“This trip will take you above the clouds literally as you climb to 'Africa’s rooftop' via one of its most accommodating routes - with added safari and beach time as your reward.”
Marangu Kilimanjaro route | Maundi & Kibo Craters + Uhuru Peak | Serengeti national park | Game drives | Wildebeest migration | Ngorongoro crater and conservation area | Tarangire National Park | Zanzibar island | Opportunity for visits to the Odulpai Gorge (Serengeti), a Maasai boma (Ngorongoro), Stone town spice and Prison Island tour, Hamamni Persian baths and sunset cruise in Zanzibar
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Tipping is customary in Africa so keep your guides, porters, cooks and drivers in mind...
6 nights hut, 4 nights hotel, 1 night lodge, 4 days campsite
Solo travelers welcome - supplements may apply
Local flights, accommodation, English speaking guide, game drives, park fees, transfers, tourist taxes, camping equipment
We operate the Marangu trip, like all our other treks, in line with the Leave No Trace Guidelines. The key things that are important are: • We are committed to the enjoyment, health and protection of Kilimanjaro • We believe that education is the best means to protect Kilimanjaro and we ensure all our guides understand how important this is and what they need to do to protect the mountain • We believe that practicing the Leave No Trace principles is the most relevant and effective long-term solution to maintaining the beauty, health of, and access to natural lands; In practise this is what we do: • All trash is packed out for recycling or disposal • All cooking is done on kerosene stoves and no wood is ever cut or used • All drinking water is boiled and given to clients in refillable bottles • We provide private tented toilets to ensure all waste is controlled and disposed of safely • No washing is allowed in streams-clients are provided with water for washing that is disposed of well away from any water source • Water use is minimised at all camp sites
It is important to remember that over a third of the cost you pay for a Kilimanjaro climb is paid to the National Park as fees. This means that if you find a cheap price this is only possible by paying less to the guides and porters, less for food and less for equipment.
As members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project and the International Porter Projection Project we work to maintain high standards of welfare for all our guides and porters covering wages, clothing, accommodation, food and tips. We also support both organisations with contributions from each persons booking. KPAP have recommended tip levels for all climbs which we undertake to recommend to all our clients.
All of the staff we employ in Tanzania are local: we do not employ any non local guides or administrative staff so that more of the money you pay goes back into the local economy. Overall we employ some 12 guides, 8 cooks and 80 porters. We use and support local hotels such as Moshi Fly Over Hotel and Parklane Lodges and local transport providers again ensuring the maximum benefit to the local people. All our guides are highly knowledgeable about the wildlife on Kilimanjaro and are able to explain all the changes you will see.
As well as helping clients summit Kilimanjaro we encourage them to visit locally run community projects such as Mulala Village and the Amani Children’s Home. Mulala village is a traditional Maasai village where the people are working collaboratively to use tourism to fund improvements in health and education for all the village people. Amani Childrens Home looks after nearly 100 street children who have been either orphaned or abandoned. We support Amani with a donation for every climber.
Reviews of Kilimanjaro Climb, safari & Zanzibar vacation
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2015 by Angie Koufou
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Too many to mention! Highlights - getting to the top of Kilimanjaro and Serengeti safari!
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Do your research. We tweaked our vacation quite a bit and the main aim was to climb Kilimanjaro - had we not researched and as such altered the original itinerary by adding an extra day - we would NOT have made it to the top - which would have soured the rest of the trip which was to go on safari and finish in Zanzibar.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes - we had sixteen people supporting our walk up to the top of Kilimanjaro and there was only three travelers in our group.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
I would definitely give this vacation a ten out of ten, it was exceptional. The care and attention from both Responsible Travel and the local company before we travelled was excellent - very quick to respond to queries and find solutions or allay any concerns we had. When on vacation, especially when trekking on Kilimanjaro - we were so well looked after. One of the group was struggling, but the guides, porters and cook were so supportive, she still made it to the top - can't recommend them highly enough.