Based on feedback from other climbers, we recommend the extra day on the mountain, for acclimatization purposes and to increase your chance of a successful summit -- regardless of the route! This is advisable if your schedule allows.
Zara also offers safaris. You may want to consider a safari before or after your trek. http://www.zaratours.com/safari
If your dates are flexible, you may want to join one of our trips for SINGLE TRAVELERS: http://zarameeting.informe.com/
Your home base will be the Springlands Hotel in Moshi. Extra nights at the Springlands Hotel are $60/room/night (single occupancy), which includes breakfast. http://www.zaratours.com/safari-accommodation
You can now join a very special Kilimanjaro climb with Kilimanjaro specialist and book author Macon Dunnagan. Macon, 47, is author of the novel "Sons of Kilimanjaro", a captivating tale of four men who climb Kilimanjaro, an endeavour which helps them to overcome their personal struggles. Without being moralising or preaching, in his book, Macon gives inspiration to those who want to learn about unusal experiences and life beyond the limited knowledge. He has climbed Kilimanjaro 12 times and is one of the few individuals who have ever climbed Kilimanjaro twice within one month.
As his wife Michelle battled ovarian cancer, it is Macon's aim to raise awareness for this disease. From the August climb, 250 US$ of the fees paid by each fellow climber will be given to the American National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).
Macon wants to share his mountain and life experiences with everyone and invites you to join him to the top of his favourite mountain.
Zara Tours leads treks up the Shira route. The Shira Route traverses the large Shira Plateau to join the Machame Route. The Shira Plateau west of Kibo is the remains of Kilimanjaro's first volcano. Mawenzi erupted second, and finally, supported by its neighbors, Kibo rose to its great height between Shira and Mawenzi. Older and more eroded than Mawenzi, the Shira Plateau's ridges and moorland comprise one of Kilimanjaro's most scenic areas. The drive to Shira offers magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley, Mount Meru, and Longido, and the plateau's parasitic cones extend north of the road, rising from from plain to plateau. The vegetation changes along the route are striking. The plateau is grassland, heath, and moor, with senecios up to 10 meters high in valleys near the cone. You can see Elands on the plateau, and you may see signs of buffaloes, leopards, and other animals. The Shira Cone rises 200 meters above the plateau, and west of the cone is Shira Ridge, a steep rough rise reaching almost 400 meters above the plateau. The southern ridge of the Shira Plateau has two dramatic peaks called Cathedral and the Needle. The road to Shira is only accessible by 4-wheel-drive vehicles and can become impassable during wet periods. The Shira Route traverses the plateau to join the Machame Route.
Besides Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Eyasi National Park, Serengeti, Olduvai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater, this safari includes a day at the surreal soda Lake Natron. This lake is the only breeding area for 2.5 million lesser flamingoes that live in the valley because its caustic environment is a barrier against predators trying to reach their nests. Walks around the lake, streams, and waterfalls along the nearby escarpment make a fantastic adventure off the beaten track.
Zanzibar is situated in the Indian Ocean, 36 km off the coastline of mainland Tanzania lies Zanzibar. Zanzibar officially refers to the archipelago that include Unguja and Pemba, surrounded by about 50 smaller ones. Zanzibar is an island state within the United Republic of Tanzania, and has its own semi-autonomous government made up of a Revolutionary Council and House of Representatives.Once the trading centre of the whole of East Africa, Zanzibar attracted Sumerians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Arabs, Chinese and Malays. The great explorers, Burton, Speke, Livingstone and Krapf continued their journeys from these shores. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, warm clear blue waters, idyllic islands, excellent reefs for snorkelling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing and water sports activities. The historic Stone Town with its narrow winding streets, vivid markets and colourful bazaars makes for an interesting cultural visit. Commonly known as the "Spice Island"; famous for spices such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom, peper and others).
Arusha National Park was Ngurdoto Crater Highland National Park until 1967. The current national park covers an area of 137 sq km/53 sq mi, and is located near the town of Arusha between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The park and town derive their name from the Wa-Arusha people who traditionally live in this area. On this one-day excursion leaving from Arusha, Moshi or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will get to know the Ngurdoto Crater, Momella Lakes, highland montane forest, and the rugged Mount Meru (4,565 m/14,977 ft). The park has a wealth of wildlife including Colobus Monkeys, velvet monkeys, bushbucks, buffalos, red forest duikers, hippos, elephants, and giraffes. Birdlife, especially waterfowl, is abundant and interesting.
Best of Northern Tanzania in this 4 days safari for those who are short in time.Including Lake Manyara National Park, Southern Ngorongoro conservation area, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National park.
There are good reasons why Tanzania is called the Land of Wonders. Zara offers grand Safari adventures to all of Tanzania's alluring destinations. Our Safaris range from 1 to 9 days. We will give you a custom quote for any adventure you desire. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime. Zara Tours has been working successfully with visitors in the region since 1986.
Zara Tours has been working successfully with visitors in the region since 1986. We organize Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru treks, and many wild park safaris. We have guided many visitors safely, reliably, and professionally from the Serengeti plains to Kilimanjaro's summit.
A trip to Africa is not complete without a visit to view the wildlife in the famous national parks: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire. On safari, you can see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elephants, hippos, and a large variety of birds. Among the more rare treats are rhinos, leopards, cheetah, or a lion kill.
The Selous Game Reserve, another UNESCO world heritage site is the largest protected area on our planet, covering an area of around 50,000 sq. km. Its size is stunningly bigger than Switzerland or Denmark, uninhabited and little touched by human interference. Visitors can find themselves in a pristine wilderness, far away from the trodden tourist routes.
When you approach Lake Manyara National Park from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade. The meadows along Lake Eyasi's shores and forest are home to a wide variety of wildlife including leopard, hippos, a variety of monkeys, various birds, greater and lesser flamingoes, storks, and pelicans. Further highlights of this 6-day safari include the world-famous Serengeti National Park, archaeological site Olduvai Gorge and the natural wonder Ngorongoro Crater.
Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are rich in wildlife and absolute highlights of each safari in Africa. At Lake Eyasi you have the chance to encounter the Hadzabe tribe bushmen, one of the last tribe of hunter-gatherers on our globe. They are often willing for visitors to come and see their simple bush homes where the tree canopy alone or a cave provides them with shelter.
This 8 days hiking/camping itineraries will bring you to the most fascinating and bizarre sites of geological interest of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, an area known for its volcanic and tectonic activity.
Sites visited and activities include Lake Manyara National Park, natural wonder Ngorongoro Crater, Empakai Crater, a hike from Naiyobi Village to Acacia Village, a strenous but rewarding midnight climb of the active volcano Oldoinyo Lengai, the surreal red Lake Natron, the mighty Engaresero waterfalls, and Tarangire National Park.
Besides eploring Lake Manyara National Park, located in the midst of the EastAfrican Great Rift Valley, the vast savannas of the world-famousSerengeti, natural wonder Ngorongoro Crater, and the "Cradle of mankind" Olduvai Gorge, this safari will bring you to Lake Victoria.
Lake Victoria is the world's second largest fresh water lake and Africa's largest lake. The lake is on the Kenya-Uganda-Tanzania border with 95% of it lying In Tanzania. Lake Victoria National Park is a beautiful peaceful bushland fringed by the lake's water and reeve. More than 190 species of birds have been recorded in the park including the rare White Bellied Sea Eagle and the endangered Little Tern. The park also supports a large population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Black Wallabies.
The Usambara Mountains are a mountain range in North-East Tanzania, approximately 70 miles (110 km) long and ranging from 20 to 40 miles (30-60 km) in width. Mountains in the range rise as high as 8,000 ft (2,440 m).
The Usambaras are covered in the tropical forest and are considered tremendously significant ecologically, there are many protected zones throughout the range. Several species are endemic to the Usambara forests, including the Naduk eagle owl, Usambara alethe, the Usambara weaver and Calodendrum eickii. Animals commonly seen include several forest bird species, reptiles, butterflies, and black and white colobus monkeys.
This 9 days safari itinerary includes hiking in the Usambara Mountains, meeting with indigenous communities, visit of Irente Farm with its breathtaking views of the Maasai plains, and passing the alkaline Lake Jipe, along some of Tanzanias prime National Parks such as Lake Manyara,Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Olduvai Gorge.
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