Kilimanjaro (Machame Route) & Zanzibar
Why take this trip?
• Accomplish the challenge of climbing the world's highest free-standing mountain, watching a glorious sunrise from the roof of Africa, from its most scenic route (Machame)
• Best in class expedition equipment and safety devices including: pulse oximeters, first-aid kits, oxygen and AMS scorecards
• Professional, full-time, highly-trained guides with over 250 successful summits and international fIrst-aid responders certification (WFR-USA). All porters are first-aid trained.
• Wild Guanabana summit success rate of 98% (industry average just 65%)
Where do I begin! Mountain was Incredible. Exhausting. Relaxing. Don't ask how. & I've always wanted to go to a beach like the ones you see in magazines, Zanzibar was just that. Perfectly timed at the end, cherry on top!
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Arrival In Arusha town (1,254m)
You are picked up from the airport and taking by private transport to your lodge. Once you have had a chance to settle in, the guides will arrange a final briefing and gear check to make sure that you are perfectly ready before the start of the climb the next day. Relax at your lodge or explore the town. Our guides are more than happy to give recommendations.
Day 2: Drive to Machame Gate (1,490m), hike to Machame Camp (2,980m) – (B/L/D)
After breakfast you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate your crew finalizes porter packing and after finishing with formalities you start of from Machame gate. Today's hiking is through verdant fromontane forest to Machame camp and on route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a graduation of forest zones! Overnight Machame Camp.
Day 3: Hike to Shira Camp (3840m) – (B/L/D)
From Machame camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today if the weather and time permit. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys. Overnight Shira Camp.
Day 4: Hike to Barranco Camp (3950m) – (B/L/D)
Today is a walk high sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco camp. Lunch is taken in the form of a picnic on route. This is a long day, but note that the next time you head to this altitude is in two days time - great acclimatization day! Overnight Barranco Camp.
Day 5: Hike to Karanga Valley (3,930m) – (B/L/D)
From Barranco camp, famous for its' giant groundsels (Dendrosenecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Overnight Karanga Camp.
Day 6: Hike to Barafu Camp (4,550m) – (B/L/D)
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp.
Day 7: To the top of Africa and down to Mweke Camp (3,100m) – (B/L/D)
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of the game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear - most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp before dusk. Overnight Mweka Camp. If we are late summiting then we may camp at closer Millenium Camp.
Day 8: Leave the national park, onward travel – (B)
After breakfast, you descend once again through mountain forest and around mid day, after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your lodge for a well-deserved shower!
Day 9 - 11: Zanzibar: Beach Time (B)
After breakfast, we take off to the airport for a morning flight. Once you get to the exotic island of Zanzibar (1 hour flight) we are taken by private car directly to the hotel then have the rest of the day to relax. You’ll be staying at the simple yet comfy Ras Shungi Beach Resort. There are options to upgrade to the luxurious Konokono Beach Villas or any level in between so please ask us for details. On the last day, you have part of the day (depending on flight time) to enjoy the beach, after which you head out to the airport for your flight home. Of course you may wish to extend your stay; just let us know! If you’d like to be active on the island, for an additional cost, there are plenty of experiences to choose from like: - Tour the charming island center of Stone Town - Spices & fruit tasting experience - Visit the Jozani Forest to see the Red Colombus Monkey - Boat trip, snorkeling and seafood day - Sunset Dhow cruise - Swahili cooking class with a private chef
• Consultation on every aspect of preparation inc. physical and mental
• Highly experienced guides with over 100 summits of Kilimanjaro and Wilderness First Responder Qualification
• Top and highly qualified assistant guides
• Top and well trained expedition cooks
• Camp crew to set up tents
• An average of 3:1 Porters to every client to carry personal gear, food and equipment. Every one of our porters is first-aid trained and have a route within the organization to becoming a guide with sufficient training
• Operation team on the ground checking in with guides twice daily
• Customized food menus that meet all dietary requirements
• Bottled water at the trailhead on day 1. After that all water from the streams are filtered, boiled and passed through a ceramic filter
• Thick foam pad for sleeping
• Top of the line expedition tents and group equipment
• Pulse oximeter, altitude sickness checklist, stocked first aid kit, custom evacuation stretcher, supplementary oxygen
• All car transfers in Tanzania (to/from airport and to/from mountain)
• All hotel bookings on a twin or double occupancy basis. Please note that there is an extra charge for those staying on a single room basis
• All included accommodation
• All activities as mentioned above
• All transfers during the trip in private cars
• All transports
• Experienced English speaking guides
• International Flights to and from Tanzania
• Kilimanjaro portion single supplement fee of US$111
• Travel and medical insurance
• Vaccinations and Malaria medicine (we send a detailed list)
• Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
• Bottled beverages (we’ll boil and filter plenty of water on the climb)
• Tips and Gratuity (average of $150-200 per person for Kilimanjaro)