Kilimanjaro Machame Climbing Route & Zanzibar Beach Holiday 10 Days

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Spend  6 days | 5 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, known as the  “Coca-Cola”  route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations fou…
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Spend  6 days | 5 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, 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 various 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  4 Days | 3 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, and the  Prison Island Boat Trip. 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 Day
  • Arrive anytime at  Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a pick-up private transfer waiting to Four Points by Sheraton Arusha 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.

    Four Points by Sheraton Arusha

    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 journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We depart the park gate and walk through the rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, 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/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft

    Distance: 11km/7mi

    Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

    Habitat: Montane Forest

  • Day 2: Machame Camp To Shira Camp
  • After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the  Shira campsite . Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast 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 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 Barafu Camp
  • After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which connects with the  Mweka Trail . We continue up 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. Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast included  (FB) .

    Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp

    Meal Plan: Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast (FB)

    Elevation: Elevation: 3900m to 4600m, 13,007ft to 15,295ft

    Distance: 9km

    Hiking Time: 8 hours

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
  • Very early in the morning (midnight 12:00am), 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 all the 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. Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast 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 6: 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 Mweka gate to drive you back to  Four Points by Sheraton Arusha in Arusha. Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast included  (FB) .

    Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Arusha

    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 7: 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 greet by our guide and driver at Zanzibar Airport. Our representative would be holding a name card for you for easy identification and transfer to the  The Sands Beach Resort  (Located in South East Coast of Zanzibar Island). Dinner and Breakfast included  (HB) .

    The Sands Beach Resort or similar

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 8: Stone Town City Tour + Zanzibar Spice Tour + Prison Island Boat Trip
  • 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 plantation or plots in the island. A variety of spices plants used as ornament, medicines, flowers, fruits and another interesting flora can be seen during spice tour and if you will have a time, you will visit Kidichi bath built in 1850 by the first Sultan for his wife Sheharzad (Granddaughter of Fateh Ali Shah of Persia). After  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  takes around the historical culture and architectural important town of Zanzibar with a century history. It includes a visit to former slave market site, now stands as Anglican church built in 1871, town market, visit the Zanzibar Memorial Museum, House of Wonder built in 1883 (Beit-Al-Ajab), Old Arab Fort, Palace Museum, Old Indian dispensary (Cultural Center). After the Lunch, you will have a trip to  Prison Island Boat Trip ,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

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 9: 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

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 10: Beach Leisure
  • Breakfast at the Hotel – Swims or Some leisure with the Hotel till the time for the transfer to the Airport/Seaport for the departure transfer (Depends on the flight departure timing).

    None/On Request


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  • All activities mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)
  • Meals (as specified in the day by day description)
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  • Roundtrip airport transfer
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  • 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.


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