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From: $4,490 per person (18 days, 17 nights)

kilimanjaro

Tour Highlights

  • Summit the glorious Mount Kilimanjaro and watch the sun rise from 19,340ft
  • Visit some of Tanzania's most beautiful national parks
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar after your excitement and adventure
  • All transfers included
  • Flexible bookings - you choose the dates

Tanzania; rugged peaks, wild creatures, azure waters...and unparalleled hospitality

This special tour really does offer everything - a mountain-trekking challenge, the chance to watch the sun rise over Africa from the top of its highest mountains, wild animals in their natural habitat, days on the beach to soak up the sun, and the opportunity to soak up the culture and atmosphere of a famous old town.

This tour really does start on a high – 19,640ft, to be precise.  Your first days in Tanzania will be spent summiting the huge, brooding Mount Kilimanjaro.  You’ll hike through montane forest, trek across beautiful heath land, camp at the bottom of a plummeting valley, marvel at the unique and somehow alien mountain flora, and finally reach the Uhuru Summit to watch a new day dawn on Tanzania to the south, and Kenya to the north.

After your descent from the mountain, you will continue into Tanzania’s wilderness and take in the best the northern circuit has to offer. 

You will start your safari in Lake Manyara – a truly lovely national park with tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees.  This park is well known for the bizarre  tree-climbing habits of the lion which reside there, and if you’re lucky, you might just spot one, along with elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, monkeys and many more fantastic creatures.

The Serengeti, where you will spend your next few days on safari, is vast, beautiful, and above all wild.  Here you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephant, giraffe, zebra, monkeys, baboons, various grazers and hundreds of bird species.  Little wonder that this park is so very famous around the world.

Your last day on safari before taking your beach extension will be spent at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  You will take a truly amazing game drive at the bottom of the Ngorongoro Crater – a huge and ancient crater created from a collapsed volcano.  The walls are 2000ft high, meaning very few animals migrate in and out of the crater.  This natural wildlife sanctuary is home to thousands of animals, including all the “Big Five”, plus zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes and myriad bird species.

After your mountain climbing and safari excitement, you will spend four blissful days relaxing on the pristine beaches of East Africa’s most exotic island – Zanzibar.  Swim, sun, sand, and a pleasant ocean breeze to cool you down.  What more could you need to relax and let your troubles go?

Your final two nights will be spent taking in the culture, atmosphere and architecture of Stone Town – the historical centre of Zanzibar’s biggest town.  Arabic, African and Portuguese; all three influences are apparent in each aspect of Stone Town life – the architecture, the food, the language and of course the abundance of aromatic spices. 

By way of introduction, you will be taken on the famous Spice Tour, where you will explore the spice plantations and learn all about the erstwhile backbone of the Zanzibari economy.  You will also learn about organic herbs and their uses in cosmetics, medicines and of course cookery.  We will also take you on a city tour, to the Palace Museum, the House of Wonders, the Arab fort, bustling markets and countless curio and antique shops.


Stunning accommodation in stunning surroundings

Throughout your 18-day adventure you will find your accommodation comfortable, luxurious, unique and of course hospitable. 

At Rivertrees you can simply inhale the fresh country air, delight at the fresh flowers growing outside your window, enjoy a hearty breakfast and take a gentle stroll in the expansive countryside surrounding the establishment.  A better place to start a safari journey could hardly be imagined. 

Your tented camp accommodation is a far cry from traditional camping – in Kirurumu and Mapito you are in no way slumming it!  Dining on fine china, dozing off in soft and comfortable sheets, and gazing upon the stunning scenery in which this camp is located, you will appreciate all the little luxurious touches which make your stay in the bush extra-comfortable.

The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge offers perfect views over the Ngorongoro Crater – sometimes referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.  Watching the sun set here, with a cold beer or hot coffee in hand, is one of the ultimate safari experiences!

Your beach extension will be spent at The Zanzibari Hotel – a delightful boutique hotel on Zanzibar’s beautiful north east cost.  Nestling in lush gardens with brightly-coloured blooms and the odd little lizard darting around, all rooms are air conditioned and offer sea views.  The outdoor infinity pool is the ultimate place to cool down from the hot afternoon sun and enjoy a cold drink.

Your final nights in Zanzibar will be spent in the Zanzibar Coffee House, a lovely boutique hotel in the heart of Zanzibar’s old town.  Each individually styled room is comfortable and elegant, and all guests enjoy relaxing here, taking organic coffee on the rooftop breakfast terrace and soaking up Stone Town’s singular atmosphere.



This private tour is completely customisable - you can change the duration, where you visit and the hotels you stay in - just let us know what you'd like to change when you get in touch with us.

Day 1: Arrival

Dinner
  • Pick up from the International Airport of Kilimanjaro.  Transfer to Rivertrees Country House for a safari briefing from one of our representatives
  • Dinner and overnight at Rivertrees

Day 2: Machame Camp

Full Board
  • Transfer to the Machame Park Gate (5,950ft) in the morning.  Register with the park authorities and begin your climb through the lush forest
  • Continue on to heath land before reaching overnight camp destination at Machame Camp (9,850ft)
  • 6-7 hours approximate walking total
  • Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp

Day 3: Shira Camp

Full Board
  • Continue across the beautiful heath land and ascend into alpine moorland, taking in magnificent Kilimanjaro peak views
  • Begin a steep climb through the stunning forest surrounds, and scramble around large boulders
  • 5-6 hours approximate walking total
  • Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp (12,600ft)

Day 4: Barranco Camp

Full Board
  • Draw closer to the peak as you approach the Lava Tower, on a steep and quite strenuous trail.  The Lava Tower is a 300ft tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed path at 15,000ft.
  • Descend into the Barranco Valley in the afternoon
  • Reach Barranco Camp - set on a flat area and enclosed on three sides by the valley walls.  The landscape here is strange and beautiful, with glistening glaciers, giant groundsels, giant lobelia and plummeting walls
  • 5-6 hours approximate walking total
  • Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp (12,950ft)

Day 5: Karanga Valley Camp

Full Board
  • An acclimatisation day of hiking and taking in the stunning views
  • Descend into the gorge before climbing its eastern wall, where you will take in the views of Kilimanjaro's ice fields
  • Continue trekking until reaching Karanga Valley
  • 4-5 hours approximate walking total
  • Dinner and overnight at Karanga Valley Camp (13,900ft)

Day 6: Barafu Camp

Full Board
  • Trek up through the Karanga Valley, with the trail turning steadily uphill, following the lava ridge to the Barafu Camp
  • The temperature will drop and the landscape will become more sparse as you approach the camp, set on a small and exposed flat area on a ridge.  This camp will be your base from which to attempt the summit
  • 6-7 hours approximate walking total
  • Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp (15,200ft)

Day 7: Summit and Mweka Camp

Full Board
  • Start the challenging summit trek shortly after midnight, passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point
  • The temperatures range from just below freezing a midnight, to between -12 deg.C to -23 deg. C just before the dawn summit
  • As dawn nears you will summit the Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340ft - the culmination and reward of some 6-7 hours strenuous hiking
  • Descend back to Barafu Camp, rest a while, and continue descent to Mweka Camp (9,840ft).  This descent will take approximately 3-4 hours
  • Dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp

Day 8: Park Gate

Half Board
  • Make final descent to the park gate, a walk of some 3-4 hours
  • Drive to Arusha for rest and relaxation
  • Dinner and overnight at Rivertrees

Day 9: Lake Manyara

Private Afternoon Game Drive
Full Board
  • Pick up from hotel after breakfast and head towards Lake Manyara, driving across the floor of the Great Rift Valley
  • Reach Lake Manyara - a stunning national park recognised for its natural beauty, and also for its unique tree-climbing lions!
  • Dinner and overnight at Kirurumu Tented Camp

Day 10:

Private Afternoon Game Drive
Full Board
  • Depart for the Serengeti after breakfast
  • Make an en route stop for apicnic lunch in a scenic spot before continuing into the Serengeti for an afternoon game drive
  • Dinner and overnight at Mapito Tented Camp

Day 11: Serengeti

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • After breakfast, take an early morning game drive in the Serengeti, where you might spot a group of lionesses gathering for a hunt, or a hard of buffalo lazily grazing in the sun
  • Return to your accommodation for a delicious lunch and some rest and relaxation, before embarking on your afternoon game drive.  Or, if preferred, a lunch box can be taken with you, to maximise on your game-viewing time
  • Dinner and overnight at Mapito Tented Camp

Day 12: Ngorongoro

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • Early morning game drive, where you can spot nocturnal predators returning from their night hunting, and other animals just waking in the dawn light
  • Continue on your game spotting as you head towards Naabi Hill Gate and towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Descend into the crater for an amazing game driving experience on the crater bottom.  You can expect to see lion, elephant, zebra, hippo, jackals, rhino and many, many more creatures.  A picnic lunch will be taken at the crater bottom, to maximise on game viewing time
  • Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Day 13: Zanzibar Beach

Half Board
  • Proceed to Arusha for your flight to Zanzibar, where you will take your relaxing beach extension
  • Dinner and overnight at The Zanzibari

Day 14: Zanzibar Beach

Half Board
  • Relax and enjoy the stunning beaches, beautiful weather and laid-back atmosphere of Zanzibar's east coast
  • Overnight at The Zanzibari

Day 15: Zanzibar Beach

Half Board
  • Relax and enjoy the stunning beaches, beautiful weather and laid-back atmosphere of Zanzibar's east coast
  • Overnight at The Zanzibari

Day 16: Zanzibar Beach

Half Board
  • Relax and enjoy the stunning beaches, beautiful weather and laid-back atmosphere of Zanzibar's east coast
  • Overnight at The Zanzibari

Day 17: Stone Town

Half Board
  • After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Zanzibar's fascinating old town - Stone Town
  • En route you will do the famous spice tour, visiting the spice plantations which once provided the economic backbone of the island
  • You will learn not only about spices, but also about organically grown herbs, as well as their uses in medicine, cosmetics and cookery.  Lunch will be taken at the Spice Restaurant, where you can sample the spices and locally grown fruits
  • The afternoon will be spent on a tour of historical Stone Town, taking in the House of Wonders and the Palace Museum, alongside bustling markets, countless mosques and many curio shops
  • Dinner and overnight at Zanzibar Coffee House

Day 18: Departure

Bed and Breakfast
  • Transfer from your hotel to Zanzibar Aiport for your onward travel plans

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Wildlife you might see

During your holiday you will have the chance to see the animals pictured below - unfortunately we can't guaruntee that you'll see all the animals, but hopefully the photos will give you an idea of what to look out for!

Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
Elephant
Elephant
Leopard
Leopard
Masai Lion
Masai Lion
Beisa Oryx
Beisa Oryx
blackkite1
Black Kite
Bushbaby
Bushbaby
Cheetah
Cheetah
Crocodile
Crocodile
Crowned Crane
Crowned Crane
Dikdik
Dik-dik
Duiker
Duiker
dwarf-mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
Eland
Eland
African Fish Eagle
Fish Eagle
Grant's Gazelle
Grant's Gazelle
Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican
Pink Flamingo
Greater Flamingo
greyheaded-kingfisher
Grey-headed Kingfisher
Hartebeest
Hartebeest
Hartlaub's Turaco
Hartlaub's Turaco
Hippo
Hippo
Hyena
Hyena
Hyrax
Hyrax
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Impala
Jackal
Jackal
kori-bustard
Kori Bustard
Lappet-faced Vulture
Lappet-faced Vulture
Lesser Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Little Bee-Eater
Little Bee-Eater
Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork
Masai Giraffe
Masai Giraffe
Oliva Baboon
Olive Baboon
Plains Zebra
Plains Zebra
Reedbuck
Reedbuck
Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
Superb Starling
Superb Starling
Tawny Eagle
Tawny Eagle
Thomson's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle
Topi
Topi
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Warthog
Warthog
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-billed Stork

Prices for this tour

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  • Single Room Supplement: $535
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is one of Doyens resident Safari Experts and she is ready to talk to you about this tour! Click the link below to get in touch:

E-mail: info@doyensafaris.co.ke