Rongai Route Itinerary
The Rongai route begins on the northern side of the mountain and is the least travelled route. It is a long drive to the starting point but you are rewarded by fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers around. If you take this route up the mountain you are obliged to descend via the Marangu Route that is the most popular and well-used route.
Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport and we’ll transfer you to the Hotel/ Alternative Hotel in Moshi where you will overnight in preparation for your climb the next day.
Day 2 After breakfast we will transfer you to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of NaleMoru (1,950 m.) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. Most clients like to stay at SIMBA CAMPSITE but there is 1ST CAVE CAMSITE also. [3-4 hours walking]
Day 3 The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant scenarios near KIKELEWA or 2nd CAVES CAMPSITE where you will overnight. (3.600 m.) [6-7 hours walking]
Day 4 A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. Overnight at Mawenzi Turn Hut Campsite or 3rd Cave Campsite[3-4 hours walking]
Day 5 We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School/KIBO CAMPSITE (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]
Day 6 We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final Campsite at Horombo (Horombo Campsite) (3,720 m.). [11-15 hours walking].
Day 7 A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.). [5-6 hours walking]. You will be transferred to the Hotel in Moshi for overnight.
Day 8 Departing day – You will be provided with the transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport
NB: THE EXTRA DAY FOR ACCLIMATIZATION ON THE MOUNTAIN CAN BE DONE AT MAWENZI TARN
The tour starts with lunch in Arusha town at 1230hrs. 1400hrs, drive to Lake Manyara. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive in the Lake National Park whose inhabitants include hippos, monkeys, tree climbing lions, flamingos and other varieties of birdlife. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
After an early breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park. Lunch at the lodge. Spend the afternoon game viewing in the endless plains of the Serengeti for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles or a pride of lions lounging in the shade. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Depart for an early morning around your lodge, return to the lodge for breakfast. Enjoy game drive in Serengeti national park lunch at Naabigate,ther after depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area for dinner and overnight.
You will descend 2000 feet (over 600 metres) to the floor of the crater for a full day crater tour. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
After breakfast,you will descend 2000 feet (over 600 metres) to the floor of the crater for a half day crater tour. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open savannah where the lions hunt for food, there after drive back to Arusha
Arrival. You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel). Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.
After breakfast you will depart your Arusha hotel at 0700hrs and make your way to Tarangire National Park (an approximately two-hour journey). Upon arrival you will go directly on a game drive. Tarangire is famous for its big elephant herds and giraffes. After your drive you will make your way to a campsite for dinner and your overnight stay.
After breakfast you will depart with a picnic lunch in hand towards the Serengeti. Upon your arrival at the NCAA gate, you will take care of the park formalities and fees before making your way into the Serengeti. You will enjoy a half day game drive before returning to the Simba campsite for dinner and your overnight stay.
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