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Kilimanjaro Day Hike to Shira Plateau

1 Day

Trip Overview

About the tour

This one day hike to Shira Plateau 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 $280
/ 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • View: Explore the Shira Plateau and catch glimpses of the famous Shira Cathedral, a cluster of towering rock formations.

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Day 1 :

Early in the morning of your Kilimanjaro day trip, we will pick you up at your hotel and drive to your destination of West Kilimanjaro which takes you through a forest reserve, where you can look out for Colobus Monkeys in the trees. Your hike through the beautifully rugged landscape of Shira Plateau starts at 3,500 m above sea level.

 

Get out of the car, lace up your shoes and take in the sounds, smells, and colours of Tanzania’s stunning wilderness. Along different trails and accompanied by a ZAFS guide, you can enjoy views of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest peak, and its northern glaciers, when the weather permits. The vast plains of neighbouring Amboseli National Park in Kenya and the deep gorge of the Simba River contrast the views of the world’s highest free-standing mountain.

 

When you reach the northern rim of Shira Crater, take a quick stop at different observation points and see the volcanic cones dotting the landscape below. Hike at your own pace and enjoy a picnic lunch under the open sky along the way.

 

It’s a moderate hike and you don’t need to be an athlete to be able to enjoy it. However, at 3,500m the air is thinner, so pace your step, enjoy the untouched landscapes and the presence of the mighty Kilimanjaro. After a 4h hike – or earlier, if your legs get tired – we take you back to your hotel.

5 - 8 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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BURHANUDDIN R
BURHANUDDIN R
2023-12-08
My review It was one of the best experience I have ever had, it was absolutely amazing and worth it, amazing sights, fabulous foods and great way to enjoy life with friends
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Compass10584028169
2023-11-30
Kilimanjaro trekking It was an amazing experience,trekking was superb,guides and porters was so friendly.I really enjoyed with zafs tours thank you so much.I would like to recommend zafs tours to who is planning to do Kilimanjaro
Fearless24016237745
Fearless24016237745
2023-11-29
Prodigious Team | Breathtaking Views I had planned to trek Kilimanjaro one month before my trip. Nothing to do with organisers but spot decision from my side, I would say, I was never disappointed or regret the last minute mind make up I did. It was a fantastically organised trek,, they had lot more flexibility and the hosts were amazing.. food throughout the trek was at its best. Kudos to the team.
Ashutosh N
Ashutosh N
2023-11-25
Amazing ! Startling ! Overwhelming Support Team ! The summit to Kilimanjaro was no way possible for me unless until I was guided by John and team . Special kudos to these guys - the way they organized, the detailed briefing sessions, the incredible support staff, delicious food, the helpful porters. If it were not for Mariki - a member of John's team I believe I wouldn't have been able to summit the Uhuru peak. I would recommend ZAFS/John to anyone who is planning to summit Kilimanjaro. They really do ensure that you reach the heights. Not to forget that John & team made us enjoy the journey throughout !
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Travel11590606160
2023-11-24
Atop Kilimanjaro Uhuru peak We went for Kilimanjaro Summit in August 2023. 17 of us travelled to Kilimanjaro through India Hikes who are partners with ZAFS to organise end to end support for this exciting climb to the summit. The ZAFS team is such a wonderful bunch of people that they made this entire climb look so easy. The team is very knowledgeable about the entire terrain and guided us on how to go Pole-Pole, one step at a time so as not to get tired during the steep climb and long trekking route. The stay arrangements in tents, the lunch arrangements and the food throughout had been great. The entire team is so jovial, fun loving and helpful. They were always helping the team at every step and even carried the backpacks of few team members who were too tired on long days. Thank you John and thank you entire ZAFS team in making this trip so fun, safe and memorable for all of us. I would definitely recommend your team to many of my friends from India who wish to scale the Kilimanjaro peak.
Yusuf M
Yusuf M
2023-11-17
A Dream come true holiday It’s simply amazing Management, organization , hospitality, fun- everything powerpacked Stay was very exotic All the luxuries amidst the jungle, for me and my family , a dream come true holiday Our guide was very good n caring n jolly
Pam B
Pam B
2023-11-14
Loved Our Guides! "Moo" and Juma, our driver and guide, respectively, were just great. So enthusiastic, informative, always on time and well-pressed! Our time in Zanzibar was only pleasant because of these two. Moo was an exceptionally good driver, courteous and safe, in very challenging conditions. Juma was caring and helped us arrange last-minute tour options. This is a first-rate tour agency!
Husain Khambaty
Husain Khambaty
2023-11-14
Exhilarating experience climbing Mt Kili with ZAFS We engaged ZAFS about 6 months in advance while scouting for travel agencies. As we were really new to the region and never visited Tanzania, it was a bit of task to select the right tour company as you will find heaps of options with a range of offers and prices. ZAFS came not only recommended from friends and family but were thoroughly professional, patient and accomodating during our enquiries and throughout the trip. We took the 7 day Lemosho route to climb Mt Kili. The team provided by ZAFS were well trained, with excellent hospitality, surpassing our every expectation from meals, to setting up tents before we arrive at the next camp site, cruising through the difficult terrains making it look easy. From 3 course meal options to clean drinking water and clean toilets, being environmentally sustainable by providing us personal thrash bags to collect thrash on our way, some fantastic entertainment on our way with singing and dancing (optional but highly uplifting especially after a days climb). ZAFS trek leaders were exceptionally patient, understood every hikers strengths and weaknesses and ensured we met our end goal. They at times went out of their way to carry our day packs just to get through some rough terrain. They also help in recommending and reviewing your gear to make your climb seamless. Highly recommend ZAFS to help meet your bucket list in Tanzania.
tosFa
tosFa
2023-11-12
Lemosho + safari ❤️ We booked a 2 week itinerary with ZAFS consisting of the 7 day Lemosho route and a 3 day safari. Huezeifa was our point of contact months before our trip and was patient to answer all of our questions. His advice was extremely valuable to pack all the essentials for our trip. The trip itself was fantastically organized, we had all the information in the right time and the ZAFS team was also available to us for any questions during the trip. The guides and the rest of the crew that ZAFS works with really knew their stuff, they were professional and a lot of fun to climb the mountain with. Their help and expertise was instrumental at getting us to the top of Africa 🙂.
Burhanuddin Alladin
Burhanuddin Alladin
2023-11-08
My incredible experience with ZAFS TOURS One of the best professional tour operators. Highly recommended! Their service to their hospitality was absolutely top-notch. The Food was just superb despite the conditions on the mountain. As per our request they also arranged a surprise birthday party. Their guides and porters were very helpful, friendly and caring. Their moral support helped me alot during the entire trip especially during the summit. Their tents are very warm, clean, well maintained and comfortable. I really enjoyed this adventurous trip with them as they made it an incredible experience! Would definitely recommend ZAFS TOURS for anyone looking to conquer Roof of Africa (Mt Kilimanjaro)! Looking forward with more trips with them!

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

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Kilimanjaro Day Hike to Shira Plateau