Choose Vacation 2 Africa as Your Kilimanjaro Hike Guide
With over 20 years of experience specializing in Kilimanjaro tours, Vacation 2 Africa sets the standards for safety, success and ethical practices for climbing Kilimanjaro.
Each year about 50,000 hikers attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro yet only 65% make it to the summit. Our expert guides will help you navigate the best route to make your Kilimanjaro hike a success.
Vacation 2 Africa is a U.S. based tour operator that works directly with Vacation 2 Africa, Ltd. in Arusha, Tanzania. This means that you book your Kilimanjaro hike directly with our tour operators which eliminates additional booking fees other companies may change. We also offer the flexibility to create custom Kilimanjaro hike based our clients needs and desires.
There are seven major routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. These routes include the Machame route, Marangu route, Lemosho Route, Rongai Route, Umbwe route, Shira route and Northern Circuit route. Each Kilimanjaro hiking route offers a unique experience. Vacation 2 Africa can help you choose the route that’s best for you according to scenery, difficulty, foot traffic and travel time.
From the South Circuit trail there are various walking, trekking, scrambling and technical climbing paths to the Kilimanjaro summit. Most people take the final leg of the Marangu route while technical climbers opt for the Rebman glacier, Decken glacier or Heim glacier which provides more of a challenge. We start the final ascent to the Kilimanjaro summit at 2:00 AM so that it is reached before dawn to watch the sunrise and gaze out over the vast expanses of the African bush.
About Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano located in Tanzania. It stands 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level, making it the highest peak in Africa. Kilimanjaro hikes take place all year but there is usually more rain during April, May and November that can make the trek less enjoyable. You will pass through many landscapes while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro including cultivated farmlands, tropical rain forests, alpine meadows and barren landscapes leading to the ice-capped summit. The lower levels also offer a wide variety of animals, birds and fauna in their natural habitat.
Mount Kilimanjaro has intrigued modern man for the past century. There’s no denying that the human spirit thrives on exploring and conquering the unknown. Although it was spoken of in the second century, Mount Kilimanjaro was only discovered by the western world in 1848 when Johannes Rebmann, a German missionary, came within sight of the mountain, explored the area and traversed the lower slopes. He submitted his findings to the Royal Geographical Society but his declaration of a snow-capped mountain in eastern equatorial Africa was doubted by the experts.
Throughout the years there where a number of unsuccessful attempts by various explorers to conquer the Kilimanjaro summit. It was not until October 6, 1889 that Dr. Hans Meyer, an experienced alpine mountaineer, and Ludwig Purtscheller managed to reach the Kilimanjaro summit successfully. The expedition took almost 6 weeks, which is about 6 times as long as it takes the average climber today, and consisted of many porters, guides and advisers. At the centenary of this climb in 1989, one of the Tanzanian guides was still enjoying life at the age of 118 years old!