Zanzibar and Mount Kilimanjaro
Also known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is an island for the adventurer and the explorer. An island of romantic, dreamy dhows with billowing white sails, endless palm fringed beaches, veiled women, ancient ruins and exotic spices. The island has an unbelievable history, which brought with it seafarers, explorers and traders, and at one stage it also became a major centre for the slave trading industry..
As part of an island tour, you can venture into Stone Town, the heart of Zanzibar, get lost in its narrow alleyways and hear the chatter of the locals as they bargain in Ki Swahili. You will smell the peculiar odour of an ancient town mixed with the aroma of freshly ground spices and feel the rhythm of life in the markets. You will taste its offerings, the 1000 year old town that has not changed for the last 200 years….
Zanzibar is also recognised as the number one beach tour and travel destination in East Africa. White, powdery beaches lined with giant coconut palms swaying in the breeze. Azure blue seas beckoning in the distance. Total magic from a holiday tour point of view!
Scuba diving tours and travel on Zanzibar
The island of Zanzibar brings images of idyllic tropical diving tours and travel holidays to mind. It has for many years been a favourite diving tour and travel destination for those in the know, but has only recently become popular as a superb diving destination. Zanzibar has some of the best diving spots in East Africa and the coral reef structures that surround the island ensure that the marine life is abundant.
The Zanzibar Island diving reefs are in general shallow with clean and calm water and the dive sites are many, varied and suitable for all levels of experience. The coral is mostly unspoiled and teems with large numbers of tropical marine inhabitants.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain known to man. It is a mountain where you can hike for 100 kilometers, gain 4 000 meters in altitude, traverse rain forest, moorland, alpine desert, snowfields and ice cliffs, all virtually on the equator! A truly unforgettable and fascinating adventure tour…
By sending more than 6000 successful climbers up Mt. Kilimanjaro during the past 15 years, we are in a unique position to offer you the most proffesional support, guidance, tour information and motivation to reach this once in a lifetime achievement.
Choosing a route
The highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro is the Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters. There are several routes that can be followed to reach the summit, each of which offers many different and spectacular views of the mountain.
This is probably the most beautiful route for a Mount Kilimanjaro tour. For the duration of your tour, all your equipment and supplies are portered up the mountain and a cook prepares all your daily meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame (also referred to as the “Whiskey route”) better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding you with a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu route. The Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of a 6-day tour. There is an added benefit to this, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain – acclimatisation. The Machame route takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on day 3 and brings you down by nearly 700m for an overnight at Barranco camp (3950m). This is one of the important secrets to successful acclimatisation.
Other routes up Kilimanjaro
The Marangu route is the only route, which provides basic sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every campsite. All the camps on this route have radio contact with the Park Headquarters. Other routes such as Shira, Umbwe and Lemosho are also available. Information on these routes is available on request. Only tented accommodation is available on all these routes. For more tour and travel info in this regard – please check our comprehensive Kilimanjaro web site.
When to go on tour
There are two rain seasons in Tanzania, which you should keep in mind when planning your tour: the long rainy period, which runs from April to early June, and a short and more insignificant rainy period, during November.
Summiting Kilimanjaro on a cloudless full moon night, is without a doubt an unforgettable experience, and planning your summit attempt to coincide with the full moon date, could enhance your whole trek up the mountain.