Generic question on timing
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jan 21, 2013 6:13 AM Last Post By: littlechilds
Jan 17, 2013 2:02 PM
Generic question on timingIm guessing this has been asked a few times, but next year we are planning on doing the popular routine trip we hear is good....hike Kilimanjero in 6 days, safari for 4+ days, and then head to Zanzibar for 3-4 nights. Any recommendations on when the best time to go based on weather and animal sight seeing? We were thinking mid-February?
Jan 17, 2013 10:32 PM
1Well you could not have picked a better time than mid-late February. The mountain usually cooperates weather wise - although it can and does rain and snow all the year. You do not say which route - but my advice would be Marangu in 6 days; Machame 7 days or Shira in 8 days - the extra nights improve the aclimatization and the enjoyment. Safari at this time is also great - the wildebeest are calving - anything up to 8000 per day - it just overwhelms the carnavores. Also the place is in a state of anticipation waiting for the start of the long rains in late March. As for Zanzibar 3-4 days is not really long enough to enjoy the island paradise an extra day or two would add to the enjoyment. Start with 2 days in Stone Town - it has some great history (about the eastern slave trade) a few great bars (Livingston is the pick) and a range of eating places. Then head to the warm water - either up north to Kendwa if you want fun; night life music and dancing; otherwise east to Paje/Jambiani for warm clear clean water - still great food but less night life. Hope this helps. Oh make sure that you have had your Yellow Fever shots - Zanzibar will not admit you without it, even if you get into mainland Tanzania without it.
Jan 18, 2013 8:34 AM
Good to know about Zanzibar as well...5 days (4 nights) it is;)
Jan 18, 2013 10:41 AM
3I went in August of 2012 - my itinerary was 7 days Kili, 4 days safari (no time inbetween, which was fine for me, others I've talked to wanted a day between to rest), 2 days in Dar, and then 6 days on Zanzibar. I wish I had had more time in Zanzibar, honestly. I did:
Day 1 - arrive, head to Paje (and the beach)
Day 2 - beach
Day 3 - Jozani Forest
Day 4 - head to Stonetown, visit spice farm along the way
Day 5 - Dolphin tour (which includes Jozani forest, but I hadn't expected to do a dolphin tour...)
Day 6 - Stonetown, leave at 3
I could have saved a day by not going to Jozani forest, but I still think I would have liked a full week.
As for Kili - I did the 7-day Machame route, and finished a day early. I didn't have many problems with altitude, but a lot of people recommended the 7-day over 6-day route just in case. Something to keep in mind.
Jan 18, 2013 11:06 AM
4Yeah we live above 1300 meters, and Ive hiked many mountains over 3500m, but I guess you never know around 5000m and up. I will look at Zanzibar longer...sure will put a dent into an already extremely expensive trip lol.
Jan 21, 2013 4:20 AM
5I spent somewhere over $11000 for 5 weeks, but I also flew to Rwanda and went gorilla and golden moneky treking, which added a good $3000 to my budget.
Jan 21, 2013 6:13 AM
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