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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route Safari Tour in Tanzania

Machame Camp, Tanzania

Trekking Tanzania Safaris

Simba Adventures invites you to join in this wonderful safari in beautiful Tanzania. Many travel to Tanzania for safari as their first trip to Africa and they are never disappointed. What a Tanzania safari does very well, and is a rare occurrence in Africa, is that it really does have outstanding safari options as well as world-class beaches. As one of the most popular countries in Africa and the world, this safari has it all!

Highlights

  • Daily hiking safaris
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily local meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will stay in comfortable tents at local campsites. You will stay one night at Machame Camp, one night at Shira Camp, one night at Barranco Camp, one night at Karanga Camp, one night at Barafu Camp, and one night at Mweka Hut Camp.

Program

Day 1: Arusha, Machame Gate, and Machame Camp

You will travel to Machame Camp. The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park gate takes about one hour and a half. 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 rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea there. You will continue a short distance until you reach the Machame Camp. You will hike about 11 kilometers in the rainforest at an elevation from 5,400 to 9,400 feet.

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After the breakfast, you will leave the glades of the rain forest 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. You will enjoy some time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira Campsite. You will hike about five kilometers in the moorland at an elevation from 9,400 to 12,500 feet.

Day 3: Shira Camp, Lava Tower, Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, you will continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you continue, the direction will change to the southeast towards the Lava Tower, also called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, you will come to the second junction, which brings you 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.

There, you will rest, enjoy a delicious dinner, and an overnight stay. Although you will end the day at the same elevation as when you started, the day will be very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. You will hike about 10 kilometers in the semi desert at an elevation from 12,500 to 13,000 feet.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After the breakfast, you will leave Barranco Camp and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This short day will be dedicated to acclimatization. You will hike about five kilometers in the Alpine desert at an elevation from 13,000 to 13,100 feet.

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, you leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. You 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. Here, you 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. You will hike about four kilometers in the Alpine desert at an elevation from 13,100 to 15,300 feet.

Day 6: Barafu Camp, Mount Kilimanjaro Summit, and Mweka Hut Camp

Very early in the morning, approximately between midnight to 2 a.m., you will continue your way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will head in a northwesterly 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, with a height of 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 depending on the weather permitting. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your one-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you will 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 now make your descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site stopping at Barafu to enjoy a local 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. You will hike about five kilometers in ascent and 12 kilometers for the descent in the arctic at an elevation from 15,300 to 19,345 feet up and 10,000 feet down.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha

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 and also keep rain gear and warmer clothing.

From the gate, you will continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha where the tour will end. You will hike about 10 kilometers in the rain forest at an elevation from 10,000 to 5,400 feet.

Included excursions

  • Excursion to Uhuru Peak
  • Hike to Shira Camp
  • Travel to Mweka Gate
  • Trekking in Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Trip to Machame Gate

Location

This tour will take place in the northern area of Tanzania. The tour will start and end in Arusha. You will also have the opportunity to visit Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Lava Tower, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, and Mweka Hut.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free standing, snow-covered equatorial mountain. Located in the northeast of Tanzania, this magnificent beast can be seen from far into Kenya and Amboseli National park. Approximately 75,000 people climb Kilimanjaro per year so it is not the most remote mountain, neither is it the most arduous, but it is certainly a test for your abilities with altitude sickness being the main reason for climbers not to summit.

Although it has become a must-do in most traveler's lists and the experience slightly busy with other climbers, it is still highly recommended for anyone with a vague interest in mountaineering.

On the most of the climbs up to the summit take between four to seven nights, with the likelihood of summiting increasing significantly with the amount of time and a recommended five or six nights. The walking itself is fairly simple with an average day consisting of around four to five hours of walking to a slightly higher altitude to then spend time acclimatizing.

The attempt, however, is not easy and the final 48 hours on the mountain involves over two thirds continual walking to get from around 4,200 meters up to the summit and back down to around 3,100 meters.

Food

During this holiday, you will enjoy three daily delicious and locally sourced meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) 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

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you may explore the location, visit some local places of interests and attractions on your own, or simply relax at the campsite.

What's included

  • 3 daily local meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All camping and hut fees
  • All park entry and rescue fees
  • Cook and all kitchen utensils
  • English speaking guide and porters
  • Guide and porters fees
  • Guide and porters salaries
  • Transport to and from the mountain gates

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Communication charges
  • Costs of passports or visas
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry
  • Mountain gears (hire of the equipment can be arranged)
  • Personal expenses
  • Sightseeing, game drives, or meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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