DAY 01: ARRIVAL
Your 21 day Kilimanjaro Kenya safari and Zanzibar tour starts at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Here you’ll meet our representative who will welcome you and take you to the hotel for a short briefing. Relax at the hotel and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in Africa. You can choose to enjoy your massage or relax by the pool while sipping one of your favorite drink. Dinner and overnight at Mount Meru Hotel.
DAY 02: REJUVENATE AT MOUNT MERU HOTEL
Enjoy an extra day of rest prior to start of the climb, to give you ample time to acclimatize and recover from the flight. This extra day increases your chances of reaching the summit. Dinner and overnight at Mount Meru Hotel
DAY 03:OFF TO MANDARA HUTS
(1830 m/ 6,000 ft) – Mandara Huts (2700 m/ 8,858 ft)
Once you have finished breakfast, it is time to leave Arusha and head towards the southeast entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park, better known as Marangu Gate. Upon arriving at Marangu Gate, you will be given the time to check-in and register. This is where you begin your ascent of Kilimanjaro. The first leg of this route takes you through the woods and the rainforest where you will be able to take in the eucalyptus trees and various species of birds. If you are lucky, you may just spot a Colobus monkey or two – keep an eye out for black or white fur! Make sure you have the appropriate equipment and footwear because the low altitudes can produce wet, muddy soil.
Hiking: 5-7 hours | Overnight Altitude: ~8,858 | Habitat: Rainforest
DAY 04:MANDARA TO HOROMBO HUTS
(2700 m/ 8,858 ft) – Horombo Huts (3720 m/ 12,204 ft)
On this day you will explore the final stretch of woodland as the massive stretch of moorland begins to open up right in front of your eyes. On your walk, you can appreciate the jagged peaks of Mawenzi that ascend up towards the skies of Africa. It is common for people to experience the onset of altitude sickness at these heights. It is important to pay attention to how you feel and communicate with your guide at the first and slightest indication of illness. After reaching the Horombo Huts, you will have time to unpack and experience the view of Kibo before dinner.
Hiking: 5-7 hours | Overnight Altitude: ~12,205 | Habitat: Heath/Moorland
DAY 05:HOROMBO HUTS TO KIBO
(3720 m/ 12,204 ft) – Kibo Huts (4700 m/ 15,419 ft)
Today you will walk through varied and strikingly picturesque landscapes. To begin, you will continue across the heath as it slowly turns into the parched, desolate highlands between Mawenzi and Kibo. The scenery here is littered with huge and small volcanic rocks, acting as a testament to the volcanic activity of years past. The final stretch to the Kibo Huts is very steep and physically challenging.
Once you arrive at the Kibo Huts, it is time to organize your equipment and warm clothes for tomorrow’s journey to the peak. To prevent freezing, keep any water your plan on bringing in a thermos. Get to bed early, as the next day’s trek requires a full night’s sleep worth of energy. You are getting ready to take on Kilimanjaro’s most ultimate challenge!
Hiking: 5-7 Hours | Overnight Altitude: ~15,430 | Habitat: Alpine Desert
DAY 06:KIBO HUTS TO HOROMBO HUTS
Kibo Huts (4700 m/ 15,419 ft) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m/ 19,340 ft) – Hurombo Huts (3720 m/ 12,204 ft)
As you awake around midnight, there is just enough time for a small meal before you begin your nightly hike. Many hikers consider the difficult terrain, scattered with loose rocks, to be the most difficult part of the climb. The goal is to reach Gilman’s point by dawn. This is to make sure that you can make it to Uhuru, the highest point of Kibo, shortly after sunrise. There will be a quick stop at Gilman’s Point to experience the glorious view. Afterward, you will continue along the edge of the crater to Uhuru – this is the last part of the ascent and features a steady incline.
Depending on when you take your journey, you may face snow on the final stretch of the path to the Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa and the very top of Kilimanjaro. As you reach the peak, an altitude of 5,895, you can congratulate yourself as you experience the astounding view and get a picture in front of the Uhuru Peak Sign.
Now it is time to start back towards the Kibo Huts, you will find that this part goes by incredibly quickly. At the Kibo Huts, you will stop to relax and enjoy a much-needed lunch, before moving along to the Horombo Huts, where you will enjoy a well-deserved full night’s rest.
Hiking: 4-5 Hours | Overnight Altitude: ~12,205
DAY 07:HOROMBO HUTS TO ARUSHA
Horombo Huts (3720 m/ 12,139 ft) – Marangu Gate (1830 m/ 6,003 ft)
As we make the final descent through the rainforest to the Marangu Gate, we will have lunch and say farewell to our mountain crew. Afterward, we will leave Mount Kilimanjaro National Park and drive back to Arusha for a much-need shower and a commemorative dinner at Mount Meru Hotel
DAY 08:RELAX AT MOUNT MERU HOTEL
Enjoy a well-deserved rest day at Mount Meru Hotel. Take advantage of the hotel’s amenities, such as swimming pool, spa, or simply lounging in the beautiful surroundings.
DAY 09:NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast you drive to Ngorongoro conservation Area then descend into the Magnificent Ngorongoro Crater for a day filled with wonder. The staggering crater walls rise up around you and on the floor of the crater you can find everything from grazing wildebeest to racing big cats, black rhinos bursting through the trees and exotic birds taking flight. You can rest in the shade and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the swaying plains, the deep dark forests and the emerald shimmer of this rich and dramatic landscape. After a day full of excitement drive to Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge.
DAY 10:OLDUVAI – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.
After breakfast in the morning you check out of the lodge at Ngorongoro and drive to Olduvai Gorge where Dr Louise and Mary Leaky discovered old fossils of a hominid called Australopithecus Boisei. This discovery led to the theory that Africa is the cradle of mankind, and at Olduvai Gorge you will be lectured briefly about the theory and the discovery. There after you will drive to Serengeti through the Naabi Hill Gate where you will stop briefly for registration. This day you will take picnic lunch and go ahead with the game drives in the plains for the rest of the afternoon then drive to the Tukaone Camp for dinner and overnight.
DAY 11:SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you don’t want to miss the beautiful essence of Serengeti Plains, your driver guide will take you to the heart of Serengeti, meeting the group of animals such as Zebra, wildebeest or the wild cat and many other will carter your thirst. Later on enjoy your picnic lunch at Seronera visitors’ center and get more attached to the wilderness. After a day filled with wonder you will love to experience the Masai dance (cultural dance) near the camp fire after dinner. Overnight at Mapito Tented Camp.
DAY 12:OFF TO MASAI MARA
At around 07.00 Am; your driver is waiting at your Hotel’s lounge and your luggage is parked in the 4×4 safari land cruiser ready to take off to Masai Mara. This exciting road trip will take you safely to Isebania border where you’ll clear customs and immigration before continuing to the Masai Mara.
Upon arrival at Amani Mara Camp relax and enjoy the camp environment as you prepare for an evening game drive.
DAY 13:MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Full day spent Exploring the park in search of the big 5 with a possibility of seeing the annual wildebeest migration that takes place from July to October. Optional hot air balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 500. The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. Dinner and overnight at Amani Mara Camp
DAY 14:MASAI MARA TO LAKE NAKURU
You’ll have an early breakfast from 7:00 am to 8:00 am EAT then you will check out to Nakuru via Narok-Mau road.
Stopovers will be made for rest and also at your request just in case you need to. You will check in for late lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge. You’ll have a short rest before heading out for a game drive at the Lake Nakuru National Park. Afterward, you’ll go back to the hotel for dinner and a sleepover.
Lake Nakuru National Park lies on the floor of the Great Rift Valley surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, with Lake Nakuru at its center. One is expected to see lions, leopards, rhinos, flamingos, baboons, waterbucks, and the magnificent Makalia Falls.
DAY 15:LAKE NAKURU TO LAKE NAIVASHA
You’ll have an early breakfast from 6:30 am to 7:30 am then you’ll check out of the hotel with a game drive en route to Naivasha.
Depending on your arrival time in Naivasha you can go for a boat ride then check in for lunch or check in for lunch then do the boat ride. The boat ride is on Lake Naivasha to Crescent Island where you will get to see different wild animals including hippos and birds. Expect to see a variety of animals except for the Big Five. You may later opt to go to the Hell’s Gate National Park.
At hells gate, you can be able to do rock climbing, biking as you view the beautiful nature full of wild animals such as gazelles, giraffes, zebras and different bird species. You can also enjoy hiking or rock climbing. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort
DAY 16:OFF TO ZANZIBAR
After breakfast check out and head to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight to Zanzibar.
Prior to landing, you will notice that the crystal clear waters of the Zanzibar beaches truly exist. Our manager will welcome you from the airport and take you to The Zanzibari boutique Hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 17-19: THE ZANZIBARI BOUTIQUE HOTEL.
These days are spent at the beach of Zanzibar where you will enjoy from the various activities offered like prison island and blue safari(included). You can also enjoy other optional activities like Sky diving or water sports in the Zanzibar beach. This can be arranged in advance or spontaneously at the resort.
DAY 20-PRISON ISLAND & STONE TOWN TOUR
Another lovely day in Zanzibar.
After breakfast, depart to a small, once private island drifting in the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Prison Island has a long and intriguing history. Arrive by boat and discover this small but characterful spot, home to a group of endangered Aldabra giant tortoises–some of whom have taken up residence in the old abandoned prison. A restaurant on the island provides welcome refreshment.
Later in the afternoon return to Stone town and enjoy lunch at the nearest restaurant.
proceed with amazing walking tour of captivating stone town where a knowledgeable guide will take you via the narrow streets of the nineteen century old town, much of which remains unchanged to this day. Visit the highlights of this historical town including the House of Wonders; a palace constructed for the second Sultan of Zanzibar, Sultan Palace, Arab Old Fort, Anglican Cathedral and the amazingly moving Slave Market.
Later you can have a chance to purchase some of the precious gemstones like Tanzanite. Overnight at The Zanzibari boutique hotel
Sadly today is your last day for your tour. Depending on your flight schedule and departure point you will be transferred to the Zanzibar Airport to take a flight back home. If you are flying out of Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, we will arrange a connection flight for you to catch your flight back home.