MOUNT KILIMANJARO "THE ROOF OF AFRICA"
At 5,895m, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point of Africa. This volcanic massif stands in splendid isolation above the surrounding plains, with its snowy peak looming over the savannah. The mountain is encircled by mountain forest. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park.
Kilimanjaro National Park covering an area of some 75,575 has protect the largest free standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, rising 4877m above surrounding plains to 5895m at its peak. With its snow-capped peak, the Kilimanjaro is a superlative natural phenomenon, standing in isolation above the surrounding plains overlooking the savannah.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. With its snow-capped peak and glaciers, it is the highest mountain in Africa. The mountain has five main vegetation zones from the lowest to the highest point: Lower slopes, montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and summit. The whole mountain including the montane forest belt is very rich in species, in particular mammals, many of them endangered species. For this combination of features but mostly its height, its physical form and snow cap and its isolation above the surrounding plains, Mount Kilimanjaro is considered an outstanding example of a superlative natural phenomenon.
Mount Kilimanjaro Best Trekking Packages
Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route:
Also known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that the Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the only route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it the cheapest option). It is also the only route offering accommodation on the mountain, in A-frame huts.
It is unfortunately a well-known fact, that the 5 day Marangu route has one of the lowest summit success rates of all the routes up mountain. If you choose the Marangu route, we strongly recommend hiking the route over 6 days, to increase your chance to reach the summit successfully.
This is the only route, which provides comfortable communal sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight site. Mineral water, soft drinks, beer and chocolates are also sold at most sites. The Marangu route utilises the same route for the ascend and descend.
Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route:
The Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by porters. The Machame route is a very scenic and beautiful route, which can be completed in 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days, allowing for more time to acclimatise. The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, helping towards better acclimatisation.
Kilimanjaro Climbing Rongai Route:
The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.
The Rongai route’s premier advantage is that it is one of the quietest routes on the mountain. A disadvantage is the long travel time to the starting point of the route. The route also becomes busier when it connects with the Marangu route just before reaching Kibo hut.
The Rongai route descends along the Marangu route as well, however you still sleep in tents, and do not use the A-frame huts of the Marangu route.
Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route:
The Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoilt route and sightings of wild game in the forest section is possible. The Lemosho route is one of the quieter routes up Kilimanjaro, this advantage however disappears when the route combines with the Machame route on the 3rd day of the hike.
For those seeking a quiet route away from the crowds, the route is a superior option to the Rongai route. Unlike the Rongai the Lemosho route has the same excellent pro-acclimatization features of the Machame route, which it joins just before reaching Lava Tower.
We do not recommend hiking the Lemosho route during the rainy season as the start point of the Lemosho Route is particularly inaccessible during the wet season. Climbers should be prepared to walk the final 2-5 kilometers of the road following heavy rains. The journey time to reach the start point is quite long and joined to the possibility of not reaching the end of the road by vehicle head torches may well be needed to reach Forest Camp on day 1. The route descents along the Mweka Route, a descent-only route.
Kilimanjaro Climbing Northern circuit Route:
The Northern circuit is the area that connects the northern side of Kilimanjaro with the western side. The area is pristine with great views and very few hikers. On special request, can we arrange to include the Northern circuit in your hike, as follows:
Please take note that you will need to arrange a longer 8 to 9 day hike to include the Northern circuit to your hike and it can only be arranged through our higher quality Superior Package.
Kilimanjaro Climbing Shira Route:
The Shira Plateau is one of the most scenic and most fascinating areas on Kilimanjaro. Depending on the weather conditions you can drive by 4 wheel drive vehicles, to within a 1/2 hours walk of Shira Hut (4000m). Even this drive is very spectacular indeed and offers some magnificent views of Mt Meru and the Great Rift Valley in general. Game is often sighted and the road features some striking vegetation changes ranging from forest, grassland, heath to moorland. The fast ascend by vehicle to about 4000m will require additional acclimatisation, after which it will be possible to ascend Uhuru Peak either via the Western Breach or via the Barafu hut.
The Shira route is only offered to hikers who are already acclimatized to 4 000m, by hiking either Mt Meru or Mt Kenya a few days before attempting Kilimanjaro. Depending on the weather conditions you can drive by 4 wheel drive vehicle, to within a ½ hours walk of Shira Hut (3 850m).
This drive is very spectacular and offers some magnificent views of Mt Meru and the Great Rift Valley in general. Game is often sighted and the road features some striking vegetation changes ranging from forest, grassland, heath to moorland. The fast ascend by vehicle to about 4000m will require additional acclimatisation, after which it will be possible to ascend Uhuru Peak either via the Western Breach or via the Barafu hut.
Mount Kilimanjaro important Informations
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If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy you may be able to reclaim these charges. Notwithstanding the above, if we have issued your domestic airline tickets and you choose at any time to cancel them then we will not refund you any monies for these tickets.
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Cancellation by TO
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Amendments by TO
It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your holiday although we reserve the right to make changes at any time. Most of these changes are minor and we will advise you of these in writing at the earliest possible date. When a major change is necessary such as the alteration of your outward or return flights by more than 12 hours or a significant change in the standard of accommodation, provided it does not arise from conditions amounting to force majeure or as a result of an amendment to a scheduled airline timetable, you will have the choice of accepting the new arrangements, taking another holiday with us or cancelling your holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies paid.
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You must ensure that your travel documents, passports, visas and vaccination certificates are in order and that you ensure that you have taken the advice of your GP with regard to inoculations. We refer in particular to our pre-departure information sheet. TO will offer general advice but cannot be held responsible if you do not comply with current requirements before your departure. TO does not accept liability for any advice given of a general nature prior to the holiday commencing. You are responsible for a timely check in for all flights and for presenting yourself to take up all pre-booked components of your holiday. No credit or refund will be given to you should you fail to take up any component of your holiday or if you lose any travel documents. TO draws your attention to the fact that there are certain inherent risks involved in all of the holidays to Africa that we supply and these must be accepted by you at your own risk. If you wish to discuss any such risks with us we would be more than happy to provide advice over the telephone or in writing.
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If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant organiser (camp/hotel manager/Safari guide) immediately and he will endeavour to put things right. If your problem cannot be resolved you need to contact the TO office so that we have the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem.
At any time, all baggage and personal effects are at the client’s responsibility and the Company does not accept any liability for any loss or damage of any personal effects, howsoever arising. * Clients are entitled to one bag of not more than 15 kg (backpack or soft bag – no hardtop suitcase) and a daypack. The Company reserves the right to refuse excess baggage. Please notice that on our trekking tours and on some “bush” flights other baggage regulations may apply.
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All our prices are based on the current national park fees and taxes. There have been ongoing talks that East African countries will be undergoing changes to tax regulations in 2014. Should the authorities decide on increasing fees and taxes, even though they might currently not be scheduled, we would subsequently have to pass on these increases to you.
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Please find some of the tips travelling to Tanzania, and some for Africa in general. Please be free to contact us when needs further explanations regarding the tips we are giving below, Welcome to Tanzania.
Internet cafes in major towns and in many hotels and resorts are easy to find and the best and cheapest form of communication. Charges range from about $1 to $5 an hour’s connection. If you are travelling with a laptop, you’ll be able to hook up at top-end hotels and some mid-range hotels. Domestic and international calls can be made from Tanzanian Telecom offices in all major towns. Mobile phones are very common with a rapidly expanding network. Prepaid starter packages and top-up cards are on sale at shops throughout the country. Check with your home company about using your own phone in Tanzania. The country code for Tanzania is + 255.
Pack lightweight, short-sleeves/blouses and shorts are ideal, but pack a sweater for early morning game drives, as well as a head covering, sturdy, comfortable shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen. Long sleeves and trousers in light-coloured fabrics help discourage insect bites, avoid brightly colored clothes, as they may alarm the animals. Good places to shop for clothes are Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Stone Town. Shorts for women are acceptable, but mini-skirts and hot pants are a definite no. Women should carry a wrap to cover legs in villages and towns as revealing clothes can cause offence, especially in Zanzibar and Moslem areas. On the beach and within the confines of beach hotels normal swimwear is acceptable (but not nudity). For climbing the Kilimanjaro or Meru, take thermal underwear, light layers, sweater, rain jacket, good socks and sturdy boots. All other equipment can be rented.
On the left. An international licence is required. Self-drive vehicles are available mainly for local running or tarmac use. 4×4 Vehicles for safaris usually have to be hired with a driver.
230V, but power failures, surges and troughs are common. Bring a universal adaptor and a torch (flashlight) or headlamp.
Flying doctor services
Flying doctor service is available and a temporary membership with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) is advisable. They provide air evacuation service in medical emergencies as well as air ambulance transfers between medical facilities. In addition, patients are repatriated to Europe, North America and Asia or medical escort is provided on commercial carriers.
Food & Drinks
The Tanzanian national dish is ugali, a staple made from maize or cassava flour, almost always served with a sauce containing meat, fish, beans or greens. Rice flavoured with coconut milk and matoke – cooked plantains- are other common staples. Though most visitors will rather go for mishikaki, marinated meat kebabs or nyama choma, seasoned roasted meat. Local dishes include Mtori – cooked beef and bananas – and Mchicha, a vegetable stew which meat or fish in it. Along the coast delicatable seafood dishes, often grilled or cooked in coconut milk or curry-style are widely served. The food on safari ranges from simple to gourmet, with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and homemade soups. At lunch and dinner chicken, lamb, beef or pork are served as well as fish and vegetarian dishes. Breakfast is comes usually as buffet with lots of tropical fruits, cereals, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, breads and pastries and eggs to order. Avoid tap water. Bottled water is widely available as well as fresh juices of pineapple, sugar cane and orange. The main soft drink is Tangawizi, a local version of ginger ale. Try the domestic, western-style beers Serengeti,Safariand Kilimanjaro. The local brew konyagi is a wonderful gin-like beverage. In the Kilimanjaro area you’ll find mbege – banana beer, or try Uraka, a legal distilled cashew drink.
While a yellow-fever vaccination certificate is not officially required to enter the country unless you’re coming from an infected area, carrying one is advised. Malaria is endemic but is preventable, use insect repellent, cover up at sundown, sleep under a mosquito net and take anti-malaria prophylactics as advised by your doctor. Bring prescription medicines, spare glasses, contact lenses and solution as well as sunscreen, a first aid kit, paracetamol or aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, antibacterial ointment, cream for bites/stings and diarrhoea remedy. Drink only boiled or bottled water, bottled or canned drinks, avoid ice cubes and salads. HIV/Aids is widespread, especially in the main tourist areas. Check with your health department or local doctor for up dates. Mt. Kilimanjaro altitude sickness advice: climb slowly to increase your acclimatisation time and maximise your changes of reaching the summit. Bring a prescription of acetazolamide (Diamox) for altitude sickness. To avoid altitude sickness, take your time. Allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb.
Check carefully with your insurance company which costs are covered and most importantly if the policy covers an emergency flight home. Take out travel insurance to cover loss of baggage or valuables, personal accident and medical expenses.
In major towns and tourist areas English is widely spoken but a few words Swahili can be useful and will be appreciated greatly by locals.
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling. There are bills of 10,000, 5000, 1000 and 500. Coins are available in 200, 100, 50 and 20. Major foreign currencies are accepted and are convertible at banks and bureaux de changes (Forex bureaux) at the international airports, in the main towns and tourist areas. The best currency to bring is US dollars. Traveller’s cheques are exchangeable in some places. Credit cards are widely accepted but carry poor exchange rates; it is therefore advisable to carry cash. Visitors can take in any amount of foreign currency and no currency declaration is required, but import and export of Tanzanian currency is illegal. Some banks in Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Moshi and Stone Town offer ATM facilities against international credit cards, but ATMs are not available elsewhere. Visitors may be expected to pay in foreign currency for game parks. Don’t change money in the street, it is illegal.
Respect nature, its surroundings and wildlife. Keep your distance from animals and be quiet to avoid distressing the wildlife. Observe the animals silently and with minimum disturbance to their natural activities. Loud talking on game drives frightens them. Don’t remove any natural material from wildlife reserves as this disrupts the ecology of the area. Follow instructions of rangers or guides as they are the experts. Don’t insist that they take you closer to the animals and don’t leave your vehicle in the parks except in designated places. Keep recognising tracks to avoid damaging vegetation. Please ask permission before taking pictures of people as it is considered rude in African culture to take pictures without asking. Refrain from smoking on game drives as the African bush ignites very easily, and a flash fire is very disastrous.
Extra films and batteries for your camera are available in hotels, lodges and camps, but they often have limited stock, therefore we suggest you to stock up in Arusha or Dar es Salaam. Carry your equipment in dust-proof bags on safari, especially in the dry season, as roads can be extremely dusty. Keep equipment and film cool. It is courteous to ask permission before photographing local people; your driver-guide will assist you in this and will possibly help you agree on modelling fee. If you intend to take a lot of people pictures, be sure to bring an instant camera with you so that you can leave a picture with the people you photograph. Do not take photographs of military, policemen, the president, government officials, or official buildings such as airports, military institutions, border posts or roadblocks.
Time is GMT/UTC plus 3 hrs.
It is not obligatory, but common courtesy to tip drivers, guides, porters and other staff, assuming that the service has been satisfactory. Keep in mind that excessive tipping can make it difficult for the next customer.
Here is just a guideline:
- For driver or tour guide on safari $5 – $10 per person, per day
- For the cook about US$ 8 per group per day
- Kilimanjaro trekking, for Marangu Route guides US$20- U$30 for the guide and US$ 5 per day each for the porters. More for the longer routes.
- For porters / waiters in hotels, lodges and camps: US$ 1-2
Visas are required for almost everyone. A tourist visa set u back US$50 and US$100 for U.S. passport holders. Check on current requirements with the nearest Tanzanian High Commission, embassy or consulate. Single entry visas can be obtained upon landing in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport and at most border crossings (in US dollars cash only). To avoid waiting in line it’s best to get the visa in advance as waiting can be especially long if your flight arrives at the same time with other international flights.
Tanzania is relatively easy place to travel and generally safe country, but don’t invite temptation. Keep an eye on your belongings. If you go out at night, take a taxi and use extra caution, especially in urban and tourist areas. Don’t carry cameras or large amounts of cash; beware of pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to safeguard valuables. Avoid isolating situations, including lonely stretches of beach, whatever the time of day.
Tanzania offers a good selection of crafts, from woodcarvings and basketry to textiles and paintings. There are many markets and vendors in the tourist towns, as well as hotels and lodges, selling a wide range of souvenirs, jewellery and trinkets. Look for Makone carvings, Tinga tinga paintings, with distinctive style and colors, Singida baskets, vibuyu (carved gourds) and Gogo woodcarvings. You will find also some wonderful textiles, primarily the kanga – the traditional cloth garment worn by many Tanzanian women with Swahili sayings printed on the edge and the heavier kitenge. Don’t be afraid to bargain at roadside curio stalls and at vendors in tourist areas, you are expected to do so.
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