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Explore Kilimanjaro's Majesty: 2-Day Adventure to Shira Plateau

Plan on a thrilling 2-day, 1-night trek through the enchanting Mount Kilimanjaro to reach the awe-inspiring Shira Plateau. This expedition promises an exhilarating journey to lofty heights, providing a unique perspective on the colossal Mount Kilimanjaro, a distinguished World Heritage Site. Our adventure begins at Londorosi gate and Morum hill, guiding you through a mesmerizing landscape for a memorable 2-day escapade.

While wildlife sightings may be limited, Shira Plateau is home to unique inhabitants, including the Black and White Colobus Monkey, herds of buffalo, smaller gazelles, bushbuck, and evidence of larger animals like eland and elephant at higher elevations. Mount Kilimanjaro's Shira Plateau stands out as one of the world's most captivating high-altitude regions. Immerse yourself in the exploration of its ridges, moorlands, and breathtaking landscapes shaped by ancient lava flows from the active volcano.

Shira Plateau's expansive rocky terrain offers a glimpse into the mountain's volcanic past and provides a panoramic view of the perpetually snow-capped summit—the highest free-standing peak in Africa. A climb on Kilimanjaro's Shira Plateau is a testament to your conquest of this majestic mountain.

Trip Highlights:

  • Nature's Wonders: Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and unique ecosystems.
  • Cultural Encounter: Experience the rich culture and traditions of the local people.
  • Fauna and Flora: Discover the fascinating habit and habitat of the plateau's flora and fauna.
  • 100% Guaranteed Availability: Secure your spot now for an unforgettable adventure!"

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Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha - Mount Kilimanjaro (Shira Plateau Ascent to 3,504 Meters)

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your Arusha hotel. At 0700hrs, our team will pick you up and transport you to the Londorosi Gate on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Here, registration and weighing procedures will be completed, and we will obtain the necessary permits.

From the gate, a short drive through the park's rugged roads will take us to Morum Hill Gate at 3400m/11155ft, marking the beginning of your trek. Accompanied by our experienced crew (the number depends on the size of the group), you'll traverse the moorland and heather vegetation, heading eastward. The route takes you across ridges and valleys, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

A well-deserved lunch break is scheduled along the way. The trek continues to Shira One camp, situated at an elevation of 3504m/11496ft. This camp is the perfect spot for dinner and an overnight stay. For those seeking additional adventure, easy walks from Shira One to nearby viewpoints, such as Shira Peak, are recommended. Capture awe-inspiring pictures of the towering Kilimanjaro before settling in for the night.

Day 2: Kilimanjaro Shira Plateau – Return to Arusha or JRO Airport

In the predawn hours, Mount Kilimanjaro may reveal itself, shedding mist to unveil its majestic snow-capped peak. Take advantage of this moment to capture memorable photos. Following breakfast at Shira One, commence your descent around 0700hrs. Trek for approximately an hour to reach your transfer vehicle, which awaits to transport you.
Embark on a scenic three-hour drive to Kilimanjaro Airport or a two-hour journey to Arusha for the conclusion of your adventure with Kilinge Adventures. Your Kilimanjaro Shira Plateau expedition concludes, leaving you with cherished memories and a sense of accomplishment.

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Detailed 1 Day Kilimanjaro Climb Shira Plateau - Cathedral Point Expedition

Plan on an unforgettable journey to Cathedral Point on the Shira Plateau, located at 3962m on Kilimanjaro's Shira Route. This area, boasting an elevation of 3962m, is the ancient peak of Kilimanjaro and stands as a testament to the mountain's geological history.
The Shira Plateau is renowned for its captivating landscapes, offering an adventurous terrain with ridges and moors that beckon exploration. Shaped by the ancient lava flows from Mount Kilimanjaro during its active volcanic phase, the plateau provides a unique glimpse into the mountain's past. Immerse yourself in the diverse ecosystems of this spectacular mountain and enjoy breathtaking views of the perpetually snow-capped peak, proudly holding the title of the world's tallest free-standing mountain.

ITINERARY FOR SHIRA ROUTE KILIMANJARO CATHEDRAL POINT DAY HIKE

  • Plan on an early morning adventure from your hotel in Moshi/Arusha, driving to the west side of Kilimanjaro.
    Traverse the lush agricultural landscape at the mountain's foothills, reaching the Londorosi gate after necessary check-ins. The journey then leads you through the native montane rainforest, a habitat for diverse wildlife and birds. Guided by an experienced team of guides, rangers, and drivers, be on the lookout for colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, velvet monkeys, and a variety of bird species.
  • Proceed to the Murum Barrier at 3400m, the starting point for the trek to Cathedral Point Summit.
    The 3-hour hike unfolds with panoramic views of the Shira Plateau, the majestic peak of Kilimanjaro, and ultimately, the summit of Shira Cathedral. The Shira Plateau unveils the remnants of an ancient caldera, a volcanic crater that became dormant approximately half a million years ago, earning its designation as a World Heritage Site. As the day draws to a close, trekkers descend to the Murum Barrier Gate, where awaiting vehicles transport them back to their accommodations in Moshi/Arusha. This day-long adventure promises not only a glimpse into Kilimanjaro's geological wonders but also a thrilling and immersive experience in its natural splendor.

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Maasai Cultural Experience Day Tour

The culture is a distinctive character of this fascinating ancestry group of noble people (Maasai) with beautiful and interesting stories every visitor would never want to miss through Maasai Cultural day trip.

Unlike many other tribes in Tanzania, the Maasai are semi-nomadic pastoralists inhabiting northern Tanzania. They live by herding cattle and goats and still exist on a diet of milk, blood, and meat. Nowadays, it is becoming very common in places for the Maasai to supplement their diet with grain.

The Maasai Cultural Villages are a good stop for anyone wanting to spend a day/ night in an authentically constructed Maasai boma or learn about Maasai traditions. You should know that the Maasai have not fared well in modern Africa. They still make their homes in circular enclosures protected by thorny makeshift fences keeping their cattle at the center of the ‘BOMA’ (home).

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Materuni Waterfalls Day Trip Overview

This very remarkable Waterfall, is one of the tallest in the area, spewing crystal clear glacier water 70m into its basin. The lovely and attractive path leading to Materuni Waterfalls day trip is located 2500m above sea level

It crosses through valleys and hills covered by tropical rainforest, past coffee, banana and avocado “shambas”, the Kiswahili word for farms. On a clear day, great views of Kibo and Moshi town can be seen. The hike to the base of the Waterfall can be demanding at some point and hiking boots are recommended especially during wet seasons. As this trip is so close to Moshi town it is ideal for those people with limited time but who would still like to see some of the nature and beauty that this region of Tanzania has to offer.

Materuni is one of the few villages of wonder in Northern Tanzania sitting at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The village is blessed with full of all the beauty worth much visiting for holiday, week-end outing or vacation. While in the village, scenic view of Moshi Town and Mount Kilimanjaro is astonishing. This green village with fresh air from green vegetation welcomes visitors to explore the beauty of the land and cultural heritage of the Chagga people.

A cultural experience such as banana beer brewed or coffee roasted in a traditional way can be added to your hike.

A Day at Materuni

In the morning, our guide will collect you from your hotel in Moshi and take you to Materuni, a village that is very beautified by an impressive waterfall. Through your hike walk down the Materuni base, you will have a chance to pass through the valleys and hills covered by tropical rainforest, banana and avocado farms. The village is blessed with full of all the beauty worth much visiting for holiday, week-end outing or vacation.

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Chemka / Kikuletwa Hot spring Day Tour - Short Safari 2023

This is probably the best place to swim in Moshi. Emanating from within the earth, the geo-thermally warmed water is constantly renewed and is therefore very fresh and clear and clean. It’s a very pleasant place to spend a couple of hours with family and friends, or to relax before or after a climb or safari. Many of our clients have had at least 5 hours for this excursion after some tremendous tiresome days in the wilderness and they all enjoyed it.

The Chemka / Kikuletwa Hot Spring is an oasis in the hinterland of the Kilimanjaro region, 1-2 hours drive from Moshi town. At these restful underground springs with the crystal-clear water, you can enjoy the perfect breather after a strenuous Kilimanjaro climb or adventurous wilderness safari. But also for day trippers, they are an ideal destination for a total peaceful mind rest. For both old and young, the Chemka Hot Springs invite you to linger, swim and explore its amazing natural waters. The pond is very deep, in some places up to 10 meters, but the water is so clear that you can see the bottom well all the time. On the shore under lush trees you can camp, enjoy your snacks or soak up the sun while enjoying this wonderful weather.

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Hadzabe Cultural Day Trip Tour

Hadzabe Cultural Day Trip tour offers you a unique opportunity to visit the traditional homeland of the Hadzabe (or Hadza) peoples, one of the last surviving hunter-gatherer tribes in the world, and to meet their neighbors, the Datoga peoples.

They grow no food, raise no livestock, and live without rules or calendars. They are living a hunter-gatherer existence that is little changed from 10,000 years ago. What do they know that we’ve forgotten?

A Tanzania Cultural Experience

The Hadzabe tribe of Tanzania is the last true nomadic tribe of Africa. Kilinge Adventures can take you on an amazing adventure with the Hadzas. You will join the men as they hunt for their daily subsidence using traditional bow and arrows, or join the women as they forage for fruits and berries. This is not a show or a “tourist put on”. This is the real deal. A true Tanzania cultural tour experience, not for the faint of heart.

The Hadza

About one hour’s drive south west of Karatu (on the outskirts of the Ngorongoro Crater), lays Lake Eyasi, one of the rift valley lakes that are situated in Tanzania. It is a shallow seasonal lake that fills with water after rains and subsequently playing host to a myriad of bird species and providing water for the Hadzabe Bushmen tribe. The Hadza are the last functioning hunter-gatherers in Africa. Their language is similar to the Southern Africa’s Bushmen who speak the click language and their language is believed to still have the clicks and pops like no other “click language” up to the now. It is believed that about 10000 years ago the more hostile tribes of the Maasai and Iraqw (Mbulu), displaced this small African Bushman tribe from the Ngorongoro Crater and the Crater highland forests and they settled to their present day land around Lake Eyasi. The tribe is comprised of very few inhabitants of the Lake Eyasi area; estimated at about just one thousand. These African Bushmen do not rear cattle or produce farm produce at any time and rely fully on hunting and gathering of fruits and berries for their up keep. With their strong bows whose string is made out of giraffe tendons they are able to bring down small animals like dik diks, baboons, monkeys, large and small birds, to large game animals like zebras, giraffes, and buffaloes. The arrows are treated with a poison extracted from a tree well known to them.

Foraging

Hadza men usually forage individually, and during the course of day usually feed themselves while foraging, and also bring home some honey, fruit, or wild game when available. Women forage in larger parties, and usually bring home berries, baobab fruit, and tubers, depending on availability. Men and women also forage co-operatively for honey and fruit, and at least one adult male will usually accompany a group of foraging women. During the wet season, the diet is composed mostly of honey, some fruit, tubers, and occasional meat. The contribution of meat to the diet increases in the dry season, when game becomes concentrated around sources of water. During this time, men often hunt in pairs, and spend entire nights lying in wait by waterholes, hoping to shoot animals that approach for a night-time drink, with bows and arrows treated with poison. The poison is made of the branches of the shrub Adenium coetaneum.

The use of trees and plants

One of their ancient skills is how to make fire from rubbing some wood, the Commiphora tree. Other uses of some trees include using the same Commiphora tree to extract the sap that is believed to be a mosquito repellent. They use the Sansaveria tree to make a snake bite cure and the aloe vera is used by the African Bushman as a treatment for cut wounds. The Baobab fruits are used for making a nice drink. What has kept the Hadza at the same place for so long is believed to be they habit of not using calendars and not counting time. The Hadzabe Bushmen are said to use only the different stages of the moon to count time. They do not own belongings other than what they need for survival like the bows and arrows and some pots for cooking. These hospitable tribal men are equal and there is no one superior to the other in their society.

Contact us either for this amazing Hadzabe Tribe Day tour or multi-day customizable tours which includes Lake Eyasi as one of the days in the itinerary.

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LAKE CHALA DAY TOUR

Lake Chala day trip is a full day of canoeing, fishing and walking safari.

Chala also known as Dschalla, is crater in caldera on the Borders of Kenya and Tanzania on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro, 8km north of Taveta and 55 kms from the town of Moshi. Depending on the time of year, it ranges in color from deep blue to turquoise and green, it is surrounded by a 100 meters high crater rim. The lake is fed by groundwater flows, which come from Mount Kilimanjaro, fed and drained underground with a rate of about 10 million m³ / year. Even the Chala loses volume. Its level had dropped in the last 6 years, by 2.4 meters; at the start of 2011 the water level has risen again by over 1 meter. Now days its possible to stay and swim in this lakes.

Main Activities for Lake Chala day trip includes Canoeing, Walking safaris and Fishing

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