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Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Holidays All Inclusive Serengeti Tours

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro (Machame) + Zanzibar


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12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,895
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Tanzania Safari Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route Zanzibar Beach

For the adventurous wanting a challenge, climb up epic Mount Kilimanjaro with your own private mountain guide, with Tanzania safari option. Then relax on a beautiful Zanzibar beach. Trek options include Machame Route, Rongai, Lemosho, Marangu, Shira or Umbwe. You must be fit & well equipped, but the sense of achievement when you summit will last a lifetime. Experienced guide, porters & transfers included.

Tanzania Safari Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route Zanzibar Beach
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Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
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Moshi
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Private Mountain Guide
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Machame Route
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Rongai Route
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Lemosho Route
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Marangu Route
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Shira or Umbwe Routes
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Tanzania Safari option
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Zanzibar Beach
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Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
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Moshi
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Private Mountain Guide
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Machame Route
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Rongai Route
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Lemosho Route
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Marangu Route
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Shira or Umbwe Routes
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Tanzania Safari option
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Zanzibar Beach
Day 1
You will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred 1-hour to Moshi - the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro.
 
Towering over the plains of East Africa, Mount Kilmanjaro is a triple volcano and the highest mountain in Africa. The oldest volcano is Shira, a collapsed caldera, whilst Mawenzi is middle aged & the young Kibo is still dormant. The highest point, Uhuru peak, is on Kibo at 19,340 feet (5,895 m). Mount Kilimanjaro National Park includes moors and highlands, the Shira Plateau, and the two peaks of Kibo (the summit) and Mawenzi. The area below the national park includes rain forests and a game reserve.
 
Check into your hotel and meet your private mountain guide who will brief you, as you start acclimatising for your ascent via the Machame (or "Whiskey") Route. This very scenic route is the most popular ascent, starting on the southwest side of the mountain, traversing around the southern slopes of Kibo and descending on the south-eastern side. You will sleep in mountain tents throughout the climb.
 
PREPARATION: Climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is a demanding ascent, requiring the ability to walk up to 10-hours per day with a backpack (12 kg max) over angled terrain. Although all your supplies and camping equipment are portered up for you, this ascent should only be undertaken by climbers who are suitably fit and well prepared.
 
Temperatures on the mountain fall to below -15 degrees centigrade overnight, so many layers of warm clothing are essential. You need to bring your own day pack, sleeping bag, hiking boots, walking stick, water bottle with purification tablets/filtration system, warm jacket, rain jacket, waterproof trousers, head lamp or flashlight with batteries, gloves, balaclava, scarf, thermal underwear, woollen socks, sweater, shorts, T-shirts, jeans, light shoes, sunhat/cap, sunglasses, pocket knife, underwear and toilet paper. We suggest you wear (or carry as hand luggage) your boots, rain gear & camera, as these are crucial for your climb and you don’t want to risk losing them when you fly internationally. Malaria tablets are essential and energy drinks, chocolate, sweets, fruit, nuts and energy snacks are suggested.
 
Be aware that altitude sickness is the biggest issue facing climbers and as a result not everyone reaches the summit. There will be one guide per 2 or 3 climbers, so if you get ill and have to descend, a guide will be with you. Food served on the mountain is plain and wholesome including lots of carbohydrates, stews, soups, vegetables and fresh fruit. Vegetarians can be catered for but we must be notified in advance.
 
Several deaths occur on the mountain each year and the ascent is at your own risk. If you abandon the climb for any reason and return from the mountain early, you will need to pay locally for any extra transport, accommodation & meals required, as no climbing fees can be refunded. Mountain rescue fee included which covers your evacuation from the mountain to the park gate only, but medical treatment and transfers to a local hospital are not included.
 
BEST TIME TO CLIMB: The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is during the dry season (June to October or January to March - although the latter is colder with more snow on the summit). It is recommended that you summit as close to full moon as possible.
Day 2
At leisure to check your equipment and acclimatise at Moshi in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.
 
Day 3
After breakfast we drive 50-minutes from Moshi through the village of Machame to Kilimanjaro National Park.
 
After registering with park authorities, we set off walking through banana and coffee farms and along a winding trail through a beautiful rainforest and across the heathland. After 4 to 5-hours we reach the Machame Campsite (3,100 m), where we make camp and enjoy our dinner.
Day 4
A steep climb this morning, as we leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path across a little valley and along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro and Kibo Peak.
 
After 4 to 6-hours of walking, the route turns west into a river gorge to Shira Campsite (3,658 m), where we rest and overnight.
Day 5
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, as we leave the moorland Shira Plateau and walk across lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach, heading towards Kibo Peak and the lava tower known as the Shark's Tooth.
 
After lunch near the lava tower junction (4,550 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3,900 m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below (5-7 hours walking).
Day 6
Today we spend an extra day on the mountain, overnighting at Karanga Valley Camp.
 
Note: This day is optional and can be removed, but it is recommended for acclimatisation.
Day 7
A steep climb today up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. We walk through the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
 
Lunch is usually taken at Karanga, the last water point, in a steep valley. After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the Barafu Campsite (4,600 m) by mid-afternoon, from where the two magnificent peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. There are often spectacular views to the plains far below (6-8 hours walking).
Day 8
A very early morning start today, as we tackle our 6-hour ascent to Stella Point (5,745 m), before the final trek to Gilman's Point and the summit at Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) - the highest point in Africa.
 
After celebrating your successful trek to the summit, we make our descent to Mweka Forest Campsite (3,100 m), after trekking 11 to 15-hours today.
Day 9
An easy-paced descent today, as we walk 4 to 6-hours down to Mweka Park Gate and drive back to your hotel in Moshi.
 
Please note it is customary to tip your porters & guides locally, as they depend on this as their income. Budget for $200 to $240 per climber (which will be shared out by the head guide), with anything greater than this at your discretion. Old clothing is also appreciated.
Day 10
Transfer 1-hours to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Zanzibar Airport and transferred 1-hour to your beach hotel.
 
Check in and relax in your wonderful surroundings on this exotic East African spice archipelago.
Days 11 To 12
At leisure to relax and enjoy the gorgeous white sandy beaches of the Zanzibar Archipelago.
 
Activities vary depending on the size of your resort but usually include water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing. You can sail in a traditional Arab dhow or enjoy a full day catamaran excursion around the island, with snorkelling opportunities. Be sure to try their refreshing iced hibiscus tea and some of the many spices grown on this island.
 
The best scuba diving is around Mnema Island in the northeast and Nungwi in the north. Deep sea game fishing is also based out of Nungwi, where there is a privately owned turtle aquarium.
 
A variety of day excursions are also on offer including a walking tour of historic Stone Town, a spice island tour, snorkelling at Prison Island where you can see giant tortoises, a cultural tour to Uzi Island and Swahili cookery lessons.
 
If you would like to see local wildlife, you can visit Jozani Forest in the south of the island, where you can see rare indigenous red colobus monkeys and walk along a mangrove boardwalk to enjoy its birdlife and flora, including some giant baobab trees. There is a Butterfly Centre and Snake Park outside the gate. From late July to mid November you can also take a boat ride to see migrating humpback whales.
Day 13
Transfer 1-hour to Zanzibar Airport for your flight home.
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