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From £2,827 per person for 10 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Make the bucket list hike to the top of Africa’s highest mountain, on this demanding trek through forested foothills, vast lava fields and other-worldly landscapes. Then, after a tiring week climbing Kilimanjaro, why not take some time to relax in the tropical oasis of Zanzibar.

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Pole, pole – Swahili for ‘slowly, slowly’ – is the rhythmic refrain that will power you to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Climbing Kilimanjaro requires no technical skills and is achievable for anyone with reasonable fitness – but it’s definitely a demanding journey. But, as the sun rises over Uhuru Peak at the end of your journey, you’ll forget your quivering legs, shortness of breath and lack of sleep, and your adrenaline will surge as you realise that you’ve made it to the summit of Africa. Take a few days to relax on the enchanting island of Zanzibar afterwards – you’ve earned it.

What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with private guides and transport - not a group climb like most others!
  • Hike through surreal scenery on one of the world’s most exciting treks
  • Your private guides will adjust the pace to suit yourselves to ensure good acclimatisation and maximise the chances that you will reach the summit (many people on group climbs don't)
  • Climb onwards with the rousing songs of your guides and porters ringing out as motivation
  • Scramble up the sheer Barranco Wall, for incredible views of Kilimanjaro’s summit
  • Enjoy the once in a lifetime adrenaline rush from making it to Uhuru Peak – highest point on Kilimanjaro
  • Relax at Ocean Paradise Resort on the enchanting island of Zanzibar

Kilimanjaro Summary

Some locals believe that this mountain’s name comes from the words ‘not easy to conquer’, but you’ll make it to the top on this private adventure, creating a wealth of unforgettable memories along the way. Spend six days on the trails, staying in simple camps that buzz with mountain camaraderie: no other mountain trek ticks off such differing scenery, starting with lush, leafy rainforest, then segueing to alpine pastures dotted with bizarre lava formations that hint at the alien terrain to come. The final teeth-chattering ascent of Uhuru Peak involves freezing temperatures, pitch darkness and all your resolve - but you’ll be rewarded with one of the most spectacular sunrises this planet has to offer, from a vantage point so high you can see the curvature of the earth. 

After the highs and lows of this incredible adventure, you’ll welcome a few days relaxation on the island of Unguja (better known as Zanzibar). Bursting with culture and history, it is a destination which has drawn traders, merchants and seafarers from far and wide. The dazzling white-sand beaches and incredible marine life are some of the best in the world while the capital, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where labyrinthine alleys lead you to bustling markets and impressive mosques. Your hotel, the Ocean Paradise Resort sits in palm-dotted gardens by a Bounty-ad beach. Relaxed and reflective of the local architecture, it also features a lovely pool, three restaurants and a spa. We’ve left this 


Zanzibar – actually the name of the collection of islands rather than the island itself – is an archipelago of islands off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. You’ll be visiting Unguja (colloquially called Zanzibar), the biggest of them all, also known as Spice Island. Bursting with culture and history, it is a destination which has drawn traders, merchants and seafarers from far and wide for hundreds of years. The dazzling white-sand beaches and incredible marine life are some of the best in the world while the capital, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fascinating place to visit. Its labyrinthine alleys lead you to bustling markets and impressive mosques and the whole city is a mix of Middle Eastern, Indian and African influenced architecture, making for a captivating place to visit. 

Zanzibar Hotel Aerial

Our hotel is in a stunning location with breakfast included and private transport from mainland Tanzania directly to your hotel. The perfect way to rest and recuperate before you head back home, this 4 day trip has no organised activities, meaning that your time on this beautiful island can be as relaxed or as active as you want it to be. 


All holiday departures up to 30th June 2019 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

Full Itinerary



Day One: Preparing to Climb

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you’ll be met and transferred to the pretty town of Moshi, at the base of the mountain. Here, you’ll get your first glimpse of Kilimanjaro’s snow-topped peak, and an idea of the scale of your impending adventure. After checking in to your hotel, you’ll meet your head guide for your Kilimanjaro climb, who will take you through a briefing and equipment check and answer any questions you may have about your forthcoming trek. Then the rest of the day is yours to relax and prepare.

Overnight in Moshi 

Classic - Tembo Tamu B&B

Premium - Ameg Lodge

Meals included: None

Kili from Moshi

Day Two: Upwards and Onwards

After breakfast, the head guide will meet you for the 45-minute drive to Machame Gate, where you will register to begin your hike. From here, at 1,800m, you’ll begin to climb through lush green rainforest on a trail overhung by criss-crossing trees: expect cooling afternoon showers, as this is the rainiest stretch en route – and watch out for slippery parts of the trail! The climb is steady, and gradually eases as you approach your home for the night, Machame Hut. Here, in an incredible setting on the edge of the forest surrounded by outsized sprinklings of heather, you will rest for the night. The camps on the trek are basic, with limited facilities, but warm bowls of water will be provided for washing every morning and evening.

Overnight at Machame Camp 
Altitude: 3,000m
Hours hiking: 6-7 hours
Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

First Day Hike

Day Three: Peak Vistas and Lava Plateaus

The climb is slightly shorter today, as you navigate towards other-worldly scenery and dramatic, volcanic sights. You’ll begin with a steep climb up a ridge to reach the small, semi-circular cliff known as Picnic Rock, thanks to its stunning views towards Kibo (the summit cone of Kilimanjaro) and the jagged rim of the Shira Plateau (the remains of a volcanic caldera which expired half a million years ago). After yesterday’s shady rainforest, the heather-strewn heat of higher altitude is striking. Following the Shira Plateau along a gentler trail towards Shira Camp, you’ll wander an empty landscape of grassy moorland and strange lava formations. Finally, you’ll reach your home for the night, at the edge of the Shira Plateau. The camp has incredible views over the Kilimanjaro Valley on clear days, especially during its neon sunsets.

Overnight at Shira Camp 
Altitude: 3,840m
Hours hiking: 5-6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

shira plateau

Day Four: Dizzy Heights

Today is about acclimatising to altitude, on a steady trek up and over the expansive ridgelines of the high desert towards the soaring Lava Tower, a volcanic plug which reaches into the sky at 4,550m. If you’re still feeling energetic after the four-hour trek at altitude to reach it, you can clamber to the top for even more jaw-dropping vistas. After that, it’s a steep descent into the Barranco Valley, where your home for the night is at a slightly less challenging altitude. You’ll pass hardy patches of flowering shrubs, cactus-like groundsel flowers, and outsized, other-worldly flowering senecios (surreal shrubs that look like fat-fingered palm trees) on a trek that makes the perfect preparation for your descent from the summit in a few day’s time. Eventually, you’ll reach your home for the night, Barranco Camp, from where the summit of Kilimanjaro seems incredibly near as it looms above you. Fall asleep above the clouds, ready for a challenging trek tomorrow.

Overnight at Barranco Camp 
Altitude: 3,850m (after climbing to the Lava Tower at 4,550m)
Hours hiking: 5-6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Lava tower

Day Five: Scenic Scrambles

After breakfast, you’ll bid goodbye to Barranco Camp as you begin the climb up the steep, flat cliff face of the Barranco Wall. Soaring forebodingly into the air, it’s best tackled with both hands and feet, but is not as hard a climb as it looks: watch the porters as they nimbly navigate the steep rock face with all the camping equipment and you should find the motivation you need! Your reward is a stunning view back towards camp from the top. After that, you’ll follow the undulating path that trims the mountainside, surrounded by unforgettable views towards Kibo and Mount Meru if the day is clear. After descending into the Karranga Valley, you’ll pass Karranga Camp on your way to Barafu, where your camp for the night balances on the ridge below the summit. Congratulate yourself – you’ve completed Kilimanjaro’s South Circuit, with its incredible vistas of the summit. Relax over dinner with the crew: tomorrow is the most challenging day yet.

Overnight at Barafu Camp 
Altitude: 4,600m
Hours hiking: 5-6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Barranco Valley

Day Six: On Top of the World

Rising long before dawn, you’ll begin to climb in the dark, on your final ascent to Uhuru Peak. At this point, temperatures are freezing and the final push towards the top can quickly turn into a battle of mind over matter. However, the reward when dawn breaks and a fiery red band spreads across the sky below you is truly worth the pain. In this half-light, you’ll catch a breathtaking glimpse of Mawenzi, another of Kilimanjaro’s cones, before joining the rim of its crater at Stella Point. From this lunar-like landscape, you’ll spot its glaciers and, if the weather’s fine, far-reaching views of the plains below. After that, it’s a more gentle ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the mountain. Be sure to have your photo taken at the summit sign – you’ve earned a souvenir. After this morning’s endeavours, the six-hour descent to Mweka Hut comes as an adrenaline-fuelled relief. You’ll break for lunch on the way, finishing your trek this evening with a final dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Overnight at Mweka Camp
Altitude: 3,110m (from 5,885m)
Hours hiking: 12 hours +
Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Uhuru Peak

Day Seven: Final Footsteps

After breakfast, your hiking boots get a final farewell, as you make the 2-3 hour trek through rainforest to Mweka Gate, scanning the trees for monkeys as you go. You’ll be transferred back to Moshi for a rest, lunch, and a very enjoyable post-trek shower, before heading to your hotel for the night to recuperate. 

Hours hiking: 2-3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Classic - Tembo Tamu B&B

Premium - Ameg Lodge

Kili from Air


Day Eight: Onwards to Zanzibar

This morning you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport, in time for a flight to Zanzibar departing Kilimanjaro 10am, and arriving in Zanzibar 11am (exact times may differ). 

Upon arrival at Zanzibar airport, you will be met and transferred to Ocean Paradise Resort for check-in. With the rest of the day to relax, you can settle in and take in the stunning landscape around you. During your stay breakfast and dinner are included. 

Days Nine & Ten: Time to Relax

The next two days will be at your leisure to enjoy this beautiful island paradise. You could go snorkeling, visit Stone Town, go on a boat trip and swimming with dolphins, take a spice trip, go horse riding through coconut groves or just relax on the beach, it’s all up to you. Your Zanzibar extension can be as active or relaxing as you like.

Day Eleven: Heading Home

This morning you will be transferred back to Zanzibar airport for your flight home after your incredible African adventure!


Premium - Ocean Paradise Resort (Garden Room)

Zanzibar Rooms Exterior

Zanzibar Room Interior

Your hotel option for this experience is Premium: 

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

For this experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is only for the first and last night of the experience, and for your chill extension. You will be staying at camps for the Kilimanjaro trek. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.

Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts; 6 lunches; 5 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Tips for guides, drivers, porters and other staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the holiday
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry and equipment to hire

We will send you a detailed packing list upon booking, or you can hire equipment locally. 

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To check other related African trips, click here.

If you would like the thrill but don't have time for the chill, check out our 7-day Mount Kilimanjaro experience here!

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Your transfer from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar is included in the experience price, along with private transfers to and from your hotel. However, flights home from Zanzibar are not included once the experience has finished. 

Experience start point: Kilimanjaro (JRO). Arrive any time.

End point: Zanzibar (ZNZ). Hotel check out 12pm. 

All holiday departures up to 30th June 2019 are part of our Pioneers' Club promotion. Click here for more information.

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