Going on a safari in Africa is a bucket list item for travelers who love wildlife and adventure. I’ve been fortunate enough to go on safaris in Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The latter is a fantastic destination for first-time safari-goers as the country offers a vast array of activities to experience in addition to safari game drives. The #1 tour leader in Tanzania on TripAdvisor is Altezza Travel which stands apart because of their superb African safaris, Kilimanjaro expeditions, and more.

When I went to Tanzania unfortunately I traveled with an operator that didn’t prioritize my safety or wellbeing. If I have the chance to return I’d travel with Altezza as they have a reputation for leading safe, comfortable, high-quality trips. The travel operators’ certified guides are intimately acquainted with the National Parks of Tanzania and are experts on local wildlife, nature, and more. But don’t just take my word for it — Altezza runs 15 percent of all Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions. Here’s why you must experience Mount Kilimanjaro while on an African safari.

Where Mount Kilimanjaro is locaed

There are many Maasai people near Mount Kilimanjaro — don’t miss out on a cultural experience

One of the most iconic natural monuments of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is a volcanic massif in northeastern Tanzania — very close to the border with Kenya. The central cone (and newest volcano), Kibo, is 19,340 feet tall making it the highest point in Africa. It’s also extraordinarily wide, measuring 50 miles east to west. Its dome retains a permanent ice cap. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park was established in 1973 to protect the mountain and in 1987 the park was designated a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to get to Mount Kilimanjaro

If your adventure in Tanzania starts with a hike in Mount Kilimanjaro, fly directly into Kilimanjaro International Airport rather than Arusha Airport. Before you arrive check visa requirements for your nationality and note that it’s required to have a yellow fever vaccine to enter.

Routes on Mount Kilimanjaro 

There are several routes in Mount Kilimanjaro from which to choose. The most popular are Marangu, Machame, and Lemosho.

The Marangu route on Mount Kilimanjaro is nicknamed the “Coca-Cola Route” or “Tourist Route” due to its popularity. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy, it is quite crowded. It’s also the oldest route on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Many travelers prefer this route as along the way there are hut accommodations with bunk beds. You may appreciate that creature comfort as the route takes five to six days to complete. It’s critical to allow yourself time to acclimate. It’s not a loop circuit — you’ll descend on the same path you ascend so it may feel a bit repetitive.

The Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro is dubbed the “Whiskey Route” as it’s a more difficult trek that can be a steep, difficult climb at times and lacks sleeping huts. It’s the second most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro and takes six to seven days to complete the looped path. You’ll ascend in the west and descend in the north which will offer a variety of terrain, vistas, and more. Along the way you’ll come across the Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower.

Another popular route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is the Lemosho route which is often noted to be the most beautiful route to take. Of the three popular routes, it’s the newest and was developed purely for tourism. The path is somewhat easier as it has shorter elevation gains. On this path, you’ll trek through four ecological zones, including a rainforest. The route can take six to eight days to complete.

Expeditions with Altezza that include Mount Kilimanjaro range from $2,000 to $2,300 USD per person. The operator runs group tours about twice a week so it’s easy to fit into your African safari travels. Beyond Mount Kilimanjaro, Altezza Travel tours also feature wildlife safaris, beach days in Zanzibar, and more. You’ll stay at two hotels owned by the tour operator and travel in their safari fleet of jeeps.

This article was made possible due to a collaboration with Altezza Travel. All opinions are my own. Please read the Miss Filatelista disclosure policy for more information.


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