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12 Days Tanzania Women Trekking And Zanzibar Excursion

12 Days Tanzania Women Trekking and Zanzibar Excursion

12 DAYS TOUR OVERVIEW:

Marangu – “Coca Cola” Route:

The Marangu route is also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.And the minimum numbers of days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Kilimanjaro using the Marangu route.

Though, regardless of its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route. The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favored only during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred over wet ground, or for those who only have five days to climb Kilimanjaro which we do not prefer most Otherwise, the Marangu route is a good choice for climbers.

DAY 01: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha.

Distance: 43 Km

Time: 45 Minutes

Welcome to Tanzania.On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you’ll meet your company arranged driver who will transfer you to Arusha city to Green Mountain Hotel for dinner and overnight. Our driver will display your name on an Mupana Tours signboard. These procedures ensure that you are picked up by the correct driver, rather than by some of the airport taxi drivers who are looking for business. You’ll get a chance for Mountain Trekking & Zanzibar briefing/introduction before your dinner.

  • Meals: Dinner and Overnight
  • Accommodation: Green Mountain Hotel
  • Guide: Professional English speaking guide

DAY 02: Arusha to Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles 
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Fores

After breakfast at 07.00 you’ll depart from Arusha to Moshi at Marangu gate around 11,00 for necessary registering before starting Mountain Trekking. You’ll start the walk in late morning, the hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, you have the opportunity to see blue monkeys and also you’ll be able to admire the rain forest vegetation on the ascent. Dinner is served at 19.30 Mandara Hut.

  • Meals: Breakfast- Picnic lunch box and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mandura Hut (8,858 ft)
  • Guide: Professional English speaking guide.

DAY 03: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Heath

After early breakfast at 07,00 before 08,00 you’ll leave the glades of the rain forest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing to your naked eyes to view. On the way you’ll enjoy your picnic lunch at 13.00, Look for giant lobelias and groundswells. You may begin to feel the effects of the altitude  and if you are lucky enough to have a clear day, you should get the first chance to see the snow-capped peak of Kibo and also the distinctive Mawenzi peak. Like Mandara, Horombo also consists of A-Frame huts and caters for those on the way up the mountain and those on the way back down. Once again, you will be in dormitory accommodation.. Dinner will be served at 18.00 Horombo Hut.

  • Meals: Breakfast- Picnic lunch box and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Horombo Hut (12,205 ft)
  • Guide: Professional English speaking guide.

DAY 04: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Heath

Today you choose to take the southern (left-hand) route. On this path you take the opportunity to fill up your water reserves at the Maua River as the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heath land but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner tonight is at 17.30 Kibo Hut and you’re advised to get to bed early, in preparation for the midnight departure for the summit.

  • Meals: Breakfast- Picnic lunch box and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Kibo Hut (14,400 ft)
  • Guide: Professional English speaking guide.

DAY 05: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut

Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft
Distance: 16 km/10 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), began to climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, you’ll now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family. From here you descend, stopping for your delicious picnic lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.

The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you’ll need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

  • Meals: Breakfast- Picnic lunch box and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Horombo Hut (12,205 ft)
  • Guide: Professional English speaking guide.

DAY 06: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft
Distance: 20 km/12 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After tasty breakfast from your private chef, a steady descent will take you down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. 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).

Mupana Tours Vehicle will be waiting you at Marangu gate to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha city for hot shower and celebration before dinner and overnight!

  • Meals: Dinner and Overnight
  • Accommodation: Green Mountain Hotel
  • Guide: Professional English speaking guide.

DAY 07: Arusha to Zanzibar

After breakfast in your hotel at Arusha your driver will transferred you to Arusha Airport where you’ll take flight direct from Arusha to Zanzibar. You will arrival early afternoon where you’ll have your delicious lunch at Zanzibar Khole House followed by relaxing in the pool wait for Dinner and Overnight.

  • Meals:Breakfast- Lunch  and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Zanzibar Khole House
  • Professional English speaking guide

DAY 08: Zanzibar Stone Town Tour

After breakfast your program starts with a morning visit by walk to our Historical Stone Town Tour. This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum (People’s Palace) and the Arab Fort among others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless antique mosques among others. After your tasty lunch you’ll drive back to Zanzibar Khole House for Dinner and Overnight.

  • Meals:Breakfast- Lunch  and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Zanzibar Khole House
  • Professional English speaking guide

DAY 09: Prison Island Tour

After breakfast you depart for Prison island tour in Zanzibar, it is an half day tour, Prison island is also known as Changuu island, the name “prison island” came after this unique island being used by some sultans of Zanzibar to detain the recalcitrant slaves, about 25 to 30 minutes boat ride (motorized).

While you are on this Island, you’ll be able to swim, snorkeling and take pictures with giant tortoises, for sure, have a delightful swim, the wonderful snorkeling which will allow you to see the colorful school of tropical fish like black sniper, orange lined trigger fish, spotted garfish, barracuda, long-fin banner-fish, emperor angelfish, rabbit-fish, clown trigger-fish, blue stripe snapper. This tour will be the best for snorkeling lovers and as well as beach relaxers; however there are a lot to discover including historical sites and giant tortoises before you head back to Zanzibar Khole House for Dinner and Overnight.

  • Meals:Breakfast- Lunch  and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Zanzibar Khole House
  • Professional English speaking guide

DAY 10: Dolphin Tour

After breakfast you depart for half day Dolphin tour at Kizimkazi fishing village, south coast of the island, the main attraction in this tour is being able to swim close to the dolphin, for those who are lucky they can even get to play with them for couple of hours, the village is the home to several schools of fish and bottle-nosed dolphins and Humpback dolphins which are found just few meters from the beach. Kizimkazi is also known for its historical site of the old mosque which was built 12th century ago and has great Islam and Persian world to East African region. After your tasty lunch you’ll drive back to Zanzibar Khole House for Dinner and Overnight.

  • Meals:Breakfast- Lunch  and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Zanzibar Khole House
  • Professional English speaking guide

DAY 11: Relaxing on Zanzibar beach.

After breakfast from the hotel, depart from southern beach to enjoy and explore the Eastern beach of Bwejuu beach. This part of the coast features a magnificent white-sand beach which runs continuously for 20km, backed by stands of palm trees and fronted by a stunning coral lagoon with a fringing reef around 1km offshore. Enjoy sand and Sea the whole day at Bwejuu beach. While in the early evening you’ll go back to  Zanzibar Khole House for Dinner and Overnight.

  • Meals:Breakfast- Lunch  and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Zanzibar Khole House
  • Professional English speaking guide

Day 12:Departure

Flight to Dar es Salaam international Airport:                

After breakfast your  driver will transfer you to Zanzibar International Airport for your flight to Dar es salaam International airport where you will board International flight for departure.

TOUR INCLUDES.

Mupana Tours – Transport:

Coaster Bus

Mupana Tours – Trip Crew:
* Mupana Tours mountain guide
* Mupana Tours mountain chef
* Mupana Tours mountain porters

Mupana Tours Treat

8 Breakfast, 7 Lunch & 6 Dinner
Treated Drinking Water

Zanzibar -Breakfast Zanzibar-Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

2 night in Arusha, 6 nights on the Mountain

5 night in Zanzibar

Park Entrance Fee:

Park Fee
Camp Fee

Camping Equipment:
* Sleeping Tents
* Dinning Tents
* Sleeping mattress
* Utensils
* Tables and chairs

Award:

Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman’s point(5681M), Stella point(5685M) or Uhuru point(5895M).

TOUR EXCLUDES.

Flight:
International Flights

Visa:
$100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals

Drinks:
All type of soft and hard drinks

Personal items:
* Laundry
* Toiletries

Tips

  • Mountain guide: $15 US per day / per guide / per group.
  • Mountain Chef: $10 US per day / per group.
  • Mountain Porter: $8 US per day / per porter.

 

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