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Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro holds an almost mythical fascination for the adventurous traveler. This snow capped peak near the Equator is the highest freestanding mountain in the world – yet can be summited without using technical climbing gear. Towering over the vast African savannah below, it still presents challenges even for the very fit – including choosing the right guided trip to the top. Stride can act as your Mount Kilimanjaro trip planner, helping you reach the heights of adventure alive without the pitfalls, all based on your own comfort level.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Mt. Kilimanjaro Experiences and Attractions

Top Mt. Kilimanjaro Experiences

Summiting  the tallest point  Africa is a never-to-be-forgotten thrill. Uhuru, the highest peak, is more than 19,000 feet above sea level.

Climbing one of seven Mount Kilimanjaro routes for the amazing views of the Tanzania plains below.

Surveying Furtwangler Glacier atop the mountain (before it recedes even further).

Catching glimpses of unique wildlife -- a true taste of Africa -- through five distinct eco-zones: rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glacier.

Witnessing never-to-be-forgotten sunrises and sunsets from an extinct volcano.

Taking advantage of the rare opportunity to see snow by the Equator.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro Trip Reviews

257 Mt. Kilimanjaro Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 197
Great 53
Average 4
Disappointing 0
Terrible 3
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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A really wonderful safari break!

5.0
Zama Tours & Safaris Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Thanks Zama Tours for arranging an incredible safari experience for us! We went on a great 5-day safari adventure. It was all well taken care of and we really enjoyed everything we saw and every minute of it. It has exceeded all our expectations!

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Operator Zama Tours & Safaris

Epic Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro & Sensational Safari.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our group of seven’s safari experience was nothing short of spectacular!
We cover Arusha, Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks as well as Ngorongoro Conservation Area over a 7 day period. A lot of ground to cover, but what an experience.
Not only did we see the Big 5 but we saw them in spades. We had fantastic looks at some of the large predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs; large grazing herds of wildebeests, gazelles, buffalo and antelopes as well as wallowing hippopotamus, lumbering elephants and stately giraffes.

Our guide worked hard and seemed to have a 6th sense in terms of locating wildlife. Not only were we very close to large herbivores, carnivores and birds but we viewed them in a setting where they seemed quite oblivious to us. They continued to hunt, graze, scavenge, dabble, court and even copulate in a stunning landscape. It was straight out of a National Geographic documentary.
Nothing seemed to escape our guide’s keen eye. He was an avid bird watcher and not only able to spot and identify the many spectacular bird species we saw, but speak to their natural history and behaviour as well. Same went for the mammals large and small, reptiles like Nile crocodiles, lizards and turtles/tortoises. His passion for wildlife was undeniable.

Our accommodation and meals during the safari/game drives were great. Three nights in a ‘bush camp’ in a spacious tent with 2 queen sized beds and a three piece bathroom was hardly roughing it. It was quite luxurious actually. Staff were welcoming, friendly and accommodating. A hot towel and cold drink on our arrival offered another touch of class.

Both our guide, Raymond and his brother Lawrence were shining examples of competent, caring and professional entrepreneurs with a small fledgling company. I highly recommend you consider them if you are looking for a safari trip of a lifetime. It was an epic trip for me that I will never forget!

Expect in Africa Safari also organized a 6 day climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m happy to report all 7 ladies in the group made the summit. Our success had everything to do with the care, support and professionalism of our guides, cook and porters. We climb the Marangu route and stayed in rustic “chalets”. Food was hot and plentiful and our cook dropped by every evening during dinner. Our guides actually sang songs to keep us motivated on the final climb to the summit. It was a total grind but we made it. A huge “Thank you” to our devoted entourage of 21 as well as Expect in Africa Safari organizers. Another trip of a lifetime that I can boost about for decades.

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Operator Expect In Africa Safari

Our Lifetime Experience!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

After we made the initial enquiry Peniel got in touch with us and fulfilled all our special wishes. All questions were fully and quickly answered via e-mail, and even when we arrived several hours early in Arusha, he managed to pick us up at the airport together with our driver-guide. We just sent a short message from Daressalam and he organized everything else.

We spent 7 days of wonderful safari on our own with Ray, our perfect driver and tour guide . The roads are sometimes very rough but with Ray we felt save all the time. The national parks we visited (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire) are really fantastic and Ray presented to us so many more animals than the big five
All the accommodation at the lodges was wonderful, good food and we particularly enjoyed the Sopa Lodges.

We have no hesitation in recommending this safari operator to other travelers.

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Operator Lights on Africa Safaris

Wonderful

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I arrived in South Africa expecting good things. I left with a whole new view of the country. It is more than wonderful places. It filled with amazing people, flora and fauna. Thanks for sharing it with me. The highlight (in addition to the great people) were the amazing animals in the wild.

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Operator REI Adventures

Saw the sunrise and close to animals, wonderful trip

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Successfully summiting at sunrise - seeing the sun come up from the rim of the crater and looking out at what we had accomplished was a very emotional moment. It was beautiful. Having the opportunity to be less than 2 meters from the elephant, the zebra, and the gnu (in the vehicle) - also wonderful.

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Operator Explore!

Kilimanjaro

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

A well organised and coordinated trip lead by the African Walking Company who displayed a high level of professionalism and made the trip an enjoyable one for all participants. The passion for the mountain which the guides demonstrated and the effort by the team as a whole for helping us achieve our personal goal of reaching the summit was evident daily and greatly apreciated.
The dedication of the guides to helping us all achieve our goal particularly during those moments when the terrain was difficult and during summit night when everyone found the going tough.

Abraham did an amazing job organising a large group of people which encompassed numerous porters, guides and ourselves as clients. Although much of his work was behind the scenes when coordinating the porters he was always observed speaking with them to ensure everything worked smoothly. His manner with both clients and porters was inspirational.

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Operator Exodus Travels

Mt. Kilimanjaro Tours and Travel Guide

Mt. Kilimanjaro Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro holds an almost mythical fascination for the adventurous traveler. This snowcapped peak near the Equator is the highest freestanding mountain in the world – yet can be summited without using technical climbing gear.

Towering over the vast African savannah below, it still presents challenges even for the very fit – including choosing the right guided trip to the top. Stride can act as your Mount Kilimanjaro trip planner, helping you reach the heights of adventure alive without the pitfalls, all based on your own comfort level.

Many Americans first heard about Mount Kilimanjaro through Ernest Hemingway’s famous short story, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” published in Esquire magazine in 1936. A 1952 film starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner further popularized the mountain by bringing The Snows of Kilimanjaro to the silver screen.

While Hemingway’s fearless spirit took him to Africa on his own, planning a Mount Kilimanjaro trek can be intimidating – there are a number of routes to choose from, for starters, each offering differing levels of difficulty and other advantages and disadvantages. Sorting these out is essential: while ascending to the peak is not as strenuous as some other mountains of its size, this is still a long trek even for those with extra lung capacity.

Native Guides

Fortunately, you can choose among a wide variety of trusted tour operators, who can provide you with a selection of itineraries, group sizes, and accommodation options, allowing you to keep the adventure alive without the worries. Tanzania mandates that a native guide escort travelers; your Tanzania tour operator will always take care of this requirement. Pick a “Stride Preferred” trip to ensure you get the best guides -- knowledgeable and friendly escorts who go along on the adventure.

Most guided tours of Mount Kilimanjaro take five to seven days to reach the summit, with stays in tents or mountain huts. The trails showcase a diverse landscape. Your trek begins as you leave the African savannah, then head into jungle, through cloud forest and into surprising hanging-moss forests before reaching a landscape reminiscent of high desert.

As you climb toward the peak, an even starker desert unfolds, and a glacier appears nearby. The latter is receding rapidly -- a third of the glacier has melted away in just the past quarter century -- so it’s advisable not to put off a Mount Kilimanjaro tour if you want to witness the striking natural wonder of ice near the Equator.

Add a Safari

But before you head off, let Stride act as your personal travel advisor, showcasing the Mount Kilimanjaro guided trips that will best meet your comfort levels. And while you’re here on the site, why not consider adding a Tanzania wildlife safari to your trip? The Serengeti plains, Ngorongoro Crater, and other wonderful wildlife parks aren’t far away.

While Hemingway was able to wring remarkable literature out of his Kilimanjaro experiences, you may well be rendered speechless as you trek. That’s OK. Take it all in. Ponder. Then ask your seasoned tour guides for suggestions on the best spots to nab those brag-worthy photos that will leave your friends envious. If they utter one word, it’s likely to be, “Wow!

Once you’ve booked your tour...

While Tanzania in general has a tropical climate, be sure to pack cold-weather gear for your Mount Kilimanjaro trek. You may be by the Equator, but it gets freezing up there!

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