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6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Safari and Trekking

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Overview

Kilimanjaro Safari in Tanzania

You are invited to trek the most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro! Out of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the most popular path. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route. Get your gear ready and let Siafu Tanzania Safaris organize a wonderful trekking experience for you.

Highlights

  • A professional driver and guide
  • Trek Kilimanjaro through Machame route
  • Watch the magnificent sunrise in Stella Point
  • Enjoy the scenic view of diverse habitats
  • 5 nights camping accommodation
  • Daily meals and drinking water

Skill level

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.

  • 6 activity days
  • English
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During the trek, you will stay at various camp accommodations, such as:

  • Machame Camp
  • Shira Camp
  • Barranco Camp
  • Karanga Camp
  • Barafu Camp
  • Mweka Hut

The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level; an altitude that is aptly categorized in climbing parlance as extreme. As you might have guessed, the body does not cope well at very high altitude, let alone extreme altitude, unless it has had lots of time to acclimatize. Kilimanjaro’s camp profile makes for what is generally considered a very rapid ascent to extreme altitude.

Over the years, new routes and camps have helped lengthen and flatten the ascent profile, and provided additional opportunities to acclimatize, but as far as high altitude trekking goes, Kilimanjaro is definitely one of the highest ascents that can be completed in such a short period of time.

Tano expedition leads the treks up the Machame, a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you will go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies will be carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Machame Route where you sleep in huts, on the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you.

Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. This makes the Machame, which is referred to as the "Whiskey Route," better suited to more adventurous hikers, and it also rewards you with better views than the Machame route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo's great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the spunky hiker a continuous scenic slide show.

The Machame route is normally completed in six days, and this greatly helps your acclimatization. The Machame route takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 meters or 15,190 feet) on day three, then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 meters or 12,960 feet). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatization, and is the reason that this route has a high success rate.

Sample itinerary

Day 1 - Machame Gate to Machame Camp

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

The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. You will leave the park gate and walk through the rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. You will continue trekking a short distance until you reach the Machame Camp.

Day 2 - Machame Camp to Shira Camp

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

After breakfast, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route will turn west onto a river gorge. Afterwards, there will be time for rest, dinner, and stay overnight at the Shira campsite.

Day 3 - Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

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

From the Shira Plateau, you will continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you continue, your direction will change to the southeast, towards the Lava Tower called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, you will come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 feet.

You will continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000 feet. You will rest, enjoy dinner, and stay overnight there. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 4 - Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

  • Elevation: 13,000 to 15,000 feet
  • Distance: 9 kilometers
  • Hiking time: 8 to 10 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, you will leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, you will leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail, and continue up to the Barafu Hut.

At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. You will make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day 5 - Barafu Camp - Summit - Mweka Hut

  • Elevation: 15,300 to 19,345 feet (and down to 10,000 feet)
  • Distance: 5 kilometers ascent and 12 kilometers descent
  • Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours ascent and 4 to 6 hours descent
  • Habitat: Arctic

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 in a northwestern direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is 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 are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your one-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, you will make your descent, continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, and stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will 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 6 - Mweka Camp to Moshi

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

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 help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you will continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka to drive you back to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

This trekking safari will take place in Kilimanjaro Mountain in Tanzania, through Machame route.

Daily meals are included in the price. You will be served mainly English food, cooked by a cook who accompanies you throughout the journey.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 5 nights tent accommodation
  • A professional driver and guide
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All taxes and VAT
  • All transportation
  • Climbing gear and camping equipment
  • Daily meals as specified in the itinerary section and drinking water
  • Park fees
  • Porterage
  • Rescue fee
  • Additional accommodation before and after the tour
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Bath towels
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Deb T.

    "I had the trip of a lifetime! I've dreamed about it since I was five years old! My retirement present from work was a surprise; they gave me a retirement gift of a safari, because I probably bored them for years about my dream :). Kepha was an over-the-top, fantastic guide! He has so much to offer travelers! Thank you so much, Nameloc. You run an impressive operation! "

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  • Review by Jill S.

    "I just wanted to say thank you for arranging such an incredible trip. William, our guide, was great. He was so knowledgeable and friendly and helped us see animals and birds that we would never have seen without him. Thank you for arranging a birthday cake as well! What a nice surprise! I will never forget my birthday in Tanzania."

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  • Review by Cheryl Y.

    "What a trip! The route Siafu planned for us was spot on. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to cover so much territory, see so much wildlife, and so many varieties of birds, and plants. A big part of the success of the trip was directly due to our guide, Francis - a very kind, smart, and just all around nice person, a perfect fit for the three of us. His ability to spot, identify and describe the habits of the animals and birds was just amazing. I was also struck by his ability to find his way through these parks and to take roads where we saw no one but saw plenty of wildlife. About 80% of the time we felt we were the only ones on safari, a real plus. The accommodations in the tent lodges were just fabulous. Each one offering something unique. All were beautiful, cozy and very comfortable. The views at Tarangire and Kirawira were breath taking. The food was just delicious at each tented camp and lodge we stayed. All in all, it was a trip of a lifetime. Now that I am back in cold, wintery Minnesota, I am wishing I was still enjoying the warmth, beauty, sights, and sounds of Africa. Asante sana! To you, your company, and in particular to Francis. "

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  • Review by James N.

    "We just returned home. I want to tell you what a great time we had. Ayubu and Francis were absolutely fantastic - very knowledgeable, friendly, and so flexible and accommodating. We all agreed that they were what we would remember most about the safari trip. We really enjoyed the game viewing and we feel lucky that even in a relatively short time we were able to see all the animals we hoped to see including the rhino and leopard. The lodges were really good. I would say that the Ngorongoro Farmhouse was our favorite for its friendliness and the Iraqw music and dancing which was a good introduction to Tanzania. But the accommodation we enjoyed most was the tented camps. The mobile camps seemed "closer to the animals" - and we really enjoyed that. On Zanzibar, Pongwe beach resort was absolutely superb. Very small, very friendly and the beach and huts like a paradise. I am sure we will come to Tanzania again in future and I will certainly come to Siafu again. I would recommend Siafu to anyone coming on safari!"

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  • Review by Kyle S.

    "As someone who has never traveled to Africa before, it put my mind at ease knowing that Siafu was taking care of everything during the entire trip. They were with me every step of the way to make sure my entire vacation went smoothly. From customizing the itinerary until checking into my return flight home, Siafu took the hassle and worry out of my trip and allowed me to enjoy my vacation. While in Africa, the thing that stood out about Siafu was their people and their equipment. Their employees were always nice and professional. Not only does Siafu Safaris treat their clients well, but they take care of their employees too. They also make sure to buy quality equipment – which makes a huge difference when dealing with extreme African conditions."

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  • Review by David and Maureen S.

    "I want to thank you for putting together a great safari, for us. It was everything that we had hoped for and more! It was nice working with someone who is honest and didn't try to up sell services, to maximize profit, or change the trip, once we arrived. I also want to thank you for arranging to have Joji as our guide. While the trip, itself, was amazing, having Joji as our guide made the trip exceptional. His knowledge, skills and demeanor put us at ease from day one and ensured that we experienced a very memorable safari. He is a very valuable asset to your company and compliments the feeling of trust that I developed with you. Maureen and I have traveled, quite a bit, but this is the first time that we have ever returned from a trip and thought that there was nothing that we would have changed. From the lodge choices to the guide, it was perfect! I wish you and your company much future success and be assured that I am recommending to all my friends that they take a Tanzanian safari, soon, and that they only contact Siafu Tanzania Safaris to book their trip of a lifetime. Thank you, again, for a wonderful experience."

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  • Review by Sara and Matt

    "On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 the best) our trip was a 12! The crew was wonderful, everyone of them! They gave a very good image of the Tanzanian people. Siafu did a good job of preparing us and the accommodations they chose were the best!"

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  • Review by Nessa D.

    "Thank you for all the work you did to make our trip so special - especially making sure we got the best guide in Tanzania. Alex is such a great person and he pulled out all the stops to make sure our trip was exactly what we wanted. We really enjoyed all the places we stayed while on safari, and the camps were really special. Again, I just want to say a great big thank you to you and your staff for the planning and for giving us such an amazing trip of a lifetime."

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  • Review by Whitney and Andrew

    "We just want to say a huge "THANK YOU" for such a wonderful trip up Mt. Kilimanjaro! It was the trip of a lifetime for us and the entire Siafu team was so helpful and well-organized from start to finish. Our guide, Noel/Mchilli was an absolutely fantastic guide - very knowledgeable and well-prepared. Throughout the trip, he was very helpful (and encouraging). When we fell ill, he struck us as very knowledgeable regarding our symptoms and their potential severity, as well the best way to deal with them. He was fun and interesting to talk to and we felt in very safe hands with him in charge all the way through. The assistant guide Busta was very kind, set a nice pace while leading and was great company at dinner. Busta was also an assistant guide on my sisters' trip up the mountain a couple years ago and they remember him fondly as well. Everyone else was also incredible and there was no way we could have made it without them, so thank you to all for making this possible. This is something that we have both wanted to do for a long time now, and we now have so many great memories to take away from the experience. We would definitely recommend Siafu to anyone considering a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. "

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  • Review by George G.

    "Our safari was one of the best ones we have ever been on! Our guide Joseph should get a gold star for his performance as a guide, he gave us 110%. If or when we ever return for another safari, we will certainly contact you. P.S. The 110AC charger in our Landrover for charging batteries saved my life. All of the camps had 220 only."

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  • Review by Giuseppe, Grazia, Fabio, and Monica from Italy

    "I would like to express my gratitude for letting me live with my wife and the couple of friends with whom we have traveled, a truly unique experience. Thanks Karen for having arranged everything with patience satisfying our demands. Thanks to Novatus who welcomed us with his smile, the first and last day in Arusha and hosted us for lunch on the last day without our knowledge. But....a special thanks goes to our Kepha, He managed to make us understand and know what is a safari and what is AFRICA! He told us, reassured us, guided us (the best off-road driver ever seen), has helped us in times of hardship, has made known to people who are humble and true, non-standard tourist, has"

    "made us the company of his patience and kindness and experience. Thanks Kepha! You'll remain forever in our hearts! Thanks Siafu! You are really SAFARI!"

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  • Review by Jacqueline and Kathleen

    "Kathleen and I had a wonderful time on safari. Joseph was an excellent guide and we saw tons of wildlife. Joseph will no doubt tell you we spent LOTS of time simply enjoying animal behavior. I left the USA thinking that this would probably be the only time I visited Africa....I came home figuring I would visit again! I appreciate so many things about the way Innocent, Karen, and Nova run your business; they are responsible, knowledgeable, and fun guides, there is no cap on mileage, the evident communication you had with our guide Joseph, making sure that the expectations that we had shared with you were being met, your unending patience with the long lists of questions we had during our phone calls, a great itinerary, both in time of year and locations visited, and great lodge selections."

    "I think that Joseph will tell you that once we were there Kathleen and I were flexible and enjoyed every day. If Joseph is any indication of the talent of the rest of your guides, you are doing a great job hiring! The trip far exceeded our expectations. We were so impressed with Tanzania, its people, and the wildlife. This was truly a trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much!"

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  • Review by Mike and Karen E.

    "All the wonders of Africa-especially the amazing East African nation of Tanzania can best be experienced on a Siafu tour! Whether you are interested in hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro or exploring the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater (Caldera) Siafu is THE ONLY way to go! We have traveled to Australia, Peru, Japan, Mexico, Jamaica and all across Western Europe (from Ireland to Italy, Greece to Germany) and our trip to Tanzania was our all-time favorite for many reasons. The high quality and attention to detail is what impressed us most about our Siafu safaris. We spent 10 days on safari-including the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater-and each day was better than the day before! Our guide Kepha (the BEST) was extremely knowledgeable, funny and well versed on African geography and culture. His infectious laugh and passion for all things Tanzania was contagious-and we could not imagine a better first journey to Africa. In addition we visited a Masai village, a Lake Victoria fishing village and hunted with the Hadzabe tribe-all simply amazing! Imagine being only a few feet from a pride of lions or a family of cheetah, seeing a giraffe or elephant up close-or watching dozens of hippos jostle in the water-all experiences we had.Siafu handles every detail from landing at the airport to leaving-and along the way provides an authentic and pleasurable trip that allows you to simply sit back and enjoy. We HIGHLY recommend Siafu safaris to any and all travelers-you WILL NOT be disappointed in any way. Now back your bags and sign up!"

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Arusha, Tanzania

Siafu Tanzania Safaris is a tour company offering mountain trekking, safaris, and beach holidays in Tanzania and Kenya. Your trip with Siafu Tanzania Safaris will be one full of adventure.

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