This 13 Safari and Zanzibar itinerary show you all of the Tanzania highlights: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire and Lake Manyara finished of with the white palm fringed beaches of the exotic island Zanzibar. If you want to modify the itinerary to your wishes, contact us, we would be happy to help.
Day 01: Arrival
You will be met at the International Airport of Kilimanjaro by your Driver / Guide. We will take you to the Kaliwa Lodge in Machame. This charming lodge is in the middle of coffee plantations and provides a breathtaking view towards Mt. Kilimanjaro. Or from Arusha Mount Meru Hotel Our Kilimanjaro expert will come to meet you and to provide you with a safari briefing. Dinner included.
Day 02 Mt. Kilimanjaro – Arusha – Machame Camp
In the morning we’ll transfer to the Machame Park Gate (5,950 ft. / 1,815 mt.). After registering with the park authority, we’ll begin our climb through the lush forest. Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and many even see black & white colobus monkeys and sykes monkeys as they hike along the knotted roots. We’ll continue on to some heath land before reaching our overnight camp at Machame Camp (9,850 feet, 6-7 hours of walking), just above the forest zone. The trek is quite long, but not steep. All meals included.
Day 03 Mt. Kilimanjaro – Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Today’s segment of the ascent will continue across beautiful heath land and alpine moorland with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro Peak. We begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of Giant Heather and Erica. Scramble around large boulders as you enter the moorland zone, marked by lobelia and senecio plants, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards, which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. We’ll overnight at Shira Camp. All meals included.
Day 04: Mt. Kilimanjaro – Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
We’ll draw nearer the peak as we get closer to the Lava Tower. The trek becomes a bit more strenuous as the trail steepens on the approach to the lava Tower, a 300 foot tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet in the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides with steep valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Then we slowly ascent to our overnight stop at Barranco Camp (12,950 feet, 5-6 hours of walking). This day and the following day will be your acclimatization day. All meals included.
Day 05 Mt. Kilimanjaro – Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp
The day will begin with a descent into the Gorge, before we climb its eastern wall where we will enjoy views of Kilimanjaro’s ice fields, an equatorial anomaly. We will continue trekking until we reach our camp in Karanga Valley (13,900 feet, 4-5 hours of walking). All meals included. Day 06 Mt. Kilimanjaro – Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp We’ll trek up through the Karanga Valley, the trail turns steadily uphill, following the lava ridge to the Barafu camp. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight.. All meals included.
Day 07: Mt. Kilimanjaro – Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
Just after midnight we start of a challenging trek (12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 12:30 to 1 am, passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. As dawn nears, we’ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the culmination of – and the reward for 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. We’ll then descend back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while before continuing our descent to Mweka Camp. All meals included.
Day 08: Mt. Kilimanjaro – Mweka Camp to Park Gate
We’ll make our final descent to the park gate, a walk of about 3 or 4 hours. After bidding our farewells to our guide and porters, we’ll drive to Arusha for overnight at Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha. Dinner and Breakfast included.
Day 9: Arusha – Zanzibar
After breakfast you return to Arusha (transfer time 3 hours) for your flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to beach resort of your (The Zanzibari Hotel, Ngalawa Beach Village, Matemwe Beach Village, Kichanga Lodge or similar). Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 10: 11 Beach Extension
Relax and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 12: Spice Tour & Zanzibar Town
After breakfast transfer to Stone town. On the way we will do the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with in depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we invite for an opulent lunch, where you can taste the spices and fruits.
In the afternoon we will show you Stone Town on our Historical Stone Town Tour. This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the Anglican Church and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! Overnight at Tembo Hotel or Dhow Palace Hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 13 Departure Day
Departure to airport for your flight back home or extension of your holiday After breakfast on day 13 you will be transferred to the Zanzibar International Airport or Boat in Stone Town, where this Tanzania Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar Beach Trip comes to a close. Meal Plan: Breakfast