6 Days Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Safari in Tanzania

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

6 Days Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Safari in Tanzania

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

Trekking Tanzania Safari

Kilimanjaro offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability. The trek will take you through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest. It is open to any normally fit and healthy person prepared for physical exertion and exercise. Join Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris on this 6-day safari and create an adventurous experience!


  • Game viewing activities
  • Venturous trekking up to summit
  • Exciting walking tour and cultural tour
  • Service of a professional mountain guide
  • All transports and airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 1 night's hotel accommodation
  • 5 nights' camping
  • 6 activity days
  • French, English
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Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will provide you with 5 nights' budget camping accommodation and 1 night's hotel accommodation. The detail of the accommodations are listed as follows:

  • Mandara Huts
  • Horombo Huts
  • Kibo Huts
  • Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel

Day 1: Mandara Huts

On the first day in the morning, you will have to drive about 2 hours through Kilimanjaro, the semi-tropical foothills, to Marangu area situated on the south-eastern side of the mountain. As you drive, there is usually some admirable view of the snow-capped peak of the mountain. Upon arrival at Marangu gate, you will meet your team of guides and porters, pick up any last minute supplies for the trek, and head to the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park to register for the climb. From the cluster of buildings at the gate, it will be about 4 to 5 hours walk through patches of coffee plantation and dense rainforest to Mandara Huts.

The forest teems with brightly-coloured bird life, colobus, and other varieties of monkey. The flora includes numerous mosses, lichens, and flowers, as well as delicate orchids. If the skies are clear, you may have fine views over the town of Moshi, lying on the boundary of the plain far underneath. Overnight stay will be at Mandara Huts. Mandara Huts is a collection of a basic frame mountain huts with bunk beds, quite adequate for your needs, where you will inevitably meet up with fellow trekkers who are bent on the same goal.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 2: Horombo Huts

Your second day on the mountain will begin with a steep climb all the way through the last rainforest. Soon, you will get to a rolling alpine pasture scattered with giant heather. Afterward, you will depart for the forest which covering Kilimanjaro twin peaks, Kibo and rocky Mawenzi, which lie straight in the front dominating the skyline. Additionally, you will cross a zone of open heath with stunted vegetation before emerging onto a bleak moorland. Today, you will gain roughly 1,000 meters in altitude, and your walk can take anything from 5 to 7 hours depending on your pace. Tonight, you will stay at Horombo Huts, another collection of buildings which style are similar to those at Mandara, offering shelter and basic accommodation for those on the mountain.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Horombo Huts

This day will provide you with an opportunity to get to know yourself more and more from the altitude. Statistics show that an adaptation day like this effectively doubles the chance of making it to the summit, so this time will be well spent. The day will not be exactly wasted as there will be a few walks you can make in the surrounding area of the hut. The most popular area is the base of Mawenzi Peak, the spectacular eastern summit of Kilimanjaro, which will take 4 to 5 hours on the tour and will get you to reach the altitude of 4,600 meters. Afterward, you will return to the hut. This will give you a good stead later on. Overnight stay will be at Horombo Huts.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Kibo Huts (4705 meters)

The countryside will be more rocky and uneven as you leave the everlasting flowers and other bizarre alpine plants behind. Giant groundsels and lobelias will appear in the sparse moorland. Today's trail up to Kibo will again take anything between 5 to 7 hours. Skirting Mawenzi peak, you will cross a stark, almost lunar landscape onto "The Saddle", a broad tundra desert between the 2 peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here, you will get unbelievable views of the upper reaches of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Huts (4,705 meters), a dry-stone-walled hut with dormitories and restricted facilities.

Tonight, you will prepare for tomorrow's final beating which is the summit. You will re-packing and leave any supplementary items with the porters. You will need to summon all of your energy to get to the summit, so there's completely no point in carrying anything you don't need. An early night is imperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles. Afterward, you will have time to get back down to the hut. Overnight stay will be at Kibo Huts.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Uhuru Peak

It will be a long and demanding day. The guides will wake you soon after midnight and you will start out in the darkness, zigzagging up a long scree slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of the day, the scree is still frozen and will make it easier to walk on. After 2 hours, you should reach Hans Meyer Cave, a cave named after a German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 where he found the remains of a frozen leopard. The gradient will get steeper and this 3 hours will be the hardest stretch of the ascent. You should reach the crater rim at the notch.

From the notch, it will be a short hike to Gillman's Point (5,685 meters) and it'll be the time for a crack of dawn. Your reward will be the dramatic spectacle of the sun, rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi. The profusion of colors and shapes will make all the suffering seem worth it. For those who still have the energy to drive, it will take another couple of hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak (5,896 meters). You will retrace the route back down passing Kibo Huts for approximately 3 hours to Horombo Huts for an adequate rest. Overnight stay will be at Horombo Huts for 1 night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Back to Arusha

The pace will quicken as you continue your triumphant way back down across alpine meadow and past Mandara Huts through the rainforest to Marangu Gate where you will board the vehicle for the journey back to Arusha. Breakfast and lunch will be included on this day.

During this tour, you will have a walking tour and cultural tour.

This safari will be held in the area of Kilimanjaro Mountain. Kilimanjaro is the Africa's highest mountain. It is found in the northern part of Tanzania, lies just 3 degrees south of the equator, and is permanently snow-capped. It offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability. You will use 4 routes during this Kilimanjaro trekking.

The trek takes you through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest. It is open to any normally fit and healthy person prepared for physical exertion and exercise. Walking roughly 60 kilometers, you will start from Marangu Gate and gradually come up, with night stops, to reach Gillman's Point and finally Uhuru Peak, the actual summit.

Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will provide you with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner during this safari.

  • 1 night's hotel accommodation in Arusha
  • 5 nights' budget camping accommodation
  • All transfers and transport
  • Full board meals consist of breakfast, hot lunch or picnic lunch, and dinner while on safari
  • Game viewing activities
  • Park fees
  • Safari tent, safari cook, and camping supplies
  • Services of a safari driver / guide
  • Any required visas
  • International airfares
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities to safari staff
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will drop you off from the airport. Airport transfer is included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookAllSafaris.com reviews

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    Review by Robin Hermle from Germany

    Nice Camping safari

    2017-Aug-27 04:50:43


  • Review by a traveler from China
    10 out of 10

    "Our mission was simple: arrive in Arusha and scour the streets in search of a good budget safari operator. We talked to many operators but none could offer us other people to share the costs with except Meru Slopes. We discovered them through a tour on the street and were apprehensive to go into their office but I'm sure glad we did. It's located within the Arusha Tourist Inn on the main road. Emmanuel was our point of contact and he was very professional, honest, and caring. They were organizing trips leaving the next couple of days that had vacancies. He was thorough in explaining to us the schedule and what exactly was included (no hidden fees or additional costs). The price was good and we felt comfortable enough to sign up for a five-day safari. Afterwards, he even showed us a really yummy local place to eat. My partner's birthday happened to fall during the safari and so I asked Emmanuel to pass on a little cash and message to the cook to see if he could help me organize a cake and candles for that day. He didn't let me down and the birthday celebrations went smoothly."


    "The actual safari was amazing. The driver, Ziggy, was great; very popular with all the locals, smiley, easy-going, professional, funny, and a good driver and laser-eyed guide. The cook created good plentiful dishes for all of us. The vehicle was similar to all the other off-road vehicles and sat up to seven guests. Our group of six decided to rotate seat rows which I found very fair and the way to do it."


    "My favorite was Ngorongoro for the shear concentration of animals and being able to spot the infamous black rhino. Serengeti was great as well. We got to see the great migration as well as many lions, cheetahs, and leopards. We were so lucky and got to see everything that we wanted. The only thing I would've changed would've been to do Lake Manyara first (if at all, as opposed to last) and then Tarangire, Serengeti, and finally Ngorongoro. Because if you do Manyara last like we did, it's just not exciting unless you're a bird-person."


    "The sleeping situation was totally fine, if not exciting at times. Sunbright had permanent tents for lodging and it was comfortable with the Wi-Fi (which didn't work most times), electricity, beds, mosquito nets, and en-suite bathrooms. Camping in the Serengeti was fun with all the animal noises outside your tents. Ngorongoro's campsite on the crater rim was a bit chilly but not as cold as I had imagined. It was more beautiful than anticipated so that was a good surprise."


    "Overall, Meru Slopes was great. I have no complaints and only praises for them. I totally recommend booking your safari with them. If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask me."

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  • Review by Hyewon
    10 out of 10

    "Geoffrey was very professional and responsive among all the tour operators I contacted before the trip so I decided to safari with them. Everything went seamless from the pick-up to the trip. My airline lost my bag on the way to Tanzania so I had to be on a safari without my bag. It could have been a very unpleasant experience but Geoffrey contacted the airline on a daily basis on my behalf while I was on safari, and my bag was waiting for me at the end of the trip. I appreciate Geoffrey and the Meru Slopes staff for this. "


    "He also arranged a taxi to Moshi which was my next destination. The safari trip was amazing. Although one thing I noticed was that the drivers are working for multiple companies and you may end up sharing a jeep with other folks booked with other companies. Things happen with drivers that can be out of the tour operator's control but Geoffrey was responsive and put effort to make my trip pleasant. I would strongly recommend Meru Slopes to others."

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  • Review by a traveler from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I recommend Meru Slopes Tours for a really great safari, and for a great price! Our trip was a five-day safari in Tanzania, where we camped for two nights and actually stayed in permanent tents with attached bathrooms and showers for two nights, which was an upgrade from what we were quoted. The food was really great, and it was fantastic to get a warm meal at the end of the day. Our guide, Estome, was very knowledgeable, and spent as much time as we wanted viewing the animals. We also saw the Big Five, not guaranteed of course, but a great bonus for us. We had an amazing time camping at the top of Ngorongoro, and it's pretty surreal to be sleeping next to god-knows-what animal walking around your tent. It's truly incredible (and safe, don't worry)."


    "The company was great and with the transfers and the hotel stay (Arusha Tourist Inn, a very decent hotel for sleeping), it was a smooth experience and a great deal. They also helped us organize a duo taxi trip and hike to see the waterfall, which was above and beyond. We basically used the Arusha Tourist Inn just to sleep at, but it was a decent and clean hotel, better than I thought it would be. Geoffrey was always prompt in email correspondence, which put me at ease, and answered all my questions. Be sure to ask him anything you are uncertain of. The company is very eager to please, and wants to make sure you have a good time. That was definitely felt from our experience with them."


    "Breakfast and dinner were generally quite filling, lunch was a packed lunch, more of a basics situation but decent, and there was a variety of samosas and breads. Dinner was really great and we were impressed with Tanzania's system for safaris. There were many people getting similar safaris through other companies that were spending much more money."


    "Things to know but not related to this tour company: The road to Serengeti is bumpy and very dusty. It can be helpful to have a hat and coverings so you won't be so coated in dust. Ngorongoro could get quite chilly so keep that in mind when packing. Pack toilet paper and comfy clothes for post-safari. "


    "I really can't imagine getting a better deal and I highly recommend this company for a budget safari. I was a little concerned when booking a budget safari but, to be honest, I wouldn't change a thing. Don't hesitate, it's such a great experience and a great deal!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "I was in Tanzania to do a five-day safari with Meru Slopes. I must say it was perfect. They picked us up at the Nairobi airport, we stayed at their hotel (quite nice) the day before and on the last day which was included in the price. The guide was a very passionate guy with great knowledge of the animals and the area, the cook was also great (cooked very tasty food). We saw the Big Five! We had no problems with the accommodation. Actually, on the first night, the "tent" was a bungalow and there was a swimming pool at the park. It was a dream trip and Meru Slopes made it real!"

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  • Review by Shimeah Mckinstry
    10 out of 10

    "I was a woman traveling alone and would highly recommend Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris. Emanual organised all my tours, picking me up and delivering me back to my hotel, as well as helping me with any other needs I had. I felt safe at all times and enjoyed everything he organized for me. The safari was wonderful and I particularly enjoyed two village stays he organized. First was in a Maasai village which was so different from any experience I've ever had. Two Maasai men picked me up from my hotel and took me by bus, walking, motorbike, and further walking to the village. They explained all aspects of the village life and the village family, though not speaking much English, welcomed me and treated me with much love and respect. The second village was very different from the Maasai village but also a wonderful experience where I made close connections with a number of people. I experienced a village funeral of a young girl, went to a church service, and took things to enjoy and share with the children. Once again, everyone welcomed me and treated me like I was special. All in all, I had a wonderful time and would recommend a village experience for everyone as well as a safari."

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Arusha, Tanzania

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