Climb on the slopes of the highest mountain in Africa to the first base camp of Marangu Route. With its 5895 meters, Kilimanjaro is an impressive and awesome sight, which most visitors already spot in awe amazement when flying in at Kilimanjaro airport.
The rainforest zone of Kilimanjaro is thick and lush and home to many different bird and monkey species, such as blue monkeys or colobus. What should you expect on this trip? Tarangire National Park is awaiting you with its mighty baobab trees, huge elephant population, and an animal and landscape diversity that steals the heart of every African traveler. This day trip leaves you wanting to see more and more of Africa's rich wildlife.
• Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut
• Rising(ft): (1,800m/5,905ft) to (2,743m/9,000ft)
• Hiking time: 8-10 hours
Elevation Gain: 915 meters, 3,000 feet
Hiker(s) will leave Moshi early in the morning to Marangu Gate. The drive will take approximately 1 hour. After completing gate registration, you will begin your Kilimanjaro day hike. Walking along a narrow trail through the rainforest of Kilimanjaro up to Mandara Hut you will meet mountain climbers descending from the top of Kilimanjaro. At Mandara Hut you will have your lunch and the possibility to take a short walk to the Maundi Crater. The views to the East over Taveta and to the Northwest to Mawenzi Peak are stunning on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort. You will then have the opportunity to take photos once arriving at Maundi Crater before descending down to the Marangu Gate. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi.