is a large village which backs up against the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro
, about 30 minutes by road north-east of Moshi
in Tanzania Northeast
The park gate here is the trail head and foot for the Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route treks
, the main low-quality high-volume route on the mountain, which we tend not to operate.
Much more interestingly, the gate also acts as the registration point for the far more interesting Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route treks
, which means that trekkers need to stay here in Marangu the previous night in order to register, before driving around to the trail foot in the remote north-east.
For guests undertaking Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route treks
we use one of the hotels here in the village as a base ...Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort
... is a pretty ordinary hotel, but the best in the village and our primary base trekking.
We tend to stay here for 1 to 2 nights before and 1 night after the trek.
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.