Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar
- Climb Kilimanjaro`s Rongai Route
- Vital acclimatisation day at Mawenzi Tarn
- Fully inclusive during trekking phase of Kilimanjaro climb
- Combine the `Roof of Africa` with `The Spice Island` of Zanzibar
- Relax and recharge on the white sands of Zanzibar Island
This excellent East African adventure offers a week of trekking on the tranquil Rongai Route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, followed by the chance to take it easy with 3 nights at a comfortable beach hotel on the island of Zanzibar. Our tried and tested Rongai Route trek crosses open country on the north side of Kilimanjaro and includes an important additional day for acclimatisation, as we spend 2 nights at the camp beside Mawenzi Tarn. Straightforward trekking (with a challenging summit day) leads to a magical viewpoint on the 'roof of Africa'. Descending from the peak, we have a night in Arusha before flying out to the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, situated just 40 kilometres off the Tanzanian coast. Transfers are provided to and from our beach hotel at Kiwengwa, where a full range of watersport and other activities can be arranged directly. Whilst you might choose to take it easy at Kiwengwa, there is a lot to see and do on Zanzibar. The old part of Zanzibar Town is known as Stone Town and has a wealth of distinctive 19th century architecture that should not be missed. Combining a tough trek, with the chance to chill out, this is a great East African adventure holiday.
The Secret of our Success on Kilimanjaro
Success on Kilimanjaro is all about acclimatisation. At 5894 metres (19,340 feet) this is a mountain of Himalayan proportions, but without the opportunity to gradually acclimatise on a walk-in through a region of foothills. A poorly acclimatised person will not cope well with the Kilimanjaro climb and may even become quite ill during the ascent. We know that some companies offer an ascent of Kilimanjaro with just 6 days on the mountain. In our opinion, this at best risks your chance of reaching the highest point in Africa and, at worst, can threaten your health. KE's itinerary includes two nights at 4300 metes and an acclimatisation walk to 4500+ metres before climbing Kilimanjaro. This extra day will make all the difference to your chance of success and also to your enjoyment of the trip. On a 6-day ascent 5 or 6 people out of 10 will reach the summit, most of them having really struggled to get there. On a 7-day ascent with the extra night at Mawenzi Tarn, 9 out of 10 on average will make the summit.
Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project
We also make every effort to look after our local crews, who are, of course, fundamental to the success of our Kilimanjaro holidays. KE works with the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project and, in recognition of the quality of care we provide for our local staff, we are listed as a partner on the International Mountain Explorers Connection website.
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Is this holiday for you?
A combination of trekking with beach R&R in Zanzibar. A tough ascent of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, by arguably its finest route is followed by a relaxing experience in a tranquil resort in Zanzibar. Generally during the trek, there are excellent trails to follow, although on the upper slopes of Kilimanjaro we will have to negotiate some sections of loose scree. There will also be some snow and ice on the crater rim. The very long summit day on Kilimanjaro will provide a test for anyone, as much for the very long descent as for the climb itself. This trekking holiday has been given the DEMANDING grade on account of the quite considerable height gain and because there are a couple of long trekking days. The time spent in Zanzibar at the end of the holiday is a time for relaxing but it is also possible to arrange several optional activities (at extra cost) directly through the resort.