Machame Route

The tourist’s favorite route due to its incredible views for hikers with stunning photo opportunities. Those who have chosen the easiest route (Marangu Route), will not have seen these sights. On the Machame Route, you won’t descend on the same path that you took to climb up the mountain. Instead, you will come down via the Mweka Route.
Accommodation on the mountain is in tents which the will be pitch for you with our teams. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas.

Day 1:You will arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). Transportation to your lodge in Arusha town will be waiting for you. Stay overnight at Arumeru River Lodge.
Day 2:
Day 2 will be a trip to Mt. Meru villages. We will pick you up from the hotel around 9:00 am and drive to Nkoaranga (40 min). The day starts with a walk around the local hospital and then proceeds through Poli village. On the way you will visit small houses with banana, maize, and coffee plantations along the way. Aranga Coffee Group will proudly show you their Organic Coffee nursery. After the tour, you will be served a hot Tanzanian lunch at the TAfrica Safaris & Wild Tracks garden. You will be tasting traditional foods of Africa; chapati, roasted banana, rice, ugali, spinach and a delicious sauce of goat. All of this is produced in the village. Fresh fruits of the season will be prepared for an appetizer and for dessert you may try the delicious Fair Trade Coffee. After the meal, you will have time to visit the Micro Coffee Roasting factory. Here you can learn about how the coffee is roasted and buy some to take home if you’d like. Following this tour will be dinner and accommodations at your hotel in Arusha.

Dinner/ stay overnight at Arumeru River Lodge.

Leave Arusha at 08:30 am for Machame gate where the climbing starts. Begin trekking trough the rainforest on a winding trail. The trek takes 5-7 hours. Overnight at Machame hut (3100 m).

Day 4:
After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue trekking crossing a little valley and along a steep rocky ridge at 3658 m. This part of the trek takes about 5-7 hours, dinner and overnight at Shira Camp 3800 m. 

Day 5:
Acclimtisation day at Shira Camp

Day 6:
From Shira plateau continue trekking for 5-7 hours to Baranco Camp 3950 m. Dinner and overnight at Baranco Camp.

Day 7:
Leave Baranco Camp and walk on a steep ridge passing walls through the Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp (4600 m). From Barafu Camp one can have a great view of Kibo and Mawenci peaks. Takes 7-8 hours. Short rest and midnight trek to the Stella point 5745 m on the way to Uhuru Peak 5896 m. 

Day 8:
Enjoy the sunrise then descend to Mweka Camp, dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp.

Day 9:
An easy trek down takes 3-4 hours to Mweka gate where you will be picked up and transfer to Moshi town and Impala hotel.

Day 11:
Transfer to airport for flight home.

The above includes:

  • All entry fees to the National Park
  • Private guide, cook and porters 
  • 3 meals a day on the mountain made by the cook
  • Accommodation in tents in the mountain, we bring all equipment needed (mattress, sleeping bags, tents kitchen utensil etc)
  • Transport to and from the mountain
  • Transport to and from the airport
  • 2 nights at Arumereu River Lodge, dinner and breakfast
  • Daytrip to Nkoaranga included African lunch
  • 1 night at Impala Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Personal equipment
  • We do bring a sleeping bag for the client bit recommend they bring their own extra warm one.
  • Drinks at hotels
  • Laundry at hotels
  • Visa to Tanzania 
  • Health insurance
TAfrica Safaris • P O BOX 674 • Stayton, OR 97383 • USA

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