Kilimanjaro and Safari

Trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro and enjoy a Tanzanian Safari





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Holiday Overview


  • The most scenic route to the top of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak
  • Acclimatise at Mawenzi Tarn and descend via the Marangu Route
  • Holiday with game drives at Tarangire and Ngorongoro
  • Great Value - Kilimanjaro park fees and all meals included

This sensational trekking holiday combines a week of trekking on the tranquil Rongai Route to the summit of Kilimanjaro with the best short safari in Tanzania. Crossing lovely, open country on the north side of the mountain, our tried and tested Rongai itinerary incorporates an additional day for acclimatisation. Straightforward trekking (with a challenging summit day) leads to a magical viewpoint on the 'roof of Africa' at 5895m. Descending from the peak, we have a night in Arusha before heading out to experience what is arguably the world's finest game viewing - in the Tarengire and Lake Manyara national parks and in the unique Ngorongoro Crater. A series of game drives in specialist safari vehicles will allow us to sample each of these locations and give us a good chance to spot the 'big five' of elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion. If you are only going to do one East African treking holiday, then this one is hard to beat!

Big Game Safari
Following the climb of Kilimanjaro we have an exciting 3-day safari, visiting the two most important areas for game viewing in East Africa, Ngorongoro Crater and the Tarengire National Park. Please note that unlike many other companies, we use fixed camps located inside the Park. We do not bus out to local towns and so on this safari you are guaranteed to experience all the sights, sounds and the real feel of African Safari.

The Secret of our Success on Kilimanjaro
Success on Kilimanjaro is all about acclimatisation. At 5895 metres this is a mountain of Himalayan proportions, but without the opportunity to gradually acclimatise on a walk-in through a region of foothills. A poorly acclimatised person will not cope well with the Kilimanjaro climb and may even become quite ill during the ascent. We know that some companies offer an ascent of Kilimanjaro with just 6 days on the mountain. In our opinion, this at best risks your chance of reaching the highest point in Africa and, at worst, can threaten your health. KE's itinerary includes two nights at 4300 metes and an acclimatisation walk to 4500+ metres before climbing Kilimanjaro. This extra day will make all the difference to your chance of success and also to your enjoyment of the trip. On a 6-day ascent 5 or 6 people out of 10 will reach the summit, most of them having really struggled to get there. On a 7-day ascent with the extra night at Mawenzi Tarn, 9 out of 10 on average will make the summit.

Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project
We also make every effort to look after our local crews, who are, of course, fundamental to the success of our Kilimanjaro holidays. KE works with the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project and, in recognition of the quality of care we provide for our local staff, we are listed as a partner on the International Mountain Explorers Connection website.

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Is this holiday for you?

Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and via the trek route that we have chosen to undertake involves around 4000 metres of ascent in just 5 days. Generally, there are excellent trails to follow, although on the upper part of the route we will have to negotiate some sections of loose scree. There will also be some snow and ice on the crater rim. The very long summit day on Kilimanjaro will provide a test for anyone, as much for the very long descent to the Horombo Camp as for the climb itself.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Arusha. Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport are provided.
  • Drive to Rongai village. Meet local crew and trek onwards to first camp (2600m).
  • Ascend across open moorland to second camp at Kikelewa Caves (3550m).
  • Trek up to the spectacular volcanic cones of Mawenzi (4300m).
  • Vital acclimatisation day to increase chances of summit success (4300m).
  • Cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. Camp beneath mighty Kibo Wall (4750m).
  • Trek via Gilman’s Point to Kilimanjaro summit (5895m). Descend to Horombo (3720m).
  • Trek to Marangu Gate. Transfer to Arusha for well-earned shower.
  • Drive to Tarengire National Park to seek out Africa’s Big Five.
  • Transfer to the Ngorongoro crater for safari exploration. Drive to Lake Manyara.
  • Game drives through Lake Manyara National Park. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Arusha. Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport are provided.

    Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. Complimentary transfers to the group hotel are provided for all flights on this day. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Drive to Rongai village. Meet local crew and trek onwards to first camp (2600m).

    An early start for the scenic drive around Kilimanjaro to reach the village of Rongai on Tanzania’s border with Kenya. Our route takes us through Marangu and then due north, through a number of interesting settlements. At Rongai, we complete our Kilimanjaro National Park registration, meet our trek staff and set off on trek. Starting out at an altitude of around 1950 metres, the very pleasant trail winds its way between farmland (maize and potato fields) and pine forest, gaining height steadily. In the forest, the animal that we are most likely to spot is the striking black and white colobus monkey. There are also lots of elephants on the tall-grass covered lower slopes of the north side of Kilimanjaro and we are very likely to meet up with some. After 4 hours trekking, the forest becomes thinner and we set up camp on the edge of the moorland zone and can enjoy excellent views out across the Kenyan plains.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 720m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 80m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Ascend across open moorland to second camp at Kikelewa Caves (3550m).

    A longer day’s trekking today, gaining close to 1000 metres. A steady walk in the morning leads to the so-called "Second Cave," where we take lunch in sight of the peak of Kibo and the ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we turn off towards the jagged summit of Mawenzi and follow a trail across open moorland to a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3650m). Unusual giant tree-groundsels are the dominant plant species on this part of the route.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1250m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 200m

    • Time 9 - 10 hrs trekking

  • Trek up to the spectacular volcanic cones of Mawenzi (4300m).

    Our walking days become shorter to adjust to the demands of altitude. Today we cross grassy slopes with expansive views. By the time we reach our next camping place at Mawenzi Tarn, which is spectacularly situated beneath the rocky multiple summits of Mawenzi, we have passed the upper limit of vegetation (other than grasses) on the mountain. The afternoon is free for exploring the area.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 4km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 30m

    • Time 4 -5 hrs trekking

  • Vital acclimatisation day to increase chances of summit success (4300m).

    A vital acclimatisation day at the camp beside Mawenzi Tarn. We will climb up onto the slopes of the Mawenzi volcanic cone to around 4500 metres. This day of acclimatisation as well as being necessary from a safety point of view will dramatically increase the group’s chances of reaching the summit.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 200m

    • Distance 2km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 200m

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs trekking

  • Cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. Camp beneath mighty Kibo Wall (4750m).

    Another short day of around 5 or 6 hours, as we cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo, to reach our overnight halt at the Kibo Hut an altitude of 4750m. This camp is directly beneath the Kibo crater wall. We spend the afternoon resting and have an early night in preparation for the big day tomorrow.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 200m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Gilman’s Point to Kilimanjaro summit (5895m). Descend to Horombo (3720m).

    A very early start as we set off by the light of our head-torches, on a zigzag trail on rough volcanic scree. It is a tough 4 to 5 hour climb of almost 1000 metres .to the crater rim at Gillmans Point (5685m), which is a convenient point to rest and watch the sunrise on Mawenzi. It is a further 3-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak the high point of all Africa. Usually in the early morning, the conditions are clear and there are panoramic views over the crater, to Mawenzi and Mount Meru (4565m), looking very small below us. This part of the route takes us through a moonscape of volcanic rock and remnant glaciers with their impressive ice cliffs. After retracing our path around the crater rim we make a rapid descent to the Kibo Hut (4700m). We have lunch here, before setting off on the long descent to our camp at Horombo (3720m). A long day trekking!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1250m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2300m

    • Time 14 to 15 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Marangu Gate. Transfer to Arusha for well-earned shower.

    As we descend from Horombo, we begin to encounter more vegetation and the lower part of the route is through pine forest. We pass the traditional first camping place on the Marangu Route at the Mandara Huts and continue our descent to the Marangu Gate (1900m). After saying goodbye to our trek crew and picking up our all-important ascent certificates, we transfer to the group hotel in Arusha where we check in for an overnight stay.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 30m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2400m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Drive to Tarengire National Park to seek out Africa’s Big Five.

    We drive for 2 hours to the Tarangire National Park. Tarangire, bordered by the Rift Valley to the west and the Masai Steppe to the east. It is a dry park with one rainy season in March -April and it is also a hot park. There are good game viewing opportunities along the boabab-lined Tarangire River, particularly for elephant, lion and other large plains game. We spend the afternoon in an adapted vehicle, taking up the best viewpoints along the edge of the marsh, with the possibility of seeing large numbers of elephants. The waterholes attract lots of game and this is probably the best place to see lions hunting in the whole of East Africa. The park is also home to over 300 nesting bird species, which makes it one of the richest ornithological sites in the world.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to the Ngorongoro crater for safari exploration. Drive to Lake Manyara.

    After an early morning game drive along the river, we return to the camp in time for a late breakfast. We then drive to the Ngorongoro and make the slow descent into the crater. The vast scale of Ngorongoro (Big Hole in the Masai language) will become immediately apparent. Another observation which will be hard to avoid is that the crater floor is teeming with wildlife, from the thousands of flamingos in the shallow soda lakes, to the large herds of grazers on the open grassland, including wildebeest, zebra and buffalo. The crater also boasts several lion prides, as well as the very rare black rhino. Leopard are frequently spotted during the daytime, sleeping in the trees, and you are also likely to come across warthog, jackal, hyena, elephant several antelope species and hundreds of different species of birds in this natural amphitheatre. There are few places on earth where you can see so much wildlife in such a short time. We will have a full day's game viewing here and at the end of the day there is a real chance that you will have seen all of the big five. Climbing back out of the crater we drive to the Rift Escarpment and check in at the Lake Manyara Lodge, located on the edge of the escarpment. The lodge offers spectacular views of Lake Manyara below and to the Rift Valley hills fading to the horizon. We should arrive here lodge in time for a ‘Sundowner’, a cool beer or a cocktail, as the sun sets over the Rift.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Game drives through Lake Manyara National Park. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.

    We have another early start for a morning's game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Afterwards, we drive back to the hotel in Arusha for a wash and brush up before transferring to Kilimanjaro Airport (approximately 5.00pm) where KE Land Only Package services end.

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Holiday Information

  • Professional English speaking local leader
  • National Park Fees (worth $950)
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Game viewing in the Tarangire National Park / Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tanzanian visa
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for porters and other local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks etc.

During this trip the group will spend a total of two nights in a comfortable hotel in Arusha. The group will also have use of a day room in Arusha at the end of the trip to freshen up before the flight home. There are a total of 7 nights camping including a night at the Tarengire Safari Lodge. The final night of the trip is spent in a lodge at Lake Manyara. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost (please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels or at the Tarengire Safari Lodge camp). Depending on availability, single supplement cost for 4 nights in hotels and lodges (including tented camp lodge ) can be arranged at an additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Arusha are also available. For single tent, single supplement and additional hotel night prices please refer to our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included from dinner on day 1 until lunch on day 11.

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Tanzania and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package with all meals are included in the trip price.

All clients arriving between 6.00 am and 11.00 pm on day 1 of the Land Only itinerary, will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. We regret that we are unable to provide transfers outside of these times. At the end of the holiday the transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport will arrive there at approximately 5.00pm. and you should not book any flight departing before 7.00pm. Land Only clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights, so that we can arrange their Kilimanjaro Airport transfers. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

A typical day on the Kilimanjaro trek starts with an early morning tea served in your tent at about 6 a.m. After a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and porters given their loads, we start the days walk. Lunch, at about 11 a.m., usually takes an hour or so and we aim to reach our overnight camp by 3 or 4 p.m. This leaves plenty of time for exploring around camp and for catching up on your diary or for reading. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a three course meal. This is a great time of day for relaxing and for discussing the events of the trek so far. On some days we will only be walking for 3 to 5 hours, whilst on the longest day to the summit of Kilimanjaro we can expect to have a 12 hour day. During the safari we will generally make early starts to see the animals at their favourite watering holes. After a day of wildlife spotting in 4X4 safari vehicles we can return to the lodge and enjoy a 'sundowner' while listening to the sounds of Africa.

The entrance fees and camping fees for the Kilimanjaro National Park form a considerable part of the cost of climbing this peak or a wildlife safari and are also prone to increase. We include these fees in your holiday price so there are no hidden costs or last minute surprises.

Our Kilimanjaro and Safari groups are led by first-rate local guides who have considerable experience of leading on Kilimanjaro. During the trek and ascent of Kilimanjaro we are supported by a full trek crew including cooks and porters. During the game viewing the group will be accompanied by a driver/guide who is knowledgeable about the wildlife and the habitat.

Approximately £200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including around £60 for tips to your local crews and guides. There will be opportunities to buy soft drinks and beers. Souvenirs can be bought in a number of places, some of which will accept credit cards. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. Your travel money should be carried in the form of cash and you should change this into Tanzanian shillings at the airport on arrival. Sterling, Euros and US dollars are all readily exchanged for Tanzanian shillings, but US dollars in small notes can also be used in emergencies where change facilities are not available. Tips to trek staff can be paid either in Tanzanian shillings or in US dollars, or a mix of both. Credit cards can be used to purchase some goods and services.

Tips are the accepted way of saying thank you to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. Tipping should be decided and given by the group as a whole rather than from individuals. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution of £50 (in local currency or US dollars) from each group member should provide an appropriate pot to divide between all your guides and support staff for the Kilimanjaro trek and ascent. For your safari guides we recommend a contribution of £10 (in local currency or US dollars) from each safari group member should provide an adequate tip.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 14kg (31 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes for the safari and any other items not required on the trek at the group hotel. You will also bring a small daypack to carry the things you need during the day.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots (waterproof)
  • Gaiters
  • Trainers / sneakers for camp
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers/pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayers
  • T-shirt and/or casual shirt
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warmer over-gloves or mittens
  • Sunhat / Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack c.30 litres
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • 4 season sleeping bag*
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Trek towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Clothes and shoes for Safari
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Shorts
  • Spare laces
  • Nailbrush
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera, memory cards, batteries
  • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage


Equipment hire: Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Hire / rental equipment is issued in Tanzania.

Note that the hire sleeping bags are not suitable for people over 6 feet in height.

Hold baggage: We recommend that you do not pack your hiking boots and other essential items in hold baggage if you are transiting through Nairobi airport due to the possibility of baggage being delayed.



For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Tanzania

UK passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is $50 and is obtainable on arrival or prior to departure online at . You will require 1 passport photo, and we recommend you travel with 4 passport photos just in case. Payment must be in cash.

USA passport holders do require a visa. It is advised to obtain this prior to departure, full and up to date information can be found online

Transit via Kenya

If you are travelling via Kenya to your destination you may also require a visa for Kenya. If you have connecting flights and your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination you will not need a Kenyan visa.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular hiking in hill country is the best preparation. Jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio-vascular fitness as well as improving stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. There is little you can do to prepare for the altitude other than having previous altitude experience but if you have a good level of fitness this will help.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The highland areas of East Africa, including the part of Tanzania which we will be visiting have a pleasant, temperate climate throughout the year with a long rainy season from mid March to June and a second, shorter rainy period from October to late December. The maximum daytime temperatures that we will encounter at the foot of Kilimanjaro at the time of any of our scheduled departures will be around 25- 28C/77-82F, dropping to 15C/60F at night. At 3000m or 1000ft, daytime temperatures are 15C/60F. Above 4000m or 13000ft, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing and it will also be no more than 10C/50F during the day, although in the heat of the sun it will feel warmer than this.

  • East Africa. Lonely Planet.
  • Guide to Tanzania. Briggs.
  • Kilimanjaro A Complete Trekkers Guide Alexander Stewart. (Cicerone)
  • Explore Mount Kilimanjaro. (Rucksack Readers)
  • Trekking in East Africa. Else.
  • Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro - Climbing Guide.
  • Snowcaps on the Equator - The Fabled mountains of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zaire. Boy and Allan.
  • East African Wildlife. Insight Guides Birds of Kenya & Northern Tanzania.
  • Christopher Helm The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Ernest Hemingway (fiction)
  • Zombies on Kilimanjaro (Father-Son Above the Clouds) - Tim Ward

Kilimanjaro - Map and Guide. Wielochowski.

Trekking map of the National Park area with the surrounding countryside, plus a series of more detailed maps of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The main map has contours at 100m intervals and shows physical features such as scree, glaciers, cliffs, and different types of vegetation. Main routes to the summit are marked.

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