The Machame Route + Tanzania Safari

14 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb Machame route down Marangu combined with a Tanzania Safari


This is the easiest route to take to ascend Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa with its two main summits, the craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, and the 'flat-topped', glaciated Kibo, 5896m. The Saddle, a 5km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert separates the two. From the summit glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland then forests lead down to the cultivated foothills. The Marangu route takes you at a gentle pace through these dramatically different zones.

For the ascent to Uhuru Peak from Kibo Hut a very early start is made since the scree is easier to climb when frozen and the views from the crater rim at dawn can be spectacular.


Day 1 - Arrive in Kilimanjaro Airport.

We'll meet for an introductory briefing upon our arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport, before transferring to Fortune Mountain Resort for the evening.


Day 2- Kilimanjaro Climb - to Machame Camp

From Moshi drive to the Machame route, often called the Whiskey Route. From the Machame Park gate is a gentle climb up through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique busy lizzie flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. Ascent of 1,200m and 5 -6 hours walking.


Day 3- Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame Camp to Shira Camp.

Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. Herds of eland up here (& occasional lion!) and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. Ascent 840m and 4 - 5 hours walking.


Day 4- Kilimanjaro Climb - Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

From Shira, climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 6 - 7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent. But having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatization.


Day 5- Kilimanjaro Climb - Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp

Up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley where you take a break for lunch.

After lunch hike on to Barafu Hut 4600m, having hiked a total of 7 - 8 hours and ascended 650m. You have fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak from the camp after having completed a longer day of hiking which now requires you to adequately relax in preparation of the challenging summit hike early the following morning.


Day 6- Kilimanjaro Climb - Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp

We'll trek up through the Karanga Valley, the trail turns steadily uphill, following the lava ridge to the Barafu camp. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Barafu camp (15,200 feet, 6-7 hours of walking).


Day 7- Kilimanjaro Climb - Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Just after midnight we start of a challenging trek(12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 12:30 to 1am, passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. As dawn nears, we'll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 19,340 feet. Uhuru will be the culmination of - and the reward for - 6-7 hours of strenuous hiking. We'll then descend back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while before continuing our descent to Mweka Camp (9,840 feet, 3-4 hours of walking on the descent).


Day 8- Kilimanjaro Climb - Mweka Camp to Park Gate, transfer to Moshi

From Rua campsite it is a 4 - 5 hours descent through the forest to Kidia gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Moshi for night at Mountain Village hotel


DAY 9 - Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park

Drive to Lake Manyara Park. Lunch at Manyara Serena lodge, then afternoon game drive in Manyara Park. dinner and overnight at Manyara Serena lodge


DAY 10 - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National park

After breakfast drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge for picnic lunch. Game drive enroute. Dinner and overnight Serengeti Serena lodge


DAY 11 - Serengeti National park

After breakfast morning and Afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight Serengeti Serena lodge


DAY 12 - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast drive back to Ngorongoro Crater for game viewing into the Crater. Lunch, and then late afternoon drive back to Ngorongoro Serena lodge for dinner and overnight


DAY 13 -Tarangire National park

To Tarangire with a picnic lunch, Game drive in Tarangire National park and afternoon continue to Roika tented lodge / Kikoti tented Camp site for dinner and overnight


DAY 14 -Tarangire National park - Arusha

Transfer to Arusha airport for flight Back Home


Season: the best times are January to March and June to December.