6 Days Rongai Routefrom
Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences. Getting to the trailhead – Nalemuru Gate – usually takes 3-4 hours from Tatanca Safari Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel. Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu, and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain. Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition. The Rongai route on Mount Kilimanjaro is a seven day camping route; it has the attraction of being a lower traffic and easier route compared to the southern slopes for climbing Kilimanjaro. It attracts about 10% of visitors to the mountain. The route is really a complete traverse, the only one to experience the arid northern side and the lush southern side. It’s also known as the Loitokok Route.
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- The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania.
- This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.
- The topography of the route does not allow for the application of the climb high and sleep low principle and hikers generally suffer more from altitude sickness on the Rongai route compared to other routes.
- The minimum duration for the Rongai route is 6 days, however since the biggest cause of altitude sickness is going too high too fast and it affects every person differently irrespective of their age, fitness levels etc, do we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days.
- Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
- Entry Fees
- Safety Equipment’s
- Climbing Crew
- Airline tickets;
- Visa fee;
- Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
- Personal gear rentals;
- Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
- Mountaineering insurance
Arrive at Arusha and stay at hotel for overnight at Zawadi on House Bed & breakfast.
Day 2 Marangu Gate to First Cave Camp
Drive to Marangu gate to collect your permit. Then drive from Marangu to Rongai gate (Rombo village) Start trek begins from the gate winding up to the lush tropical forests and out into heather moorland. Overnight camping at First Cave. (2100m)
First Cave Camp to Third Cave Camp
The trek continue, through the fine open moorlands, we get great views of the plains of Kenya below and spectacular Mawenzi turn above. Overnight at Third Cave. (3800m)
Third Cave to Kibo Hut
Trek through the lunar desert of the Saddle, the lava-covered expanse between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo Reaching Kibo hut by the end of the day at 4700m. Overnight at Kibo Hut. (4703m)
Kibo Hut to Uhuru peak to Horombo Hut
At midnight the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Hanzi Meya Cave (half way to the summit). Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the Gillman’s Point (5695m) – Trek to Stella Point and the summit at Uhuru peak 5896m. From the summit the trek descends to Horombo Hut for the final night. (3720m).
Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the Marangu gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Arusha. Overnight at Zawadi on House Bed & breakfast.
A passport valid for at least six months after your date of entry is required on your trip. For those arriving from a country in which Yellow Fever is endemic (such as Kenya), immunization certificate or health card is necessary. A tourist visa to enter Tanzania is required for citizens of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and most countries in the EU. On Tanzanian Embassy web sites, various application details and forms can be found. For the latest information related to visa requirements contact your local Tanzanian Embassy.
On your Tanzania Safari Tours, you will receive a warm-hearted welcome from the generous people of Tanzania who are eager to help and assist visitors. If you are wondering what is The Best Safari in Tanzania Try cultural tours to interact with the local tribes. Although Tanzania is safe, petty thefts are common in busy areas so responsible handling of your luggage and valuables and keeping them safely in your hotel rooms will save you from unnecessary disappointments. We suggest you hinder from wearing too much jewellery or carrying too much cash while on your safari.
When travelling through Tanzania it is best to drink bottled water. This is a usual Tanzania Safari Faq’s query that we come across. As numerous brands of bottled water are served in all restaurants and lodges you won’t fall short of them. In terms of food defer from ice, raw vegetables, and salads while eating at street restaurants. Hygiene is not an issue at high-end lodges and restaurants. You should also avoid eating in empty restaurants as the. And at the coast make sure your sea-food is properly cooked.
The tasty and delicious Tanzania Food served in the safari camps/lodges are cooked by our professional cooks. You will get freshly baked bread, and produce soups and salads, apart from various lunch and dinner items when meat, fish or pasta dishes are served. The usual day begins with a cup of tea and biscuits. In your brunch, you will be served sausage, cereals, toast, fruits, eggs and bacon. Then the warm delicious buffet lunches are served with salads, quiches and cold meats. At dinner expect an appetizer followed by fish, meat and pasta dishes. The day ends with a stunning dessert, cheese or tea/coffee. As the Tanzanian crew work so hard, Tipping in Tanzania Safari is considered a customary tradition.
Most commonly in Tanzania Safari Faq’s we are asked if the camp lodges have mosquito nets. Depending on the individual locations, such as near open water, altitude, etc, you will receive various qualities of mosquito nets. These tightly sealed and zipped tight camps are made so to avoid the need for mosquito netting. While enjoying housekeeping services or dinner services, you will also receive a mosquito repellent spray service in most camps. Apart from this, for your safety, it is advised to bring trousers/slacks, DEET, sports/long-sleeved shirt and/or blouse and dress/skirt for ladies.
It takes around 5 to 8 hrs long drive between lodges however the duration may vary. You can reach some of the lodges after a 3 hr drive. Or you may also have to travel about 200 km and depending on the road condition, you will reach the necessary location. You will be game driving and participating in other activities en-route to your next lodge in many locations which means you may check into your next lodge at sunset.
For people looking for ‘off-the-beaten-track’, campfire and cultural experiences the Ruaha National Park is perfect. It is the largest National Park of Tanzania with an area of 20,300km2. With its spectacular river systems, pools and rocky kopjes near Ruaha centre, the activities seem too thrilling around the Ruaha River. With grasslands, swamps, and acacia woodland as other, Ruaha has a hot, dry climate, particularly between June-Nov. The hottest period is generally between Oct and Nov. The rains begin after this and the areas become swampy.
Another intriguing Tanzania Safari Faq’s is about various activities in Ngorongoro Crater. As wildlife safaris are quite famous here and some of the archaeological and cultural tours here are unforgettable. Oldupai Gorge is another area of significance and is a most important archaeological excavation where some of the world’s most humanoid remains were discovered. Datoga people, Hadzabe people, and hunter-gatherers and pastoralists have inhabited this land for thousands of years. The Shifting Sands exist amongst the winding sandy tracks through the open grasslands and acacia trees.
In our well-articulated Safari Packing List Tanzania, we have mentioned the best and the most necessary items that you simply cannot miss on your safari. This includes which is usually a modest wear and light clothing, that is comfortable and of neutral colours. This is because the warm plains will not require long sleeve clothes except while sleeping at the camps and lodges. Good quality walking show is of great help on the safari. Pack sunhats, sunglasses and sunblock to stay protected from the sun.
Are you wondering – What Is the Best Time of Year to Visit Tanzania? Well for wildlife viewing the Best Time to Visit Tanzania is throughout the years except for the period between March and May when its rain torrentially. In November and December once the ‘short rains’ fall stops the migration moves from Kenya’s Masai Mara down through the eastern side of Tanzania’s Serengeti. Consist of high levels of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus the nutrient-rich short-grass plains of Serengeti is vital nutrients and elements for the pregnant wildebeest and their new young ones are born. Between January and April, you will see a great number of wildebeests in Serengeti.