You love to get a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro the African rooftop, and the world’s highest free-standing mountain but your time, physical and financial capacity doesn’t allow you to get to the summit? Here at Africa Sights Safaris bring you a chance by offering you a 1day trekking excursion on a private basis which you can start on any day around the year. A 1 day trip to Mount Kilimanjaro will bring you an excellent experience of contemplating the world’s highest free-standing mountain and passing through the mountain forest. The short treks are geared for people who like to hike but reaching the summit isn’t a “must-do”, and allow one to experience the excitement of hiking on the highest peak on the African continent. All trekking inside of the Tanzania National Park requires the services of certified guides, and at the moment, the Marangu and Machame Route are the only two routes where short treks are allowed.
Marangu Day Hike
Day 1: Marangu Gate (1980m) – Mandara Hut (2700m)
Distance: 8km Vegetation Zone:
Montane forest Time: 4 to 5 hours Meal: Lunch
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide then have a one-hour drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, register and commence the climb by walking through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the lush rainforest, don’t forget to look for towering Eucalyptus trees, birdlife, Black and white Colobus monkeys, and many more! Mandara Hut will be your final point where you enjoy a stunning panorama of the Kilimanjaro region’s landscapes and where you enjoy your lunch in nature. After lunchtime, you will hike back to the park gate and return to peaceful Moshi town.
Machame Day Hike
Day 1: Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (3000m)
Distance: 11km Vegetation Zone:
Montane forest Time: 5 to 6 hours
Your excursions start after your breakfast in your hotel will be followed by a 45-minute drive from Moshi Town (910m) to the Machame Gate (1800m). Your guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies at the gate. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the lush mountain forest. There is a possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a soggy, muddy, and slippery but memorable experience. You will finally reach the Machame camp where you enjoy a stunning panorama of the Kilimanjaro region’s landscapes and where you enjoy your lunch in nature. After lunchtime, you will hike back to the park gate and return to peaceful Moshi town.