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Kilimanjaro Day Hike to Mandara Hut

1 Day

Trip Overview

About the tour

This one day hike to Mandara Hut (the first stage of the Marangu Route) is the perfect way to experience a small part of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you don’t have the desire, the time or the confidence to summit the mountain then this one day hike will be the best option for you.

From $180
/ Adult

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Trip Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive: Your journey begins with a scenic drive from Moshi or Arusha, offering stunning views of the Tanzanian countryside and the chance to glimpse daily life in the region.
  • Tropical Rainforest: The hike starts in the lush, green rainforest zone. Enjoy the vibrant flora and fauna, including towering trees, exotic birds, and playful monkeys.
  • Cultural Insights: Learn about the Chagga people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Kilimanjaro region, and their traditional practices. Your guide will share insights into the local culture and history.
  • Nature and Wildlife: Keep an eye out for Kilimanjaro's unique wildlife, including colobus monkeys, duikers, and a variety of bird species. The diverse ecosystems along the trail offer a chance to spot the region's rich biodiversity.
  • Acclimatisation: This day hike also serves as a valuable acclimatisation experience for those considering a longer trek to Kilimanjaro's summit. It helps your body adjust to higher altitudes, reducing the risk of altitude sickness.

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Day 1 :

You will be picked up in the morning at your hotel in Moshi and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (Marangu Gate, 1860m). The drive will take approximately 1 hour. Once the necessary gate registration has been completed, your trek can begin and you will soon be hiking through the dense Kilimanjaro rainforest.

 

Alongside the impressive vegetation, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and various bird species. Our knowledgeable English-speaking guide will inform you about Kilimanjaro and will explain the different species of plants and animals you will see. You will also meet mountain climbers descending from the top, and perhaps some of them will tell you of their experiences and you can start to dream about a climb of your own!

 

After a 3-4 hour hike, you will reach Mandara Hut (2700m), where you will have a well-earned rest and lunch. Your guide will then take you on a short hike (15 minutes walking distance) to the Maundi Crater, where you can enjoy wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Once you have thoroughly enjoyed the views, you will return to the Marangu Gate (2-3 hours walking distance), where your vehicle will be waiting for your transfer back to your hotel. On your return journey you can enjoy the sunset and the day‘s memories.

3-4 hours
Lunch

Includes & Excludes

This Trip Cost Includes:

  • Professional, certified guide
  • Park fees
  • Picnic lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Round-trip transportation from Moshi or Arusha

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Inspire10500566621
2024-03-21
Amazing Highly recommend ZAFS tours! I'm diabetic type 1 and every one always helped me when my bloodsugar went to low. Pro and amazing people 🖤
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Pioneer52281264327
2024-03-20
Amazing care Myself and my cousin went on for this route, Zafs has done excellent job in handling us right from the start till end. A special mention to our guides John and Neyman, who took care of us at every step we made on the route. They were very patience answering everything we asked and followed us like shadows. Amazing 👏
Vladimir
Vladimir
2024-03-20
Amazing Experience with ZAFS! Amazing time spent on Kilimanjaro with whole ZAFS team. Everything was excellent, guides, porters and food! Highly recommend!
Charmaine D
Charmaine D
2024-03-19
Unforgettable experience at Kilimanjaro Zafs team one and all definitely exceeded my expectations in all aspects from day 1 to the last. Food was delicious. Toilets were spotless . Guides were outstanding and personal . Zafs team is highly recommended ❤️
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Go57257773641
2024-03-16
Best in town Best team in town. Guys you can blindly go with this team. The whole team was really kind , they will take care of everyone like a family member. The guides they all well experienced and they are the best.
Skywalker 49
Skywalker 49
2024-03-14
A very good tour operator based in Moshi We had a really nice 'Materuni Waterfalls & Coffee Plantation' tour with ZAFS from Moshi. Good organization, good price and a friendly and well English-speaking tour guide. We can really recommend ZAF.
Shreenath Muthyala
Shreenath Muthyala
2024-03-04
Glad we chose ZAFS ZAFS Tours exceeded all expectations during our Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition, thanks to their outstanding team of guides—Amani, Faruq, Mussa, and Majumba. The service was truly exceptional from start to finish. The guides demonstrated unparalleled care throughout the journey. Their attention to our well-being, health, and safety was remarkable. They went above and beyond, ensuring we were acclimatizing properly, providing timely reminders for hydration, and keeping a close eye on our overall comfort. A special mention goes to Amani, Faruq, Mussa, and Majumba for their genuine concern and support during challenging moments. The food provided on the mountain was both nourishing and delicious, surpassing typical trekking expectations. The guides ensured dietary preferences and restrictions were considered, making the dining experience on Kilimanjaro an unexpected highlight. It felt like a home-cooked meal at high altitudes. One notable instance of their exceptional service was when, on summit night, we realized we had forgotten our windbreakers. The guides swiftly arranged replacements on the spot, displaying not only their preparedness but also their dedication to ensuring our comfort and safety during the most crucial part of the trek. The camaraderie and fun shared with the guides made the journey memorable. They brought a lively spirit to the expedition, creating an atmosphere that turned strangers into a close-knit group. Their professionalism was evident in every aspect of the trek, fostering an environment that balanced adventure with safety. Huzeifa, the owner of ZAFS Tours, played a pivotal role in orchestrating this seamless experience. His attention to detail, commitment to customer satisfaction, and hands-on approach to managing the operation were evident throughout. Accommodations both before and after the trek were comfortable and well-organized, adding a touch of luxury to bookend the rugged adventure. By the end of the expedition, the group, including the guides and Huzeifa, felt like one big family. The bonds formed during the trek were a testament to the warmth and hospitality of ZAFS Tours. The combination of professionalism, personalized care, and a genuine passion for their work made this Mt. Kilimanjaro experience truly exceptional. ZAFS Tours has set the bar high for adventure tourism, and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable trekking experience.
Prag S
Prag S
2024-02-29
MAGNIFICENT KILLIMANJARO with ZAFS We had an incredible 7 day Lemosho trip for a group of 6 of us. Zafs took care of everything & supported us in every way before, after & in the trip. There were moments when things were hard-they had prepared us for these times. They were aware of our limitations and our needs & were next to us when we needed them. I couldn’t have got to the top without our guides John, Gabriel & Janeth. And the porters & chef-what can I say-they carry all that gear on their backs & always smiling. They are real heros. The food they carry & prepare was excellent. The toilet tent was never a ‘no go’ zone! They chatted with us & taught me so much about Tanzania that I didn’t know previously. I wish I could have stayed longer to explore more of this beautiful country. I will definitely come back to see more. I would highly recommend Zafs. 🙏🏽 Asante
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GrandTour25943929852
2024-02-26
UNFORGETTABLE LEMOSHO ROUTE: 8 DAYS I CAN WITH THE UTMOST JOYOUS HEART SAY THAT THIS WAS THE BEST TRIP OF MY LIFE SO FAR WITH ZAFS TOURS. Teary and emotional as i type this, I Went on the trip solo and left with 17 new friends and met the most amazing team of guides and management. From start to finish, the service was outstanding, ensuring every aspect of the journey was seamless. The guides were knowledgeable and attentive, making me feel safe and supported throughout the trek. They made sure I summit. The food provided was not only delicious but also exceeded my expectations for mountain cuisine. OH AND THEY EVEN BAKED FRESH CAKE ON THE MOUNTAIN FOR A BIRTHDAY!! Most importantly, the memories created during this adventure are ones I will cherish forever. Thank you, ZAFS TOURS, for an unforgettable experience <3 I RELIVE and revisit memories of this trip & moments from it everyday.
MKilo
MKilo
2024-02-23
Excellent service! I heard about Zafs tour via a Youtube vlogger and they were as good as advertised: their drivers and guides were professional, kind, courteous and patient and made sure I had a safe and enjoyable journey. I enjoyed the conversations with them and my transfers were smooth.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How far will we hike?

The distance one way is 8km.

How long will this tour take?

It will be 3 – 4 hours up and 2 – 3 hours down (total time 5 – 7 hours).

What do I wear for this day hike?

Comfortable hiking boots or closed-toe footwear such as trainers
Weather-appropriate clothing (layers are recommended)
Sunscreen and sun hat
Insect repellent
Camera for capturing the breathtaking scenery