•  Duration: 18 days

  • Location: Northern Tanzania & Zanzibar

  • Price: from 4085 USD

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What is this?

  • 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 Stonetown

Where to stay?

  • before and after the climb and during the safari at comfortable, nice lodges or tented camps
    • during the climb on mountain campsites
    • on Zanzibar at friendly smaller boutique hotels

When to travel?

  • great during the months of January till March; again from June till December
    • less suitable in April and May depending on the rains
    • daily departures

For whom?

  • ideal for couples, friends, small groups etc.

From where to where?

  • starting in Arusha / ending in Zanzibar
    • best: flights into Kilimanjaro / out of Zanzibar (or out of Dar es Salaam)
    • flight connections from Dar es Salaam or Nairobi can be arranged (from Nairobi also road connections)

This is a private safari which can be adjusted in accommodation and routing to suit your needs.

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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. 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 (12,600 feet, 5-6 hours of walking). 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 (15,200 feet, 6-7 hours of walking). 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 (9,840 feet, 3-4 hours of walking on the descent). 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 Rivertrees Country Inn or Mount Meru Game Lodge in Arusha. Breakfast included.

Day 09 Lake Manyara

After breakfast we depart for to Lake Manyara National Park. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. You can see many game animals such as Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, hippo and others.
Driving time without game viewing 2 – 2,5 hours.
Overnight at Rift Valley Lodge overlooking Lake Manyara. All meals included.

Day 10 Lake Manyara – Serengeti

After breakfast you start on your way to Serengeti National Park. After stopping for your picnic lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping) in Serengeti you will continue further into the park and go on a game drive.
Driving time without game viewing 4 – 4,5 hours.
Overnight at Mapito Tented Camp at Ikoma, North Central Serengeti. All meals included.

Day 11 Serengeti

A full day of game drives around Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species.
Overnight at Mapito Tented Camp at Ikoma, North Central Serengeti. All meals included.

Day 12 Ngorongoro

After breakfast you drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After arrival you will decent into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. Your Driver / Guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating the hidden animals.
Driving time without game viewing 3 – 3,5 hours.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Farmhouse. All meals included.

Day 13 Ngorongoro – 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 14 – 16 Beach Extension

Relax and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 17 Spice Tour & Zanzibar Town

After breakfast transfer to Stonetown. 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 18 Departure

Transfer to Zanzibar Airport for departure.

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All accommodations subject to availability

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  • all airport transfers
    • 07 days private Kilimanjaro Climb / Machame Route
    • Fullboard during climb including mineral /drinking water
    • Professional well experienced Kilimanjaro Team with English speaking Mountain guide, porters and cook
    • All gear incl mountain tents, mattresses, – mess tent, chairs and table
    • pls bring your own sleeping bag
    • 05 days private safari
    • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser or Land Rover with photographic roof hatch
    • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
    • All wildlife reserve entry fees
    • All game drives as mentioned
    • 3 l mineral water per person per safari day
    • Coffee/Tea with picnic lunches
    • Domestic flight Serengeti-Zanzibar
    • 01 x HB at Kaliwa Lodge (or sim) prior your climb
    • 01 x BB at Rivertrees Country Innor similar lodge
    • 04 x FB at excellent safari lodges / tented camps as per itinerary
    • 04 x HB at the beach resort in Zanzibar
    • 01 x BB at a boutique hotel inStonetown
    • Private tours on Zanzibar as per itinerary
    • Flying doctor insurance (first aid on the spot and rescue flights )
    • Tourist Development Levy
    • Wildlife Management Area Fees

Not Included:

  • International Flights
    • All items of a personal nature
    • Gratuities for safari guide
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa fee (50 USD /100 USD for American & Irish Passport Holders- to be paid upon arrival)
    • drinks and beverages in lodges
    • sleeping bag rental fee (20 USD)
    • Hot Air Balloon Safari at Serengeti (549 USD per person)
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