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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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

$1898 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)

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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.

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Shuttle Bus Services: Nairobi - Arusha - Moshi - Kilimanjaro

Kenya Tanzania Shuttle Buses between Nairobi, Arusha and Moshi from Nairobi Airport or City hotels. Destinations covered Namanga, Arusha, Moshi, Marangu and Kilimanjaro Airport. A choice of Riverside Shuttle Bus, Impala Shuttle Bus and Rainbow Shuttle Bus. We also cater for private shuttle transfers.You should be about 30 minutes before the departure time. Please provide us with your flight details as to be paged on arrival.NB: Pick up and drop off points in Nairobi are within town hotels and at the airport (please stay at the cafeteria)Pick up and Drop off points in Arusha are within town hotels and Mezz Luna Hotel.Pick up and drop off points in Moshi are within Moshi town hotels like Zara springlands hotel,Buffalo, Keys hotel, Mountain view, Zebra Hotel, YMCAWhile traveling to Kenya,Tanzania for safari holiday or Trekking mt Kilimanjaro Via Nairobi Arusha Moshi shuttle bus what you should know.The shuttles are 25 seat coaster buses that travel from Central Nairobi to Arusha town and then off to Moshi Town which is nestled against Kilimanjaro.Arriving at JKIA Nairobi can also head from Nairobi airport to Arusha Moshi or Marangu with a shuttle bus. Send flight details and we will page you under your name and you will be picked from cafeteria on your left. Bring a cell phone with you or contact numbers of the consultant.

$1850 Outdoor Activities

7 days Mt Kilimanjaro hiking via Rongai Route

Day 01: Arrival in Nairobi and transfer to your complimentary bed and breakfast hotel. Complimentary city tour is prepared for you. Visit elephant’s orphanage, giraffe center and Bomas of Kenya.DAY 2: Board tarakea bound shuttle for border crossover and check in at snow cap cottages. Dinner, briefing and overnight.DAY 3: walk to Nalemoru gate for registration (1950m). Start hiking to first camp/Simba camp (2600m). Overnight in tents. Habitat montane forestDAY 4: Hike from first camp to third caves. Overnight in tents. Habitat is Alpine desertDAY 5: Hike from third cave to Kibo hut (4730m) overnight in tents. Habitat is Alpine desertDAY 6: Hike from Kibo hut to summit Uhuru peak (5895m) then descend to Horombo (3705m). Habitat is stone scree and ice capped summit distance 5.4km up and 15km descendDAY 7: Descend from Horombo to Marangu gate (1860m) habitat Montane forest distance 19.7km. Get your certificate and transfer to a hotel in Moshi (book this hotel on your own).DAY 8: Transfer for departure or join a safari in Arusha.

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Trek Mount Kilimanjaro through Marangu Route

DAY 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut, Elevation (ft): 6,046 ft to 8,858 ftYou shall be collected from your Moshi Hotel 8:00AM , depart Moshi for Marangu Gate for the necessary formalities before beginning our trek. The hiking trail begins by ascending a beautiful, tropical rain forest. At the upper edge of the forest line, we have the opportunity to see blue monkeys. The trail then widens to expose beautiful hillsides until we reach Mandara Hut.  DAY 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut, Elevation (ft): 8,858 ft to 12,205 ftWe start the day continuing through the forest until the trail opens into high moorland. We may get our first views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks - two of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro. DAY 3: Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Ridge , Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 14,400 ftThis is an extra day meant for acclimatization and can be spent day hiking on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique landscape offers motivating views of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments exploring the area we head back to Horombo Hut. DAY 4:Horombo Hut to Kibo HutWe climb gradually, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” between Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.DAY 5 : Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak  Elevation (ft): 15,430 ft to 19,341 ft Distance: 6 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 6-8 hours Habitat: Arctic Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 12,250 ft Distance: 16 km/10 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Heath Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your accomplishment, we descend to Horombo Hut. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. DAY 6Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 6,046 ft Distance: 20 km/12 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Rain Forest On our last day, we have a long trek mostly downhill through the tropical rainforest. Once at the park headquarters at Marangu gate, we collect our summit certificates.