Mt Kilimanjaro

Trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest
mountain with African Wildlife Safaris

Africa’s tallest mountain and one of the world’s highest free standing massifs, Mt Kilimanjaro can nevertheless be conquered without technical experience. Lofty as it might be, Mt Kilimanjaro doesn’t require any mountaineering skills to climb. Spectacular trekking routes pass through 5 different vegetation zones: grassland; rainforest; heathland; moorland with strange giant plants; alpine desert; before reaching the arctic summit zone.

There are a number of routes to choose from and all are challenging due to the altitude. Your chances of reaching the summit are vastly improved with good preparation and acclimatisation. Longer treks can also increase your chances of reaching the summit.

All of our treks are accompanied by qualified mountain guides, and porters carry all equipment. You will only need to carry a day pack. Our trekking operator is a member of the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) which adheres to a range of guidelines for the fair treatment of porters and other crew.


Kilimanjaro Treks

Lemosho Route – 9 days
(7 day hike)

The Lemosho Route starts on the western side and is an unspoilt, remote and very beautiful route to the Shira Plateau. The trail leads up to the western edge of the Shira Plateau, and the hike across the plateau is said to be one of the most stunning in Africa. Note: climbers may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game species.

Umbwe Route via Barafu – 7 days
(5 day hike)

The Umbwe Route is incredibly beautiful and one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach of Kibo. It is the most difficult due to the fast ascent to higher altitudes. However, the rewards are plentiful: fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances. Being fit and acclimatised will increase your chance of success.

Shira Route – 8 days
(6 day hike)

This route starts on the western side of the mountain. Although it is a long drive to the starting point, you are rewarded with the possibility of seeing wildlife on the lower slopes and potentially being the only climbers. As the Shira Route is the longest, it is less crowded and provides one of the most spectacular views of both the Shira Plateau and Western Breach wall.

Machame Route – 8 days
(6 day hike)

Known as the ‘whisky route’, Machame is considered to be one of the most scenic routes to the summit following a winding trail through rainforest, ice fields and alpine desert. Treks are at a relatively leisurely pace, allowing climbers to enjoy the scenery while adapting to the thin air.

Rongai Route – 7 days
(5 day hike)

This trek begins on the northern side. Again, it is a long drive to the starting point however fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers is worth the time. Descent is via the popular Marangu Route (as per park rules).

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Tanzania Itineraries

The following itineraries are just some of the many experiences that we can design for you. All of our tours are private, independent and tailor-made to your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin creating your personalised Tanzania experience.

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Tanzania Overview

What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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