2025 Mt. Kilimanjaro Race, Serengeti Safari and Hike

Due to popular demand, Dream Travel is proud to announce its ninth tour to the enchanted country of Tanzania for what is sure to be a trip of a lifetime!  We sold out in 2024 and demand is high again, so we’re happy to say that we’re offering this escorted trip again for 2025!

This is the bucket list trip that everyone wants to do, but like in 2024, we will sell out so book early to avoid disappointment as we won’t offer it again until 2027!

Many dream about going to Africa but worry about safety, finances or finding the time.  We’re here to tell you that Tanzania is extremely safe, less expensive than you may think and if you can’t find the time to live your life now, when will you?

This is your opportunity to go on a trip of a lifetime that you won’t ever forget, all the the while being in a safe, group environment with English-speaking guides, professional drivers, cooks and porters to take care of you each and every day!  As well, this will be a Dream Travel escorted trip meaning that we’ll have a rep on site in Tanzania!

Spend 5 nights, 6 days on Mt. Kilimanjaro with porters, cooks, guides and private, flush toilets! Enjoy a three night, four day lodge safari on the Serengeti to see the Great Zebra and Wildebeest Migration, head into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater to see the Big Five and visit a Masai tribe!  And if you’re up for it, compete in a race around the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro!  And all this in a safe, group atmosphere brought to you and escorted by Dream Travel!

Are you still not sure you want to reward yourself with a trip that you deserve?  Uncertain if you could hike up Kilimanjaro?  Maybe you have never been to Africa and wonder if it’s something you’d enjoy? If you have questions about this trip, then join Dream Travel for a free Zoom meeting where we will discuss the entire trip and answer any of your questions. Contact us for more details.

Travel dates will be finalized in May or thereabouts once the marathon has confirmed their official date.  However, expect the trip to take place over two weeks between the middle of February and the middle of March.  It’s most-likely that we will sell out before the announcement of our official travel dates.

General Information

Where: Tanzania
Date: The official dates of this trip will be announced in May of 2024, but the tour will most-likely be two weeks between the middle of  February and the middle of March, depending on when the race is scheduled.

Deposit and Final Payment

Your initial deposit of $250 can only be taken in CAD, will be collected from Race Roster and converted to USD and applied to your package. All other payments will be collected by Dream Travel in USD.

A second deposit equal to 50% of your package amount is required by May 1st, 2024.

Final payment must be made no later than October 1, 2024.

Deposits and packages are non-refundable without insurance.


All Packages Include

    • Airport pickup and drop off in Tanzania at the JRO Kilimanjaro Airport
    • Group dinner on Day 1 and Day 14
    • English speaking guides
    • Hotel and Safari Lodges based on double occupancy
    • A total of 5 nights at the Honey Badger Lodge, breakfast included
    • 5 nights / 6 days hike up the Machame Route on Mt. Kilimanjaro, camping fees, all meals on the hike, transfers to and from the gate, guides and porters, tents, sleeping bags and mattresses.
    • 3 nights / 4 days Lodge Safari with all meals included
    • 4×4 vehicle with game viewing hatches during the safari with a driver / English speaking guide
    • Park / Camp fees and game viewing
    • Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater visit
    • Race entry into the event of your choice (5K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon)
    • Taxes

    *Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Single Occupancy is additional

What’s Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Visas, travel insurance and health requirements
  • Meals not stated
  • Drinks
  • Tips* and items of a personal nature
  • Activities/Services not specified

*tips are mandatory for both the Kilimanjaro hike and the safari as porters, guides, drivers and cooks will be taking care of you the entire time.  Additional details below under FAQs

Vaccinations and Medications

There are no required vaccinations, however please visit your Traveler’s Health Clinic or your family doctor to see what they recommend.  Please note that the Yellow Fever vaccination (or an exemption card) is sometimes required to land in Tanzania, but we will let you know if that is the case.

TwinRX (Hep A & B) and Typhoid are highly recommended.
Diamox or similar is typically recommended to prevent altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro

You can watch this page for updates.

Requirements may change and ultimately it is up to each traveler to know what entry requirements are in place.

Mt. Kilimanjaro 5K, Half and Full Marathon

It is not required that you run one of the distances if you don’t want to, however, you may also consider walking an event so that you can be a part of the experience!  People of all abilities have taken part in this exciting race weekend.

Zanzibar Add On

Interested in visiting Stone Town on the Spice Island?  We’ll post an optional, add on side trip to Zanzibar around June so plan on adding another few days to your trip to relax on the beach after the main itinerary!

Serengeti Safari and Kilimanjaro Hike Tips

It is customary to tip the Kilimanjaro guides and porters after the hike and again the guides of the safari as the porters, chef, guides, drivers and crew work very hard and for minimum wage. The main guide for both the hike and the safari will divvy up your tip money to their staff.

During the hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro, porters will carry everything up the mountain other than your daypack. That includes, but is not limited to, your gear, sleeping bags and mattresses, tents, food, water, chairs, tables, toilets, medical gear and much, much more. A chef and his staff will cook fresh meals every day as well.

Tips on Kilimanjaro should be between US200 and US300 per person.
Tips for the safari should be between US100 and US150 per person.


Anyone planning on hiking Kilimanjaro or going to Zanzibar must have medical travel insurance as it is a mandatory requirement set by the country of Tanzania.

Our group ManuLife Travel Insurance Packages includes the following:

  • Trip cancellation
  • Trip interruption
  • Full medical
  • Baggage

Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage is also available through the link below but only if the insurance is purchased within 72 hours of placing your initial deposit.

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Prices are in USD and include all taxes and fees listed in the inclusions.
Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Single rates available.
Airfare not included in packages.
Tips for the Serengeti Safari and Kilimanjaro hike are not included.


DAY 1 – Exact dates to be added in May once the marathon date has been set by the organizers.

Depart for Tanzania and your Great African Adventure!


Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania (KIA) and be greeted by a driver who will transfer you from the airport to the Honey Badger Lodge.

The Honey Badger Lodge is situated close to Mt Kilimanjaro and hence offers amazing views of the mountain! Off the beaten path and in a quiet suburb but still a short taxi ride into the town of Moshi, the Honey Badger Lodge offers a quiet escape and is equipped with a pool, bar, restaurant and landscaped grounds.  You’ll be using the same property throughout the trip which will make it easier with regards to leaving unneeded luggage while on Kilimanjaro or during the safari.

We will have our official group Welcome Dinner which is included.

Overnight at the Honey Badger Lodge.

DAY 3 – Hike Day 1

Machame Gate (1490m) to Machame Camp (2980m)
Hiking time: +/- 7 hours
Habitat: Mountain Forest

The Machame Route is arguably the best route as it has the best scenery and maximizes the time and options available for hiking while allowing for a more leisurely pace.

The nights are spent camping and we provide top mountain guides, porters and cooks to look after you.  Camping equipment is provided and is carried by the porters.  There are no shower/bath facilities while doing the hike, however we will have private, sit down flush toilets!

After a hearty breakfast your guides will come to collect you and you will drive from the lodge to Machame village gate (although you may have to walk to the gate depending on the road conditions). After registering at the gate, you will begin by entering the rain forest.

You will have a welcome packed lunch stop about halfway and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. The crew will set everything out at your campsite and all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

All meals included today but you may want to bring your own snacks.

DAY 4 – Hike Day 2

Machame Camp (2980m) to Shira Camp (3840m)
Hiking time: +/- 6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

After an early breakfast you will climb for an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you will continue up a rocky ridge onto the stunning Shira plateau, due west of Kibo, from which you will be able to see
the breathtaking glaciers. After a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3,840m. The climbing crew will provide you with a tasty meal and you will then have plenty of time to sit back and relax.

All meals included today but you may want to bring your own snacks.

DAY 5 – Hike Day 3

Shira Camp (2980m) to Lava Tower (4630m) to Barranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking time: +/- 7 hours
Habitat: Semi-Desert

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. After lunch you will climb a rocky scree path to the Lava Tower (4630m). This five hour walk will probably be your hardest day so far and some climbers may begin to feel the altitude. However our experienced team will coach you through the symptoms and provide you with all the advice and
support you need.

After lunch you descend again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area, whilst it may seem illogical to be going down at this point, you will quickly appreciate its true acclimatization benefit.

This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley
below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.

All meals included today but you may want to bring your own snacks.

DAY 6 – Hike Day 4

Barranco Camp (3950m) to Barafu Camp  (4550m)
Hiking time: +/- 9 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Your day begins by tackling the awesome obstacle of the Great Barranco Wall. Whilst initially an imposing site, its climb is invariably easier than anticipated. You will quickly appreciate how beautiful the mighty Kilimanjaro is when you reach the bottom of the Heim Glacier. You will then head down to the Karanga Valley. From there you will make your way over the ridges and valleys, and join up with the Mweka route. After another hour or so, you reach Barafu (Swahili for Ice) Hut.

This camp gives you a real experience of the icy elements. The camp is exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony ridge. You will appreciate your warm and cozy sleeping bags on this night! The summit is now only a further 1,345m up and you will make the final
ascent the same night. The team will help you to prepare your equipment and clothing for your summit attempt. You will go to bed at about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

All meals included today but you may want to bring your own snacks.

DAY 7 – Hike Day 5

Barafu Camp (4550m) to Uhuru Peak  (5895m) to Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: +/- 16 hours
Habitat: Stone Scree and Ice-Capped Summit

At about 23h30 you will be awoken to some tea and biscuits and will make a move into the night. You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. Many climbers find this 6-hour walk to Stella point the most mentally and physically
challenging aspect of the climb. At Stella Point (5,685m) your efforts will be rewarded with a short rest and the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, the
highest point in Africa and achievement you will remember for the rest of your life.

The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3,100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. Here you will rest and feel proud of your achievement.

All meals included today but you may want to bring your own snacks.

DAY 8 – Hike Day 6

Barafu Camp (4550m) to Uhuru Peak  (5895m) to Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: +/- 16 hours
Habitat: Stone Scree and Ice-Capped Summit

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate where you will receive your certificates; those climbers who reached Stella Point (5,685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5,895m) receive gold certificates. You will be picked up and brought back to the Lodge for a warm welcome, a cold
celebratory drink and a hearty meal.

All meals included today but you may want to bring your own snacks.

Kilimanjaro – Important Note


If you interrupt your climb, for whatever reason (illness, through choice, bad weather etc) and return from the mountain early, then you will be liable for extra transport and additional hotel nights, meals etc. No climbing fees and related costs will be refunded.  These additional amounts must be settled with the hotel prior to departing Moshi.

Prior to departure, you will need to pack the bulk of your clothing and gear into a large rucksack or duffel bag which will be carried by the crew. Note, no bag on Kilimanjaro (irrespective of who carries it) should weigh more than 15 kg and will be weighed at the gate). Clients will carry a smaller backpack or day-pack with key items of clothing and personal effects.

DAY 9 – Rest Day

Today is a day of rest and recovery to sit poolside with a cold drink, or if you’re up for it, head into Moshi for some souvenir shopping and lunch.

Dream Travel has donated a year’s worth of meals to an entire school of 370 children. just down the street from our host hotel.  Join us in visiting the school, meeting the children and getting a glimpse of real life for the youth of Tanzania.  We will not ask for any donations from you, but if you are wanting to bring school supplies to help out, or donate meals, let us know and we’ll let you know how.

Breakfast is included today.

DAY 10 – Race Day

For those of you running the 5K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon, you will be boarded a bus that will depart at 4:30AM sharp as roads will be closed by 5AM. Transport will take you to the race start and also back to the Honey Badger Lodge after the event.

Breakfast is included today.

Race Information

All races start at Moshi Stadium. Both the Half and the Full marathon have a 10K hill that will offer views of Kilimanjaro and there are plenty of well-wishers along the road.  The uphill climb is gradual, but with Kilimanjaro towering above and all the local villagers out to cheer you on, the time passes quickly.  The turnaround point marks approximately 10KM and the last section is a fast-downhill run back towards the stadium.  Regular water tables as well as “sponging points” and the odd “shower” keep you refreshed and cool along the entire route.

DAY 11 – Safari Day 1

After breakfast, your Guide will collect you at Honey Badger Lodge and your safari will commence. You will drive from Moshi to Manyara National Park. This takes approximately 4 hours. After enjoying a picnic lunch, you will go on the first game drive of your safari and in this park; the afternoon is the best time to view animals. Frequently seen in Lake Manyara National Park are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, warthogs among many others. Before dark you shall return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

All meals are included today.

Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of Acacia trees six to seven meters above the ground.  Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is noted for its incredible beauty.  As visitors enter the gate they pass into the lush forest, home to troops of baboons and both blue and velvet monkeys.  Further along, the forest opens up into woodlands, grassland, swamps and, beyond, the soda lake itself covering, 200 square kilometers and sanctuary to over 400 species of bird including flamingo, pelican, stork, sacred ibis, cormorant, and Egyptian goose.  The park is particularly noted for its huge herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as giraffe, hippo, reedbuck, warthog, wildebeest, zebra and a great variety of smaller animals.

DAY 12 – Safari Day 2

After breakfast, drive down into Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a half day game drive. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to see the rare black rhino in Africa, not to mention the prides of lion and the magnificent
black-mane lions. There are lots of colorful flamingos and the variety of water birds. In the crater you are also likely to see leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, many members of the antelope family, and small mammals of all sorts. After the game drive you will transit to central Serengeti where you will spend the night.

All meals are included today.

The Ngorongoro Crater, at 2,286 metres above sea level, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610 metres from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre measures 19.2 kilometres in diameter and 304²km in area. It is home to up to 30,000 animals, almost half being wildebeest and zebra. Buffalo, elephant, hippo, hyena, jackal, lion, ostrich, several, warthog, bushbuck, eland, hartebeest, reedbuck, waterbuck and huge herds of both Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle are easily seen on the crater floor. Thanks to anti-poaching patrols, the crater is now one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can be certain of seeing black rhino, with the number now approaching 25. Leopard may occasionally be seen in the trees of the forest surrounding the crater while cheetahs are also present. Countless flamingo form a pink blanket over the soda lakes while more than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti have been spotted. The crater, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8,300²km.

DAY 13 – Safari Day 3

On this day you will enjoy a game drive within central Serengeti. The park has the amazing landscape that earned it the Maasai name Serengeti – Endless Plains. In the evening, enjoy a game drive in the Serengeti. Again this is a great time to view game – particularly the carnivores as this is their favorite time to hunt. Before dark you shall return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

All meals are included today.

The Serengeti National Park is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Masai language, and within its boundaries are more than three million large mammals. About 35 species of plains animals may be seen here, including the so-called “big seven” – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah and African hunting dog. The black rhino population of the Serengeti has developed well in recent years thanks to constant surveillance. Other animals frequently seen in the Serengeti include baboon, caracal, civet, bat-eared fox, genet, giraffe, hippo, honey badger, hyrax, mongoose, ostrich, several, both Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, velvet monkey and some 20 types of antelope including hartebeest, impala, kudu, reedbuck, roan, topi, waterbuck and the much smaller dik dik, duiker, klipspringer and oribi. There is, of course, also a profusion of birdlife. Over 500 species including bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds.

DAY 14 – Safari Day 4

After breakfast you will drive to Tarangire National Park. The transit will take approximately 2 hours. Tarangire National Park is spectacular in any season and many of the migratory wildlife species can be found at the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands and Oryx gather until the onset of the rain, when they migrate again to good grazing areas. In the evening before dark you will be driven back to Honey Badger Lodge for a farewell group dinner and overnight stay.

All meals are included today.

DAY 15 – End of Tour

Today is the day that you either head back to Canada, or hopefully head over to Zanzibar for some beach time!

Breakfast is included today.

*IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE SAFARI:  The itinerary may change due to weather and animal migration patterns. If we change the itinerary, it’s so that we see more animals and create a better experience for you!

Situated in a rural community, the Honey Badger Lodge offers breath-taking views of Mt Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa).

FAQ’s  Frequently Asked Questions

I really want to go but am thinking that next year may be better for me.  Is there going to be a difference?
We will not offer this trip in 2026 as we offered it in 2024 and now again in 2025. As well, please keep in mind that most years the prices have risen and will continue to do so, although for 2025 we’re pleased to say they stayed the same.  And, due to warmer weather, the Snows of Kilimanjaro are quickly dissipating, and, it is also affecting the great zebra and wildebeest migration.  This said, tours to Tanzania are expected to double in price over the next few years.  

Do I require vaccinations?
At the moment, nothing is required. If that changes, we will let you know. However, you should check with your local Traveler’s Health Clinic or your family doctor for other recommended vaccinations.  Typically the TwinRX Hep A and B vaccinations are recommended.

 Is it safe in Tanzania?
Tanzania is very safe!  The people are very friendly and warm and you shouldn’t ever feel uncomfortable especially considering you will be in a group setting.

Can anyone hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro?
We have seen children as young as 10 (minimum age) hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro and people late into their 80’s.   That said, this is a very individual thing as everyone reacts differently to long hiking distances and altitude (see medication recommendation above to help with that).  We will explain more during the Zoom meetings.

How fit do I need to be to hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro?
This is a difficult question to answer as it’s not just about fitness. Some days the hike is long, but it is never fast, it’s always “pole pole” (pronounced pole-y, pole-y) which means “slowly slowly”.  We have had clients of all fitness levels hike up Kilimanjaro, but obviously the more fit you are, the easier it will be.

Is the hike up Kilimanjaro difficult?
It is said that if you can run or walk a half marathon then you can hike up Kilimanjaro.  Some would agree with that and others would not.  The most difficult part is the lack of oxygen near the top and the affects that has on some people (upset stomach, puffiness in the face) and the long hike each day.  Take a close look at the itinerary page to read over the distance covered per day.  We have escorted and sent many people since 2004 and of all ages and every single person has made it to the last camp that chose to.  From the last camp everyone has the option to summit or stay in camp.

Will I see many animals on the safari?
Oh yes!  Although the amount of animals you will see on the safari depends on the previous amount of rainfall, we will drive deep into the Serengeti to do our best to find the great zebra and wildebeest migration.  Every time we have visited since 2004 we have easily found it and witnessed more than animals than one could imagine.

Can I travel for less time than what is stated on the itinerary?
Due to the nature of this event, that would be difficult but not necessarily impossible.  We can price out a custom built package for you at your request.

Is airfare included and may I book using points?
Airfare is not included in the packages.

Why is tipping mandatory?
Once you’re on Mt. Kilimanjaro and you watch porters haul up all your gear (with the exception of your day pack), chairs, tents, food, water, private flush toilets and everything else you require to be comfortable for the better part of a week, you’ll understand. Porters work for minimum wage and work very hard for you to make sure you have a fantastic trip.  The same goes for the safari.

How much should I tip?
Total recommended  tips for the safari should be between US100 – US150.
Total recommended tips for Kilimanjaro should be between US250 and US300

Can I pay the tips in advance?
You’re not able to pay it in advance as you’ll be giving cash directly to the guides so that they can divvy up the money properly.

How much money should I bring and are there ATM’s?
There are plenty of ATM’s where we are traveling to, however, we recommend you bring enough USD for the tips for the safari and hike and an extra $50 to $100 in small bills for restaurants, drivers, etc.

What should I pack?
Dream Travel will provide a recommended list of items to bring.

 Are these prices in CAD or USD?

What’s the weather like?
Average January temperatures in Moshi and Arusha are +30 degrees Celsius.  Weather on Mt Kilimanjaro varies from hot and sunny to snowing and cold.

Do the lodges have air conditioning?
The lodges have fans instead of AC as otherwise it’s very costly for the properties. Some hotels and lodges report having AC units, but they either don’t work or won’t work as the Tanzania government has controlled power meaning that they shut power off about 50% of the time. That said, while on safari you’ll find it chilly at night and it is not required.

I hate bugs!  Are there a lot to deal with?
Surprisingly enough, there are very few.  The majority of the bugs you will see are flies and you won’t encounter many.

What is the food like on this trip?
The food on the safari and climb is all made fresh each day and most people rave about how good it is!  There are vegetarian and vegan options, plenty of fruit and veggies as well as high carb foods like pasta and rice.  You’ll have the option to eat at the occasional restaurant and there are supermarkets and convenience stores available.

I’m traveling solo – can you assist me with finding a roommate to save money?
We can assist you with finding a suitable roommate but unfortunately we can’t guarantee one.

Do I need special gear to hike up Kilimanjaro?
Not at all.  You do need a good pair of hiking shoes/boots that have been broken in, then proper clothing. Nothing else is required as it’s not a technical climb, it’s a hike.

Can I rent poles, jackets, etc for the hike instead of bringing the from home?
Absolutely. Dream Travel will provide a list of items available to rent and their prices.

May I bring my children?
You may, and depending on their age, there will be receive a discounted price. The minimum age to hike up Kilimanjaro is 10.

Cancellation Information

Those that purchased cancellation insurance may place a claim for the entire amount of their deposit(s) and/or payment(s) assuming that they are cancelling for insurable reasons.  Those that have Cancel For Any Reason coverage do not need to have an insurable reason to cancel, but may not be entitled to receive a 100% refund.

As we have to order park and hike permits and more as soon as you book with us to secure your space, the following non-refundable cancellation fees will apply:
-$250 for cancellations up until May 1, 2024
-50% of your package amount for cancellations from May 2, 2024 – 120 days prior to departure
-100% of package amount for cancellations 119 days or less, prior to departure

Contact Dream Travel

If you have any questions about the 2025 Mt. Kilimanjaro Race, Safari and Hike or our packages, please contact Dream Travel at [email protected] or (877) 601-7275.