Kilimanjaro Trek , Wildlife Safari And Zanzibar Beaches

 

Route description:
For those who wish to climb Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the best choice because of its acclimatization profile. The Machame route exposes the climber to higher Heights quicker (day three) which kick-start the body’s adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person be in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging Height gains and losses. The 6 day Machame route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking, at extremely high Height, with only 4-6 hours of sleep.

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Arrival Day:

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the Airport and transferred to the hotel in Arusha or in Moshi for your overnight and briefing by our mountain guide. You can start your trek any day of the year!

Meals: Bed

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp


•Height (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
•Distance: 11 km
•Climbing Time: 5-7 hours
•Habitation: Rain Forest

The drive from Moshi/Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate passing through the village of Machame which is located on the base of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp


•Height (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
•Distance: 5 km
•Climbing Time: 4-6 hours
•Habitation: Moorland

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge, overnight at the Shira campsite.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp


Elevation (m): 3,840m to 4,630m to 3,950m
Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 15,190ft to 12,960ft
Distance: 15 km
Walking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert

After breakfast, you will walk up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass. After several hours, you walk thorough a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower, also called the “Shark’s Tooth.” at 4,630 m/15,190ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours belowthe lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. Although you end the day at almost the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp


Elevation (m): 3950m to 4200m
Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 13,800ft
Distance: 7km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. There is water at this camp. Then, on Day 5 you will hike from the Karanga Valley Camp to the Barafu Camp, summit on Day 6, and finish your descent on Day 7.

Day 5: Karanga to Barafu Camp


Elevation (m): 3,950m to 4,550m
Elevation (ft): 12,960ft to 14,930ft
Distance: 13km
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After spending a night under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you climb this awesome obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley and goes over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. For now, all eyes are still on the summit, so turn left and hike up the ridge for another hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. This should include replacing your headlamp and camera batteries, and to prevent freezing, consider carrying your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed by 7 PM, and try to get a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut


•Height (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
•Climbing Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
•Habitation: Arctic

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will need gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha


•Height (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
•Habitation: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your certificates. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Park Gate to drive you back to hotel in Arusha.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

 

Day 8: Rest Day at your hotel,


Spend a relaxing day by the pool or have a stroll around. A walk to this small town with view of the mountain is as good as it reveals.
Meals: Bed |Breakfast

Wildlife Safari:
For the Wildlife Safari, We can provide two types of accommodation; lodge accommodation and camping accommodation. You have to choose which will meet your requirements so that we can go ahead and book for you. For the lodges indicated below there are availabilities as per today. Please you have to confirm your safari as early as you can so that we can go ahead with firm reservation to avoid disappointment to the last minute.

 

Day 9: Arusha – Tarangire National Park


0830 Hrs. After your breakfast; depart from Arusha to Tarangire National Park for game drive.
1300 Hrs.  Stop at the Picnic Site for Picnic Lunch,
1400 Hrs. Continue for evening game drive to return in the evening for dinner and overnight at Eileen’s Lodge

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Eileen’s Lodge

 

Day 10: Serengeti National Park


0800hrs transfer to Serengeti National Park for game drive.
1300 Hrs. Break for lunch which will be served at the picnic area.
1400 Hrs. Afternoon game drive in the Park to return in the
evening for dinner and overnight at at Acacia Tented Camp/Similar or Campsite

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Tented Camp/Seronera Public Campsite

 

Day 11: Full Day Serengeti National Park


0630 Hrs. Early morning game drives in the in the Park
0930 Hrs. Return to lodge for breakfast and relax at Leisure or Full Day
1300 Hrs. Lunch will be served at the picnic site.
1400 Hrs. Afternoon game drives in Serengeti.
Dinner and overnight at Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Tented Camp/Seronera Campsite

Day 12: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater


6030 Hrs.  After breakfast, drive and descend into the crater floor with your lunch box for game viewing. The famous Ngorongoro Crater is rich of wildlife, each species have their own territories.
1300 Hrs.  Stop at the Picnic Site for Picnic Lunch, which will be served on the crater floor at the picnic site near Lerai forest or hippo pool.
1500 Hrs.  Ascend the Crater and drive your Lodge for your overnight.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Accommodation: Farm of Dream Lodge/Campsite

Day 13: Arusha to Zanzibar


– After breakfast, you will drive to Arusha Airport for your flight to Zanzibar, on arrival to Zanzibar meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in town (Tembo House Hotel) for overnight.

Meals: Bed |Breakfast

Day 14: Excursions in Zanzibar

 – North Beaches
– After breakfast, pickup from your hotel for any one tour mentioned (Spice, Historical stone town, Jozani forest, Prison Island or Sunset cruise), dolphin tour on request. Later transfer to Nungwi for overnight (Amaan Bungalows/Similar)
Meals: Bed |Breakfast

Day 15,16, & 17: Rest and Relax
– At leisure and overnight at your hotel in Nungwi

Meals: Bed |Breakfast

Day 18:  Zanzibar to Dar-es-Salaam


– Pickup from your East Coast hotel and transfer to Zanzibar airport for your flight to Dar-Es-Salaam in connection to your departure flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

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PRICE INCLUDES

 -Accommodation as stipulated in the Itinerary
– 3 ways Airport transfers
– Domestic flight from Arusha/JRO – Zanzibar and Zanzibar DAR
– Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
– Transport on safari in a 4WD vehicle with an open roof
– All parks entrance fees
– Service of English Speaking driver guide
– Crater fees.
– Tented Camp/Lodge fees/ Camping fees
– Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day.
– Salary for the Professional English Drive Guide.
-Accommodation after safaris

Price Excludes

– International flights.
– Accommodation after safari
– Sleeping bags (If Budget Camping)
– Hot and cold drinks.
– Hot Air Balloon ride over Serengeti, book with us for USD 575 per person.
– Olduvai/Visit of Maasai Boma
– Flying doctors insurance, we can arrange for USD 50per person.
– Tips to the driver/guide and all items of personal nature/use.
– And all not mentioned in the itinerary above.
– Easter and Christmas supplements (If applicable)

All of our itineraries are custom-made which means that they are tailor-made for your own specific group, taking into account your interests, your budget and so on…Contact us for any changes for this Itinerary.