Situated in the North East of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro rises in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland to a height of 5,895 metres with the Kenyan border to the north. The journey to the peak encompasses a myriad of different terrains and landscapes ranging from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.
Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.
To climb Mount Kilimanjaro is an experience of a lifetime, highly recommended to the adventurous traveller willing to forego some of life's luxuries for a few days. The summit can be achieved by any physically fit person and no climbing experience is necessary.
Kilimanjaro has six starting gates, three points via which you can access the summit and two descent routes. Hence there are many tour routes, each with different scenery and varying degrees of exertion required. The Marangu and Rongai routes are wildly tipped as the “easiest” trails, and the Machame route is particularly renowned for its stunning scenery. Routes from Umbwe, Lemosho and Shira offer more challenging options. However, it is the duration of a climb that is as important as the ease of the route.
On climbs to the summit it is advisable to join a trek of at least 6 days in order to acclimatise your body to the increasing altitude as you pass through five different climatic zones. Our treks are all done on a private basis and have been carefully devised at around this duration to give you the best chance of success. Longer durations can be arranged for those that would prefer a slower pace.
We can help you sift through the options to tailor a climb to your exact requirements accounting for your levels of fitness and budget.
The following itineraries can be used as they are, or alternatively they can be customised in any way you desire. Use these itineraries for inspirational ideas of what is possible within your Tanzania holiday experience, then make a no obligation enquiry allowing us to tailor-make your ultimate holiday journey.
SEE THE GREAT MIGRATION
The migration in East Africa is a safari 'must see' and one of the most spectacular wilderness shows on earth. Millions of Wildebeest and Zebra migrate on an 1800 mile journey.
NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE
This lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas and has been designed to blend into the landscape - invisible from the crater floor.
VISIT A MASAI VILLAGE
An insight into the lifestyle of the Masai people in the African bush of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania with animals grazing and Lions roaring outside their homes.
Siwandu is situated within an open forest on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, a lake adjoining the Great Rufiji River, in one of the most photogenic areas of the Selous Game Reserve.
LAKE MANYARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE
Standing high on the edge of an escarpment with panoramic views over the vast waters of Lake Manyara, the lodge is a good base from which to explore the Lake Manyara National Park.
Standing high on the edge of an escarpment with panoramic views over the waters of Lake Manyara, the lodge is a good base from which to explore the Lake Manyara National Park.
Standing high on the edge of an escarpment with panoramic views over the waters of Lake Manyara, the lodge is a good base from which to explore Lake Manyara Park.
CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO
In Tanzania, close to the equator - Mount Kilimanjaro is the world's highest freestanding mountain and also Africa's highest peak. Climbing it is a once in a lifetime experience.
In Tanzania, close to the equator - Mount Kilimanjaro is the world's highest freestanding mountain and also Africa's highest peak. A once in a lifetime experience.
MARAMBOI TENTED CAMP
Maramboi Tented Camp is ideally placed to explore the ecosystems of both Tarangire National Park & Lake Manyara National Park. Sited on the endless rolling golden grasslands.
SERENGETI SERENA SAFARI LODGE
Commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is centrally located in the Serengeti National Park, and has been designed to blend into the landscape.
Commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is centrally located in the Serengeti National Park, and has been designed to blend into the stunning landscape.
In the majestic and very exclusive landscape of the far northern Serengeti, Sayari Camp is one of the best, far from the tourist track. A very special part of the Africa experience.
In the majestic and very exclusive landscape of the far northern Serengeti, Sayari Camp is one of the best, far from the tourist track. A very special part of the Africa bush experience.