13-day Luxury Machame Route and fly in Serengeti Safari

This year BootsnAll World Adventures (BWA) is offering a luxury climb/safari package to take the stress out of a trans-Atlantic flight, and to round of the climb with a fly-in safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Accommodation will be provided pre-climb by the beautiful Protea Aishi Hotel in Machame Village, and on safari by Mbuzi Mawe tented Camp and the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

This trip is a BWA exclusive, and is inclusive of all transfers, accommodation, climb logistics and guide personnel and support. Get in touch with BWA today, or call 1-866-549-7614(US) or 1-503-528-1005(other) direct for more information.


Day 1: Kilimanjaro

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Collection and Transfer to Aishi Hotel Machame Village

Day 2:

Full day at Machame. Relaxation and preparation, pre-departure brief and meet the crew, and otherwise relax in the beautiful surrounds and comfort of Aishi Hotel.

Day 3: Machame Gate (1,634 m/5,363 ft) to Machame Hut (2,834 m/9,300 ft)

Early collection, and after a quick drive to Machame Gate, we will register and commence the climb.

Hike time: 7.5 hrs
Elevation change: +1,200 m/+3,937 ft
Estimated distance: 10km/6.21 miles
Final elevation: 3,100 m/10,170 ft

Intitially the trails threads through cloud forest and it is not improbable that you will be climbing in rain and mud most of the day before arriving at Machame Camp in late afternoon. Conditions on this day are fairly steep which achieves an elevation wherein your body will begin to feel the early effects of altitude.

Day 4: Machame Hut (2,834 m/9,300 ft) to Shira Hut (3,749 m/12,300 ft)

Hike time: 7 hrs
Elevation change: +800 m/+3,000 ft
Estimated distance: 6km/3.75 miles
Final elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft

The trail emerged early from the cloud forest and most of the day is spent on moorlands before reaching the famous views of the Shira Plateau and later the Shira Camp. The climb on this day is not as steep as the day previous, but this night is likely to be cold- probably a little below freezing.

Day 5: Shira Hut (3,749 m/12,300 ft) to Barranco Hut (3,901 m/12,800 ft)

Hike time: 5 hrs
Elevation change: +100 m/+328 ft
Estimated distance: ?
Final elevation: 3,900 m/12,800 ft

The morning climb is somewhat steep on this day as you climb to Lava Tower at 4,600 meters at midday before descending again on the scenic route to Barranco Camp. This is a great example of the climb high/sleep low rule that helps people acclimatize safely.

Day 6: Barranco Hut (3,900 m/12,800 ft) to Karanga Valley (3,963 m/13,000 ft)

Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: +100 m/+328 ft
Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles
Final elevation: 3,963 m/13,000 ft

You climb the Great Barranco Wall, which looks more intimidating than it really is, and down into the Karanga Valley. This day has many ups and downs and crosses many small streams before crossing the Karanga River just before camp.

Day 7: Karanga Valley (3,963 m/13,000 ft) to Barafu Hut (4,600 m/15,091 ft)

Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: +600 m/+1,968 ft
Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles
Final elevation: 4,600 m/15,091 ft

Today the route moves through rocky and otherwise barren terrain on your way to Barafu Camp. The camp is in another cold and windy area, but you’ll only be sleeping from around 7 p.m. until 11: 30 p.m. or so thanks to the summit climb commencing at midnight.

Day 8: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,091 ft) to The Summit (5,896 m/19,343 ft) and then to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft)

Summit time: 7 hrs
Elevation change: +1,300 m/+4,265 ft
Estimated distance: 5km/3.2 miles
Final elevation: 5,896 m/19,343 ft
Descent time: 5 hrs
Elevation change: -2,800 m/-9,186 ft
Estimated distance: 12km/7.5 miles
Final elevation: 3,100 m, 10,170 ft

Today kicks off at midnight with by far the most challenging 6-hour section of entire climb as you reach Stella Point around sunrise. After a short rest you’ll probably be walking in snow for the next two hours until you reach Uhuru Peak, AKA the summit! After enjoying the moment briefly you will begin your descent to the Mweka Camp back under cover of the cloud forest, about and 8 hour trek including a quick rest midway.

Day 9: Mweka Hut (3,100 m/10,170 ft) to Mweka Gate (1,828 m/6,000 ft)

Descent time: 4 hrs
Elevation change: -1,250 m/-4,101 ft
Estimated distance: 10km/6.21
Final elevation: 1,828 m/6,000 ft

After the previous day you’ll deserve this short and very scenic descent of about 4 hours down to the Mweka Gate, where you’ll sign the register to make your climb official. Accommodation at Parkview Inn Moshi

Day 10: Safari

After breakfast we will drive to Arusha airport for a flight connection to Serengeti. After a 45-minute flight we arrived at Seronera Airport in the Serengeti National Park, before collection and transfer to Mbuzi Mawe tented camp in northern Serengeti. Depending on what wildlife we see along the way, the journey could take the rest of the day.

Day 11:

We leave with a packed lunch for a day spent exploring the national park, with another night spent at Mbuze Mawe.

Day 12:

Today we head south towards Ngorongoro, leaving behind the woodland savannah of the north of the park for the signature plains of the south. By afternoon we will be in the Crater Highlands, and by early evening at the lovely Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Here you will stumble on arguably the most beautiful view in the world.

Day 13:

After a morning spent on the floor of the crater we will start to make our way by road to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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