6 Days Machame Route
The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, a very route on Kilimanjaro. It is considered one of the most scenic and beautiful routes. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous tourists or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience.
The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a drive from Moshi or Arusha to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route. It is also the route with sufficient acclimatization opportunities and you go high and sleep low on the third day.
DAY 1: Arrival in Arusha
You will be picked up from the airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport/ Arusha Airport) and be transferred to your hotel in the town of your choice where you will rest and have a short pre-climb briefing from your Guide who will as well check your gears.
DAY 2: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning by your driver and some porters. The porters will load your bags into the car ready for a big adventure ahead of you. You will have a few stops on the way for shopping and there after you head straight to the gate. As you check in, the porters will be weighing the luggage. After registration completion you start hiking through a lush green tropical rain forest. Congratulations! Your adventure has just begun.
DAY 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Distance: 5 km
Time: 4-6 hours
We wake up early in the morning for breakfast. We then leave around 7am heading to Shira camp. After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path walking along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Once we arrive we set camp and rest. The guide will then take you to Shira caves for a short excursion. If the sky is clear we are going to have a good view of the mountain from the camp.
DAY 4: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to a junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight sleep. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
DAY 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, this is where you will come across the famous “kissing rock”. At the top you will be rewarded with perfect picture opportunities. Congratulations! You are now above the clouds! We thereafter head to Barafu
DAY 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 15,300ft-19,345-ft10, 000ft
Distance: 5km ascent/12km descent
Time: 7-8hrs ascent/4-6hrs descent.
In the midnight, we leave Barafu and hike our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. From Stella it takes 45min-1hr to Uhuru peak. Congratulations! You are now at Uhuru peak! We then head down to Barafu camp where the porters will be waiting to congratulate us. We rest, have a hot meal and head down to Mweka camp for an overnight sleep.
DAY 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha
We start our descent after breakfast in the morning to the Mweka Park Gate to receive the summit certificates. 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) .From the gate our driver will pick us up and drive us to Moshi or Arusha depending on the location of your hotel.
DAY 8: Departure
Today we drive you the airport. It will be sad to say goodbye after spending the last couple of days together. As we wave you goodbye we hope to see you again.
Arrival at the Airport (JRO)
You will be picked up from the airport (Kilimanjaro International Airport/ Arusha Airport) and be transferred to your hotel in the town of your choice where you will rest and prepare for your safari.
Arusha to Tarangire National Park
You shall have breakfast at your hotel in the morning. You shall then pack up and drive to Tarangire National Park. A safari spot in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania. You will find very big herds of Elephant in this park. Big cats are also abundant. Your driver shall then pick up a nice spot along the Tarangire River for you to have lunch. After spending some valuable time game driving in the park you then shall head off driving towards Karatu where you will spend the night.
Tarangire to Central Serengeti
We’ll take an early breakfast, as we’ve got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us! We will begin the day with a drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way, we will pass through the rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse Cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth. Witness Africa’s iconic savannah landscape and be amazed by the sheer number of animals that roam these grassy plains. Before the sun sets we shall drive to our lodge for an overnight.
Central Serengeti to North Serengeti
After enjoying our breakfast at the Four Seasons Lodge we start driving towards the Kogatende region (Northern Serengeti). This long drive to Kogatende gives you an opportunity to experience and admire the sheer size of the Park. You will also drive through diverse habitats and sceneries enhancing your experience. Upon arrival at the Kogatende region, we shall go out in search of both the Wildebeest Migration and the famous Big Five.
Full Day North Serengeti
After breakfast, we will start our game drive around the Kogatende area, searching around the kopjes looking for carnivores and the large migration groups that will be preparing to cross the Mara River into Kenya.
North Serengeti is home to large numbers of hippos and Nile crocodiles, the Mara River is the last major obstacle standing between the Wildebeest Migration and the relative safety of the Masai Mara. If you’re patient and a little lucky, you may even get to witness the death-defying crossing itself where wildebeest and zebras brave the river’s currents and crocodiles in an attempt to reach safety on the opposite bank. After spending time catching up with these spectacular natural events we drive back to our lodge for an overnight.
North Serengeti to Central Serengeti
Today after breakfast we leave in the morning heading to Central Serengeti. We shall be game driving en route catching up with the Serengeti wildlife. Central Serengeti has abundant wildlife to enjoy all year long. We then shall head to our lodge before dusk to enjoy a well-deserved rest.
Central Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Eyasi
We shall leave our lodge very early in the morning, driving towards Ngorongoro Crater. As we drive through the main road to Ngorongoro animals will still be littering the savannah outside your window seat. After 3 hours we shall reach the Crater where we will game drive. Our chances of spotting Rhinos down the crater are much higher. Driving for some hours here we shall leave heading to Lake Eyasi where we will spend the night.
Lake Eyasi to Karatu
Lake Eyasi will surely enhance your safari experience in Tanzania. Being different from all other destinations, we will get to experience the bush life of the Hadzabe and the Datoga people. These two tribes have remained unchanged for Generations. The hadzabe will demonstrate their hunting skills and dances, while the Datoga are famous Blacksmiths. We will spend time with these people before we leave Lake Eyasi heading to Karatu for an overnight.
Karatu to Lake Manyara to Arusha
We shall leave the lodge after breakfast for a short game drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly colored lilac breasted roller. Water birds are abundant too. We shall visit the hippo pool to catch up with these huge mammals. At around evening we start driving heading to Arusha for an overnight.
It is our sincere hope you enjoyed your stay with us. Today we drive you back to the airport for your departure. Kibokoland Adventures hopes to see you again!