As a solo budget traveler I wasn't sure a safari was in the cards for me, but then I met other... read more
We were a group of three as well. We ended up paying a little bit extra to have the Safari as a private one so we could spread out in the car and move around for the best viewpoints. In terms of the itinerary, we did... More
We were a group of three as well. We ended up paying a little bit extra to have the Safari as a private one so we could spread out in the car and move around for the best viewpoints. In terms of the itinerary, we did Kilimanjaro first as we wanted to get the hard bit out of the way so we could relax for the rest of the trip. We then did the Safari, and then turned into vegetables on the beaches of Zanzibar. If we were to do it again, we would probably do it the same way. TBH, sitting down in the Safari vehicle for 6+ hours a day probably wont do your muscles any good before the hike, but up to your group. We spent 2 days in Moshi and stretched out legs out by visiting the town, and walking around a fair bit to loosen the muscles up, we were fine by the time we started our trek. We based ourselves in Moshi flying out of Kili Airport for both the Hike and Safari. We then flew to Zanzibar on our self organised trip. Yes, flights were on the pricy side (from Melbourne). We had to fly to the UAE (Abu Dhabi) then fly to Kenya (Nairobi), and then on to Tanzania (Kili). That was the quickest flight we could find. We brought most of our own gear, you can rent some of the stuff when you get to Tanzania (during the pre climb meeting) but in retrospect I hired some wet weather gear that I probably should have just bought myself from like a sportsdirect or something. Temps on summit night probably the coldest you will experience. I Think it was -9c when we went in Jan. Can't recall the cost as we added in a few things such as portable toilet, and then the government slapped the VAT tax on our trip. It was all done in USD though. Prices were very reasonable compared to some of the bigger companies.