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From the Highest Peak of Africa Direct to The Beach
Mount Kilimanjaro trekking via Machame Route and Full Relaxation in Zanzibar Island.
From highest peak of Africa, Head to The Beach This tour starts with climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route and spending some days in Zanzibar island.
The Machame route is also known as the “Whiskey” route. It is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro. The Machame route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, commencing with short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau.
Day1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
- Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
- Distance: 11 km
- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
- Habitat: Rain Forest
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
Day2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
- Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
- Distance: 5 km
- Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
- Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.
Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
- Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
- Distance: 10 km
- Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
- Habitat: Semi Desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
- Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
- Distance: 9km
- Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Day5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
- Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to
- Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
- Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
- Habitat: Arctic
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Day 6: Mweka Camp to Moshi
- Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
- Distance: 10 km
- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
- Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.
Day 7: Mosh – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Flight to Zanzibar
After your morning Breakfast, drive slowly to Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will catch your flight to Zanzibar.
Dinner and overnight at Khole Hotel
Day 8- 12: Full leisure and Relaxing Days in Zanzibar
Snorkel or dive in the clear blue Indian Ocean, or sun bath for days on the pristine white-sand beaches of your resort. Spend a colorful day in the midst the island’s bustling markets in the eclectic capital city of Stone Town, and have a visit at historical sites from the centuries-old slave market and spice trades.
Recommended Stay will be 4 days, including 2 nights on the beach and 1 night in iconic Stone Town
Day 13: Departure Day
In this day after breakfast your driver will be there transfer you from your hotel to Zanzibar Airport catch your flights to Dar es salaam for onwards flight back home.
Bon Voyage/ Safiri Salama/ Safe Journey
- Bottled water
- Airport transfers
- Flying doctors’ service
- All park or reserve entry fees
- Guide and porters’ allowance and salaries
- Driver’s and allowances and park fees for vehicle
- Game drives or sightseeing as detailed on the itinerary
- All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
- Pick up from airport on the day of arrival and drop off to the airport on the day departure
- Full board Accommodation and If the mentioned accommodation is full booked, we’ll suggest for you the very comparable alternative
- Travel insurance
- Tips and Gratuities
- International flights
- All items of a personal nature
- All airport taxes and security fees
Optional Services Includes
- All Activities while in Zanzibar
- Balloon Flight over the Serengeti
- Night Game Drives or any tour which have not mentioned above.
PLEASE NOTE: We will have to Customize your itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability. Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.