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African Holiday Safari

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

This Mount Kilimanjaro trekking hike takes you to Uhuru peak on the Lemosho Route. This route is traditionally one of the quieter and lesser known routes on the mountain. It’s also the newest and probably the most diverse in terms of the ecological systems and landscapes it passes through. The first two days of this route take you through lush rainforest before you emerge into heath and moorland then join the Machame Route on the third day.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Hiking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Moshi, Kilimanjaro, end in Moshi, Kilimanjaro
  • Minimum age:

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,200 per person

What's Included

  • Two nights accommodation in Moshi, bed and breakfast, double or triple occupancy
  • 3 meals a day while on safari
  • National parks fees
  • Hut or camping fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Rescue fees (required by National Park)
  • First aid kit
  • Cooking equipment and eating utensils

What's Excluded

  • International and internal flight
  • Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips (guides and porters – recommended)
  • Extra activities


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

Day By Day Overview

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (2,250 m/7,380 ft, 2.5 hours). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2,390 m/7,830 ft, 45 minutes) and a possible campsite (park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) Campsite.

2,250 m to 2,790 m
7,380 ft to 9,160 ft
About 2.5 miles/3-4 hours


After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira Ridge at about 3,600 m 11,810 ft and drops gently down to Shira 1 Camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

9,160 ft to 11,500 ft
About 5.5 miles/5-6 hours

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After breakfast, a gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 Camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatisation day.

3,500 m to 3,850 m
11,500 ft to 12,600 ft
About 2 hours

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From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876 m/15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3,860 m/12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatisation and will help your body prepare for summit day

3,840 m to 3,860 m
12,600 ft to 12,700 ft
About 5-6 hours

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After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley (4,200 m/13,780 ft) campsite.

3,860 m to 4,200 m
12,700 ft to 13,800 ft
About 3-4 hours

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After breakfast, we leave the Karanga Valley and pass the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue to the Barafu Hut, which is located at an altitude of 4,600 meters (15,092 ft). You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we 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.

4,200 m to 4,600 m
13,800 ft to 15,100 ft
About 3-4 hours

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Early morning, we continue our way to the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5,985 metres (19,636 ft). This part of the climb takes about 6 hours. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. At Uhuru Peak, we 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, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site at 3,100 metres (10,171 ft). This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. Beer and soda may be available for purchase at the Mweka Hut – the only place on this route.

4,600m to 5,895m (and down to 3,100 m)
15,100 ft to 19,300 ft (and down to 10,200 ft)
About 7-8 hours up
4-5 hours down

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After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. 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). A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel.

3,100m to 1,680 m/10,200 ft to 5,500 ft
About 4-5 hours

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