7 Days 6 Nights Machame Route

Machame is a popular route that summits Kilimanjaro via Stella Point. It’s a camping route and we favor it as the quickest and easiest route for the average climber. The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the short rains (October and November) or the ‘shoulder season’ (March and June). The peak or dry season (July to the end of September) is extremely busy and cold, and there’s not much snow at all. It also gets dusty and windy during the dry season.

Tour Guides Language:

  • English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • For other languages please send a special request prior to your safari an additional fee may apply.

Start in: Arusha
End in: Arusha

Itinerary Description by Day

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

When you arrive, you’ll be met and transferred to the Hotel, a great base from which to start your climb. A climb briefing is scheduled for today in order to meet your guides and discuss the expedition with you in person. Relax, make sure your camera battery is charged, and enjoy your last comfortable sleep before starting your climb in the morning.

Day 2: Find Your Feet to Machame Camp

Day 3: A Nice Day at New Shira Camp

From Machame Camp, you’ll hike to New Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and you’ll gain altitude rapidly. Enjoy a packed lunch on the trail. The zone you’ll pass through is known as the heath zone, where you can see attractive helichrysum and lobelia plants. You’ll also see geological features such as lava tubes and glacial valleys. Overnight at New Shira Camp, with your meals included. The camp itself is one of the most scenic as it allows views towards the west with Mt Meru in the distance and offers views of Kibo (the top of Mt Kilimanjaro)

Day 4: Up to Lava Tower and Down to Barranco Camp

Today is a walk high, sleep low day. You’ll climb into the alpine desert and those who’re feeling strong can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp. Again you’ll take your picnic lunch with you to eat along the way. This is a long day, but the next time you get to this altitude is in two days’ time, so it’s a great day for acclimatizing. Overnight at Barranco Camp, with your meals included.

Day 5: Over the Great Barranco Wall to Karanga Valley

From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Senecio species), you’ll climb the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga Camp. This is a relatively short day’s hiking and you’ll have lunch at Karanga Camp. In the afternoon you can take a walk with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Overnight at Karanga Camp, with your meals included.

Day 6: To Barafu for a Few Hours to Rest

Today is another half-day climb to Barafu Camp. Once again you’ll have lunch in camp, allowing plenty of time to relax before your push to the summit. This is a desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over the camp, but you should get splendid views of Mawenzi peak in the evening. You’ll have a relatively early dinner before resting for the night, ready for a midnight start. Overnight at Barafu Camp, with your meals included.

Day 7: Summit

Wake up very early to have a quick bite to eat and something warm to drink before setting out in the darkness with headlamps. The hike to Stella Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience – the sunrise over Africa! Keep your camera ready at all times as there are plenty of photo opportunities along the summit. Once you reach Stella Point on top of the crater rim Uhuru Peak is in sight. Hike along fairly flat terrain for about 40-45 min to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get that photo of you next to the sign marking the summit!

Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Stella Point on the Mweka route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideways moves. Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Barafu Camp before descending down to Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp. Most of our expeditions overnight at Mweka Camp this evening.

Day 8: Celebrations

Enjoy a slow hike through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. The path has many steps leading you down to Mweka Gate where you may find a cold beer or soft drink to start celebrating your assault on Kilimanjaro. You will be transferred back to Moshi, Keys Hotel, to overnight and celebrate (breakfast included).

Day 9: Fly back Home

The Kilimanjaro Expedition comes to an end. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home or continue on a safari or relaxing beach holiday.

Package includes:

  • All transfers to and from Airport to the hotel and hotel to Kiimajaro gates
  • Expert English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
  • All entrance fees to parks and visits are described.
  • Bottled mineral water throughout the trip.
  • Any costs associated with the vehicle (gasoline, taxes, etc)
  • Fully flexible safaris rate schedules and daily travel by personal request.
  • All meals along the hike (breakfast launch and dinner).

Package excludes:

  • International flight
  • Visa ($ 50) upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania
  • Gratuities to guide and cook
  • Travel insurance or medical insurance.
  • Activities and visits are not specified in this itinerary. Optional hiring
  • Extra meals or drinks in the accommodation
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DavidGunn1
DavidGunn1
2020-02-24
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Excellent Safari My wife and I have been on 3 safaris and we were very happy with our experience organized by Serengeti Sons Safaris. The tour coordinator, Grace, and our driver, Simon, made every effort to meet our needs. We booked a custom 6 day safari and saw a huge variety of animals and birds. Simon was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and dealt with some very difficult, muddy driving to ensure that we had the best wildlife views possible. Simon also had a strong photographic sense which helped us find the best viewing locations. Accommodation was excellent and provided some interesting variety. We would strongly recommend Serengeti Sons as a responsive, price competitive safari provider.
Mbakwe C
Mbakwe C
2019-11-13
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The Serengeti Experience - A worthwhile Experience I have visited many parks like the Kruger Park in South Africa and the Akagera ParK in Rwanda, but the Serengeti Experience was out of this world. Among other attractions, I was able to see 4 of the 'Big Five' (the lion, the leopard, the buffalo and the elephant) in one game drive within two hours. Another major attractions was seeing the lions mating and stalking (in an ambush for) a prey. I am planning seriously to witness the migration in another visit to the Serengeti.
Tina Binder
Tina Binder
2019-09-07
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A wonderful safari experience with Serengeti Sons We (2 persons) booked a 7 day Safari with Serengeti Sons quite to Tarangyre, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. They managed to organise a most wonderful trip, really tailored to what we liked: as much walking as possible and staying most closely to nature as possible. It was even greater than we had expected - nature, accomodation, organisation etc. Specials thanks to their flexibility since we booked with only about 10 days in advance!!! Highly recommended...
Peter Smith
Peter Smith
2019-06-24
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Thanks Serengeti Sons for amazing trip. We are the foreign experts who live in Tanzania,We did our short safari of two days in Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater,since we started arranging our safari we thought it would be a very difficult to find the company that suit our demands,luck enough after we communicate with several tour companies we came across with Serengeti sons,Grace she was very kind and quick to answer our questions.She real knew what we wanted!thanks for that Grace you are amazing.Our driver guide Simon,he is knowledgeable, he real knows what do on safari you will never get tired of him,he showed us a lot of animamals with great explanation we recommend him to everybody who book with Serengeti sons. Lastly the Serengeti Sons team work is amazing and any believable,made our trip awesome. We real recommend Serengeti Sons as a great company to anybody
Alberto G
Alberto G
2019-06-23
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Safari Probably one of the best trips I have ever taken. George our tour guide was amazing. Highly recommend him. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think we would’ve had the same experience. George is like the unofficial president of Tanzania. He knew everyone there and he was always a phone call away from helping us find whatever animals we wanted to see. I highly recommend Serengeti Sons.
Guy M
Guy M
2018-10-28
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Great experience Our safari tour with Serengeti Sons was a great experience. Before the actual trip, Grace proved very reactive and she really went to a great deal of trouble for us when we lost 3 our 4 pieces of our luggage on the plane. Jonas, our driver, was quite experienced and knowledgeable, and always keen on learning more about birds. We felt safe with him and he made it a point of honour to keep the car clean. He had a real knack to find animals : we will never forget how he managed to be in the best spot to introduce us to a magnificent leopard. The food was excellent. Thanks again for such a great experience.
Dorothy M
Dorothy M
2018-03-07
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Book with Serengeti Sons Safaris From the moment we began communicating with Quintin his goal was to determine what kind of experience we were looking for.This is tough when it's your first time.He took the time to get to know us and then customized a Safari and Zanzibar beach vacation.We wanted a little of everything and were willing to scrimp on some things so that we could splurge on others. Quintin's extensive knowledge and expertise delivered a package we loved. Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Lake Victoria, Ngoronogoro and then off to Zanzibar to relax on the beach. Grace in the office couldn't have chosen a better guide for us, George, who met us at the airport with his big beautiful smile and was the perfect match. He was transformed from guide to FRIEND! We had a range of accommodation experiences, again to fit our budget, that delivered the basics and then others that went above and beyond, our favorite, that we truly didn't want to leave, was the Serengeti Acacia Central Camp. The staff were exceptional, the ambiance absolutely delightful and they deserve the tips. Our 5 star experience was Acacia Farm Lodge - fabulous! The thing about Safari is that you can never be guaranteed what you see but our guide, George, had eagle eyes at spotting animals.How he found that leopard in the tree still baffles us. George understands customer service and we are grateful to have been blessed to experience his hospitality. He kept his Land Cruiser exceptionally clean (we joked about how we had our daily massage with all the bumpy roads) he shared his wealth of knowledge about the animals and surrounding areas while quietly and enthusiastically fulfilling our every request. He's a good man! We chose to have a private experience rather than be in a group which worked wonderfully for us. We could stay longer where we wanted and move on at any time without sacrificing getting to know fellow travelers at the end of the day for dinner and socializing. We know of others that have flown around Africa to see a wider variety of parks but honestly the Serengeti region has it all, there is no need to go elsewhere. Our best animal experience - watching(and filming)a lioness hunt and take down a zebra which she then shared with her pack of 16. Oh by the way - if you're wondering whether the financial investment is worth it - it is the trip of a lifetime. Tip where warranted. Rest assured that OUR experience leaves us eager to recommend Serengeti Sons Safari. A company with integrity.
Dru A
Dru A
2017-10-30
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Wonderful experience. Serengeti Sons were a terrific experience. My driver Simon was experienced and knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. We logged a few miles together on some rough roads and survived and laughed through most of it! Our accommodations were excellent, once out of Arusha, and our tent camp experience will remain a highlight of my visit to Africa. I saw my first leopard and cheetah in the Serengeti which was an experience to remember! Overall Serengeti Sons took wonderful care of me and I felt like I was in good hands.
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prasadrr
2017-07-07
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Excellent Safari Serengeti Sons Safari is on of Best Safari in Anusha at Tanzania., Safari Ride with big Car with roof top open ., Driver are so helpful to find out animals ., We can zebra ,Wild Beast ,deers& Many animals with big group of them .,
j r
j r
2017-01-25
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serengeti a voir et a vivre; tout regarder tout apprécier. peu de voitures ou 4x4; les animaux nous regardent passer et les observer. les enfants ont été conquis