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Ndaboine Safaris & Treks

  • Tanzania



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Tour Type


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Tour Overview

Take the pilgrimage to the Roof of Africa… Kilimanjaro Machame route is arguably the most scenic and most beautiful route of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The trek begins on the southwestern side of the mountain at the Machame Gate and descends down the Mweka route in the south east, thus offering climbers the most varied scenery. Additionally, the Machame route takes you through stunning sights such as Shira Plateau, Baranco Wall, and Lava Tower. Machame route is known as the “Whiskey Route” in comparison to the Marangu route (“Coca-Cola Route”) because it is considered a more difficult route, and trekkers sleep in camping tents—as opposed to mountain huts. This also makes it the second most popular route. Kilimanjaro Machame route is ideal for those who want a more intense experience, and are confident in their abilities to hike for long periods of time over somewhat steep terrain. The route takes a minimum of six days to complete–our choice is now a seven-day expedition to allow adequate time to rest before the summit push. The descent is down Mweka, on the southeastern side of the mountain.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Hiking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Arusha, end in Arusha
  • Minimum age:

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,400 per person

What's Included

  • All transport
  • All meals while on the climb
  • Mountain tent accommodation – 2 people sharing a tent
  • All park and camping fees
  • Ground rescue fees, and oxygen cylinders for emergency cases.
  • Guides’, porters’, and other crew’s remuneration
  • Services of a skilled mountain paramedi
  • At Kilimanjaro: Hotel on B&B basis before and after the expedition – 2 people sharing a room, own bed

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Items of personal nature, including sleeping bags
  • Mandatory emergency evacuation cover in the destination country
  • Tips to guides and porters (group tipping is recommended for fair distribution)
  • Extra meals at the hotel
  • Anything else not listed in the Includes


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Ndaboine Safaris & Treks
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Ndaboine Safaris & Treks‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

On arrival day the day before our team will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel for overnight. Today, after breakfast, you’ll be picked up from the hotel and head to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Machame for entry registration. Then start the trek to Machame Camp through the thick rain forest. Have a packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail. At the camp, we shall freshen up, have dinner and retire for the day at Machame Camp.

Distance: 11km | Elevation Gain: 1,035m | Hiking Time: 5-7 hours | Terrain: Rain Forest | Difficulty: Moderate

After breakfast, we ascend through ridges and valleys heading to the next stop at Shira Cave Camp. We shall have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail. Later on, after getting to the camp, we explore the Shira Plateau and caves and then introduce ourselves to the entire crew, sing, and dance, before retiring to our tents for the night.

Distance: 6km | Elevation Gain: 915m | Hiking Time: 4-6 hours | Terrain: Moorland | Difficulty: Moderate

We head eastward to a junction where we continue to Lava Tower Camp (4600m), then descend to Baranco Camp, thus allowing your body to adjust to altitude change. We shall have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail.

Distance: 10km | Elevation Gain: 850m | Hiking Time: 6-8 hours | Terrain: Semi-desert | Difficulty: Moderate

After breakfast, we hike the great Barranco Wall, by the Kissing Rock, upon Jiwe La Picha, then across the Karanga Valley, and up to Karanga Camp (3,995m) where we shall have hot lunch and pitch camp for the night. The following morning, we shall continue to hike to the base camp, Barafu Camp. Here, we shall take the rest of the day’s rest, ready for the hike to the summit later.

Distance: 10km | Elevation Gain: 773m | Hiking Time: 8-10 hours | Terrain: Alpine desert | Difficulty: Strenuous

We arise and have a cup of coffee or black tea and start the midnight trek to the summit via Stella Point. We hope to reach the summit, Uhuru Peak, at daybreak, celebrate our moment, have a short break, and then descend to Barafu Camp for breakfast. We shall rest a little, have brunch, and then continue down to Mweka Camp for the last night’s rest.

Distance: 5km ascent and 12km descent | Maximum Elevation Gain: 1,222m | Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent & 4-6 hours descent | Terrain: Arctic | Difficulty: Strenuous

We walk down to the Mweka Gate (1,640m) where we will bid the guides and porters farewell. We shall have packed lunch on the way to our hotel in Moshi. Thereafter, enjoy a leisurely afternoon and your celebratory dinner.

Congratulations on conquering the Roof of Africa!

Distance: 10 km | Hiking Time: 3-4 hours | Terrain: Rain Forest | Difficulty: Easy

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