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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: July - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1885 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4000 US Dollar (USD)

Ever dreamed of conquering Africa’s highest peak – Kilimanjaro! The climb starts out through lush rainforests teeming with bird life and other forest creatures. The vegetation thins as you climb in altitude. Your reward on the fifth day is summiting Uhuru Peak at an altitude of 5896m. It’ll be just after sunrise when you get to stand next to the famous sign board to take your photo, thereby
adding your name to Africa’s hall of fame!

Recommended Time:
- July - October
- December - February.

Tour Highlights:
- Starting out through lush mountain forest
- Traversing Shira Plateau
- View of the Western breach and Lava Tower
- Sunrise at Stella Point looking up to Uhuru Peak
- Summiting Africa’s highest peak.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Meet at Johannesburg international airport at approximately 12:00. Check in starts at 12:20. Depart on Air Tanzania at 14:20 for Kilimanjaro via Dar Es Salaam. Arrive at Kilimanjaro at 20:40. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Moshi Mountain Inn where you will be staying overnight. After dinner you’ll have a pre-climb briefing before making final preparations and enjoying a good night’s rest.

Day 2: After breakfast transfer to Marangu gate in the Kilimanjaro National Park from where you’ll start the hike. The first section of the climb takes you through the lush montage forest to Mandara Hut, where you’ll be staying overnight. The hut lies at an altitude of 2750m. Total hiking time: 3-4 hours.

Day 3: Leaving the forest, you trek along a good path through open grassy moor land where you’ll be treated to your first view of the Kibo dome and the rugged peaks of Mawenzi. Continue on to Horombo Hut at 3700m where you’ll be staying overnight. Total hiking time: 5-7 hours.

Day 4: Making sure that you’re acclimatising to the altitude, continue ascending past ‘the last water point' traversing the desolate valley known as the Saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi, and on to Kibo Hut at 4700m where you’ll be staying overnight. Total hiking time: 5-7 hours.

Day 5: A very early morning start takes you up the steep path through heavy scree to Gilman's Point at 5681m on the crater rim to arrive in time for sunrise. After capturing some spectacular photographs, continue on to the highest point at Uhuru Peak - 5896m. Having reached the summit, descend back down to Horombo Hut where you’ll be staying overnight. Ascend: 7-8 hours. Descend: 4-7 hours.

Day 6: On your last day on the mountain, continue your descent back down to the Marangu Park Gate. At the gate you will be met and transferred back to the Moshi Mountain Inn where you’ll be staying overnight. The hotel has a sauna and swimming pool where you’ll be able to relax and pamper the weary muscles. Total hiking time: 5-7 hours.

Day 7: An early breakfast and check out of the hotel. Transfer to the airport in time for a 07:00 check in. The flight on Air Tanzania departs at 09:00 and arrives in Johannesburg at 13:50.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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