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Zanzibar to Kilimanjaro

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Destinations: Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Mount Kilimanjaro, Nairobi
Guide language: English
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Combine trekking majestic Kilimanjaro with a safari and beach adventure!

From meeting the colourful Maasai tribes, to trekking Mount Kilimanjaro and exploring the plains of the Serengeti. Explore the spice markets of Zanzibar, wind your way through the alleyways of ancient Stone Town and relax on the dreamy beaches of Zanzibar - this overland tour guarantees a magical experience of Tanzania and Kenya.

For those not wishing to trek Kilimanjaro, our Highlights of Tanzania tour follows a similar route.

Day 1. Dar es Salaam to Stone Town Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. Our journey begins with a ferry ride from Dar es Salaam to this intriguing island where we enter the capital - Stone Town.

Our time on the island is not structured and your time is at leisure. We generally spend the first night at Stone Town where you are free to explore the museums, ruins and local markets. There are also a number of lovely restaurants and bars to enjoy a delicous seafood meal or fresh fruit cocktail while watching the comings and goings of local Zanzibari life. 7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania 5 images Zanzibar, Tanzania

Day 2-4. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.

This morning there's an opportunity to enjoy a tour to one of the local spice plantations and then 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 the beach.

Browse markets or enjoy lounging 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. 9 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania

Day 5. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.

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 camp on the coast for the evening. 5 images Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 5 images Zanzibar, Tanzania

Day 6. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania.

Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north through the mountains to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. If weather is clear we may get a glimpse of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).

Day 7. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania.

We drive past the town of Moshi and soon reach Arusha. Situated at the half-way mark on the Cape to Cairo Road, the town has a bustling feel about it and is the base for expeditions to the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater.

With time to explore town while we stock up on supplies for the next days on safari, 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 3 images Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania 2 images Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania

Day 8. Arusha to Serengeti National Park

This morning we meet our local guides transfer to smaller safari vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) before heading up the Rift Valley Escarpment where we enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We take the steep winding track up and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains.

The Serengeti is home to a unique eco-system, some say the oldest on earth comprising of a continual migration of animals following the rains over the region. As they migrate in search of fresh pastures, the herds are followed by roaming predators making for a wildlife spectacle. There are also over 500 species of birds to look out for while exploring the park.

We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where we set up camp and enjoy the night sounds of the wild.

Day 9. Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

Rising early we head out again to explore the surrounds and see what has occurred overnight in the Serengeti. After returning to camp for breakfast, we pack up and drive out of the plains, game driving en route.

After lunch we retrace our route back to the Ngorongoro Conservation area and ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. Our campsite is located on the edge of the Crater with a view down into the open cladera which we will explore in the morning. 5 images Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Day 10. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.

We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Crater and surrounding conservation area is a highly valued as an area of high biodiversity and home to a multitude of endangered wildlife species. We spend the morning seeking out the animals and enjoying the magnificent views across the savannah.

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. 7 images Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Day 11. Arusha to Moshi Accommodation. Springlands Hotel, 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.

*Please note solo travellers will try to be matched with other trekking groups, however this is not always possible. 4 images Springlands Hotel, Moshi

Day 12. Moshi to Mandara Hut Highlights. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

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. 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.

Keep your eyes peeled for the blue monkeys, and if you're lucky you may spot some black and white colobus monkeys in the tree canopy along the way.

The Marangu Route takes 5 days approaching from the south-east side of Kilimanjaro and is considered the 'easiest' and shortest route to the summit (please note however that it does not mean trekking Kilimanjaro is by any means easy). Because of this, it is the most popular route offering the best facilities with shared hut accommodation and bathrooms with running water at the lower two huts. Meals are prepared by a cook, while porters carry your equipment and supplies - all staff are from the local area and working with them allows support for the local communities and their families. 6 images Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Day 13. Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

We rise early and continue our trek after breakfast, hiking through rainforest glades on the slopes of the Mawenzi massif. Continuing on we leave the forest behind and enter an area of low shrubs and moorland where we take lunch. Today is a fairly long day covering a lot of ground. We arrive at Horombo Huts in the late afternoon where there is time to rest before dinner.

NB. 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.

Day 14. Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

If feeling energetic you could rise early this morning and catch great photos of the sunrise over Kilimanjaro. After breakfast we set off for our slow and steady climb. Today's trek takes you via a fairly barren terrain of alpine desert crossing a number of ridges and small streams along the way. You'll also cross the last waterpoint today. 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 where we will overnight.

Tonight you'll prepare your day pack for the trek to the summit in the morning. You'll wake early so it's best to pack all you need before heading to bed, ready for your early start.

Day 15. Kibo to Horombo Hut via Uhuru Peak

We wake at midnight to a light breakfast and leave camp shortly after for the ascent. Our goal is to climb before dawn so that we reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. There are a number of resting points along the way, including Williams Point at 5000m and the Hans Meyer Cave at 5150m. On the crater rim is Stella's Point at 5752m, and finally the summit at 5895m - Uhuru Peak!

At the summit we enjoy our accomplishment and take in the views of the surrounding plains as they wake up to the day. Once we've basked in the glory of our achievement, we head back and make our way slowly down. It is another 7-8 hours descent back down to Horombo but a new view looking down!

This evening we enjoy our dinner and some well earned rest.

Day 16. Horombo Hut to Moshi Accommodation. Springlands Hotel, Moshi.

After a hearty breakfast we descend back through moorland to the Mandara Huts. We stop for lunch before descending to the park gate to meet our transfer back to Moshi for celebration and relaxation. 4 images Springlands Hotel, Moshi

Day 17. Moshi to Nairobi

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 in the late afternoon.

*Please ask us about our short safaris and small group tour options available from Nairobi to enjoy a safari in the Maasai Mara.

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Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.
Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam

An informal and secure thatched resort set on a golden stretch of beach on the south coast of Dar es Salaam and reached by ferry from the city centre. The relaxed restaurant is well-known for its seafood, and has tables set in the sand and hammocks strung up in the palm trees. Rooms – single, twin, double or family share bandas, some en suite, camping. Facilities – restaurant and bar. The Indian Ocean here is ideal for swimming.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Hotel Boulevard, Nairobi

Conveniently located on Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road and set in manicured gardens, this hotel offers a peaceful oasis in the centre of town. Walking distance to shops and craft markets. Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with balcony and satellite TV. Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, internet, laundry. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

This tour departs Dar es Salaam for Zanzibar early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Nairobi area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.

These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, 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. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotel. In Moshi pre and post trek – a local hotel with bar, restaurant and swimming pool, twin share rooms with en-suite facilities. Kili trek – bunk beds with foam mattress and pillow in multi share, solar powered huts. Bathrooms and running water in two camps and basic latrines available at the last camp

24-seater, self contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, fast ferry, 4x4 safari vehicles and shuttle bus.

In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, affectionately known as “kili’, is Africa’s highest mountain at 5895m. Kili is also the world’s highest free standing mountain and its towering snow capped, symmetrical cone is a famous African image. A world heritage site, the whole mountain is designated a reserve and Kilimanjaro National park covers an area of some 755 sq km, consisting of vast areas of montane forest with unique moorland flora and alpine desert higher altitudes.

Climbing Kili is the adventure of a lifetime for many visitors to Tanzania. At the highest ‘walkable’ mountain in the world, the trek is not technical climb but is, nevertheless, a serious challenge. It is undertaken by people of all ages but should not be attempted without some physical training/preparation.

The mountain consists of 3 extinct volcanoes – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Kibo is the tallest, its summit named Uhuru, and the destination for trekkers ascending Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Marangu Route
The Marangu route takes 5 days trekking from the south-east side of the mountain is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro’s summit. The trail approaches from the south side of Mawenzi and passes near two view points at Maundi Crater, before heading up through rainforests and moorland to heathland and moonscape at higher elevation. The final push to the top takes you to famous Gillman’s Point and onto Uhuru at 5895m.

Because of its relative ease compared to other routes the Marangu Route is the most popular and has the best facilities. This is the only route with the comforts of solar-powered sleeping huts and beds at every camp. The huts are communal, with each bunk having a foam mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo huts and 120 beds at Horombo hut. Mealtimes are often shared with other groups from all over the world, providing lively and energetic mealtimes. Bathrooms and running water are available at the lower two huts and basic latrines are available at Kibo Camp. Soft drinks, bottle water and even beer are available for purchase at some of the huts.

Your meals are prepared by a cook, while porters carry all our equipment and supplies. Your guides cook and porters are all employed from the Kilimanjaro area. These people are best adapted to the conditions of the mountain and it allows us to support local communities and families with regular employment.

Please note that we recommend a minimum of 2 trekkers on the Kilimanjaro section of the tour. Please ask us or your agent for more information on this before booking your ZTK17 tour.

Includes & Excludes

16 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners

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

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included 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)*

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
Climbing gear (enquire for rental)
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Acacia is Africa
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