Mountain Trek-Safari-Beach Holiday Combo

19th March, 2017 | Article By Greg Adventures

See what Tanzania has to offer you from the highest mountain of Africa to the fascinating wildlife and the alluring beach life. All on one tour.

Kilimanjaro trek, safari and beach holiday combo.

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Drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate Trail, head through the village of Machame, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.


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.


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.


After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.


After breakfast, 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.


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 northwestern 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.


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 your hotel in Arusha.


Day 8: Arusha – Lake Manyara/Tarangire

After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara NP/Tarangire NP for game drives. Picnic lunches at a location within the park. Dinner and overnight at Lilac Campsite in the town of Mto Wa Mbu.

Day 9: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, we will drive through Ngorongoro Highlands to Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti’s endless plains provide an exceptional landscape for wildlife viewing. Game drives and lunch inside the park. Dinner and overnight stay at Seronera Campsite within the park.

Day 10:  Serengeti National Park– Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast game drive along the way as you exit Serengeti. With picnic lunch drive to Ngorongoro for more game drive. Dinner and overnight at Simba Campsite.

Day 11:  Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha – Zanzibar

Get up early at 6 AM to descend into Ngorongoro Crater for a day of wildlife viewing. Early morning is the best time to glimpse big cats on the hunt. The Crater is an actual Noah’s ark and often referred as the eighth wonder of the world.  It has the highest density of animals in Africa. This is the park to see the Big5 in one day. The resident population of black rhino is a real treat, as rhinos are very difficult to spot elsewhere in Tanzania. It is also home to some very impressive elephant bulls with huge tusks.

In the afternoon, after lunch, we will drive back to Arusha, where we will drop you off at the airport to take the flight to Zanzibar. Once arriving in Zanzibar a car will be waiting for you at the airport and drive you to Stonetown for your overnight stay at Maru Maru Hotel.

Day 12: Stonetown

Experience Stonetown while walking through the city with your guide. Spend another night in Stonetown.

Day 13: Stonetown – Spice Tour – Nungwi

After breakfast you will get picked up by your driver, who will show you ‘The Spices of Zanzibar’ before heading to the beach in Nungwi.

Day 14: Nungwi

Spend a day at the beach and enjoy some free time.

Day 15: Nungwi

Spend a day at the beach and enjoy some free time.

Day 16: Nungwi – Airport

Today your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport.

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