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Tours & Safari's » Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route

  • Itinerary overview

    Duration 8 days/7 nights Starts Moshi, Tanzania. Rates starting from R 9 180 per person sharing, local payment USD 635 per person (depending on accommodation chosen, special conditions may apply for bookings over peak periods)

Our Itineraries are designed to offer guests an embracing experience of human natures affair with nature. They are exclusive experiences involving mild adventure along roads less travelled, an opportunity to discover intimate aspects of Africa. Every African Signature Itinerary can be personalised to suite your distinctive preference of travel.

DAY 1: Tanzania - Moshi


Today you only have to meet in Moshi. If you are flying in to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), we can arrange an airport transfer for you. If you are making your own way to Moshi please advise your estimated arrival time. If the weather is favourable we might get a first glimpse of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m). When you arrive at the hotel you will have some time to relax, then tonight one of your guides will brief you on what to expect from the next week. Meals: No Meals

DAY 2: Kilimanjaro National Park - Manadara Hut (2670m)

After a big breakfast we transit to the eastern side of Kilimanjaro to start our trek. Marangu Gate is at 1840m above sea level and this is where we begin. It is roughly a 12km journey through rainforest to the Mandara Huts (2670m). If you are still feeling energetic after this section you can walk to Maundi Crater for some scenic views of both Kenya and Tanzania and on a clear day, Kibo Crater. There is an evening meal and overnight stay at the Mandara Hut. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: Kilimanjaro National Park - Horombo Hut (3720m)

After a good night’s rest we have a filling breakfast before we climb out of the forest and through the moorland to Horombo Huts (3720m). The distance covered today is roughly 15km and along the way you will see some of Tanzania’s most interesting vegetation such as the giant lobelia and giant groundsel. At half way we will stop for lunch while enjoying amazing views of Mawenzi (5149m), one of Kilimanjaro’s peaks. Tonight we overnight at the Horombo Hut. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: Kilimanjaro National Park - Zebra Rocks (3980m)

Today serves as an acclimatisation day. This should not be underestimated and greatly improves your chances of reaching the summit. We take a 2-4 hour trek to Zebra Rocks, the distinctive black and white stripes give the rock formation its name. A warm lunch will be waiting on your return to the hut, where an afternoon of relaxation will improve your strength for the following day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Kilimanjaro National Park - Kibo Hut (4700m)

We get up at sunrise and after breakfast we set off for Kibo Huts (4703m). Again, it is roughly 15km to our destination. The first half of the hike traverses upper heath land while the second half crosses the vast saddle that connects Mawenzi and Kibo. The saddle of Kilimanjaro is alpine desert and care must be taken on this rough terrain. After dinner you need a very early night as tomorrow is going to be an extremely early start. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: Kilimanjaro National Park - Uhuru Peak (Summit 5895m)

Today is ‘The Big Day’ – the summit stage. Many hours before dawn we begin the final trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier over the 6km journey which should take roughly 8 hours. At sunrise you will reach Gillman’s Point (5715m) which is the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. After a further hike of 1-2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5895m) you can celebrate the accomplishment of reaching the ‘roof of Africa’. The route back down is faster and a warm meal awaits at the Kibo Hut. Later you continue onto the Horombo Hut where most of the mountain conquerors will be glad of an early night. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: Kilimanjaro National Park - Moshi

Our journey back to Marangu Gate is about 18km of down hill. If you conquered the summit you will receive your summit certificate at the gate. Green for Gilman’s Point and Gold for those that reached Uhuru Peak. Then, it’s back to Moshi for a hot shower and a well-deserved rest. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: Tour Ends

After breakfast your tour ends, please let us know if you require any further transport. Meals: Breakfast