Kilimanjaro Foothills Walk: 4-Day Walk

Summary

Immerse yourself in life on Kilimanjaro as you walk amongst the settlements on the mountain’s lower slopes.  This mountain paradise of warm days and cools nights is ideal for hiking along the footpaths established by the local Chagga people to reach their farm plots, enter the dense rainforest, and visit neighboring villages (in times past for raiding incursions, but now for more peaceful activities).  The trails can be steep and slippery when wet, so trekking poles are strongly recommended.  Comfortable camping in our mobile camps of spacious walk-in tents and a separate dining tent with table and chairs.  Meals consist of international dishes prepared from local foodstuffs by our expert mountain chefs.

Simon Mtuy photos (993)

Kidia - final camp of 2013 Kilimanjaro Stage Run

Brief Itinerary

Total:  5 DayS / 4 NightS

Day 1:  Mweka to Wondo
Morning pick-up from your hotel and vehicle transfer to the trailhead.  We begin the walk on a lower trail used by villagers to access their fields, passing through villages and into the forest. We cross many rivers on small wood bridges or on steady rocks to reach the other side. There are a number of marvelous traditional irrigation channels, most in use for more than a century, to irrigate the mountain farm plots. From the Rau River valley and the waterfall at its head we have a final steep ascent to camp.
Approx. distance: 10km
Overnight: Kilimanjaro View Camp

Day 2:  Wondo to Tema
We begin by traversing between the Kilimanjaro National Park and the local villages, following the sweet-smelling eucalyptus trees planted to demarcate the border. The trail passes above several homesteads and past an ingenious electrical system that uses the water channel.  Higher up, the hiking increases in intensity as we pass a dramatic landscape of ridges and deep valleys, all covered by tropical rain forest, home to troops of blue monkeys, which we may see.  As you pass through the farms and forests, be sure to ask your SENE guide about his experiences growing up in this mountain environment.  Our campsite at a primary school overlooks Moshi Town and the surrounding plain.
Approx. distance: 10km
Overnight: Tema School Camp

Day 3:  Tema to Kidia
After a night camped at 1900 meters, the trail proceeds through several colorful mountain villages and their coffee and maize farms, as well as rivers where you can refresh in the cool and crystal clear water.  Our destination, Kidia Village, is the site of the first European settlement in the Kilimanjaro region. There are many large Catholic and Lutheran churches on the mountain, each with its own story of missionary work among the Chagga people. Our last camp is at another primary school high up the mountain.
Approx. distance: 12km
Overnight: Fumyuhu School Camp

Day 4:  Kidia to Mbahe Village
This section is the most open of our trek, as we encounter several superb viewpoints down over Moshi, and also up toward the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, which emerges as we approach Mbahe Village and Simon Mtuy’s family farm.  Despite the longer distance walked, the trails are gentler and you have time to savor your last day in your mountain paradise.  The Mtuy farm consists of 15 acres of land on which Simon Mtuy’s ancestors raised cattle and today is used as a small ecologically sustainable farm with eight semi-detached guest rooms.
Approx. distance: 14km
Overnight: Mbahe Farm Cottages

Day 5:  Mbahe Village / Departure
Rest, recover, and relax at Mbahe Farm House. Enjoy delicious “homebrew” coffee, grown and roasted on the farm, meals made with fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden, and perhaps take a refreshing swim below the Moonjo River waterfall that sits on the property. It is the perfect spot to relax after your adventure walk on Kilimanjaro! For those returning home you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport to catch your flight. Those staying in Tanzania will start your next adventure today.

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4-Day Walk

Prices 2017

US $840     if 5+ people
US $885     if 4 people
US $1,060   if 3 people
US $1,385   if 2 people
Per Person, Double Occupancy (Single Supplement US$75)

Includes:

  • All accommodations for 5 days/4 nights
  • All meals for 5 days/4 nights
  • Services of hiking guide and camp crew
  • All camping and dining equipment (excluding sleeping bag)
  • Portable private toilet with bio-degradable waste system (Cleanwaste®)
  • Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi, Arusha
  • Filtered water (by Katadyn Expedition system®) and coffee, teas, cocoa

Does Not Include

Tips and gratuities to leaders, guides, crew, or other staff; additional accommodations and meals made necessary by airline schedule changes, inability to complete the walk, or other factors; pre‐trip expenses such as immunizations, travel insurance, passports, and visas; international airfare; airport departure taxes; and any expenses of a personal nature such as souvenirs and laundry.

Photo Credits: Andrew King, Doug Hardy, Simon Mtuy