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Marangu is a town in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. It is divided into Marangu East and Marangu West, each with its own villages, and is one of the most famous places in Tanzania, recognized as the main gateway for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.


The Marangu route is famously known as the Coca-Cola route because you can get a bottle of Coca-Cola at each hut. It was the first route established to climb Kilimanjaro. KINAPA reports that it has the lowest success rate (42%) of all the routes as too many climbers attempt it in only 5 days and fail due to poor acclimatization. Marangu uses the same ascent and descent route as the other routes, so it is less scenic than the others when approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast.

Marangu Route Kilimanjaro and Success Rates


Mount Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route is the oldest and most established trekking route on the mountain, and it remains popular despite the availability of many other options.

This path provides trekkers with a classic Kilimanjaro climbing experience, complete with sweeping views and a wonderful hiking adventure to Uhuru Peak. However, it also has some unique aspects that set it apart from all the other routes, giving it a distinctive character and feel all it’s own.

For climbers who do not wish to camp, then Marangu is the only route that offers dormitory-style hut accommodation. The huts have a communal dining room, simple washrooms, and toilets that lower down will be flushable, but as you move higher up the mountain will be “long drop” loos.

Although some climbers like the idea of staying in the huts rather than camping you need to remember that on the Marangu route you will be sharing the hut with lots of other climbers in open dormitory accommodation. The hut accommodation also means the Marangu route is one of the best routes to make the attempt on Kilimanjaro during the rainy season

The Marangu route is a good six-day hike for those who have not trekked much at high altitudes, with an effective extra day’s acclimatization, giving a better success rate. Experienced and already acclimatized mountaineers may opt for the more difficult 5-day ascent along the Marangu route.

Top sights in Marangu

Chagga museum

This day trip to visit Marangu village on the slopes of Kilimanjaro is an ideal add-on to either end of your safari on the Northern Circuit or the Kilimanjaro Climb. This trip will lead you to an unforgettable experience in the Chagga society which is among the big tribes in Tanzania where you will get a deep insight into the traditional lifestyle of this agricultural society.

Marangu lies in the fertile hills of Kilimanjaro where a village guide will be waiting for you and bring you first of all to the Chagga Live Museum, where you will get a deep insight into the traditional lifestyle of this agricultural society and also the family history.

He will then lead you through the coffee and banana plantations to a spectacular waterfall. On the way, he will tell you and point out the fauna and flora of the region. At the waterfall, you will have lunch, and if you fancy you may take a plunge in the refreshing waters of the waterfall. In the afternoon, you will be driven to the village of Mamba. This small village is famous for its caves, which were once used to hide the women and children for weeks during the Chagga – Masai wars. At Mamba, you will also visit a local blacksmith who still forges spearheads in the traditional manner. Late in the afternoon, we will take you back to your hotel for Lunch.

Do you need to book in advance to visit Chagga Museum?
We recommend booking Chagga Museum tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund.

Kinukamori Waterfall

Kinukamori Waterfall is located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will visit Kinukamori waterfalls in Marangu where you can walk down to the base of the waterfalls and swim or just relax.

Marangu:-best known as one of the most sought routes to Kilimanjaro is a market town with a cool climate at its starting point. Marangu village is visited by all those who want to trek through this route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The village is an ideal starting point with a number of opportunities for travelers that include hiking, bird watching and most importantly taking the sights of Rural Africa where you can feel the real thrill of traditional Africa. If you are on a cultural tour, you would be excited watching the traditional blacksmiths, visiting nearby caves, waterfalls, coffee plantation areas, etc, and the experience of the lifestyle of the local Chagga tribe would mesmerize you.

The word Marangu means a place with too many water streams.  There are three main waterfalls at Marangu.  The waterfalls are situated on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro 40 minute drive from Moshi town.

MaranguNdoro Waterfall

At the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro Ndoro waterfall is one of the most popular and largest waterfalls in the area. Ndoro Waterfall is located in the beautiful countryside surrounding Marangu. A one-hour hike thru the lush landscapes of Chaga land will take you to the entrance hut of Ndoro, where you will be given a hiking stick to assist you to the base of the fall.

Simple steps, occasionally steep, with banisters consisting of thick tree branches, have been edge into the hill and zigzag toward the bottom. The entrance area is well maintained and makes a great rest stop after having climbed back up. Hiking boots are recommended.


Kilasia Waterfall

A 30 or 40 minutes drive will take us to Marangu town, near the Marangu gate, from where we will start our hike.  We will be walking on a small path road thru a beautiful forest, which will take us to Kilasia waterfall. On the way, you will see the intercropping of bananas, coffee, beans, and corn.


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