The Kilimanjaro Climbing season is officially underway, and if you are thinking about climbing Africa’s highest mountain between now and next spring, make sure you allow a few extra days for a safari in the Serengeti Plains and a much-need beach break in Zanzibar.
There are many different ways in which to schedule your trip your Tanzania, but as climbing Kilimanjaro is going to be the most demanding part of your holiday, we recommend you climb Kili first and then take a safari in Serengeti National Park, before finally retiring to the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar for some much-needed R&R.
With several different routes to choose from, the first step in planning your Kilimanjaro climb is choosing the route that is right for you. The 5-day Marangu Route may be the most cost-effective, but it also has the lowest success rate, so we recommend the longer 7-day Machame Route, or if you are looking for something a little more challenging, the 7-day Umbwe Route.
Once you have your Kilimanjaro climb sorted, the next stage is planning your Serengeti Safari. A 3-day trip is more than sufficient, and you can choose to fly-in, or take an escorted tour from Arusha.
The Serengeti National Park is a haven for wildlife lovers, and if you dream of witnessing the Great Migration and +/-2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their annual ‘circle of life’, schedule your Kilimanjaro Climb for December, January, February or March when the herds spread across Serengeti’s short-grass plains.
After climbing Kilimanjaro and taking a 3-day safari, you will be more than ready for the crystal-clear waters, sugar white beaches, and luxury beachfront hotels of Zanzibar, so treat yourself to four or five nights on the Island of Spice, and finish your Tanzanian Adventure in style!