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Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

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    15 days
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Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari

Climbing from Kilimanjaro’s rainforests to its glacier capped 19,340’ summit is simply an unforgettable experience.


  • Hike through the soaring rainforests and sleep amongst the giant heather of the Machame Route, a more beautiful and less traveled option to the standard “Coca-Cola Route” of Kilimanjaro.
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with an experienced RMI Guide, benefiting from the background, training, and expertise of our guides as you venture to higher altitudes.
  • Enjoy the support of RMI’s fantastic local mountain staff who ensure our team benefits from fresh and clean food, comfortable camps, and the luxury of carrying only light day packs throughout the climb.  
  • Improve your chances of success with seven days on the mountain, taking advantage of our carefully planned acclimatization schedule as we traverse the southern side of Kilimanjaro in preparation for summit day.
  • After the climb watch bull elephants walk across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater and leopards lounge in the Acacia trees of the Tarangire, embarking on a safari to Tanzania’s famous National Parks where we witness one of the greatest wildlife spectacles found anywhere on earth.
  • Take part in the legacy of an RMI adventure and see why we continue to set the standard in guiding excellence.

We begin our adventures amongst the tea, coffee, and banana fields on the lower slopes of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Arusha, Tanzania. Our climb of Kilimanjaro ascends Machame Route, which  is also known as the Whiskey Route for  its “intoxicating” views of the mountain.

The extraordinary success rate of our chosen route is attributed to the fact we spend a full seven days on the mountain, giving our team the needed time to properly acclimatize on our way to the summit.

The altitude makes our Kilimanjaro guided climb challenging, but the support of local porters allows our team to carry only light packs throughout the trip, letting us focus on the climb and appreciate the experience of climbing Kilimanjaro. 

Following the Kilimanjaro climb we return to Arusha before departing on our safari. Over the course of four days we watch herds of Africa’s greatest animals amidst the scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Parks. Each evening we return to the comfortable luxuries of our secluded safari lodges, located right along the edges of the parks we visit. Watching the sun set across the African landscape from the porch of our safari lodge is the perfect way to finish our climb of Kilimanjaro.


Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. was established in 1969 and is one of America's oldest and most-trusted guide services. We are the largest guide service on Mt. Rainier and Denali and leaders in guiding climbs and treks around the globe. Our years of leading mountain adventures give us the experience and knowledge to lead the best possible trips. We work hard to live up to our reputation as an industry leader. Our trip preparation before departure takes care of the details for you, from lodging and airport transfers to safari schedules, so that you can focus on preparing for the climb instead of the distraction that comes with coordinating logistics.

Our Kilimanjaro climbs are led by RMI’s foremost U.S. guides, who bring years of climbing experience on not only Kilimanjaro but on mountains all over the world, from the Andes to the Alaska Range to the Himalayas. As you reach higher elevations and test the limits of your experience, the value of an accomplished, highly trained RMI Guide held to our standards and who can effectively communicate with you cannot be understated. Our professional guides often make the difference between safely reaching the summit or not. We have cultivated a close relationship with our local outfitter on Kilimanjaro whose years of organizing Kilimanjaro climbs is evident in the outstanding local staff we climb with. Our relationships there are the key to our trip’s success.

RMI’s climb of Kilimanjaro redefines the meaning of mountain luxury. With spacious sleeping tents, private toilets, and dining tents complete with tables and chairs that accompany us up the mountain.

During our time in Arusha and while on  safari we stay at select  lodges that are intimate, comfortable, and wonderfully run; they have been hand picked by our guides over the course of the years as their favorites. On the mountain we provide the highest quality food and facilities for keeping our spirits elevated and health in order. Our professional, experienced cooks adhere to strict standards of hygiene while fresh, clean fruits and vegetables complement our diverse menu. With spacious sleeping tents, private toilets, and dining tents complete with tables and chairs that accompany us up the mountain, our highly sought after mountain staff has thought of every detail – from the candles at dinner to the hot cup of tea in bed each morning!

RMI proudly accepts the International Mountain Explorers Connection’s (IMEC) choice of RMI as a Partner for Responsible Travel. Through its Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) in Moshi, Tanzania, IMEC focuses on improving the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro. RMI Expeditions works to ensure proper outfitting for the Kilimanjaro porters assisting on our programs. This includes providing for their food and water, securing care during sickness, helping with the receipt of their wages and tips, and ensuring that loads do not exceed the maximum recommended amount.


Our standard program is 15 days and includes a safari program after our climb. We welcome family and friends not keen on climbing Kilimanjaro but interested in experiencing the safari afterwards with you to join our team during this portion of our adventure. For climbers pressed for time we offer a Kilimanjaro Climb only that is 12 days long and includes the climbing portion of the program only. Please contact our office for more details.

From watching herds of wildebeest traverse the Serengeti to walking the white sand beaches of Zanzibar, East Africa offers a lifetime of adventures for visitors; we can help you tailor your visit to capture the very best of the region. If you are interested in extending your visit please contact our office for more details.


Safety has always been RMI's top priority and we strive to create the safest mountain experience possible. RMI's experienced team of guides focus on leading a fun and successful climb without compromising safety. We apply the same standards of safety we bring to Alaska and the Himalayas to our climbs of Mt. Kilimanjaro. While Kilimanjaro is a non-technical mountain, we do reach high altitudes. Our guides are trained, experienced, and certified by rigorous American standards in wilderness and high altitude medicine, avalanche training, and leave no trace techniques. We have spent considerable time in the mountains and know how to do so safely and comfortably; we don’t rush to the top but instead focus on using techniques that allow us to adjust and even excel in the thin air.  Comprehensive medical kits, rescue equipment, and radio and satellite communication equipment are carried with the team throughout the climb.

As you prepare for your upcoming adventure please feel free to contact our office and speak directly to one of our experienced guides regarding equipment, conditioning, the route, or any other questions you may have about our programs. We are available Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (888) 89-CLIMB or info@rmiguides.com.

Kilimanjaro Climber Reviews

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We will forever remember our experience and have memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for everything!
Christine C.

Logistics were planned to perfection. The exquisite lodges after the hike were an incredibly nice surprise.
Darrin C.

The guides and staff on the mountain. These guys are top notch in every regard. Even during the difficult times, Casey was a leader and lightened the mood. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to climb with him.
Darla S.

The adventure. Having our family together and doing something so amazing. The lodging on the safari was outstanding and I wish we could have stayed for longer. Barking Zebra is an outstanding partner for RMI.
Adriana B.

Experiencing the location, people, and geography. I think the route on Kilimanjaro is a good choice.
David M.

Where to begin? I went there to hike/climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, but knew that I couldn't pass up the chance to take in the Safari. My enduring memory of the experience will be our ascent of this beautiful mountain, the friendships I made with fellow climbers, but the guidance and instruction we all received from our RMI guide Casey ensured this trip exceeded all our expectations. No doubt he was working as hard behind the scenes to ensure our smooth transition between locations, managing logistics etc., but this trip I just can't boil down to one single more enjoyable moment - reaching Stella Point? Getting to know our incredible local porters and guides? Meeting regular Tanzanians along the way? Seeing wild game? Summitting? It's a cliche to say this was a trip of a lifetime, but I think this really was. Unforgettable.
John H.

Excellent support in all forms on the mountain; and high quality lodging on the safari portion
Elaine M.

We had a group of 9 come together like a group of friends. We all enjoyed meal times and having some laughs and telling stories. Swapping around in the safari vehicles to spend time with one another, while enjoying the amazing scenery and views.
Andrew M.

This was a first for me, not having climbed anything higher than 4,000 ft in my home state of NH and current home in Maine. It was the challenge that, at age 60, was my driving force. It was an opportunity for me to step out, get away from my business, get in shape and challenge my physical being. I loved our team, the area was beautiful, the safari was awesome. I loved it all
Catherine S.

I loved that RMI took care of all the logistical details (itinerary, transportation, tips, lodging), which allowed us to focus on ourselves when needed and the overall experience. Having two safari vehicles was great. It was also great having Mark on the safari,
Michael W.

This was a very well-run program from start to finish. Thank you!
Jennifer O.

Both the climb and safari were excellent. I especially enjoyed the group I was climbing with. We had a great time together.
David S.

Mark Tucker rocks!
Carol C.

The experience in visiting Africa, hiking on Kilimanjaro, and the wildlife parks were all outstanding. It is difficult to pick one thing as the best experience since it was all so good. I believe the guide and local staff made significant contributions to the success of the trip.
Dale F.

The summit. The views. The weather. The challenge. Tuck's faces while losing at Pepito Dos!
Robert S.

I enjoyed every aspect about this trip.
Jason B.

As a whole the trip was fantastic but I really enjoyed the itinerary and being immersed in the African culture from the porters on the mountain to interacting with the Masai people on safari.
Sarah B.

Dave Hahn was an outstanding group leader with a perfect mix of expertise/experience that he shared throughout the trip with the group to his calming and fun personality. He was admired and appreciated by all and did a fantastic job all the way through.
Erwin M.

Everything !
Chris W.

Talking with the African guides and staff, they were all very friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable. They offered great advice and assistance on difficult parts of the mountain. Despite spending 6 nights in a tent, I felt pampered.
Catarina M.

Seth and the local guides really made this trip. Everything was well organized and everyone was accommodating.
Rachel P.

Everything was amazing
Thom C.

I though the trip was amazing!! Camp life was fun... the journey to the top was the best for me
Kim P.

This was a trip of a lifetime, enjoyed every moment. The mountain was incredible, the safari was better than I could have imagined, just an overall great trip.
Molly R.

I've referred 10 people already and more planning on climbing Rainier. Convinced some from Elbrus climb to sign on for McKinley with us in May.
Todd H.

The overall itinerary and accommodations were awesome. Didn't have to think about anything just did what JJ said. LOVED the Plantation Lodge.
Ashley J.

We had a really great group of climbers that got along with each other. People make and break a trip like this.
David R.

Our team meshed really well, which is difficult to predict but certainly appreciated when present. Casey's preparation and ability to manage various personalities and situations helped smooth any potential sore spots and bring the whole team together.
Casey B.

Reaching the summit with my friends!
Charlie S.

I have already recommended RMI and this trip to several people with whom I have shared my pictures. I am also hoping to bring my children on this trip in a couple of years.
Scott F.

RMI has it laid out perfectly. Right amount of time, right equipment list, right places to stay, right porters, right guides, right travel agents....obviously at this point you really have it dialed in. Great experience.
Thomas D.

Climbing with me family, followed by safari with my family
Peter R.

Getting to know the Tanzanians who were such an integral part of our experience.
Bonny R.

The whole thing was great, just the right amount of safari time and plenty of time to get souvenirs and take photos, etc.
Shannon M.

Climbing on the mountain was amazing! The experience of a life time, and then the "cherry on top" was the safari! We were so close to some of my favorite animals! This trip was truly amazing!
William M.

The awesome guides, awesome food & awesome hotels!
Lourdes G.

I enjoyed everything about the trip. Seth's experience and knowledge on climbing the mountain was probably the best, he always had some tips for making it a little easier. I also like the balance of climbing and safari on this program.
Matt M.

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING - trip of a lifetime. Seth was great and so were the other team members. Of course the Porters - each and every one of them are to be highly commended for their support and camaraderie. They were great - especially Eric, Charles, Joseph, Alfred, and of course Samuel who was responsible for my daughters and my belongings. Special thanks to all of them.
Dudley R.

Due to the nature of the climb we had a lot of time to get to know each other including our guides.
Myles L.

I don't really know where to start. Seth was completely terrific as were the five Tanzanian guides (Charles, Eric, Valentin, Joachin, Francis) and the porters. The climb was hard but beyond rewarding, and doing it to with a great RMI team, under Seth's able leadership, was amazing. I really enjoyed the other "clients" too! The safari and the safari lodges were beyond my wildest expectations.
Mary M.

Enhancing my friendship with Seth, meeting and working with all the clients on our team, and coming into contact and sharing time with the excellent Tanzanian people. And doing it all with my wife, my brother and one of my best friends.
Wilder L.

The guides.
Pierre C.

The trip was amazing. I was very impressed with the local organization. The Dik-Dik comes in for a special shout-out for their attention and kindness.
Melissa M.

Hard to pick out one thing. Simple to say it was a trip of the lifetime.
John S.

The mix of climbing, culture and time with our team members. The balance was great on the Kili trip. Mark did great work for all of us, taking care of every detail. Lots of laughs but a great respect for the task ahead of us each day. He is a great cheerleader, encourager and teacher. He set a great tone for the mix of people in our group. Every situation was handled in a great, professional manner. As usual, RMI does it best!
Brian M.

Mt Kilimanjaro climb was a sweet balance of challenge, camaraderie, culture and climate zones!
Laura V.

The pace made the trek were enjoyable and allowed for endless viewing possibilities
Michael V.

The satisfaction of getting to the top of the mountain, especially when I felt so sick. I proved to myself that morning that I could do anything when I put my mind to it. Jeff was a big part of keeping me focused and keeping me mentally strong.
Jo W.

Summiting and then the safari. The Plantation Lodge was an oasis and I loved it there.
Holly B.

The climb and safari were great experiences. An unexpected positive experience was getting the opportunity to observe and interact with the local people. My expectations were very high going into this trip. My expectations were exceeded!
Terry A.

Incorporating in the local culture during our Safari
Tony C.

The Dik Dik staff did an amazing job. I never wanted for anything.
Jesse L.

This trip was fantastic. Everything about it was great.
Eric Y.

Well organzied, professional staff
Kimberly Z.

Very well organized
Dan O.

Summiting Kilimanjaro was the highlight of the trip for me. The safari was very special and the Tarangire National Park was my favourite part of the safari.
Fatima W.

Getting to know Seth and the other climbers. Friends for life!
Kalin M.

everything was organized and timely. No stress about itinerary or equipment. The big dome made dining luxurious
Bruce F.

Every detail was professional
Phillip U.

Summit day
Shelley G.

Getting to know everyone, to experience a fabulous part of the world and to have a great hike to the top!
Gayle H.

The achievement of summiting, and the great group of folks to share a great experience with
Charles T.

not one thing was most enjoyable-.
Holly C.

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