tropical beaches is appealing, or join our 7 day Kenyan Safari option – it is easy to arrange your preferred side trip and contact your client liaison if interested in exploring this further.

    Contact us to discuss these options in more detail.

    Zanzibar 1There is no better way than to spend time in Tanzania than with a visit to the tropical island of Zanzibar, located on the crystal clear Indian Ocean. The island has a huge variety of accommodation options as well as properties to stay at and for any advice, please contact your Client Liaison.

    A few points to consider when travelling to Zanzibar are:

    • The location that you would like to stay at, take the tide into consideration.
    • Our favorite beaches include Matemwe, Kizimkazi, Fumba, Nungwi and Mafia Island.
    • Spend time exploring Stone Town - a World Heritage Site.
    • Early bookings are hugely advantageous at any time of year, but especially during the busy season of Christmas and New Year when hotels have a nightly minimum booking requirement of 5-7 days.

    Shouldering a heavy burden can be debilitating at higher elevations and sap crucial energy levels right when you need it. This option of an extra porter is available on any of our Kilimanjaro departures and enables you to climb without a heavy pack.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverage to its clients.

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      Please note you will be emailed out a set of Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip, from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips. The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • The Climb

      Why do you choose a different route compared to other companies?
      Historically Kilimanjaro sees more traffic on certain routes and less on others. We climb the mountain by the picturesque Machame Route, which traverses several of the scenic micro-environments found at the different elevations on the mountain. We try to combine a bit of a longer route on the way up to assist you in acclimatising and enjoying the very scenic terrain, then link up with a more direct descent to facilitate the return to town and the start of your safari, if you so choose. See the Itinerary section above for further route details and a map.

      What is the best time of the year to go?
      Kilimanjaro is large enough to have its own weather system, so the weather can be somewhat unpredictable. The rainy months are April to mid-June and November. The most popular months to go are late-June to September, and then from mid-January to mid-March.

      How hard is it really?
      Contrary to what most people believe, Kilimanjaro is not just a “hike”. You need to be comfortable carrying a backpack, have a reasonable level of cardiovascular fitness and enjoy sleeping in a tent! Summit day can be very long and cold, but very rewarding, especially when the sun comes up!

    • Safari

      There is so much to choose from safari-wise after my climb, can you offer me some options?
      You are right, there is A LOT to choose from and seeing as your trip may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we want to make sure you see everything you want to. There are plenty of lodges to choose from and the properties that we visit come from extensive research. Our staff often spend time visiting and exploring the newer lodges to secure some of the best choices out there. We feel that our selections are top quality and offer some of the best from the variety to choose from. Contact our office for specific details for our safari lodges.

      If I go on safari, does my guide continue on to the safari with me? If not, who leads the safari?
      Your local mountain guide will not continue on the safari, but you will be passed onto one of our excellent local safari guides that will escort you on your safari and return you back to your tented camp/lodge at the end of each day.

      What is the accommodation like on the safari?
      World class. We stay in tented camps that have actual running water, electricity and indoor showers. When we stay in the lodges, there are huge sitting rooms with picture windows to watch the sunsets from. Food is second to none with the properties serving excellent cuisine!

      What are the days like on safari?
      Typically, you can expect to spend 4-7 hours in a Landcruiser, stopping frequently for photos and to watch the amazing wildlife in their daily routine. You will arrive at your tented camp where a welcome drink is usually served, followed by free time in which to freshen up before sundowner drinks and dinner. After a sumptuous breakfast at the start of the next day, you start all over again.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      Typically we stay at 4-star hotels in Arusha. We continually work to ensure that the hotels we choose maintain the level of customer service and quality to align with AC standards. Contact our office for further details.

      Will I be sharing a tent or room with other climbers? Is there a single room option on this trip?
      When in Arusha and on safari, the hotels/lodges are priced on a twin-share basis. On the mountain, two team members will share a tent. There is the option of a hotel single room and mountain tent supplement, please contact our office for details.

      Can I upgrade my hotel accommodation?
      Absolutely! We profile a number of 4 and 5-star hotel upgrade options in our Add Ons tab above, or simply contact your Client Liaison to discuss your accommodation preferences.

      What kind of food will there be on the mountain?
      Our chefs are very well known on the mountain for being able to produce fresh salads, fried chicken, tasty soups and toasted sandwiches halfway up the mountain! Our menu is varied and tasty. Make sure you let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements, as we can cater for almost anything.

    • Travel

      What time should I arrive and where do I meet my guides?
      Please plan to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will also clear Tanzanian customs. Typically, we will arrange an airport transfer to take you to your hotel. Prior to your trip, our office will send you a final details email including hotel details, information on your guide, details on when and where you will meet your guide, as well as other pertinent last minute information.

      What if I arrive early or depart late?
      We ask that you try to arrive on time, so early is great! Your bags then have a chance to catch up with you, if for some reason they are delayed. If you do arrive early, we will be happy to help you with your hotel arrangements and additional transfers. The same goes for departing later, please contact the office for details.

      Are there any entry or visa requirements?
      Please check this with your travel agent prior to travelling. Some nationalities are required to have a Tanzanian visa issued in advance, whereas for others, it can be issued on arrival.

      I would like to also visit Zanzibar after my climb, is this possible?
      Of course it is and we highly recommend it! From the spice market in Stone Town to the coastlines of the island, the 45-minute flight from Arusha transports you to one of Africa's greatest gems. We can arrange your schedule to either go out after a safari or head out to the island straight after your climb. Our office is more than happy to provide advice on this magnificent holiday location.

      What other sightseeing options are available in the area?
      We can assist in arranging an array of sightseeing tours to complete your holiday in Africa, from day tours to the nearby Masaai villages and local coffee plantations, to extended adventures in neighbouring areas, such as a seven day Kenyan Safari or three day Rwanda Gorilla Trek. Contact our office for more information.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      How heavy will my pack be?
      Typically 6-10kg/15-25 lbs. Each day, you will be carrying water, snacks, other essential items and any layers that you will need for the day. Porters will carry the bulk of your equipment and clothing, which will be awaiting your arrival at your camp.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many climbers will be on this expedition?
      As our Luxury Expeditions are run as private departures, you are welcome to choose the number of team members you bring along, up to a maximum of 12 trekkers. Please see the Trip Notes for ratio pricing.

      How much should I tip my guide staff?
      Tipping is mandatory as your guides, porters and camp staff work very hard on the mountain. Suggested tipping amounts will be indicated in your final details letter which will be emailed 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, as this is dependent on your group size and the number of local staff employed.

    • Health & Fitness

      Do I really need to get a Yellow Fever vaccination?
      It all depends on where you are travelling from enroute to Tanzania. We do recommend this vaccination as the advice changes frequently and you never know what the Tanzanian official's standpoint will be on any given day. Please talk to your doctor prior to travelling.

      What are the skills/prior experiences required for this climb?
      This is one of our beginner trips and so the only thing required is to have a thirst for adventure! It also helps to be able to carry a light backpack, have a good base level of fitness.

      What is the conditioning level needed for this climb?
      A good general level of fitness is required and being able to walk uphill on uneven ground for extended periods of time is advantageous. Please also check out our AC Blog article Fit to Trek for more detail on what you can do to prepare for this trip and our Fitness Training page for detail on training programs.

      How long is a typical day on the mountain?
      Your morning starts with a pan of warm water and a hot drink delivered to your tent door. We then rise and meet for breakfast around 7am, with an aim hit the trail by about 8am. We usually trek for between 5 and 7 hours, taking time for photographs and breaks along the way, including a  sumptuous picnic lunch, before arriving into our next campsite in the afternoon by 3 or 4pm.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      What type of communication is available on the climb?
      The local guides carry radios and cell phones, so are in daily contact with our agent's Arusha office. If you bring a cell phone from home, do double-check the cost of global roaming with your network supplier. Local SIM cards are easily available for purchase and offer better reception, so please advise if you would like assistance with arranging one. Do please note however that once on the mountain there is extremely limited cell phone reception and no internet access available.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      On all of our international expeditions, we require you to have insurance for any personal or medical incidences that may occur during the expedition. This should include cover for illness, medical emergency or evacuation as well as trip cancellation, baggage loss, damage or theft, or any other such mishap that may occur.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and developing medical services. In the unlikely event that you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Options vary depending on your nationality. When you have confirmed your spot on the expedition with us, we will send you comprehensive information on various options which will serve as a good starting point. Please also visit our Expedition Insurance page.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance may allow you to cancel your trip without losing any pre-paid expenses. Adventure Consultants highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all of our trips. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous) then we will refund your fees paid, but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs that you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      How much should I budget for this expedition? How much cash should I plan to bring?
      Members are usually really excited to purchase local artisan crafts and most of the places that sell such items don’t take credit cards. There are cash machines in town but in the villages cash is king! Most get by with US$400-$800 for gifts and additional expenses.

      What is your cancellation policy?
      Please see 'Payment Conditions' above for our cancellation policy.

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase. Please contact our office for further information.

    • Safety

      Is the area around Kilimanjaro safe?
      With any overseas travel, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and know the situation on the ground. We work hard with our local agent to assure that local situations, if any, are closely monitored for your safety. For years now, the areas on and around the mountain have seen no conflict. In fact, local industry and prosperity is thriving in Arusha! We always suggest that you check with your consulate before travelling to check on any travel advisories.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

  • Dispatches

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Facilities were great. For the climb everything was perfect and we were so appreciative for the portable toilet!!! The food was soooo good! All our guides were wonderful, they must be the best! We would absolutely recommend Adventure Consultants to other climbers.
Kilimanjaro Expedition

Bird Family
Canada
Joe and Caroline Rudolph

All excellent!! We both remarked how well the meals were on the mountain, it really is astonishing how excellently the meals were prepared even at high altitude! The meals at the lodges and safari camps we stayed at were all excellent as well. We did not have a bad meal the entire time we were there!
Kilimanjaro Expedition and Safari

Caroline Rudolph
USA
Jumping for joy on the summit

Very cohesive and highly functioning team of guides and carriers which stood out by comparison to others on the mountain. It seems that they are well looked after and happy to work for AC and its local affiliate. This greatly contributes to enhancing the experience for the trekkers. Congrats to all involved at AC for achieving this.
Kilimanjaro, 2016

Arthur Inglis
Australia