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Marangu Day Hike: €220 per person  from Arusha | pick up and drop off inclusive | drinks and food included

 

Marangu Day Hike is the perfect option for anybody who is on a tight schedule or would like to get a taste of Kilimanjaro National Park without comitting to a full expedition. The hike covers the first section of the Marangu route, also known as “Coca Cola” route starting from south east of Kilimanjaro National Part at Marangu Gate. At times, it can get very busy because the majority of tourists choose to ascent Uhuru Peak via this route.

 

 

Marangu Gate (1870m) Mandara Hut (2700m) Marangu Gate (1870m)

On the drive to the gate you will pass the small village Marangu. A steep ascent takes you through rainforest all the way up to Mandara Hut. The higher you go, the more rank the humid rainforest gets. You will find yourself amongst big rainforest trees covered in ferns, as well as the Kilimanjaro flower Impatiens kilimanjari, while the strength of the sunlight keeps getting lower and lower with time. If you watch closely, you will be able to spot monkeys. The ascent to Mandara Hut usually takes about 3 to 4 hours. After a break you will start your descent down to Marangu Gate the same way you came up on. Down at Marangu gate the car is already waiting for you to take you back to the hotel.