Welcome to Marangu

Marangu is also the heartland of the Chagga people, and there are many possibilities for walks and cultural activities. Marangu means ‘place of water’, and the surrounding area is laced with small streams and waterfalls (most with a small entry charge for visitors).

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$250 Outdoor Activities

Kilimanjaro Climbing via MArangu Route

The arrival day. 5 Days Marangu RouteThe arrival day you will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport to the hotel in Moshi town where you will be staying for dinner and overnight. At the hotel you will meet a mountain guide who will briefly explain to you the itinerary for the next day and all the essential information about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro including the route, hiking equipment and other important information.Day 1: hiking from Marangu gate to Mandara Hut.After breakfast in your hotel a car with driver and guide will be waiting you outside. A journey to Kilimanjaro Mountain, Marangu gate starts and it will take a maximum of 1 hour. After you get to the Kilimanjaro gate park you will register you name, nationality, age, passport and other required information. There after the guides, cook and porters will be ready to commence the journey hiking to the first point Mandara Hut.Elevation: 1860m to 2700mDistance: 8kmHiking Time: 3-4 hoursHabitat: mountain Forest.Day 2: Hiking from mandara to Horombo hut after breakfast at Mandara hut, you will be ascending to Horombo Hut. The altitude begins to change and slows down your pace while enjoying the flora and the view of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Arrive at the Horombo hut 12km from Mandara, and lunch box will be provided on the way.  At Horombo Hut you will have a rest, dinner and overnight.Time: 5 hours, elevation 3,780mDay 3: From horombo hut to Kibo hut and summit at night.After breakfast at Horombo Hut, the hike to Kibo Hut begins. Ascending, passing the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heath land but then disappears into “moonscape”. Lunch box will be provided on the way. At Kibo hut you will have a rest, dinner and overnight while preparing yourself for UHURU PEAK summit at night around 1:00 amDay 4: Descend from the summit.The beginning of day 4 might caught you still at the UHURU PEAK of mount Kilimanjaro, you can take a beautiful picture while sun rising and slowly starts to hike down to Kibo hut for breakfast, rest and later on start to descend again to Horombo hut where you will have lunch, rest, dinner and overnight.Day 5: Final day of the tourDescend from Horombo hut to Marangu Gate for exit. Driver will pick you from the gate to the hotel in Moshi for lunch and rest but if the departure is the same day then driver will drop you to airport for depart.

$1968 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing rongai route

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport – ArushaAfter arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our driver will take you to the Tulia hotel and Spa where the rest of the day is at leisure. Bed and Breakfast includedDay 1: Rongai Gate (1950m) – 1st Caves Camp (2600m)Altitude; ↑650mHiking Time: 3-4 hoursRegister at the Marangu park gate with a transfer about 2 hours to the Rongai trail head. The trail is not at all steep but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country.Day 2: 1st Cave (2600m) – Kikelewa Cave (3600m)Altitude; ↑1000mHiking Time: 3-7 hoursJust early in the morning after a nice breakfast the trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave (3450m) and reaching Kikelewa Caveat about 3600 meters. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain!. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves). Bed, dinner and breakfast includesDay 3: Kikelewa Cave (3600) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m)Altitude; ↑730MHiking Time: 3-4 hoursA short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. Lunch includes.Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn to – Mawenzi Ridge – Mawenzi TarnThis is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent the day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. Dinner includesDay 5: Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4330m) – Kibo hut (4700m)Altitude; ↑370MHiking Time: 5-6 hContinue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. Overnight at Kibo Camp Dinner includesDay 6: Kibo Hut (4700m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3720m)Altitude; ↑1195m, ↓2175mHiking Time: 10-14 hYou will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. Breakfast includes.Day 7: Horombo hut (3720m) – Marangu Gate (1980m)Altitude; ↓1740mHiking Time: 5-7 hoursAfter breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely.  This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.DepartureAfter breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip and go on safari. 

$2500 Private & Custom Tours


Among the most popular routes, Machame is preferred by the majority of the tourists became of the impressive views all around and variety of habitats. Most seasoned climbers which make up 50% of all the climbers choose this route.The Machame route is nicknamed “The Whiskey Route” which is in contrast to the nickname of Marangu Route “Coca-Cola route.” It is so because Machame is a relatively difficult route to climb, and as opposed to Marangu where there is gradual incline and hut accommodations, there is a lack of such facilities in Machame and trekkers have to sleep in tents.The climbing journey in Machame Route takes about six days and five nights, however seven days and six nights is set aside for better acclimatization purposes. The trek begins at Machame Gate which is located in the southern base of the mountain within a dense lush rainforest. The route heads toward the Shira Plateau, before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain, exposing the climber to great views from all angles. The approach to the summit is made from the east, and the descent follows the Mweka trail.When measured from gate to gate, Machame Route is approximately 62 km in length. This route is recommended for people with some trekking experience and who are physically fit. The table below presents the variation of the entire 7 day Machame climb from starting to finish points including altitude, distance, and total hiking time. This is considered the ideal Machame route variation

$5200 Cultural & Theme Tours


Day 0: Pick up  from  the Air port drive to The Charity Hotel.Day 1: Arusha to Arusha National ParkPick up from your hotel in Arusha  and drive to Arusha National Park with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight at The Charity Hotel.Day 2:Arusha to TarangireAfter breakfast starting safari to Tarangire  for game drive in the park then have a  lunch and afternoon game then drive for dinner and overnight at  Sangaiwe  Lodge.Day 3:Tarangire to Lake Manyara. After breakfast we drive   to Lake Manyara Morning and afternoon game drives. with a lunch box.  You will have a picnic lunch, dinner, and overnight Octagon LodgeDay 4: Octagon to SerengetiAfter early breakfast you leave to Serengeti  with game en route. Then drive for dinner and overnight Mawe Luxury Camp Day 5:Full game drive in Serengeti After breakfast you start a day with the morning and afternoon  game  drives in Serengeti National Park  drive to the Camp for dinner and overnight at Mawe Luxury CampsDay 6:Serengeti to NgorongoroAfter breakfast, depart from Serengeti to Ngorongoro. with lunch and game  en route to Ngorongoro Crater rim for dinner and overnight  Rhino LodgeDay 7: Ngorongoro to Lake EyasiAfter breakfast, drive to the crater for game drives highlights, Stop at the picnic site for lunch and after make a  game en route to lake Eyasi to visiting Bush man tribe. Arrive for dinner and overnight at Lake Eyasi  LodgeDay 8:Lake Eyasi to Mto wa MmbuEarly in the morning before breakfast we leave the Camp and going to visit The Hadzabe people and is a an original hunt. Then after  lunch drive  for Dinner and  overnight at Flamingo  LodgeDay 9 Walking Safari Tour in Mto wa MmbuAfter  breakfast, drive  for a walking safari at Mto wa Mmbu village. Visit 120 Tanzanian tribes and learn how they can live together without conflict. Then drive to lake Natron for dinner and overnight at Flamingo LodgeDay 10.Mto wa Mmbu to Lake Natron After breakfast  drive with a lunch box to  Lake Natron arrive  for dinner and overnight at Lengai Safari Lodge.Day 11:Lake Natron to arushaEarly breakfast in the sunrise time you will  visit the Lake of Natron to see the Flamingos  then Drive back to Arusha for overnight at Charity HotelDay 12: Arusha to KilimanjaroAfter breakfast  drive to Kilimanjaro  Gate at Marangu, and starting the trekking to the  mount  up to Mandara Hut and have a lunch there.  then drive back to Arusha /Kilimanjaro air Port.

$2750 Day Trips & Excursions

Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking

Leave Arusha or Moshi at 7.00 am and drive to Kilimanjaro National park through Marangu gate. You will need comfortable clothing, walking shoes, and a rain coat in case it rains on your way up. Check in at the gate and proceed with walking and hiking throughout the forest of Mount Kilimanjaro.Mount Kilimanjaro is the top roof of Africa, reaching 5895 m. above sea level. It is a world heritage site and its outstanding features reach into three major volcanic centers: • Shira in the west • Mawenzi in the East • Kibo in the center (snow-capped peak) Experience the landscape and different vegetation. Monkeys can be seen and for birders this is the nice place for identifying different species of birds. The forest consists of elephant, leopard, buffalo, bush buck, the endangered Abbott’s dicker, some small antelope, primates, and rodents and much much more..! Depending on your fitness level, we will arrive at Mandara Hut for picnic lunch (three to four hours walking). After taking lunch, proceed walking to Maundi crater and later hike down to Marangu gate where our van will be waiting for you (two hours walking down). Drive back to Moshi/ Arusha and arrive in the evening. (Drop off point to be advised)

$1998 Outdoor Activities

6-Day Kilimanjaro Trek via Marangu Route

Day 1: Arrive Tanzania - Moshi  3,000-ft/ 914-mWe will pick you up at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) and transfer to Moshi. You'll get breafing from your tour guide and make sure that you have taken all the gear necessary for the trek. Day 2: Mandara Hut  8,875-ft/ 2,705-m | 4.3 miles/ 7 km | 4-5 hours A 1-½ hour drive to Marangu gate. We hike via the well-maintained track, climbing uphill for about 4-5 hours through the lush montane forest to Mandara Hut. The huts have running water and "flush" toilets, African style. Meals are prepared by your cooks and served up in a common dining area, where you meet climbers from all parts of the world sharing the excitement in the air. Day 3-4: Horombo Hut  12,850-ft/ 3,916-m | 7.14 miles/ 11.5 km | 6 hoursSoon after heading out, you'll trek through the heath and moorland zone. We arrive at Horombo Hut mid-afternoon, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery until your chefs have prepared dinner. We spend 2 nights at Horombo to acclimatize. On our extra day, we take a 4-hour round trip hike to Mawenzi Hut, passing Zebra Rocks along the way, returning to Horombo for lunch and a relaxing afternoon before dinner. Depending on your fitness level you may opt to stay here only 1 night... Day 5: Kibo  Hut  15,446-ft/ 4,708-m | 7.5 miles/ 12 km | 6 hoursAfter breakfast, we continue our trek into the Alpine desert habitat. Once across the barren Kibo Saddle, between Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks, we start our climb up to Kibo Hut, a stone blockhouse situated on the slopes of Kibo Peak. You'll be able to see Gilman's Point on the crater rim, a key landmark on our way to the summit. After arriving at Kibo around mid-afternoon, we relax, then have dinner and prepare for the midnight climb. Day 6: Uhuru Peak | Horombo Hut  Summit: 19,340-ft/ 5,895-m | 4.2 miles/ 6.7 km | 7-8 hours Horombo Hut: 12,850-ft/ 3,916-m | 12.7 miles/ 20.5 km | 6-7 hoursYour guide wakes you up just before midnight with some hot tea and snacks. Today's the toughest day, and at sunrise, you see the most stunning views of Mawenzi, the Kibo Saddle and the plains below.  We slowly wind our way over the rocky outcrops and through the scree until we reach the rim of the crater at Gillman's Point.  The toughest part of the climb is over, as we only have about 2 hours to Uhuru Peak, the summit!  After a half hour celebrating at the summit, we head back down towards Horombo. Day 7: Marangu Gate | Moshi Gate: 6,102-ft/ 1,859-m | 12.3 miles/ 19.8 km | 6 hours Moshi: 3,000-ft/ 914-m | 90 minute drive This day we will descend down past the Mandara encampment to the base of the mountain, where you'll receive a well-earned certificate. The Shrike vehicle will meet you and drive back to your hotel for a hot shower. You will enjoy a farewell dinner with your guides.