Every year we organise trips to a variety of African countries and this year combines Tanzania and Uganda – Please join us and have a once-in-a-life-time experience with the right crew #GoHekima

UPCOMING TRIP (TANZANIA AND UGANDA)

Choose your pick-up point of Kilimanjaro Airport or other locations around Moshi or Arusha. We will bring you back to our accommodation in Arusha.

Lioness in a tree at Lake Manyara
  • Trip commences: 14 July
  • The program ends: 4 August

14th July – Overnight in our accommodation

We’ll spend time getting to know one another over a tasty meal of local food and a good Tanzanian (Dodoma) wines.

15th July – First day of Safaris

Your African experience begins with a 5-Day 5 Star Tanzania Adventure

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Tarangire National Park

This price includes:

(We already have three booked on this tour and places are limited, so please book now to ensure your place – first come, first served!)

2019 price for safaris: $792 per person

  • Park fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Accommodation

Please note, this does not include tips.

To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend that you book in advance with a deposit of $100 to reserve your place: www.hekima-safaris.com/plan-your-trip

After you book, our finance team will email you with your invoice to confirm the outstanding balance to pay. The remaining cost will be paid at our head office in Tanzania by cash or card.

Serengeti National Park

After your 5 days safari, we will head to Mount Kilimanjaro for a 7 day climb via the Lemosho route, it will be a lot of fun! You will hang out with travelers from all over the world as you trek to the summit – The Roof of Africa.

Kilimanjaro Climb – 7 days Lemosho Route Itinerary

  • Duration: 7 days 6 nights
  • Best time to travel: all year round

Day 1: Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mt Mkubwa camp (2750m)

  • Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Habitat: Montane forest

After a hearty breakfast at our accommodation, your guide will brief you on the day. A two hour drive will take your from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). In the village near Londorossi Gate, you will receive a packed lunch and the chance to buy mineral water for the hike. Then the final 45 minutes of the drive leading up to the gate will be on a bumpy forest track requiring 4WD vehicles. At the entrance gate, the guides and porters distribute the supplies and register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). You are now ready to begin your 3-hour hike into the rain forest.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Be on the look out for Colobus monkeys! Along the way, you will stop for an afternoon lunch break and arrive at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the early evening. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!

Day 2 Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3840m)

  • Hiking time: 6.5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

After an early morning breakfast, you will begin your ascent out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone. You will cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.

Day 3 Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)

  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
  • Habitat: Semi desert

Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will be come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m). Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath.

After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.

Day 4 Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

This is a short hiking day meant for acclimatization. After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. You will spend the night at Karanga Camp (3950m) and enjoy dinner and washing at the site.

Day 5 Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600)

  • Hiking time: 2-3 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

After breakfast, you will begin your ascent. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

Day 6 summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

  • Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
  • Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.

At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Day 7 Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

  • Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
  • Habitat: Forest

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Lemosho Route – 7 day rates:

Price per person: $2,094

Price includes:

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Guides, porters, cooks’ salaries and park fees
  • Quality mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy and nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Airport transfers

Price does not include:

  • Tanzanian Visa
  • Gratuity
  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
Lake Manyara

To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend that you book in advance with a deposit of $270 to reserve your place: www.hekima-safaris.com/plan-your-trip

After you book, our finance team will email you with your invoice to confirm the outstanding balance to pay. The remaining cost will be paid at our head office in Tanzania by cash or card.

After the 7 days hike will be return to Arusha and you will fly from Kilimanjaro Aiport to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. You will need to arrange your own flight as this is not included in the price.

Uganda Itinery

Upon your arrival at the airport, we will take you to your accommodation. Early the following morning, we will pick you up from the hotel or guesthouse and head for Kibale Forest. We will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp during the afternoon where you will have time to explore or relax. You will spend the night gently sleeping, surrounded with the sounds of the tropical rainforest.

Driving time: ± 6,5 hours

Day One and Two

  • Budget Tour: Kibale Forest Camp – “Lazy” camping
  • Comfortable Tour: Kibale Forest Camp

Day Two

At 08.00 am we will start with the 4 hour chimp walk – during which you may also get to see 10 other primates! Kibale park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon we will walk through Bigodi Swamp (home to a community based project).

Day Three

Early morning after breakfast start (8 AM) the drive to Kabale for lunch. From here the journey takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, in the vast plane of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo the Virunga volcanoes dominate the view. Down is Kisoro where we will stay in the famous Travellers Rest Hotel if staying in Kisoro. Just outside Kisoro, this unique hotel offers a cozy stay for the tourists, who come to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance.

In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited Hotel Travellers Rest many, many times to do paperwork, to relax or to meet people. Fossey said about the hotel: “It was my second home.”

Colobus Monkey

IF STAYING AT GORILLA VALLEY LODGE: A long cherished dream of an Africa enthusiast came true in 2013: The Establishment of the lodge in the South of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP. Gorilla Valley Lodge is situated at the southern edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on a hill near Rushaga, close to Rushaga Uganda Wildlife station. Gorilla Valley Lodge a ‘medium range hotel’, consists of 12 rooms, with spacious private bathrooms, Toilets, Dining/Waiting area beautifully situated in lowland evergreen Forest allowing breathtaking views of the African Eden, rich with wildlife and at a close distance the majestic Virunga Volcanoes. Every room has been lovingly furnished with twin beds and decorated in a modern retro style. Gorilla Valley Lodge is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world. And trust, one could never get closer to Bwindi!!!! The gentle Giants are at home at GVL, Sometimes the gorilla’s come out of the forest to spend some time feeding and playing in our gardens.From the veranda of the rooms you can almost touch this national park and home of our mountain Gorillas.

Day Three and Four

  • Budget Tour: Gorilla Valley Lodge/Travellers Rest Hotel
  • Comfortable Tour: Gorilla Valley Lodge/Travellers Rest Hotel

Day Four

The day of gorilla tracking!

You will travel by car to the starting point of National Park. Once there you will first receive a briefing (7.45am) and at 8.30am you will start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.

It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Stella and Trudy’s story:

“At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”

Day Five

Early in the morning after breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to stop at the Equator for photo shoots.  buying souvenirs and refreshments.

We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe

*End of the program*

  • Price: $1000 per person
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to do the complete tour with us, we are happy to arrange for you to do sections of the tour (eg Tanzania Safraris, Mount Kilimanjaro, etc). However, we would love to take you for the full tour so that we can take your breath away – in the best way possible!

ALSO: IF YOU WILL BOOK THE FULL PACKAGE WITH US, YOU WILL RECEIVE A FURTHER 3% DISCOUNT!

*Three people have already booked from Australia and Czech.

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Thank you and greetings from Africa 🙂