12 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro & Zanzibar Beach Holiday

Day 12 night 11
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  • Climbing Adventure
  • Romantic Beach Holiday
  • Family/Honeymoon
  • Group/Solo


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Spend  7 days | 6 Nights climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via Machame Route. The  Machame Route is also known as the  “Whiskey”  route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier  Marangu Route, which is known as the  “Coca-Cola”  route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommoda…
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Spend  7 days | 6 Nights climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via Machame Route. The  Machame Route is also known as the  “Whiskey”  route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier  Marangu Route, which is known as the  “Coca-Cola”  route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the  Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents. The  Machame Route is the most popular path. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the  Machame Route then escape to  Zanzibar Island and explore long stretches of virgin powdery white sand beaches. This itinerary also allows you to spend  5 Days | 4 Nights at  The Sands Beach Resort which is located on the South Coast of Zanzibar where you will have the chance to discover the best activities in Zanzibar Island including the  Zanzibar Spice Tour,  Stone Town City Tour,  Prison Island Boat Trip, and the  Safari Blue Sea Adventure. You can start on any date you request. We can also help to arrange flights and speed boats in and out of Zanzibar.


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Itinerary (Day by Day)

  • Day 0: Arrival in Tanzania
  • Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a pick-up private transfer waiting to Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa in Arusha. All airport transfers are part of the package, no extra fee is required. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.

    Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 1: Drive To Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate To Machame Camp
  • Drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journeys pass 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 rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge. 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 Camp. Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast are included  (FB).

    Budget Lodging: Machame Camp

    Meal Plan: Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast (FB)

    Elevation: 1830m to 3000m, 6000ft to 10,200ft

    Distance: 11km/7mi

    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

    Habitat: Montane Forest

  • Day 2: Machame Camp To Shira Camp
  • After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley and 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. Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast are included  (FB).

    Budget Lodging: Shira Camp

    Meal Plan: Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast (FB)

    Elevation: 3000m to 3840m, 10,200ft to 12,600ft

    Distance: 5km

    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

    Habitat: Moorland

  • Day 3: Shira Camp To Lava Tower To Barranco Camp
  • From the  Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, 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 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the  Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft. 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. Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast are included  (FB).

    Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp

    Meal Plan: Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast (FB)

    Elevation: 3800m to 4630m to 3986m, 15,000ft to 13,700ft

    Distance: 11km

    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

    Habitat: Semi-desert

  • Day 4: Barranco Camp To Karanga Camp
  • After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the  Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the  Mweka Trail. Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast are included  (FB).

    Budget Lodging: Karanga Camp

    Meal Plan: Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast (FB)

    Elevation: Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft

    Distance: 5km/3mi

    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Day 5: Karanga Camp To Barafu Camp
  • We continue up to the  Barafu Camp. 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. Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast are included  (FB).

    Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp

    Meal Plan: Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast (FB)

    Elevation: Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft

    Distance: 4km/2mi

    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Day 6: Hike Barafu Camp To Summit, Down To Mweka Camp
  • Very early in the morning (midnight), 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 / 18,652 ft), 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 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. Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast are included  (FB).

    Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp

    Meal Plan: Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast (FB)

    Elevation: 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m) 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft

    Distance: 5km ascent / 12km descent

    Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent / 3 hours descent

    Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

  • Day 7: Hike Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Arusha
  • 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 the Mweka gate to drive you back to the Arusha Serena Hotel in Arusha. Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast are included  (FB).

    Accommodation: Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa

    Meal Plan: Dinner, Lunch, and Breakfast (FB)

    Elevation: 3100m to 1830m, 10,200ft to 6000ft

    Distance: 10km/6mi

    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

    Habitat: Forest

  • Day 8: Kilimanjaro International Airport - Zanzibar Island
  • Morning after breakfast drive to  Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will take your flight to  Zanzibar Island. On arrival, you will be met and greeted by our guide and driver at Zanzibar Airport. Our representative will be holding a name card for you for easy identification and transfer to The Sands Beach Resort  (Located on the South East Coast of Zanzibar Island). Dinner and Breakfast included  (HB).

    The Sands Beach Resort or similar

    Dinner and Bed & Breakfast (HB)

  • Day 9: Stone Town City Tour + Zanzibar Spice Tour + Prison Island Boat Trip
  • The morning after breakfast pick up from  The Sands Beach Resort for the  Zanzibar Spice Tour on this tour you will see and taste the tropical fruits, spices plantations, or plots on the island. A variety of spice plants used as ornament, medicines, flowers, fruits, and other interesting flora can be seen during the spice tour and if you will have time, you will visit the Kidichi bath built in 1850 by the first Sultan for his wife Sheharzad (Granddaughter of Fateh Ali Shah of Persia). After the Spice Tour, we'll head to Stone Town one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Cultural Arts Centre of East Africa. You will have the  Stone Town City Tour take you around the historical culture and architectural town of Zanzibar with a century of history. It includes a visit to the former slave market site, which now stands as an Anglican church built in 1871, a town market, the Zanzibar Memorial Museum, the House of Wonder built-in 1883 (Beit-Al-Ajab), Old Arab Fort, Palace Museum, Old Indian dispensary (Cultural Center). After Lunch, you will have a trip to  Prison Island Boat Trip and visit Lloyd Mathew's Architecture built in 1893 and the Island is a home of Aldabra Giant Tortoises. Flanged by an amazing beach of reef sanctuary, the island is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and beach relaxation. After tours, you will be dropped off at  The Sands Beach Resort for overnight  (HB).

    The Sands Beach Resort or similar

    Dinner and Bed & Breakfast (HB)

  • Day 10: Safari Blue Sea Adventure
  • Morning after breakfast pick-up from  The Sands Beach Resort for  Safari Blue Sea Adventure. A full day sailing/snorkeling/sunbathing on a traditional dhow and seafood barbecue. Setting sail from Fumba, you will explore the Menai Bay where dolphins are often sighted. When dropping the anchor at the Kwale sandbank, you can snorkel the coral reefs.  Kwale Island  - a great place to explore and climb an ancient baobab tree, which fell hundreds of years ago but still stands tall. You’ll be served a buffet of grilled fish, lobster, calamari, chicken, and coconut rice. The boat sails to a stunning natural lagoon where there is an opportunity to swim before the day is over and back to your hotel. Breakfast included  (BB).

    The Sands Beach Resort or similar

    Dinner and Bed & Breakfast (HB)

  • Day 11: Beach Leisure
  • Day leisure or swims and play at the beach in front of the hotel, enjoying the beach or flexible to arrange any other activities. Dinner and Breakfast included  (HB).

    The Sands Beach Resort or similar

    Dinner and Bed & Breakfast (HB)

  • Day 12: Beach Leisure
  • Breakfast at the Hotel – Swims or Some leisure with the Hotel till the time for the transfer to the Airport/Seaport for departure transfer (Depending on the flight departure timing).

    None/On Request

    Dinner and Bed & Breakfast (HB)

Lodges,Hotels and Camps reccommended
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  • Park fees (for non residents)
  • All activities mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)
  • Meals (as specified in the day by day description)
  • All accommodation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional upgrade)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)
  • All taxes/vat
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Ox meter
  • Portable oxygen tanks
  • Hot water for washing
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides,cook and porters,
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats 4 inches (10cm) thick
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees


  • International flights (from/to the client's home country)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Personal items (souvenirs travel insurance visa fees and other personal items)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Tour Policy


·40% Deposit payable upfront. The remaining balance is payable 45 days before trip departure. Free cancellation up to 30 days before departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 20 days of departure.


A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days before departure. For any bookings within 30 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.


We advise you to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Moonlight Tours Expedition recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.


1 Lead Guide

1 Assistance Guide

1 Cook

1 Waiter

1 Toilet porter magic word (Pilot)

10 Regular porters


We believe the tourism industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities. We actively promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility. As a Partner for Responsible Travel, we are proud members and active supporters of the porters.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, (KPAP) is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, (IMEC). KPAP raises public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

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Tour disclaimer

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