12 days Kilimanjaro climb & Zanzibar beach holiday.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Hiking via Marangu Route/Zanzibar Beach Holiday 2024

Kilimanjaro Trek, Tanzania safari & Zanzibar beach Holiday

Reserve our 12 Days Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania wildlife & Zanzibar beach holiday. This tour combines Mount Kilimanjaro climbing with Ngorongoro tour, Lake Manyara and Zanzibar beach vacation.

Book our 12 days Mount Kilimanjaro climb combined with a Zanzibar beach holiday. This tour program offers travelers adventure and relaxation on the beach.

You will trek Marangu Route. Climb Marangu route is one of the most popular routes. Marangu Route also known as coca cola Route. After this adventure you will proceed to the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

Marangu Trek -Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

You will hike all the way to Uhuru Peak. You will spend the nights in comfortable mountain huts.

The Marangu Route is often billed as one of the easier walking routes, however, the route has the lowest success rate (42%). This is because too many climbers try to do it in only 5 days and fail because of poor acclimatization. We have added an extra day’s acclimatization to enhance more chances of reaching the summit. Book our 8 days Mt Kilimanjaro climb Marangu route trek guided with trained mountain trekking guides.

Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast, the Marangu route uses the same ascent and descent route. This means it is less scenic than the other routes. For climbers who do not wish to camp, then Marangu is the only route that offers dormitory style hut accommodation.

The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb.

Mount Kilimanjaro climb Zanzibar beach

Mount Kilimanjaro & Zanzibar Beach Holiday

After the Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking, you will head to Moshi. Here, you will fly to Zanzibar as you head to the tail end of 12 days Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek and Zanzibar Beach Vacation Holiday. You will spend 4 nights on this scenic island in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is an ideal holiday destination, with the cool ocean breeze against the tropical island’s sandy beach.

The island is also rich in history. You can opt to spend some time exploring the Swahili culture and also get to buy some merchandise for your memorabilia.

After the four nights, you will head to the airport here you will mark the end of your 12-day Kilimanjaro climb & Zanzibar beach holiday.

This tour runs on private basis and hence the tour can depart at clients most convenient day.

Day 1: Arrival – Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, Transfer to Dual Mountain Lodge for the overnight. Bed and breakfast

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)

Hiking time: 5 hours Distance: About 12 km’s Habitat: Montane Forest

The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers.

Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest.

The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail branches off the to the left a few minutes after the gate.

This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1,5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.) Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting.

The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut. Overnight at Mandara Hut. Full board

Mount Kilimanjaro climb Zanzibar beach

Day 3: Mandara Hut (2700m) – Horombo Hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Moorland From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland.

It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun.

Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants – the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel, which can reach heights of 5m!

After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo Hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight. Full board

Day 4: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Kibo Hut (4700m)

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 15 km’s Habitat: Alpine desert Kilimanjaro Hikers.

After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from.

The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded.

The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour, and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night’s time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut).

Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office.

There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your sleeping hikers at Kibo hut. final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick, and thermal clothing for your summit bid.

This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at around about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible. Overnight at Kibo Hut. Full board

Day 5: SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Kibo hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m) Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru – 6 hours to descend to Horombo Distance: 6 km’s ascent – 21 km’s descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough.

The first section of the On the Summit. trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point (5,681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort.

Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. Group at Gilmans Point. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.

Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut.

After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day.

In the evening, you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions. Overnight at Horombo Hut. Full board

Day 6: Horombo Hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)- Moshi Town

Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 27 km’s

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara Hut, down to the Marangu Gate. At Marangu Gate successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates.

You are driven to the Dual Mountain View Lodge, Moshi for overnight. Half board

Day 7: Moshi-Zanzibar

Breakfast at the Dual Mountain View Lodge. In good time, you are transferred to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your scheduled flight to Zanzibar. On arriving Zanzibar, you are met by a representative of Kiwengwa Beach Resort and transferred to the facility.

Check in at the Resort. It is situated on the Kiwengwa Beach. Dinner and overnight at the Kiwengwa Beach Resort. Full board

Day 8 to 11: Zanzibar Beach

Spend these 4 full extra days at the Zanzibar on the Beach. You may undertake optional water sports or

other Excursions and pay on the ground. Overnights at the Kiwengwa Beach Resort. Full board

Day 12: Zanzibar Beach- Zanzibar Airport and departure

Breakfast at the Kiwengwa Beach Resort. Spend some time on leisure at the Resort. In good time, you are picked up and transferred to the Zanzibar Airport and take your ongoing flight. Breakfast

Included:

  • Arrival and departure transfers in Moshi and Zanzibar.
  • Bed and breakfast at the Dual Mountain View Lodge for 2 nights.
  • 4 nights Mount Kilimanjaro Trek using Mountain Huts.
  • Full board (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner) on Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
  • Services of Certified Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Guide during the Trek.
  • Services of Porters and Cook during the Mount Killimanjaro Trek.
  • Scheduled flight Kilimanjaro/ Zanzibar on Day 7.
  • 5 nights accommodation at Kiwengwa Beach Resort on Zanzibar Beach.

Excluded:

  • Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Equipment.
  • Items not mentioned as included.
  • Tips and gratuities for the Mount Kilimanjaro Crew and the Zanzibar Resort Staff.