This is the traditional and most straightforward route on the mountain. It is also the busiest and best equipped. If you accept that there will be others around, there are the advantages of good huts, good views of Mawenzi and, of course, others to walk with. If you are travelling by yourself, this is the only route on which you can easily join a group
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met by our representative and taken to Keys Hotel. It is a family-run hotel located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, with comfortable accommodation, a variety of meals, clean swimming pool and friendly services. Located just ten minutes walking distance to Moshi town center, palatable meal and luxurious accommodation; Keys Hotel is the most spectacular place one will always wish to stay, Keys Hotel - 2700 ft (BB).
Walking distance: 8 km/5 miles
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Altitude gain: 857 m/2,814 ft
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Marangu Gate at Kilimanjaro National Park. Today, we will walk through the beautiful rainforest with dense vegetation, often on a muddy trail. The trekking pace is slow and very comfortable, ensuring you have enough time to enjoy the natural surroundings, taking photos and nibble on your packed lunch that we provide.
You will reach Mandara Hut (2 700m) after +- 4 hrs of hiking from the Park Gate. There is a detour on this route to waterfalls in the rain forest, which is well worth following – discuss with your guide before you set off. All meals are included during the climb, and your guide/porters will prepare these for you.
Your accommodation is in dormitory style chalets. There are no shower/bath facilities while doing the climb and toilets will be long drops. You will be provided with bowls of warm water each morning, on request, to wash with. (FB)
Walking distance: 12 km/7.2 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1,000 m/3,280 ft
Continue the hike up to Horombo Hut, (3,700m). A steep is sometimes wet, 20 min walk through the upper part of the rainforest, followed by a 2km section of tall giant heather interspersed with large clumps of tussock grass, around 15km or 5 hrs from Mandara Hut. The vegetation changes to stunted clumps of heather with ‘everlasting’ flowers and short tussock grasses. Lobelia and groundsels occupy the wetter areas. (FB)
Walking distance: 9.5 km/5.7 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1,000 m/3,280 ft
After breakfast we will set out on a path that traverses west, before turning northwards towards Middle Red Hill and the Triplets and head to the west for the final 3km to Kibo Hut (4,700m). This alpine desert is littered with rocks and leaves you feeling as if you are walking on the moon. The view towards Mawenzi Peak to the east is most spectacular. (FB)
Walking distance: 5.5 km/3.5 miles ascent + 15 km/9.5 miles descent
Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 5-6 hours down (the overall walking time may vary between10 – 16 hours)
Altitude gain: 990 m/ 3,248 ft (Gilman’s Point) or 1,195 m/3,920 ft (Uhuru Peak)
Descent: 2,195 m/7,200 ft
You will be required to wake up very early to have a quick bite to eat and something warm to drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Gilman’s Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. The headlamps on the trail towards the summit almost look like fireflies flying in a long row. As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience – the golden sunrise over Africa! Often you see the curving of the earth at this high altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it. Keep your camera ready at all times, as there are plenty of photographing opportunities along the summit. Once you reach Gilman’s Point on top of the crater rim you are within reach of Uhuru Peak. Hike along flat terrain for about 1.5 hour to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get those photos of your choice next to the sign marking the summit.
Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Gilman’s Point on the Marangu route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideway moves. Try it, it is fun! With every step going down your body enjoys having more oxygen to breathe in. Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Kibo Hut before descending down to Horombo Hut. (FB)
Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles
Walking time: 5 hours
Descent: 1,857 m/6,094 ft
Enjoy a slow hike through the rainforest to Marangu Gate. Take time to enjoy the lush vegetation with the Old Man’s Beard (tree moss) growing on the giant trees as well as some Giant Ferns towering high over the forest bed. The path has many steps leading you down to Marangu Gate. You will be transferred back to Keys Hotels for a hot shower and overnight rest. (BB)
You will be met on arrival at Zanzibar Airport if you arrive by international or internal flight or in harbor if you arrive by boat/ferry from Dar es Salaam and transfer to stone town. After check in to the hotel you will meet a guide for short briefing for half day Stone Town Tour.
Stone Town is the center and capital city of Zanzibar’s culture; You will discover the bountifully decorated buildings and intricately carved doors and visit the famous slave market where nowadays the Anglican Church stands. The slave market is also called “the House of Wonders”.
Visit iconic land marks including but not limited to – the Palace Museum (People’s Palace), Dr Livingston’s house and the Arab Fort. You will also explore the market, mosques and Forodhan gardens.
After all the activities in stone town you will walk back to Tembo House Hotel for overnight.
Overnight at Tembo House (BB)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by our driver to Nungwi to the Amaan Beach Bungalows.
The Northern West Cost of Zanzibar beaches are best all year round with beautiful white sandy beaches and clear aqua blue waters. You will spend the night at Amaan Beach Bungalows for best sunsets, oceanfront restaurant, poolside accommodations and fun.
This is one of our must-do activities that you will not want to miss while you are in Zanzibar. The tiny but exceptional Mnemba reef offers indeed some of the best and most spectacular spots in the whole Archipelago, if not in East Africa. On this trip, you might (85% chance) see dolphins while cruising from Nungwi to Mnemba, you will stop for a while and you can enjoy seeing dolphins swimming, and a chance to take photos. Also, there is a Sandbank beside Mnemba Island, with a chance to get out there after snorkeling when it is low tides.
Mnemba is well known for the excellent clarity of its waters (for this area of the Indian Ocean) and the unusually prolific and diverse corals and tropical marine life where you can see a lot of colorful fishes while snorkeling. Some of the species that you can see at Mnemba reef include; Angel Fish, Blue Spotted Rays, Black Snappers, Groupers, Red Tooth Triggers, Flounder, Octopuses, Leaf Fish, Scorpion Fish, Stone Fish, Frog Fish and lots of Trevallies.
Overnight at Amaan Beach Bungalows (BB)
After breakfast, depending on your flight time you will have a transfer to Zanzibar airport to catch your flight back home or to the other destination