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Mount Kilimanjaro Machame route $ Safari(11 Days)

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The climb begins at Machame Gate, at an altitude of 1800 metres, with an approach to the south west of the mountain. It passes through majestic rainforest on the first day, before continuing up the mountain to reach Shira Camp, where the Lemosho route joins from the west. From here you traverse the southern side of the mountain to Barranco via Lava Tower, and climb the Great Barranco Wall on your way to Barafu Camp. After reaching the summit, you will descend by the Mweka trail, rather than retracing your steps along the ascent route.
 
The longer distance and the opportunity to ‘walk high, sleep low’ on the Machame route offer much better acclimatisation and as a result a very high success rate.
 
Following your climb, amazing game viewing opportunities are to be had visiting three of Tanzania’s best safari parks, each with their own uniqueness. Ngorongoro is a “must see” destination and home to over 25,000 animals giving you the chance to see the Big Five. Tarangire is teeming with bird life and has the highest elephant population in the World. Lake Manyara boasts a huge colony of baboons and also tree climbing lions.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • High summit success rate (over 90%)
  • High guide to client ratio
  • Go in search of the Big 5 after your climb

Included/Exclude

  • Your hotel stay for the nights before and after the climb
  • Airport transfers
  • National Park entry, camping, climbing and rescue fees
  • A fully supported climb (average ratio of support staff to climber is 4:1 in open groups)
  • All meals and drinking water on the mountain
  • A private portable toilet – no long drops for you!
  • High quality mess and sleeping tents with a comfortable foam mattress
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit
  • Full board accommodation at safari lodge
  • 4WD safari vehicle and English speaking driver guide

 OPTIONS

  • Additional hotel nights before or after your tour
  • Single supplement
  1. Airfares and visas
  2. Tips for your guides, crew and safari guide
  3. Travel insurance (you must be insured for trekking up to 6000m)
  4. Your personal trekking gear
  5. Your personal medicines or prescriptions
  6. Snacks on the mountain
  7. Meals and drinks at hotel in Moshi
  8. Drinks at safari lodges

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Outdoor Seating

Tour Plan

All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From JRO we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local Kandoo representative and have a full pre-climb briefing.

  • Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 40 km)
  • Accomodation: Hotel

Transfer from your hotel to Machame Gate for registration. Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent along the forest trail to Machame Camp at 3000m. We will stay here overnight.

  • Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 30 km)
  • Hiking time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Ascent: 1200 m
  • Max. altitude: 3000 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

After breakfast we start walking, leaving the rainforest behind, and continue our ascent, crossing a small valley and up to a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather. Our route now turns west into a river gorge until we reach Shira Cave Camp. It will be colder tonight than the previous night with temperatures possibly falling below freezing.

  • Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Ascent: 850 m
  • Max. altitude: 3850 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Today we will climb up to 4600m to the base of the Lava Tower for lunch and acclimatisation. This will be our toughest day so far and you may, for the first time, feel the altitude. After lunch we will descend again by almost 650m to Barranco Camp, following the ‘walk high, sleep low’ golden rue of acclimatisation. Our descent to Barranco Camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall.

  • Hiking time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Ascent: 750 m
  • Descent: 650 m
  • Max. altitude: 4600 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

A short, but fun, day starting with a scramble to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. We will stay overnight at Karanga campsite.

  • Hiking time: 4 hours
  • Ascent: 260 m
  • Descent: 280 m
  • Max. altitude: 4210 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

We leave Karanga campsite behind to meet the junction connecting with the Mweka descent trail. From here we continue up through Barafu Camp and beyond up to higher Kosovo Camp. Many groups camp at Barafu before the summit, but we opt for Kosovo as it's a better position for a summit push. Here we can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The camp offers amazing views of the summit and the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo.

  • Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Ascent: 940 m
  • Max. altitude: 4870 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

You will be woken around 23:30 with tea and biscuits. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers through heavy scree up to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest and hopefully be in time to witness the magnificent sunrise (weather permitting). We are now only an hour away from the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we descend down to Mweka camp site, via Kosovo Camp for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose scree going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • Hiking time: 14 - 16 hours
  • Ascent: 1025 m
  • Descent: 2795 m
  • Max. altitude: 5895 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Your final day on the trek, departing after breakfast we descend a further 1300m to the Mweka Park Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. Transfer to your hotel.

  • Transport: Private transfer (0.5 hour, 17 km)
  • Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Descent: 1300 m
  • Max. altitude: 3100 m
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Our safari guide and vehicle will collect you from your hotel and we will drive to Lake Manyara, arriving with plenty of time for an afternoon game-drive. Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its large alkaline soda lake which is home to the pink flamingo, yellow-billed stork and heron. If you are lucky you may get chance to see the tree climbing lions, which are unique to this national park. Watch out though for some fun and antics from the local baboon population; Lake Manyara is believed to have the largest number of these primates in the World! We will spend the night at a safari lodge in Karatu.

  • Accomodation: Safari Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the fascinating wildlife arena of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a “must see” safari destination. Home to more than 25,000 large mammals, it is not unusual to see all of the ‘Big Five’ (buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion and leopard) in a single day. The crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is over 260km2 (100 miles2) and was formed when a massive volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two - three million years ago. It is now the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world and often referred to as “Africa’s Eden”. Driving through the Ngorongoro Highlands, we will arrive at the crater rim and then descend down 610m (2000 feet) onto its floor to start our safari extravaganza. After our game drive we will return to our safari lodge.

  • Accomodation: Safari Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

The Tarangire River runs through the park attracting a huge number of elephants, buffalo, giraffe and antelope, particularly in the dry season between June to October. It is not uncommon to see large herds of elephants roaming through Tarangire's savannah grasses or taking shade under the odd looking "upside down trees" (baobab) that are dotted around the park. The park is also a must for avid birdwatchers, boasting over 550 different bird species, the most diverse in Africa, including the Kori Bustard, the heaviest flying bird in the World!

Late afternoon we will start our journey back to Arusha for onward transfer to Kilimanjaro airport. We expect to be back in Arusha by 5pm, so you will need to book a flight that departs after 9pm. Otherwise, we can arrange an additional night at a hotel in Arusha for you.
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

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