KILIMANJARO – MACHAME ROUTE

Arrival – Day 0: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi, Machame

After arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our driver-guide who will transfer you to Planet Lodge At the hotel, you will be introduced to your mountain guide and his assistants who will brief you of your trek/ climb that will be taking off in the next morning. The briefing includes checking your parking list and climbing gears, measuring the weights of your luggage and day-park also a review of few important climbing tips. You are advised to make reference to our recommended climbing gears.

Day-by-day Machame route Itinerary
Machame Route (a popular and well profiled Kilimanjaro route)

Of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro Machame or another known as Whiskey Route is one of the most popular for Kilimanjaro climbers. About 50% of all climbers and most seasoned climbers choose the Machame route. The 7-day itinerary on Machame offers success rates above 85% due to gradual acclimatization and will suit anyone aspiring to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Machame is known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca-Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents. Despite its toughness, this route provides impressive views and a variety of habitats and most important high possibilities for a regular climber to the summit at the highest point of Mt. Kilimanjaro – the Uhuru peak.

Day 2: Kilimanjaro D1: Machame Gate – Machame Camp

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will take a drive for about 20minutes to Machame gate which is at 1,640metres above sea level (ASL). Your trek starts from here. The first-day trek on the Machame Route is a long one approximately 11km / 7miles) and takes up to 5-7 hours to complete. You will be provided with a packed lunch on route and 2-3 litres of bottled drinking water. The day’s trekking ends at Machame Camp (2,835m ASL) which sits near the border of the rainforest zone and the low alpine zone. By the time you arrive your porters will have already set up your camp and tents, and dinner will be served.

Day 3: Kilimanjaro D2: Machame Gate – Shira Camp II

On this day you will wake up early for breakfast and prepare for the trek from Machame Camp to Shira Camp II (3,850m ASL). The trek is relatively steep as you enter the low alpine zone which is characterized by moorlands and grasslands. Shira Camp II sits on a plateau which provides you with the first views of Kibo (the highest peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro) in the North-West and Mt. Meru in the East. This trek takes approximately 4-6 hours and covers a distance of 5km / 3miles.

Day 4: Kilimanjaro D3: Shira Camp II – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

On this day after breakfast, you will embark to a long and tough trek heading eastern off the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios species’, up to Lava Tower (4,600m ASL) and then descend back to Barranco Camp (3,900m ASL). The route is approximately 11km / 7 miles in length and takes 5-7 hours to complete. Although you end the day at a very similar elevation to when you started from Shira Camp, it is arguably one of the most important days on your trek as it gives you a chance to ascend high and sleep low which is important for proper acclimatization.

Day 5: Kilimanjaro D4: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

On fourth day morning following breakfast, you will start to challenge a rocky climb (not technical) at Barranco wall popularly known as Breakfast wall, which marks the boundary from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers then heading towards the Karanga Valley. It will take you only 3-4 hours to make to Karanga camp. At this camp is where you will spend your night and take advantage of acclimatizing and adapting such high altitude climate before continuing on to base camp on the following day. Altitude 4,040 m/13,255ft ASL; and walking distance: 5.5 km/3.5 miles.

Day 6: Kilimanjaro D5: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

You will start your day around 09 am with a short hike of 2-3 hours toward Barafu camp; you will eat your lunch at the camp then rest until early dinner time before starting the challenge to the summit at midnight. It is highly recommended to get rest and have early dinner regaining more energy for the summit from midnight. The altitude at Barafu Camp is 4,680 m/15,360ft ASL; with an estimated walking distance of 3.5 km/ 2.2 miles.

Day 7: Kilimanjaro D6: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak [5,895m/19,340ft] – Mweka Camp

You will start the summit challenge at midnight by having a cup of tea/coffee or hot chocolate with a light snack. Walking up to the roof of Africa start with a rocky part then to zigzag part until you are up to the crater rim at Stella point 18’864 feet above sea level, on your way you will have a view of the second tallest peak at Kilimanjaro which is Mawenzi peak while the sunrises below your feet. From Stella point, you will have an hour to your final destination of Uhuru peak 5,895m/19,340ft ASL. Few more minutes to spend at the highest point of Africa taking some pictures and short celebration before you start your hike down/ ascending back to Barafu where you will have your breakfast and short rest before heading down to Mweka camp 3020m/ 9842 feet ASL. This will be a long day with a walking time of 8-14hours from Barafu camp to Uhuru peak and back to Barafu camp. From Barafu camp we will have a physical challenge of going downhill with a total time of 2-4 hours to Mweka camp. Summit Certificates are offered to anyone who gets at Stella Point and Uhuru Peak.

Day 8: Kilimanjaro D7: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate

After breakfast, you will continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate where you will 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 as you leave the camp).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. Our vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to the hotel in Arusha for relaxation and celebration.

END OF KILIMANJARO

TANZANIA SAFARI – NORTHERN PARKS 5 Nights 6Days.

Day 8: Marangu to Arusha City

After finish, your Kilimanjaro climbs you will be welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to Kibo Palace hotel in Arusha city one of the fascinating touristic towns in Tanzania. Depending on the time of arrival one can explore the town with the help of a local guide.
The Arusha Town is known as the safari capital of the world but it is often overlooked in favor of its more glamorous, better-known neighbors – Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. But Arusha has a wealth of experiences to offer from safaris in Arusha National Park to breathtaking hiking on Mount Meru, Cultural tours, Tanzanite and more.

Day 9: Safari D1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will be heading into the Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. In the afternoon you will eat your lunch at the picnic overlooking Tarangire River before you depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Lodge.

Tarangire- This National Park enables you to experience an unrivaled landscape of open plains, dotted with thousands of baobabs. Not only does the meandering Tarangire River attract a vast number of wildlife, but the Park is also especially renowned for its huge elephant herds, enabling its visitors the spotting of entire thick-skinned families!
Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit.
Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

Your hotel is located just outside the gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area that will take only 20 minutes to the entrance after your early breakfast. You then enter the conservation area of Ngorongoro and descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a morning, half-day game drive. The Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after which you will climb up of the crater and travel to the Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight shall be at Katikati Tented Camp in Serengeti.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken ancient volcanic caldera in the world. In 1979 this nearly three-million-year-old area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former volcano crater is also considered to be “Africa’s Garden of Eden”, as it is a haven for thousands of wild game, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles and buffaloes. The crater is among the 8 Natural Wonders of the World.

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world and it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.

Established in 1952, it is home to the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. The Park can be divided into 3 sections:

  • * The southern/central part (Seronera Valley) with its classic savannah dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife.
  • * The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush.
  • * The north meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous – over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. During the months of July-September, the herds will cross the Mara River again and again in search of fresh grass. They will have to face the mighty crocodiles in the river, who are waiting quietly in the water for their opportunity.

Serengeti is also known as the “endless plains” in the Masai language. This will be your area of exploration for the following two days. You will have the opportunity to discover this fascinating area and its wild inhabitants driving through the vast Serengeti Plains.

Day 11 & 12: Safari D3 &4: Serengeti

A full day game drive to the corners of Serengeti with high chances of following the great migration and spotting most fascinating African cats including the pride of lions, cheaters, leopards. In Serengeti is where major prey versus predators wild games takes place on open grasslands offering best game-watching possibilities.

Day 13: Safari D5: Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge – Masai Village – Karatu

After breakfast, you will depart towards the small town of Karatu and on your way, you shall stop at the Olduvai Gorge: one of the most important prehistoric, archeological sites in the world, located in the eastern Serengeti Plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The gorge is also commonly called “the cradle of mankind”, since it has revealed the remnants of the earliest human beings, being instrumental in the further understanding of the human evolution.
Later on, you will have the opportunity to visit Manyata, a village of the Masai Tribe, and get an insight into their unique customs and their everyday life.

The Maasai tribe lives in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are known for their welcoming dances where the man sings and jump as high as possible with straight legs, to show how fit and strong they are. The woman stands at the side, singing with the man and do a special dance for woman only.
The Masai believes that all the cows in the world belong to them and where given to them by God. The wealth of a family is majored by the number of cows they own.
The Masai tribe lives in villages (Manyata) and each woman builds a small house (Boma) for her family. The bomb’s structure is made of wood and it is covered by a mixer of mud, wood and sticks, grass, cow dung, human urine, and ash. Traditionally, men are wearing sheets that are wrapped around the body. Usually, the main color is red but you can see some blue colors and a paid pattern. Men and women are wearing ornaments made of colorful bids.

After our cultural encounter with this extraordinary ethnic group, we will continue getting out of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and overnight at Tloma Mountain Lodge.

Day 14: Safari D6: Lake Manyara – Arusha

In the early morning, we shall begin our early morning tour in the place Ernest Hemingway described as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”: Lake Manyara Park.

Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views.
In contrast with the intimacy of the forest, is the grassy floodplain, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Masai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, and so do the giraffes.
Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, whereas the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and any visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.

We shall then continue to Arusha spending your last night in Tanzania before flying to Zanzibar for your beach holiday.

HOLIDAY ZANZIBAR: 4 nights stay

Day 15: Zanzibar Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at Zanzibar Airport, meet and greet, road transfer to Aman beach of Nungwi which is located on the Northern Coast of Zanzibar. Check-in and relax. By your own, you will have free time to relax or have leisure walks in the narrow streets of Stone Town. Dinner and stay overnight at Aman Bungalows on Full Board (all inclusive) bases.

Day 16: Zanzibar Day 2: Beach Leisure

Enjoy free time to relax on beautiful clean beaches and swim, snorkel or dive in the clear warm waters. A cocktail and a golden sunset go hand in hand, so be sure to indulge as the sun melts away and the sky turns to night. In the evening, wander the streets and choose a restaurant in which to kick back and enjoy good company and delicious spice bites of the Island. Dinner and stay overnight in an FB base.

Day 17: Zanzibar Day 3: Dolphin & Jozani Forest tours

After breakfast (Option) drive to Kizimkazi fishing village for a dolphin tour, from there we take a motorized boat and start searching for dolphins. If we are lucky we can use about 5 to 10 minutes cruising in a search of dolphins. After swimming with them we go to shallow water for snorkeling before getting back to the beach for taking shower, have lunch and a bit of beach leisure. After leisure, we drive to Jozani forest to see the red Colobus monkeys and visit the floating mangrove bridge. Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative. A walk through this impressive flora and fauna is one of the highlights Zanzibar has to offer. After the tour, we drive back to the hotel for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 18: Zanzibar Day 4: Stone Town + Prison Island Tours

A guided town tour takes you through narrow streets of the old Stone Town, where history seems to still stand. Visit the House of Wonders; Fredy Mercury House, the Arab Fort, Zanzibar’s bustling market, former slave market, Tip Tipp House, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors and balconies, two cathedrals and many mosques. After the city tour, we will have time for lunch in one of the recommended restaurants before taking a boat to Prison Island. The use of the island has changed over time. Although it was originally built as a prison it was never put into that function. Later it was used as a quarantine of slaves for the whole of East Africa. The remnants of the built are still visible. The island offers a stunning view of the Town especially during the night; there is a very beautiful minor sandy beach where swimming in the crystal waters is marvelous. The coral reefs surrounding the island provide an opportunity for snorkeling. This is also a home of the giant tortoise, which is now under strict conservation. A short-guided tour around the island will provide the real picture. After the tour, we ride back to Stone Town to catch our vehicle to the hotel for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 19: Zanzibar Day 5: Flying away from Zanzibar

After breakfast, we drive you to Zanzibar International airport connecting flight back home.

INCLUDED IN KILIMANJARO PACKAGE:

  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Hotel in Machame and in Arusha (before and after the climb)
  • First night includes Dinner and breakfast
  • Last night includes dinner & breakfast
  • Transportation from Arusha to/from the starting/finishing points respectively
  • Airport transfers
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
  • Rescue Fees
  • Pulse oxi-meters
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Hot water on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

EXCLUDED IN KILIMANJARO PACKAGE:

  • Single room supplement at the Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gear for your climb
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Visas

INCLUDED IN SAFARI PACKAGE:

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) accommodation while on safari
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • All game drives viewing in a custom built 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser
  • All parks entrance fees
  • Transportation with a 4×4 vehicles with viewing roofs
  • Professional English/ Spanish/ Germany/ French speaking driver-guide during the safari.
  • Bottled safe drinking water in safari vehicles
  • Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee (if any)
  • Current Government taxes and levies
  • 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Arusha.

EXCLUDED IN SAFARI PACKAGE:

  • Internal or International flights
  • Balloon and/or additional excursions while you are in Tanzania
  • Out-of-full board service at the hotel including body massage, hotel excursions, bar & laundry services
  • All-Terrain-Vehicle (Quad-bike) adventure
  • Entry visa to Tanzania
  • Travel and health insurance
  • TIPS to your guide, hotel staff, and porters
  • Meals, drinks, and excursions not described in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage

OPTIONAL:

  • Flights links are available between Arusha/ Manyara and Serengeti.

INCLUDED IN ZANZIBAR PACKAGE

  • The price that covers all ground transfers as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation at Aman Bungalows on half board;
  • Logistics and lunch on safari blue tour, entry fees, travel permit, guide service, all government tax and VAT.

EXCLUDED IN ZANZIBAR PACKAGE

  • Flights / ferry boat to and from Zanzibar, Airport / Seaport tax, VISA & any things of personal nature.
  • Additional activities and/or excursions from the hotel during your leisure days.

Footnote:

  • We recommend Half Board (HB) hotels in Zanzibar giving the option for travelers to explore and enjoy food tourism offered by this Spice Island. The city tour guiding service & security measures are all inclusive of the package.
  • For special activities, we strongly recommend travelers to send their inquiries and share such information in advance for quotation and preparation.