12 days Northern circuit, safaris and climbing mount meru
Day 1: Tarengire National Park
We pick you up at your hotel in Arusha and drive to Tarengire National Park with picnic lunch. You will do a half day game drive until sunset. Dinner and overnight at Zion campsite.
Day 2: Tarengire National Park - Lake Manyara
After early breakfast you do half day game drive in Tarengire National Park with picnic lunch. After lunch you proceed to Lake Manyara for dinner and overnight at Panorama view Campsite.
Day 3: Lake Manyara.
After breakfast you will do a full day game drive at Lake Manyara National Park. Dinner and overnight at Panorama campsite.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park with game viewing enroute around in the southern Serengeti & Seronera Valley, dinner and overnight at Seronera camp site.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Full day Game drive in Serengeti (Sunrise and sunset game drive) park, including hippo pool, Seronera valley and Grumeti River enjoy watching the migration; Diner and overnight at Seronera camp site.
Day 6: Serengeti - Ngorongoro
After breakfast you do game en route to Ngorongoro. Dinner and overnight at Simba Camp Site at the rim of the Crater
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Lake Eyasi
After early game drive, you descend to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive with picnic lunch. In the late afternoon you proceed to Lake Eyasu for dinner and overnight at the camp site.
Day 8: Lake Eyasi - Arusha
Early in the morning you do a walking safari and hunt with the Bushmen around the lake.
Back to the camp for brunch and then you proceed to Arusha for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Arusha -Mount Meru
We pick you up at your hotel in Arusha and drive you to Momella Gate (1500 m) in the late morning, the track soon passes some open grassland, and has some game viewing. You can see Buffalo, Warthog, and Elephants, etc. and then continue as a steady climb through Montane forest. You can have your lunch at the famous -Fig tree-. After lunch the trek continues through less dense forest, where there are a lot of birds and monkeys including the black and white Colobus. By mid afternoon, there are the first closer views of the towering cliffs and the Ash Cone. MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2514 m), situated in idyllic grassy glade, is reached in time to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains towards Kilimanjaro. It takes about 4 to 6 hours walking. Ascent is 1014 m.
Day 10: Mount Meru
The walk from MIRIAKAMBA HUT to the saddle below Little MERU is a short day but a steep sustained climbing all the way. Starting through attractive, open and lush Montane forest, the path continues beyond the halfway point of Elephant ridge and carries on uphill through the giant heather and other moorland vegetation to reach SADDLE HUT (3570 m) and lunch. The afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the views. The energetic ones can make the short climb to the nearby summit of LITTLE MERU (3820 m) for superb views just before sunset. It takes about 3 - 5 hours walking. The ascent is 1056 m SADDLE HUT is similar to MIRIAKAMBA but water is collected from a stream about 10 minutes away.
Day 11: Mount Meru
An early start at around 0200 hrs to climb steeply to RHINO POINT (3800 m) the path continues along an undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4350 m) at around sunrise. The views are stunning: the cliffs of the Crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and the Rift Valley if the weather is clear. The summit of Socialist Pak (4566 m) is an hour more on a superb but often steep path. The route back to Rhino Point in the sharp morning light along a narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa.
Brunch and a well-earned rest are taken at SADDLE HUT before continuing the descent to Miriakamba Hut (2514 m). It takes 10 to 12 hours. Ascent 996 m. Descent 2052 m.
NB: In icy conditions or in strong winds, it may be impossible for anyone to progress beyond Rhino Point. Sunrise from here is equally as spectacular as from Cobra Point.
Day 12: Mount Meru - Arusha
You start with a fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back towards the crater and over the plains of the National Park. Momella Gate is reached by late morning. It takes about 2 to 3 hours walking. Descent 1014 m. Drive to your hotel in Arusha
We provide all equipment needed for the safari and the climb and it is included in the price, exclusive your personal items and clothes.
Von Der Decken Safaris