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Machame Route 9 Day - Small Group Tours

7 Days / 6 Nights On The Mountain, 2 Nights In Arusha Hotel  |  Small Group Tours  |  Basic |  ETSKM7B

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Route Introduction

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Although it is considered to be more difficult than the Marangu, the Machame or ‘Whiskey’ Route is actually now the most popular way up Kilimanjaro. Compared with Marangu (the next most popular route) the walking stage are actually longer and steeper, so it is perhaps favoured by those more used to hiking. The Machame begins its course in the south, then continues eastwards. It skirts along the mountain’s southern ice field before heading for the summit.

Those choosing the Machame for their ascent can look forward to varied and spectacular scenery, though its popularity means that you are never too far from the crowds! And if you choose to spend seven days on the mountain with this longer route, then the extra day to acclimatize will improve your chances of reaching the summit!

Route Highlight

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Words can never describe the breath-taking views enjoyed from the summit, the very ‘Roof of Africa,’ but the incomparable, exhilarating sense of achievement in getting to the top of Kilimanjaro is surely in itself the highlight of any trip.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Month Season Traffic Weather Road Trails Sky Recommendation
January Peak Medium Little to no rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
February Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
March High Low Short Rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Highly Recommended
April Low Low Long rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Recommended
May Low Low Short Rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Recommended
June Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
July Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
August Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
September Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
October Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
November High Medium Little to no Rainfall Wet & Muddy Sunny & Cloudy Recommended
December High Medium Little to no Rainfall Wet & Muddy Sunny & Cloudy Recommended

Physical Level

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Challenging. Guests undertaking one of our trips categorized as ‘challenging’ will require a good level of fitness and proper physical preparation –perhaps two or three months – in advance of arriving in Tanzania. To take one of these trips, you must be confident in your own level of fitness and stamina. Our ‘challenging’ trips involve a significant degree of high-altitude hiking, and at times a degree of discomfort can be expected. For example, on a summit day to reach the top of Kilimanjaro, a total of around 13 hours is required of participants and this is combined with a great deal of ascent and descent. Special clothing and equipment are required for these trips, as advised on our trip notes, and accommodation is in tents or mountain huts, depending on which trip is undertaken.

Accommodation

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Accommodation on this tour is in our Basic category, with two night’s hotel accommodation in Arusha and six nights out on the Mountain in the public campsite. Our Basic level accommodations are selected by Easy Travel to focus on good value.

Route Summary

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9 Days, 8 Nights 2 nights in Arusha 1 night in Machame Camp 1 night in Shira 2 Camp 1 night in Barranco Camp 1 night in Karanga Camp 1 night in Barafu Camp 1 night in Mweka Camp
  • Day 1 – Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
  • Day 2 – Arusha – Machame Gate – Machame Camp
  • Day 3 – Machame Camp – Shira 2 Camp
  • Day 4 – Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
  • Day 5 – Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
  • Day 6 – Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
  • Day 7 – Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp
  • Day 8 – Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha
  • Day 9 – Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Tour Map

Elevation Chart

Day Start (Location) Altitude (Meter) Altitude (Feet) Finish (Location) Altitude (Meter) Altitude (Feet) Time (Hrs) Vegetation(Zone) Distance (km) Distance(Miles)
1 Machame Gate 1640 5381 Machame Camp 2972 9751 5-6 Rain Forest 11 7
2 Machame Camp 2972 9751 Shira 2 Camp 3804 12,480 4-6 Heath & Moorland 5 3
3 Shira 2 Camp Lava Tower 3804 4630 12,480 15,190 Lava Tower Barranco Camp 4630 3950 15,190 12,959 4-5 2-3 Alpine Desert 7 3 4 2
4 Barranco Camp 3950 12,960 Karanga Camp 4033 13,232 4-5 Alpine Desert 6 3
5 Karanga Camp 4033 13,232 Barafu Camp 4556 14,948 4-5 Alpine Desert 4 2
6 Barafu Camp Uhuru Peak 4556 5895 14,948 19,341 Uhuru Peak Mweka Camp 5895 3100 19,341 10,171 7-8 4-6 Ice Camp Rain Forest 5 12 3 7
7 Mweka Camp 3100 10,171 Mweka Gate 1640 5381 3-4 Rain Forest 10 6
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Tour Itinerary

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After your long flight, you’ll be pleased to spend your first night in comfort at your hotel, the Planet Lodge in Arusha. If you have chosen to be picked-up by us from Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Easy Travel driver will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your hotel in Arusha to relax after your flight. Your adventure has begun!

              • Accommodation
              • Planet Lodge Hotel
    • Meal Plan Dinner at hotel.
    • Journey time and Distance 1 hour, 55 km drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha
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This morning we take a leisurely breakfast at our hotel, before setting out in our vehicle at around 08.00hrs to allow for a scheduled arrival at Machame Gate (1640 meters) at 10.00hrs. Our first job will be to complete the registration formalities, before we start our trek. You will also enjoy the introduction to your mountain team: your guides, porters and everyone else who will accompany you as you make your ascent.

Today’s walk is a long one: in pure numbers, you will gain around 1332 metres of altitude over a distance of just under 11km/7miles and can expect to be walking for between 5 and 6 hours.

The beginning of the walk today is characterised by a wide track that winds its way up through dense forest, beautiful tall trees laden with green moss. As the route becomes steeper and narrower, so the vegetation changes and the appearance of flowers such as impatiens kilimanjari and impatiens pseudoviola introduce some bright colours to the scenery. You will also be able to see Kibo Peak, away to the east. The birdlife around the camp is surprisingly rich, so look out for species such as olive thrush and stonechat. We hope to reach camp at about 17.00hrs, giving you a couple of hours of welcome rest before dinner is served

        • Accommodation in tents, at Machame Camp
    • Meal Plan Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner
    • Journey time and Altitude 5 – 6 hours walking, from 1640m at Machame Gate to 2972m at the Machame Camp
    • Walking distance 11km/7miles
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Today’s stage is short and steep, as we push on up to an altitude of over 3804 metres. Our hard work in the morning, on a narrow path, is well rewarded at lunchtime with wonderful vistas both to the south and over to Kibo. Surely there can be no better location for lunch?

Having made an early start around 08.30hrs, we would expect to reach our camp by 14.00hrs, by which time we will have encountered the moorland lobelias and the distinctive dark obsidian rock of Shira Plateau for the first time. From Shira Caves, you will have time to marvel at some great natural sights such as the so-called ‘Shira Cathedral,’ Klute Peak and Mount Meru, before enjoying your dinner around 18.00hrs.

  • Accommodation In tents at Shira 2 Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 4-6 hours’ from 2972m at Machame Camp to 3804m at Shira Caves
  • Walking distance 5km/3miles
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Today’s stage is considerably different in character from yesterday’s, with a much longer trek. We start at 3804 metres, of course, but even though we cover nearly 10km/6miles, our gain in altitude will be a modest 146 metres by the time we reach Barranco Camp at around 16.00hrs. During our hike, however, we will climb to the base of the Lava Tower which is located at a lofty 4630 metres, before we descend again for our overnight stay. Although this may seem a bit of a waste, in fact it helps enormously with the crucial process of acclimatizing at altitude.

The overall distance today means that we will actually be walking for around 6 to 8 hours, excluding breaks. Once again, our day will begin with breakfast at 07.00hrs and departure at 08.30hrs, when we begin our trek across the stony landscape of Shira Plateau. The vegetation is sparse at first, with just a few hardy lichens to admire. You climb towards the Lava Tower and your picnic lunch is taken at 13.00hrs. After passing the highpoint of the day by the Lava Tower, we then descend down to the Barranco Camp. Once at camp, you should take time to admire the views of the southern face of Kibo as well as the Heim Glacier. Dinner tonight is served at 19.00hrs

  • Accommodation in tents at Barranco Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 6 to 8 hours’ from 3804 at Shira Caves, up to Lave Tower at 4630m, then down to Barranco Camp at 3950m.
  • Walking distance 10km/6miles
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Today we breakfast slightly later (07.30hrs) with a departure time from camp scheduled for 08.30hrs. Today’s walk is actually quite short, being only about 6km/3miles but it will still take between 4 to 5 hours of trekking time. We will break for lunch at around at 13.00hrs on reaching Karanga and have the afternoon to enjoy the views before eating our dinner at 18.00hrs.

At the beginning of the day, we encounter the hardest part of the stage as we have to scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also commonly referred to as the ‘Breakfast Wall’ as you tackle it right after your breakfast!). At the top of this climb, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier. After this, the rest of today’s walk becomes a bit easier as we first gradually descend to the gully below, and into the cold but beautiful Karanga Valley. We then continue and finally climb up a steep series of zig-zags until reaching the Karanga Camp (4033 meters). Our overall altitude gain today is only 160 metres.

  • Accommodation Karanga Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch box and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 4-5 hours’ walking, from 3950m at Barranco Camp to 4033m at Karanga Camp
  • Walking distance 6km/3miles
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Another short day -in terms of distance – begins with our breakfast at the camp at 07.30hrs and another 08.30hrs departure. Today we will ascend about 523 metres in a distance of around 4km/2miles and walking time once again is between 4 and 5 hours.

We will be aiming to arrive at the Barafu Camp 4556 meters by 13.00, when we will be rewarded with a cooked lunch. (With tomorrow being the summit day, it will be important to relax and prepare for the hard work ahead.) Dinner tonight is served at 17.30hrs, giving you time to get to bed early. After leaving Karanga, today’s stage climbs steadily, passing through barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today’s goal, the Barafu Camp 4556 meters, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk

  • Accommodation Barafu Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch box and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 4-5 hours’ walking from 4033m at Karanga Camp to 4556m at Barafu Camp
  • Walking distance 4km/2miles
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If there is one certainty on Kilimanjaro, it is that ‘summit day’ will be the toughest! But although hugely challenging, hopefully it will be matched with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro!

Our schedule for our ‘Summit Day’ is of course very different. Rising at 23.00hrs, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30hrs) before a midnight departure. We begin with a long, tough climb from Barafu at 4556 metres to Stella Point at 5756 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult.

From Stella Point, there is still another 139 metres of ascent and 45 minutes’ walk to the summit. Our goal is to reach the top (5895 meters) by around 07.00hrs then celebrate (of course!) take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit (5895 meters), we return to Barafu (4556 meters), where we rest for a couple of hours, take a brunch and then leave again at 13.30hrs to continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3100 metres) where we spend the night. We would expect to arrive there at 17.00hrs and take our dinner at 19.00hrs. (In total, we cover around 17km/10miles today with about 11-14 hours of walking – tough going, but with our objective hopefully achieved!)

  • Accommodation Mweka Camp
  • Meal Plan Brunch and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 11-14 hours, from 4556m at Barafu Camp to the summit at 5895m, then down to 3100m at Mweka Camp
  • Walking distance 17km/10miles
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Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 07.00hrs and at 08.00hrs you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the ‘Tipping Celebration.’

Although we still have 9km to walk, departure is at a leisurely 09.00hrs and you descend down to the Mweka Gate which sits at an altitude of 1640 metres. There, you will be served a cooked lunch at midday and be presented with your hard-earned certificate.

Your vehicle transport will be waiting to return you back to your Hotel in Arusha, where you can choose to relax – or, if you have any energy left, to celebrate!

  • Accommodation Planet Lodge
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 13-4 hours walking, from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, descending from 3100m to 1640m; from Mweka Gate to Arusha (by vehicle) 3 hours.
  • Walking distance 10km/6miles walking, then 3 hours’ drive back to Arusha
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After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00hrs. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)

If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our Easy Travel guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.

  • Meal Plan Breakfast
  • Journey time 1 hours, 55 km drive from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Easy Travel Trip Safety: Helicopter Rescue A helicopter rescue service will be provided to air transfer you (during daylight hours only) in an emergency from the mountain to hospital in Moshi. Note that this service will only be applicable if you have Medical Insurance which covers high altitude trekking up to 6000 meters, and this service is always subject to weather conditions.
Easy Travel – Transport:
  • Transport to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha at the beginning and end of your trip.
  • Transport from your Arusha hotel to the start of the climb and return to your Arusha hotel at the end of the climb.
Accommodation
  • 2 nights in Arusha, 6 nights on the Mountain in the Tents
  • 1st night – Planet Lodge
  • 2nd night – Machame Camp
  • 3rd night – Shira 2 Camp
  • 4th night – Barranco Camp
  • 5th night – Karanga Camp
  • 6th night – Barafu Camp
  • 7th night – Mweka Camp
  • 8th night – Planet Lodge
Food and Water 7 Breakfasts, 3 Picnic Lunches, 3 Cooked Lunch, 1 Brunch, 8 Dinners Treated water (on the mountain)
  • Day 1: Planet Lodge – Dinner
  • Day 2: Planet Lodge – Breakfast
  • Day 2: on the Mountain – Picnic Lunch Box
  • Day 2: Machame Camp – Dinner
  • Day 3: Machame Camp – Breakfast
  • Day 3: on the Mountain – Picnic Lunch Box
  • Day 3: Shira 2 Camp – Dinner
  • Day 4: Shira 2 Camp – Breakfast
  • Day 4: on the Mountain – Picnic Lunch Box
  • Day 4: Barranco Camp – Dinner
  • Day 5: Barranco Camp – Breakfast
  • Day 5: on the Mountain – Cooked Lunch
  • Day 5: Karanga Camp – Dinner
  • Day 6: Karanga Camp – Breakfast
  • Day 6: Barafu Camp – Cooked Lunch
  • Day 6: Barafu Camp – Dinner
  • Day 7: Barafu Camp – Mid night Tea and Biscuit
  • Day 7: Barafu Camp – After summit Brunch
  • Day 7: Mweka Camp – Dinner
  • Day 8: Mweka Camp – Breakfast
  • Day 8: Mweka Gate – Cooked Lunch
  • Day 8: Planet Lodge – Dinner
  • Day 9: Planet Lodge – Breakfast
Mountain Team
  • Dedicated, expert Easy Travel mountain guides, mountain chef, mountain porters
Entrance Fee
  • Mount Kilimanjaro Entrance Park Fee and Camping Fee
Camping Equipment
  • Sleeping Tents
  • Dining Tents
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Utensils
  • Tables and Chairs
Award
  • Of course, we have a high success rate and your trip includes a Certificate of Achievement if you make it to the summit at Uhuru (5895m). But your trip includes a Certificate of Achievement even if you only reach Gilman’s point (5719m) or Stella point (5685m).
Taxes 18 % VAT (Value Added Tax)

What’s Excluded

Tanzania - midacl - Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route 9 Days - Small Group TourMedical Insurance Medial Insurance which covers high altitude trekking up to 6000 meters is Essential (nothing less than 6000 meters)
Tanzania - travel ic - Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route 9 Days - Small Group TourTravel Insurance Travel Insurance which covers “Cancel for any Reason” is Essential
Flights International and Domestic Flight
Visa $100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other county Nationals
Own Room/Tent My Own Room at the Hotel and My Own Tent on the Mountain
Drinks All type of Soft and Hard Drinks
Personal Items
  • Technical Gear
  • Technical Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Handwear
  • Accessories
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries
Tanzania - tips - Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route 9 Days - Small Group TourTips Mountain Guide: $25 per day / per guide / per Group Mountain Chef: $15 per day / per group Mountain Porter: $8 per day / per porter

DEPARTURE DATES

DEPARTURE CODESTART DATEEND DATE
ETSKM7 22 07 044-Jul-2211-Jul-22
ETSKM7 22 07 1111-Jul-2218-Jul-22
ETSKM7 22 07 2525-Jul-221-Aug-22
ETSKM7 22 08 088-Aug-2215-Aug-22
ETSKM7 22 08 1515-Aug-2222-Aug-22
ETSKM7 22 08 2222-Aug-2229-Aug-22
ETSKM7 22 09 1212-Sep-2219-Sep-22
ETSKM7 22 09 2626-Sep-223-Oct-22
ETSKM7 22 10 033-Oct-2210-Oct-22
ETSKM7 22 10 1010-Oct-2217-Oct-22
ETSKM7 22 12 1919-Dec-2226-Dec-22

FAQS

PLANNING

About Tanzania

    1. Where is Tanzania and how do I get there?

      Tanzania is located in East Africa and is bordered by the Indian Ocean on it eastern side, by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south.

      Arrival in Tanzania is normally at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam (640km, or 2 hours’ flight from Arusha City), or at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (45 minutes’ drive from Arusha City.)

    2. Is it safe for me to visit Tanzania?Most of our visitors come to Tanzania for our wildlife, but by the time they leave their experience is much wider and richer than perhaps they had expected. Why? Part of that is due to our friendly, welcoming, colourful people. Tanzanians are a true mix of many ethnicities, different religious beliefs and all live together in harmony in what is one of the African continent’s safest destinations. We are sure you’ll feel very safe here, we’re sure you’ll feel very welcome. As in everywhere else in the world, just use a bit of common sense, don’t flaunt any valuables and you can enjoy the natural wonders, the culture and the people of Tanzania.
    3. What language is spoken in Tanzania?Kiswahili is the official language of Tanzania, and most of our people speak it. Just as well, as we have well over 100 different tribal languages! You will be pleased to know that English is widely spoken in the larger towns and places where visitors frequent. At Easy Travel, we have a team of driver-guides who can speak languages such as English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
    4. Which is the better safari destination – Kenya or Tanzania?If your budget was unlimited, then you might choose to combine both of these destinations on your safari trip to East Africa. For many visitors, it is a question of making a choice. Many people are very keen to see the Great Migration as part of their trip, so choosing your destination country is important. The migration spends eleven months of each year in Tanzania, and it is only in September that the herds cross the Mara River and spend their time in the Maasai Mara – which is, of course, in Kenya. Even in that month, there are thousands of the wildebeest who prefer not cross the river, spending their time grazing instead in the Northern Serengeti, Tanzania. When making your decision, you might also consider that Serengeti National Park in Tanzania has twice consecutively won the World Travel Awards coveted ‘Best African National Park’ award (2019 and 2020).
    5. How do I organize my Tanzanian safari?Just let us know when you want to visit, how long you want to be on safari, how many people will be in your group and give us an idea of your budget. That’s all we need to design a trip of a lifetime for you. Let us send you our proposal, for you to consider, and we can make any adjustments. Just contact us!
  • Weather

    1. When is Tanzania’s rainy season?Tanzania has two rainy seasons, with the so-called ‘long rains’ from the end of March to May and the ‘short rains’ from late October/early November through to mid-December.
    2. What weather can I expect in Tanzania?

      Of course, weather seasons can vary every year, so you have to be prepared for anything. The Tanzanian dry season usually starts at the start of June and continues through until the end of October. After that, the ‘short rains’ begin from late October/early November until mid- to end December. There is then a respite from late December to Mid of March, and then the ‘long rains’ start at the end of March and last until May.

      Most visitors choose to visit the National Parks in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. Because many of these are at altitude, the temperature is usually pleasant for a safari even at the hottest part of the day. The seasonal variations in temperature are perhaps less than you might expect. For example, in the popular Serengeti, the high in the warmer months (between October and March) is usually around 29C while in the other months a maximum of 26C can be expected. The respective lows would be 17C and 13C. One exception is up on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater (altitude 2, 200 metres) where the temperature can plummet below freezing at nighttime. Visitors to Ngorongoro are therefore advised to bring some warmer clothing.

  • Health and Safety

    1. Is there malaria in Tanzania?Yes. With its tropical climate, there inevitably are mosquitos in Tanzania. Visitors should take advice from a medical practitioner well in advance of visiting, as courses of antimalarial drugs usually have to begin before your visit start. You should bring mosquito repellent and wear neutral- coloured/khaki clothes. Some accommodations will provide anti-mosquito measures such as mosquito nets or spray your sleeping quarters with repellent.
    2. Will I need a first aid kit when I visit Tanzania?

      Safety is always our first priority at Easy Travel. Our driver-guides are all trained in first aid and our vehicles are all equipped with a first aid kit. Nevertheless, we suggest that you bring your own first aid kit: your doctor can advise you on what your kit should contain. Of course, you should always bring any prescription medicines, sufficient to last your entire trip. Remember that we will be spending a lot of time in very remote locations, so you should be prepared for any eventuality.

    3. What procedures do you have in place, if I get injured or become sick while on safari?

      All Easy Travel’s safari tours are inclusive of Emergency Evacuation Service in conjunction with AMREF Flying Doctors (http://www.flydoc.org). This service provides immediate evacuation for guests from the nearest airstrip to the nearest hospital (usually in Nairobi, sometimes Arusha). This service operates in daylight hours only. When you are ill, but the symptoms and severity do not require immediate evacuation, there are other hospitals and clinics in Serengeti and Karatu. Our guests are strongly advised to buy comprehensive travel insurance. Without this, you cannot use the Emergency Evacuation Services provided by AMREF Flying Doctors. If you wish to purchase the AMREF service (cost US $20 per person), you will need to provide us with a copy of your current insurance, the issuer details and policy number. We will include the cost of this in your safari trip invoice and provide you with your tickets for the service, during your safari briefing.

    4. What is the best way to avoid tsetse flies?

      The tsetse fly is present in woodland areas of Tarangire and in certain parts of Serengeti. They are most active during daylight hours. You can help to avoid these biting flies by choosing to wear neutral-coloured clothing (khali, beige, green, olive, light brown) as the flies are attracted to bright colours. Most people suffer no adverse reactions to the bites of these flies, but a few suffer from itchiness and swelling.

  • Booking, Pricing, Payment and Terms & Conditions

    1. How far in advance should I book my Tanzanian safari with Easy Travel? Peak season (December to February) and high season (June to October) put pressure on the availability of accommodation, so booking well in advance is strongly recommended. We at Easy Travel suggest that you book your safari trip between six months and one year in advance, as this helps secure the accommodation choices and allows us to sort out all other logistics. We welcome enquiries for last-minute bookings, but the availability of the accommodation will determine if we can provide your last-minute desired safari package.
    2. What is included in the price of the safari package?

      The price agreed for your safari package includes all lodging and meals throughout your trip as detailed on your itinerary, all park entrance fees, the services of an expert driver-guide, game drives in a 4×4 safari vehicle, 1ltr of bottled water per person, per day during game drives only.

    3. The following things are NOT included in the price:

      Any international flights, any domestic flights (unless specified and agreed as part of your package), any travel and medical insurance, entry visa to Tanzania, (you should obtain this before you arrive; you can get a visa on entry to Tanzania, but this involves standing in long lines between 30-45 minutes or sometimes more), soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, gratuities for your driver-guides or any other Easy Travel staff, gratuities for any camp/lodge staff, Maasai Village visit, any extra activities not pre-booked and paid for, emergency evacuation service (unless pre-booked and pre- paid) and any other items not mentioned in this list.

    4. What are the Easy Travel booking terms and conditions?

      Once we have agreed your safari trip itinerary with you, you will be required to make an initial deposit of 30% to us. This allows us to be able to confirm your booking. The full balance must then be paid 30 days before the start of your safari trip. For any last-minute booking made less than 30 days prior to your proposed arrival date, we require payment of the full amount to be made when booking.

    5. What methods of payment do you accept?

      We accept payment either by credit card, or by direct wire transfer.

    6. Payment by Credit Card Online:

      We accept Visa, Master Card and American Express. This is the fastest and easiest method of payment as it avoids the necessity of complying with numerous banking procedures. You will need to allow for 3.5% on top of the trip cost, this being bank charges for use of the credit card. This 3.5% charge stays with the bank, not Easy Travel (Tanzania Bank Policy).

    7. Payment by Direct Wire Transfer:

      If paying by this method, any bank charges incurred will be at your cost. Beneficiary bank charges are approximately $45 and they will be added by us on to your invoice. It usually takes a minimum of 5 to 7 working days for the funds to arrive into our account. At that point, we are able to issue your booking confirmation.

  • Flights, Insurance, Visas and Entry Requirements

    1. Are there direct flights to Tanzania?Several airlines fly directly into Tanzania, either daily or three times per week. Among those with direct flights are KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Condor Charter Flight and Rwandair which fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. Other airlines such as Emirates, South African Airways, Etihad Air and EgyptAir fly into Dar es Salaam International Airport daily.
    2. Does Easy Travel also organize domestic flights?

      Easy Travel can organize domestic flights for Zanzibar and to the Northern and Southern National
      Parks of Tanzania. Visitors should be aware that the aircraft employed are light aircraft which land
      and takeoff from small airstrips either inside or close to the relevant National Park.

    3. Is there a maximum weight limit for luggage carried on domestic flights?

      Yes. The luggage limit, including hand luggage, is 15kgs. The only exception is where an airline uses ATR aircraft on flights between Arusha or Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam: on such flights there is a 20kg weight limit. On internal flights, the weight limits are strictly enforced and any excess weight will be subject to a charge of $5 per kg. You should also be aware that there is no guarantee that excess weight will be accepted, especially in peak season. Safety will always be the pilot’s top priority. Passengers are advised never to check in high-value items such as cash, jewellery, cameras, laptops etc.

    4. Can I leave some luggage with you and then collect it at a later date during my trip?

      Easy Travel are happy to look after your luggage, free of charge, if you leave it with us at our Arusha offices. This can be particularly convenient for those visitors who are climbing Kilimanjaro and then following it with a safari or beach holiday.

    5. Do I need to obtain travel insurance before travelling to Tanzania?

      All visitors must obtain adequate travel insurance before they depart for Tanzania. Insurance policies must be comprehensive, covering for any reason, medical evacuation, cancellation, curtailment of arrangements and loss of baggage.

  • Pre-Trip Day in Arusha

    1. If I have a pre-trip day in Arusha, what is there to do?A pre-trip day can provide an excellent chance to experience life in one of Arusha’s villages. We would recommend a half-day (3.5 hours) tour, the Ilkiding’a Village Cultural Tour. This includes a visit to a Maasai Boma (traditional enclosure of mud huts), a coffee plantation, a farm tour, and an opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of Arusha City. You will also experience a tasty traditional Tanzanian lunch.
  • Extra Activities on Safari

    1. Can Easy Travel organize for us to have a balloon trip as part of our safari experience?Yes, we can organize this, though the balloon trips are undertaken by a separate company. The lower age limit for balloon ride is 7 years. Many visitors take advantage of this amazing opportunity to see the incredible wildlife of Serengeti, Tarangire or Ndutu from a totally different perspective. A balloon trip will normally involve a one-hour flight, followed by a full champagne breakfast. Your balloon trip will also be commemorated by the award of a certificate. Visitors should be aware that, as safety is always the priority, the pilot will take the decision to cancel the flight in the event of bad weather. In such a case, you will be moved to a subsequent flight the next day (subject to availability) or given a refund if there is no such availability, or if your safari itinerary does not allow you to take a subsequent flight.
    2. Will there be opportunities for cultural visits during my trip?Of course! Although our wildlife is fascinating, we know that many of our visitors are equally interested in the lives and culture of our people. So, we offer the opportunity of a cultural tour during the safari trip. This normally involves a tour of Mto wa Mbu village, which includes a visit to a rice farm, banana plantation, a tasting of the local village brew and a look inside a traditional house. Please note that the cost of this activity is additional to your trip cost. If you are interested, please ask when booking your safari so we can schedule it in your itinerary.
    3. After my safari, can I add a trip to Zanzibar, Pemba or the Mafia Islands?Easy Travel can organize an add-on trip to Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia. Accommodation options in Zanzibar are plentiful, although those in either Mafia or Pemba are much more limited. In addition to the cost of any add-on trip you choose, please note that there is an infrastructure tax ($1.50 per person) in Zanzibar, payable on arrival. On arrival, those visiting Mafia must pay a Marine Park Fee of $20 per person / per day.
  • Children on Safari

    1. Are safaris suitable for children?Most children absolutely love the safari experience, if they are old enough to fully benefit from what is a holiday of a lifetime. There can be nothing better than for children to be so close to our amazing wildlife, so much better than watching it on TV or merely reading a book about it. And of course, we at Easy Travel can advise on child-friendly accommodations and ensure that you get a family- friendly room. It is essential to be realistic, however. A safari involves a lot of driving over rough terrain, and we would not recommend a safari trip for children under 3 years old.
  • Accommodation

    1. What is the cost of a safari to Tanzania?The cost of a safari to Tanzania depends on a number of different factors, principally the accommodation style you choose, the number of days your trip lasts and how many people will share your vehicle. Once you discuss your requirements with us, we will devise an itinerary for you and advise you of the exact cost.
    2. What are the accommodation options and what are they like?

      Easy Travel safaris are available with four different choices of accommodation styles to suit your taste and budget. We offer Basic, Comfort, Comfort Plus and Luxury style accommodation options.

      Easy Travel selects the best available accommodations in each category. Basic style accommodation is on public campsites, with shared bathroom facilities. In the other three categories, accommodations include private bathroom facilities. The rooms in these three categories are spacious, furnished with either twin beds or king-size beds, a dressing table and a wardrobe where you can store your luggage. Lodges and tented camps located within the National Parks use generators for power. Please note that although some accommodations have hot showers available 24 hours per day, others only have hot showers at set times in both morning and evening.

    3. Does the wildlife come close to the camps and lodges?Perhaps the best thing about a Tanzanian safari is that you get really close to the wildlife, and sometimes it might seem that the wildlife actually wants to get close to you. There are no fences around most camps, so the animals wander in and out as they wish. These are wild animals, not tame pets: you have to be cautious and of course we at Easy Travel take your safety very seriously. Attacks on visitors are very rare, but you have to act sensibly. In particular, those with children should never let them out of sight or let them wander alone. You will often be escorted from your tent to dinner, and back again, particularly at the smaller tented lodges. Any concerns you have about safety should immediately be raised with a staff member or camp manager.
    4. Are mosquito nets provided at all camps and lodges?Those who choose our Comfort style accommodations (tented camps) will find them equipped with mosquito nets. Although not all camps/lodges in Tanzania have mosquito nets, during the nightly turndown service the bedrooms are sprayed with mosquito repellent. We also encourage visitors to bring their own insect repellent and to use it during the safari.
    5. Will I be able to do my laundry at the camps and lodges?Most of the lodges and camps are able to offer laundry services, at extra cost to yourself. In our Comfort style accommodations, please note that all laundry is done by hand, and drying relies on sunlight. Please only ask for laundry services when you are staying more than one night. This ensures that there will be sufficient time for your clothes to dry before you depart the camp.
    6. What types of cuisine are available?You will find that both western-style and local cuisines are available on our safari trips. A vegetarian choice is offered at each meal. Easy Travel can cater for special dietary requirements, with advance notice.
    7. Can you provide me with a single room?Prices for safaris are based on room-sharing, but you can have a room to yourself, at additional cost. Please let us know what your accommodation preference is when making your initial enquiries.
  • Food and Drinks

    1. What can I expect to eat for lunch when out on safari?

      One of the great things about a private safari is the flexibility it offers you. When it comes to food, you can make the daily choice of whether to enjoy your breakfast and lunch in the comfort of your tented camp or lodge, or enjoy a picnic box out in the bush. In the morning, you may want to enjoy the stunning sunrises by taking an early game drive and then return to your accommodation for breakfast, or prefer to have breakfast at your lodging first and then set off on your day’s game drive with no need to return to your accommodation at mealtimes.

      For breakfast, a picnic box will typically include coffee, bread, pastries, juice, a banana, apple, hardboiled-egg, bacon or sausages. A lunchtime picnic box might contain chicken, bread, sandwiches, banana, apple, juice, muffin and chocolate. Any special dietary requirements can be accommodated – just let us know in advance.

    2. Are you able to cater for visitors with special dietary requirements?

      We ask that our guests give us advance notice of any special dietary needs when planning the safari trip. We when pass this information to your accommodation choices, to ensure that your requirements are met at each place you visit.

    3. Do you provide drinks in the safari vehicles?Of course – you will need refreshments when out on safari, and we offer you bottled water, soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea. And our safari vehicles are all equipped with a small cooler to ensure your drinks remain chilled during the safari.
  • Roads and National Parks

    1. What road conditions can I expect while on safari?There is no point in denying it: road surfaces in our National Parks can be rutted and rough, especially after rain. Our driver-guides are expert drivers, but you will definitely feel some bumps along the way! If you suffer from back problems, you should seriously consider if a safari is right for you. Let us know and we can provide extra back cushions to minimize discomfort. You should also keep your safety belt fastened at all times, keep your valuables secure (to avoid damage) and hold on when standing up to view the wildlife out of the pop-up roof.
    2. Will the safari be dusty?As well as the wildlife, you are guaranteed to see some dust when you visit Tanzania! Between June and October – the dry season – the dust is at its worst. But even in the other months the dust can be a slight irritation and visitors should expect this. Some visitors like to wear a bandana over their mouth/nose to combat this, and if you wear contact lenses you may need extra lens fluid. It is also advisable to ask your driver-guide to close the vehicle windows. Remember that dust can also affect sensitive camera and video equipment, so storing these in a suitable bag when not using them is a good idea.
    3. How do the National Park entrance fees work?The entrance fees for the National Parks on your itinerary are of course included in the cost of your safari package. All these entrance fees are valid for a maximum of 24 hours single entry, and your itinerary is carefully planned and arrangements for entering the parks are made – and often paid for – in advance. Each evening, your driver-guide will brief you about the following day’s schedule. Overstaying the time limit for any stay in a National Park incurs a penalty, and if this is as a result of visitors wishing to stay beyond the permit limit, then the visitor will be wholly responsible for that penalty.
    4. What is the availability of washroom facilities out on safari?Rest assured, bathroom facilities are available at many places throughout your safari trip. These are located at lodges, camps, park ranger stations, visitor centres and picnic areas. Of course, a lot of time we are out in the wilderness, so there will be plenty of times when there will be no nearby toilet facilities – and no other visitors or vehicles in sight. That means that you will be able to simply get out of the safari vehicle in privacy to attend to your toilet needs, out of view of any of your fellow travelers. This is what we call the ‘bush bathroom’ and most of our visitors adapt! Our driver-guides are sensitive to this issue and will always make sure that it is dealt with professionally and discreetly.
  • Driver Guides

    1. Who will accompany us on our safari?Each safari trip is accompanied by one of our expert driver-guides. As well as being a safe and expert driver – essential qualities on our tough terrain – he is also an encyclopedia, full of incredible knowledge about the Tanzanian wildlife, people, terrain and culture. If you choose one of our Basic Level safaris, you will also be accompanied by a Safari Chef, responsible for setting up your tents and providing you with excellent tasty meals during your trip.
  • Arrival Information

    1. Can Easy Travel arrange an airport pick-up for us from Nairobi City or Jomo Kenyatta
      International Airport (JKIA)?

      Of course, Easy Travel are happy to organize either a Private or Public Shuttle transfer to Arusha from Nairobi City or JKIA.

      Please note that the cost of this transfer is not included in your trip cost, nor is the return transfer back to either Nairobi City or JKIA at the end of your trip. For Easy Travel to arrange transfers for you from/to Nairobi City or JKIA. All you have to do is let us know your flight number and arrival time and make the appropriate payment to us in addition to the price of your trip.

      Two daily public shuttles operate from JKIA to Arusha, with one departing at 08.00 hours and the other at 14.00 hours. The price for a single ticket is $40 per person and the journey time is between 6 and 7 hours. The price for a private shuttle is $400 per vehicle, one way, so will usually only be suitable if you are arriving in a group. Whichever airport you arrive at, we strongly advise that when you approach the driver (who will be waiting outside the baggage reclaim area) that you ask him who he has come to collect, rather than giving him your name. (Our driver will display your name on an Easy Travel signboard.) By following this advice, you will be sure that you are picked up by the correct driver, rather than by an airport taxi driver who is just looking for business.

  • Safari Vehicle

    1. What vehicles do Easy Travel use for their safari trips? What luggage can I bring?

      Easy Travel use Toyota Land Cruiser 4 x4s, which are recognized by many as the best and most reliable vehicles for the rough terrain of Tanzania. Each of the maximum 6 passengers enjoys the benefit of a window seat. The Land Cruisers are fully equipped, featuring: a pop-up roof for excellent game viewing; a radio call facility for optimal communications; a mini cooler box for keeping drinks cool (while the vehicle engine is running); a UK-Type socket for charging your mobile phone, camera battery or laptop; guidebooks and binoculars.

      Due to restrictions of space, all passengers are limited to one softshell, duffel-style bag and one carry-on bag. Please note that hardshell suitcases are not advisable on safari, as they take up too much space.

    2. Will we have to share our safari vehicle with others? Those booking one of our private tours will have exclusive use of the safari vehicle. If you choose one of our small group tours, you will share the vehicle with other travelers who have chosen the same departure date as yourselves.
  • Clothing and Camera Equipment

    1. What should I wear on my safari?Our recommendation is to bring nether dark clothing (no black or dark blue clothing), nor bright/white clothing. (see Top 10 Essential items to pack for your safari) The former attracts tsetse flies, and the latter is unsuitable for the often dusty conditions. Khaki is the recommended colour for safari trips. Bringing layers of clothing will give you the maximum flexibility, and you should bring clothing made from lightweight, quick-dry fabric. Remember that a safari holiday is informal, you do not need super-smart clothing. Put the emphasis on comfort and practicality, not fashion ! For your feet, bring a pair of decent-quality walking boots or shoes. In higher altitude regions, such as the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, it can be cold in the evenings, so bring a warmer layer. A light rain jacket is also a good idea. Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent are all essential.
    2. Do I need to bring any special equipment or gadgets?

      It’s always nice to forget about the developed world when you are enjoying your ‘wilderness experience’ out on safari, but a few modern devices will maximize your enjoyment and ensure that you can take home some special memories.

      First of all, you will need to bring a converter plug for any devices you bring. Note that electricity in Tanzania is 220 to 240 volts (50 hertz) and our Tanzanian sockets are of the British-type with three rectangular blade pins. You will no doubt want to take loads of photos, so a lightweight camera with a good zoom or suitable mobile phone, plus extra memory cards, batteries and/or charger are essential. You may also want to bring a small, powerful flashlight as some camps have little lighting. You can share the binoculars provided by us in the safari vehicle, though many visitors choose to bring their own to make sure they don’t miss anything.

  • Money Matters

    1. Are credit cards acceptable?Most lodges accept credit cards, but if you want to pay by cash instead, you should use US Dollars. Please note that all dollar bills should be dated from 2009 onwards. For credit cards, you should bring either MASTERCARD or VISA.
    2. Am I able to withdraw cash from an ATM while in Tanzania?For cash, we advise you to bring US Dollars with you from home, as these are accepted in most places. If you need to withdraw cash while in Tanzania, then there are several ATM machines in Arusha City and these are where you should withdraw any additional cash before your safari begins. Note that in many small towns or beach hotels there are no ATM machines, so you should have sufficient cash before you depart for remote areas or the beach. Any cash withdrawn from ATM machines will only be issued in Tanzanian Shillings (Tshs) and there is a daily limit of 400,000 Tshs per card/per day
    3. Will I be able to use foreign currency?The local currency in Tanzania is Tanzanian Shilling (Tshs), but please note that you cannot take this currency either in or out of the country. It is however convertible freely for the US Dollar, Euro and other currencies within Tanzania. If you have to change money in Tanzania, there are several banks in Tanzania where you can exchange your money. Do not change money on the street: you should only exchange your money in hotels, banks, bureaux de change or with your tour operator. Always get a receipt for currency exchanges.
    4. What additional costs might I incur when travelling in Tanzania?Your safari package with Easy Travel includes all your accommodation, game drives, park fees, services of driver guides and meals as set out in your programme. It also includes your transfers between Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport, but not if you choose to arrive at another airport. Your package does not include international flights, domestic flights (unless agreed with us as part of your programme), insurance, tips for your driver-guide or staff at your accommodations, drinks purchased at hotels/bars/lodges/tented camps, laundry services, phone calls, any activities not included in your safari package, visas or any shopping. Every guest has different spending habits, so we cannot advise as to how much you will need. You should budget, taking into account the above items and the length of your safari trip.
    5. Should I bring gifts to give to local children?It is not advisable to randomly hand out pens, money and sweets. Our experience is that this just sets unrealistic expectations and encourages begging. Easy Travel appreciates visitors’ desire to express their generosity and we have connections with schools and orphanages which can responsibly distribute any gifts to those who need them. Do let us know if you would like to make a gift and we can organize this for you and advise what might be an appropriate gift/donation
    6. What souvenirs can I buy in Tanzania?During your safari, there will be opportunities to purchase handicrafts, gifts and souvenirs on your way to and from the National Parks. Examples of items you will find include wood-carvings, masks, antiques, beadwork and paintings. Those visitors who like jewellery might be interested in Tanzanite, a unique precious gemstone which can only be found in Tanzania. Tanzanite is a beautiful, dark blue stone. Major credit cards (Mastercard and Visa) are accepted by most of the larger curio shops. Prices are negotiable for most items.
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