Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 101

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Eelephant in Victoria Falls National Park

Day 1: Arusha - Serengeti N.P.

We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer you to the Serengeti National Park. The park is renowned for its annual migration; when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

Day 2: Serengeti N.P.

There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing sessions. After lunch at camp, return to the parks open plains in search for more wildlife viewing and experiences. As the evening light approaches, you will be thoroughly rewarded with all you game spotting with sundowners at a picturesque location in the park.

Leopard surverying the area

Day 3: Serengeti N.P. - Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

We will transfer you to Moshi and to the hotel. After hotel check in we attend a briefing about climbing Africa’s highest mountain and what it entails.

Day 4: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi - Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

At 5895m above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and majestically straddles the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Climbing to the top of this dormant volcano is one of Africa’s most exhilarating experiences and today we rise to the challenge. An early start takes us to Kilimanjaro National Park, where we begin our trek through beautiful rainforests on our way up to Mandara Hut, our resting place for the night.

Day 5: Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

After breakfast we continue our trek across stunning open rolling moorland up to Horombo Hut where we spend the night. The stark scenery from this altitude is remarkable and the vegetation is very different from the rainforest.

Day 6: Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

Acclimatisation day.

Day 7: Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

After a good night's rest, the trek continues over the ‘saddle’ - a broad desert zone, between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. This is the final stage before the challenging summit ascent tomorrow.

Day 8: Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

Very early this morning, the ascent continues up a steep scree slope to Gilman’s Point (5700m), on the rim of the crater and up to Uhuru Peak. When you spot the ‘Congratulations!’ sign - you’ve made it to the ‘roof of Africa’! Absorb the magnificent views across Tanzania and Kenya. Leaving the summit, it’s all downhill from here back to Horombo Hut for perhaps a low-key celebration and a definite good night’s rest!

Day 9: Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route - Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

Today is the final day of our trek and we make our final descent to Marangu gate where we will drive back to Moshi for some well earned R&R.

Lion in Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Day 10: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi - Zanzibar

After breakfast we will transfer you to the flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the heart of Stone Town where your hotel is located. Zanzibar has a rich history but it truly became a centre of trade once it was settled by the Portuguese, the first Europeans to settle here, during the age of exploration in the 16th and 17th Century. Zanzibar is also known as the 'Spice Island' due to this period when spice was its major trade followed closely by the slave trade and ivory. Zanzibar still today flourishes with the trade of spices, its most common exports being cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper.

Day 11: Zanzibar

This morning you will be met by your guide and taken on a guided tour of Stone Town and a Spice Tour en-route to the Eastern beach resort of Kiwengwa where you will get the opportunity to see a spice plantation and the process involved in harvesting these perfumed ingredients that we today take for granted but were once as precious as gems or gold with pirates often cruising the coast pilfering ships for their precious spice cargo. Lunch will be your own arrangement. The rest of the day will be at leisure to enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Days 12-16: Zanzibar

Spend the next days at leisure, relaxing on the beautiful white sands and soaking up the sunshine. For those feeling active, there's a wide range of excursions available locally. Perhaps opt for a spot of snorkelling or scuba diving to see the incredible coral reefs teeming with exotic fish and perhaps the odd dolphin in the azure waters.

Day 17: Zanzibar

We will transfer you to Zanzibar airport in time for your departure flight.

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