From the Highest Peak of Africa Head to the Bush & the Beach

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This tour starts with climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route then you will head to Northern Tanzania National Parks and as well a few days in Zanzibar.

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Upon arrival in Arusha, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Relax, take a stroll, and enjoy the sights and sounds. Get plenty of rest – tomorrow because tomorrow will be something huge. Dinner and overnight Outpost Lodge.

Day 2:  Marangu Gate (1980m)- Mandara hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 5h

Distance: Approximately 12kms

Habitat: Montane forest

The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers.

Day 3: Mandara hut (2700m) – Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 6h

Distance: Approximately 15kms

Habitat: Moorland

From Mandara hut, the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater.

Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) – Acclimatisation day

Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Horombo is normally bustling with hikers, guides and porters, with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here.

Day 5: Horombo hut (3720m) – Kibo hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 6h

Distance: Approximately 15kms

Habitat: Alpine desert

After breakfast, you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and a lower route (left-hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right-hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left-hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour shorter, and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m.

Day 6: (Summit Attempt) Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 8h to Uhuru – 6hour to get to Horombo

Distance: Approximately 6kms ascent, 21kms descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23:30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.

From Gillman’s Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way up to the Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest, you gather all the gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening, you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

Day 7: Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 6h

Distance: Approximately 27kms

Celebrating the successful summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely.

Day 8: Arusha – Serengeti National Park

Day 9: Serengeti National Park Central Areas

Day 10: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park

Day 13: Tarangire National Park – Zanzibar

Day 13 – 15: Full Leisure and relaxation days in Zanzibar

In Zanzibar, there is a lot of activities that you can do, e.g. In Stone town Spice and prison Island tour. The full-day tour will take you to the most scenic parts of the Old Town. This culturally rich town got its name from the use of coral stone as the main construction ingredient. Being the oldest town in East Africa, the historical roots and influences can be felt at every turn of the tour. Starting from the House of Wonders which is one of the prominent landmarks of Stone Town, you can proceed on to the Palace Museum which was a Sultan’s residence.

Day 16: Zanzibar to Dar-es-Salaam or Kilimanjaro International Airport

Specification: From the Highest Peak of Africa Head to the Bush & the Beach

Highlights Mount Kilimanjaro trekking via Marangu Route -Serengeti -Ngorongoro - Tarangire -Zanzibar.

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