Climb Kilimanjaro

An adventure trek above the African clouds

So you want to climb Kilimanjaro? You have founds the experts! We have many years of experience providing Kilimanjaro tours, Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa, or across the world, tailored to your requirements. Test your physical and mental strength – a true African adventure awaits your arrival. Kilimanjaro, with its gleaming glaciers and wreathing veils of clouds, is an magnificent, awe-inspiring mountain. Standing so solidly and majestically amidst the vast open plains, it beckons you closer to experience it yourself. Ascend Kilimanjaro through the farms, forest and giant heather. Cross moors and highland desert up to the eternal snows of Kibo, to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in all Africa. Kilimanjaro stands 330 km south of the equator, on the northern border of Tanzania. The location of Kilimanjaro on an open plain close to the Indian Ocean and its great size and height strongly influence the climate, its vegetation, animal life and the climbing conditions. Kilimanjaro National Park is home to three volcanoes: Kibo at 5 895m (19 340ft) currently dormant, Mawenzi 5 149m (16 896 ft) extinct and Shira 3 962m (13 000 ft) extinct. The bulk of Kilimanjaro looms 4 800m above the underlying plain that averages around 1 000m above sea level. Its long axis lies in a north-west to south-east line for 60 km and at its widest part Kilimanjaro is 40km across.

Why choose Dream World Adventures to climb Kilimanjaro?

Dream World Adventures specializes in adventure Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa or from across the world. The consultants at Dream World Adventures have successfully climbed Kilimanjaro on 9 different occasions, the first summit in 1995. Our staff have also stood at the summit of several other high-altitude mountains including Mts. Kenya -, Elbrus- (Russia) and Aconcagua (Argentina). With this wealth of high-altitude experience, you can rest assured you are in the right hands. Since the birth of Dream World Adventures in late 2005, we have organized and assisted many fellow passion-filled adventurers reach Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak – the roof of Africa! We have negotiated competitive rates with all of our suppliers and thereby enabling us to provide our clients with discounted Kilimanjaro travel packages. At Dream World Adventures we strive to provide the best service combined with expert knowledge to our clients undertaking this life-changing adventure and this service does not end on the day of your departure! We offer an emergency contact in the event of anything unforeseen. We let our clients do the talking when it gets to our service.

Kilimanjaro Testimonials of recent clients that climbed with us can be found on our face book page (Dream World Adventures) and also on our testimonials page by following this link.

Climb Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa

Dream World Adventures specializes in putting together tailor made Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa. Our Kilimanjaro packages include all you need in order to undertake this African adventure – from flights departing from South Africa, to accommodation before and after your climb and all park fees, logistical mountain teams and meals on the mountain.

For more information on our Kilimanjaro packages from South Africa please following this link.

Climb Kilimanjaro packages starting from Tanzania

Dream World Adventures can also provide tailor made Kilimanjaro packages that will have you start your adventure from either Moshi in Tanzania, or from Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.
The package prices will be quoted in US$ for clients not travelling from South Africa.

For more information on our Kilimanjaro tour packages from Tanzania please following the link.

Kilimanjaro equipment list

If you are looking for expert advice on what Kilimanjaro equipment you will need for a safe and comfortable adventure up Kilimanjaro, then look no further. With our years of experience and our passion for promoting Kilimanjaro adventure trips, here are our gear tips…

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Climb Kilimanjaro guides and porters

Very little is normally written about the unsung heroes on Kilimanjaro. Strangers you start the climb with, but who, throughout this great adventure on Kilimanjaro, become like friends. We at Dream World Adventures, with our years of promoting Kilimanjaro, will team you up with the best logistical team available, who take great pride to ensure your ultimate enjoyment of the adventure by focusing on your safety and well-being while hiking on Kilimanjaro.

Some more information on the Kilimanjaro guides and porters that make your adventure possible.

Climb Kilimanjaro travel dates

With Dream World Adventures we can have you travel to Kilimanjaro on any day of the week. For the best Kilimanjaro package price, advance planning is the key. Let us be a part of this very important planning phase of your adventure.

Kilimanjaro travel dates to consider before making your booking with us.

Climb Kilimanjaro health requirements

When considering an adventure of this nature, questions will arise such as; Who qualifies for a Kilimanjaro trip? What medication is suggested? What can I do to increase my chance of reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro?.

Please have a look at our web page or feel free to contact us for answers to these integral questions.

View our information on Kilimanjaro health requirements.

Which Kilimanjaro route do I choose?

Many people ask us which is the easiest route up Kilimanjaro, or which is the more affordable route up Kilimanjaro. There are no ‘easy’ routes up Kilimanjaro because all routes lead to the summit, unless you opt for a circuit route that circles around the lower mountain and does not have Uhuru Peak as its goal. Some routes are more comfortable, while others are designed to provide you with more time to acclimatize. Below is a summary of the Kilimanjaro route options that we recommend.

The Marangu route on Kilimanjaro

The Marangu route was the route first used by Hans Meyer in 1891 to reach the top of Africa – Uhuru peak on Kilimanjaro. Many climbers these days opt for this route as it is the most comfortable route up Kilimanjaro, compared to all the other tented routes.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;

The Machame route on Kilimanjaro

The Machame route we have found is definitely of the most opted for routes to consider for your adventure up Kilimanjaro. While it is not the longest route to reach the summit, the old adage for better acclimatization of “climb-high, sleep-low” comes to mind when using this tented route, with climbs to ridges and descents to valleys marking the approach days to Barafu Camp, base camp for summit, which will definitely aid hikers in their quest to reach the summit.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;

The Lemosho route on Kilimanjaro

The Lemosho route is known as one of the most scenic routes on Kilimanjaro. The first couple days on this route are beautifully wild and usually have lower traffic on the way up to the Shira Plateau, where it merges with other routes to the summit via Barafu Camp.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;

The Rongai route on Kilimanjaro

The Rongai route will have you start your hike on the northern side of Kilimanjaro, close the border between Tanzania and Kenya. The drive to the starting point of your hike, the Naru Moru Village, is a lengthy one, and winds through coffee plantations and rural villages.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;

The Umbwe route on Kilimanjaro

The Umbwe route, especially for the first couple of days before meeting up with the other routes at Barranco Camp, entails a steep ascent through lush forest and deep gorges. It is a challenging, but scenic route option and from Barranco camp follows the same path as the Machame and Lemosho routes to the summit via Barafu.
For an overview of this route follow the link below;

FAQ’s about Kilimanjaro

How hard is it to climb Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, faming it as one of the seven summits (the 7 highest mountains on the 7 continents of the world). Reaching the summit of any of these mountains is truly a great achievement and not to be under-estimated. Of the 7 summits, a climb of Kilimanjaro is likely the ‘easiest’ of all of them, because unlike the others, the mountain is a free-standing mountain, meaning that it is easily accessible and no long journeys to the trailhead are required. This also makes Kilimanjaro of the safest mountains to climb since a hiker can speedily be evacuated from any point on the mountain to lower altitudes to limit altitude relayed issued.
The weather conditions on any high altitude mountain are extremely unpredictable, but unlike other high altitude mountains, that are usually climbed within specific periods and with more specialized equipment, a successful assault of Kilimanjaro can be made throughout the year, provided you are properly prepared and have the correct equipment.
Kilimanjaro is not an easy mountain to climb, the body is out of its comfort zone at altitude, but ask yourself the question, am I looking for something easy? Am I looking for an adventure that presents no challenge to me because I am guaranteed to reach the summit?
If your answer to those questions is no, then Kilimanjaro is the right adventure for you to consider – it is more often than not a life-changing experience.
Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is not reserved for only a few extraordinary people who possess physical attributes setting them apart from the general population, but with the correct planning, dedication and attitude, Kilimanjaro can be scaled by most.

How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

We believe in the saying “collect moments – not things” and undertaking a Kilimanjaro adventure does require sound financial planning. This adventure must be seen as an investment in you as a person, enabling you to expand your horizons and grow into a more fulfilled person in both body and mind.
Dream World Adventures, being a specialist tour company for Kilimanjaro adventure trips, is able to package together most of the components required for a seamless trip. We strive to provide competitive package prices, combined with expert advice, to ensure your adventure will be one for the memory books!

We specialize in tailor made packages that are put together to suit you and you will form your own self-sufficient unit on the mountain together with your support crew of guide and porters – travelling according to your preferred plans and dates. If you are flexible with your travel dates, it may be possible to team you up with other fellow adventurers and in doing so offer a better package price. Alternatively if you are looking for a private group booking, additional discounts are available depending on the number of confirmed people in your group.

Should you prefer a Kilimanjaro package travelling from South Africa, we have negotiated competitive fares with Kenya Airways over the years and the Kenya Airways flight schedule is daily from Johannesburg to Kilimanjaro via Nairobi and 3 times weekly from Cape Town. It is advisable to book well in advance (6 – 12 months in advance), in order to not only be assured of availability of flights on your preferred travel dates, but also at the most cost-effective fares. Keep this in mind if you plan to travel during school holidays or over public holidays, where demand for flights is always higher.

We can also arrange Kilimanjaro packages starting from Tanzania for those that will not be travelling from or via South Africa to hike up Kilimanjaro.

Who has climbed Kilimanjaro?

The first recorded person to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro was Hans Meyer in 1891. Complete records of who and or how many people each year climb Kilimanjaro is not available, however we have over the years had numerous clients that have travelled with Dream World Adventures, with most people returning with a certificate issued by the Tanzanian National Park for reaching the summit. To see some of our own recorded clients please see our testimonials web page or visit us on Facebook.

Why Kilimanjaro is famous?

Kilimanjaro’s biggest claim to fame is that it is a highest mountain in Africa, forming part of the famed 7 Summits (7 highest mountains on the 7 continents of the world).
Kilimanjaro is also one of only two places on the equator in Africa to encounter snow and glaciers. Kilimanjaro attracts many aspirant mountaineers from across the world, looking to experience this unique African adventure. It is also the highest free- standing mountain in the world – something quite unique.

How many days does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

The shortest route on Kilimanjaro to reach the summit will take you 5 days. We however do not promote this shorter route, as this is almost guaranteed to cause unnecessary altitude related problems for hikers. The minimum number of days that we recommend will a 6 day trek, that will be on an itinerary designed to take you 4 ½ days to reach the summit and 1 ½ days down again to the park gate.

Where do you fly into to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best will be to fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), as this is the closest airport to the town of Moshi. Moshi is our preferred headquarters from which to start the climb.
When planning your trip to Kilimanjaro it is always best to book your flight to include the connection to Kilimanjaro (JRO). If you only book your flight to Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, a separate ticket will likely be more costly.

How cold is the summit of Kilimanjaro?

Weather conditions on all high-altitude mountain are unpredictable, even if you plan your trip to be during the so-called best seasons. With the wind-chill factor it can drop to -20 degrees Celsius at Uhuru Peak, with the average temperature being around -10 degrees Celsius.
The key to climbing is to always prepare for the worst weather – be properly equipped and have the correct layering.

How high is the summit of Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro National Park is made up from three volcanoes. Shira at 3 962 meters above sea level and Mawenzi at 5 149 meters above sea level are both extinct, with Kibo being the highest of the three at 5 895 meters above sea level. When hikers undertake an adventure up Kilimanjaro, they in fact are hiking up Kibo, which is currently a dormant volcano. The largest area of Kilimanjaro National park looms above 4 800m, with the underlaying plain on average 1 000 meters above sea level.

What is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

A great positive thing about Kilimanjaro is that your adventure on Kilimanjaro can start on any day of the week, all year round. Weather conditions around the world have made advance predictions on when the best time will be for your planned adventure up Kilimanjaro very difficult. In the 90’s and early 2000’s the best time would have been during January until mid-March and from mid-June to end October.
One thing that has not changed, try to plan your trip to coincide with a full moon during your summit attempt. On the summit bid you generally start around midnight and having a full moon will help illuminate your path, making things more comfortable.

Which is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro?

This will depend from person to person. The Marangu route is the only route that you are accommodate in hiker’s style huts, so if sleeping in a tent is not your thing, then the choice is easy. The Machame route we have found, offers better acclimatization due to its design taking you around the lower mountain ridges and valleys, so with plenty of up and down hills.
Feel free to contact us so that we can advise you of which route might be best suited to your needs.

What temperature sleeping bag do I need for Kilimanjaro?

Again this depends from person to person. Some people are more adapted to cold than others, but having at least a -8 degrees Celsius sleeping bag with an inner sheet will be sufficient in most cases.

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