Summary  Itineraries

Combine the two highlights of Africa – Climb Kilimanjaro and visit one of the worlds’ most spectacular natural wonders, Victoria Falls.

Price: USD $1,896 /person,

10 days, 9 Nights Peak of Africa Kilimanjaro Climb – Machame Route and Victoria Falls Experience in Zimbabwe

Detailed Itineraries

DAY 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Elevation (m): 1830m to 3100m
Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 10,200ft
Distance: 18km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
After breakfast drive from Arusha to Mt. Kilimanjaro. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail to the Machame Camp. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Hut. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy our dinner, and overnight.

DAY 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Elevation (m): 3100m to 3840m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 12,600ft Distance: 9km
Walking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge,covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns West onto a river gorge. Time for rest,
dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

DAY 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m
Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 12,700ft
Distance: 15 km
Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east,passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.”
Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876 meters. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3,860 meters. Here we rest, enjoy dinner,and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

OPTIONAL DAY 4 (for 7 day trek)– Barranco Camp to Karanga
Camp
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

DAY 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4600m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 15,100ft
Distance: 13km
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (4200m), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue to the
Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

DAY 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m
(and down to 3100m)
Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down
to10,200ft)
Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent
Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am),, we continue our way to the summit. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the
most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see(weather permitting). From Stella Point, you will encounter snow all they way on your 2-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the
summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. 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. Beer and soda may be available for purchase at the Mweka Hut — the only location on this route.

DAY 6: Mweka Camp to Arusha.
Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer
clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Arusha. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!
Transfer to Impala hotel for dinner and overnight in Arusha.

Day 7: ARUSHA/HARARE
Transfer from Meru Simba Lodge to Kilimanjaro international airport to connect to your flight Dar es Salaam where you will be connected to your flight to Harare. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Harare. Bed and breakfast.

Day 8: HARARE/VICTORIA FALLS
– After breakfast you will be transferred to Harare airport for Air Zimbabwe flight to Victoria Falls. Arrive at Victoria Falls airport and met by our representatives.
who will assist with luggage and transfer to their hotel. Upon arrival you will be assisted with your check in formalities.

In the afternoon you will be taken on a Nature Sanctuary and Crocodile Farm tour. From the Nature Sanctuary tour, you will proceed to the Jetty a Sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi River.

After the cruise, you will be taken to the Craft Village for an evening performance of traditional Africa dancing.

Overnight at Hotel on Bed and Breakfast Basis

Day 9: GUIDED TOUR AT VICTORIA FALLS
Breakfast will be at the hotel and you will then be taken to the Rainforest for a guided tour of the Falls and then afterwards to the Craft Village for a display of the Traditional way of living in Zimbabwe.

Lunch will be on your own account

You will spend the afternoon at leisure – an opportunity to take part in the optional tours.

In the evening you will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport where you will be assisted with luggage and check-in for their departure flight to Harare for dinner and overnight. Bed and breakfast.

Day 10: HARARE/DAR ES SALAAM/DEPARTURE:
After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to Dar es Salaam to connect to your departure flight back home.

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PRICE:
US$ 1824 per person( In a group minimum 2 Pax)

Price Includes:
– All park entry fees
– Accommodation based on 3 meals a day while in Tanzania and bed and breakfast in Zimbabwe.
– Transport in a vehicle with a pop up roof
– All airport transfers while in Zimbabwe
– Driver Guide allowances

Price Excludes:
– Flight from Dar es Salaam to Harare Zimbabwe US$900 per person Return ticket( Subject to change and availability at the time of making a booking)
– Flight from Harare/Victoria Falls/Harare US$320 per person(Subject to change and availability at the time of making a booking)
– International flights but we can arrange on request.
– Airport transfers while in Tanzania
– Accommodation on your arrival, book with us.
– Items of personal nature

Notes:
this itinerary is only available for 2 or more persons
You may add an extra day for the Kilimanjaro climb
Other routes up Kilimanjaro available in combination
This itinerary can be customised and you can add on a safari in Tanzania if you wish