7 Days Machame Route Kilimanjaro Safari and Trekking

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

Exhilarating Kilimanjaro Safari in Tanzania

Climb the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro! The mountain is characterized with the dormant volcano which is expected to erupt in the coming decades. Besides the stunning views of the landscape, you can also see stunning various animals, birds, waterfall, and different species of flora and fauna at the bottom of the mountain

Highlights

  • Kilimanjaro trekking
  • A professional driver / guide
  • Climbing and camping equipment
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Park fees included
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 activity days
  • English
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You will be accommodated for 6 nights at several campsites in Mount Kilimanjaro including Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp, and Mweka Camp. This package also includes a 2-nights stay before and after the program.

Day 1

You will drive you from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. The journey will pass through the village of Machame, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. After leaving the park gate, you will walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles can be helpful. You will then continue hiking for a short distance until you reach Machame Camp.

  • Elevation: 5,400 feet to 9,400 feet
  • Distance: 11 kilometers
  • Hiking time: 5 - 7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 2

After having breakfast, you will leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley and walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather until the ridge ends. As you hike, you will turn the route to the west onto a river gorge. After that, you will rest, have dinner, and stay overnight at Shira Campsite.

  • Elevation: 9,400 feet to 12,500 feet
  • Distance: 5 kilometers
  • Hiking time: 4 - 6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 3

From the Shira Plateau, you will continue the journey to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you hike, you will change your way to the southeast toward the Lava Tower, called the "shark's tooth".

Shortly after the tower, you will come to the second junction which will bring you up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 feet. You will then continue down to the Barranco Camp at an altitude of 13,000 feet. There, you will rest, enjoy dinner, and stay overnight. Although you end the day at around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for the summit day.

  • Elevation: 12,500 feet to 13,000 feet
  • Distance: 10 kilometers
  • Hiking time: 6 - 8 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-Desert

Day 4

After having breakfast, you will leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley Campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

  • Elevation: 13,000 feet to 13,100 feet
  • Distance: 5 kilometers
  • Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5

After having breakfast, you will leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. You will continue the journey up to the Barafu Camp. At this point, you will have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. There, you will make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this location.

  • Elevation: 13,100 feet to 15,300 feet
  • Distance: 4 kilometers
  • Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 6

Very early in the morning (midnight to 02:00), you will continue your way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will head to the northwesterly direction and ascend through a heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

This will be the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 feet), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you will ever likely to see (weather permitting).

From the summit, you will then begin your descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut Campsite and stopping at Barafu for lunch en route. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, you will enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 7

After breakfast, you will continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will be helpful.

From the gate, you will continue walking for another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Village to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha.

  • Elevation: 10,000 feet to 5,400 feet
  • Distance: 10 kilometers
  • Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Your trekking will take place on Mount Kilimanjaro located in Tanzania.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinking water will be served for you daily.

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • A professional driver / guide
  • All mountain trekking equipment
  • All transportation
  • Bath towels
  • Camping equipment
  • Daily drinking water
  • Daily meals
  • Mount Kilimanjaro guided trekking
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Porterage
  • Pre and post-program accommodation for 2 nights
  • Rescue fees
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • International flights
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Tips (around 10 USD per person per day)
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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  • Review by Louise L. from The Netherlands
    7 out of 10

    "We booked a 4 day Safari with Foot Slopes Tours & Safaris and were picked up nicely from the airport on arrival in Arusha. Staff is very friendly and helpfull. The Safari was good and we saw the big 5! Very professional compagny."

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    10 out of 10

    "The communication was very nice and easy, I received quick and clear answers to all my questions before, during, and after the trip! I did 2 days safari in Tarangire and Ngorongoro. The first day was perfect: good guide, good food, perfect organization, wonderful park, etc. The second was a bit harder. The only problem I really found was the mismatch between the other people in the group having plenty of time and wanting to enjoy their safari, and me having to take my flight. Except this, everything was fine, nice, and well organized."

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    10 out of 10

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    10 out of 10

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  • Review by Emma Holmberg from Liverpool, UK
    10 out of 10

    "The tour was amazing and we got to see so many amazing animals. We camped in the Serengeti which was fabulous as well as Ngorongoro in which we had a stunning view over the crater from the campsite. The people working for Foot Slopes Tours & Safaris are very nice! They may seem unorganised at times and maybe not as professional as our Western standards. Everything was perfect for me and I would recommend it! Remember that although it is expensive, these packages are amongst the cheapest so don't be too fussy."

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    10 out of 10

    "Every step of the travel arrangement process with Foot Slopes Tours & Safaris was very smooth and efficient. I would especially emphasize the effort that Gabriel and the rest of the team made for us to enjoy the safari. We were also very satisfied with the accommodation, both the tents in the safari camp in Mto Wa Mbu and a hotel in Arusha. Everything essential was provided, meals were served as agreed, so we really had an opportunity to rest and relax properly in both locations. Our guide was professional and trustworthy and made our game drives even more interesting by providing additional information about the wildlife in the region. He was also very open to making some plan adjustments according to our needs. Overall, we had an unforgettable experience of the safari in Tanzania, and I can fully recommend Foot Slopes Tours & Safaris for their friendly and personal approach in organizing our wildlife adventure. They really went out of their way to help us enjoy our tour."

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  • Review by Inggrid H.
    10 out of 10

    "We all really enjoyed this safari. A few of us had not been on safari before and a couple had but we were all well impressed with the organisation of the company, the greeting on our arrival and the helpfulness and knowledge of the guide. He could not do enough for us and made an effort to go above and beyond what you'd expect. The tents we were expecting turned out to be amazing. Glamping beyond anything I could have dreamed of. Perfect. The only minor glitch was the tourist hotel on the night prior. The staff there didn't seem to realise they were in a service industry but this was more amusing than a problem."

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    10 out of 10

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  • Review by Stepan Kratochvil from Pelhrimov, Czech Republic
    10 out of 10

    "This safari tour was perfect. All begin with an online discussion on the web page, where I can gain all information I need before spending the money. Then, I was picked up from the airport by the owner (included) and taken to the hotel in the middle of the Arusha where I slept the night before and after the safari tour (both nights were included). In the morning, the guide took me directly from the hotel. We have made 3 days safari with Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara. The guide in the jeep is communicative and educated to answer all questions. We had the budget version with accommodation in the camp between the parks (with swimming pool), which was very nice and we liked the "family" dinner with other safari guests. I would definitely recommend this company because of the very reasonable price and the personal approach of all the staff, who really try to make me enjoy the safari. "

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