Red Knot Racing and Simba Farm Lodge are happy to announce the first annual Kilimanjaro Trails Festival! Kili Trails is a weekend of trail running, mountain biking, camping, live music and more on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, 31 January – 02 February, 2020.

Registration is open!!


Kili Trails is intended to be a festival experience and not a competitive race atmosphere. All finishers will receive medals, and fastest finishers will be recognized — but no winner prizes will be awarded.

Note: Kili Trails Half and Kili Trails XCM are for experienced runners and cyclists. Rafiki Run is for children and Kafupi MTB for children and/or beginners. Athletic endeavors (even) on the (lower) slopes of Kilimanjaro (necessarily) include climbing, and are therefore challenging — regardless of the distance covered.

The schedule below is tentative and subject to change.

  • 08:00 Kili Trails XCM (80K MTB)
    • The XCM will be a challenging event, and is intended for experienced cyclists.
  • 09:00 Forest Trails 15K Run
  • 13:00 Rafiki Fun Run (1 mi)
  • 14:00 Kafupi 15K MTB
  • 16:00 Swala 5K Run
  • 08:30 Simba Farm MTB (30K)
  • 09:30 Kili Trails Half Marathon Run (21K)
    • The Half takes place on Mount Kilimanjaro, with running up to 4000 meters in elevation, and is NOT for beginners or PB-seekers.
    • Registration includes park fees and all transport between Simba Farm and the race start / finish inside Kilimanjaro National Park.
    • This event requires early morning departure from Simba Farm.


The Simba Farm event village boasts quality food and drink vendors, basic seating areas, and various activities throughout the weekend. Additionally, participants are permitted to bring their own food and drinks.

Secure campsites will be available, complete with toilet and shower facilities, for TZS 20,000/= per adult per night if purchased online in advance (25,000/= on site) One child (16 or under) may camp free of charge with each paying adult. Camp fees are payable by all overnight guests in addition to any race registration fees.

Do you need a ride to Simba Farm? Would you like a tent, mattress and sleeping bag set up and ready for you when you arrive? Kili Trails is proud to have Ahsante Tours as our official supplier for both transport and camping. Email Ahsante to arrange for camp setup or transport from Moshi, Arusha, or Kilimanjaro Airport.

Do you prefer a bed to camping? Check out some great nearby options for accommodation:
• Ndarakwai Ranch (30 min drive)
• House of West Kili (45+ min drive)

Non-overnight guests are welcome to join the festivities for a day entry fee of TZS 10,000 per adult (17 & over) with advance online registration (15,000/= on site). One child (16 or under) may gain entry free of charge with each paying adult. Day entry fees are not required of anyone registered for a race or camping.

Cooordinates for Simba Farm: -2.986631, 37.084205


Kili Trails will feature live music for all and a kids’ zone with various activities and games for children. And we’re still working on more fun!


Kilimanjaro Trails is pleased to announce we have partnered with Tanzanian NGO One World Sustainable Livelihoods to assist resource-poor smallholder farmers across Tanzania. 25% of all 2020 profits go directly to agriculture development work in country.