Zanzibar to Kilimanjaro

from $2724/per person

Explore the best of Tanzania and Kenya on this 14-day adventure. Greet the colourful Maasai tribes and their unique culture before trekking the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. Discover the vast plains and rich wildlife at Serengeti and witness the otherworldly beauty of Ngorongoro Crater. Make your way to the golden beaches and tranquil waters of the vibrant island of Zanzibar. Cruise through the alleys of ancient Stone Town to cap off your incredible adventure.

Duration
17 Day
Destination(s)
Africa
Starts in / Ends in
Dar es Salaam / Nairobi
Departs on
Mondays
Hotel Rating
Camping ,Tourist Class Hotel, Mountain Hut
5-15

Sight Visited

  • Arusha
    Arusha

  • Dar es Salaam
    Dar es Salaam

  • Kilimanjaro
    Kilimanjaro

  • Marangu
    Marangu

  • Moshi
    Moshi

  • Naorobi
    Naorobi

  • Ngorongoro Crater
    Ngorongoro Crater

  • Serengeti National Park
    Serengeti National Park

  • Uhuru Peak
    Uhuru Peak

  • Zanzibar
    Zanzibar

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar Island
Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed, the spice trade is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian Peninsula for generations, plying the ocean in simple dhow sailboats relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Zanzibar’s other history is not romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure. Our time on the island over the next 4 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, cloths, wooden carvings, visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. NB: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar are included in the tour price, but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically, we spend one night in Stone Town and the next three nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you have any questions or need activities arranged.
  • Accommodation: Stone Town - Safari Lodge or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Meals included No
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: Spice Tour US$35, Slave Markets US$15, Arabic Fort US$5, Palace Museum US$10
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Day 2: Zanzibar Island
Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above
  • Accommodation: Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast is included with hotel accommodation
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: Spice Tour US$35, Scuba Diving local US$150, Yacht Trip US$120, Snorkelling Safaris from US$40, Massages from US$20
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Day 3: Zanzibar Island
Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.
  • Accommodation: Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast is included with hotel accommodation
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: See day 2
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Day 4: Zanzibar Island
Adjusting to the lazy ways of the northern beaches is easy to do in such picturesque surroundings. Enjoy your last day on the island swimming in the warm ocean, snorkelling in the crystal turquoise waters and enjoy time at leisure in this tropical haven.
  • Accommodation: Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast is included with hotel accommodation
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: See day 2
5
Day 5: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam
We have the morning to do any last-minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening.
  • Accommodation: Kipepeo Village - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Dinner
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: No
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Day 6: Dar es Salaam – Marangu
Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. The camp takes its name from the surrounding area.  "Marangu" means "full of water" in the local Chagga language, and the lush green surroundings demonstrate the truth of this. If weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).
  • Accommodation: Marangu Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
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Day 7: Marangu - Arusha
We drive past the town of Moshi and eventually reach Arusha; a city situated exactly mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo. This is Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, a city of some 2 million people, a bustling melting pot of markets, vehicles and people – all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m). With time to explore town we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains. This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Masai villages, a local school and clinic, a small but highly interesting Masai museum, and the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three-day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: Camel Ride US$5, Guided Walk US$7
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Day 8: Arusha - Serengeti National Park
This morning we transfer to smaller more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We pass into the park and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Masai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge - indeed the name derives from the Masai word Siringitu – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby for an unforgettable experience.
  • Accommodation: Serengeti National Park: Bush Camp - Camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities (no shower, pit latrine)
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
9
Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater
We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the high altitude here), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres in area the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.
  • Accommodation: Simba Camp - Camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
10
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha, Meserani Snake Park
We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All the major mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our campsite at the Meserani Snake Park where we will overnight.
  • Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
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Day 11: Arusha – Moshi
We say goodbye to the crew, truck and others in the group who are not climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and catch a mid-afternoon shuttle bus to Moshi and are transferred to our accommodation. After settling in you will be briefed on what to expect on the trek the next day, make any final preparations (If you chose not to pre-pay the adventure pass you will make you payment for Mt Kilimanjaro at this time, hiring of any other hiking gear, purchasing of snacks etc.) We enjoy a restful afternoon/ evening by the swimming pool relaxing and preparing for the trek. N.B Lunch and Dinner in Moshi is not included in the tour price. Please allow between US $20-30 for both meals for this day. *We recommend trekking with a friend or existing groups if you are a solo traveller
  • Accommodation: Tourist class hotel with en suite
  • Meals included Breakfast
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: No
12
Day 12: Trek to Mandara Huts (2740m)
After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, we leave Moshi and drive for 45 minutes to Marangu Gate on the eastern side of the mountain. We begin our trek here, walking through forests tall eucalyptuses, home to a range of birdlife and colobus monkeys which we may see jumping through the canopy. It can be muddy here, so trekking poles and gaiters may help. After a stop for lunch we may have the time to detour to Maundi Crater, from where there are beautiful views across the surrounding region, including Southern Kenya across the border. We aim to reach Mandara Hut, our first camp in the late afternoon. Our porters and cook arrive at camp before us to start setting up and preparing dinner.
  • Accommodation: Mandara Huts with basic facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
13
Day 13: Trek to Horombo Huts (3690m)
We rise early and continue our trek after breakfast, hiking through rainforest glades and follow an ascending path up through unique mountain heathland on the slopes of the Mawenzi massif consisting of giant lobelias and groundsel vegetation, some which reach over 3 meters high. Continuing we enter an area of low shrubs and moorland where we take lunch. Although a long and quite strenuous walk, there are amazing views of Mawenzi from the moorland and by the time we reach our huts we have views of Kibo itself. We arrive at Horombo Huts at approximately 3pm where there is time to rest before dinner. *You may start to feel the effects of altitude sickness here. To aid your acclimatisation we can provide an extra day here at Horombo. On this day you could choose to either rest or take a day walk to a basecamp below the lesser peak Mawenzi.
  • Accommodation: Horombo Huts with basic facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
14
Day 14: Trek to Kibo Huts (4695m)
If feeling energetic, you could rise early this morning and catch great photos of the sunrise over Kilimanjaro. After breakfast we set off and climb through the dwindling moorland which blends into a rocky moonscape as you enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. Stopping for lunch we have great views of the peak and will be able to view the summit route we’ll be taking early tomorrow morning. This afternoon we cross the surprisingly wide saddle of alpine desert, to the foot of Kibo at Kibo Huts. This evening’s camp does not have running water, so our porters will prepare washing water for us. We will also eat early to have as much sleep as possible before our very early start for the summit. At this altitude we will be looking out for signs of altitude sickness. While many people are affected by mild altitude sickness, the guide will advise if symptoms are acute and summit should not be attempted.
  • Accommodation: Kibo Huts with basic facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
 
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Day 15: Trek to Uhuru Peak (5895m), descent to Horombo Huts (3690m)
We wake at midnight to a light breakfast and leave camp at 1am for the ascent. Our goal is to climb before dawn so that we reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Setting off, we take switchbacks across a large scree slope and reach Gillman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861m between 5-7am. Here, views of the fabled crater and possible ice caps greet you. After another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim you have a final push to reach Kilimanjaro’s true summit at Uhuru Peak. This is Africa’s highest point and the highest for approximately 5000 kilometres! On the summit we enjoy our accomplishment and enjoy the views of the surrounding plains as they wake up to the day before our descent back down. It is another 7-8 hours descent back down to Horombo but a new view looking down! We arrive back, eat dinner prepared by the cook and get some well-earned sleep.
  • Accommodation: Horombo Huts with basic facilities
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • WIFI: No
  • Optional Activities: No
 
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Day 16: Trek to Marangu Gate - 1830m, transfer to Moshi
Today after a hearty breakfast we descend back through moorland to the Mandara Huts. We have lunch there before our triumphant return through lush forest to the park gate. We should reach there by approximately 2-3pm. Saying our goodbyes and tipping our cooks, porters and guides we transfer back to our hotel in Moshi, where it’s time for a celebration and relax! N.B Dinner on this night is not included in the tour price. Please allow between US$15-$20 for this meal.
  • Accommodation: Tourist class hotel with en suite
  • Meals included Breakfast, Lunch
  • WIFI: Yes
  • Optional Activities: No
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Day 17: Moshi – Nairobi, Kenya
After a leisurely morning we board a scheduled shuttle bus back via Arusha, to Nairobi We cross the Maasai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where our tour ends. The expected time of arrival back in the Kenyan capital is 18h30 – 19h30.
  • Accommodation: No
  • Meals included Breakfast
  • WIFI: Yes (Nairobi Accommodation)
  • Optional Activities: No
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Price ($)

The tour price covers the following services:

Meals

16 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Accommodation

6 nights Camping in 2-person dome tents, 6 nights Tourist Class Hotel, 4 nights Mountain Hut

Transportation

Fully equipped safari vehicle, All road tolls and vehicle taxes, All ground transportation

Crew

Services of two crew

Highlights

Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built
Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide*
Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek (Marangu Route)*

What is not included in the tour price?

  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks, tips
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Climbing gear (enquire for rental)

Camping


We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.

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