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9-Day Kilimanjaro Climbing & Chimp Trekking

Duration

9 Days

Max People

30

Min Age

14+

Pick Up

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Overview 

Enjoy an unforgettable 9-Day Kilimanjaro Climbing & Chimp Trekking in Tanzania designed with your specific desires in mind. Experience the ultimate African adventure with Exodus Safaris as you conquer the highest peak on the continent, Mount Kilimanjaro, and delve into the enchanting world of Gombe National Park to observe the fascinating chimpanzees. This unique itinerary offers the perfect blend of adrenaline-pumping adventure and awe-inspiring wildlife encounters.

Conquering Mount Kilimanjaro: Your journey begins with the exhilarating challenge of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak. Trekking through diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to barren alpine deserts, you'll witness breathtaking landscapes unfold before your eyes. With expert guides and a well-planned itinerary, you'll embark on the adventure of a lifetime, reaching the iconic Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meters above sea level. Standing atop the roof of Africa, you'll feel a profound sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring views stretching as far as the eye can see.

Wildlife Watching in Gombe National Park: After conquering Kilimanjaro, your journey continues to Gombe National Park, renowned for its groundbreaking chimpanzee research conducted by Jane Goodall. Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of Gombe as you trek through lush forests and rugged terrain in search of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. With the guidance of experienced trackers, you'll have the opportunity to observe chimpanzee families in their natural habitat, witnessing their fascinating behaviors and intricate social dynamics up close.

The Perfect Combination: Combining the thrill of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro with the unparalleled experience of chimpanzee trekking in Gombe National Park, this itinerary offers the perfect blend of adventure and wildlife watching. Whether you're a seasoned trekker seeking the ultimate challenge or a nature enthusiast eager to witness Africa's iconic wildlife, this trip promises to exceed your expectations.

Expert Guidance and Support: With Exodus Safaris, you'll embark on your adventure with confidence, knowing that you're in the hands of experienced guides and dedicated staff who are committed to ensuring your safety, comfort, and enjoyment throughout your journey. From expertly crafted itineraries to top-notch accommodations and logistics, every aspect of your trip is meticulously planned to provide you with a seamless and unforgettable experience.

Create Lifelong Memories: Embark on this extraordinary journey with Exodus Safaris and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you're standing atop Mount Kilimanjaro's summit, gazing into the eyes of a wild chimpanzee, or simply soaking in the breathtaking beauty of Tanzania's natural landscapes, every moment promises to be an adventure you'll cherish forever.

Tour Features

This budget-friendly tour includes mountain huts and tented camps. You won't need to join other travelers, as it is organized exclusively for you. If there is availability, you can choose when this tour begins. Customization options are available, but this tour is not open to solo adventurers. Those interested must be at least 14 years of age.

Activities & Transportation

  • Visiting the rainforest and going on a chimpanzee trek is an unforgettable experience.
  • Take a comfortable minivan ride to the starting point and then choose whether you want to explore the region on foot with a nature hike or by boat.
  • Don't worry about getting back home safely; a transfer back to the airport is included.

Getting There

  • This tour starts in Arusha and ends in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Exodus Safaris will help you select your international flights, but you'll have to book them yourself
  • Fly to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO - Check price) near Arusha. Or fly to Arusha Airport (ARK - Check price) via Dar es Salaam or Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Fly back from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR - Check price) in Dar es Salaam
  • transfer from and back to the airport is included
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals
  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Tour Plan

Day 01 Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

Your adventure towards the summit of Africa kicks off following breakfast. Accessible within a drive of three hours or less, the Marangu gate marks the starting point of your journey.

Upon arrival, your trekking expedition commences, beginning with essential paperwork. After approximately three hours of walking, a prepared lunch awaits at Kisambioni before you proceed through the vibrant rainforest for an additional two hours.

Upon reaching Mandara Hut, a resting point awaits before exploring Maundi Crater. Your day concludes with dinner and an overnight stay at Mandara Hut.

Day 02 Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

Embark on your journey from Mandara Hut nestled within the rainforest, and traverse through the heather moorland toward your destination, the Horombo Hut. The hike spans approximately five to six hours, factoring in a lunch break.

As you ascend, be prepared to witness extraordinary vegetation such as the giant lobelia and the giant groundsel. Upon reaching the hut, indulge in some well-deserved relaxation before enjoying a hearty dinner and settling in for the night.

Day 03 Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

Day 3 begins with a substantial breakfast, preceding a rigorous 6-hour trek. Our ultimate goal is the Kibo Hut, nestled between the majestic peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo.

Following a leisurely lunch, dinner will be served earlier to ensure ample rest before the evening summit push. Your guides will offer a comprehensive briefing to ready you for the summit attempt.

Your overnight stay awaits you at Kibo Hut.

Day 04 Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

With a cup of steaming hot tea and a light snack, the ascent commences at midnight, taking advantage of the solidified lava ashes that ease the journey. The trek to the summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895m) along Kibo's rocky path typically spans 5 to 7 hours.

Sometime during the night, you'll reach Hans Meyer Cave (5,220m), pressing onward until sunrise brings you to Gilman’s Point (5,681m). From there, a two-hour climb along the crater ridge leads you to Mount Kilimanjaro's highest peak.

At the Roof of Africa, soak in the majestic views of Kilimanjaro, cherishing the moment. After relishing the summit experience, descend to Horombo Hut where skilled chefs have prepared a hot lunch, followed by dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 05 Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate - Moshi

Following breakfast, you'll commence the final leg of your remarkable journey with a touching farewell ceremony from the mountain team. The journey from Horombo Hut (3,700m) to Marangu Gate (1,860m) typically spans 4 to 5 hours.

Upon reaching the Kilimanjaro gate, you'll sign out your name and receive a commemorative certificate for summiting Uhuru Peak. Afterwards, you'll be chauffeured to your lodging in Moshi, marking the end of your adventure.

Day 06 Moshi - Dar es Salaam - Gombe National Park

We will pick you up from your hotel in Moshi and transfer you to the airport for your scheduled flight to Kigoma via Dar es Salaam Airport. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to Ujiji village, where you can explore Dr. Livingstone's Memorial.

Following that, you'll be transported to Kibirizi Port to board your boat bound for Gombe National Park. Upon arrival at the park, you'll enjoy a hot lunch at Kasekela Tented Camp before embarking on an exploration of the scenic hills and verdant landscapes of western Tanzania. As the day's adventures draw to a close, you'll return to your accommodation for dinner and a restful night's sleep.

Day 07 Enjoying Trekking in Gombe National Park

Today is your chance for an unparalleled adventure: tracking mountain chimpanzees in the Gombe Mountains! We'll start the morning with a hearty breakfast followed by a briefing on trekking guidelines from the rangers.

Then, it's off to explore the mountains, a journey that could span up to eight hours. Be prepared for a demanding trek. Traverse forests, ascend hills, and descend valleys, all in search of these gentle primates in their natural habitat. Upon encountering the chimpanzees, take your time observing their grooming rituals, feeding habits, and social interactions. It's an encounter few can boast of experiencing!

Afterward, we'll retrace our steps back to our lodging. Enjoy a well-deserved dinner and unwind after a truly unforgettable day of chimpanzee trekking!

Day 08 Gombe National Park to Kigoma

Start your chimpanzee trekking adventure with an early morning meal, then set off to explore the verdant valleys and wander through the lush forest. Your journey will lead you to the breathtaking Mkenge Waterfall, a spectacular sight to behold. By midday, return for a well-deserved lunch.

In the evening, ensure you're packed up and ready to head back to Kigoma town for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 09 Kigoma to Dar es Salaam

Following a nourishing breakfast, you will be picked up and transported to the nearest airport for your return flight home, either to Dar es Salaam or Arusha. As this journey concludes, your safari adventure draws to a close.

11 reviews for 9-Day Kilimanjaro Climbing & Chimp Trekking

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    Ava Foster

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    Thrilling Adventure

    This 9 day adventure to Kilimanjaro and chimp trekking was nothing short of thrilling. From the adrenaline inducing climbs to the close encounters with wild chimpanzees, every moment was filled with excitement and adventure.

    July 3, 2023

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    Noah Turner

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    Cultural Immersion

    The cultural immersion during our 9 day adventure was enriching. Interacting with the local communities, learning about their traditions, and experiencing their warm hospitality added depth to our journey.

    July 3, 2023

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    Stella Parker

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    Charming Chimp Encounters

    The chimp trekking experience was charming and heartwarming. Observing these intelligent and playful creatures in the lush rainforest of Tanzania was a privilege and a highlight of our 9 day adventure.

    July 3, 2023

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    Ethan Reed

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    Lifelong Memories

    The 9 Day Kilimanjaro Climbing & Chimp Trekking adventure created lifelong memories. From the camaraderie with fellow trekkers to the breathtaking landscapes, it was an experience that will stay with us forever.

    July 3, 2023

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    Lily Bennett

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    Wildlife Encounters

    While trekking through the rainforest, we had the incredible opportunity to encounter various wildlife species. Seeing colobus monkeys, birds, and other unique creatures added an extra layer of excitement to our adventure.

    July 3, 2023

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    Oliver Brooks

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    Physical and Mental Challenge

    The Kilimanjaro climb was a physical and mental challenge that pushed our limits. It tested our resilience and determination, and in the end, we emerged stronger and more confident in our abilities.

    July 3, 2023

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    Grace Hughes

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    Serene Campsites

    The campsites along the Kilimanjaro route offered a serene and peaceful retreat. Resting under the starlit sky, surrounded by the tranquility of nature, created unforgettable moments of relaxation and reflection.

    July 3, 2023

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    Mia Richardson

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    Expert Mountain Guides

    Our mountain guides were experienced and knowledgeable, providing us with the guidance and support we needed throughout the Kilimanjaro climb. Their expertise and passion added to the overall success of our journey.

    July 3, 2023

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    Max Cooper

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    Breathtaking Scenic Beauty

    The scenic beauty surrounding Kilimanjaro took our breath away. From the lush greenery of the rainforest to the surreal landscapes of the alpine and lunar zones, every step of the climb was filled with awe inspiring views.

    July 3, 2023

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    Leo Hudson

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    Summit Triumph

    Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro was an indescribable triumph. The challenges we faced along the way were worth it, as the panoramic views from Uhuru Peak and the sense of accomplishment were unforgettable.

    July 3, 2023

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