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Mount Kilimanjaro: 5 Nights & 6-Days Climb via Marangu Route

1. Mount Kilimanjaro: 5 Nights & 6-Days Climb via Marangu Route

This package provides everything you need for your hike, such as experienced mountain crews, high-quality group equipment, accommodation in huts, and nutritionist-designed meals. Before and after the adventure you will stay in a comfortable hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant, and swimming pool. Only guides with a Wilderness First Responder certification are assigned to lead a party. Other safety measures include a supply of oxygen cylinders, complete medical kits and  two compulsory medical check-ups per day. Your progress is tracked with GPS device and the link can be shared with your family and friends, who will be able to monitor your progress in real-time. Schedule: Day 1: Arrival Day 2: Trekking from Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut Day 3: Trekking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut Day 4: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut Day 5: Trekking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut Day 6: Trekking to Uhuru Peak and descent to Horombo Hut Day 7: Descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate Day 8: Departure

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Kilimanjaro: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour with Lunch

2. Kilimanjaro: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour with Lunch

After pickup in Moshi Town or Arusha, drive to Materuni Village with your English-speaking guide. Located just 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from Moshi Town, Materuni is still an authentic tribal village home to the Chagga tribe and the last village before the Kilimanjaro National Park. Upon arrival, register at the village office then begin your trip. First, visit the waterfalls, which are around a 40-minute walk away. On the way, learn about the culture of the Chagga, village life, and the surrounding fauna and flora with your guide. Admire the breathtaking views and, with luck, catch sight of the summit of Kilimanjaro. When you reach the waterfalls, marvel at cascades that are more than 80-meters (262-feet) high. Take advantage of the inviting pool at the bottom of the waterfall and take a refreshing dip. Don't forget your swimwear! After enjoying the scenery, slowly return to Materuni Village with your guide. Once there, experience a traditional Chagga lunch and have the opportunity to taste the local banana beer. Next, the coffee experience awaits you. Learn how coffee is cultivated, dried, roasted and further processed. Receive an invitation to help with the grinding of the coffee, which is traditionally accompanied by Chagga songs and dances — a fun way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Before you say goodbye and return in the afternoon to Moshi or Arusha, savor the coffee you made and appreciate the views of the surrounding rainforest.

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Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

3. Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

Depart from Arusha at 7.30 AM and drive to Moshi region for breakfast (at your own cost). Proceed to Kilimanjaro National Park which is home to the highest peak of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is the top roof of Africa, reaching 5895 meters above sea level. It is a world heritage site and its outstanding features reach into 3 major volcanic centers: Shira in the West, Mawenzi in the East, and Kibo in the center (the snow-capped peak).  Check in at the gate and embark on your guided hike through the forest. Experience the landscape, unique native vegetation, and local wildlife including monkeys and different species of birds. In addition to this, the forest contains elephant, leopard, buffalo, bushbuck, the endangered Abbott’s dicker, some small antelope, primates, rodents and much more. Depending on your fitness level, arrive at Mandara Hut for a picnic lunch after 3-4 hours of walking. After taking lunch, continue on to the Maundi Crater to witness incredible panoramas. Finally, hike back down for 2 hours to Marangu Gate where the van will be waiting for you to return you back to your accommodation in the evening. 

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Moshi: Kilimanjaro Bike Park Safari

4. Moshi: Kilimanjaro Bike Park Safari

Mountain biking in West Kilimanjaro is a fun and thrilling way to experience one of the Tanzania’s great game reserves. If you’re reasonably fit, are confident on a bike, and have a sense of adventure, then cycling through this great wilderness area is an awesome experience. Experience the thrill of pedaling along red-dirt roads whilst feeling the sun on your back, surrounded by endless spectacular horizons. All of a sudden you might be lucky enough to spot a herd of zebra, impala, or wildebeest, grazing in the distance. No matter how many more wild animals you see during your holiday, you’ll never forget your first sighting of wild animals in their natural habitat.

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Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

5. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

Take a day trip to mighty Mount Kilimanjaro on a guided journey to one of Tanzania’s most majestic sights. Follow your experienced guide up to Mandara Hut and enjoy the views from 2,700 meters above sea level. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the national park to meet your guide. At Marangu Gate your guide will give you a brief introduction before you enter the park. You’ll spend the rest of the morning trekking through the rainforest, giving ample opportunity to see monkeys and exotic birds. After 3 or 4 hours of trekking you’ll reach Mandara Hut for a well-earned rest and lunch. Take the time to learn more about the park and the wildlife from your guide as you enjoy sandwiches, fruit, groundnuts and juice. Following lunch, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater, from where you can enjoy views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania, and Kenya. From there you’ll take a leisurely 2-hour walk back down to Marangu Gate, where your transport will be waiting to return you to your hotel.

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Moshi: Guided Kilimanjaro Day Tour

6. Moshi: Guided Kilimanjaro Day Tour

Following breakfast, you will meet your guide before transferring to the park entrance where you will begin your Kilimanjaro climb. Following some formalities at the park entrance, you will enter the rain forest for a gentle walk through verdant scenery to Mandara Hut. For those who don't want to summit the mighty Kilimanjaro, a day trip may offer you the perfect alternative. You can walk via the Marangu route up to Mandara Hut, which is 2,700 meters above sea level. Once up at the Marangu Hut, you will be able to explore a small crater. The total duration of the trip will take around 7 hours.

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From Arusha: Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Hike

7. From Arusha: Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Hike

Be picked up in Arusha at 7.30 AM and driven to the Moshi region, where you will enjoy breakfast, before proceeding to Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro, you’ll check-in at the gate and begin your walk through the Mount Kilimanjaro forest. As you hike through the forest, you will see the unique landscape and vegetation of the region. Along the way, you might even spot monkeys and a wide variety of birds. The Mount Kilimanjaro forest is home to elephants, leopards, buffalo, antelope, primates, and the endangered Abbott’s dicker, just to name a few. Depending on your fitness level, you will walk for 3- to 4-hours before arriving at Mandara Hut for a picnic lunch. After lunch, it’s back on the hiking trail as you head to the Maundi Crater. Afterward, hike for approximately 2-hours to Marangu gate. At Marangu Gate, your van will be waiting for you, and you’ll start the drive back to Arusha.

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From Nairobi: Amboseli National Park 2-Day, 1-Night Trip

8. From Nairobi: Amboseli National Park 2-Day, 1-Night Trip

Discover Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya, known for its large elephant herds and views of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania. Take 2 game drives in customized safari vehicles with experienced guides to help you spot the wildlife. On day 1, begin your private tour with pickup from your hotel in Nairobi in the morning, then drive toward Amboseli National Park. Upon arrival, check in to your lodge then enjoy some time to relax and have lunch before heading out for an afternoon game drive. As you adventure around the park, have the chance to see elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffalo, and more. Admire the scenic background provided by Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. After your drive, return for dinner and your overnight stay in the lodge. Early in the morning of the second day, eat some breakfast before checking out of your lodge. Then, proceed on a game drive before exiting the park and heading back to Nairobi. On the way back to the city, stop for lunch. In the afternoon, arrive back in Nairobi and be dropped off at your hotel.

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Kilimanjaro National Park: Cathedral Point Day Hike

9. Kilimanjaro National Park: Cathedral Point Day Hike

Start early in the morning from your hotel with a drive to the western side of the mountain in which you will drive through the rich agriculture area at the base of the mountain, then to plantation forest up to Londorosi gate at 2250m asl. After all registrations and park formalities, move steadily up through indigenous montane rain forest, home to a variety of animals and birdlife. Spot different types of wildlife like colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, velvet monkeys, different types of birds like crested turacos, hornbill, and alpine chat. See animal footprints and droppings of elephants, elands, buffalo, and lions as these western regions are frequently visited by a big game from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park which neighbors Kilimanjaro National Park and the less visited side of the mountain. End the drive at Morum barrier at 3400m asl where you will begin a 3-hour hike. From this point at the edge of the plateau, hike in any direction as you follow the myriad of small animal tracks and meander your way across the plateau 8.5km to Shira Cathedral point 3872m/12703ft asl. Get a stunning view of Mt. Kilimanjaro peak and see the remains of a volcanic crater that expired around half a million years ago and is one of the world heritage sites. In the late afternoon or evening, walk back to Morum Barrier gate, where the vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to the hotel.

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What people are saying about Kilimanjaro National Park

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

I had one day prior to joining my Kilimanjaro group to explore the local area so decided on the waterfalls and coffee tour. I got promptly collected by a driver from my hotel who took me to Materuni village; he spoke great English and gave me information en route. On arrival at materuni, I met a local guide who took me to the waterfall, which was about an hour hike. Beautiful scenery and the guide was amazing! After the hike, I got to make coffee with the locals and enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the village houses - highly recommend!!

Sympathetic and competent guide. Actually, you stay outside the national park because the entrance fee for one day is not worth it. Due to rainy weather, all paths were quite slippery and bathing below the waterfall was not possible. Coffee farm: Good explanations and some show when preparing coffee from the bean. (Banana) beer tasting on the roof terrace in Moshi is not possible, as the restaurant is closed due to Corona

We were picked up in Arusha and driven to Materuni Village where our tour started. The guide spoke good English and told a lot of interesting during the tours. It was a lovely trip and well worth the money. Making coffee with a local family on their farm was a delight, and the coffee tasted heavenly. We had the opportunity to buy a bag of coffee beans and local paintings with us. Highly recommended.

The Guide was super friendly and had an answer to every question. From my side, it's an absolutely must do, to go to the Waterfalls and see the coffee process. The People from the Village are very friendly and the food, is super great. Many thanks to the guide and Thomas, who was driving us.