Kilimanjaro mountain is the most rewarding hike from northern side of the mountain and experience the unforgatable wilderness. The drier Rongai route is a gentle approach and is ideal for less experienced climbers. The route allows an extra day for acclimatization before descending the mountain through the Marangu route reveals diverse climate zones and stunning views.
9 Days Rongai Special
Eargerly waiting for you at the airport our driver/guidewill be waiting to take us to Loitokitok on the Kenyan/Tanzanian Border. The 220km drive South East of Nairobi takes (4-5 hours). We will break for a light lunch on the way. On clear days we can already see Kilimanjaro standing out in a distant background just a few kilometers from Nairobi. In the evening, we get to meet our guide for mountain hike briefing and packing of our hiking gear.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at the .
After breakfastyou move to the nearby Tanzania border point of Tarakea for clearance with Customs and Immigrations. Thereafter we transfer a further 10 km to Nalemoru starting point (2000m). Our mountain crew is already waiting for us here and after brief introductions we start off our hiking adventure. En-route we may encounter Colobus monkey and a variety of birds. We pass first through farmland, followed by a natural rain forest and reach the moorland after about 3 hours. Here we stop for a lunch break and continue with another 2hour hike to the second caves at 3600m. As the crew prepares dinner you can choose to admire the clouds over the plains below as you relax.
Overnight stay will be in tents at a fly
In the open / outdoor we have breakfast with an exellent view of the plains as the sun rises through the mountains in a golden glammer. After we hike up 3900 to Bofu Camp on the northern circuit route ahead of us. We comfortably reach there at lunch time. The crew prepares a hot lunch for us and we use the afternoon to explore the northern circuit route and enjoy the views over the Amboseli basin in Kenya.
Dinner and overnight will once again be in tents at the fly camp.
knowing that the target is about 2 hours hike we wake up Little late luxuriously take our breakfast after we hit the road to the 3rd caves at 3900m, . The crew walks ahead of us and prepares lunch at the 3rd caves. In the afternoon, we take a stroll towards and return to the camp for dinner and another overnight stay in tents.
As we go higher the altitude also gets low meaning that this will slow our movement ebn though the hike is a 8kms and it takes us 4 to 5 hours. The views are spectacular as we walk through the rocky moon-like landscapes. The path leads to the School Hut (4750m); our bases for the summit ascend. In the afternoon, we relax and watch the cloud formation below us. An early dinner and sleep at sunset is necessary in preparation for the next day’s early and challenging program.
Given the short night in the coldness we wakeup on a very hot cup of coffe at aroud 1.30am. The 4km long path gradually gets steeper, taking us to the Gillman’s point (5685m) at sunrise at 6.00am. We can watch the sun rise over the Mawenzi Peaks in the east illuminating the magnificent Northern Ice Fields. After a short break, we proceed along the crater rim to the Uhuru peak (5895m) reaching there between 8.00 and 9.00am. we get lunch and hike more 3hour to takes us to Horombo (3720m) where we find our dinner and spend the night again in a fly camp.
After breakfast and a final glance we now start on the trekking down. The 6 to 8 hours hike takes us from the moorland into a beautiful natural forest characterized by giant ancient trees. After lunch at Mandara, we get going to the Marangu Gate (1800m) at 1.00-3.00pm depending on the speed and remaining strength. saying our final goodbyes to the whole crew, receiving certificates and driving to a cottages for a good nite sleep.
Dinner and overnight stay at the cottages.
Today we crown our successful adventure; we visit the Amboseli National park. After breakfast, we drive to Amboseli National Park (40 Km) and get there just in time for lunch with game viewing enroute to the Amboseli Serena Lodge. After lunch, we take a dive at the swimming pool and proceed for an afternoon game drive in the backdrop of Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park is famous for its large herds of Elephants. The Park also hosts a variety of plain game such as giraffes, impalas, gazelles, and wildebeests. In the swampy sections of the park, hippos and lots of water birds can be seen. As the sun sets over the Shira Plateau we return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
With just a cup of tea at 6.00am we proceed on an early morning game drive. With some luck, this is the best time to spot Lions and Cheetahs. We return to the lodge for a late breakfast and can opt to relax at the pool for a while before we check out and drive to Nairobi with lunch on the way.
After breakfast, departure to airport or hotel depending on your details.