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Africa

Kilimanjaro- Machame Route & Zanzibar Adventure

From €2,599pp tour-only
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates throughout the year
Duration
12 Days
Destination
Moshi to Stonetown
Price
From €2,599pp tour-only
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Cross another item off your travel to-do list and do it in style with this 12-day Kilimanjaro combo tour.

After you conquer African's highest point with the help of your CEO (Chief Experience Officer) and trusted guides (with tons of incredible views and vistas captured along the way), you'll head to Zanzibar and learn about local flavours at a spice plantation. There's plenty of free time at the paradisiacal beaches of Zanzibar, with options to scuba dive, snorkel, or simply enjoy some hard-earned R&R.

Is this tour for me?

  • Travel Style: Active

Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

  • Service Level: Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel/hostel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

  • Physical Rating: 5 - Challenging

Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

  • Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 14, avg 10.

  • Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1 - Moshi

Arrive at any time.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Accommodation

Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher or the G Adventures App

Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)

Day 2 - Moshi/Machame camp

Hike the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to Machame Camp.

Most of the day is spent in the gorgeous and fascinating, forested slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, most of which is considered to be rainforest zone.

Depending on the weather, the trail will be soggy and possibly muddy if it rains.

Private Vehicle - Moshi – Machame Gate1h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Machame Gate – Machame camp5h-7h11km

Start at the Machame Gate where the group will register and begin hiking. The slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro are a rainforest zone, so trails can be wet and muddy. Keep a look-out for black and white colobus monkeys and exotic birds. On the first day of hiking the group covers a long distance with a gradual gradient. End the day at the Machame Campsite above the rainforest.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 - Machame camp/Shira 2 Camp

Hike through lower alpine moorland to Shira 2 camp and observe the spectacular views of Kibo Peak.

Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Machame camp – Shira 2 Camp5h-6h5km

Start with a steep ascent towards the edge of the forest. Climb the steep ridge and stop for a break. Before reaching camp, continue hiking to Shira Cathedral and enjoy the view of the peaks.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 - Shira 2 Camp/Barranco Camp

Hike to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower. Enjoy the fantastic view of Western Breach and the Breach Wall.

Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower3h-4h7km

Climb slowly through the rocky terrain to the Lava Tower (4600m, 15,092 ft) from the Shira 2 Camp. The route becomes increasingly challenging and steep. Some hikers might start to feel weak or short of breath from the altitude so go slowly— “pole pole” as they say in Swahili—to avoid exasperating the symptoms.

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Lava Tower – Barranco Camp1h30m-2h3km

Descend from the Lava Tower 650m (2133 ft) to the Great Barranco Valley. Hike about 2 hours to reach the valley, acclimate to the elevation and take in the view of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way. Reach the Barranco Camp and enjoy the beautiful landscape as a reward for the day’s difficult hike. The Breach Wall surrounds the Camp on three sides and the area has an amazing view of hanging glaciers and the Kibo massif.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 - Barranco Camp/Barafu Camp

View the Great Barranco Wall and climb up the eastern wall, passing below the Helm Glacier.

Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Barranco Camp – Barafu Camp8h-9h9km

Take a look at the view of the Great Barranco Wall from camp then get ready to climb up the eastern wall. The route is a steady incline that passes below the Helm Glacier and meets with the Mweka route on the way down. Get some rest at the Barafu camp, the site is a on a narrow, rocky, ridge with no barriers to block the wind. Get equipment like headlamps, hiking poles and thermal clothing ready to go for the very early morning start the next day.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 - Barafu Camp/Mweka Camp

Hike during the night to the Summit via Stella Point. Watch the sunrise before descending to Mweka Camp.

The route from Barafu Camp to the summit is mentally and physically, the longest, most challenging day of the entire trek. Despite the difficulty, the memory of conquering Mt Kilimanjaro will stay with you forever.

Barafu Camp to Stella Point

Barafu Camp – Stella Point6h4km

Wake up call today is at 11pm in order to reach Stella Point (5756m, 18,885 ft) in time for the spectacular view of the sunrise (depending on weather). Enjoy a snack and warm drink and get ready for the ascent in the dark up the northwest scree. Go slowly as the terrain is rocky and difficult, pass between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers before arriving at Stella Point.

Stella Point to Summit

Stella Point – Uhuru1h-1h30m1km

Start the 1 hour, gradual ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m, 19341 ft) along the snow-covered trail. Temperatures near the summit can range from -23° C (-9°f) in the morning to just below freezing overnight. Arrive at the summit at last! Take a deep breath and celebrate a successful climb.

Summit to Mweka Camp

Uhuru – Mweka Camp4h-6h12km

Begin the descent from the summit towards the Barafu camp, where the group will pack up and enjoy a quick rest. The route down will use the same rock and scree path as the ascent and will pass back through moorland and forest terrain. Reach Mweka hut in the late afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 - Mweka Camp/Moshi

Continue descent through the forested, lower slopes to Moshi. Meet the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a G supported project, for a climbing ceremony.

Arrive to Moshi in the afternoon. Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! Before dinner, you will be welcomed and congratulated on your climb by the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures. They will present you with a gift and a certificate to remember all your efforts on the mountain.

Opt to pre-book the Moshi Mamas Massage by adding it to your checkout page, or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Hike downhill to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the lower altitude and the view of the forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route can be muddy underfoot so take care. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Upon arrival to Moshi in the afternoon, relax, or opt to have that much-deserved shower and congratulatory beverage.

Private Vehicle - Mweka – Moshi30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Your G for Good Moment: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit

This project is supported by the Planeterra Foundation and G Adventures. Women and girls are often the first to be excluded from educational programs in Tanzania, with most girls being pulled out of school by Grade 3 to help out around the home. Our ground partners provide free adult business education for women in Moshi, and Planeterra and G Adventures have rented a cooperative space to allow these students to practice their academic skills and save income to start their own business. Feel free to shop for for souvenirs and speak to the women who run the cooperative about their lives and how the project has assisted in building a brighter future.

Moshi

Want to revive sore muscles with a relaxing massage? Have the Moshi Mamas come to your hotel and indulge in a 30 min massage after completing your hike to the roof of Africa! The Moshi Women’s Cooperative is a project supported by G Adventures, which provides business education to local women.

Accommodation - Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8 - Moshi/Stone Town

Fly to the beautiful island of Zanzibar and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO in historic Stone Town, and opt to continue on for a longer walking tour, or explore on your own.

Transfer to the airport for a short, but scenic flight to this island paradise. Arrive in Stone Town in time for lunch and an orientation walk. If you opt to continue on for a longer tour of Stone Town, you will be visiting the Old Slave Market, House of Wonders, Palace Museum; entrance to these sites are optional and are to be purchased on site.

Private Vehicle - Moshi – Kilimanjaro International Airport1h40km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Kilimanjaro International Airport – Stone Town1h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

The airport transfers and flight are included but will be unaccompanied by a CEO.

Stone Town Orientation Walk

This orientation walk is just a brief introduction. If you'd like to learn more in depth information about Stone Town, we recommended going on a guided city tour.

Accommodation - Tausi Palace Hotel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Zanzibar Beach Resort

Visit a local spice plantation for a guided tour. Continue to the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of Zanzibar's beautiful coast.

Private Vehicle - Stone Town – Jambiani1h30m60km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Spice Plantation Guided Tour

Zanzibar

Delight your senses with a guided tour and learn about an assortment of spices, such as cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadfruit, jackfruit, vanilla, and lemongrass, and their various uses. It was the spice plantations that brought the beginnings of Zanzibar’s infamous slave trade dating back to the 1840s.

Accommodation - Fun Beach (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Days 10–11 - Zanzibar Beach Resort

Enjoy free time to lounge on the beach, snorkel, or tour the island.

Accommodation - Fun Beach (or similar)

Meals included:  Breakfast

Day 12 - Stone Town

Morning group transfer from the beach. Depart Stone Town upon arrival in the late morning. Onward travel should be booked no earlier than 2:30pm.

Private Vehicle - Jambiani – Stone Town1h30m60km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Departure Day (Activities)

Meals included: Breakfast

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Your G for Good Moment: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit, Moshi
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • 6-day guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro's Machame Route with local guides, cooks and porters
  • All permits and fees
  • Scenic flight from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar
  • Orientation walk in Stone Town
  • Spice plantation guided tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodations - Simple hotels (6 nts), full-service alpine camping (5 nts).
  • Meals - 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners. Allow USD170-225 for meals not included.
  • Transportation - Private minibus, trekking, plane, walking.
  • Staff & experts - Kilimanjaro portion: Certified mountain guide throughout (CEO), local representative, cook, porters. Zanzibar portion: CEO (Chief Experience Officer), local guides.

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights and charges from Ireland
  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

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