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Hiking and Safari in Tanzania - Marangu Route and Mkomanzi N. Park

These 7 days of hiking and safari it full arranged half-day safari after conquering mountain Kilimanjaro the highest free stand mountain in the world and the tallest mountain in Africa. The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 5 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatization period. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Children policy: Children under five years old pay half of the price
  • Starting point and ending point: Songwe International Airport
  • English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Experienced guide
  • All national park fees included
  • See abundant of wildlife, baobab trees, bird life, and beautiful scenery
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Russian
Group size: Maximum of 98 participants
Airport transfer available:
Kilimanjaro International Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:00
Check-out Time:
18:00
  • Various huts during the hiking

Program

Day 1: Arrival Day

After arrival Gamily Tours guides will pick up you to hotel for check-in process and get some briefing about Kilimanjaro trekking and which things should be carried for necessary and the general things to do while you’re on the mountain. The meal plan will be Bed and Breakfast (BB)

Day 2: MARANGU GATE (1,870 METERS) TO MANDARA HUT (2,700 METERS)

  • Distance: ~8km / 5 miles trekking time: 4-6 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest

The Marangu Route begins at Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) on the South-East side of Mount Kilimanjaro Typically you will be driven to the gate from Moshi, which takes approximately an hour and passes through the village of Marangu. If approaching from Arusha it takes over two hours to reach Marangu gate. At the gate you will meet your trekking team, register with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities and witness porters assembling and weighing packs of gear that they will be carrying up the mountain. Day one is a gradual trek through the Kilimanjaro rainforest and takes 5-7 hours to complete. Your first night is spent in the Mandara A-frame Huts (2,700 meters) which come equipped with solar generated lighting, flush toilets and water piped in from a nearby mountain stream. Each hut has 6-8 bunk beds. If you are a light sleeper we suggest bringing ear plugs!

Day 3: MANDARA HUT (2,700 METERS) TO HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS)

  • Distance: ~11.5km / 7 miles
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

Day two on the Marangu Route begins with an early start. You will be served breakfast and should be on your way by latest 08:30. The trek continues through the rainforest, around the base of the Maundi Crater and then transitions rather rapidly into the low alpine moorland zone. If the weather is clear you should definitely take the opportunity to scramble up the Maundi Crater to get your first full view of Kibo. During the trek you will also see giant lobelias which are scattered throughout the landscape at this altitude. Day two takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete and covers a significant distance (11.5km / 7miles). At Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) you will be served dinner and shown to your sleeping quarters for the night.

Day 4: HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS) TO KIBO HUT (4,700 METERS)

  • Distance: ~10km / 6 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

Note: Day three on the Marangu Route is an acclimatization day for 6-day trekkers. Most six day trekkers venture on a 4-5 hour hike to Mawenzi Hut and back, which is good for acclimatisation!

For 5 day trekkers you will depart from Horombo Hut early and begin a 1,000 meter ascent to Kibo Hut which covers a distance of approximately 10km. There are two routes to Kibo. The first, or upper route, forks to the right. Six-day trekkers would have trekked this route on their acclimatization day to Mawenzi Hut. You will most likely take the lower left hand route as it is easier and nearly an hour shorter. On the left-hand route, you will pass the last water point at 4,130 meters. Make sure to fill up your water reserves here as you will not find another watering point until you get back to Horombo Hut from the summit (you are able to buy bottled mineral water at Kibo Hut). At Kibo Hut you will be served an early dinner and should try get to bed before 19:00 as you will be awoken around 23:30 to start your 1,150 meter ascent to Uhuru Peak. Make sure that you have all your gear ready for a prompt departure, including insulated water, snacks, your headlamp and camera.

Day 5: KIBO HUT (4,700 METERS) TO UHURU PEAK (5,895 METERS) AND THEN HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS)

  • Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 15km / 8 mile descent
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Horombo Hut
  • Zone: Glacial zone, high alpine zone, and low alpine zone

Day four begins with summit night. After being awoken you will be served some hot tea and bite and will then begin your summit ascent. The route follows a rocky path to the first check point, Hans Meyer Cave at 5,150 meters. It then continues to zigzag for a good 2-3 hours until you get to Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters) on Kibo’s crater rim. You will most likely be very tired at this point. Take some time to rest and refuel with a snack. The final push is tough and requires mental stamina. Focus on moving slowly and deliberately for the final 200-meter ascent. At Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) you will not be able to stay too long so make sure to get all the pictures you want to take and then begin your descent back to Kibo Hut, and onto Horombo Hut. In total, you will be trekking upwards of 12-16 hours. It will be one of the longest days of your life but well worth it! Here’s the good news, beers can be bought at Horombo!

Day 6: HOROMBO HUT (3,720 METERS) TO MARANGU GATE (1,870 METERS)

  • Distance: ~20km / 12.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours
  • Zone: Low alpine zone and rainforest

Day five from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate is nearly 20km but usually only takes 7 hours to complete. You will be exhausted at this stage and spend most of the hike imagining the hot shower you will be having that evening. At Marangu Gate you will be presented with your certificate, either for Gilman’s Point or Uhuru Peak (depending on how far you managed to get). It is customary to present your trekking team with their hard-earned tips at this point. You will then be driven back to your hotel where celebrations can begin.

Day 7: MKOMANZI TO KIA (KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONALS AIRPORT).

After breakfast departure from the Lodge/Camp with our lunch boxes for half day game drive in the park and then later on Drop off at KIA or Arusha for safari tour.

End of safari

Location

The crown of Africa

The giant Mount Kilimanjaro rises to unparalleled heights on the continent of Africa. Measuring 5,895 meters above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Tanzania, as well as the highest peak in the whole of Africa. Topped with a permanent frosty cap, the majestic mountain offers unparalleled mountain climbing adventures on the whole continent. Come to conquer a Seven Summit.

Boundless opportunities

The first recorded conquest of Mount Kilimanjaro was all the way back in 1889. Since then it’s become one of Earth’s natural magnets, attracting outdoor adventurers from across the world. It then expanded to include the whole montane forest of the region, and has been declared a World Heritage Site. Climbing opportunities here are unbound and various with different difficulties and routes available.

Wildlife of the mountains

Mount Kilimanjaro and its national park is packed full of wildlife. The Kilimanjaro tree hyrax, the grey and red duiker, and the Cape buffalo roam above the timberline. While in other areas you’ll catch sight of elephants wandering between rivers. When you head into the montane forests, then you’ll be able to see glimpses of blue monkeys, leopards, and the black white colobuses monkey, breathing life into the mountainside.

Food

Full Board

During your stay, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as bottles of water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Hallal
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Coffee tour
  • Materuni waterfall safari.
  • Spice farm

What's included

  • All national park fees
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Bottle of water
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs, etc.
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer available: Kilimanjaro International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Children under the age of five years old are eligible for a special discount of 50% per person.

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