I’m planning a 2-week Kilimanjaro / Safari trek for September-October 2019. Our dates are fairly rigid: we would depart the US on Saturday, September 21, and need to be back home by Sunday, October 6.
Rough itinerary would be:
- Day 1: Depart JFK Saturday afternoon
- Day 2: Arrive Amsterdam early Sunday, fly to JRO via KLM, arrive JRO Sunday evening.
- Days 3-9: Kili climb
- Days 11-13: Safari
- Day 14: Safari / depart JRO on Friday evening.
- Day 15: Depart Amsterdam Saturday morning and arrive JFK Saturday afternoon.
So that’s only a 4 day / 3 night safari, but that seems like the most I can squeeze in while allowing for travel days and 7 days for Lemosho route. Thoughts?
Next, how soon should I book? I’m hesitant to book the climb or safari until we get our airfare squared away, but most airlines don’t book more than a year out. So should I wait until closer to September 2018 to really start the serious planning?
I think we’ll most likely end up flying something to Amsterdam to pick up a KLM direct flight from there to JRO. I hear that’s the best route from the US when considering time / value / reliability. Thoughts?