Mount Kilimanjaro + Zanzibar
looking for some tips + tricks for your next adventure that don't break the bank (or your finally-developed self-care habits)?! i've compiled everything i found during my favorite trips around the globe so you don't have to!
wow, climbing mount kilimanjaro was by far one of the most difficult things i've ever done (read more about it here and here). but, for as life-changing as it was, i always get a ton of questions about the logistics of my trip. here's all my research distilled into one page. and, if you want a an intense packing list spreadsheet - message me!
while climbing mount kilimanjaro, you need to book your entire experience through a tour guide. we used a local company that was recommended to us by multiple people (crazy, i know!) called tro peaks. and tell them katina sent you! definitely book through them - they are an amazing crew who all grew up in the town outside of the mountain (moshi).
the logistics are quite simple. included in your price - anywhere from 1K to 1.6k - you have: lodging for before and after your trip (in a beautiful, clean hotel!), and food, camping, gear and guides for your 6 - 8 day trek. you receive 3 meals a day, snacks, tea, warm water for washing, complete tents set up, and all your gear carried. it's unreal. you even get woken up with hot tea or coffee each morning.
in zanzibar, we decided to stay at a hotel called sahari zanzibar. it was magical. they are located directly on the beach with a large open pool, breezy restaurant, and great staff. would highly recommend!
your transportation for your climb (to and from the airport, to and from the mountain) are all covered by tro peaks. that leaves a lot of room for other modes of transportation....hiking 5 - 7 hours each day!
we departed moshi and got to zanzibar by precision air, one of the main airlines in east africa. most of our transportation was organized through our hotel.
*i will note - zanzibar is still a developing country. it is common for your drivers to stop for dinner, chatting with friends, even making other stops during your trip. don't get frustrated (from experience)!
there isn't much choice of food during your trek, though all of it is homemade and delicious. you may be craving pizza (seriously) after you return.
in zanzibar, we often ate at our hotel - because the food was so damn good! we did splurge one night and go to the rock, a beautiful restaurant in the middle of the ocean. definitely, definitely recommend. there's also an adorable cafe at paje beach called mr kahawa - come here for coffee, juices, and healthy snacks.
there isn't much to do before/after your trek besides eat and sleep. so, i'll include some activities for zanzibar:
- have dinner at the rock
- spend a day a paje beach learning to kitesurf
- lounge at mr. kahawa's in paje for an afternoon
- go on a spice tour and explore stonetown
- have a zanzibar pizza! (SO good)