The Roof of Africa


Arusha National Park-warm up hike Lesser travelled Machame Route: trek high, camp low Northern Tanzania, Mt Meru, Kibo volcano-amazing views] Rest day-greatly increases chance of success Standing atop the 'Roof of Africa'


Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Wed 27 Jan 2016Fri 05 Feb 2016 $2790
Wed 07 Sep 2016Fri 16 Sep 2016 $2790

Optional Single Supplement: $100 (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $50, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.

Tour Overview

As we set up camp in the lush rainforest of Tanzania, the majestic peak of Kilimanjaro will loom over our heads, not only making for the perfect back-drop for a photograph, but also serving as a reminder not to underestimate the power and beauty of those places tucked into the hidden corners of the world. Our daily hiking will be intermittent with rest time at the various camp sites awaiting our arrival. Once atop the peaks, marvel at the views of the valley below or the up-close inspections of spectacular glacier formations. A drive in the foothills of the Tanzanian mountains will give us the opportunity to see a vast array of animals, from monkeys, to zebras.

Regions visited: East Africa
Countries visited: Tanzania

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Tanzania
You are met on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred to our hotel in Moshi.

PLEASE NOTE: The hotels indicated in this itinerary reflect our preferred properties in each location. We list these hotels primarily to provide a general sense of overall standard; the final hotel list (which supersedes this itinerary) is not 100% confirmed until approximately 30-45 days prior to departure. We reserve the right to make substitutions of a similar standard if necessary.

Overnight in Moshi. Protea Aishi Machame Hotel or similar.

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 Arusha National Park
This morning we will meet the driver/guide who will take us on our day's excursion up Mt. Meru, to Arusha National Park. His specially outfitted Landrover has a poptop roof for ease of game viewing and seats 4 comfortably with guaranteed window seating. We begin our big game viewing in a beautiful highland rain forest park that wraps around the top of Mt Meru. Arusha National Park is the only place you'll be able to see a number of rare birds and the rare colobus monkey, but you're also likely to find zebra, giraffe, buffalo and much more. The scenery is spectacular. We will spend some time trekking on trails up Mt Meru; this is the perfect way to acclimate to the high altitudes of northern Tanzania before beginning our Kili climb tomorrow.

Return to Arusha. This evening we will have a briefing about the climb.

Overnight in Moshi. Protea Aishi Machame Hotel or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Moshi - Kilimanjaro National Park
This morning we depart for the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park (30 min) via 4-wheel drive vehicle (elevation approx 1818 M / 6,000 ft). We unpack and begin the first day of hiking (approx 4hrs of hiking/climbing). Reach the Machame Hut Campsite around 2.00 pm, stopping for lunch. Set up camp, rest and eat dinner during the early evening. This hike traverses the lush rainforest that belts Kilimanjaro. Elevation 2985 m / 9,850 feet.

Machame Route: We trek high and camp low, allowing you to acclimatize to the altitude and thus increasing your chances of success. This includes an overnight trek from 15,000' to the summit. This route is more "common", though still a world away from the heavily-touristed Marangu ("Coca-Cola") Route.

Overnight at Machame Hut Campsite.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Machame Hut - Shire Hut
Wake to breakfast, break camp and begin the second day of hiking/climbing. This is a 5 to 6 hour hike, traversing the lower moorland and heath land. The rainforest gives way to large shrubs that decrease in size with increasing elevation. We stop for lunch, then continue on to Shire Hut Campsite. We set up camp, rest and eat dinner during early evening. The west face of the Kibo volcano (usually referred to as Kilimanjaro) looms above the campsite. Elevation 3788 m / 12,500 feet.

Overnight Shire Hut Campsite.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Shire Hut - Barranco Hut
Wake to breakfast, break camp and begin the third day of hiking/climbing. This 5 to 6 hour hike continues through the lower moorland sometimes climbing steeply and sometimes descending just as steeply to reach Barranco Hut Campsite directly below the south face of Kibo (stopping halfway for lunch). Elevation 3879 m / 12,800 feet. The view of Northern Tanzania and Mt. Meru to the west are amazing, not to mention the view of Kibo itself. Set up camp, rest and eat dinner during early evening.

Overnight Barranco Hut Campsite.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Rest Day
Today is a leisurely day of acclimatization and easy exploration of the terrain and unique flora of this rare African sub-Alpine bio-zone. Taking a day off en route to the summit greatly increases your chances of overcoming the affects of altitude and achieving the summit more comfortably.

NOTE: This day may occur earlier or later in our programme depending on local conditions and group inclination. The decision as to when the rest day wiill occur will be made by your Tanzanian Head Guide.

Overnight Barranco Hut Campsite.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Barranco - Barafu Hut
Wake to breakfast, break camp and begin the fourth and final day of hiking/climbing before the summit day. Climb to the Barafu Hut Campsite on the southeast side of Kibo to meet the summit trail, stopping there for lunch. This 4 to 5 hour hike traverses the alpine desert where the sheer ruggedness of Kilimanjaro is breathtaking. Barafu Hut Campsite is situated at an elevation of 4576 m / 15,100 feet. Set up camp, eat a very early dinner and get some rest. The summit day starts early next day.

Overnight Barafu Hut Campsite.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Barafu Hut - Summit - Mweka Hut
Wake at about 12:30 am to a light snack and begin the summit climb. The winding switchbacks climb slowly toward the crater rim and Stella Point (approx 5606 m / 18,500 feet elevation). From Stella Point one can see the inner crater and ash cone and the amazing glaciers covering the south face of Kilimanjaro. Continue another half-hour to the roof of Africa--Uhuru Peak at 5860 m / 19,340 feet. Stop for a bit of rest and photo opportunity. Views of Mawenzi to the east and Mt. Meru to the west as well as the Rift Valley, northern Tanzania, and southern Kenya are breathtaking. At this range Kilimanjaro's glaciers are as awe-inspiring as they are pristine. After a rest, descend back to Barafu Hut Campsite, break camp and descend to Mweka Hut Campsite at 2985 m / 9,850 feet elevation. Set up camp, eat dinner and get some well-deserved rest. A long day of hiking totaling approx 12 - 14 hours, depending on the fitness of the climber. We reach the peaks in the early morning light, and descend during the day.

Overnight Mweka Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Mweka Hut - Moshi - Arusha
Wake to breakfast, break camp and begin the short hike down to the park gates at Mweka at approx 1667 m / 5,500 feet elevation. Drive from park gates back to Arusha via Moshi.

Overnight Arusha. Mountain Village Lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Departure
Today we depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport.


Meal plan: Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Arusha
Country: Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is located within one of Tanzania's largest coffee plantations. It is designed around the original plantation house
... one the feel of the long bygone days. The rooms have mosquito netting hanging from a spacious wooden frame. The decor is inspired by the concept used in plantation houses: fire places, wooden floors, low lighting, and woven floor rugs. The bathroom is spacious, with basin, bath tub, shower, hairdryer and bath robe.

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Trip Information

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Gratuities, at least two meals daily; all meals and snacks while trekking. We provide the tents, stoves, pots, mess kits, all trek and camping arrangements in the field. All sightseeing, park entrance permits and fees as per the detailed itinerary. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.


Some lunches and drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, sleeping bag, mattress pad-can be rented in Moshi for 10 USD per item); international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, packing, weather, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

Daytime temperatures on the lower parts of the mountain are often pleasantly warm, although brief rain in the afternoon is always possible. As soon as the sun drops the air becomes very cold. At night, and on higher parts of the mountain, temperatures often drop well below freezing point. The best months for climbing are January, February, and September as they are the warmest months and almost clear of clouds.

Transport and Travel Conditions

We grade this trek STRENUOUS. For any trek at this level, fitness is most important and you may have to improve yours before departure. This trek is equivalent to extended walking in mountainous terrain at home, but usually at significantly higher altitudes; climate and remoteness can also play a part. Walking days are usually between 5 to 8 hours. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not essential if you are confident of your physical condition.

All group camp equipment, food, etc is carried and set up for; all you carry is you day pack-water, lunch, camera, personal items, and extra clothing for the day. Road transport provided by vans or mini-buses, depending on group size.


Our Moshi hotel has hot water, electricity, mosquito netting, dining area, bar, and swimming pool.

Staff and Support

Head guide, assistant guide, 2 porters per person, camp cook.

Group Size

Minimum 2 participants