7 Day Climb, Rongai Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai Route

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TRIP INFORMATION

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS:

Destination                     Accommodation (Link)                        Room Type               Details

Arusha town                       Ilboru Safari Lodge                                Standard rooms         2 x O/B/D

Mt. Kilimanjaro                    tents accommodation                               tents                      6 x O/B/L/D

Itinerary Briefing

Duration:  7 Days
Category:  Kilimanjaro Trekking
Destinations:  Mt Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route
Major Attractions:  Vegetation zones, Wildlife, Mt Kilimanjaro

Tour Guides Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian.  For other languages please send a special request prior to your safari -additional fee may apply.

Start in: Moshi   End in: Moshi
Recommended Packing list: Camera with enough zoom and memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with UV radiation filtering etc.

Additional note:  Porters will escort and guide you all your climbing along the mountain

Itinerary Day Description

Day 1: Arrival, Tour Briefing and Resting

  • You will be met at the Kilimanjaro International Airport of by our Driver/Guide and our representative
  • We will take you to your booked hotel in Moshi depending on your arrival time
  • Our Kilimanjaro Expert will come to meet you and to provide you with a briefing on your climb
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at that hotel in Moshi

Day 2: Hike up through the Rongai Forest approx 2625m

  • In the morning we pick you from your hotel in Moshi and drive to the town of Nalemoru on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro and the trailhead five miles outside of town
  • From the Park entrance you start the climb passing through pine forest and a short stretch of mountainous rainforest until we reach the heather and moorlands
  • It is about a 4-5 hour walk to Sekimba camp at approx 2625m but we advise people to go very slowly
  • The forest teems with bird life and colobus and other monkeys may be seen
  • We should arrive late afternoon so the rest of the day will be used to relax and recheck your equipment

Day 3: First camp to Kikelewa Moorland (3630m)

  • Continue through the forest (on this side is no such forest belt), eventually encountering the moorlands just below a large lava overhang known as Second Cave
  • Here we have lunch, then traverse the open moorlands toward the spectacular peak of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro’s second major peak rising
  • Our second camp is at Kikelewa, (relative) shortly before reaching the saddle that connects Mawenzi to Kibo and Uhuru peaks. (5-6 hours hiking.)
  • Overnight at a campsite

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn Hut

  • Rising early you climb steadily to craggy jugged peaks of Mawenzi
  • One of the volcanic peaks camp beneath Mawenzi at approx 4,300m
  • Some climbers take an alternative route away from Mawenzi and camp on the north side of the saddle (Mawenzi Tarn Hut is in the north)
  • Overnight at a campsite

Day 5: Outward Bound Hut (School Hut or preferably Kibo Hut)

  • Trek to the Outward Bound Hut (School Hut or preferably Kibo Hut) at 4,715m between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi
  • Mountain vistas are fabulous as we emerge onto the saddle between glacier-covered Kibo and rock-crowned Mawenzi (these mountain views alone are worth the effort of the trek!)
  • We’ll arrive by lunchtime, and have the afternoon to organize and rest up for the summit attempt
  • We’ll turn in early (since we’ll be arising before midnight).
  • Overnight at a campsite

Day 6: Kibo camp to Gilman’s point to Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

  • This is the hardest day of the climb and an early start before midnight or one, where it is dark cold and where you use your head torch for the first few hours
  • You will pass (rest and have coffee at) Hans Meyers cave after about 3 hours climbing
  • Depending on weather conditions the temperature can be as low as -25 c
  • At dawn you should reach Gilman’s point and usually see a spectacular sunrise as you stand above the clouds
  • From here if you have enough energy left a further 1 and a half hours walk before you are standing on the highest part of the African continent- Uhuru Peak
  • A quick photo session and then you descend down to Kibo and then on to Horombo at 3700m (11-12 hours hiking.)
  • Overnight at a campsite in Horombo Hut

Day 7: Horombo to Park Gate then to Moshi

  • Descending across the moorland and into the forest to Mandara hut, where a meal is served, a walk of about 3 or 4 hours and the last stretch of 2 hours through the rain forest to Marangu Gate
  • After bidding our farewells to our guide and porters, we’ll take you to Moshi for dinner and overnight stay

—- End of service — *** routing subject to changes if necessary——

Included Services

  • All Road transfer as per trip itinerary including airport pick up and drop off transfers.
  • 05 days, 4 nights private trip package
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English-speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees as per trip itinerary
  • All game drives as mentioned
  • All accommodation during safari
  • 2 ltr mineral waters per person / day during game drives
  • Domestic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar ONE WAY
 

Excluded Services

  • International Flights & All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari in Serengeti
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation on Zanzibar

COVID-19 SAFETY AND SANITARY MEASURES NOTICE

Covid-19 Travel Requirements

Traveling to and from Tanzania during Covid-19

The information on this page will be updated regularly as requirements and protocols change. Date of last update: 25/Oct/2021. The information found in the government Travel Advisory No. 8 of 14 Sept 2021 is summarized below:

[ All our Moak Tanzania safari guides have been vaccinated against Covid-19] in brackets

Leaving Home

Your international airline may have pre-boarding testing requirements. Please study the requirements of your airline and international airport(s) carefully. Most of our guests travel through Amsterdam and currently if you have a transfer in Amsterdam you do not need to show a negative NAAT (PCR) test result or rapid test result on arrival in the Netherlands. A transfer is when you change planes and continue your journey within a few hours, and in any case within 1 day without leaving the airport where you transfer. Please make sure to check the entry requirements of your final destination.

Arriving into Tanzania

Tanzania recommends all travelers to fill out a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours prior to arrival. Follow this link: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ to get the form.  Once completed the traveler will receive a completion notification from the Ministry of health containing their Unique Health Code (UHC) which they will show upon arriving. 

[If arriving directly onto Zanzibar, please use this link instead.] In grey background 

[Also, all travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate upon arrival. The test must be a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, with the sample tested within 96 hours of departure to Tanzania.] GREEN COLOR

All travelers arriving from countries experiencing variants of concern/interest or who have traveled through those countries in the last 14 days regardless of route taken, will be subjected to Rapid tests at their point of entry at their own cost.  The Rapid test cost is $10 per traveler  (or $25 per travel if arriving directly onto Zanzibar). This cost can be pre-paid online when you complete your online Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form.

[We strongly recommended to pre-pay to avoid unnecessary queue upon arrival.] RED COLOR

Traveling in Tanzania

While traveling in Tanzania, standard Covid-19 protocols (masking, social distancing, and sanitizing) will be adhered to by your guide and those working in the tourism industry, while in public settings, airports/airplanes, and the common areas of accommodations. All full time Moak safari guides have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Much of your time on safari, social distance from other travelers and when outside will be our paramount goal. However, if you plan to travel in a more populous area like in city or towns, we suggest you wear a mask when social distancing from other people cannot be maintained.

Departing Tanzania

Prior to departing Tanzania, Covid-19 testing (PCR and/or Rapid Test) will be required for most travelers. Please study the requirements of your airline and international airport(s) carefully. Covid-19 testing costs (PCR Test $50+facility fees pp / PCR Test on Zanzibar $80 pp / Rapid Test $10 pp) are the responsibility of the traveler. 

As your tour operator, we will help coordinate proper test timing, location, and test payment.

PCR Test Procedures (General):

  • PCR Tests should be administered no more than 3 days prior to your scheduled departure. 
  • Your Final Summary Schedule will indicate the date when your test should administered.
  • Testing sites will vary based on your specific travel itinerary
  • Testing Fee Payment (Mainland) – Once your appointment has been made, our staff in Arusha will receive your testing payment Control Number (unique number for each traveler). We will make the payment on your behalf and you will reimburse this cost to your guide ($50 per person – cash). Since test requirements are subject to change, reimbursement on site will be the most accurate approach.
  • Testing Fee Payment (Zanzibar) – Once your appointment has been made we will prepay for the test and then forward your test scheduling confirmation on Zanzibar. The location of the test will be based on where you are staying on the island. There are facilities on the east coast as well as in Stone Town. The cost of the test on Zanzibar is $80 per person.
  • Facility Fee Payment – You will be responsible for the facility fee that will be paid on site. This fee will range from $10-20 per person depending on the testing facility.
  • Testing Procedure (day of) –
    • Masks are required at the testing sites.
    • Have your passport available for check in as well as payment confirmation (provided by your guide).
    • Sample collection will take place in the morning. Test collection hours vary at each site.
    • Please expect the process to take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Results – Once the testing process is complete and the certificate is ready, a notification with your results and certificate will be sent from the National Public Health Laboratory – Tanzania () to the email address used during registration (usually your safari consultant’s email unless otherwise specified). You may also check https://pimacovid.moh.go.tz/#/booking (for mainland / northern safari circuit locations) or  https://zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz/app/home (for Zanzibar) for updates using your passport number to pull up your results. Please note that once the sample leaves the testing site, the testing site will not receive information about results. Should you have any concerns please ask your guide to contact the Regional Laboratory Technologist at +255 713 819 450 (Warda) or +255 715 361 518(Nangai).
    • For travelers departing JRO, a printed copy of your test result will be given to you in Arusha. We will also email you a PDF of the certificate.
    • For travelers departing DAR or ZNZ,we will email you a PDF of the certificate.

Note for travelers returning to the United States :

Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show one of the following:

If you are fully vaccinated: Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel.

If you are NOT fully vaccinated: A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.

This regulation goes into November 8, 2021. We will inquire as to your vaccination status so that we can help you coordinate your testing accordingly.

 

Rapid Test Procedures (updated August 23, 2021)

  • If you are departing on an airline that requires a Rapid Test prior to boarding you need to arrive at your international airport of departure 5 hours prior to departure.
  • All international airports (JRO, DAR and ZNZ) have Rapid Test capacity.
  • Pre-registration is not required
  • Payment of $10 can be made in cash by depositing into the on-site bank.
  • Results are provided within 15 to 20 minutes of taking the test.
  • UPDATE: currently a Rapid Test is NOT required if you are just transiting through Amsterdam (AMS). You still need to be traveling with a valid NEGATIVE PCR test.

Common PCR Testing Sites in the Northern Circuit

  • Arusha Region
    • Arusha Lutheran Center Referral Hospital – daily
      • $25 USD (cash)
      • You can request to have someone come to you to administer the test (this should be pre-arranged)
    • Mt. Meru Regional Referral Hospital – 8 am – 3:30 pm daily
    • FAME Medical Health Center – 8:30 am – 11:30 am daily
      • $15 USD (cash or credit accepted)
  • Mara Region
    • Seronera Airstrip (Musoma Regional Referral Hospital) – 7:00 – 10:00 am daily
      • 20,000 Tshillings (approx $8.60)
    • Kogatende Airstrip (Musoma Regional Referral Hospital) – 8:00 – 10:00 am daily
      • 20,000 Tshillings (approx $8.60)
  • Zanzibar 
    • Global Hospital (Stone Town) – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm M-Sat, 8 am – 12 pm Sun
    • Testing sites on East Coast of Zanzibar  – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm M-Sat, 8 am – 12 pm Sun
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