Kilimanjaro group tour – Machame route safaris

9 Days
From $2,585
Activity Level
Light
Transport
4x4 Land Cruiser
Comfort Level
Luxury

Trip Overview

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

Day 2: Trip to Machame Camp

Day 3: Heading to Shira Camp

Day 4: Journey to Barranco Camp

Day 5: Karanga Camp

Day 6: Head to Barafu Camp

Day 7: The Kilimanjaro summit

Day 8: Return to Arusha

Day 9: Tour ends

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

Your tour will start at the lodge of your choice after being picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport. While, at the lodge, at an extra cost, you can engage in different activities around the lodge itself or within the environs of the area or in Arusha city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Planet Lodge
Day 2: Trip to Machame Camp

Head to the western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro where Machame gate is and after some necessary paperwork has been filled, you will head down the trails and take a 5-hour hike through the tropical rainforest till you reach Machame camp where you can now get your tent pitched. During the hike, you will definitely see tropical birds and monkeys.

Every evening your meals will be served in the mess tent. A briefing will be held and thereafter your oxygen and heart rate level will be measured to ensure you are healthy for the next day’s climb.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Machame gate at 1800m to Machame Camp at 3000m
Day 3: Heading to Shira Camp

You will climb through the last part of the rainforest of the Kilimanjaro slopes however take careful slow steps because this part has a 3-4 hour steep climb and after a break with lunch, you will continue on the final 1½ hours of a moderate up and down movement through the trail till you arrive at Shira Camp. While at the camp you can catch glimpses of Mt Meru and Kilimanjaro summits. If not yet worn out from the walk, you can explore in a 15-minute distance, Shira cave.  During the night temperatures drop frequently below 0 degrees Celsius so carry warm clothes.

 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Machame gate at 1800m to Machame Camp at 3000m
Day 4: Journey to Barranco Camp

You will ascend steadily from the moorlands to the Alpine desert landscape with the trail being dusty from the many stones along the trail. Keep in mind that the climb is to a higher altitude and the distance is long so you may experience altitude sicknesses like dizziness, nausea or severe headaches. In 4-5 hours, you will reach the Lava Tower at 4630 meters. Upon arrival, rest for about ½ hour so you’re your body gets used to the high altitude then you will have lunch and go on another 2-3 hour hike to Barranco Camp at 3840 meters

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Shira Camp at 3900m via Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Day 5: Adjustment day- Karanga Camp

Today’s main goal is to conquer the steep 260-meter high wall thus the Great Barranco Wall which is fun when done with the help of your hands and feet. At the top, you will view Karanga Valley. After 1 ½ hour, you will reach Karanga Camp where you can relax the afternoon away in your already pitched tents.

 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Barranco Camp at 3840m to Karanga camp at 3995m
Day 6: Head to Barafu Camp

You make a 3-hour walk from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp which then confirms you have only a day to reach the summit. Dinner is served early, around 5:30 PM so that you go to sleep early and around midnight you will start your hike to the summit of Mt. Kilim

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Karanga Camp at 3995m to Barafu Camp at 4550m
Day 7: The Kilimanjaro summit

A few minutes to midnight you will be woken up and served a tea before you start the slow but steady hike to the summit. Reach Stella point at 5685 meters after a 6-7 hour hike on the steep ascending trail just in time to see the sunrise over Mawenzi peak. After an hour of hiking over the glacier and Caldera, see the highest point in Africa, Uhuru peak, at 5895 meters above sea level. Take photos and rest after basking in the glory of being up here to have all the views below you. Soon after, descend 3-4 hours back to Barafu camp for lunch and rest then continue 3-4 hours through the Mweka Camp at 3100 meters to the last camp on your adventure. Rest for the next day.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Barafu Camp at 4550m, via the summit 5895m to Mweka
Day 8: Return to Arusha

This will be your last day on the trails. After 3 hours of sloping to Mweka gate, you will have one last meal with the expedition team and fellow hikers then return to Arusha.

Take a hot bath and finally return to a warm bed in your lodge.

 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Mweka camp 3100m to Mweka gate at 1800m
Day 9: Tour ends

Depending on what time your international flight out of the local airport is, you can take part in an optional activity to end the safari.

If you don’t want to end your tour, inform your AA Safaris tour consultant to book you another tour in another destination in Africa.

 

Meals included: Breakfast Only
Accommodation: No accmmodation

Expectations

Follow the migration through the Serengeti which is the main focus of this tour; the annual migration of 2 million ungulates and a population of predators. Enjoy the combination of nature, wildlife variety while staying in the region’s best mid-range and semi-luxury accommodation.

Accomodations

Planet Lodge
Nestled in the heart of Arusha, Planet Lodge will captivate you with the natural beauty of the Tanzanian landscape. Our unique African village-styled accommodations offer you a peaceful sanctuary where you can unwind and connect with nature.
Machame gate at 1800m to Machame Camp at 3000m
This very nice camp is situated in the rolling grasslands overlooking Lake Manyara National Park and offers guests comfort and privacy. All rooms include large beds, en-suite bathroom and a private balcony. The camp has a very nice swimming pool. Take a refreshing dip in the inviting outdoor pool and enjoy the fantastic sunset with a cold drink on the veranda!
Machame gate at 1800m to Machame Camp at 3000m
Located near the new Sangaiwe gate to Tarangire National Park with stunning views over Lake Buringi, Sangaiwe Tented Lodge offers travellers to Tanzania luxury tented accommodation, great service and fresh food. Enhance your safari experience by joining us on your visit to Tarangire on the northern circuit in Tanzania. Our lodge is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the peaceful Tanzanian landscape. Our eco-friendly wood and canvas tents with solar hot water provide comfortable accommodation with all the amenities and no unnecessary frills.
Shira Camp at 3900m via Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Barranco Camp at 3840m to Karanga camp at 3995m
Karanga Camp at 3995m to Barafu Camp at 4550m
Barafu Camp at 4550m, via the summit 5895m to Mweka
The rooms at Country Lodge are tastefully furnished with soft lighting, inviting and comfortable beds and mosquito netting. On chilly nights, request that your fireplace be lit and return from dinner to glowing warmth.
Mweka camp 3100m to Mweka gate at 1800m

Availability and Prices

Feb 4 - 12, 2020
Double Occupancy
$ 2,585
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Single Occupancy
$ 2,585
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Feb 18 - 26, 2020
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$ 2,585
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Jun 2 - 10, 2020
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Jul 7 - 15, 2020
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Jul 14 - 22, 2020
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Jul 21 - 29, 2020
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Jul 28 - Aug 5, 2020
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Aug 11 - 19, 2020
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Aug 25 - Sep 2, 2020
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Aug 31 - Sep 8, 2020
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$ 2,585
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Sep 13 - 20, 2020
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$ 2,585
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Single Occupancy
$ 2,585
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Sep 20 - 28, 2020
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$ 2,585
Per Person
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$ 2,585
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Sep 29 - Oct 7, 2020
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$ 2,585
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$ 2,585
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Oct 6 - 14, 2020
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$ 2,585
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$ 2,585
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Oct 13 - 21, 2020
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$ 2,585
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$ 2,585
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Nov 16 - 24, 2020
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$ 2,585
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 2,585
Per Person
Dec 13 - 21, 2020
Double Occupancy
$ 2,585
Per Person
Single Occupancy
$ 2,585
Per Person
Included
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Excluded
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages