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The roof of Africa

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa with a height of 5,895 meters. At the same time, it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. A visit to Kilimanjaro National Park is therefore a very special and unforgettable experience.

The Kilimanjaro National Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. And not without reason! During the ascent of Kilimanjaro, you will hike through the most incredible and varied landscapes you can imagine. One moment you are walking through a grassy landscape and the next you are in a tropical rainforest with monkeys and birds. If you keep climbing you will reach the “Roof of Africa” where you will find glaciers, snow and ice! The view over the African landscape is of course breathtakingly beautiful! And the moment when you reach the summit of Kilimanjaro after a day-long ascent is the ultimate kick. The feeling that you are with you makes your trip complete and you will carry it with you forever. This is one of the reasons why climbing this mountain is so popular.

Anyone can climb Kilimanjaro!

Do you think that you would never be able to climb Kilimanjaro? Do not worry! For every climber there is a way to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. There are various routes that differ from one another in terms of duration and difficulty. So anyone who is healthy and fit can reach the top! We have an experienced team on site to help you climb the mountain. This is how 96% of our customers reach the top!

We assume that you are in good physical shape when climbing Kilimanjaro. If you have any health problems or are taking medication that affects your health, please let us know in advance.

The different routes in Kilimanjaro National Park are described below. Check out the characteristics of the different routes below to make sure you choose the one that suits you best!

Help the Kilimanjaro Porters!

Tanzania Specialist is the only Dutch company that is a member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Program (KPAP). We are also a member of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC). This organization advocates appropriate treatment of the companions who support tourists on the way to the summit.

Kilimanjaro porters often work in poor conditions and are underpaid for their hard work. These porters ensure that you have a comfortable and safe journey at all times, which is very important to us. We at Tanzania Specialist therefore fight for the fair treatment and rights of these carriers. Thanks to our support for the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, not only the working conditions of the porters are improved, but your trip will also be a little nicer as the porters will help you with a smile on your face.

By booking a Kilimanjaro trekking tour with a Tanzania specialist, you automatically support the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project and get the best trekking experience on Kilimanjaro!

Here you will find our travel offers with the most beautiful tours to Kilimanjaro.

What routes are there to climb Kilimanjaro?

RecommendedRecommended number of daysRecommended fitness levelbeauty of natureBusiness on the paths
Marangurecommendable5-6 daysaverage fitvery nicemost popular
Machamehighly recommended6-7 daysaverage fitvery nicemost popular
Lemoshohighly recommended7-8 daysaverage fitvery nicecalmer
Northern Circuitrecommendable9 daysaverage fitvery nicevery quiet
Rongaionly for professional
climber
6-7 daysvery fitbeautifulcalm
Shiranot recommended6-7 daysvery fitvery nicecalmer
Umbwenot recommended5-6 daysextremely fitbeautifulcalm

Characteristics of the different Kilimanjaro routes

We offer all Kilimanjaro routes! Based on our experience, we recommend that you choose from the following routes:

Tanzania Specialist has named these three routes among the top 3 routes due to their unique nature, views and the high probability of making it to the top.
The Machame Route winds around the mountain so you will see many different landscapes during your ascent. This is also the most popular route. The success rate, i.e. the probability that you will make it to the summit, is particularly high on this route, as the increase in altitude per day is well distributed. This reduces the risk of altitude sickness. Another route is the Lemosho Route, which is known for its beautiful landscapes. Climbing Kilimanjaro via this route is a bit more expensive, however, as you and the crew have to be taken to a more remote point at the foot of the mountain. The Lemosho Route is one of our favorites due to its high success rate, the beautiful panoramic view and the tranquility on the paths. Another popular and cheapest route is the Marangu Route. This route is especially recommended if you only have one goal in mind - to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro as quickly as possible. The Marangu Route leads more or less straight up and it too has a high success rate.

The Lemosho and Machame routes have the advantage that the body has more time to get used to the altitude. If you have little or no experience of mountaineering, we would rather advise against the Marangu route, as the acclimatization of the body is very poor on this route.

The other routes in Kilimanjaro National Park that we can take with you on request are:

The Northern Circuit Route is especially popular among hikers who want to see as much as possible and have enough time. This route goes all the way around the whole mountain, so that you really will see all sides of the mountain. This also makes this route the longest in terms of the distance you travel. So exactly the right choice for travelers who want to see as much of the landscape as possible.

The Rongai route is also very beautiful, but the probability that you will see monkeys and birds on this route is very low, in contrast to the other 6 routes.

Finally, there are those too Routes Umbwe andShira. Due to the very steep climbs and demands on the body, this route is only suitable for very experienced mountaineers. As a beginner, you should definitely not choose these two routes.

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Advice from our experts on climbing Kilimanjaro

My name is Phabian and I have been accompanying people to the summit of Kilimanjaro for 16 years. I like all the routes on Kilimanjaro, but I see from our customers that the Lemosho Route is usually the most exciting - especially because of the beautiful view. If you are reasonably athletic and are preparing for the tour, the Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, and Northern Circuit routes all work well

My recommendation:

How much time should you plan? The duration of your ascent + 2 nights (arrival and departure days)

Which hotel?Our guests like the Weru Weru River Lodge best because of the excellent service, the beautiful complex with pool, the location right next to a coffee plantation, the good food and the friendly staff.

To prepare for the ascent of Kilimanjaro, we work with a company that offers altitude training. Altitudedream.com can help you prepare your body for altitude. This reduces the risk of altitude sickness many times over. For the right preparation for Kilimanjaro you can contact us at any time, we will be happy to help you.

Travel time from Kilimanjaro to the parks / islands

  • From Arusha to the place where you set off for Kilimanjaro, it is about 2 hours and 30 minutes by car.
  • It is a 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi.
  • It is a 4-hour drive from Kilimanjaro (climbing routes) to Tarangire National Park / Lake Manyara.
  • Driving time to Ngorongoro is 4.5 hours.
  • Kilimanjaro - Serengeti is 6.5 hours away.
  • Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia Island can be reached in 2.5 hours from Arusha Airport.

On the trips between the different nature parks you can enjoy the beautiful nature and the African culture.

The best season to climb Kilimanjaro

You can climb Kilimanjaro all year round. The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is from June to mid-March (except in November, as the chance of rain is high here). Historically, February is the best month as it is the warmest time and the chance of rainfall is minimal. The rainy season in Tanzania is from mid-March to early June, but it can also rain in November. Nevertheless, some travelers consciously decide to climb Kilimanjaro in April or November, as nature then shows itself from its most beautiful side and you only meet a few other tourists. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages and nothing changes as quickly as the weather, which is why a little luck is always involved.

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