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Kilimanjaro and Wildlife Safari Tour

Package Duration
11 Days / 10 Nights
Destination Covered

  • Day 1 : Machame Gate to Machame Camp

    Description :

    Elevation (m): 1,490m to 2,980m
    Elevation (ft): 4,890ft to 9,780ft
    Distance: 18km
    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    Habitat: Montane Forest
    Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 50-minute drive from Moshi or a one and half hours drive from Arusha to the Machame Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters prepare and pack your equipment and supplies. You will receive a lunch pack, and you can also buy mineral water in the village. If the road is very muddy, it may be impossible to drive from the village to the Machame Gate, and in this case, it will take you an hour to complete the muddy 3 km walk to the gate. After registering at the park office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest immediately. Heavy rains on this side of the mountain often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good footgear, trekking poles, and gaiters are useful. You will enjoy a welcome lunch stop halfway up and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters will arrive at camp before you and will erect your tent before you arrive. In the evening, the porters boil drinking and washing water while the cook poepares your dinner. Night temperatures can drop to freezing at the Machame Camp.

    Day 2 : Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    Description :

    Elevation (m): 2,980m to 3,840m
    Elevation (ft): 9,780ft to 12,600ft
    Distance: 9km
    Walking Time: 4-6 hours
    Habitat: Moorland
    You rise early at Machame camp, and after breakfast, climb for an hour to the top of the forest, then for 2 hours through a gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. You are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. After a short hike west, you reach the shira campsite. The porters will boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

    Day 3 : Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

    Description :

    Elevation (m): 3,840m to 4,630m to 3,950m
    Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 15,190ft to 12,960ft
    Distance: 15 km
    Walking Time: 5-7 hours
    Habitat: Semi-desert
    After breakfast, you will walk up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass. After several hours, you walk thorough a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower, also called the Shark’s Tooth. at 4,630 m/15,190ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. Although you end the day at almost the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

    OPTIONAL DAY (7- day trek): Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
    Elevation (m): 3950m to 4200m
    Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 13,800ft
    Distance: 7km
    Hiking Time: 4 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert
    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. There is water at this camp. Then, on Day 5 you will hike from the Karanga Valley Camp to the Barafu Camp, summit on Day 6, and finish your descent on Day 7.

    Day 4 : Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

    Description :

    Elevation (m): 3,950m to 4,550m
    Elevation (ft): 12,960ft to 14,930ft
    Distance: 13km
    Hiking Time: 8 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert
    After spending a night under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you climb this awesome obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley and goes over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. For now, all eyes are still on the summit, so turn left and hike up the ridge for another hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for âice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. This should include replacing your headlamp and camera batteries, and to prevent freezing, consider carrying your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed by 7 PM, and try to get a few hours of precious sleep.

    Day 5 : Summit Day! Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka CampSummit Day! Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Ca

    Description :

    Elevation (m): 4,550m to 5,895m (and down to 3,100m)
    Elevation (ft): 14,930ft to 19,340ft (and down to 10,170ft)
    Distance: 7km up / 23km down
    Hiking Time: 6 - 8 hours up / 7 - 8 hours down
    Habitat: Stone scree, seasonal snow and ice-capped summit
    You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft) You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates, and beer!

  • Other Benefits (On Arrival)
    Description :
    Trip Information:
    This tour is a combination of Mountain climbing and Wildlife Safari. The tour gives you a chance to make the top of Mount Kilimanjaro through machame route, which is referred to as the “Whiskey Route”, which suited to more adventurous hikers, and it is also rewards you with better views than the Marangu Route, and there after you will experience the ‘Big Five’ areas of Tanzania on 5 days, 4 nights safari.
    The itinerary starts with 6days Mountain climbing followed by 5 Wildlife Safari. Starting with Tarangire N.P, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti N.P, and then continues to stunning Lake Manyara N.P.
    Package Excludes :
    • Tips and Gratuities
    • Travel insurance
    • Tanzanian entry visas
    • International flights
    • Airport/Airstrip transfers (We can arrange on request)
    • Flying doctors service
    • Accommodations on Arrival Day and night after Safaris(We can arrange on request)
    • All items of a personal nature
    • Champagne, cognacs, fine wines & premium brand spirits
    • Olduvai fees

  • Package Terms & Conditions :

    Clients are requested to send 50% of the total cost of a tour in order to guarantee the reservation into our bank account as directed by our sales consultants.

    WHEN TO BOOK YOUR SAFARIS It is better to book in advance to ensure availability of rooms and other services at the time you wish to travel, especially in (December, January, February, July & August and September).

    CANCELLATION when the cancellation is done in a period of over 28 days of the safari/tour, 50% of the deposit sent will be refunded. When the cancellation is done in a period between 14 -28 days of the safari/tour, 25% of the payment would be refunded. When the cancellation is done in a period between 7 – 14 days  NO REFUND.


    We exercise utmost care in handling our guests and their property, but will not be responsible for loss or damage to personal belongings or personal injury.

    TRANSPORTATION We use Land Cruiser, Land Rover, Mini-buses. we provide English/French and Spanish driver guides .

    CREDIT CARDS AS MODE OF PAYMENT We don’t have facilities to process Visa or Master Card for your safari and mountain climbing, the deposit should be paid by bank transfer / The balance is to be paid on a cash basis


    Most of Banks offer ATM facilities. Banks in major town and Cities have introduced now ATM facilities. Don’t change money in the street.


    Prices for camping safaris include: Park fees, meals, cook, driver, camping equipments and transport. Prices for camping safaris per trip will depend on the number of people. We prefer every client to have a window seat. We can arrange for an extended car that gives all our clients a window seat.

    MOUNTAIN CLIMBING Prices for mountain climbing include all national park fees, meals, 4 ways transport, camping equipments, porters, cook and guides. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE climbing gears or any other personal arrangement.

    INSURANCE AND RESPONSIBILITY everyone is responsible for personal travel insurance. Please check whether it applies for Africa and for mountain trekking. Backpacker Safaris act only as agents of the clients in all aspect relating to hotel accommodation, tours, transport and shall not be liable for injury, delay, loss or damage in any manner. The company is not responsible for theft or loss of baggage. Please baggage insurance is therefore recommended.

    LIABILITY the Company act only as an agent of the tours and transport, and shall not be liable for injury, delays, loss, or damage in any manner. The company’s liability to passengers carried in its own vehicle is governed by the laws of the country in which the tour takes place and no other country. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the actions arise. The company shall not be held responsible for loss or damages to baggage.


    Based on one, two or three persons sharing a twin room/tent or a family sharing larger accommodation. Where possible rooms with private bath are used.  Avoid last-minute changes to pre-booked accommodation.

Contact Detail

Backapckers Safaris Ltd

Contact Person :-

Walter Edgar

Address :- P.O.BOX , 16232, Arusha, Tanzania - 255

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