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Tanzania: Kili to Crater

Hike Kilimanjaro, picnic in the Ngorongoro Crater, wildlife-spot in the Serengeti and meet local Maasai tribes

Tanzania: Kili to Crater

10 Days | From $5155

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  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Important Notes

Tanzania: Kili to Crater

Hike Kilimanjaro, picnic in the Ngorongoro Crater, wildlife-spot in the Serengeti and meet local Maasai tribes

Tanzania: Kili to Crater

About your trip

Superlatives come thick and fast in Tanzania – and, sure enough, on this 10-day adventure you’ll see the country revealed at its biggest, brightest, boldest best. 

Always wanted to trek Kilimanjaro? No problem – you’ll take on Africa’s highest peak, right from the off, with an accessible-to-all day hike. Heard rumours the Ngorongoro Crater is the place to spot Big 5 wildlife? Naturally, the world’s largest caldera also comes in reach. How about those Serengeti plains? Step right this way to witness the world’s greatest wildebeest migration, as it moves back and forth from the Mara.

But, as always, it’s the above-and-beyond experiences that really set this trip apart. Hanging out with Maasai locals and cooking with a local family. Surprise dinners in star-lit spots and safari-camp stays. Plus down time in Zanzibar to soak up Stone Town and cruise the Spice Island’s coast. Ready to go wild? Join the stampede…

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Max 14 travelers per group
  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • 2 internal flights
  • Private minibus & safari Jeeps
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • Stays in lodges and tented camps
  • We offset the carbon emissions per person on this trip
  • Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Arrival airport transfer

Flashpackers must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. Remember, international flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.


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Your Itinerary


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    Your adventure begins with one of the country’s most iconic sights, Mount Kilimanjaro, looming beyond your airplane window. After being whisked away by private transfer to your lodge, you’ll witness the snow-dusted peak once again from the hotel before tomorrow’s day hike on Africa’s highest mountain. But this first day is all about downtime – relaxing in the hotel’s pool, spa or simply tuning into birdsong in the garden. Come evening, gather with your fellow Flashpackers for a welcome drink and dinner, ahead of your East African adventure.


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    Rested and restored, it’s time to tick off a bucket-list moment – a challenging 3.5-hour trek on Mount Kilimanjaro, following an undulating section of the scenic Shira Route. Driving to your starting point at Morum Point, keep your eyes open for arboreal Colobus monkeys, high up in their happy place. From here, you’ll hike to Shira 1 Camp, climbing through wild shrubland, ascending to a height of 3,500 metres and glimpsing views of Kibo Peak on the way, the highest of the three volcanoes that make up Kilimanjaro. Once you’ve reached camp – and celebrated your epic hike – you’ll feast on a picnic lunch, before heading to your next stay in Arusha.


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    You’re up early to seize the day. And what a day it will be. A short morning flight from Arusha airport will take you into the heart of the Serengeti National Park, one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, teeming with two million wildebeest and hundreds of associated animals during the Great Wildebeest Migration. After landing on the park’s airstrip, you’ll transfer (read: take a mini game drive) to your scenic camp for the next two nights. En route, there’s every chance you’ll witness passing wildlife, going about its daily business, so keep your eyes peeled. Once at camp, you’ll stop for lunch under canvas, before heading out for an afternoon game drive. Dinner is back at base, under star-lit night skies.


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    Today is a full immersion into the Serengeti with morning *and* afternoon game drives. Roaming on four wheels, the anticipation will be palpable. Prides of lions, herds of elephants and towers of giraffes all call the Seregenti home. Depending on the season, you might bear witness to the Great Migration when millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles rotate between the Serengeti and Maasai Mara in search of fresh grazing. Lunch at camp divides the day before your afternoon safari. But psst: there’s one more treat in store – a surprise dinner. *You have the option to begin Day 4 with a sunrise hot air balloon over the Serengeti for an additional cost.


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    This morning takes you out of Serengeti and into the Ngorongoro Crater. But in true Flash Pack style, the journey will be studded with adventure. First, you’ll visit a Massai boma (village), where you’ll chat with the tribe as they go about their lives, tending to livestock, thatching a roof or dancing in ebullient style. Then it’s time to dip into the vast Ngorongoro Crater, formed over 2.5 million years ago, stretching 20km across and 610m deep – and regarded as one of the best places in Africa for wildlife viewing. You’ll have a picnic lunch inside the crater and digest with a nature walk around Hippo Pool – known for its noisy namesakes. After lunch, it’s back on four wheels for an afternoon game drive, followed by a short drive to your next lodge. Come evening, you’ll debrief over dinner and drinks at the end of a memorable day.

  • Day 06 Cooking with a local family

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    After breakfast, you’ll put on your walking shoes for a 2.5-hour nature excursion in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Soak up the lush landscapes as you hike through the montane forest to the picturesque Endoro Falls, which tumbles 60 meters down a series of rocky ledges. The path continues to the nearby Elephant Caves – loved by the animals for their calcium-rich walls – where you might even spot some in residence. This afternoon, you’ll head to the Karatu community, where you’ll join a local family for a hands-on cooking class. You’ll learn how to prepare some fresh local dishes before sharing the home-cooked meal together. Finish your day with dinner back at the lodge.


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    It’s time to head back to Arusha, where your journey began – but this time you’ll be heading off on a different kind of adventure. First up, you’ll stop off at Arusha Coffee Lodge, where social enterprise Shanga employs people with disabilities to create jewelry, glassware and homewares from recycled materials. It’s a great opportunity to see local crafters in action, pick up some handmade gifts and learn about traditional techniques. Enjoy lunch at the lodge, before boarding an afternoon flight to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. Crack out those flip-flops for a mosey along idyllic white sand beaches, with fronds swaying in the background and glistening blue sea on the horizon.


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    After a week of bucket-list sights, today you can explore things at your own pace: sink into a poolside lounger or take up the option of a full-day snorkeling and dolphin-watching tour at nearby Mnemba Island (for an additional cost). With its aquamarine waters and colorful coral gardens, this reef and marine reserve is home to shoals of luminous fish including blue-spotted rays, triggerfish, octopi and more. Your captain will navigate towards the best locations for dolphins, too, en route to a flavorful barbecue lunch. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not ask your Pack Leader to arrange a taxi to guidebook-gracing Nungwi Beach for a bar hop around the beach huts of this vibrant fishing village.


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    It’s your final day – and how you spend it is up to you. Perhaps you might take a taxi to Stone Town: the historical center of the island’s bustling capital, Zanzibar City. With its ornate alleys and intricately carved doorways, this 19th-century trading town and Unesco World Heritage Site was once a thriving port for the spice trade. History enthusiasts can book an optional guided walking tour (at additional cost) to learn about the history of the Sultanate and exotic spice routes. Don’t forget to ask for tips on the best places to try Zanzibarian dishes for lunch. Make sure you’re back in time for this evening’s sundowner cruise, for a chance to celebrate the trip with your fellow Flashpackers, before a final farewell dinner.


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    It’s time to bid a fond farewell to your time in this mighty African nation. Thankfully, you’ll be taking home vivid memories, wildlife-rich tales and joyful new friendships long after the sun has set on this trip of a lifetime. If you’re already feeling the holiday blues, don’t worry. There’s always another Flash Pack adventure…

Our Favorite Hotels

Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.

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Osinon Camp, Serengeti

You’ll stay at this central Serengeti base for two nights, shaded by acacia trees and visited by the area’s wildlife. Rooms are tented, walkways are lantern-lit, and group-gathering spots include a fireplace and private lounge.

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Kudu Lodge, Ngorongoro

A bar, pool and even a spa – you’ll feel immediately at home in the retreat in reach of the Ngorongoro Crater. Bungalow-style rooms have muslin-draped beds and 11-acre gardens chime with the sound of African birdlife. Time for a massage?

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Maru Maru, Zanzibar

Your characterful base in Stone Town sets you up to explore the Spice Isle’s main hub. There are coral-y beaches and markets in reach, plus a roof terrace and small pool for raising a glass to the day’s adventures. 

Important Notes

Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code

Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and fly out of Zanzibar – Abeid Amani Karume Airport International Airport (ZNZ).

What time should my flight arrive (in time for the welcome meeting)?

Before 3 pm ideally. The welcome meeting and dinner will be from 5 pm and check-in time is from 2 pm (if you would like an early check-in you will be required to book a pre-night).


What time should my flight depart on the last day?

We’d suggest booking a flight from 12pm onwards in order to leave plenty of travel time. The hotel is close to the airport but the recommendation is that you arrive at the airport three hours before your flight.

Do you include airport transfers?

If you arrive on Day 1 of your adventure, or you book pre-tour accommodation with us, your airport arrival transfer will be included. If you book alternative pre-tour accommodation or are arriving by another mode of transport you must arrange your own arrival transfer.

Arrival transfers are private to Flash Pack and will be in groups depending on flight times. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived.

Departure transfers are not included, however your Pack Leader will be on hand to help arrange a taxi to Zanzibar Airport.

Are tips included?

Please note that tips are not included in the cost of this adventure. Suggested amounts per person are:

  • Pack Leader: 7-10 USD per day
  • Driver: 5-7 USD per day
  • Local tips: your Pack Leader will be able to advise on how much to tip local guides, porters, waiters, etc. Some Pack Leaders will collect a tipping kitty at the welcome meeting to take care of local tips.

However, all tips are at your discretion depending on what you feel comfortable with.

Do I need a visa?

You will need a visa to enter Tanzania, which you can apply for on the Tanzanian government website:  https://visa.immigration.go.tz.

Visitors from the UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand and Canada can also get a single entry tourist visa on arrival at the airport in Tanzania.

If you are a US national, you must apply for a multiple entry visa in advance as you are not entitled to enter with a single entry visa. Please check the visa guidelines provided by the Tanzanian government for additional information https://visa.immigration.go.tz/guidelines.

We recommend that you have at least six months validity remaining on your passport and can show a return ticket.

How much should I budget per day for extras?

Approximately between 10 – 20 USD per day.

Do I need to book the hot air balloon safari in advance?

On Day 4, there is the option to take part in a sunrise hot air balloon safari. The cost for this is 600 USD.

If you would like to sign up for this, please contact our sales teams before departure so they can add it to your booking.

By making a reservation with us, we can ensure that you secure a spot. While it may be possible to book on-site at a different rate, we cannot guarantee availability.

What fitness levels do I need for this trip?

The most challenging activity is the scenic hike on Mount Kilimanjaro, which takes around 3.5 hours to complete. The trail from Morum Point to Shira 1 Camp undulates up and down valleys and requires a good level of fitness.

We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions.

Will the itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.


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