US$700, about half go to park fees (for four days up, 1 day down, 4 nights in huts), the other half goes to the hotel who provide all the support and salaries for the crew. In addition the head guide gets a $50 tip, the assistant guides $30, and the porters $20. Persons feeling particularly grateful for extra personal attention will give additional tips at their discretion. Hotel accommodation is $30 including a full course country style dinner and breakfast. Hotel grounds are beautiful with a restaurant, shop, bar, gardens, and simple cottage style accommodation.
Dave, Andrew, and Brett in the gardens of Marangu Hotel
Food on the mountain:
Breakfast consists of tea, coffee, cocoa, milo. Cornflakes, papaya, bananas, hard boiled eggs, bread and butter and peanut butter or jam or honey. Sausages, tomatoes, and cucumbers. No one is going hungry here.
Having tea upon arrival at Mandara Hut, Day 1
Lunch is in a packed bag and eaten at picnic rest stops, consisting of two sandwiches, carrots, bananas, and a cookie, tea and coffee.
Breakfast at Mandara Hut, Day 2
Afternoon tea on arrival at the hut is popcorn, cookies, and drinks.
Lunch on the way to Horombo Hut, Day 2
Dinner is anything from steak and fried potatoes, to pasta, baked beans and chips, stewed vegetables, cabbage, soup, bread, and fruit or biscuits for dessert. I’d heard horror stories about the food on the mountain and we were very pleasantly surprised.
Dinner at Horombo Hut, Day 2
Everyone carries personal snacks, Suzette & Johann have about a suitcase full of energy bars. There is no shortage of food whatsoever.
Dave enjoying dinner at Horombo Hut, Day 2
All photos by Julie, Brett, and Johann