The iconic Kilimanjaro marathon is a unique UNESCO run in Africa.
“Kili” as Africa's highest mountain is affectionately known, is a iconic sight you should see at least once in your lifetime.
Also able to be used as a comrades marathon qualifier, this AIMS registered marathon, is run in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro; Africa’s highest mountain, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Permanent glaciers flow down from her summit, while her sheer presence dominates the entire area.
About the Marathon Route
The route passes through many smallholding farms, villages, banana and coffee plantations, providing great excitement to you as the locals give ample vocal support.
The marathon route starts at Moshi stadium and heads down towards town and along the main road to Dar es Salaam for approximately 8-9 km. This section of the route is relatively flat, and there are plenty of spectators and well-wishers along the road.
Turn around and head back to Moshi, turning toward the mountain and heading up a long, steady ascent towards Mweka. The uphill climb is gradual, but with Kilimanjaro towering above and all the local villagers out to cheer you on, the time passes quickly.
The route then winds through a lovely forest area before turning for a fast downhill run back toward the stadium.
Regular water tables as well as ‘sponging points’ and the odd ‘shower’ keeps you refreshed and cool along the entire route.
Half Marathon route
The half marathon route also starts at the Moshi stadium and after a short, flat section, it follows the gradual uphill route to Mweka as per the full marathon – before turning back towards the stadium.
The atmosphere in the stadium is electric with local bands playing, entertainment, crowds of local enthusiasts to cheer you on, and lots of food and drink available.
Cut off times
Full marathon – 42.2km: cut-off after 6 hrs
Half Marathon – 21.1km: cut-off after 6 hrs
Fun Run – 5km: no cut-off
Tanzania is a premier safari destination as well as a climbers and beach lovers dream
Along with the incredible luxury of Zanzibar with its white sandy beaches and incredible marine life, you can truly immerse yourself in all the scenic unique beauty this destination has to offer.
You can find yourself stargazing the vast African sky while climbing Africa’s highest peak. Or marvel at the incredible wildlife in the famous Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire parks.
Have a look at some of the packages Unique Scenic Travel offers along with this scenic marathon.
Kilimanjaro Marathon Package:
Tick off a UNESCO marathon with this 4 day package
Kilimanjaro Marathon and Beach Holiday Package:
Celebrate your marathon by spending a week relaxing on the gorgeous African beaches where you can sock up the sun and explore the marine life of Zanzibar
Kilimanjaro Marathon and Safari Holiday Package:
Celebrate your UNESCO marathon by seeing the best of Tanzania’s wildlife on a incredible safari.
Kilimanjaro Marathon and Machame Route Climb Holiday Package:
Really challenge yourself by completing both the marathon and by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame route.
Kilimanjaro Marathon and Rongai Route Climb Holiday Package:
Really challenge yourself by completing both the marathon and by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Rongai route.