Zanzibar and Mount Kilimanjaro
The “Spice Island”, as Zanzibar is known, is any explorer/adventurer’s ideal destination. It’s a romantic destination offering beaches with endless palmtrees, dhows, ancient ruins, exotic spices and veiled women.
The island’s unbelievable history includes seafarers, traders and explorers. It was once a major slave trade centre.
On visiting the island, you can venture into the heart of Zanzibar, known as Stone Town, where you get lost in the narrow alleys and listen to the babble of locals bargaining in Ki Swahili.
You’ll get a whiff of the curious odour made up from the ancient town mixed with the aroma of freshly ground spices, while feeling the rhythm of the market life. The 1000 year old Stone Town is indeed a remarkable place, and hasn’t changed much in the last 200 years.
Zanzibar is also known as East Africa’s foremost beach travel and tour destination. Giant coconut trees swaying in the wind line powdery white beaches, while the deep blue Indian Ocean beckons in the distance. Magical!
Scuba diving tours and travel on Zanzibar
For many years Zanzibar has been a favourite diving destination for only a handful of people, but this changed when it became clear that it is a superb place for diving. Zanzibar offers some of East Africa’s best diving, boasting abundant marine life due to coral reef structures around the island.
Zanzibar’s diving reefs are generally shallow, with calm, clean water. Dive sites abound in this magical place, and a wide variety assures there’s something for the beginner as well as the expert. Tropical marine creatures inhabit coral that is mostly unspoilt.
Why not consider an adventurous hike up Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro? This spectacular mountain offers you the chance to move through rain forest, moorland, alpine desert, snow and ice, all within a distance of 100 km’s, while gaining 4000 m in altitude!
We’ve guided thousands of clients to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, and have been doing so for more than 15 years. We offer the most professional support, expert guidance and excellent tour information to help you reach the summit of the Roof Of Africa, an event you’re not likely to ever forget.
Choosing a route
The aim is to get to Uhuru, Mt Kilimanjaro’s summit, which sits at 5895 m. To get there, you can choose one of several available routes, each one offering a different view of the mountain.
All your supplies and equipment is portered for you, while a cook prepares your daily meals.
Also known as the whiskey route, Machame is probably Mt Kilimanjaro’s most beautiful route. Machame offers only tented accommodation, and is therefore slightly better suited to the more adventurous spirit. The rewards are fantastic, however, if you consider the beauty of the route. Machame needs a minimum of six days to complete. Acclimatisation necessarily forms part of the time spent on the Machame route. On day three of Machame you reach Lava Tower at 4630m, after which you descend almost 700m to Barranco camp at 3950m to overnight.
Other routes up Kilimanjaro
Marangu route is the only route to offers huts to overnight in at every campsite. These huts are equipped with beds and mattresses. All campsites on the Marangu route have radio contact with Park Headquarters. Other routes include Umbwe, Shira and Lemosho, which all offer only tented accommodation.
You can request information on Mt Kilimanjaro and the available routes, or you could visit our comprehensive online guide on climbing Kilimanjaro.
When to go on tour
Tanzania has two rainy seasons. Keep this in mind when planning your tour. From April to early June is the long rainy period, while a shorter one usually occurs in November.
If you’d like a really magnificent Kilimanjaro experience, you can plan your climb so that you summit the mountain on a clear, full moon night. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience.