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Marangu route incl. acclimatisation day

Highlights of this tour:

Moshi, Mawenzi, Kibo, Gilman’s Point, Uhuru Peak.

The package includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Kilimanjaro incl. transfer
  • Local, English-speaking guide/driver
  • 2 nights full board accommodation at Springlands Hotel in Moshi (one night before the ascent, one night after)
  • Ascent of Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route
  • 5 nights on Kilimanjaro in huts incl. full board and one day of acclimatization
  • All meals prepared by a local cook
  • Professional guides and bearers all the way
  • Flights from Kilimanjaro to the UK incl. transfer
  • Option to purchase a safari or beach holiday after the ascent
  • Start date of your choice, as ascents are possible all year round
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

Discounts for large groups

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The Marangu route is also known as the ‘Coca Cola route’. It starts at Londorossi Gate, which is the south-east entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The route follows charming trails through woods and rainforest. The landscape then opens up into a vast stretch of heath, where the gigantic senecio plants come into view. As you walk, you can admire the view of the serrated peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. We have included an acclimatization day to give you the chance to get used to the altitude. You can also use this day to visit Maweni Tarn Hut or Zebra Rocks. The heath landscape gradually gives way to the stretch of alpine desert that links Mawenzi and Kibo. On your way to the summit, you will pass Gilman’s Point, where you can stop to enjoy the view before the final ascent from the east. The descent takes you down the south-eastern side, where you can see Kilimanjaro from a number of vantage points.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Flight from the UK to Kilimanjaro

Flight from the UK to Kilimanjaro with one or more transfers en route.

Day 2: Arrival in Kilimanjaro – Moshi

Arrive at Kilimanjaro’s international airport, where you will be met by your guide who will accompany you to Springlands Hotel in the small town of Moshi – a drive of approx. 1 hour. From Moshi, you will catch your first glimpse of the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro. The town is a prime example of African culture and atmosphere, packed with exotic experiences including the local market and numerous small shops.

There is a welcome meeting in the afternoon, where your guide will present the equipment you will be using and talk about the coming trek to the summit.

Accommodation at Springlands Hotel.

Altitude: Moshi: 915 masl

Overnight stay: Springlands Hotel

Day 3: Moshi – Mandara Huts

After breakfast, you will leave Moshi and travel to Marangu Gate, the south-east entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park – a drive of around 45 minutes. On arrival at Marangu Gate, you will have time to check in and register before meeting your team of guides, cooks and bearers. This marks the start of your ascent of Kilimanjaro. The first part of the route takes you through woods and rainforest, where you will see eucalyptus trees and many species of bird; you may also be lucky enough to spot some black/white Colobus monkeys. At these low altitudes, the soil can be wet and muddy, so make sure you have appropriate equipment – especially your footwear. When you reach Mandara Hut, you can simply sit back and relax. However, if you want to – and other members of the group agree – you can take a walk out to Maundy Crater and explore the local surroundings while the cooks prepare the evening meal.

Altitudes: Moshi: 915 masl, Marangu Gate: 1,860 masl, Mandara Huts: 2,740 masl

Distance: 8 km

Walking time: 4–5 hours

Overnight stay: Huts on the Marangu route

Day 4: Mandara Huts – Horombo Huts

Today’s stage takes you through the last stretch of woodland, and the vast expanse of heath soon opens up before you. As you walk, you can admire the ragged peaks of Mawenzi that rise up towards the African sky. A lot of people experience the first signs of altitude sickness at these heights, so please watch out for the slightest indication of illness and inform your guide without delay. When you reach Horombo Huts, there will be time to unpack and enjoy the view of Kibo before dinner is served.

Altitudes: Mandara Huts: 2,740 masl, Horombo Huts: 3,690 masl

Distance: 7 km

Walking time: 5-6 hours

Overnight stay: Huts on the Marangu route

Day 5: Acclimatization day

To give you time to acclimatize to the high altitude, you will be spending an extra day and night at Horombo Huts. If you are tired or affected by the altitude, it is important to stay at the camp and relax. However, if the altitude is not a problem, you can walk up to Mawenzi Hut (a climb of 640 metres to 4,330 masl) and admire the magnificent view of Kibo and Mawenzi. Walk the route at a steady pace and enjoy the stunning landscape. Alternatively, you can make your way to the impressive Zebra Rocks (4,000 masl), which involves a climb of 310 metres.

Altitudes: Horombo Huts: 3,690 masl, Mawenzi Hut: 4,330 masl, Zebra Rocks: 4,000 masl

Overnight stay: Huts on the Marangu route

Day 6: Horombo Huts – Kibo Huts

Today, you will be walking through varied and remarkably beautiful countryside. To start with, you will continue across the heath until it gradually transforms into the dry, barren highlands linking Mawenzi and Kibo. The landscape here is scattered with large and small volcanic rocks, which testify to volcanic activity in years gone by. The last section of the route to Kibo Huts is quite steep and physically demanding. On arrival at Kibo Huts, you need to prepare your equipment and warm clothes for the next day’s trek to the summit. Keep your drinking water in a Thermos to prevent it freezing solid. Settle down for the night early to ensure your ‘human batteries’ are fully charged in preparation for Kilimanjaro’s ultimate challenge.

Altitudes: Horombo Huts: 3,690 masl, Kibo Huts: 4,695 masl

Distance: 12 km

Walking time: 5-6 hours

Overnight stay: Huts on the Marangu route

Day 7: Kibo Huts – Gilman’s Point – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Huts

You will be woken up around midnight, and there is just time for a light meal before you set off into the night. Most people find the tricky terrain here, where the trail is littered with loose stones, to be the most challenging part of the ascent. The objective is to reach Gilman’s Point at dawn, so you can make it to Uhuru – the highest point on Kibo – shortly after sunrise. You will stop briefly at Gilman’s Point to enjoy the magnificent view before continuing along the rim of the crater to Uhuru. The last stretch of the climb features an even incline. Depending on the season, you may encounter snow on the last part of the route to Uhuru Peak, which is your final goal: the top of Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa. Once you reach the peak at an altitude of 5,895 masl, you can give yourself a pat on the back, enjoy the magnificent view and have your picture taken in front of the Uhuru Peak sign as a lasting souvenir of your achievement.

It is then time to start the descent to Kibo Huts, which you will find passes remarkably quickly. At Kibo Huts, you will stop to enjoy a well-deserved lunch before you continue on to Horombo Huts, where a much-needed night’s sleep awaits.

Altitudes: Kibo Huts: 4,695 masl, Uhuru Peak: 5,895 masl, Horombo Huts: 3,690 masl

Distance: 6 km up and 15 km down

Walking time: 8 hours up and 6 hours down.

Overnight stay: Huts on the Marangu route

Day 8: Horombo Huts – Mandara Huts – Moshi

Today’s stage comprises a walk over the open heath to Mandara Huts, where lunch is served. From here, you will make your way through the rainforest to the entrance to the National Park. At Marangu Gate, you will have time to check out before your ride arrives to take you to Moshi for a delicious meal where everyone who completed the climb will be presented with a diploma.

Altitudes: Horombo Huts: 3,695 masl, Marangu Gate: 1,830 masl, Moshi: 915 masl

Distance: 20 km

Walking time: 6 hours

Overnight stay: Springlands Hotel

Day 9: Start of the trip home

After checking out, you will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport to start your journey home, which will include one or more transfers.

Day 10: Arrival back in the UK

Arrive back in the UK after the experience of a lifetime.

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2 days/1 night | Safari in Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks

Price:
Per person in double room: + £411

Single room supplement: + £187

Tarangire National Park is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania and has the second-highest concentration of wildlife in the country. The park is home to around 3,000 elephants, which roam the area in herds of up to 300. Tarangire is also the habitat of another famous creature: the tree-climbing python that can slither its way up to the tallest tree tops. Other animals native to the area include lions, leopards, hyenas and warthogs, as well as large numbers of zebras, gnus, gazelles, hartebeest (kongoni), waterbucks and impala. The small, black-headed Agapornis parrot is just one of the 550 species of bird to be seen in the park.

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Overnight stay: Highview Hotel

8 days/7 nights | Safari in Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks (1n) & beach holiday in Zanzibar (6n)

Price:
Per person in double room: +£1045

Single room supplement: + £465

Tarangire National Park is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania and has the second-highest concentration of wildlife in the country. The park is home to around 3,000 elephants, which roam the area in herds of up to 300. Tarangire is also the habitat of another famous creature: the tree-climbing python that can slither its way up to the tallest tree tops. Other animals native to the area include lions, leopards, hyenas and warthogs, as well as large numbers of zebras, gnus, gazelles, hartebeest (kongoni), waterbucks and impala. The small, black-headed Agapornis parrot is just one of the 550 species of bird to be seen in the park.

In contrast to Tarangire, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smallest parks in Tanzania – but it is also one of the most varied. Immediately after the entrance to the park, the verdant rainforest unfurls in all its glory, interspersed by sparkling watercourses. Here you can see both baboons and Sykes’ monkeys. Close to Lake Manyara, which takes up fully one-third of the park, you can see experience the vast savannah, home to buffalo, gnus, elephants and zebras. If you are really lucky, you may even spot leopards, hyenas and the extraordinary tree-climbing lions. In and around Lake Manyara itself, you are likely to observe hippopotamuses, flamingos and pelicans.

Surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (also called ‘Zanzibar’) and Pemba, as well as a number of smaller islands. The island of Zanzibar is a treasure trove of natural and cultural treats. Brilliant white sandy beaches, azure seas and a truly amazing coral reef. A warm and sunny climate all year round. A dramatic history, liberally sprinkled with Arabian sultans, Portuguese seafarers, unscrupulous slavers and European explorers who have all left their mark on the island. And one of the most fascinating towns in Africa, dotted with fine examples of beautiful Arabian architecture. Not forgetting the delicious Swahili cuisine and the accommodating population …

Overnight stay: Highview Hotel / Ocean Paradise Beach Resort ****

7 days /6 nights | Beach holiday in Zanzibar

Price:
Per person in double room: + £635

Single room supplement: + £270

Surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (also called ‘Zanzibar’) and Pemba, as well as a number of smaller islands. The island of Zanzibar is a treasure trove of natural and cultural treats. Brilliant white sandy beaches, azure seas and a truly amazing coral reef. A warm and sunny climate all year round. A dramatic history, liberally sprinkled with Arabian sultans, Portuguese seafarers, unscrupulous slavers and European explorers who have all left their mark on the island. And one of the most fascinating towns in Africa, dotted with fine examples of beautiful Arabian architecture. Not forgetting the delicious Swahili cuisine and the accommodating population …

Overnight stay: Ocean Paradise Beach Resort ****

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Price:
Per person in double room: + £1200
Single room supplement: +£215

Tanzania is famous for its beautiful landscapes and fantastic national parks. This trip introduces you to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area – where you will have the chance to visit a Masai village and meet the people in their distinctive red robes – and takes you to three of the most important national parks in the country.

Serengeti National Park is the oldest national park in Tanzania. The seemingly endless plains are interrupted only by acacia trees, small lakes and the occasional watercourse. The various areas of the vast park are home to almost all the iconic African animals. Serengeti actually holds the world record for numbers of animals, and it is also the site of the great migration, where millions of gnus and zebras make their way from one area to the next, depending on the rainy season.

There are not many places that can outdo Serengeti, but one that may claim the honour is the Ngorongoro Crater, which lies like a forgotten paradise a little way to the south-west. Almost all the familiar savannah animals are to be found on the bottom of this crater from an extinct volcano.

Covering ‘only’ 330 km2, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smallest parks in Tanzania. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in fascinating nature and wildlife. The park is the most varied in the country, comprising rainforest, watercourses, savannah and the lake that gives the park its name – and which covers around 200 km2. This is the perfect place to see baboons, pink flamingos, the extraordinary tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippopotamuses and all kinds of prey animals.

Overnight stay: Highview Hotel / Serengeti Wildcamp

11 days / 7 nights | Safari in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara National Parks (4n) & beach holiday in Zanzibar (6n)

Price:
Per person in double room:+ £1835
Single room supplement: + £500

Tanzania is famous for its beautiful landscapes and fantastic national parks. This trip introduces you to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area – where you will have the chance to visit a Masai village and meet the people in their distinctive red robes – and takes you to three of the most important national parks in the country.

Serengeti National Park is the oldest national park in Tanzania. The seemingly endless plains are interrupted only by acacia trees, small lakes and the occasional watercourse. The various areas of the vast park are home to almost all the iconic African animals. Serengeti actually holds the world record for numbers of animals, and it is also the site of the great migration, where millions of gnus and zebras make their way from one area to the next, depending on the rainy season.

There are not many places that can outdo Serengeti, but one that may claim the honour is the Ngorongoro Crater, which lies like a forgotten paradise a little way to the south-west. Almost all the familiar savannah animals are to be found on the bottom of this crater from an extinct volcano.

Covering ‘only’ 330 km2, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smallest parks in Tanzania. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in fascinating nature and wildlife. The park is the most varied in the country, comprising rainforest, watercourses, savannah and the lake that gives the park its name – and which covers around 200 km2. This is the perfect place to see baboons, pink flamingos, the extraordinary tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippopotamuses and all kinds of prey animals.

Surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (also called ‘Zanzibar’) and Pemba, as well as a number of smaller islands. The island of Zanzibar is a treasure trove of natural and cultural treats. Brilliant white sandy beaches, azure seas and a truly amazing coral reef. A warm and sunny climate all year round. A dramatic history, liberally sprinkled with Arabian sultans, Portuguese seafarers, unscrupulous slavers and European explorers who have all left their mark on the island. And one of the most fascinating towns in Africa, dotted with fine examples of beautiful Arabian architecture. Not forgetting the delicious Swahili cuisine and the accommodating population …

Overnight stay: Highview Hotel / Serengeti Wildcamp / Ocean Paradise Beach Resort ****

Highlights of this tour:

Moshi, Mawenzi, Kibo, Gilman’s Point, Uhuru Peak.

The package includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Kilimanjaro incl. transfer
  • Local, English-speaking guide/driver
  • 2 nights full board accommodation at Springlands Hotel in Moshi (one night before the ascent, one night after)
  • Ascent of Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route
  • 5 nights on Kilimanjaro in huts incl. full board and one day of acclimatization
  • All meals prepared by a local cook
  • Professional guides and bearers all the way
  • Flights from Kilimanjaro to the UK incl. transfer
  • Option to purchase a safari or beach holiday after the ascent
  • Start date of your choice, as ascents are possible all year round
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

Discounts for large groups
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