You certainly can’t climb Kilimanjaro in a day, but our day tour to this the iconic, snow-capped mountain will give you an excellent taster of why Africa’s highest peak is so popular. During the course of the day, we will follow the popular Marangu Route and walk as far as the first hut – the Mandara – where our picnic lunch will be taken. As other trekkers continue upwards, bound for the summit, we will make the descent again and return to Moshi.
Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) Elevation Gain: 915 meters, 3,000 feet.
Leave bustling, colourful Moshi early for the drive to Marangu Gate, the threshold of magnificent Kilimanjaro. It’s just an hour’s drive, but you’ll be captivated by the countryside – coffee and banana plantations, through picturesque Marangu village, with Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you.
We’ll register you at the Marangu Gate (because we don’t want to lose you!) and then your adventure will begin. At first, the ridged trail is narrow as you wander through the rainforest. It’s lush and misty, with the trees adorned with moss. The canopy overhead is alive with birdsong and strange rustlings.
You will also meet tired hikers descending from the summit. Give them a high five for effort.
The hike to Mandara Hut is around three hours so stop to rest your legs and have a tasty lunch at the Hut and once you’ve replenished yourself, take the short but challenging walk to the Maundi Crater. On a clear day, the views to the east over Taveta and to the northwest to Mawenzi Peak is stunning. You will hike back down to the Marangu Gate where our vehicle will be waiting for you to drive back to Moshi. This Kilimanjaro day hike is suitable for most people, even if you’re a little unfit.
ABOUT OVERLAND SAFARIS
Overland Safaris is exceptional guided safaris all the way to East Africa top safari destinations.
Our multi-day guided safari packages cover Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda; also, we organize Mount Kilimanjaro trekking with a difference.
Overland Safaris is therefore altogether a different trip from the regular package tour holiday, as it goes beyond merely providing you with the accommodation based on wilderness lodges, permanent tented camps and extended body 4X4 Toyota LandCruiser safari vehicles.
Overland Safaris is a reliable tour operator run by the professionally qualified team of Mountain and safari guides with over 10 years of combined experience on Mountain climbing and wildlife safaris in East Africa.
We create exciting East Africa adventure tours and we offer plenty of safari itineraries that suit any schedule for everyone traveling with us, from big to small groups.