Snowcap Cottages

Welcome to Snowcap Cottages

Nestled in the serene landscapes of Naleimoru/Rongai, Tanzania, Snowcap Cottages invites you to experience the beauty and tranquillity of the region. Situated along the banks of the Naleimoru River, amidst lush planted forests, our cottages offer a perfect retreat for those seeking respite and adventure alike. At Snowcap Cottages, we pride ourselves on providing comfortable and self-contained accommodation for up to three guests per cottage. Each room boasts modern amenities including a TV with DStv, ample wardrobe space, and a private bathroom with a hot shower, ensuring a cozy stay for our guests.

Indulge in culinary delights at our restaurant, where a variety of buffet options and an excellent menu await. Relax by the fireplace in our bar while enjoying a refreshing drink, or catch up on the latest news in our television room. Our location offers breathtaking views of the iconic Kibo and Mawenzi peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, making Snowcap Cottages an ideal choice for climbers embarking on the Rongai route. Whether you’re seeking adventure on the mountain or tranquility in nature, our cottages provide the perfect base for your exploration.

Join us at Snowcap Cottages for an unforgettable retreat amidst the beauty of Tanzania’s natural wonders. We look forward to welcoming you to our slice of paradise.

Snowcap Cottages Facts Sheet

• Situated in Naleimoru/Rongai, northeast of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
• Located along the Naleimoru River amidst planted forests of Rongai.
• Close proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro, offering stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.
• Approx. 134 kilometers from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
• Accessible via the Rongai route to Mount Kilimanjaro.
• Close to local villages and natural attractions for trekking and exploration.
Transport Options:
• Shuttle services available from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
• Taxi services can also be arranged upon request.
Accommodation Type:
• Self-contained cottages with a capacity to accommodate up to three guests.
• Rooms feature either a double bed or single beds.
• Amenities include TV with DStv, wardrobe, table and chairs, and a separate bathroom with hot shower and toilet.
Unique Features and Amenities:
• Restaurant offering buffets and a diverse menu with excellent cuisine.
• Bar with a fireplace and a variety of drinks.
• Television room for local and international news.
• Spectacular views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks from the grounds.
• Ideal location for climbers using the Rongai route for Mount Kilimanjaro ascent.
• Tranquil surroundings conducive for relaxation and acclimatization.
Extra Services:
• Guided treks to nearby villages and natural sights.
• Assistance with Kilimanjaro climbing arrangements and logistics.
Check-in and Check-out:
• Check-in time: 14:00
• Check-out time: 10:00
• Easily accessible by road from Kilimanjaro International Airport and major roads.

Transport Options from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Snowcap Cottages:

  • Flight: You can take a domestic flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. From there, you can arrange for a shuttle service or taxi to Snowcap Cottages.
  • Road Transfer: If you prefer ground transportation, you can hire a private taxi or take a shuttle from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Arusha, Tanzania. From Arusha, you can then proceed by road to Snowcap Cottages, either by private transfer or public transportation.
  • Bus: Alternatively, you can take a bus from Nairobi to Arusha and then proceed to Snowcap Cottages as mentioned above.
  • Combination of Flights and Ground Transportation: Depending on your preference and budget, you can also opt for a combination of flights and ground transportation, such as flying to Kilimanjaro International Airport and then arranging for a shuttle or taxi to Snowcap Cottages.
    Regardless of the option chosen, the journey from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Snowcap Cottages offers an opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of both Kenya and Tanzania before arriving at your destination.

Transport Options from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Snowcap Cottages via Emali to Loitokitok/Tarakea Border:

  1. Road Transfer:
    • From Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you can hire a private taxi or take a shuttle to Emali, which is a major town along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway in Kenya.
    • At Emali, you’ll need to transfer to a vehicle heading towards Loitokitok/Tarakea Border, which is a border crossing point between Kenya and Tanzania.
    • The journey from Emali to Loitokitok/Tarakea Border typically takes several hours, depending on road conditions and traffic.
    • At the border, you’ll need to go through immigration and customs procedures to exit Kenya and enter Tanzania.
  2. Crossing the Border:
    • Once you’ve completed the border formalities, you’ll enter Tanzania and continue your journey towards Snowcap Cottages.
    • From the border, Snowcap Cottages is accessible via the Rongai route, which offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
    • You can arrange for a private transfer or take public transportation from the border to Snowcap Cottages, which is located in the Naleimoru/Rongai area of Tanzania.
  3. Duration and Considerations:
    • The total duration of the journey from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Snowcap Cottages via Emali to Loitokitok/Tarakea Border can vary depending on factors such as traffic, border crossing procedures, and weather conditions.
    • It’s advisable to plan for a full day of travel to allow for any unforeseen delays along the route.
    • Make sure to have all necessary travel documents, including valid passports, visas (if required), and any permits for crossing the border between Kenya and Tanzania.

This route offers an adventurous and scenic journey from Kenya to Tanzania, providing travelers with the opportunity to experience the diverse landscapes and cultures of East Africa en route to Snowcap Cottages.

Here are some activities you can enjoy around Snowcap Cottages:

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking: Snowcap Cottages is ideally located for those planning to trek Mount Kilimanjaro via the Rongai route. Experienced guides can lead you on this exhilarating adventure, allowing you to witness breathtaking views from Africa’s highest peak.
  2. Nature Walks and Hiking: Explore the picturesque surroundings of Snowcap Cottages with guided nature walks and hikes. Discover the diverse flora and fauna of the area while soaking in the tranquility of the natural environment.
  3. Village Visits: Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting nearby villages. Experience traditional Tanzanian life, interact with locals, and learn about their customs, traditions, and daily routines.
  4. Bird Watching: The region around Snowcap Cottages is home to a variety of bird species, making it a paradise for bird watchers. Grab your binoculars and camera to spot colorful birds in their natural habitat.
  5. Cultural Experiences: Participate in cultural activities such as traditional dance performances, storytelling sessions, and visits to cultural centers. Gain insight into the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania’s diverse ethnic groups.
  6. Photography: Capture the stunning landscapes, wildlife, and cultural experiences around Snowcap Cottages with your camera. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur enthusiast, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for breathtaking shots.
  7. Relaxation and Recreation: Take time to unwind and relax amidst the serene surroundings of Snowcap Cottages. Enjoy leisurely strolls around the property, lounge by the fireplace in the bar, or simply soak in the beauty of the natural scenery.
  8. Stargazing: On clear nights, marvel at the star-filled skies above Snowcap Cottages. Away from city lights, the night sky offers a dazzling display of stars, perfect for stargazing and celestial photography.
  9. Cooking Classes: Learn to prepare traditional Tanzanian dishes with hands-on cooking classes led by skilled chefs. Discover the flavors and techniques of local cuisine while enjoying a fun and interactive culinary experience.
  10. Bush Breakfasts and Sundowners: Enjoy memorable dining experiences in the wilderness with bush breakfasts and sundowner cocktails. Set out on guided excursions to scenic locations where you can savor delicious meals or drinks against the backdrop of stunning landscapes.
  11. Cycling Tours: Explore the area surrounding Snowcap Cottages on two wheels with guided cycling tours. Pedal through scenic trails, rural villages, and lush forests while enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery.
  12. River Rafting: Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Naleimoru River. Join guided rafting trips for an adrenaline-pumping adventure through exhilarating rapids, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
  13. Wildlife Safaris: Embark on wildlife safaris to nearby national parks and reserves, such as Lake Chala in Tanzania and Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Encounter iconic African wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, and more, in their natural habitats.
  14. Community Volunteering: Give back to the local community by participating in volunteer projects or community development initiatives. Get involved in activities such as tree planting, school visits, or conservation efforts to make a positive impact on the environment and society.
  15. Adventure Sports: For thrill-seekers, consider adrenaline-fueled activities such as walking or running in the forest.

These activities offer a diverse range of experiences for guests staying at Snowcap Cottages, ensuring an unforgettable and enriching stay in Tanzania’s stunning countryside.


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