- Length: 11 days
- Itinerary category: Kilimanjaro trekking, Beach holiday
- Destination: Mt Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar
- Travel activity: Trekking, Walking Safari, Swimming and Snorkeling
- Major attractions: Africa’s highest mountain, Indian ocean, Jozani forest, Stone town
- Starting point: Arusha
- Ending point: Stone town
Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2100 m)To Mti Mkubwa Camp (2829 m)
Pickup from your accommodations in Moshi and drive to Londorossi gate for registration formalities. Transfer by vehicle to the route starting point located 12km from the gate. Get time to have lunch before the climb. Start climbing through the beautiful forest with beautiful views while spotting elephants, bufallos and other animals. The trail leads on to Mti Mkubwa for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2829 m) To Shira Camp 1 (3505 m)
Climb through the rainforest into the moorland zone while approaching Shira ridge. Get time to have lunch enroute and continue hiking to reach Shira camp 1 in the late afternoon. An overnight stay at the camp.
Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3505 m) To Moir Hut (4206 m)
Acclimatization day where you trek from the Shira plateau while exploring its surroundings. The path leads to Moir hut to arrive in the late afternoon. Get time for rest to gain energy for the next day. Dinner and sleep at the hut.
Day 4: Moir Hut (4206 m) To Lava Tower (4630m) To Barranco Camp (3950 m)
The day provides extra acclimatization time where you will climb up the Lava tower. Get time to rest and have lunch while at the tower. Descend the tower and continue hiking to reach Barranco camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3950 m) To Karanga Camp (4000m) To Barafu Camp (4600m)
Start climbing steeply up the Barranco wall, the 900 ft cliff. Pass through hills and valleys approaching the Karanga valley for a lunch break. Trek out of Karanga valley following the path which intersects with Mweka trail. Continue trekking through the rocky section to reach Barafu camp. Have much rest and drink lots of water as preparing for the summit. It’s recommended to sleep very early by 19:00.
Day 6: Ascend To The Summit At Uhuru Peak (5895m)
Wake up around 23:00 for a cup of coffee and adding more warm clothes. Start climbing by midnight through the volcanic scree while approaching Stella point (5685 m). Reach at the summit at sunrise for spectacular view of glaciers. Take another round trip to finally reach Uhuru peak (the roof of Africa). Get time for photographs and some rest at the summit. Start descending to reach at Mweka hut in the evening for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Mweka Hut (3100 m) To Machame Gate
Hike through the rainforest to reach the final destination at Machame gate. Get awarded with certificates where golden certificates are given to hikers who reached Uhuru peak and green to those who reached Stella point. Show appreciation by tipping guides, cooks and porters. Get transferred to Arusha for much celebrating and hot shower.
Day 8: Transfer To Zanzibar
Check out the hotel and drive to the airport for a flight to Zanzibar. Pickup at the airport and drive to town where you will have lunch. Delivery of a short tour briefing by a guide and transfer to the booked hotel for check in. Dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9: Stone Town Day Tour
Have breakfast and leave for a full day exploration in the beautiful and natural historical town. Explore the coastal town by paying a visit to House of wonders, Palace museum, Old Fort and Slave market. Get a chance to see the famous unique and stylish Zanzibar doors. Break for a barbeque lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the local shops for purchasing of handicrafts including ornaments. Return to the hotel for shower. Leave the hotel around 7:30 for a tasty outdoor meal at Forodhani gardens.
Day 10: Jozani Forest Tour and Transfer To Blue Bay Beach Resort
Pickup from the hotel and travel by boat to Jozani forest which is a natural pharmacy containing herbs that can almost cure anything. Explore the forest to see the rare red colobus monkey, very unique species found in Zanzibar. Walk across the mangrove board which displays magnificent views of the forest. Break for lunch and head back to town. Drive to Blue bay beach resort for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 11: Beach Relaxation and Transfer To The Airport
Half day sea breezing in the beautiful ocean for ultimate relaxation of body and mind. Get a chance to enjoy swimming, snorkeling and diving in the satisfying waters. Break for lunch and return back to town. Drive to the airport for departure.