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Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park
~ Day Trip Safari ~
The best seasons for this departure are January—February and June—October
• Peak seasons: Winter and Summer/Fall • Peak months: January, February, June, July, August, September, October

Safari Overview
Our Kilimanjaro trek is perfect for those who enjoy hiking and are able to do that in a steep and rough terrain. This tour starts you at 1,800 m on Marangu Gate and journeys through a rain forest to Mandara Hut (2,700 m); includes a picnic Lunch and offers an optional hike to Maundi Crater (2,780 m). The Mount Kilimanjaro departure is sure to make your Safari day trip grand!
  • Safari Highlights:
  • Excellent Kilimanjaro trek with a steep and rough terrain.
  • 3–5 hours of hiking through a fascinating rain forest to Mandara Hut.
  • Blue Monkeys and Black & White Colobus Monkeys may be seen.
  • Impatiens Kilimanjaris flower may be seen; endemic to Kilimanjaro.
  • Optional hike to Maundi Crater (45 minutes from Mandara Hut).
  • Picnic Lunch en route; complimentary water throughout.

Itinerary
Day Trip Safari at Kilimanjaro National Park
Start
Depart from Accommodation
Leave Lake Duluti Serena Hotel in Arusha (or similar) at 6:30AM and drive to Marangu Gate to start Kilimanjaro Day Hike.
About Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel - Arusha
Lake Duluti Serena Hotel - Arusha
Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel in Arusha Tanzania stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Lake Duluti Serena Hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds. [learn more]

About Kilimanjaro National Park
Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro’s Lower Slopes


Marangu Gate
Marangu Gate is the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, one of the most favored places to explore in Tanzania. The Marangu Route climb is considered the least arduous, yet the most popular hiking route in Africa.

Mandara Hut
From Marangu Gate, climbers ascend through a fascinating rain forest. Beyond the rain forest is a clearing that consists of a group of wooden A-framed huts—the landing at Mandara Hut. This is typically the first overnight for trekkers who wish to ascend the whole of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Relax for a bit here, as water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.

Maundi Crater
Depending on the pace of your group and weather conditions, the Marangu Route will take about 3-5 hours to the Mandara Hut checkpoint where a short hike will then take you to the Maundi Crater Rim (approx. 45 minutes). For the best views of the rim, the weather has to be clear; on clear days you’ll have magnificent views which stretch all the way to Kenya as the rim is close to the Northern border.

Next
Some Formalities, then Start Trekking
After the formalities, you will start hiking from Marangu Gate (1,800 m). The hike is 3-5 hours through a fascinating rain forest to Mandara Hut (2,700 m). Blue Monkeys as well as Black and White Colobus Monkeys may be seen. Look for a tiny flower called Impatiens Kilimanjaris; endemic to Kilimanjaro.
Next
Picnic Lunch and Optional Trek
Picnic Lunch en route. Optional hike to Maundi Crater (2,780 m, 45 minutes) or rest upon arrival at Mandara Hut.
End
Descend Kilimanjaro
After a good rest you will hike back to Marangu Gate and be driven back to your designated accommodation in Arusha, arriving there late afternoon.
  • Inclusions:
  • Full board accommodation.
  • 4x4 Safari Vehicle with pop-up roof, driven by professional English-speaking driver guide.
  • Park fees.
  • Complimentary water.
  • Picnic lunch.
  • Exclusions:
  • Personal insurance.
  • Laundry.
  • Alcoholic beverages and/or soft drinks.
  • Anything else not shown in the inclusion list.

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