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Giraffe in the African bush, with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background, Tanzania.
4.8
| 26 reviews

Climb Kilimanjaro (5895m) via The Machame Route & Go On Safari

11 nights
Challenging

Summit Africa's highest mountain via the scenic Machame route and then recuperate on safari

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, certified trekking and safari guides

Hotel & Camping

6 nights camping, 3 nights in a hotel and 2 nights in a farmhouse-hotel

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Permits

All permits, taxes and licenses

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 26 reviews
Wow. I have done quite
February 2024
Stephanie E.
Wow. I have done quite
February 2024
Stephanie E.
Wow. I have done quite
February 2024
Stephanie E.
Wow. I have done quite
February 2024
Stephanie E.
Wow. I have done quite
February 2024
Stephanie E.
Wow. I have done quite
February 2024
Stephanie E.
Clara
January 2024
Clara G.
What an epic adventure!! The walk to the to...
April 2023
N
What an epic adventure!! The walk to the to...
April 2023
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What an epic adventure!! The walk to the to...
April 2023
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What an epic adventure!! The walk to the to...
April 2023
N
An awesome experience start to finish!

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April 2023
Ashley
An awesome experience start to finish!

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April 2023
Ashley
An awesome experience start to finish!

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April 2023
Ashley
An awesome experience start to finish!

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April 2023
Ashley
An awesome experience start to finish!

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April 2023
Ashley
Wow, an incredible challenge! Whilst the ea...
January 2023
Tom
Wow, an incredible challenge! Whilst the ea...
January 2023
Tom
Wow, an incredible challenge! Whilst the ea...
January 2023
Tom
Wow, an incredible challenge! Whilst the ea...
January 2023
Tom
Incredible! MGana and the team made summiti...
December 2022
Phillip
Incredible! MGana and the team made summiti...
December 2022
Phillip
Fabulous experience. So wholesome!...
December 2022
Sarah
Fabulous experience. So wholesome!...
December 2022
Sarah
Fabulous experience. So wholesome!...
December 2022
Sarah
Fabulous experience. So wholesome!...
December 2022
Sarah
Fabulous experience. So wholesome!...
December 2022
Sarah
An incredible experience, the safari an abs...
October 2022
Rachel
An incredible experience, the safari an abs...
October 2022
Rachel
An incredible experience, the safari an abs...
October 2022
Rachel

Tackle a multi-day trek to stand on the highest point of an entire continent: the stuff an adventurer’s dreams are made of

Hike the popular Machame Route to the summit, traversing varied climactic zones against a backdrop of endless vistas

Embark on a three-day game safari to see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions and more in their raw and natural habitat

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Tanzania!

View of Mount Kilimanjaro from Moshi, Tanzania.

Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your accommodation at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, where your host will be waiting for you. After meeting your guide for a detailed briefing and equipment check, you can get to know your fellow travellers and then retire for an early night, ready for tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2

Machame Gate (1800m) to Machame Camp (2835m)

Hikers on the Machame Route trail up Mount Kilimanjaro, surrounded by forest, Tanzania.

Hiking

5-6hrs · 11.2km · 1220m up

Take a 45-minute drive through the mountain village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate where your ascent will begin. Hike through the lush rainforest and along winding trails and learn about the local wildlife, perhaps even spotting a blue monkey or a tree hyrax. Have your gaiters and trekking poles at the ready, as the trail can be muddy and slippery at the lower elevations. Reach your campsite, settle in and enjoy your first night on the trek.

Day 3

Machame Camp (2835m) to Shira Camp (3750m)

Trekkers admiring the sunset from Shira Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Hiking

4-5hrs · 4.8km · 915m up

Leave the rainforest behind you and take the ascending path through the valley and along a steep rocky ridge. From here, the route turns west into a river gorge which you will follow all the way up to Shira Camp. Drop off your daypack in your tent and climb the slope above camp for dramatic views over the surrounding plateau and the alpine landscape that awaits you next.

Day 4

Shira Camp (3750m) to Barranco Camp (3900m), via Lava Tower

Three trekkers on the Machame Route approaching Lava Tower, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Hiking

5-6hrs · 9.6km · 150m up · 700m down

Spend the day acclimatising as you continue the route along the alpine desert of the Shira Plateau. Hike east towards Kibo’s glaciated peak, then southeast towards Lava Tower (also known as the Shark's Tooth) at 4600m. You'll stop for lunch here to aid with acclimatisation before continuing your trek through moorland dotted with Giant Senecio trees, descending slightly to your overnight camp at Barranco where you'll have a hearty dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 5

Barranco Camp (3900m) to Karanga Camp (3995m), via the Barranco Wall

Near the Barranco Wall, on the Machame Route up Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Hiking

4-5hrs · 5.6km · 95m up · 300m down

Today is another important acclimatisation and contingency day to boost your chances of summit success. After breakfast, follow a steep ridge to the base of the Barranco Wall. This is a challenge both physically and mentally, as the wall appears higher than its 257m. Slow and deliberate steps are the trick to an easier scramble to the top (most hikers find it easier than anticipated, so fear not!). At the top, look out over the Heim Glacier and then wind up and down the Karanga Valley to reach your base for the night.

Day 6

Karanga Camp (3995m) to Barafu Camp (4673m)

Hikers following the Machame trail towards Barafu Camp, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Hiking

2-3hrs · 3.5km · 700m up

Follow a short but steep trail through the ever-thinning air to Barafu Camp – your last stop before summit day. This camp is located on a rocky and exposed ridge, 'barafu' means 'ice' in Swahili. Have an early dinner, get yourself ready for the summit push in the morning and get some sleep. Nearly there!

Day 7

Summit day

Uhuru Peak at Mount Kilimanjaro summit, Tanzania.

Hiking

10-13hrs · 17.7km · 1195m up · 2805m down

Set off in the dead of night to begin the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek. With head torches on, ascend slowly through heavy scree towards Stella Point (5756m) on the crater rim, followed by a further ascent to Uhuru Peak (5895m) – the highest peak on Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in the whole of Africa and possibly your greatest trekking accomplishment. After a rest and some photographs, begin the long descent over dusty terrain forged by volcanic ash, eventually dropping back down into moorland as you reach Mweka Camp (3100m) for a well-deserved rest.

Day 8

Descend from Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate

Three trekkers hiking through misty forest on the descent to Mweka Gate, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Hiking

3-4hrs · 9.6km · 1410m down

Continue your descent to the Mweka Park Gate through lush forest – eyes peeled for fluffy black and white colobus monkeys as you reach the lower elevations. The weather here will be significantly warmer making the terrain wet and muddy so have your gaiters and trekking poles handy. When you reach the park gate, you’ll collect your summit certificate before driving back to your hotel in Moshi where you can enjoy a hot shower and celebrate the end of the first part of your adventure. Following your trek, there will be a tipping ceremony for the crew who helped you to scale the mountain – please see the FAQs below for more information on this important local custom.

Day 9

Lake Manyara National Park

A lion sitting in the branches of an acacia tree, Tanzania.

Driving

4hrs

Wildlife Watching

3hrs

Travel to the second part of your adventure – visiting three of Tanzania's top wildlife hotspots on a spectacular game safari – beginning with the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park. This impressive reserve is one of Tanzania's most dramatically located wildlife areas, with an enormous soda lake that covers two-thirds of the entire park. It's home to a wide variety of animals – including tree-climbing lions, one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants and at certain times of year, large flocks of flamingos. After a mesmerizing day, head to your countryside lodge where you’ll enjoy dinner and a good night's sleep.

Day 10

The spectacular Ngorongoro Crater

Rhino in Africa with acacia trees in the background.

Wildlife Watching

7hrs

Well rested after a comfy night and hearty breakfast at your lodge, you'll head out early to drive up and over the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend 600m to the crater floor, into one of the most densely populated wildlife areas in Africa. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the conservation area is home to approximately 25,000 large mammals, including some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino. Supported by year-round water and food, the crater is packed with game animals, including herds of wildebeest, zebras, buffalos, warthogs, hippos and elephants, as well as their predators such as lions, hyenas, jackals and cheetahs. Enjoy lunch in the crater and then make your way back to the hotel in the afternoon, to enjoy another relaxing evening.

Day 11

Tarangire National Park

A small herd of adult and baby elephants on the plains, under an acacia tree, Tanzania

Driving

4hrs

Wildlife Watching

5 hrs

Travel into the Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. Covering 2,850 square kilometres, Tarangire is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania, famous for the diversity of its wildlife, which congregates here thanks to its freshwater sources. Keep your eyes peeled as you’re likely to see large herds of elephants wandering through the long grass, giraffes munching on acacia trees, and if you're lucky, tree-climbing pythons in the massive baobab trees. The Tarangire National Park is also home to three rare species of animals – the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx and a few Ashy Starlings. Leave this wonderful park behind and return to Moshi for a final farewell dinner with your team.

Day 12

Time to head home

View of Kilimanjaro from the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel rooftop, Moshi, Tanzania.

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast to mark the end of a remarkable trip and then head back to the airport, or continue your adventure in Tanzania.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 7

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8 – Day 10

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 11

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 12

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Group of people having a picnic by a lake in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Throughout your trip, a team of experienced chefs will cook and serve you nutritious meals. On the trek, breakfast will usually be some combination of fruit, porridge, eggs, bread, French toast, pancakes, sausage or bacon with tea, coffee and hot chocolate available. Lunch will be a mix of vegetables, meat stews or sauces, boiled eggs, soups or broths, rice and bread. Dinner, meanwhile, will usually consist of soup, bread, salads, rice, pasta, potatoes, roast or fried chicken, beef or fish, curry, mixed vegetables, lentils, and fruit. On summit night, you’ll enjoy a midnight snack with juice, soup, hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits, and when you return to base camp, a nice meal will be waiting as a reward for all your hard work.

On safari, you'll have international and local options at breakfast and dinner in the lodge. You'll enjoy a hot picnic lunch in the national parks whilst you are out spotting wildlife.

If you have any special dietary requests, let your host know in advance and they will do their best to accommodate them. Vegan and vegetarian diets can be fully accommodated.

What is the accommodation like?

View of the pool at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, Moshi, Tanzania
Moshi Town

You'll spend your first, eighth and last nights of the trip in a twin-share room at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, located just 4km from Moshi Town and 40km from the airport. This 4-star boutique hotel has an on-site restaurant where you can enjoy an international breakfast and an a la carte dinner, or if you prefer something a little more casual, there’s also the 4th-floor Summit Bar which offers pizza and flame-grilled BBQ alongside stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Rooms are modern and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Woman looking at the view from inside a tent at Karanga Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Along The Machame Route

During the trek, you will camp at a number of sites along the Machame Route in twin-share tents, with camping and cooking equipment provided (you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag, or hire one, though). You'll also have a mess tent where you'll be served all your meals, and a toilet tent used only by your group. Your team of porters will set up and break down camp for you each day.

Front of Marera Valley Lodge, Tanzania.
On Safari

You’ll stay in a twin-share room at the Marera Valley Lodge, a countryside hotel with beautiful landscaped gardens overlooking the valley. There is a lounge, bar, restaurant (where they serve vegetables grown in the hotel's gardens) and swimming pool. The lodge has 18 large, cottage-style rooms with ensuite bathrooms and private decks with incredible views.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be requested for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Kilimanjaro Airport

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi or Kilimanjaro Airport

Any time on Day 12

Transfers

Your adventure begins at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) where your driver will be waiting for you outside the Arrivals area. Alternatively, if you’re already in Tanzania, your host can arrange a pick-up from any point upon request (not included). Your adventure ends with an overnight stay at the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi; from here you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania or ask your host to arrange an airport transfer for any flight departing that day. The airport transfer takes around an hour.

Airport transfers are included in the price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 12. For those arriving early or wanting to stay on longer, extra nights at the hotels and airport transfers can be arranged with your host at an additional cost. Please see Optional Extras for more information.

Travel options

There are frequent flights to Kilimanjaro (JRO) from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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What do I need to bring?

  • Waterproof jacket - breathable, with hood
  • Weather rated insulated jacket - synthetic or down
  • Soft jacket, fleece or soft-shell
  • Long-sleeved shirts - light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
  • Short-sleeved shirts - light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
  • Waterproof trousers - breathable
  • Hiking trousers - convertible to shorts recommended (2)
  • Fleece leggings
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Long underwear - moisture-wicking fabric recommended (2)
  • Underwear - moisture-wicking fabric recommended
  • Sports bra (women)
  • Hiking boots - warm, waterproof, broken-in with spare laces
  • Gym shoes - to wear at camp (optional)
  • Socks - thick, wool or synthetic (3-5)
  • Sock liners - tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (3-5)
  • Waterproof gaiters – highly recommended to prevent mud, loose gravel and sand
  • Sleeping bag - warm, four-season rated
  • Sleeping bag liner - for added warmth (optional)
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Headlamp, with extra batteries
  • Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment
  • Daypack to carry your personal gear
  • Brimmed hat for sun protection
  • Knit hat for warmth
  • Balaclava for face coverage (highly recommended)
  • Bandana (optional)
  • Warm gloves (waterproof recommended)
  • Glove liners - thin, synthetic, to be worn under gloves for added warmth
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Backpack cover (waterproof)
  • Poncho (during the rainy season - optional)
  • Water bottle (Nalgene recommended) AND a water bladder (CamelBak type) - must have 2-3 litres combined; please note that disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the mountain due to National Park regulations
  • Towel - lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
  • Pee bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended)
  • Stuff sacks or lightweight dry bags - various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent (for in town and on safari - it's not usually needed on the mountain)
  • Hot water bottle for the night
  • Extra water purification tablets (water will be purified by your trek team on the mountain, so this optional)
  • Nail brush
  • Clothing to wear on safari - avoid blue and black coloured garments, as these attract biting tsetse flies
  • Trip receipt
  • Passport
  • Visa (available upon arrival)
  • Insurance documents

What can I hire?

  • Walking poles
  • Headtorch (you will need to bring your own AAA batteries)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day pack (with or without waterproof covers)
  • Duffel bag
  • Nalgene water bottle/water bladder
  • A range of clothing (fleece pants, waterproof pants, walking trousers, windbreaker/ski trousers, waterproof jacket, light fleece jacket, heavy fleece jacket, down/ski jacket, hat, thermal top & bottoms, scarf, sunglasses, thin glove liners, thick ski gloves, hiking boots, gaiters, poncho, socks)
  • Pricing ranges from $5-$50 per item for the whole trip. Please request any items you would like to hire in the extras section on the booking form or contact your host prior to departure for confirmation of pricing and availability.
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Per Night

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Per Night

Private room & tent upgrade (whole trip)

Payable Before Departure

Private room & tent upgrade (whole trip)

Per Person

Private airport transfer - each way

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - each way

Barbara D.(March 2024)
Kilimanjaro & Safari Trip

Adventure of a lifetime! I really enjoyed the hike and our amazing crew. It was the best organised trek I have ever been on. Our lead guide Hussein together with David, Erick and Valerian were super professional and supportive to all of us. All our group climbed Kilimanjaro strong and with good energy thanks to all the crew who made our time on the hike fun and adventurous. Izungo was looking after all of us in “the Palace” and made us try all yummy meals cooked by Siril! We would recommend a trip with Trek2Kili to anyone – Machame route is the best and you have enough time to acclimatize and enjoy beautiful views. The 3 day Safari after Kilimanjaro was amazing too!!! Ideal combo! Hakuna matata! Basia

Stephanie E.(February 2024)
Wow. I have done quite
Wow. I have done quite
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Wow. I have done quite
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Wow. I have done quite
Wow. I have done quite

Wow. I have done quite a few MBA trips and this one, by far, was the best. Tanzania is a beautiful country and Kilimanjaro even more so. It was unreal to climb up through the rainforest, onto the moorlands, into the alpine desert and then finally the arctic zone to the summit. Our group of 8 had an amazing dynamic, so much Monopoly Deal and Uno were played!! Our team of 33 guides and porters were amazing, I cannot thank them enough for their exceptional care and all that they did to get us to the summit and back. Special mention to our guides Hussein, David, Eric and Valerian, and our additional summit guides Michael, Moody and Joy, for all the chats, laughs and encouragement. Also a massive thank you to our cook Sirili and our waiter Izungu, I will miss being woken up with a coffee and Sirili's amazing meals. You will not go hungry on this trip!! The safari is absolutely insane, three national parks with wildly different scenery and all the animals. We saw 4 of the Big 5, herds of elephant, impala, gazelles, giraffe, zebra, rhino and many different birds. Huge thank you to AdventureDiscover for the safari and our drivers Octavian and Joseph for their knowledge and ability to put us in the perfect spot for photos. Highly recommend this trip, Kili summit night is not to be underestimated, it hurts and the descent is brutal but the guides will have your back every step of the way.

catriona k.(January 2024)
A must

Completely amazing. Hands down one of the best experiences of my life. The hike was really well planned and the whole team that came with us took such good care of us, nothing like being woken up with the offer of tea in your sleeping bag and a breath taking view. After the challenge of the hike, what better way to relax than 3 days on safari and staying in a beautiful lodge.

Clara G.(January 2024)
Clara
Clara

It was an unforgettable experience that would not have been possible without the aid of the crew that accompanied us to the summit and back. The food was delicious, warm and very abundant, always served by the waiter with a great smile (they know what they are doing, so if they ask you to eat more, do it! You will certainly need it for the hike) The guides were ever so helpful, always positive and encouraging you to keep going; always looking for the best ways for us to achieve the goal. All the porters rush from one camp to the other so you don´t feel you need to do any work. Tents are set up before you arrive, with a soft mat for the night, and the toilet is always clean and ready to use whenever you needed in the camp. The best way to finish the trip was with the Safari. Our guide, Octavian, was very knowledgeable and told us many stories and facts that I will remember for a long time, as well as helped us spot animals in the distance so easily!

Sarah(June 2023)

Such an incredible time. I love the organisation and the commitment that goes into making this a wild fun adventure. Thank you, definitely booking another trip!

Kevin(May 2023)

This is an amazing experience. It is definitely worth the money. The local guides are amazing, very knowledgeable and will go above and beyond for you on the trip. Watching the sunrise from the summit plateau is a once in a lifetime experience.

Phillip(May 2023)

Awesome experience, I've been recommendeding this trip to everyone I know. Such a great introduction to major mountain climbs!

Mike(May 2023)

Use extreme caution if considering using Much Better Adventures for this tour. I booked the Kilimanjaro and Safari through Much Better Adventures (MBA), and their go to guide company for this trip is Trek2Kili. All was going well until the fourth night of the trek, and I became ill. I was told that I was experiencing Acute Mountain Sickness, but that didn’t explain the 102 temperature I was experiencing as well. Unfortunately, one of the Lead Guides, who admittedly had the flu, exposed us to his illness. Long story, short, I was told to evacuate the mountain immediately, on foot, which was over 12 miles and took me approximately 10 hours to descend, in which I collapsed, and the porters had to carry me out the last two mile on their backs!!! After reaching the doctor’s office later that night, test were taken, in which I had a blood infection, respiratory infection and intestinal infection…I’m lucky to be ALIVE!!! Again, use extreme caution if considering this company!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MBA response:

Hi Mike,

We are so sorry that your trip to Kilimanjaro fell short of our usual high standards. We understand that you went through a very challenging experience, whilst being unwell, and one that anyone would have found extremely difficult.

We are pleased, however, that you accepted our compensation offer as part of our Happiness Guarantee.

Helicopter evacuation would normally be the preferred choice of evacuation from the mountain in your circumstances, however, your hosts were advised that the helicopter was unable to land due to the weather conditions at the time, which therefore led to your evacuation on foot.

After our thorough investigation into your experience, we were satisfied with how seriously the local host reacted to your feedback. They have handled another evacuation off the mountain since your trip & this customer had the following to say about their experience with the local team:

“I have loved my time in Kilimanjaro. All the staff on the mountain have been first class. I was very dehydrated coming down the mountain and the staff spotted it straight away and helped me for the last few miles… Once again the staff were first class. I have had a fabulous time and will definitely use the company again.”

Naomi & the MBA Team

N(April 2023)