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From meeting the colourful Maasai tribes, to trekking Mt 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.
Our time on the island this afternoon and over the next 4 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. 7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Day 2-4. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.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.
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. 5 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. 2 images Dar es Salaam, 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. 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 2 images Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania 2 images Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania
Day 8. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Great Rift Valley.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. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening. 3 images Great Rift Valley
Day 9. Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.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.
Optional Activities: Serengeti Balloon Flight –from US$550 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. 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.
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. 6 images Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Day 13. Mandara Hut to Horombo HutWe rise early and continue our trek after breakfast, hiking through rainforest glades on the slopes of the Mawenzi massif. Continuing on we enter an area of low shrubs and moorland where we take lunch. We arrive at Horombo Huts at approximately 3pm 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 HutIf feeling energetic you could rise early this morning and catch great photos of the sunrise over Kilimanjaro. After breakfast we set off and climb, stopping for lunch where 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.
Day 15. Kibo to Horombo Hut via Uhuru PeakWe 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. 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.
Day 16. Horombo Hut to Moshi Accommodation. Springlands Hotel, Moshi.Today 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.
Day 17. Moshi to NairobiAfter 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. Show more...
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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
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.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
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, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, fast ferry and 4x4 safari vehicles
GAME PARK VISITS:
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.
MOUNT KILIMANJARO TREK:
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 and taking a route 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 comfortable 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
17 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
5 nights Camping in 2-person dome tents, 5 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
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew
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
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