Hiking up to 4 miles; about 3 hours; elevation gain/loss of approximately 650 feet. Driving approximately 30 minutes; about 10 miles.
At the lodge, we’ll enjoy a buffet featuring cold cereals, fresh fruit, breads, and yogurt, with eggs cooked to order, plus milk, fruit juice, coffee, tea, water included.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Post-Program Option: Stay on after the program to experience more with extension program 23463: “Three Wildlife Safaris in Tanzania,” featuring 6 nights of accommodation in comfortable, tented-room safari lodges, extensive game drives to see extraordinary wildlife, and the captivating natural beauty of Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti. If you wish to enroll in this optional extension program, please contact Road Scholar Participant Services at 800-454-5768. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following orientation, we will board our 4x4 vehicles for a short drive to our hiking destination, where we will walk along the outskirts of Arusha National Park in the company of our Group Leader. The hike will allow us to stretch our legs after the long travel, getting us ready for the trek starting tomorrow. We will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery as our Group Leader points out the various flora and fauna that we see. We will also pass through several local villages, giving us a glimpse into rural life in the area. The villages are a mix of various local cultures, including Maasai, Wagakuria, and Chaga. We will return to the lodge in the late morning, in time for lunch.
We will enjoy lunch at the lodge, including water.
We will have the opportunity to visit one of the schools near the lodge, meet with the students and teachers, and learn about the educational system in the area. Back at the lodge, our Group Leader will lead a thorough check of our gear for the Kilimanjaro trek, as well as conduct a briefing on the trek itself including what to expect. We will also receive tips on the best way to pack our bags and suggestions on gear selection to carry in our day packs.
At the lodge, dinner will be a 3-course, set menu meal with options to choose for the main course; bottled water included, with additional beverages available for purchase.
After we prepare our gear for the start of the hike tomorrow, the remainder of the evening will be at leisure to get some good rest.