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8 Days Marangu Route "Coca Cola Route" Safari in Tanzania
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Arusha, Tanzania

Guided Tanzania Safari

Conquer Mount Kilimanjaro via the Marangu Route! Marangu is ideal for those who are not confident in their ability to hike over steeper paths. It is also attractive for those who do not want to sleep in a tent. There are huts that offer shelter and warmth against the weather, so it is a decent choice when climbing during the rainy season. Marangu is for those who want to spend less on their climb and do not mind crowds.

Key information

  • Hiking group safari with a min of 2 and max 50 participants
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Children from the age of 15 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Languages: English and French included in the price. Other language speaking guides are also available for an extra fee of 50 USD.
  • Park and hut fees included
  • Aiport transfers included

Highlights

  • Mount Kilimanjaro trek
  • Incredible views from Uhuru Peak
  • Summit certificate after the climb
  • Delicious and healthy meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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6 activity days
Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Accommodation during the trek is in huts. On your first night, you will stay in Mandara Hut. You will then move to Horombo Hut for the next two nights. On your fourth night, you will stay in Kibo Hut. You will spend your last night on the mountain back in Horombo Hut.

WS Safaris Ltd provides top-quality three-person mountaineering tents that are shared by just two people, allowing plenty of room for your gear. The tents and the rest of the equipment will be carried by the porters.

You are asked to only carry what you may need during the day, such as a day pack with water, snacks, sunscreen, camera, and extra clothing. The porters will also carry your sleeping bag and sleeping pad if you prefer. Aside from the hut accommodation, the price also includes comfortable accommodations in Arusha before and after the safari.

Program

The Marangu Route is known as the "tourist route" and the "Coca-Cola route." This is because Marangu is the most popular route on the mountain and it is the only one that offers sleeping huts that serve beverages like Coca-Cola on the way.

Marangu is also the easiest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Its ascension profile is very gradual and steady, allowing for painless trekking for most of the way. However, due to its reputation as an easy route, Marangu is often selected by unprepared, inexperienced climbers. Correspondingly, only about 35% of the people actually make it to the top.

The trek begins in the southeast area of the mountain at Marangu Gate. The route takes five days minimum to complete, although six days is more practical and recommended. The sleeping huts along the route are structures with a dining hall and bunk beds, all equipped with mattresses and pillows.

The descent is done on the same path, contributing to Marangu's overcrowded feeling. It is a cheaper climb as well because of the close proximity of the gate to Moshi, the gateway town, and because it is a shorter route.

Scenically, Marangu is not a desirable route compared to all the other routes since it confines climbers to one area of the mountain, thus limiting the variety. However, it has the best trail in the rainforest section of the trek. Of course, there are still great views of the Mawenzi, and it is equally spectacular for everyone at Uruhu.

If you get sick or can’t make it, WS Safaris Ltd will prepare to take you down and continue with the others. On the west side of Kilimanjaro, unlike other routes, a vehicle can actually get to 10,000 on a ranger access road. Higher on the mountain, the climber can choose to skip the summit and meet the other climbers on the descent trail. If you can't continue at all, WS Safaris Ltd will take you back to where they can get you in a vehicle.

On the climbs, WS Safaris Ltd always has at least two guides, one to bring down a climber if necessary and the other to continue on with the rest of the group. WS Safaris Ltd always brings a two-way radio with them and stay in communication with their base for such incidents.

Itinerary

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

You will depart Arusha for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning your trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful tropical rainforest. At the upper edge of the forest line, you will have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until you reach Mandara Hut. Distance is eight kilometers. Hiking time is four to five hours.

Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

You will start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. You may get your first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro. Distance is 12 kilometers. Hiking time is six to eight hours.

Day 3: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge

From Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge, the distance is five kilometers. Hiking time is two to three hours. This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi.

After spending a few moments exploring the area, you will head back to Horombo Hut. From Mawenzi Ridge to Horombo Hut, the distance is five kilometers. Hiking time is one to two hours.

Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

You will climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Your camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here, you will rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. Distance is 10 kilometers. Hiking time is six to eight hours.

Day 5: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak

Very early in the morning (around midnight), you will begin your push to the summit. From Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak, the distance is six kilometers, and hiking time is six to eight hours. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. You will ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short breaks.

At Gilman’s point (18,600 feet), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, you will arrive at Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, you will descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, you will enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. From Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut, the distance is 16 kilometers, and hiking time is four to five hours.

Day 6: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate

On your last day, you will have a long trek, mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. The distance is 20 kilometers. Hiking time is five to seven hours. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu Gate, you will collect your summit certificates. A vehicle will meet you there and drive you back to the hotel in Arusha.

Location

This safari will take place in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Tanzania

Tanzania can truly claim to be the home of safari since the word is Kiswahilli for a journey. There is no better place to enjoy the enriching wildlife experience than Tanzania. The country's game viewing experiences are widely regarded as the best in Africa. Tanzania is the best place to see seemingly endless herds of wildebeest and zebras trekking across the plains on their annual migrations followed by the predators, lion, cheetah, and hyena.

It is also the elephant country, hence boasting some of the largest populations of elephants in the world. In addition, it is home to chimpanzees, now so rarely seen in the wild.

Tanzania boast of beautiful beaches and hundreds of miles of palm-fringed sands. Its lakes are huge and bountiful with fish, its cities are relaxed and friendly, its islands, Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia, live up to their exotic images. Yet this, the largest country in Eastern Africa, is untouched by the holiday making hordes of mass tourism.

The remains of one of the earliest humans were also discovered in Tanzania, so the country can lay claim to the title, "The Cradle of Mankind".

It was in Tanzania that Stanley uttered those famous words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume," when he tracked down the Scottish explorer after a long trek into the interior. Indeed, Tanzania was a magnet for several Victorian explorers who made epic journeys of discovery in search of the source of the Nile.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, so it can truly be regarded as the roof of Africa. "As wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white," was Ernest Hemingway's description in his book, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." Its outstanding features are its three major volcanic centers, Shira in the west, Mawenzi in the East, and the snow-capped Kibo in the middle.

Food

Breakfast or brunch

You can expect anything from omelets to quiches with a variety of salads. Continental breakfast is also typically served with toast, sausage, pastries, charcuterie, cold meat, coffee, and tea. Cereals, fruits, bread, eggs, and cheese are also very common.

Lunch

More often than not, lunches are served picnic style in the middle of your game drive. Sometimes, guides/drivers also take you back to the lodge or camp for a hearty meal before going on an afternoon or sundowner game drive. Food is usually composed of sandwiches and fruits.

Dinner

Prepared at the lodge or camp, dinner is usually served in three courses: soup, mains, and pudding. Butternut soup, vegetable curry, and fruit pudding is a very common combo, but of course, there will be a variety during your stay ranging from meat, fish and pasta dishes served with assorted vegetables and sauces.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • Mount Kilimanjaro trek
  • Professional and experienced mountain guides
  • All park and hut fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 2 nights accommodation in Arusha before and after the trek
  • 5 nights accommodation on the trek
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Large portions of fresh and healthy food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Salaries and park fees of guides, porters, and cook
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters

What's not included

  • Optional tours (e.g. short safari after your climb)
  • Tanzania visa (50 USD)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, and more)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. WS Safaris Ltd will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Arusha Airport Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport No additional charges. 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 7 days before arrival.
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