Zanzibar – 18 Days Best of Tanzania
Kilimanjaro Safari Zanzibar
This Kilimanjaro Safari and Zanzibar itinerary will show you
the best of Tanzania: Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Ngorongoro,
Lake Manyara and much more.
Day 1: ARRIVAL
You will be met at the International Airport of by your
driver/guide and our representative. We will take you to
the Kaliwa Lodge in Marchame (or similar).
Alternative accommodation is at Weru Weru River Lodge
with an attached game sanctuary.
Our safari manager will come to meet you and to provide
you with a briefing about your Kilimanjaro Safari
Zanzibar combination. Dinner is included.
NB –if you arrive into another airport than Kilimanjaro
we’ll arrange a connection flight to Arusha either on
arrival or the following day (at extra cost). From
Nairobi also road transfers in private or shared
Day 2: 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
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, thus not steep. and mud on the forest floor.
Overnight at Machame Camp. All meals included.
Day 3: 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).
Overnight at Shira Camp. All meals included.
Day 4: 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
Overnight at Barranco Camp. All meals included.
Day 5: Mt Kilimanjaro – Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley
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).
Overnight at Karanga Valley Camp. All meals included.
Day 6: 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. Barafu camp
(15,200 feet, 6-7 hours of walking).
Overnight at Barafu Camp. All meals included.
Day 7: Mt Kilimanjaro – Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka
Just after midnight we start of a challenging trek(12-17
hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 12:30 to 1am,
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).
Overnight at Mweka Camp. All meals included
Day 8: 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.
Overnight at Rivertrees Country Inn or Mount Meru Game
Lodge. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 9: Lake Manyara
After breakfast we depart for to Lake Manyara. 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.
Overnight at Rift Valley Lodge at Lake Manyara. All
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.
Overnight at Mapito Tented Camp, Serengeti. All meals
Accommodation at a Lodge at Serengeti
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 Serengeti at 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.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Farmhouse. All meals included.
Day 13: Ngorongoro –Arusha-Zanzibar
After breakfast you return to Arusha in the afternoon
for your flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to The Zanzibari
Hotel or Matemwe Beach Village. Breakfast and dinner
Day 14-16: Beach Extension
Relax and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar. There are a
wide range of water sport activities you can do, such as
snorkelling, scuba diving, boat trips and more.
Overnight at The Zanzibari Hotel or Matemwe Beach
Village. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Day 17: 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
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 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
Overnight at Tembo Hotel or Dhow Palace Hotel. Breakfast
and Lunch included.
Wow what a trip! I want to book.
Day 18: DEPARTURE
End of your Kilimanjaro Safari Zanzibar combination.
Transfer to Zanzibar Airport for departure.