Kilimanjaro Safari & Zanzibar

18 Day Kilimanjaro  Safari and Zanzibar

 

Our 18 days great combination of Kilimanjaro, Safari & Zanzibar, one of our long standing bestsellers, climb to Mt Kilimanjaro on the scenic Machame Route including one acclimatization day during the climb, classic game drives at Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti flight from Arusha to Zanzibar, 4 days at Zanzibar Beach (other beach destinations on request) final day at historical Stone town.

Pre day 1: Arriving in Tanzania

A trip to Zanzibar is a great way to relax after climbing Kilimanjaro or after your wildlife safari. Our Kilimanjaro adventure starts the Moment you land at Kilimanjaro international Airport, You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred to Arusha or Moshi in the peaceful surrounds of our comfortable pre and post trek accommodation in Arusha – Impala Hotel, from where there are great views of the mountain. You can relax by the pool before your briefing with the Guides, who will provide the essential information for your trek to the roof of Africa.

Day 2: Arusha – Rongai Camp
After an early breakfast in Marangu, you will drive to the Rongai (Nalemoru) Gate near the Kenya border. We begin our climb on this unspoilt wilderness route. The walk then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. The first day is only a half-day walk. 3-4 hours walking
Day 3: Rongai Camp – Kikelelwa Camp.
The morning walk is a steady ascend up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our “Upper Kikelewa” campsite is on a small plateau above a sheltered valley with giant senecios past Kikelewa Caves (3,750 m.) [7-8 hours walking


Day 4: Kikelelwa Camp – Mawenzi Camp.

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at “Mawenzi” (4,300 m.), spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. 3-4 hours walking

 
Day 5: Mawenzi – Kibo Hut
We cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for an early morning final ascent. 5-6 hours walking

 
Day 6: Night Summit walks.
We start the final and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (18,600 ft). We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo Hut (15,400 ft) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshments, we continue the descent to Horombo Huts (12,200 ft). [11-15 hours walking

 

Day 7: Horrombo Hut Down to Marangu Gate.
A steady descend takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). [6-7 hours walking].Dinner and overnight at Mount Meru Hotel: Half board.

 
Day 8: Game drive in Tarangire National Park.
Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is a small park which offers some excellent sights. Generally in the dry seasons Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. We spend the night in our lodge beautifully set inside the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere. In the late afternoon we make a short journey from the park to our special lodge. Dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp: Full board.

 
Day 9: Tarangire – Serengeti National Park.
We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. We return to our special tented camp for the night. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Katikati Tented Camps: Full board.

 
Day 10: Full Day Game drive in Serengeti National Park.
We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and it you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. We return to our special tented camp for the night. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Katikati Tented Camps: Full board.

 

Day 11: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
We start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive in Ngorongoro we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. In the late afternoon we travel back to our special tented camp. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge: Full board.

 

Day 12: A full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater.
Today we will descend 2000 feet (over 600 meters) to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater for your crater tour. Here you we will explore the forest areas inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where we may see flamingos. We will also visit the open savannah where the lions hunt.
Picnic lunch will be served in the crater. In late afternoon we make a short journey to your Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Kudu Lodge: Full board.

 

Day 13: Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.
We depart from your lodge and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park. Although small in size, this park is one of the most diverse reserves in the country. Lake Manyara covers two thirds of the park. At the backdrop is the wall of the Great Rift Valley, before which lies the ground water forest, areas of open grassland near the lake foreshore, and the Soda Lake. We enjoy a picnic lunch in this area, which consists of open grassy areas, hot springs, dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Lake Manyara National Park is a birding paradise that has more than 350 species of bird. The park is also famed for its unique and elusive tree-climbing lions. After lunch time we will drive direct to Kilimanjaro International Airport for the evening flight to Zanzibar.

 
Day 14: Arrive in Zanzibar.
Arrival at Zanzibar Airport anytime you will meet us at the airport and pick up with private transfer to Stone town. Dinner and overnight stay at Tembo Hotel: Half board.

 
Day 15: Guided trip in Stone town.

Your program starts with a morning visit by walk on our Historical Stone Town Tour. This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace) 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, Dinner and overnight stay at Tembo Hotel: Half board.

 
Day 16: Spice farm and Jozani Forest trip.
Today you go on an excursion to the spice and fruit plantations close to Stone town for 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 at our guides’ home, where you can taste the spices and fruits. After lunch we take you to your beach resort.
On the way you pass Jozani Forest, the last habitat of the rare endemic Red Colobus Monkey. With a local guide you stroll through Jozani Chwaka National Park and look at the rare monkeys. If you wish you can even wander down the boardwalk to the fascinating Mangrove Ecosystem. Dinner and overnight stay at Tembo Hotel: Half board.

 
Day 17: Dolphin Trip.
One day you go to an excursion to Kizimkazi. Situated on the southern point of the island, Kizimkazi fishing village is home to several schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins, which can often be sighted following a short boat trip from the village. If you are lucky, you may be able to swim quite close to the dolphins, which can be a very rewarding experience. We are doing this trip in the afternoon to avoid the crowds of tourists in the morning, which in big numbers disturbing the dolphins.
Dinner and overnight stay at Tembo Hotel: Half board.

 
Day 18: Departure day.
Depending on your flight schedule and departure point you will be transferred to the Zanzibar Airport to take a flight back home. If you are flying out of Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, we will arrange a connection flight for you to catch your flight back home.

 
Trip Includes.
• Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb (dinner and breakfast included) (double occupancy)
• Professional, experienced, mountain guides
• All Park fees
• Rescue fees
• All meals while on the Mountain
• Arrival and Departure transfers
• Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
• Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
• Clean, purified drinking water
• Crisis management and safety procedures:
• Fair and ethical treatment of porters
• Supplement summit Emergency Oxygen
• Walking Poles
• Flying Doctor Service
• Sleeping Mattress
• Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned en suite tented camps and lodges
• Private safari guide
• Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
• Park fees
• Crater fees
• All meals whist on safari
• Airport Arrival/Departure Meet and Greets at the airport
• On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebooks.
• Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
• All transfers while in Zanzibar.
• All entries fees as listed in the itinerary
• All accommodations on bed, dinner & breakfast
• Pick up from hotel to Airport for flight
• All tours & excursion
• Lunch during tours & excursion

 
Trip Excludes.
• Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100
• Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
• Meals not listed above
• Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 500 per person etc)
• Tips and any items of personal nature