Travel from Johannesburg to Mt. Kilimanjaro
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 25, 2012 8:30 PM Last Post By: Simsy
Oct 25, 2012 7:43 AM
Travel from Johannesburg to Mt. KilimanjaroSo my brother and I are hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro starting on December 29th. We will be in Johannesburg, South Africa prior to that and are trying to find the least expensive way to get to Kili. Does anyone have any suggestions? We looked at flights from Joburg to Moshi, but they were pricey. I've been trying to find train/bus routes that would be less expensive, but am having trouble finding a bus service that will operate from Joburg to Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam to Moshi won't be a problem by bus. Any suggestions? Open to any and all cheap, but relatively safe ideas! Thanks!
Oct 25, 2012 10:29 AM
1Its a long way whatever you choose. The flight from Joburg to Dar takes about 5 hours and its a 10 hour bus trip from there. Cost is about $800 I think.
Buses directly north will take a couple of weeks with rest days thrown in and will be moderatly cheaper. Add bus costs, accomodation and food and you will be at least $500. You will see plenty of the insides of buses. Trains which do run are slow and unreliable.
Oct 25, 2012 12:35 PM
2It's much quicker than 2 weeks.
Joburg - Lusaka by bus (24 hours)
Lusaka to Kapiri Mposhi by bus (3 hours)
Kapiri Mposhi to Dar Es Salaam by Tazara train (48 hours).
You'll need a visa for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.
Reckon on about 5 or 6 days with rest stops, if you need them. The cost would be about 150 USD on travel, plus whatever the guesthouses cost you (eg 2 nights would be an extra 50 USD or so).
So, with the additional visas probably about 300USD all in for the trip.
I don't know where Simsy gets his figures from. I have done the trip from JNB to Nairobi several times overland and I know how much it costs and how long it takes.
Oct 25, 2012 12:37 PM
Oct 25, 2012 8:30 PM
4Or take the plane straight to Kilimanjaro airport for which is 40km away from either Moshi or Arusha. Cost is around USD170 with precision air. Its a long haul bus from Dar to Arusha and you may well be bused out by then.
You can do as organist says and get there at these times but it will knacker you out. Hes talking straight and direct with almost no stops but not too many travel this way even when in a rush.
Also to repeat the Tazara train is not reliable with times.
Flying is your best bet IMO.
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