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Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru Climbs

Grant Anderson-Saville
Grant Anderson-Saville Travel Specialist
"The iconic Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, spectacular Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar’s gorgeous beaches …Tanzania has to be a top choice with something for everyone."

Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru Climbs Holidays

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and the world’s tallest free standing massif. It is the fourth highest of the world’s famous ‘Seven Summits’ and its snow-capped image is exceptionally beautiful. Kilimanjaro is a national park covering an area of 3885 square kiliometres and it acquired World Heritage Site status in 1989. The mountain is composed of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo at 5,895 metres (19,340feet), Mawenzi at 5,149 metres (16,896 feet) and Shira at 3,962 metres (13,000 feet). It truly is an awe-inspiring place.

Scaling the mountain can be a daunting prospect, but no technical climbing skills are needed, so most people can succeed. It is far from easy and should not be undertaken lightly; but with good guiding, correct preparation, a suitable choice of route and staying aware of your body’s needs, there is no reason why you should not make it to the top.

Rainbow Tours offers guided groups and private climbs on a selection of the best of Kilimanjaro's routes.

When to climb Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro can be climbed all year round but some months are inevitably better than others, so the climb season runs from mid-December to the end of February and from mid-June to the end of October. Climbing at other times can be pretty tough in terms of weather and logistics.

We pride ourselves on offering routes away from the main, overcrowded climbs, focussing on routes that give you the full wilderness experience that a Kilimanjaro climb should offer.

Climbing Mt Meru

We also arrange climbs on Mt Meru, which - though dwarfed by its imposing neighbour 50kms to the east - is one of Africa’s most elegant peaks. It can also be used as a good acclimatisation climb before ascending Kilimanjaro. With Kilimanjaro firmly in the limelight, Mt Meru is largely forgotten and offers the opportunity to climb in an almost pristine mountain environment.

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Kilimanjaro Group Climb - Rongai Route
  • Adventure
  • Small Group Tours
From £2445 per person
8 day holiday
Flights included
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Tanzania
Climb Africa's highest mountain, following the quieter and less travelled Rongai Route. This six day climb is one of the easier quality routes with 4 - 7 hours climbing per day.
Kilimanjaro & Zanzibar Honeymoon
  • Adventure
  • Honeymoons
From £3180 per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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Tanzania     Zanzibar
A honeymoon for those who seek adventure, share a private Kilimanjaro climb along the Rongai Route followed by a Zanzibar beach break and a visit to Stone Town, Zanzibar's capital city.
Kilimanjaro Group Climb - Shira Route
  • Adventure
  • Small Group Tours
From £3200 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Tanzania
The Shira route approaches the mountain from the west and the 8 day itinerary explores the unspoilt wilderness of Shira Plateau around the Moir Hut and Lent Hills before traversing beneath the stunning Kibo icefields to summit via the Barafu Camp. The route is designed to avoid the crowds as Machame route merges at Shira Hut, and the route passes through Barranco Camp (the busiest camp on western Kili) when virtually no-one will be there, allowing one to enjoy the beauty of this valley. And also have an enjoyable ascent of the Barranco Wall without crowds of climbers. Our summit success of 90% to Uhuru Peak, and 93% to Stella Point reflects this.
Kilimanjaro Group Climb - Lemosho Route
  • Adventure
  • Small Group Tours
From £3275 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Tanzania
The Lemosho Route is a great route for acclimatization, 8 days allowing plenty of time and there is a good balance in the camp heights. In addition the route passes through rich mountain forest, then traverses around the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. The summit success is 90% to Uhuru Peak and 94% to Stella Point.
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