Explore the most popular regions in Kenya with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Wed Nov 07 2018

Journey to the Roof of Africa Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is on the bucket list of any serious hiker. It is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and reaching the 19,341 ft. summit does not require any technical climbing. Two years ago, my brother completed the hike with four of his friends which inspired me to also attempt this hike. Travelling all the way to Africa and not have my family with me would have been quite unfair. So I convinced them to do this hike as a family vacation. We decided to add a wildlife safari to our trip for some additional fun. Until now, I had never gone with my wife and my daughter on my epic day-long hikes, so I wasn't sure how they would fare. Mt. Kilimanjaro hike is a multi-day affair which can take anywhere from 5 to 12 days depending on the route. And it reaches altitudes that are not easy to prepare for. My wife had hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, so she had some experience hiking around 14,000 ft. On the other hand, my daughter had not hiked much above 10,000 ft. when we climbed Mt Washburn in Yellowstone NP. The highest I had ever reached was 14,500 ft. when I climbed Mt Whitney, and my endurance hikes are only a one-day effort. So the impending hike was unfamiliar territory for all of us. My wife and I decided to build our endurance by hiking in northeastern Pennsylvania on weekends. My daughter could not join us on these practice hikes due to her studies, but she hit her school gym to build core strength. As a three-person team we felt pretty good about our chances to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, provided we could stay healthy. We had booked our trip for June through the same company that my brother and his friends had used, so that process went smoothly. We also requested the same guides, as we had heard good reviews about them. We picked the same route that my brother had used on his successful summit. Our hike would take 7-days over Rongai route which starts in the north of the mountain and ends in the east. This route is less prone to rain, which can be a debilitating factor in the success of the hike. Not only is it unenjoyable walking over a muddy trail, getting wet during the hike at high altitude can result in hypothermia and jeopardize the chances of success. After months of planning and preparation during which we purchased all the items for our hike, it was time to fly to Tanzania. With nervous excitement we boarded our flight from JFK airport. As the flight was approaching Kilimanjaro airport, we saw the mountain with its peak above the cloud cover. It looked formidable and we asked ourselves if we could really climb to the top. Those thoughts were kept aside as we had 3 days of safari to enjoy before the hike. We were greeted at the airport by a representative of the company and taken to our hotel in Arusha. Arusha is one of the big cities in Tanzania, but it felt more like a small town. The traffic on the 2-lane highway moved painfully slow due to low speed limit and frequent police checkpoints. The country seemed underdeveloped, and we were struck by signs of poverty in many places. Yet the people looked happy and went about their business. After a good overnight sleep in our hotel we left for safari aboard our personal jeep with our driver and cook. The safari to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater was a wonderful experience. We saw a large variety of animals in their natural habitat that, until then, we had only read about in African tour books. The rainy season had just ended so the animals were easy to find in such a large area. We were fortunate to see lions, elephants, wild buffalos, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, giraffes, zebras, leopard, cheetah, jackals, hyenas, wild dogs, wilder beasts, and numerous kinds of deer and antelopes. After spending 3 days camping and exploring the park, including visiting a Masai village, we returned to Arusha. A quick change of vehicles and we were off to Moshi which is a smaller town close to the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. There, at the hotel, we met our hike coordinator who briefed us about the hike and checked our bags to make sure we had all the necessary gear for our hike. After a restful night’s sleep, we got ready to depart for our hike. We were picked up in the morning from the hotel with all our hiking gear and reached the starting gate by lunch time. There we met 14 team members who would assist us with the hike. The team comprised of two main guides, one assistant guide, one cook, one dishwasher, one portable toilet person, one server, and seven porters. After finishing all the formalities at the gate, and eating our boxed lunch, we were off from Rongai Gate towards Simba Camp. Starting at around 8,000 ft. elevation, the air felt crisp, and soon we had covered 4 miles to reach our first day’s destination. Our tents were already set when we arrived, and we were greeted with singing and dancing by our 14 team members. Three hours had quickly passed by and the smiling faces of the por

Wed Oct 10 2018

Phew! But what a trek!!

Sun Sep 16 2018

Amazing adventure. We were part of a 50 person group. Zara tour group was incredible and made sure all summited. Not a particularly beautiful climb, but the accomplishment is with it. Last night is tough w a long week of hiking, lower oxygen levels, and tent sleeping. My favorite views were post climb on the way down, above the clouds at sunset and sunrise are beautiful.

Tue Nov 21 2017

An experience of a lifetime although it was sometime ago! We were a group of 30 people. The hike was part of humanitarian mission to Kenya and Tanzania organized by Gulf For Good in Dubai. This route we took took us through multiple terrains and offered amazing sceneries and a variety of vegetarians, animals, and birds to see. The weather was nice yet cold especially after night but that was expected. Very rewarding once you get to Uhuru Peak at the top of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 19,336 feet at sunrise. Amazing!

Fri Oct 20 2017

Did the 6day hike which I don’t recommend. Summit was awful but totally worth it!

Thu Sep 07 2017

Was only able to do the lower levels of He trail, but still amazing!!

Sun Sep 03 2017

As good as it gets

Sat Aug 05 2017

Did the 7 day hike. The days for the summit attempt are not particularly difficult, just a lot of easy to moderate hiking. Summit night/day is a very tough challenge. The altitude, lack of sleep and climb itself makes it more difficult than is often described when people call Kilimanjaro a "walk-up" climb. Amazing views and definitely work it getting to the peak.

Sun Jun 11 2017

Excellent challenge.

Fri May 19 2017

Did the 6 day hike. It was amazing, but difficult due to lack of sleep and altitude over 15,000 feet. Worth it and will never forget or regret the experience.

Fri Mar 10 2017

Very scenic and picturesque

Mon Oct 03 2016

Amazing and don't underestimate it. Great beginner mountain for high altitude climbing. Be in the best shape of your life going in to it though. Make sure to hie a professional guide and have all necessary equipment

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