14 Days Machame Route, Safari & Zanzibar beach

Tour overview

The Machame route is often considered the most striking and has spectacular views of the summit, but it is weather dependant. Visit the most epic wildlife areas Tarangire, Ngorongoro crater , lake manyara without forgetting zanzibar beach

Tour itinerary

Day 0: Arrival Day

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport a member from Johnadventures will be waiting to meet you and being transferred to moshi for overnight accommodation where you will meet your guide. Once your settled in your hotel, you will receive a briefing of your tour

Day 1: machame gate to machame camp

After breakfast, you will be collected from your lodge and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is registering, you can watch the mountain team preparing – it is always impressive ‘what’ and particularly ‘how’ everything is carried up the mountain. Once this is all packed up, your adventure will begin; after a few minutes you will be deep within the forest with ancient trees, ferns, mosses and black and white colobus monkeys frolicking in the treetops. After 5 – 6 hours you will reach – Machame Camp –situated just above the forest line at 3000 m. Arriving here, the porters have already set up your tents and warm water for washing is ready.

Day 2:Machame Camp – Shira Camp

After an early morning start, the path steepens and the vegetation changes into a moorland with shrubs such as hardy Ericas. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and by mid-afternoon, you will arrive at the campsite at the Shira Plateau. From the camp you will have breath-taking views of the mountain and evening light on the rock face and glacier of Kibo as the sun sets.

Day 3: Shira Camp – Lava Tower Hut – Barranco Camp

Today will be a day for ups and downs. You will ascend almost 700 m but descend again after reaching the imposing Lava Tower (4640 m). This will help with acclimatisation as you will reach a height of over 4500 m. You will move through different vegetation zones. After reaching Lava Tower the path traverses Barranco Valley dotted with the weird-looking senecios. Barranco Camp is reached after 6 – 7 hours. Considered the most beautiful camp on the mountain, the camp is situated just below the imposing Barranco Wall. Rest and refuel tonight.

Day 4:Barranco Camp – Barafu Camp

The first section of today’s route is to scale the ‘Barranco Wall’. Use your hands and feet. Safety is paramount and you will be secured if necessary, but it looks more daunting than it actually is. The trail continues with many up and down sections, crossing a few streams, winding and climbing stopping for lunch in the Karanga Valley. After lunch there will be another 2 – 3 hours climb before you reach Barafu Camp (4640 m). Tonight, drink a lot of fluids, try to eat and go to bed early to rest enough before tomorrow’s summit trek.

Day 5:Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak -Mweka Camp

You will be woken in the midnight hours with a cup of tea and a biscuit. Dressed warmly and geared with a headlight and your daypack you will set off in the darkness. After 5 – 7 hours of ‘pole pole’, you will reach the rim of the crater, Stella Point. Another one to two hours of going slowly along the crater’s edge and you will arrive at the summit – Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Looking down over the surrounding landscape below in the early morning light, will make you feel on top of the world. You have now reached the ‘Roof of Africa’. The descent should be easy but dusty, as the volcanic ash will now have defrosted. Returning on the same route you should arrive at Barafu Camp within a few hours where the porters are waiting with food and tea. Resting for an hour or two, you will continue down to reach Mweka Camp (3080 m) for your overnight stay.

Day 6:Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate (1630 M)

Last day on the mountain. After breakfast, the crew will celebrate your achievement with a traditional song as part of their farewell ceremony. You will present them with their tips. Setting off and descending into the moist green forest, it should take about three hours to reach the gate. Back to Moshi town, hot showers and cold beers wait. There you can revive yourself and celebrate your achievement.

day 7: Moshi to Tarangire national park

This morning you will travel from Moshi/Arusha to Tarangire National Park, taking approximately 3-4 hours. Tarangire is sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah and up to six thousand elephants. Enjoy your afternoon game drive. and then drive to your campsite for dinner and overnight at Tarangire national park.

Day 8: Tarangire to ngorongoro crater

After breakfast you will travel to  Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro crater  is the largest unfolded and unbroken caldera in the world. At approximately 20 kilometers across and 600 meters deep, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breath-taking natural wonder. Ngorongoro Crater is unique in that almost all the wildlife lives within the crater walls; After having your picnic lunch you will drive back to Moshi.

Day 9:Ngorongoro to lake Manyara

After luscious breakfast you will depart to Lake Manyara National Park after arrival you will check-in and proceed with game drive. Lake Manyara is one of the hidden gems of Tanzania, is situated at the root of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The park has an extensive amount of species due to the various distinctive habitats. The park is home to over four hundred bird species and exotic birds often migrate to this sanctuary. You can expect to see the Cape clawless otter, buffalo, elephants, Egyptian mongoose, hippos, giraffes, impalas and Lake Manyara National Park has the largest concentration of baboons in the world. We will enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park and in the afternoon we will depart to Moshi town

Day 10: Moshi town tour

After breakfast our guide will pick you from your hotel then start a walking tour in Moshi town. Moshi takes its name from the Kiswahili word for “smoke”, possibly because Mount Kilimanjaro which is a dormant volcano today, has been spewing gas in the past and present too, and because of the fact that it is often covered with clouds and mist too.  Then you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro international airport to catch your flight to Zanzibar 

Day 11: Zanzibar Nungwi beach

Nungwi Beach is situated in Zanzibar’s northern region (Unguja Island). It is roughly 62.9 kilometres from Stone Town and 67.4 km from Zanzibar Airport. According to CNN Travel, it is one of the top beaches in Africa for 2017.

The most well-known and storied beach in Zanzibar is Nungwi. Numerous people and activities: nightclubs, restaurants, and exciting pursuits like diving, horseback riding, kayaking, swimming with turtles, and snorkeling. Nungwi is a well-liked location for dive shops in Zanzibar.

Day 12:. Stone Town Walking Tour

Stone Town is the ancient part of Zanzibar City, which is itself capital of Unguja island.Visit and you’ll get a perfect picture of how the old Swahili trading towns of East Africa look, sound, feel, taste and smell.Stone Town is an ancient trading town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is really the heart and soul of Zanzibar Island.

Day 13:Jozani Forest Tour

This park covers an area of about 6,200 acres and is made up of mostly forest. The forest is home to a number of endemic species, including the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Your guide will take you on a nature trail, lined up with eucalyptus and mahogany trees and explain the medicinal properties of various plants and tell you about the animals, birds and reptiles that make their home in the various habitats of this tropical rainforest. This monkey is endemic to the island and only 2,500 individuals remain. Conserving them has generally been successful but the fact that they are only found in the island makes them very prone to extinction.

Day 14: Depature

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked by your guide transferred to Zanzibar international airport for departure. This makes an end of 14days tour. we appreciate working with you, Loads of memories to cherish 

Included:

  • Transport (4*4 Land cruiser)
  • All government Taxes
  • Park Fees
  • Professional English guide
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Pick up & Drop off (Kilimanjaro International Airport )
  • Zanzibar flight
  • Drinking Water (1.5l)

excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Service not mentioned