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The Machame route is one of the most beautiful routes to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The climb begins in the lush rainforest and follows a path that offers occasional views of Mt Meru, Shira Ridge as well the main summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – Kibo (the highest peak in Africa). The Machame route contains more steep passages and higher altitudes than the Marangu and the Rongai route and is slightly more demanding hike, but it’s worth the efffort. This is one east African climb you have to complete at least once in your lifetime!

Cost of the Kilimanjaro Machame Route Trek

  • R30 195 per person sharing (land portion)
    R  8 500 per person sharing (approx flights price)
    R38 695 per person sharing (combined total of above)

* Departs every Friday

Package dates

  • Throughout 2016

Package includes

  • Return international flights ex JHB-Arusha (+/- R10 000)
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers

Package excludes

  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Kilimanjaro Trek itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to the Keys Hotel in Moshi. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the hotel or explore the small town of Moshi (taxi might be required). In the evening you will attend a briefing in preparation of the upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at the Keys Hotel. Dinner

Day 2: Machame Gate (1,790 m) – Machame Camp (3,010 m)

After breakfast you will be picked up at the Keys Hotel and taken to the entrance gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, about an hour’s drive away. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck, even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – the Machame Camp which is situated just above the tree line at 3,010 m. Here, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3: Machame Camp (3,010 m) – New Shira Camp (3,840 m)

After an early morning start, the path steepens and the landscape changes into moor- and heathland and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range. Today’s hike is shorter than the previous day and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp by mid-afternoon. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: New Shira Camp (3,840 m) – Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

Today you will climb about 700 m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise as a height of over 4,500 m will be reached over the next two days. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert. The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,960m) – Barafu Camp (4,640m)

Today’s hike starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp (4,640 m). Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,640m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)

After hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360° view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday you should arrive at Barafu Camp, where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp (3,080 m) where supper and a well-earned rest await you. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate (1,630 m) – Moshi

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Keys Hotel in Moshi and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement. Breakfast; Dinner

Day 8: Moshi – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari. Breakfast

Terms and Conditions

  • Exchange rate used (bank selling rate): R16.50 to US$1.00
  • Price is per person sharing. Single supplements are available on request
  • The minimum to guarantee a departure is 1 client