Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania:
We started our drive at the Lake Manyara National Park very early in the morning to reach the start of the Marangu Route in the Kilimanjaro National Park before noon.
Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to hike all the way up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Nevertheless, in order to get a feeling of this impressive mountain, I went on a day hike encompassing the first stage of the Marangu Route. The hike led through dense rainforest from an altitude of 1840 m at the entrance gate to 2720 m at the Mandara Hut. My guide was walking quite fast, which meant that we managed the 8 km in around 2.5 hours and had enough time to visit the small Maundi Crater slightly above the Mandara Hut. Because we spent some time with a group of black-and-white colobus monkeys (Mantled Guereza), we then had to hurry to be back at the entrance gate before closing time at 6 pm.
After returning from the day hike completely covered in sweat, I had a good night’s rest at Tembo Tamu B&B in the nearby town of Moshi. On the following day I took it easy and just went on a stroll through town before I finally had to say goodbye to Tanzania and an airplane would bring me back to Germany. I had a really fantastic time in East Africa and cannot wait to get back there!