Rongai Climb (Luxury)

8 days from $6,976 per person*
  • Climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with a team of specially trained excursion guides.
  • Overnight camps set up each night for your comfort.
  • Featuring a charming lodge pre-climb in Arusha.
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Experience a 7 day ascent of Kilimanjaro starting on the Eastern side of the mountain. This side of Kilimanjaro is relatively dry and has a relatively short forest zone. It skirts the base of Mawenzi and then ascends via Gilman's point to Uhuru Peak. There is an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. The descent is via the Marangu route trail. This is generally considered one of the easier 6 day climbs, in comparison to the Machame route. Climb highlights include: views over the Mawenzi and Kibo saddle, close views of Mawenzi, the Kibo crater and ash pit and glaciers on the roof of Africa. Luxury Specification: All of our luxury treks include a larger mess tent than the lightweight specification, backed chairs instead of stools, a larger client tent with a 3 inch foam mattress. A pillow and -18 Celcius rated sleeping bag with liner are also included. There is a private portable toilet. Evening meals have an additional course (entrée) and there is fresh pressed coffee available. All in all, highly recommended. We have 3 camping specifications for our Kilimanjaro treks along with many different route options. Please speak to one of our Travel Consultants to choose the right route and comfort level for you. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Arusha
    Arusha
    • Transfer - Private - Arrival - Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport (JRO) - Vehicle/Guide(6)
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance - Plane
  • Day 2 Kilimanjaro
    Kilimanjaro
    • Welcome to Kilimanjaro, Your Climb Starts Here - Luxury
    • Safety Kit
    • Rongai Hike
  • Day 3 Kilimanjaro
    Kilimanjaro
    • Caves Hike
  • Day 4 Kilimanjaro
    Kilimanjaro
    • Mawenzi Hike
  • Day 5 Kilimanjaro
    Kilimanjaro
    • Acclimatisation Day
  • Day 6 Kilimanjaro
    Kilimanjaro
    • Kibo Hike
  • Day 7 Kilimanjaro
    Kilimanjaro
    • Summit / Horombo Hike
  • Day 8 Kilimanjaro to Arusha
    Kilimanjaro to Arusha
    • Final Descent & Transfer
    • Transfer - Private - Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport (JRO) - Vehicle/Guide(6)
    Breakfast
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Arusha

Your private, English-speaking driver will meet you in the public waiting area after passing through baggage claim to transfer you to your hotel.

Prior to departing on your first day of activities, a trip representative will meet you at your hotel (often in the morning) to give you a briefing on the details of your trip.

While you are in the care of Kensington Tours, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all Kensington Tours clients are covered by “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment.  This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel built on an active coffee plantation in Tanzania.  Lying on the green foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any safari. Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home which dates back over one hundred years.

Elephant
Elephant
Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arusha Coffee Lodge

Day 2: Kilimanjaro

Tips during the duration of your climb are included in your itinerary pricing.

Every excursion team is equipped with a fully operational safety kit. The kit includes a portable altitude chamber (on crater ascents), first aid kids, pulse oximeters, oxygen with regulator & mask, neck brace, mobile phone, satelite phone (on shira & crater), water filter, stethascope, portable stretcher, guest & crew AMS monitoring sheets.

Excursion guides and crews are specifically trained and instructed to ensure, wherever possible, that our guests can walk off the mountain, unaided, themselves. They are also trained extensively on monitoring systems and also management of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), and more advanced forms of mountain sickness such as HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema).

In the morning you are picked up and then drive around Kilimanjaro to the Eastern side to Nale Muru to register at the gate. After all of the formalities are complete, you and the rest of the crew begin hiking through farm and pine plantations and then through afromontane forest until you reach the Simba camp where you will rest this evening.

Accommodation: Luxury Tent (B,L,D)

An overnight camp area will be set up in a clearing on the trail. Clients will be provided with:

Client Tent: a luxury 3-person "pup" tent used for 2 people (singles will use a 2-person tent), a 3" mattress, pillow, -18 Celcius rated sleeping bag, and thermal liner. The 3-person tent is 54" high, 106" front to back, 99" across. Floor area: 65 sq. ft.

Mess Tent: communal walk-in mess tent, lightweight table and backed chairs.

Other: lavatory tent.

Cooks will be on site to provide meals.

Day 3: Kilimanjaro

Today you will Ascend to Second Cave (3,450m) with views of the Eastern ice fields. After lunch you leave the main trail and head towards Mawenzi to reach the Kikelewa caves campsite, situated in a sheltered valley.

Accommodation: Luxury Tent (B,L,D)

Day 4: Kilimanjaro

This morning you will hike up close to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m) located in a cirque beneath Mawenzi. In the afternoon you head out for an acclimatisation walk with your guide before returning to Mawenzi Tarn Camp for the evening.

Accommodation: Luxury Tent (B,L,D)

Day 5: Kilimanjaro

Today is an acclimatisation and rest day. Your guide takes you on a hike which normally lasts for around 4 hours before returning to overnight at the Mawenzi Tarn Camp.

Accommodation: Luxury Tent (B,L,D)

Day 6: Kilimanjaro

Today you cross the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo in the alpine desert zone. The camp is situated at 4,700 meters. In the afternoon it is time to prepare for the night ascent and then an early dinner and to bed for a few hours.

Accommodation: Luxury Tent (B,L,D)

Day 7: Kilimanjaro

An early start is required to arrive in time for a dawn on the roof of Africa! You ascend Kibo volcano via Gilman's point (5,685m) which takes around 6 to 7 hours. It is then a further 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the summit. From there, descend to Kibo for refreshment and food and then continue down to Horomobo camp.

Accommodation: Luxury Tent (B,L,D)

Day 8: Kilimanjaro - Arusha

The final section descends to Marangu hut via Mandara hut to Marangu gate where you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved shower!

You’ll enjoy an airport transfer between your Arusha hotel and Kilimanjaro International Airport with a private vehicle and English speaking driver.

Accommodation: Onsea House

Onsea House is located just outside Arusha, perched on a hill, overlooking the Maasai steppe, Arusha, the Monduli Mountains and Mount Meru. It is situated in a peaceful setting, perfect for spectacular sundowners and a truly rural feel only a 7 minute drive from Arusha town centre and 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lodging style includes self contained guest cottage, prime guestroom, and private family room within a calm African-Colonial setting, featuring elegant decorations.

Onsea House exterior
Onsea House exterior
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Arusha Coffee Lodge: Arusha

Arusha Coffee Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel built on an active coffee plantation in Tanzania.  Lying on the green foothills that cascade down from the ever-present Mount Meru is the bustling town of Arusha. It is here on the outskirts of this town, hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, that you will find Arusha Coffee Lodge, a perfect haven for relaxation either before or after any safari. Arusha Coffee Lodge has been designed around the original landowner’s home which dates back over one hundred years.

Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arusha Coffee Lodge

Luxury Tent (B,L,D): Kilimanjaro

An overnight camp area will be set up in a clearing on the trail. Clients will be provided with:

Client Tent: a luxury 3-person "pup" tent used for 2 people (singles will use a 2-person tent), a 3" mattress, pillow, -18 Celcius rated sleeping bag, and thermal liner. The 3-person tent is 54" high, 106" front to back, 99" across. Floor area: 65 sq. ft.

Mess Tent: communal walk-in mess tent, lightweight table and backed chairs.

Other: lavatory tent.

Cooks will be on site to provide meals.

Luxury tents
Luxury tents

Onsea House: Arusha

Onsea House is located just outside Arusha, perched on a hill, overlooking the Maasai steppe, Arusha, the Monduli Mountains and Mount Meru. It is situated in a peaceful setting, perfect for spectacular sundowners and a truly rural feel only a 7 minute drive from Arusha town centre and 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lodging style includes self contained guest cottage, prime guestroom, and private family room within a calm African-Colonial setting, featuring elegant decorations.

Onsea House exterior
Onsea House exterior
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

  • Neal F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Best trip ever. Sarah was a delight to work with and answered all of our questions and concerns professionally and courteously. It was a trip of a lifetime and everything was fantastic. Thank u Sarah and thank you Kensington

  • Rachel F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Kensington Tours gave us a wonderful trip with the best guide and accommodations. They helped us book flights to avoid long drives and answered all of our questions going above and beyond. Thank you for all your help giving my family and I a trip of a lifetime! We cannot wait to go back to Africa and do it again using Kensington!

  • Jeffrey L. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We wanted the full safari experience and Kensington was able to deliver it. We had the perfect mix of tents and lodges and honestly can say we saw about everything we could have in our time there. Our Kensington guide Elijah was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was basically a member of the family by the end of the trip. The entire trip was planned out perfectly. Thanks to Kensington and we hope to travel with them again in the future.

  • Sarah M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had such a tremendous trip! We covered a lot of geography, plants and animals - both aquatic and land based. Every guide we had was knowledgeable and very personable. When Grootbos and then Madikwe found out it was my husband's birthday - our guide at Grootbos "Nita" arranged a private party for him (and us) and our chef and butler at Little Madikwe, Violet and Patience, baked cupcakes and got a small group together to sing happy birthday - in English and Afrikaans! We could never have seen so much on our own. The knowledge we gained about South African people, places, animals and history made this our trip of a lifetime! Thank you!

  • Sasha T. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had the most amazing time on our trip. Very grateful to Kensington for organizing all the pick ups and details so we didn't have to think or worry - we could just enjoy ourselves. Will absolutely recommend this trip to family and friends and hope to use Kensington again in the future for our next adventure. Thanks so much!

  • Kristin C. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    From the minute we landed, everything was taken care of. Every driver and guide we had were very friendly and efficient. The highlight of our trip was our stay at Kapama Southern Camp, everything about this place was amazing. We were all sad to leave and would love to return there in the future. Would highly recommend booking as many people there as possible.

  • Eric W. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Madagascar is a very poor country with spotty infrastructure. We used Kensington for their knowledge of the area and their resources and we are very pleased. Our driver for the trip was very professional and knowledgeable of the area and the guide that we used for the rainforest walks was equally knowledgeable and professional. Bari, our guide, had a passion for the area and wanted to make sure we were able to get the best picture of each sighting. Franco, our driver, had a passion for his country and the sights and he was a definite asset on our trip.

  • Tom B. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Guides were incredibly well-informed and taught my wife and I about the environment, animals, and culture. Our tour would have just been commonplace, without them.

  • Mary R. — July 20, 2016 — Africa

    Going with Kensington Tours was a great decision. The transfers between resorts was handled very professionally and extremely smooth. I will plan my next trip to South Africa with Kensington. Money well spent!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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