Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be greeted by one of our team and then driven to your lodge in Arusha where you can freshen up and relax into Tanzania. The transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to your hotel in Arusha is roughly one hour. Upon arrival you can check in and relax. Depending on your time of arrival, our head guide will advise you on when the equipment check and briefing will take place
Hotel accommodation in Arusha
All of our pre- and post- climb accommodation is based in Arusha. Where your hotel basis is B&B, you can usually purchase snacks or meals at the hotel, which can be paid in Tanzanian Shillings, or often in US Dollars. All safari lodges are booked on a full board basis. Any additional drinks required are for your account, which must be settled when you check out of the lodge.
Following a final cross-check of equipment and supplies, our staff will drive you to the Machame Gate. Anything you do not want to take with you on the mountain can be left at a lock up in the hotel. The drive from Arusha to the Machame Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate, we walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp
You will be woken up after your first night on the mountain with a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate at 6:30am in your tent. After breakfast we leave the rainforest and continue our ascent crossing a small valley into open moorlands where the vegetation is sparse with small shrubs and up to a steep rocky ridge. After a short break, our route turns onto a river gorge and up to Shira Plateau where you will catch your first glimpse of the Western Breach and its stunning glaciers. Continuing on to Shira Camp, where the cook will welcome you with boiled drinking water and hot washing water. After a hot lunch, there is plenty of time to explore the Shira Caves or just relax and rest until being served your hot dinner. Due to the camp being very exposed it can get very cold and sometimes windy.
We pack up and leave Shira camp for a 4-5 hour trek to the well-known landmark of Lava Tower (4.600m) for acclimatization. Once reaching Lava Tower we will have a short break for lunch for some bonus acclimatization before starting a 2 hour descent by 650m to Barranco Camp, following the golden rule of acclimatization ‘climb high and sleep low’. This will be our toughest day so far but the climb offers multiple terrific opportunities for photos. As we descend through the valley, the amazing sight of the Giant Groundsels is bound to stop you in your tracks. Barranco Camp gives you a beautiful view of the Western Breach and Breach Wall and be prepared with your camera while you are waiting for dinner for what could be one of the most spectacular sunsets you have ever seen as the sun drops down into the valley.
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.
We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. After a short break, we will push on to our special camp – Kosovo. This is our secret weapon for acclimatisation – leaving the crowds of Barafu we will ascend 4800m Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. 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.
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 240 km
After breakfast you are met by our professional tour guide/driver, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which we travel east to the Tarangire National Park. 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. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa.
Lunch will be taken at a picnic spot and in the afternoon you will get to see more of this amazing and beautiful park.
MARAMBOI TENTED LODGE
Non game-viewing travel time: 6 hours
Distance: 205 km
After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park.
KATI KATI TENTED LODGE
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 145 km
After breakfast we depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Loisand Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of ‘ Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution.
NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 190 km
After an early breakfast we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s safari tour. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants.
Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, ja
ckals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park’s famous hippo pool. Thereafter, you will drive back to Arusha. Upon arrival in Arusha will we will end our African safari adventure.
Next stop – Paradise
For our safaris we use four wheel drive Toyota Land Cruisers – the standard for safaris in Africa. Comfortably seating up to six passengers, our well maintained vehicles with custom pop up roofs offer the best game viewing experience.
Staffed by professional safari guides who have intimate knowledge of the National Parks of Northern Tanzania, our experts know where to find the wildlife, either through experience or through a network of communication with other guides. They can spot animals from great distances and do their best to bring you close for an unforgettable encounter with Africa’s majestic animals.
Wildlife calls at the door of Maramboi Tented Lodge. Zebras, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, …. You could see them appear between the palm trees from the terrace of your exclusive tent, from the swimming pool whilst enjoying a cool drink after a walk with a Maasai guide or whilst you enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars.
Situated in the ecosystem of lake Manyara, in fields of golden vegetation, Maramboi Tented Camp brings together premium services, exclusive attentions and genuine hospitality in a spectacular scene.
Kati Kati is a mobile camp strategically situated in central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation together with the unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari experience on a camp. In its comfortable tents one will feel completely immersed in the surroundings and one can enjoy the rich animal life and vegetation of the area.
An original form of accommodation which resembles the old camps of the first explorers in Africa, with all the commodities of today.
Located a two hour drive along a panoramic route from the Olduvai Museum and the river Grumeti, two of the indispensable visits for all travellers to Tanzania.
Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.
Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings.
Brightly coloured flowers of many species of shrubs border the paved pathways which lead away from both sides of the swimming pool to your guest room which are built to the same design.
When you step through your door, you will probably hold your breath while you stare over the two queen size beds, and through the window walling of the lower level, enclosed solarium at the view of the crater beyond.
City Tour – 3 hours
No trip to Zanzibar is complete without a visit to the UNESCO Heritage site of Stone Town. After a short flight from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Stone Town, where you can check in and relax during the morning.
After lunch, our tour will take you to the most famous and wondrous sights of this old trading city. Starting with a visit to the main market of Stone town. In this vibrant market you will find a wide variety of exotic fruits and a large selection of herbs and spices with locals bartering for the catch of the day.
You will then move to the Anglican Church built in 1874 on the site of the old Slave Market. Slavery was abolished in 1873. You will have the opportunity to visit the church where the alter is built on the site of the old slave whipping post. You will also be given a tour of the old slave chambers.
The tour will continue on to the Old Fort, the Peoples Palace and the House of Wonders. Stunning views of the Forodhani Market and the harbour can be seen from the higher floors of the House of Wonders. Our guide will lead you through the narrow and winding streets of Stone Town, where there will be time for shopping and exploring.
Our final stop of the day is Maruhubi Palace Ruins, famous because it was built to house the third sultan of Zanzibar’s harem of 99 wives. Werecommend you bring a sun hat, sun cream and comfortable shoes.
Experience the Ancient Arab colonial history
After having immersed yourself into the spirit of Stone Town, a freshen up at the hotel – it is now time to relax with some pre-dinner sundowner cocktails before enjoying five courses of Zanzibar specialities.
With views of sea and city, and not the least, the iconic green roofs of sister hotel Emerson on Hurumzi, the Emerson Spice Tea House restaurant offers a Seafood based, Set five course ‘Taste Safari’ degustation Menu. Dinner is prepared daily by their Zanzibari Chefs. The Sunset Hour is an integral part of the experience, and you are encouraged to arrive around 6PM to enjoy the sunset hour before dinner, which is served promptly at 7PM.
ZANZIBAR – NUNGWI BEACH
Our driver, Abi, will pick you up from your hotel in Stone Town and transfer you to your beach resort in Nungwi.
Situated in the Northern tip of the island, Nungwi boasts some of the best beaches and sunsets Zanzibar has to offer. You can now relax with your feet in the pristine white powder sand and immerse yourself into to paradise.
Due to its wonderful location – there is good diving, perfect sand beach and a possibility to swim even during low tide.
Lots of the island’s beaches have quickly changing tides, but Nungwi’s tip-of-the-island location means the crystal-clear waters are the calmest around. A belt of caster sugar-coloured sand’s ideal for sunbathing, and there’s a conservation place on the shorefront that rescues turtles and releases them back into the ocean.
With Nungwi being a fishing village – some of the best wooden dhow boats in East Africa are built here, and you’ll see them resting on the sand between trips out to sea. You can ease in to the evening sunset while watching the droves of local fisherman cast off into the night for deep sea fishing trips.
If catching fish isn’t for you, there are dive schools along the waterfront that help you get close to them below the waves instead. Hop on a boat, and you can explore the underwater scenery at the Mnemba Atoll, off the east coast, or the sleepy island of Tumbatu on the west side.
If you still have the energy, there are many activities to choose from. We can arrange this for you with our cooperating partners.
NOTE: Don’t book tours through beach boys. They are not the same as tour companies – they don’t pay taxes and have zero responsibility if something happens or the tour doesn’t come true. Also, their knowledge is mostly not on the required level.
Sandies Baobab Beach is a 4 star resort located along the north west coast of Zanzibar, near Nungwi. The lovely beach is unaffected by the changing tides and as a result, guests can take full advantage and enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters at any time. The resort is a charming oasis of tranquillity with all the advantages of the all inclusive services.
The structure takes its name from the majestic, century old Baobabs, found dotted around the Resort compound, making it a unique tropical oasis immersed in nature. The rooms of the Resort are surrounded by tropical gardens and trees. The Resort has direct access to the beach with a restaurant, pool and pool bar, all facing the beach and the turquoise blue waters.
An amphitheatre hosts the resorts evening entertainment with shows, local dancers, musicians and acrobats.
The Beach Gallery restaurant
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at buffet with Mediterranean inspire International cuisine with live cooking stations.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 10:00
Lunch is served from 13:00 to 15:00
Dinner is served from 19:30 to 22.00
Serves refreshing drinks, fruit juices, selected wine, local beer, coffee, tea, snacks and pastries during the day.
Selected spirits and cocktails are available after 18:00
Premium and imported liquors are available at charge.
Open from 10:00 to 24:00