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This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border.

The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended.

Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. This route descends down the Marangu route.

Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

Route Outline
1. Drive 4 hours to the Rongai Gate. Walk to Simba Camp at 2650 m, 2-3 hrs. The walk is initially through plantations then rain forest and finally bush country.

2. Walk to 2nd Cave at 3450 m, 3 hrs. A gentle day through bush then heathers.

3. Gentle rising traverse through moorland over several ridges to Kikelea Caves, 3600 m, 3 hours.

4. Moorland then screes to Mawenzi Tarn Hut, 4330 m, 3-3 hrs.

5. Easy angled screes slopes lead across the Saddle to Kibo Hut, 4700 m, 4-5 hrs.

6. Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman's Point (5681 m) which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim (which will take about two hours if you are fit) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m) the highest point in Africa. The views of the sunrise over Mawensi to the East is stunning. Descend to Kibo Hut for tea and biscuits or soup and then down to the thicker air and relative warmth of Horombo hut.

7. Descend to Marangu gate, receive your gold certificates.
You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner descent bed and celebrations!!


Kilimanjaro Route

* Machame Route
* Marangu Route
* Umbwe Route
* Lemosho Route
* Rongai Route

Safari Game Drive

*Arusha National Park
* Serengti National Park
* Ngorongoro Conservation
* Tarangire National Park
* Manyara National Park
* Mikumi National Park
* Selous national park
* Mkomazi national park

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