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MT. KILIMANJARO Mt. Kilimanjaro is the crown of Tanzania rising abruptly from open plains. At 5895mtrs (19349ft) it is Africa's highest mountain. It is also the highest walkable summits. It consists of three summits. Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. There are several routes to reach the summits. Marangu is the easiest and most popular. Machame, Umbwe and Mweka are more demanding. You will be trekking and not mountain climbing. It takes about 4nights 5days to reach the summit on Marangu route. An extra day is recommended for acclimatization. Accommodation on Marangu route is on alpine huts while on Machame route is camping throughout. While expert guide and porters will accompany you on the climb, no technical equipments are required. NORTHERN CIRCUIT Arusha National Park: The park is divided into three distinct areas: Ngurdoto Crater, Momela Lakes and Mt. Meru. The most common animals found in this park are the Abyssinian black and white coloured monkey, the Velvet monkeys, Red Dulkess, Hippos, Elephants, Giraffes, Bushbucks, Buffalos and occasionally Leopards. Mor than 400 species of birds have been reared. Mt. Meru can be scaled within 2nights and 3days with overnight accommodation in alpine huts on your way up. Tarangire National Park: Lies 120kms south of Arusha along great north road highway. The principal features of the park are the flood plains and the grassland with thinly scattered acacia and baobab. It is famous for its large herd of Elephant; and also available are Rhino, Eland, Lion and Warthogs. Lake Manyara National Park: The park has a total of 320sq/kms, about 70% of which being a lake. The park has three distinct habitat. The Savannah grassland of the Maasai Steppe, the ground water natural forest and the lake itself. The most famous spectacle in the park are the tree climbing Lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of acacia trees. Other animals found in this areas include the Buffalo, Elephant, Baboon, Impala and Giraffe. The altitude is about 1000mt and can be quite hot at midday. Ngorongoro Crater National Park: It is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The crater has been declaimed as a world heritage site and lies within the Ngorongoro conservation area. The crater floor is covered with plain animals, including the Wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelle, Eland, Rhino and large predator population consisting of Lion, Cheetah, Hyena and Jackal all of which can be viewed at close quarters. Serengeti National Park: The Serengeti National park is the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. The word "serengeti" means "the endless plains" in the Maasai language. Within its boundaries are more than 3 million large mammals. About 35 species of animals can be seen here including the big five. From December (when the long rains start) to May, eastern Serengeti provides the best opportunity for game viewing as hundreds of thousands of migratory animals are concentrated in this part attracted by short palatable grass. Between May & June when drought sets in, Serengeti is the site of one of the most breathtaking events in the animal kingdom. huge herds of Wildebeest, Gazelle and Zebra begin the migration. In their wake follow the predators; Lion, Cheetah and Wild Dogs, while Vultures circle overhead. Other common species include Hippo, Leopard, Baboons, Elephant and the wide range of Antelope species. WESTERN HIGHLANDS The Western highlands lace a ridge of the Rift Valley escarpment, high above lake Tanganyika and within the game filled enclaves that sit along its spine, there exist two small perfectly formed worlds of natural splendor, and one vast expanse of prime African bush. None of them are accessible by car. GOMBE STREAM: Tanzania's smallest National Park was established to protect the Chimpanzees that had been studied by Jane Goodall and her team. This research has habituated some groups to human presence, allowing guests the opportunity to encounter groups of Chimpanzees in their natural habitat. MAHALE MOUNTAINS: Larger than Gombe, but far less known, Mahale is a remote parcel from paradise, a land of rain-forested mountains that rise 7,500ft above the sandy beaches of Lake Tanganyika. Amongst many other mammals, a thousand wild Chimpanzees range in this rich habitat, which also provides magnificent trekking and kayaking opportunities. KATAVI NATIONAL PARK: Tanzania's least visited parks, where only those hard and determined people can make the journey by foot. Populous herds of Buffalo, tree climbing Lion, Africa's largest Hippo and Crocodile populations, and you could possibly have 4,471km of the National Park to yourself, ensuring rewards that are worth the endeavor. SOUTHERN CIRCUIT The Selous Game Reserve is the largest protect area in the world, covering an area around 50,000sq.km. Its size is stunning; bigger than Switzerland or Denmark, uninhabited and little touched by human interference. Visitors therefore find themselves in a pristine wilderness far away from the trodden tourist routes. Its wildlife is spectacular and some mammal populations (Buffalo, Elephant, Hippo, Wild Dogs, and Crocodiles) are the largest in Africa. The rivers and the lake systems are also unique in East Africa. Nowhere else in the world can someone take a boat or walking safari through more spectacular wildlife concentrations. There are around 440 species of birds in the Selous Game Reserve, which makes it a prime spot for birdwatchers. It encompasses a wide variety of wildlife habitats , including open grasslands, Acacia and 'Miombo' woodlands as well as river line forests. The swamps form an important habitat for wetland plants, reptiles and resident migratory birds. With its expansive area of 'Miombo' woodlands, the Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest forest areas under protection. Due to its unique ecological importance it has been designated a "World Heritage Site" by the United Nations in 1982. ITINERARIES 1: Marangu Route 5days - 4nights (Option 1): Day1: After Breakfast proceed to Marangu Gate (1hr drive from Moshi town) start trekking to Mandara Hut, you reach the altitude of 2744mtrs. The trek takes 2hrs. Day2: Trekking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut, you reach the altitude of 3761mtrs. The trek takes 5hrs. Day3: Start the climb from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut, you reach the altitude of 4732mtrs. The climb takes 5hrs (for the 13km walk). Day4: First hours of morning around 1:00am is spent by trekking to the Gilmans Point, you reach the altitude of 5681mtrs. The climb takes 5hrs, then another 1:30hrs to Uhuru Peak (the highest point) 5,895mtrs, this is the Summit, after taking pictures of the beautiful scenery (as you get to see the day break from the top of Africa), we descend down to Horombo Hut. Day5: After breakfast descend all the way down to Marangu Gate and then you get transferred to Moshi or your respective destination. 2: Marangu Route 6days - 5nights (Option 2): This program is the same as option 1, the exception is that you spend an extra day at the Horombo Hut 3761mtrs for acclimatization. Day1: After Breakfast proceed to Marangu Gate (1hr drive from Moshi town) start trekking to Mandara Hut, you reach the altitude of 2744mtrs. The trek takes 2hrs. Day2: Trekking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut, you reach the altitude of 3761mtrs. The trek takes 5hrs. Day3: Start the climb from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut, you reach the altitude of 4732mtrs. The climb takes 5hrs (for the 13km walk). Day4: Acclimatization Day5: First hours of morning around 1:00am is spent by trekking to the Gilmans Point, you reach the altitude of 5681mtrs. The climb takes 5hrs, then another 1:30hrs to Uhuru Peak (the highest point) 5,895mtrs, this is the Summit, after taking pictures of the beautiful scenery (as you get to see the day break from the top of Africa), we descend down to Horombo Hut. Day6: After breakfast descend all the way down to Marangu Gate and then you get transferred to Moshi or your respective destination. 3: Machame Route Down Mweka Route 6days - 5nights: Day1: Drive to Machame Gate from Moshi, then start trekking to Machame Camp Site, you reach the altitude of 2990mtrs. Day2: Early morning after breakfast, start trekking from Machame Camp Site to Shira Camp Site, you reach the altitude of 3880mtrs. Day3: Early morning after breakfast, start trekking from Shira CAmp Site to Barranco Camp Site, you reach the altitude of 3965mtrs. Day4: Early morning after breakfast, start trekking from Barranco Camp Site to Barafu Camp Site, you reach the altitude of 4540mtrs. Day5: Early morning after breakfast, start trekking from Barafu Camp Site to Uhuru Peak (the highest point), you reach the altitude of 5,895mtrs, after taking pictures of the beautiful scenery (as you get to see the day break from the top of Africa), we descend down to Mweka Hut. Day6: After breakfast, walk down to Mweka Gate ready to be transferred to Moshi or your respective destination. 4: Rongai, Umbwe & Shira Plateau Routes 6days - 5nights: These are camping routes with the same program as Machame Route and the duration of the climb is 6days. 5: Mt. Meru Climb 3days - 2nights: Day1: Drive from Moshi to Momela Gate then start trekking to Meriakamba Hut, you reach the altitude of 2451mtrs, this usually takes 4 to 5hrs trek. Day2: Trek from Meriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut, you reach the altitude of 3570mtrs, this trek also takes 4 to 5hrs. Day3: Early in the morning start the trek towards Rhino Point then to the summit 4566mtrs to see the sunrise behind Mt. Kilimanjaro, then descend to Momela Gate for a drive back to Moshi or to your respective destination 6: Trekking Safari in Crater Highlands and Climbing Mt. Oldonyo Lengai 5days/4nights: Day1: Early morning we drive from Moshi to Ngorongoro Crater for an afternoon game drive, overnight at Nainokanoka. Day2: We start the trek from Nainokanoka to Empakai Crater, this usually takes 7hrs' walk and you cover a distance of 25kms. Day3: After sunrise we start our trek from Empakai Crater to Nairobi Village, this is a 7kms trek that takes 3hrs. Day4: From Nairobi Village we trek to Ngarasero River, it takes 8hrs for the 27kms trek. Day5: We start our trek to climb Mt. Oldonyolengai and on the same day return to the base for our drive back to Moshi, or to your respective destination. 7: Safari - Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara 3days - 2nights: Day1: Depart from Moshi or Arusha early in the morning with lunch boxes to Lake Manyara for game viewing, dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Lodge. Day2: After breakfast we head to Ngorongoro Crater for a full day crater tour, in the evening we head to Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge for dinner and overnight. Day3: After breakfast drive back to Moshi or Arusha via Meserani Snake Park. 8: Safari Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara & Tarangire 4days - 3nights: Day1: Depart from Moshi or Arusha early in the morning to Tarangire National Park, full day game drive, dinner and overnight in Tarangire Safari Lodge. Day2: Early morning we drive from Tarangire to Lake Manyara for a full day game drive, dinner and overnight in Lake Manyara Lodge. Day3: Early morning we drive to Ngorongoro Crater, full day game drive, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day4: After breakfast we proceed to Moshi or Arusha via the Meserani Snake Park. 9: Safari Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara & Serengeti 5days - 4nights: Day1: Depart from Moshi or Arusha early in the morning for Lake Manyara, full day game drive, dinner and overnight in Lake Manyara Lodge. Day2: After breakfast drive to Serengeti, full day game drive, dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Day3: Early in the morning after breakfast, game drive until late noon, proceed to Ngorongoro enroute Olduvai Gorge, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day4: After breakfast, full day Ngorongoro Crater game drive, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge Day5: After breakfast visit to the Maasai village then proceed to Moshi or Arusha for overnight. 10: Safari Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Tarangire 6days - 5nights: Day1: Depart from Moshi or Arusha early in the morning to Tarangire National Park, full day game drive, dinner and overnight in Tarangire Safari Lodge. Day2: Early morning we drive from Tarangire to Lake Manyara for a full day game drive, dinner and overnight in Lake Manyara Lodge. Day3: Early morning we drive from Lake Manyara to Serengeti, full day game drive, dinner and overnight in Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Day4: Early in the morning after breakfast, game drive until late noon, proceed to Ngorongoro enroute Olduvai Gorge, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day5: After breakfast, full day Ngorongoro Crater game drive, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge Day4: After breakfast visit to the Maasai village / Meserani Snake Park then proceed to Moshi or Arusha for overnight. 11: Safari Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire & Arusha National Park 7days - 6nights: Day1: Depart from Moshi or Arusha for Arusha National Park, full day game drive, dinner and overnight at Momela Lodge. Day2: Early morning we drive to Tarangire National Park for game viewing, dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. Day3: Drive from Tarangire to Lake Manyara, game viewing until late afternoon, dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Lodge. Day4: We drive to Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge, see the sunset while game viewing, dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Day5: After sunrise have breakfast then proceed for a full day game drive at the Serengeti, late in the afternoon drive to Ngorongoro National park for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day6: This is a full day Ngorongoro Crater game tour, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day7: Early Morning proceed to a Cultural tour of the Maasai people, in the afternoon transfer to Moshi or Arusha. 12: Safari Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire, Arusha National Park & Cultural Tour 8days - 7nights: Day1: Depart Moshi or Arusha for Arusha National Park, full day game drive, dinner and overnight at Momela Lodge. Day2: Early morning we drive to Tarangire National Park for game viewing, dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. Day3: Drive from Tarangire to Lake Manyara, game viewing until late afternoon, dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Lodge. Day4: We drive to Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge, see the sunset while game viewing, dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Day5: After sunrise have breakfast then proceed for a full day game drive at the Serengeti, late in the afternoon drive to Ngorongoro National park for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day6: This is a full day Ngorongoro Crater game tour, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day7: Drive to Lake Eyasi for a (Hadzabe) Bushman cultural tour, try hunting the bushman way, then proceed to Lake Manyara Lodge for dinner and overnight Day8: Early Morning proceed to a Cultural tour of the Maasai people, in the afternoon transfer to Moshi or Arusha. 13: Safari Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire & Lake Victoria 9days - 8nights: Day1: Depart Moshi or Arusha for Tarangire National Park, full day game drive, dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge Day2: Drive from Tarangire to Lake Manyara, full day game drive, dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Lodge. Day3: We drive to Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge, see the sunset while game viewing, dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Day4: After sunrise have breakfast then proceed for a full day game drive at the Serengeti, dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Day5: Early morning after breakfast game drive and then drive to Mwanza, dinner and overnight at Mwanza Hotel. Day6: Early in the morning explore the Saa Nane Island until late afternoon, dinner and overnight at Mwanza Hotel. Day7: Drive to Ngorongoro for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day8: Full day game drive at the Ngorongoro Crater, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day9: Early Morning proceed to a Cultural tour of the Maasai people, in the afternoon transfer to Moshi or Arusha. 14: Safari Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire, Arusha National Park & Lake Victoria 10days - 9nights: Day1: Depart Moshi or Arusha for Arusha National Park, game drive the rest of the day, dinner and overnight at Momela Lodge. Day2: Early in the morning drive from Arusha National Park to Tarangire, game drive for the rest of the day, dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. Day3: Drive from Tarangire to Lake Manyara, game drive full day, dinner and overnight Lake Manyara Lodge. Day4: We depart Lake Manyara for Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge, game drive until sunset, dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Day5: This is a full day Serengeti game drive, dinner and overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Day6: Early in the morning after breakfast half day game drive, proceed to Lake Victoria, dinner and overnight at Mwanza Hotel. Day7: After breakfast we drive to Saa Nane Island, for a full day tour, dinner and overnight at Mwanza Hotel. Day8: Early in the morning depart from Mwanza for Ngorongoro for a late evening game drive, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day9: After breakfast full day game drive at the Ngorongoro Crater, dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Day10: Early in the morning after breakfast proceed to Maasai Village for Cultural programme later drive back to Moshi or Arusha via Meserani Snake Park. YOUR VISIT Tanzania is a land richly endowed by nature. It is a land of contrast. Snowcapped mountains and palm fringed beaches; lush farmlands and misty highlands; sun kissed Savannah amidst the last bastions of great herds of roaming wildlife. All these gifts provide you with much to see and remember, each itinerary is planned to emphasize ecologically balanced tourism that is beneficial to our environment. Our range of services includes: Mountain climbing, Adventures, Safaris, Camping and Beach Holidays. We arrange customized safari for individual interest. Luxury safari or incentive travel, whatever your choice, we stand to put our expertise and enthusiasm at your service to provide our clients with a memorable holiday General Information: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS: British Airways fly three times a week direct from London to Dar-es-salaam with a total flying time of 9 hours 40 minutes. Other carriers operate to Tanzania via Europe: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (from Amsterdam) to Dar-es-salaam and Kilimanjaro; Swiss (from Zurich) to Dar-es-salaam; Gulf Air serves Dar-es-salaam and Zanzibar via Muscat or Abu Dhabi. Tanzania can also be reached via African Gateways served by Air Zimbabwe, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and South African Airways. PASSPORTS / VISAS: Most Visitors require visas with an exception of citizens of certain countries of the Commonwealth CLIMATE: Coastal areas are hot and humid with an average daytime temperature of 30°C. Sea breezes make the climate very pleasant from June to September. The central plateau experiences hot days and cool nights. The hilly country between the coast and northern highlands has pleasant climate from January to September, with temperatures averaging around 20°C. Temperatures vary around Kilimanjaro according to the season, registering as low as 15°C during May to August rising to 22°C during December to March. For the whole country, the hottest months are from October to February. The main, long rainy season is from mid-March to May. LANGUAGE: English is widely spoken but a few words of Kiswahili are always appreciated. CURRENCY: The unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling, which is divided into hundred cents. Visitors can take any amount of foreign currency, no currency declaration is required, but import and export of Tanzania currency is illegal. Most major currencies, particularly US Dollars, Euro and Travelers cheques are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureau de change in the main towns and tourist areas. Credit cards, mainly Visa and MasterCard, are generally only accepted in large establishments. ON SAFARI: Distances in Tanzania are vast, and travel by road can be tiring. It is wise to spend more time in fewer parks. You will see more and won't return home exhausted. Keep your distance from animals and be quite to avoid distressing them. Always follow the instructions of your ranger or guide. Don't leave your vehicle in the parks except in designated places. Keep to recognized tracks to avoid damaging vegetation. WHAT TO WEAR: It never gets really cold in Tanzania, so lightweight clothing is the norm. On safari avoid brightly colored clothes, they may alarm the animals. Browns, beiges and khakis are preferred. Short sleeve shirts/blouses and shorts are ideal, but pack a sweater, as it can be a bit chilly in the early morning and in the evening. Wear a hat to avoid sunburns and don't forget a swim suit. Shoes should be sensible, and for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, take a thermal underwear, a rain jacket, a pair or two of good socks and sturdy boots. Shorts for women are acceptable - but not too short. Women should carry a wrap to cover their legs in towns or villages as revealing clothes can cause offence, especially in Zanzibar and other Muslim areas. On the beach, within the confines of beach hotels, normal swimmer is acceptable, but nudity certainly is not. www.collinssafaris.com info@collinssafaris.com


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