21 Days of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar

Overview

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi – Transfer to the hotel

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our company representative who will transfer you to the hotel.

Overnight: Garden Inn

Meal Plan: BB (Bed & Breakfast)

 

Day 2: Nairobi – Transfer to Moshi, Tanzania (Approx.

You will be picked at 9.30a.m. by a shuttle to Moshi. You will pass by Namanga Border. Arrive late afternoon. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the hotel.

Note: You will carry packed lunch from Nairobi hotel

Overnight: Marangu Hotel

Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day 3: Moshi – Mandara Hut

This morning you will have breakfast then drive through Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Gate situated on the south-eastern side of the mountain. As you drive, there are usually some excellent views of the snow-capped peak. On arrival at Marangu gate, you meet your team of guides and porters, pick up any last-minute supplies for the trek, and head to the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park to register for the climb. From the cluster of buildings at the gate it is some four to five hours walk through patches of coffee plantation and dense rainforest to Mandara Hut. The forest teems with brightly-coloured bird life, colobus and other varieties of monkey. The flora includes numerous mosses, lichens and flowers, as well as delicate orchids. If the skies are clear you may have fine views over the town of Moshi lying at the edge of the plain far below.

Mandara Hut is a collection of basic, A-frame mountain huts with bunk beds – quite adequate for your needs – where you inevitably meet up with fellow trekkers who are bent on the same goal.

Overnight stay Mandara Hut – 1 night (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).

 

Day 4: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut (3,720m)

Your second day on the mountain starts with a steep climb through the last swathe of rainforest, though this soon gives way to rolling alpine meadow dotted with giant heather. Once you leave the forest canopy, Kilimanjaro’s twin peaks – snow covered Kibo and rocky Mawenzi – lie directly ahead, dominating the skyline. Further on you cross a zone of open heath with stunted vegetation, before emerging onto bleak moorland. Today you gain roughly 1,000m in altitude, and your walk can take anything from five to seven hours – depending on your pace. Tonight you stay at Horombo Huts – another collection of buildings similar in style to those at Mandara – which offer shelter and basic accommodation to those on the mountain.

Overnight stay at Horombo Hut (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

 

Day 5: Horombo Hut

A day here provides an opportunity for you to acclimatize gradually to the altitude. Statistics show that an acclimatization day like this effectively doubles the chance of making it to the summit, so this time is well spent! The day is not exactly wasted as there are a few walks you can make in the vicinity of the hut – the most popular of which is to the base of Mawenzi Peak, the dramatic eastern summit of Kili. This walk takes four to five hours (round trip), and will get you to an altitude of 4,600m before you return to the hut – this will stand you in good stead later.

Overnight stay at Horombo Hut (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

 

Day 6: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (4,705m)

The landscape becomes progressively more rocky and rugged as you leave the everlasting flowers and other bizarre alpine plants behind. Giant groundsels and lobelias appear in the sparse moorland. Today’s trail up to Kibo will again take anything between five and seven hours. Skirting Mawenzi Peak, you pass Last Water then cross a stark, almost lunar landscape onto “The Saddle”, a broad tundra desert between the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you start to get fantastic views of the upper reaches of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Hut (4,705m), a dry-stone-walled hut with dormitories and limited facilities. Tonight you prepare for tomorrow’s final assault – THE SUMMIT – re-packing to leave any non-essential items with the porters; you need to summon all your energy to get to the summit so there’s absolutely no point in carrying anything you don’t need! An early night is imperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles, and then have time to get back down to the hut. 

Overnight stay at Kibo Hut for 1 night (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 

 

Day 7: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak! (5,896m)

This is a long and demanding day! The guides wake you soon after midnight and you start out in darkness, zigzagging up a long scree slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of day the scree is still frozen – which makes it easier to walk on! After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave – named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 – where he found the remains of a frozen leopard. The gradient gets steeper and three hours on (this is the hardest stretch of the ascent!) you should reach the crater rim at Johannes Notch. From here it’s a short scramble to Gillman’s Point (5,685m) in time for dawn. Your reward is the dramatic spectacle of the sun rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi – the profusion of colors and shapes make all the suffering seem worthwhile! For those who still have the energy and drive, it takes another couple of hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru (Freedom) Peak (5,896m). Your descent (approx 3 hours) retraces the route back down past Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut for a well-deserved rest.  

Overnight stay at Horombo Hut for 1 night (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

 

Day 8: Descend – Back to the gate then transfer to Arusha

The pace quickens as you continue your triumphant way back down across alpine meadow and past Mandara Hut through the rainforest to Marangu Gate where you board the vehicle for the journey back to Arusha. Breakfast and Lunch are included in this day.

Overnight: Moivaro Lodge, Arusha/Arusha Coffee Lodge

Meal Plan: BB (Bed & Breakfast)

 

Day 9: Arusha – Transfer to Tarangire (Approx. 2 hours)

You will be picked from the hotel at 7a.m. and immediately depart for Tarangire. Afternoon game drive is at 4p.m. for 2 hours.

Overnight: Tarangire Sopa/Maramboi Tented Camp
Meals: Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 10: Tarangire – Morning & afternoon game drive

Spend the whole day with 2 game drives with picnic lunch in between them

Overnight: Tarangire Sopa/Maramboi Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 11: Tarangire – Transfer to Ngorongoro (Approx. 2 hours)

Have breakfast and immediately depart for Ngorongoro to arrive before lunch. Have a game drive as you head to the lodge for lunch. After lunch relax by the pool area and later have another game drive at 4o’clock.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena or Sopa/Farm House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 12: Ngorongoro – Trek and game drive

At 7a.m check out of the lodge with packed picnic lunch and depart for a tour to the rim of the crater. Later ascend for a game drive to look for numerous plains game and the big five. Spend the day within the crater and have lunch at one of the famous picnic spots in the park.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena or Sopa/Farm House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 13: Ngorongoro – Transfer to Serengeti (Approx. 3-4 hours)

Have breakfast then depart for Serengeti to arrive before lunch time. Once you arrive have an introductory game drive en route to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive is at 4p.m.

Overnight: Kubu Kubu or Mbuzi Mawe Serena/Kati Kati
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Day 14: Serengeti – Full day game drive

Have breakfast then depart for a full-day game drive carrying packed lunch with you. Enjoy searching for wildlife in this vast savannah land. Picnic lunch will be served at lunch time.
Overnight: Kubu Kubu or Mbuzi Mawe Serena/Kati Kati
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 15: Serengeti – Transfer to Zanzibar (By flight)

Have breakfast and be transferred to the airstrip for a flight to Zanzibar departing at mid-morning. Upon arrival in Zanzibar, we will transfer you to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Matemwe Main Lodge or Zuri Zanzibar/White Paradise Zanzibar
Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day 16 – 20: Zanzibar

Leisure activities

Overnight: Matemwe Main Lodge or Zuri Zanzibar/White Paradise Zanzibar
Meal Plan: Full Board

 

Day 21: Zanzibar – Transfer to airport – Arusha/Kilimanjaro (By flight)

Depending on your flight departure time, our driver will pick you from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for flight to Kilimanjaro, Arusha or Nairobi where you will connect with your out-bound flight.

Rates: Depends on month of travel

Accommodations

Option 1;- Luxury Accommodations

Garden Inn Hotel By Hilton, Marangu Hotel, Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge or Sopa Lodge, Kubu Kubu Tented Camp & Matemwe Main Lodge or Melia Zanzibar

Option 2; Mid-range accommodations

Garden Inn By Hilton, Marangu Hotel, Moivaro Lodge, Arusha, Maramboi Tented Camp, Ngorongoro Farm House, Kati Kati Camp & White Paradise Zanzibar

 

Notes;-

 

Safari & Zanzibar is Inclusive of;

 

Mt. Kilimanjaro trek Includes:

 

 

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