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Kilimanjaro & Beach

Climb Africa's highest peak and then reward yourself with some sun and relaxation on Tanzania's relaxed island beach destination; Zanzibar. Staying in a relaxed beach lodge, you can relax, snorkel and dive to your heart's content.

Tailor-made Adventure 2 weeks

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Flights are typically an additional $1,407 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Climb Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak
  • Relax in a laid back Zanzibar beach lodge
  • Superb snorkelling & diving

Standing at 5,895m, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain and reaching its peak comes high on the bucket list of many adventurous travellers. Irrespective of fitness, this is a challenging trek as the altitude makes it tough. Reaching the top requires strength, determination and patience; allowing your body time to acclimatise along the route pays dividends at the end. For this reason, we recommend the Machame route, as it offers the best acclimatisation of any of the alternatives and has the added bonus of being available all year round. The other reason we like the Machame Route is that it takes you through some diverse and stunning landscapes. Beginning in lush rainforest, the trail takes you to the rugged Shira Plateau, before summiting via Stella Point. There are no huts on this route, so you will be camping along the way.

After the dizzy heights of Kilimanjaro, you then transfer to the laid back island of Zanzibar to stay in a relaxed guest house. Here, you can swim in the pool, or in the sea and contemplate your great achievement. The snorkelling and diving on offer is world class and we strongly recommend taking advantage of the dive shop at your accommodation.

Day-by-day

NOTE: this itinerary involves the 6 days Machame Advantage trail on Kilimanjaro. If you would like to take a different route, please e-mail us at help@tourdust.com or call us on 0203 291 2907 before booking.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport
Day 2: Hotel – Machame Gate (1828M) – Machame Camp (3020M)
Day 3: Machame Camp (3020M) – Shira Camp (3847M)
Day 4: Shira Camp (3847M) – Lava Tower (4642M) - Barranco Camp (3984M)
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3984M) – Barafu Camp (4681M)
Day 6: Barafu Camp (4681M) – Stella Point (5725M) - Summit (5895M) – Mweka Camp (3090M)
Day 7: Mweka Camp (3090M) – Mweka Gate (1,641M)
Day 8: Fly to Zanzibar. Transfer to Matemwe Beach
Day 9: Matemwe Beach
Day 10: Matemwe Beach
Day 11: Matemwe Beach
Day 12: Matemwe Beach
Day 13: Matemwe Beach
Day 14: Fly Home

Extended Itinerary
DAY 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be greeted by a driver and transferred to your hotel. Take the late afternoon/evening to either explore Arusha or rest up at your hotel for the big climb tomorrow.

DAY 2: Hotel – Machame Gate (1828M) – Machame Camp (3020M)
Distance: 10.8km; Ascent: 1200m
You will have an early breakfast at your hotel, after which you will be transferred to Machame Gate where you will register with the authorities. Once the formalities are out of the way, you will commence your trek, walking from Machame Gate (1828m) to Machame Camp (3020m). The distance is 10.8km, over 1200m of elevation gain. Today can be quite tiring, particularly the final two hours, so once you get to camp, you will need to rest up.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 3: Machame Camp (3020M) – Shira Camp (3847M)
Distance: 5.2km; Ascent: 820m
It is normal to experience mild headaches on this day which should be alleviated with paracetamol. Those choosing to take Diamox should begin their course this morning with half a tablet (125mg) in the morning and the other half with supper in the evening. Distance is 5.2km.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 4: Shira Camp (3847M) – Lava Tower (4642M) - Barranco Camp (3984M)
Distance: 10.7km; Ascent/Descent: 800m/700m
Trek from Shira Camp to Lava Tower (4642m). If the weather’s good you can ask your guide to guide you to the summit of the Lava Tower (4688m) where the views are excellent. Lunch is normally taken at the foot of the tower. Descend from Lava to Barranco Camp (3984m). Distance from Shira to Lava Tower is 7.0km. Distance from Lava Tower to Barranco is 3.7km.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 5: Barranco Camp (3984M) – Barafu Camp (4681M)
Distance: 9.4km; Ascent: 700m
Trek from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4681m) via the 257m high Breach Wall across the valley from Barranco. You should be aware that there are three rises and falls before reaching Karanga Camp where you have lunch at 4040m. From Karanga, the route ascends 640m to Barafu. Aim to get to sleep as soon as possible as you will be woken around midnight to begin your assault. Don’t worry about waking yourself for meals - your staff will wake you for these. You probably won’t feel like eating but please endeavour to do so as you’ll need the energy reserves. You are advised to get all your gear ready for the summit bid before you go to sleep as you may feel disoriented when awoken for the assault. Distance from Barranco to Barafu is 9.4km. It is advantageous to have a mental image of today’s profile so you don’t get psyched-out by all the rise and falls.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 6: Barafu Camp (4681M) – Stella Point (5725M) - Summit (5895M) – Mweka Camp (3090M)
Distance: 15.3km; Ascent/Descent: 1200m/2800m
Around midnight you will leave your camp via Stella Point (5752m) to attempt the summit. Tonight is very difficult - particularly the final 500m - and you’ll need to commit to fight for the summit. Once you have reached Stella Point, you are almost there - you are only 143 vertical metres short of the summit. The trekking from here is much less steep, and you have plenty of time to rest along the way. The feelings of elation when you get to the top are incomparable. On the summit your guide will advise how much time you can spend there in consideration of your condition, your timings, and the weather. From the summit you will turn around and descend to Stella Point and onto Barafu, where you would usually have time to rest an hour or so before continuing the descent. From Barafu you will usually descend to Mweka Camp (3090m) for overnight. Distances on summit day Barafu to Stella Point: 3.3km Stella Point to Summit: 1.2km Summit to Barafu: 4.5km Barafu to Mweka Camp: 6.3km Total = 15.3km
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

DAY 7: Mweka Camp (3090M) – Mweka Gate (1,641M)
Distance: 8.5km; Descent: 1500m
Descend from Mweka Camp (or Millennium) to Mweka Gate (1641m) where you sign the summit register. After signing, you descend a further 15 minutes on foot to Mweka Village to meet your transport. Transfer from the gate back to Arusha. You should return back to Arusha sometime between 2 and 5pm, depending on your descent pace.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Zanzibar International Airport – Matemwe Beach Village
Hopefully you will have had a good sleep after the exertions of the previous days! A private transfer will pick you up and take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight over to Zanzibar. On arrival, a driver will pick you up and take you to Matemwe Beach Village (about 1 hour drive). You’ll notice the relaxing atmosphere straight away and there will be a chance to dip in the pool or the ocean.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 9 : Matemwe Beach Village
Although this itinerary is made to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the beach village after a hard few trekking days, there are several exciting activities at Matemwe Beach. The most notable is the full 5 star IDC dive school on site offering a full range of services and snorkelling trips. There is also an opportunity to take a sailing trip in the Ngalwa or ask for a private transfer to Stonetown to explore the capital.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10: Matemwe Beach Village
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11: Matemwe Beach Village
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12: Matemwe Beach Village
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13: Matemwe Beach Village
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 14: Fly Home
You will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight home

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Matemwe Beach Village

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Good value beach lodge
- Gorgeous beach
- Relaxed vibe
- Superb dive centre

Details

Getting there

This trek includes airport transfers to and from Kilimanjaro Airport (KJO).

It is not possible to fly direct from London to Kilimanjaro (KJO). KLM is the only major international airline to fly directly into Kilimanjaro. Flights are from Amsterdam which has connections from most major International Airports (including Heathrow). This would always be our first recommendation availability allowing.

The next best option is usually to fly Kenya Airways to Nairobi and then on to Kilimanjaro (the second leg by Kenya Airways subsidiary Precision Air on a small prop plane). British Airways and Ethiopia Airlines also offer this route.

The cheapest available fares from the UK vary throughout the year from £590 - £800

Price includes

Price Includes:
- Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to your hotel in Arusha
- A night’s accommodation both before and after your climb*
- All climb costs, salaries, food, fees, etc. (excluding tips)
- All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha hotel again
- Transfers back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flights
- Transfers to and from Zanzibar International Airport
- Half-board at Matemwe Beach
*Accommodation is on B&B basis in our standard range hotels, ie either at the Outpost Lodge, Arusha Naaz Hotel, or Le Jacaranda. If you wish to upgrade to either a mid-range or luxury option a surcharge is payable.

Price Excludes:
- All flights unless stated (our 'with flights' price includes Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar flight)
- Flights or overland transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha town if approaching from Nairobi
- Visas
- Tips to the mountain staff (guideline approx. $200-$250 per person for the whole crew)
- Meals other than breakfast while in Arusha and the half board at Matemwe
- Hotel upgrade costs if you decide to request an alternative hotel to the standard
- Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc

When is best?

There are no black-out dates on Kilimanjaro and you can pretty much trek any time of the year. Most people do avoid the rainy season (April, May and November) for good reason but these months aren’t without their advantages. The remainder of the year is all fair game:
*****December – March is typically dry, with clear skies (great views) but colder with a higher chance of snow on the mountain. The 2 weeks around Christmas and New Year can be the busiest of the year on Kilimanjaro.
** April – May suffer from the long rains. Expect to encounter rain, cloud and mist as you climb Kilimanjaro. Trails will be muddy and only the Machame and Marangu gates are accessible. The upside though is a mountain devoid of crowds with beautiful snow cover on the peak.
**** June – October is dry but the months of July and August tend to be busy (coinciding with the Western school holidays). June is a great month to trek, whilst October is similarly quiet it can suffer from low lying cloud cover (which effects your views of the scenery around Kilimanjaro).
** November is the short rain season. As with the long rains from April to May, expect to encounter rain, cloud and mist as you climb. Trails will be muddy and only the Machame and Marangu gates are accessible. The upside though is a mountain devoid of crowds with beautiful snow cover on the peak.

Is it for me?

Machame is a good safe bet on Kilimanjaro and the usual rules that apply to Kilimanjaro apply similarly to Machame. See our advice on health requirements for Kilimanjaro. For those who value mountain wilderness and solitude, then Machame is probably not a good idea during the peak season. Instead, the Lemosho or TK Rongai routes are good bets.

Although Machame is sometimes offered as a 7 day trek, we tend to encourage trekkers go for the 6 day Machame trek (with an extra night in Crater Camp as an option) as it offers sufficient acclimatisation for most fit trekkers.

Adding the beach aspect allows for the trekkers to relax after their summit, enjoy the quiet atmosphere at Matemwe and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • Everything was exceptionally well arranged and the whole trip, from checking in on line and printing out the outward journey boarding cards from home, until return to Heathrow, was completely seamless.

    Although arriving slightly earlier than scheduled, we didn't have to wait before being collected at Nairobi by Elijah, our guide and Samuel the driver. On being told that we had hardly slept at all on the outward journey, they took us to a small B&B place they use (sorry, I've forgotten the name of the place) and we were able to rest/sleep for some 3 hours before setting off on our adventure. This was very much appreciated by us as that first day was full on after that.

    They looked after us really well and both were very knowledgeable and good company and were flexible to our needs, with nothing being too much trouble for them.

    The accommodation you picked for us was spot on. We were particularly taken with Sunbird Lodge (I could have spent the whole week there if it were not for being on the move due to the nature of the trip), which was quite informal and extremely friendly. We then moved on to the Maji Moto Eco Camp, where again everything was fine. Having stayed in similar places before, at my age now, the one night suited well and I was surprised when Dan was so taken with the place that he would have liked to stay another night! I think the camp fire might have had something to do with it. The visit to the school was also well worth it from Dan's perspective.

    On then to Ilkeliani and I concur with what you say about it being so well priced for what it offers, that it is a good recommendation. This was slightly more formal at mealtimes than Sunbird Lodge but nevertheless, the staff were equally friendly. As adults, both my husband and myself enjoyed the food although the feedback I provided on their customer satisfaction questionnaire was that perhaps the evening meals could possibly have slight variations for children. We didn't see any signs of the suspended footbridge and as we didn't ask about it, I don't know whether it's still there or not.

    I have to say that the beds in both Sunbird and Ilkeliani were very, very, comfortable.

    The Mayfair Southern Sun was again a good choice although I think the room we had was perhaps a standard twin room. There were two what I call "three quarters" sized beds, i.e. larger than a single but not quite a double bed size, which meant it was a bit of a squeeze for 2 persons in one bed.

    Both the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary were ideal additions to the itinerary. We had a 10 year old who was reluctant to leave Kenya!

    MissingMartha Ann Eileen Curry reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 14 May 2018

  • The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
    Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
    When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
    Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.

    MissingInga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018

  • The highlights for us were the accommodation choices - we loved each place we stayed and for quite different reasons.

    We found the food really delicious at all the places. We were really impressed. We ended up eating dinner every night at Dar Housnia, which was really tasty but a bit expensive but we loved the convenience of it and loved everything else about the place.

    My 9yr’s favourite place was Douar Samra - he liked the rooms and all the meals. We all like the communal meals there. It was good to get to know other travellers. But my husband and I really loved the Douria Suite at Dar Housnia as it was great to the have space and down time by ourselves there. We spent some hours just lazing on the terrace after walking around Marrakech for hours.

    We also thought Kasbah Ellouze was really lovely too. They were super helpful accommodating the kids. They made sure we could celebrate NYE dinner with the kids as they go to bed early. It was really kind of them.

    We had a Hussain as our guide for trekking and he went with us on the road trip. We really liked him: friendly & kind, and not too loud & talkative (our family is on the quiet side!). Hussain was great with our two boys. He made them feel comfortable, kept them safe on the treks (ie speed walking ahead with them when they wanted (our 4yr old loved this!) and holding them securely on mules over the rough terrain) and he played football with them too!
    We had two different drivers who were both good - helped out when our 9yr old vomited from car sickness and were happy to drive slowly as needed.

    Also we thought your organisation of everything and choice of accommodation & guides was excellent. We had no complaints. We had a splendid, relaxed and easy holiday - we didn’t have to think of anything & it was all great.

    MissingHelen Newman reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 30 January 2018

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