Marangu Route is often called the Tourist Route or the Coca-Cola Route and is both the least difficult and the shortest way to reach Uhuru Peak. It is also the oldest of the routes. 70% of all climbers choose to take this route, as it mostly consists of easy hiking.
While this is the ‘easiest’ route, it also has a high failure rate due to poor preparation. If you take the route seriously and prepare adequately, you’ll be fine.
Marangu is not considered as scenic as other routes, but it has the benefit of boasting hut accommodation along the route – which makes it a good choice in the rainy season.
You can choose to complete this route in either five days or six days.
At a glance
• Approaches from the south of the mountain
• Oldest, most established route on the mountain
• Said to be the easiest path up the summit because of its gradual slopes
• The only route which offers dormitory-style hut accommodations instead of tent camps
• Can be done in 5 days although success rate is low for this
• Recommended: 6 days to allot an extra day for acclimatization
• Uses the same route for ascent and descent
• Most preferred during wet season because of its accommodation type
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Combine your climb with an incredible Big 5 Safari and/or beautiful beach getaway to Zanzibar Island for the Ultimate Tanzania experience.
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Luna Safaris was great. They were very responsive and accommodating of all our requests and questions. We saw so many animals, including the big five! Our driver guide, Subira, was... read more great. She was very informative and got us to Arusha national park, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, Lake Manyara, and back safe. All the accommodations were fantastic. I would highly recommend Luna Safaris.
30th January 2024
I traveled with a group of 10 friends coming from all over the U.S. Communication from Michaela was fantastic throughout the whole process from questions on how to obtain our... read more visa’s to keeping track of everyone’s landing times. We were met at the airport by Alfani.
From the moment we landed everything was perfect. Every hotel, meal, park was perfect. We had two of the best guides, Eric and Anderson. I highly recommend them. They were fun and taught us a lot about the culture and educated us on the animals we saw. Plus they made sure we saw all of the Big 5. We spent a total 7 nights on safari and ended with 3 nights in Zanzibar. It was just the perfect trip.
I highly recommend you use Luna Safari to plan your African Safari. And don’t skip the hot air balloon ride!!
27th January 2024
We have had the most amazing week spent with Luna safari for our honeymoon 😍. Eric was our guide and he was simply amazing, we have learnt so much... read more from him over the past week & we were so blessed to have him as our guide 🙏🏻. We saw the big 5, a zebra giving birth in the Ngorongoro Crater & and also a cheetah! Eric went above and beyond to ensure that we had the best experience.
From the point of enquiry, to the point of departure of the airport to come home Michaela was always on the end of the phone answering all of the questions that we had. It was so reassuring to know that we had a point of call whilst out here should we have needed anything!
We stayed in five different accommodations while we were here and all were absolutely stunning, the service and food also.
Thank you so much Michaela and the Luna Safari family for all of your hard work piecing together the perfect honeymoon for us, Luna Safari will always hold a place in our hearts 💕
26th January 2024
Once in a lifetime experience. What an out of this world trip!!!
We booked a 7-day safari experience for a group of 10. Our drivers and tour guides... read more for this wonderful adventure were Eric and Anderson. I can’t imagine a better team! They were knowledgeable and experienced, able to expertly navigate the rugged terrain and locate the most elusive animals. We had numerous opportunities to view the majestic “Big 5” in their natural habitats with several coming within just feet of our 4x4. Importantly, both Eric and Anderson were adamant in the preservation of the animals and their habitat keeping us safe at all times while ensuring we did not disturb the wildlife.
A profound Thank You to Eric, Anderson, and Luna Safari for an experience I’ll never forget!!!
23rd January 2024
We had the most amazing time! Eric and Anderson were hands down the best guides we could have hoped for. They were extremely knowledgeable and very energetic! Eric promised us... read more we would see the big 5 and he delivered! Michaela kept us well informed throughout the safari. Highly highly recommend luna safari and in case anyone is wondering, these pictures were taken from a cellphone 🙂
17th January 2024
Luna Travel stated, “A magically wild adventure across Tanzania”.
We are very privileged to have travelled to Nairobi Kenya to the award-winning Giraffe Manor, this is where we got... read more close to the Rothschild Giraffe. Our adventure started with afternoon tea, the giraffes came to introduce themselves, walking up the garden where we had the chance to feed them and take photographs.
The next morning, our wake-up call was the giraffes tapping on the windows, we opened them, and they poked their heads through our bedroom window, shortly followed by a stunning and beautiful breakfast where we dined with the giraffes. This was truly a magical experience.
We then flew by bush plane to Kilimanjaro airport, this was more like a private plane as there was only 3 passengers, and a totally unique experience. Our adventure in Tanzania started by meeting the owners of the company –Alfani and Michaela, they took us to our first hotel Arusha Villa Karamu. The staff met us with huge smiles and could not do enough for us to make our stay special. What was special – we literally had the villa to ourselves, felt like film stars with our own private chefs. This is a pleasant hotel with good amenities, food and a good range of local beers.
We were then picked up by our guide for the week Erick, this young man was truly amazing and “fantabulouse” from start to finish. Polite, well mannered, knowledgeable of the local area and nothing was ever too much trouble, truly an excellent ambassador for Luna Travel!
Tarangire National Park is truly idyllic, the park is famous for its elephants, unfortunately, we did not see any as you cannot predict wild animals’ movements. The park is beautiful and full of species I have only seen in zoos in the UK. Erick did everything he could for us and eventually with his knowledge and tenacity we came across lions and a leopard, which is the most difficult to see due to their shy nature. This was 2 of the big 5. We were elated, the game drive was on! After a long busy day, we stayed in the Dreams Lodge, this is truly an idyllic surrounding, and something so special.
Serengeti National Park is truly breath-taking, filled with animals from zebras, wilder beasts, impalas, ostriches. Again, the knowledge from our amazing guide was able to show us buffalos, hyenas and even managed to find lions in the middle of a chasing wilder beasts and dung beetles rolling elephant’s dung! The full day was spent driving game in the Serengeti, totally amazing and exhausting at the same time. We went on to stay at the Ang’ata Luxury Camp – basically tents in the middle of the Serengeti I might add with a flushing toilet! This was a different experience hearing hyenas and the roars of lions in the middle of the night. Staff were very attentive with safety and had escorts everywhere during the evening. We woke up early in the morning to go on a balloon ride over the Serengeti – this is not to be missed. The captain CJ was hilarious all the way through and made a special moment even more special. After the breathtaking balloon ride, we were back in the safari truck looking for the elusive elephant, and with the amazing skills and knowledge of our guide we hit the big 4.
Onto Ngorongoro crater, this place is jam packed full of all critters including the Black Rhino. Again, our talented guide Erick who has eyes like a hawk – we struck gold – the BIG 5 was seen. Not only did we see one Rhino we saw three!!!
In total the Big 5 = 3 Rhino, 2 Leopards, 50 lions, 90 Elephants, and approx 150 African Buffalo.
Luna travel had our trip planned with the finest of details, well organised, personable as Michaela was in contact with us throughout to ensure our stay was excellent from start to finish. Erick could not do enough for us and he made our trip even more special as we have made a friend for life.
18th December 2023
Absolutely exceptional experience.
The safari was just another world. Waking up each day to be greeted by the big Five was indescribable.
Our guide made every... read more day so fun and interesting and the lodgings were CRAZY BEAUTIFUL.
Luxurious Treehouses within the National Park Canopy was a highlight in Tarangire as well as the GORGEOUS Serengeti Camp and the resort selected in Zanzibar for us.
We ate so much I think we have both come home a stone heavier but the food was so delicious.
Other safari goers always looking on at us with our yummy hot lunch hamper each day. We certainly felt special, which is exactly what we wanted for our anniversary trip.
We chose Luna Safari firstly because of their website... it stood out so much as a family run outfit with a team who really put the effort in. Upon contacting them it became clear we were right.
Were thrilled we chose them, were sad its over but so glad we did this trip. Just worried now that no other holiday we take going forward will compare to this.
6th December 2023
We had the most amazing trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar, organised by Luna Safari. The attention to detail from the moment we arrived was fantastic. We were initially nervous about... read more going on safari with our two young daughters (3 & 7 years) but Michaela promised they would create a trip we would not forget, and this is exactly what they did. From giving advice before we traveled, to creating an itinerary that would gave us a taste of local Tanzania life, to the perfect, relaxing finish to our holiday in Zanzibar. We will be talking about this trip for a long time! Our safari guide was Eric, who was the perfect guide, making it his mission that we saw everything we could and getting the best spots to take pictures. He was also the perfect guide to have with children, our girls loved him! Travelling around with young children can come with its challenges, but Luna Safari did everything to make things easy for us, like checking us in at the airport so the children didn’t have to queue and carrying a sleeping 3 year old to allow me to take in the sights is the personal attention to detail you’ll not get with any other company. It was also my husbands birthday while we were there and not only did they arrange two birthday cakes, but our safari jeep was decorated with a birthday banner and balloons. Luna Safari made his birthday this year!
Thank you Luna Safari, we have all left a piece of our hearts in Tanzania and we have taken away memories made with our girls that we’ll keep forever.
21st November 2023
If you want to have your holiday of a lifetime ask Luna to arrange it for you.
They created the most wonderful and memorable holiday of our lives. Everything... read more was organised perfectly starting with a champagne greeting at the airport which we enjoyed on our drive to our first hotel stay in Arusha. Our guide Eric then picked us up at 8.30 the following morning and we spent the next 6 days together travelling through the best safari parks in Tanzania, with overnight stays at the most amazing hotels and even 2 nights at a proper lodge under canvas with zebra, gazelle, wildebeest, Impala and lions, just outside our tent! I had my camera and binoculars permanently stuck to my face. Eric made it his mission to make sure I saw leopards in their natural environment, and we saw them twice which brought tears to my eyes. This had been one of my life time ambitions. We also saw hundreds of other birds and animals, many of them right next to our truck.. Luna also arranged a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti and this was the best experience of my life so far. I was really upset when our safari was over but again Luna pulled all the stops out and arranged for us to stay at a fabulous hotel in the north of Zanzibar with the best bungalow on the site right on the beach where we could watch the sun rise from our fabulous 4 poster bed. Five stars is not enough, it should be a 10 star rating for the best holiday of our lives - Thank you Michaela and Khalfani for making it happen xx
27th October 2023
Our time in Tanzania with Luna Safari is something we will never forget. Not a day goes by that me and my husband don't bring up and reflect back on... read more some part of this amazing trip. So much so that we've already been in touch with Michaela & Alfani in order to plan our second safari with them for next year!!
The warm welcome, the kindness and attentiveness we experienced throughout our trip were all absolutely unrivalled by any other company weve ever travelled with or tour weve ever taken.
This wonderful family are doing everything right and the safari they put together for us was nothing short of spectacular. From the beautiful accommodations, exciting game drives which moved at a pace that suited us, the hot hamper lunches, delicious breakfasts and 3 course dinners, our epic balloon flight in Serengeti, bush sundowners and our time on the beaches of Zanzibar.
We feel we got to experience so much of Tanzania which is very clearly a country that Michaela and Alfani (company owners) have such an incredible love for - just ask them why they called their company Luna Safari. They're remarkable people with a beautiful story.
Alfani is a local Tanzanian and Michaela from the UK, which we felt combined the perfect balance of local expertise with exceptionally high standards.
Tanzania is wonderful - book with Luna Safari. You'll have no regrets.
12th October 2023