The Marangu Route + Tanzania Safari

13 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu route down Marangu combined with a Tanzania Safari

 

 

 

This is the easiest route to take to ascend Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa with its two main summits, the craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, and the 'flat-topped', glaciated Kibo, 5896m. The Saddle, a 5km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert separates the two. From the summit glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland then forests lead down to the cultivated foothills. The Marangu route takes you at a gentle pace through these dramatically different zones.

For the ascent to Uhuru Peak from Kibo Hut a very early start is made since the scree is easier to climb when frozen and the views from the crater rim at dawn can be spectacular.

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Kilimanjaro Airport.

We'll meet for an introductory briefing upon our arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport, before transferring to Fortune Mountain Resort for the evening.

 

DAY 2 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Moshi to Mandara Hut.

Breakfast, ascend through the alpine meadow, and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Horombo hut, B.L.D.

 

DAY 3 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.

Breakfast, ascend through the alpine meadow, and grassland and moorland to Horombo hut (12,000ft). Both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be viewed easily on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Horombo hut, B.L.D.

 

DAY 4 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut.

Breakfast, further ascending to Kibo hut (15,000ft). The landscape becomes very stony and eroded. Spectacular mountain vegetation like giant cactus, groundswell and lobelia appear on the way. Dinner and an overnight stay at Kibo hut, B.L.D.

 

DAY 5 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak.

Wake up at midnight, and after a snack, proceed to the summit through Gilman’s point (18,640ft). It is about 5-6hours and 1-2 hours from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and from Gilman’s point to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft) respectively. Thus reaching the peak in the early morning of the fifth day and start descending after picture taking on the top to Horombo hut for diner and an overnight after a short break at Kibo hut, B.L.D.

 

DAY 7 - Kilimanjaro Climb - Kibo Hut to Marangu Gate - Arusha

Breakfast, Descend from Horombo hut to Marangu gate. The waiting car will take you to Mountain village hotel

 

DAY 8 - Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park

Drive to Lake Manyara Park. Lunch at Manyara Serena lodge, then afternoon game drive in Manyara Park. dinner and overnight at Manyara Serena lodge

 

DAY 9 - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National park

After breakfast drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge for picnic lunch. Game drive enroute. Dinner and overnight Serengeti Serena lodge

 

DAY 10 - Serengeti National park

After breakfast morning and Afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight Serengeti Serena lodge

 

DAY 11 - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast drive back to Ngorongoro Crater for game viewing into the Crater. Lunch, and then late afternoon drive back to Ngorongoro Serena lodge for dinner and overnight

 

DAY 12 -Tarangire National park

To Tarangire with a picnic lunch, Game drive in Tarangire National park and afternoon continue to Roika tented lodge / Kikoti tented Camp site for dinner and overnight

 

DAY 13 -Tarangire National park - Arusha

Transfer to Arusha airport for flight Back Home

 

 

Season: the best times are January to March and June to December.