The Route to the Top
Kilimanjaro has several routes to the summit, each offering its own unique challenges and experiences. The most popular route is the Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, due to the availability of bottled drinks along the way. The Marangu route is the only route that provides hut accommodation, making it the most comfortable and affordable option.
The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is a more challenging and scenic route that offers panoramic views of the mountain. The Lemosho route is considered the most beautiful route, with stunning views of the Western Breach and Shira Plateau. The Rongai route is the only route that approaches the mountain from the north, providing a unique perspective of the mountain.
Preparing for the Climb
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a physically demanding adventure that requires careful preparation. It is recommended that climbers spend at least six months preparing for the climb. This should include regular cardio exercise, strength training, and hiking with a backpack on.
Altitude sickness is a real concern when climbing Kilimanjaro. It is important to acclimatize to the altitude by spending several days hiking at high elevations before attempting the summit. Climbers should also drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and take altitude sickness medication if necessary.
Packing for the Climb
Packing for a Kilimanjaro climb requires careful consideration. Climbers should bring warm clothing, including a down jacket, waterproof pants and jacket, a warm hat, gloves, and warm socks. It is also important to bring a good quality sleeping bag and a sturdy backpack.
Climbers should also bring a first aid kit, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a headlamp. Portable chargers are recommended as there is no electricity on the mountain. It is also important to bring snacks and water purification tablets as the water on the mountain is not safe to drink.
The climb itself can take between five and nine days, depending on the route chosen. The climb is challenging and requires a good level of fitness, but it is also incredibly rewarding. Climbers will pass through different climate zones, from rainforest to alpine desert to Arctic conditions at the summit.
Climbers will also pass through different campsites along the way, where they will rest and acclimatize. It is important to take the time to acclimatize and listen to your body. If you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness, it is important to inform your guide immediately.
Reaching the Summit
Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Climbers will wake up in the middle of the night and begin the final ascent to the summit. The climb to the summit is challenging, with steep switchbacks and high altitude making every step a struggle. But the sense of accomplishment and the view from the top make it all worthwhile.
The summit of Kilimanjaro is a desolate and beautiful place. Climbers will stand on the highest point in Africa, with a view that stretches for miles. After taking in the view, climbers will begin the descent back down to base camp.
Let us plan your Kilimanjaro summit together.
We decided to give you all the options possible so we can put together the right tour for you.
When you tell us what you expect and want to experience we will find a tour that fits you. Especially the grade of service you want on your trip will make the price differ. The less experienced in travelling in general, in Africa and in mountaineering you are the more sense it makes to book a higher grade of service. The more luxury you inquire before, during and after the hike makes another difference. Once again, there is no right or wrong, it just has to meet your needs. Therefore it is so important for us to talk to you. Let us know what you want.
The following effects the price:
- the route
- the length of the tour
- the size of the group
- airport transfer
- European guide
- class of hotel
- tips for guides and porters
Depending on the options, the length and the group size you choose your prize will range between 2000,-$ and 3000,-$ per person.
Before you book
Before you plan your tour take a couple of considerations into account. What do you want to see while being in East Africa? How much time do you have? What does your budget say? What is the best time for your stay? Have you considered the equipment for hiking Kilimanjaro?
For your Preparation
If you want to get in shape for Kilimanjaro, three training aspects are of great importance: endurance, strength and acclimatisation. If you have enough strength in your core and legs, you won’t get tired so quickly. If you walk slowly, you have time to acclimatise. Take the right equipment that you feel comfortable with, train your strength and work on a positive attitude.
On your Tour
Depending on what kind of service you booked our joined experience will start at a different point. We are going to present the entire service package and you (mentally) cross of the list all the items that you organize for yourself. Here you will find some information about your arrival, accommodation, the mountain climb and the summit day.
After your Climb
Tanzania is packed with natural wonders and under no circumstances will one vacation be enough to experience even half of the beauty it has to offer. Keep in mind that travel takes long in Tanzania and as yourself honestly how much time you want to sit in the car and travel on bad roads. In our opinion it is better to pick fewer destinations, therefor those that are at the top of your list.
After your Adventure
When you are back home we recommend to sit down and review the entire trip. Too often it is simply overwhelming to have so many new impressions over such a short period of time. By going through details of your trip and organizing the photos you took, you will keep a much more vivid memory of your experience
Our goal is to give you the best experience possible! Therefor we partner up with friends across Africa to put together a team of trusted people who are willing to go the extra mile, to make you travel journey a lifetime memory: Estella and Chacha from Tanzania and Florian from Europe.
Awesome organisation and very knowledgable guides
Claudi Vet Meru, Kili 18/02/2020
I climbed Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanscharo with Django Tours and it was an unforgettable experience. Both ascents were accompanied by guides who were very confident and knowledgeable about what to expect from the climbs and they prepared us very well. Everybody in the group – porters, cooks and guides were super-friendly, funny and there was a great sense of belonging, especially on the Kili tour.
The organisation of the tour was impeccable and the accomodations in between were very well picked. In between the two climbs we went on a one-day safari to Tarangire, which was the perfect thing to do to rest our legs and have a wonderful insight into Tanzanian wildlife with lots of elephants, gazelles, giraffes, warthogs and colorful birds. Spending your holiday experiencing breath-taking moments on Mt Meru and Mt Kilimajaro are unforgettable in itself and it was a trip of a lifetime. Booking it with the Djanog Tour Team was a great decision. They are very forthcoming and accomodating and do everything they can to give you an unforgettable experience. I’d always book with them again!
How Django.Tours is offering the best service for you
Welcome to Django Tours! We are a reputable tour company that offers a unique and unforgettable experience in Tanzania. Our company specializes in providing customized tours that cater to the specific needs and interests of our clients.
We are committed to responsible tourism, which means that we take great care to ensure that our tours have a minimal impact on the environment and local communities. We achieve this by using eco-friendly accommodations, supporting local businesses, and promoting sustainable tourism practices.
Our knowledgeable and experienced local guides are one of the things that set us apart. They are passionate about Tanzania and have extensive knowledge of the country’s history, culture, and wildlife. This allows our clients to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Tanzania’s diverse offerings.
We offer a wide range of tours that cater to different interests and budgets. From wildlife safaris to cultural tours, beach vacations, and mountain climbing expeditions, we have something for everyone. Clients can choose from pre-designed tour packages or work with us to create a customized itinerary that meets their specific needs.
In summary, we are a unique and special tour company that offers responsible tourism, experienced guides, and a wide range of tour options. It’s no wonder that we have become a popular choice for travelers looking for an authentic and unforgettable experience in Tanzania.
Meet Florian Hornig, the man behind the scenes at Django Tours! Florian has a love for travel and has been a life coach since 2009. He founded Django Tours in 2019 with the goal of providing high-quality, personalized tours in Africa.
At Django Tours, we pride ourselves in our innovative approach to travel. Rather than offering cookie-cutter tours that take visitors to the usual tourist spots, Florian and his team create customized itineraries that allow travelers to experience Africa in a unique way. This approach has resonated with travelers from around the world.
Florian is committed to giving back to his community. He’s involved in a number of charitable organizations, including those that promote education and sustainability. Additionally, Django Tours offers a number of tours that focus on sustainable travel.
Florian’s commitment to personalized, sustainable travel has made Django Tours a standout in Tanzanian travel. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Africa or your tenth, a tour with Django Tours is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
What our guests say
Outstanding care and support to get you to the summit(s)
My sincerest thanks to Django Tours (Florian and Estella) and our fantastic guides Chacha, Kim, Daudi, the other assistant guides, the amazing porters and all the camp helpers, who organized and executed everything around and during this recent trip to Mt Meru and Mt Kilimaniaro! Before, between, and after the mountains, I stayed at Django’s Adventure Safari Lodge in Machame, a clean and simple quest house with the most beautiful lush valley just behind the property, …
The place is so amazing
Rooms: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Location: 5/5
Hotel highlights: Luxury, Great view, Romantic, Quiet, Kid-friendly, Great value
The environment is marvelous
Rooms: 5/5 | Service: 4/5 | Location: 5/5
Hotel highlights: Great view, Quiet
Amazing operator. Thanks for the amazing exierences!
Great place to start tours & lovely host!
This year I went on Mount Meru, Safari and Kilimanjaro with Django.Tours.One of the first things that comes to mind when I think about the trip is: “Freedom”. A very special form of freedom: freedom from everyday life, the constraints of civilization with all modern achievements.On the hikes you are forced to deal with yourself…
Magic of the desert
A footwalk through the diverse landscape of the Sahara, following the rhythm of the camels and getting up with the sun. A meditative journey to yourself with food for thought for reflection by Florian. A recommendation for everyone!
Green plateau, yellow savannah and turqoise water – Tanzania
It has become my second home. I loved the friendly people and diverse landscapes of Tanzania instantly after my first visit 12 years ago. Come and explore on endless adventures this country – you will not get enough, like me, and come back with your friends. Django Tour is the tour operator I would choose…
I went on a trip with Django tours from Daressalam to Kipili at Lake Tanganyika. We travelled in an offroader through the country and had a great time! The guides always knew the best spots and helped us in getting around safely. If you fancy an individual Tanzania adventure with nice people, you should definitely…
Our Sahara tour was amazing. Good organization, very competent guides, breathtaking experiences. If you are ready to move off the beaten path and experience something really new and special then this is the place for you. The perfect surrounding made it possible to really enjoy the special impressions. Thanks and keep it up!
Awesome organisation and very knowledgable guides
I climbed Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanscharo with Django Tours and it was an unforgettable experience. Both ascents were accompanied by guides who were very confident and knowledgeable about what to expect from the climbs and they prepared us very well. Everybody in the group – porters, cooks and guides were super-friendly, funny and there…
I had a wonderfull Sahara Trip, 5 days trough the Desert. Well organized, fantastic guides and felt always very safe. Communication was perfect. Thanks to Floh and Yaya.
An unforgettable experience
I joined Florian (owner of Django Tours), 3 fellow travellers and 3 Berbers (indigenous population of the Moroccan desert) in an organized trip through the Sahara. After arriving in Marrakesh, I was picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel which was a nice and also very authentic Morrocan hotel in the city…
I still get goosebumps
Looking back on this climb I still get goosebumps reliving this incredible experience. After the exhausting climb of Mt Meru it seemed almost imposible to climb 1600m higher to the top of Africa. The exceptional organisation, the very trustworthy team of guides and the mind-blowing presence of Kilimanscharo itself made this trip an unforgettable and…
A humbling experience
Climbing Mt Meru was a humbling experience and scary at first as I have never climbed a moutnain that high (6400m). I wasn’t sure what to expect. The guides and their team though were amazing and so knowledgeable that I completely trusted them to guide us up the mountain and back down again safely.
The perfect safari trip
Tarangire was the perfect safari trip for a quick and still exciting encounter with Tanzanian wildlife. The landscape is stunning and we saw lots of elephants, giraffes, gazelles, warthogs, a leopard and colorful birds. Chacha, our guide was very knowledgable and made this trip an unforgettable experience.
Relaxing and wonderful
Staying in Zanzibar was totally relaxing and wonderful. The lodge was set up and decorated in a simple and very tasteful way. The food was Tanzanian style and amazing. It was a great place to just hang out and read in our own space in front of the accomodation. At the same time it was…
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