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Kilimanjaro Marangu route/Safari 8 Days
It is known as “Coca-Cola” route, Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast of the Mountain. It is the oldest established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time is a bit low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended, maximizing the chance of reaching to the summit. Marangu is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.
Day 1: Moshi to Marangu gate to Mandara hut
- Elevation: 1200 m to 1,750 m to 2,750 m
- Distance: 9 km
- Trekking Time: 3 hours
- Habitat: Montane Forest
You will be transferred to Marangu gate from the hotel and do a registration at the gate. Afterwards, you will begins trekking through the rainforest to Mandara hut. Here you will have an acclimatization opportunity of visiting Maundi Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara Hut.
Day 2: Mandara hut to Horombo hut
- Elevation:2750 m to 3,807 m
- Distance:13km. Trekking time: 5-6 hours
- Habitat: Moorlands
After breakfast you will outclimb the rainforest and continue trekking to Horombo hut where you will trek through rolling moorlands and get your first clear view of towering Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Horombo hut
(this day is omitted if choosing a 5 day itinerary)
Spend an extra day here at Horombo during the 6 day itinerary for acclimization purposes. This day you will hike to Mawenzi Ridge or Zebra Rock to have your body adjust to higher altitudes. After this session you will return back to Horombo hut for lunch, resting until dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Horombo hut to Kibo hut
- Elevation(m):3807m to 4725m
- Distance: 13 km Trekking time: 5-6 hours
- Habitat: Desert
After a good night rest and breakfast you will trek past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle a great desert between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. An early dinner and overnight at Kibo hut.
Day 5: Summit Day Kibo Hut camp to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut camp
- Elevation: 4,695 m to 5,895 m to 3,690 m
- Distance: 4 km up, 14 km down
- Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
- Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent. Because you will climb to the summit in the dark you will need to have your headlamps / flashlights. It will also be very cold until you start descending, so you will need to have all of your warm layers. This is an important time to keep on slowly slowly (pole pole in Swahili). The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 6 AM. At this point, you will have a views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s. After your summit photos and taking in the view, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipment and continue down through re-cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.
Day 6: Horombo Huts camp to Marangu Gate to Moshi
- Elevation): 3,690 m to 1,830 m to 1,387 m
- Distance: 18 km
- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
After a long sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack, continue your descent through the moorland to Mandara Huts. Here you will have lunch then proceed your triumphant recessional down through lush forest to Marangu park gate. After the gate sign out, a vehicle will take you to back to the hotel where it is definitely time for your certificate presentation and celebration!
Day 7: Tarangire National Park
Safari start after the breakfast from Parkview Inn hotel Moshi to Tarangire, Tarangire largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed benefit them. Animal concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provide the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and up to six thousand elephant. Drive to Tarangire is 4 hours and other 4 hours for game drive in the park and late hour drive to overnight at the Bougainvillea Lodge .
Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner flamingo Lodge
Flamingo Safari Lodge is located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. We look forward to your visit when we can offer you true Tanzanian hospitality and a warm welcome.
Day 8: Ngorongoro crater
After breakfast you will descent into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with picnic lunch) within Ngorongoro Crater on world Heritage site holding a permanent population of more than 30,000 animals. As only very few of those migrate in and out of crater with its 2000 ft, high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. The crater is also home of the rare black rhino almost extinct in Tanzania. With a bit of luck you will see the “Big Five” during the game drive then in late hours drive back to Moshi ,Parkview Inn hotel.ovenight.
- Transfer pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Kilimanjaro wonders/Parkview Inn hotel
- Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
- 18% VAT on tour fees & services
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- A doctor for the group
- Tips to mountain crew