Mawenzi Adventures



If you came to Tanzania without plans to climb all the way to the top of Kilimanjaro but still want to explore some of the lower areas, here’s one of our options. During this day hike inside Kilimanjaro National Park, you’ll climb from about 1860m to 2700m until the first camp on Marangu routeIt‘s a medium difficult hike, mostly through the forest part of the national park, and with beautiful views along the way.



This hike takes place inside Kilimanjaro National Park and therefore you’ll have to pay the park entrance fees. If you’re looking for a cheaper excursion or if you want to combine hiking with local culture, have a look at our Materuni or Marangu day trips, that offer a rather easy and short hike with a limited altitude gain, combined with an interesting cultural experience. 


Your guide and driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Moshi around 8 am and drive you to Marangu gate (1860 m). This takes about 1 hour, after which you will fulfill the necessary registration. 

You’ll hike through the rain forest, where lots of animals can be found and you’ll likely spot different types of monkeys like the black and white colobus and several bird species. The path is medium difficult and accessible for anyone in normal physical shape. You’ll reach your destination, the Mandara hut, after about 4 to 5 hours of hiking. This is the first camp on the Marangu route, and you’re likely to meet other climbers that are either going up or down. 

After lunch there is a short excursion to Maundi crater, which is only a 15 minutes’ walk and offers some amazing views. The hike back to the starting point takes about 2 hours, after which we take you back to Moshi.

Duration: 10-12 hours

Driving time: +- 2 hours, return 

Don’t forget: good hiking shoes, drinking bottle, rain poncho, sunscreen, sunglasses


Please contact us with your group size to receive the price for this trip.

Please note that we only organize short excursions such as this one in combination with a safari or a mountain climb.

What’s included?

  • Private transport from your accommodation in Moshi to Marangu gate and back
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees 
  • Lunch 
  • Bottled water (2 liters per person. Please bring a reusable drinking bottle, as plastic water bottles are not allowed inside the national park)

In Tanzania, a tip is expected after your participation in a tourist activity. This tip is not included in your package. The recommended amount for a tour guide is 20-25 USD per day if you’re satisfied, to be divided by all your group members. As we pay a lot of attention to creating good working conditions for all our crew members and making sure they get paid according to guidelines from organizations that defend their rights, we kindly request you to respect this amount for any trip. Thank you! 

Please contact us for different group sizes or groups including children younger than 16. Please note that this hike is not suitable for young children, and we recommend a minimum age of 12. The hike is only available as a private trip. All our day trips can depart from another starting point, like the airport for example. Prices might be different in this case, so please let us know and we’ll send you the right quote.