18 Day Kilimanjaro and ZanzibarStephen Atwiine
Best of Tanzania safari includes all of the major highlights of Tanzania – from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to a Lodge Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. From here you proceed to relaxing on the white sandy Indian Ocean beaches of Zanzibar. You will not regret your Safari.
Day 1: Arusha Kilimanjaro Airport
On arrival our representative will transfer you to the Oasis Lodge for the evening.
Day 2: Kilimanjaro Climb Arusha Machame camp.
You will then be connected to Machame Park Gate. On registration with the park, the climb will begin through the lush forest. Then continue on to some gorgeous heath land before reaching our overnight camp at Machame Camp (10,000 feet, 6-7 hours trek).
Day 3: Machame camp to Shira camp
Today’s climb will continue across the heath land and alpine moorland with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro Peak. Overnight at Shira Camp (12,500 feet, 6-7 hours trek).
Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
Draw nearer the peak as we pass the Lava Tower. This trek is a bit more strenuous as the trail steepens on the approach to our overnight stop at Barranco Camp (13,800 feet, 5-6 hours trek).
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp
The day will begin with a tailspin into the Gorge, before climbing its eastern wall where we will enjoy views of Kilimanjaro ice fields, an equatorial aberration. Continue trekking until we reach our camp in Karanga Valley (13,900 feet, 4-5 hours trek).
Day 6: Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp
Trek up via the Karanga Valley, following the lava ridge to the Barafu camp for overnight(15,500 feet, 6-7 hours trek).
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp
After midnight, we’ll begin our summit attempt, passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. As dawn nears, we’ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the climax of the 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. We’ll then descend back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while before continuing on our tailspin to Mweka Camp (9,840 feet, 3-4 hourstrek on the descent).
Day 8: Mweka Camp to Park Gate, Transfer to Arusha
Descend to Machame Gate and board the company vehicle. Transfer to Oasis Lodge, for relaxation. (2-3 hrs walking).
Day 9: Safari to Ngorongoro Crater
Your driver/Guide will make several stops along the way at various places of interest, including a stop at the brim of the parapet towering over Lake Manyara. Move downward into the crater for a game drive at the bottom. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft high walls, you can expect to see lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras, flamingos, hippos, jackals, antelopes, rhinos, many birds and other species. Your Driver/Guide will astonish you with his skill at locating the hidden animals. Overnight at a lodge at Ngorongoro (FB).
Day 10: Serengeti National Park
A picnic lunch will be provided on your way to Serengeti. stop at the Olduvai Gorge where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey made many significant discoveries, contributing to the theory that human life originated in Africa. After stopping for your picnic lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping) in Serengeti you will continue further into the park and go on a game drive.Overnight at a lodge at Serengeti.
Day 11:Full Day Game Drive
A full day of game drives around Serengeti. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species. As in Ngorongoro your Driver/Guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating the hidden animals. Overnight at a lodge at Serengeti.
Day 12: Lake Manyara
Transfer to Lake Manyara. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. You can see many game animals such as Buffaloes, Elephanst, Giraffes, Impalas, hippos and others. Overnight at a lodge at Lake Manyara.
Day 13: Game drive
Board an early morning game drive in the Lake Manyara, then drive back to Arusha. Overnight in the Oasis Lodge.(FB)
Day 14 Flight from Arusha airport to Zanzibar in the morning
On your arrival, you will be transferred to your proposed hotel the Chwaka Bay Hotel, Sau Inn Hotel, or Baobab Beach Bungalows. En route and do the Spice Tour. Overnight at the beach hotel of your choice. (BD)
Day 15-16: Beaches of Zanzibar
Relax and take pleasure from the beaches of Zanzibar. There is a wide range of water sport activities you can do, like snorkeling, scuba diving, boat trips and more. (BD)
Day 17: Transfer to Stone Town.
You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! Overnight Tembo Hotel.
Here we will show you this ancient town on our Historical Stone Town Tour, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace), Dr Livingston’s House and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar.
Transfer to the airport or harbor Zanzibar