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is located in the Marangu
area in the northeast
region of Tanzania
This long-established hotel enjoys a pleasant semi-rural location around 2km northwest of the village centre.
The hotel has plenty of character. The main building contains large public areas including an interesting pub, with around 40 rooms being ranged across the first floor and in smaller outbuildings to the rear.
Kibo Hotel used to be our main trekking base in the area and we do still have some lingering affection for the place.
But the truth is that it has been steadily going downhill for many years and it would now take a major investment to restore it to former glories.
In 2008 we moved our main base for treks on the Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route treks route from here to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort, which may have less character but is considerably more reliable.
For higher quality routes on the west of the mountain ... Mount Kilimanjaro Shira Route treks and Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route treks ... we prefer to base trekkers at one of the higher quality lodges in Arusha
Many trekkers also spend time in the adjacent Tanzania North
region, including Serengeti safari
, Ngorongoro safari
, Tarangire safari
and Lake Manyara safari
Some visitors also combine with options further afield including Ruaha safari
and Selous safari
to the south of the country, Katavi safari
and Mahale Mountains chimpanzee safari
out west, Maasai Mara safari
over the border in Kenya and Virunga Mountains gorilla safari
over in Rwanda.
These mainland areas are also commonly combined with nights down on the Tanzania Coast
, especially on Zanzibar Island
, Pemba Island
, Mafia Island
or Fanjove Island
, usually in trips of 10 to 21 nights.