Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar

Climb Kilimanjaro`s Rongai Route




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Holiday Overview


  • Vital acclimatisation day at Mawenzi Tarn
  • Fully inclusive during trekking phase of Kilimanjaro climb
  • Combine the `Roof of Africa` with `The Spice Island` of Zanzibar
  • Relax and recharge on the white sands of Zanzibar Island

This excellent East African adventure offers a week of trekking on the tranquil Rongai Route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, followed by the chance to take it easy with 3 nights at a comfortable beach hotel on the island of Zanzibar. Our tried and tested Rongai Route trek crosses open country on the north side of Kilimanjaro and includes an important additional day for acclimatisation, as we spend 2 nights at the camp beside Mawenzi Tarn. 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 flying out to the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, situated just 40 kilometres off the Tanzanian coast. Transfers are provided to and from our beach hotel at Kiwengwa, where a full range of watersport and other activities can be arranged directly. Whilst you might choose to take it easy at Kiwengwa, there is a lot to see and do on Zanzibar. The old part of Zanzibar Town is known as Stone Town and has a wealth of distinctive 19th century architecture that should not be missed. Combining a tough trek, with the chance to chill out, this is a great East African adventure holiday.

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?

A combination of trekking with beach R&R in Zanzibar. A tough ascent of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, by arguably its finest route is followed by a relaxing experience in a tranquil resort in Zanzibar. Generally during the trek, there are excellent trails to follow, although on the upper slopes of Kilimanjaro 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 as for the climb itself. This trekking holiday has been given the DEMANDING grade on account of the quite considerable height gain and because there are a couple of long trekking days. The time spent in Zanzibar at the end of the holiday is a time for relaxing but it is also possible to arrange several optional activities (at extra cost) directly through the resort.

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 (3650m).
  • Trek up to the spectacular volcanic cones of Mawenzi (4300m).
  • Vital acclimatisation day – proven 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.
  • Morning flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to the tropical beaches of Kiwengwa.
  • Day at leisure. Extra activities such as snorkelling can be arranged locally.
  • Second day of leisure on Tanzania’s Spice Island.
  • Departure day. Zanzibar Airport transfers provided.
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Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • peaks
  • trip direction
  • transfer
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Holiday Itinerary

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

    Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. Complementary 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

    • Meals d

  • 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

  • Ascend across open moorland to second camp at Kikelewa Caves (3650m).

    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. 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

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

    Our walking days become shoter 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

  • Vital acclimatisation day – proven 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

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

    Another short day of around 5 to 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

  • 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).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1250m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2300m

    • Time 14

  • 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

  • Morning flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to the tropical beaches of Kiwengwa.

    We take a morning flight from Kilimanjaro to the island of Zanzibar (also known as Unguja), the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Just 40 kilometres off the Tanzanian coast, the lure of the ‘spice islands’ is legendary, with their exotic towns, palm-fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs. On arrival, we meet a KE representative who arranges the transfer to our hotel, situated amongst lush tropical gardens on a headland overlooking Kiwengwa Beach. The atmosphere here is intimate and tranquil with spectacular views across a coral reef to the azure Indian Ocean beyond. The accommodation is in individual cottages, built to a high standard in traditional Zanzibari style and each of them with a sea view. There is an open-air restaurant and bar amongst the gardens and a stunning blue ocean panorama. At Kiwengwa Beach it is easy to arrange SCUBA diving, snorkelling, fishing, boat trips and wind surfing. Bicycles are available for hire and are an ideal way to cruise around the local area. Spice tours, sunset cruises, visits to Zanzibar Town and to see the red colobus monkeys of Jozani Forest can easily be arranged through the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals b

  • Day at leisure. Extra activities such as snorkelling can be arranged locally.

    A day at leisure. Stroll on the beautiful fine white sands of Kiwengwa Beach or amongst the coconut palms of this relaxed coastal strip. There are lots of excursion and activity options which can be arranged and paid for directly with the hotel. A second night at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals b

  • Second day of leisure on Tanzania’s Spice Island.

    Chill out or do some exploring. The capital, Zanzibar Town is definitely worth a visit and in particular the old quarter known as Stone Town, with its fine architecture, is reckoned to be the best example of an 19th century East African city. We spend a final night at our Zanzibar hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Zanzibar Airport transfers provided.

    After breakfast at the hotel, the morning is free, followed by a transfer to Zanzibar Airport. KE Land Only services end on arrival at Zanzibar Airport.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Professional English speaking local leader
  • All National Park Fees (worth $820)
  • Airport transfers as described
  • Domestic flight from Kilimanjaro Airport to Zanzibar
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tanzanian visa
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for porters and other local staff
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Optional Zanzibar activities
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks etc.

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.

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, transfers from the group hotel to Zanzibar Airport are provided.

A typical day on 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 day’s 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 this trip the group will spend two nights in a comfortable hotel in Arusha and three nights at the Shooting Star Beach resort in Zanzibar. There are a total of 6 nights camping. 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. Depending on availability, single room occupancy can be pre-booked for the 5 hotel nights at an additional cost. 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

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. While staying in Zanzibar your hotel has an excellent restaurant with a varied menu and is considered one of the best places to eat in the area. Other dining options include Stone Town (20 miles) where there are many restaurants serving African, Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean, and International dishes.

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 diners are included in the holiday price. While staying in Zanzibar breakfasts only are provided at the hotel. We recommend you budget £10 - £15 per meal for the 3 lunches and 3 dinners in Zanzibar.

Approximately £300 - £350 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including non-included meals while in Zanzibar and around £50 for porter tips. 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. It is best to change the bulk of your spending money 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 many goods and services including in restaurants in Zanzibar.

The entrance fees and camping fees for the Kilimanjaro National Park form a considerable part of the cost of climbing this peak 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 Zanzibar groups are led during the trek by first-rate local guides who have considerable experience of leading on Kilimanjaro. During this part of the holiday the group is also supported by a full trek crew including cooks and porters. During the stay in Zanzibar the group is not accompanied by the tour leader but the hotel staff will make all the arrangements if optional activities are required. These can be booked directly with the hotel after arrival.

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 £75 (in local currency or US dollars) from each group member should provide an appropriate pot to divide between all your guides and support staff.

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 your stay in Zanzibar 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. Note that the maximum baggage allowance on the internal flights to and from Zanzibar is 20kg.

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 easiest way to get your Tanzania visa is on arrival at the airport. The fee for a single-entry tourist visa is approximately US$50 (please note visa fees are subject to change by the Tanzanian Authorities without notice to KE). The fee can be paid in US dollars or Tanzanian Shillings. Please ensure you have a sufficient amount of cash in US dollars. A passport sized photograph is also required and we recommend you travel with four passport sized photographs for emergencies.

If you prefer to obtain your Tanzania visa in advance this is also possible. Please refer to the website of the Tanzania Embassy or High Commission in your own country for details.

Please note a current Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for persons travelling from any country where yellow fever is endemic.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent alterations.

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:

  • 4 season sleeping bag*
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
  • Hiking boots (waterproof)
  • Gaiters
  • Trainers / sneakers for camp and on safari
  • Socks
  • Technical walking socks
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking trousers/pants
  • Waterproof over-trousers / rain pants
  • Underwear
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal base layer shirts
  • T-shirt and/or casual shirt
  • Lightweight UV-proof ‘safari’ shirt
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warmer over-gloves or mittens
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack c.30 litres – 2000 cu in
  • Head torch / headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Trek towel

Wash bag and toiletries

  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).


The following items are optional:

  • Nailbrush
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera, film, batteries
  • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage
  • Travel clothes
  • Swimwear and beachwear
  • Beach towel
  • Snorkel, mask and flippers (these items can also be rented from the hotel in Zanzibar)



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.



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 and USA 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.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

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.

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), alnog with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. There is risk of yellow fever and you should carry a current vaccination certificate. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

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 to 28ºC, dropping to 15ºC at night. At 3000 metres, daytime temperatures will be around 15ºC. Above 4000 metres, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing and it will also be no more than 10ºC during the day, although in the heat of the sun it will feel warmer than this. Zanzibar experiences ideal 'holiday weather' all year round. Being close to the equator the temperature variation is not great, with average temperatures of 27C in December to 25C in June. Zanzibar also boasts an average of 7 - 8 hours of sunshine a day. Rains can occur in November and also April and May although typically the rain falls in short bursts and it doesn't rain every day during this period. The waters are good for swimming all year round.

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  • 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 and Northern Tanzania. Christopher Helm
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Ernest Hemingway (fiction)
  • Zanzibar Globetrotter Travel Guide. Graham Mercer
  • 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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