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6-Day Machame Route Mount Kilimanjaro Trek & 2-Day Africa Safari Tour

The 6-day Mt Kilimanjaro hiking tour takes you to the Uhuru summit via the popular Machame route. Join the safari tour bandwagon after the grueling hiking trip to explore the beautiful Rift Valley Lake Manyara and the mesmerizing Ngorongoro Crater.

About Machame Route Mt Kilimanjaro Hiking

The Machame Route for Mt Kilimanjaro hiking starts from the southern base and opens into a lush, magnificent rain forest. It leads you from the Machame Gate to an ascending ridge that joins the Shira Plateau traversing through moorland zones. The route passing under the gaze of ice-clad steep cliffs of the southern side converges with the Barafu Route that ends at the summit.  While amateurs prefer camping at the Shira Plateau for a day to explore the Shira Needles, professional hikers usually avoid the Karanga River campsite and proceed without a stay. For descent from the summit, the Mweka Route is the preferred route.

Tour Highlights

  • Climb to World’ tallest free-standing mountain
  • Trek Uhuru Peak, Africa's highest point
  • Have a glimpse of the curvature of the earth and Mt Kenya
  • Witness unique variation in vegetation only visible when you travel from equator to the arctic
  • Lake Manyara wildlife sanctuary known for its aviary heritage
  • The Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge, the ancient most habitation of mankind and home to the unique caldera wildlife
  • Stunning view of the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment
  • Wildlife safari drives

Duration

8 Days, excluding arrival and departure

Validity

Throughout the year

The Arrival and Hotel Transfer

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and our representative will welcome you and arrange your transfer to any luxurious hotel in or around Moshi, a premier Africa safari vacation destination in Tanzania. No activity is scheduled for the day of arrival. Spend the evening at the hotel preparing for the Mt Kilimanjaro hiking next day.

Your rate includes airport to hotel transfer, AfricaVacationSpots representative will be waiting for you

Accommodation before the tour departs has been arranged and included on your rate .

The Itinerary

The Itinerary Part I: 6-Day Mt Kilimanjaro Trek

Day 1: Machame Gate (1490m) to Machame Camp (2980m)

Hiking Duration: 7 hours

Distance Covered: About 18 km

Weather: There may be chances of rain that may cause the tracks to be muddy and slippery. Night temperature hovers close to the freezing level.

Food: Breakfast at hotel. Packed lunch served en route. Cooks and porters accompanying tourists prepare dinner and provide boiled water to all at Machame Camp.

Accommodation: Machame Camp has perfectly designed tents to ensure your comfortable stay.

Vegetation: Rainforest

The Trek: A 45-minute drive after a short briefing session lands you at the Machame village located at a height of 1490 meter. Guides and porters join you there and assist you in packing supplies and equipment. Ensure you have packed enough bottled drinking water. If the road condition permits, you have the option to drive to the Machame gate located at a distance of 3 km from the base camp. Else you have to walk for an hour along the muddy track.  The Mt Kilimanjaro hiking tour starts after registration at the gate. Each one receives a lunch pack before passing through the gate. Pass through serene rainforest climbing the gentle incline taking a glance of beautiful flora and fauna on the way.

Day 2: Machame Camp (2980m) to Shira Camp (3840m)

Hiking Duration: 6 hours

Distance Covered: About 9 km

Weather: Sunny days, but as the night temperature drops below the zero degree.

Food: Breakfast and dinner are prepared by accompanying men. Packed lunch served at designated stops. There will be provision for hot water too.

Accommodation: Overnight stay is in luxury tents.

Vegetation: Moorland

The Trek: The trek starts at early morning soon after your breakfast. It takes about an hour to hike through the forest and enter into the moorland perimeter. Another 2-hour hiking on a moderate gradient leads to the next stop where lunch is served. The trekking resumes shortly along with a rocky ridge that opens up at the Shira plateau, where you can have the glimpse of stunning glaciers dominating the western side of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another short trek takes you to the Shira campsite located at 3,840 meters.

Day 3: Shira (3840m) to Barranco camp (3950m) via Lava Tower (4630m)

Hiking Duration: 7 Hrs

Distance Covered: About 15 km

Weather: Cool days and the temperature crashes to subzero as the sun disappears. Freezing wind is common.

Food: Breakfast and dinner are prepared by accompanying men along with the provision for hot water. Packed lunch served at designated stops.

Accommodation: Enjoy your overnight stay in tents. Avoid going out in the dark, as the camp is located on a narrow ridge.

Vegetation: Semi-desert

The Trek: A 5-hour morning eastward trek leads to a semi-desert zone interspersed with the rocky landscape. The highest point is Lava Tower, where lunch is served. The ascent to the tower is one of the toughest in the entire Kilimanjaro trek trip. Many climbers experience breathlessness or headaches at this height. The hike follows a descending track until the Barranco camp located 680-meter downward beneath the Western Breach and the Great Barranco Wall. It takes about 2 hours and passes through several points offering a great view of the Western Breach, the sunset, Heim Glacier, and the Breach Wall.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu camp (4550m) via Karanga Valley

Hiking Duration: 7 hours

Distance Covered: About 13 km

Weather: The temperature remains low touching subzero at night with ever present freezing wind.

Food: Breakfast and sumptuous camp dinner are prepared by accompanying men along with the provision for hot water. Packed lunch served at designated stops.

Accommodation: Enjoy your overnight stay at Barafu Camp.

Vegetation: Alpine desert

The Trek: You day starts with climbing up the Great Barranco wall. Beneath the Heim Glacier, the route spirals downward crisscrossing the scenic Karanga Valley and a few ridges before merging with Mweka route. The campsite at Barafu, a Swahili word for ice, is an hour trek along a left-branched-out ridge. Karanga Valley is the last place on Mt Kilimanjaro where water is available and the entourage collects an adequate amount of water to use for the next two days.

From Barafu, trekkers make the summit attempt at night so that they have the first view of the rising sun from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. So be prepared with hiking equipment, ski stick, headlamp, camera, binoculars, and thermal clothing to leap forward the final 1345 meters. Go to bed by early and take the much-needed rest before the summit attempt that begins at 24:00 hours.

Day 5: Night Summit Attempt to Uhuru Peak (5895m) and Descent to Mweka Camp (3100m)

Hiking Duration: Climb Up to Uhuru Summit: 8 hours; Climb Down to Mweka Camp: 7 hours

Distance Covered: Up to Uhuru Summit: 7 km; Down to Mweka Camp: 23 km

Weather: Subzero temperature, snow with freezing wind.

Food: Tea and biscuits prior to the summit ascent. Packed breakfast served en route, lunch at Barafu Camp, and a sumptuous camp dinner at Mweka Camp.

Accommodation: Overnight stay at Mweka Camp.

Vegetation: Ice-capped cliffs, rocky surface

The Night Summit Attempt: The summit attempt begins at midnight after light breakfast and tea. A 6-hour climb through stone screen takes you to the Stella Point positioned at a height of 5685 meters on the Kibo rim of the crater.  Take snaps of the mesmerizing sunrise here. The Uhuru Peak is another 2-hour-long trek through the snow-clad surface. Enjoy the magical moments of being on the top of the Africa and enshrine the view in your memory for good at the summit.

The Descent:  Head down to the Barafu Camp and have your lunch. After a short rest, retreat to the Mweka Camp (3100m). It is evening and the campsite is perfectly adorned for a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 6: Mweka camp (3100m) to Mweka Village (1980m)

Hiking Duration: 3 hours

Distance Covered: 15 km

Weather: Sunny days, freezing evenings with the possibility of rain.

Food: Breakfast served at Mweka Camp; a delicious full-course lunch at Mweka Village and dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Overnight stay at the hotel in Moshi(Kaliwa lodge or other accomodation).

Vegetation: Rainforest

The Route: A three-hour journey on muddy tracks running through the rainforest takes you to the Mweka Village. As summit achievers pass through the Mweka Gate, they become part of the history. You are driven to your hotel for a luscious full-course lunch before leaving for Moshi. At your hotel room in Moshi, all arrangements are in place for a hot shower. All summit climbers are awarded certificates – green for Stella Point and gold for Uhuru Peak – at an evening gala followed by a grand dinner.

The Itinerary Part II: 2-Day Africa Safari Tour of Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

Day 7: Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park Safari Drive

Duration: 4 hours

Distance Covered: About 160 km

Weather: Sunny, warm days and colder evenings

Food: Breakfast at hotel, picnic lunch at Lake Manyara, and delicious full-course dinner at Hotel.

Accommodation: Overnight stay at Manyara Ranch Conservancy.   

Vegetation: Savanna grassland, tropical forest, Rift Valley escarpment, lake shores

Things to see:  Lake Manyara, birds, animals, such as elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, impalas, and impressive landscape

The Africa Safari Tour: Start soon after your breakfast at the hotel to reach Lake Manyara National Park, the crowning jewel of the Rift Valley. Join the picnic at the lake shores and have your lunch overseeing the impressive waters and trees forming scenic escapements. Go on a late afternoon game drive exploring the national park surrounding the lake and home to a beautiful forest, giant tuskers, zebras, impalas, giraffes, hippos, and a large variety of flora and fauna.

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater Tour

Duration: Full day        

Distance Covered: About 100 km

Weather: Sunny, warm days and colder evenings

Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Accommodation: Overnight stay at Ngorongoro Farm House             

Vegetation: Savanna grassland, tropical forest, Rift Valley escarpment

Things to see:  Crater lions, black rhino, leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephants, zebras, bird species

About Ngorongoro Crater: Created by a collapsed volcano, it has immense archeological significance. Watch crater lions, birds, rhinoceros and other exotic flora and fauna.

The Safari Tour: Drive through the beautiful landscape to arrive at the Ngorongoro Crater. Formed by a huge collapsed volcano, the caldera is the home of unique crater lions and black rhinos. View exotic black lions, magnificent mammals – both large and small, colorful flamingoes, and a variety of antelope. It too has a good number of leopard, cheetah, hyena, and other animals. Drive back to Moshi.

Day 9:  Departure

Count mesmerizing events that adorned your memories. Get ready for check out and transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport or set for the trip to explore Zanzibar, the Island of Spices, at affordable Africa vacation package.

If you have still time and motivation to discover the Africa safari destination, contact our representative or weblink for extended travel arrangements or go on a new exploration trip.

Meals included: Breakfast

What's Included

  • Guided trek to the Uhuru Peak atop Mt Kilimanjaro via the beautiful and popular Machame route.
  • An enchanting journey through varying natural vegetation dotting the Mt Kilimanjaro hiking trail.
  • Local guides, cooks, porters, trekking permits, and fees
  • Transport to/ from destinations (no arrival or departure transfers unless explicitly mentioned)
  • Accommodation, meals, activities as mentioned
  • Rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
  • Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)
  •  Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils.
  •  Oximeters are available upon request.
  • Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee.

Not included:

  •  Mountain equipment available for rent.
  • Some equipment is available for rent. See our rental list.
  • Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Extra activities (hot air balloon safari, Maasai village visit, guided nature walks).

Note: Accommodation on the mountain is in tents, which the porters will pitch for you. You need a sleeping bag, warm clothes, and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek within the limits of a fit individual able to walk in mountain areas. Porters carry equipment and supplies while cooks prepare meals.

AVS Africa Partnership Program

Maintaining the highest standards of corporate responsibility, AVS donates 1 % of all its profit to charities across Africa. The donations go to non-governmental agencies engaged in building schools, providing medical care, helping malnourished children, contributing to community development, and facilitating education in rural and urban areas across Africa.

Your every booking with AVS makes you participate through our contribution toward Africa’s social and economic progress. Growing in Africa gave us an appreciation for the beautiful nature, culture, challenges, and opportunities that education can offer in alleviating poverty across Africa, Our program aim to focus on what we believe in educating children across Africa and help them live with dignity and peace. We believe every child deserves better healthcare and opportunity to attend school and our help is geared to make it a possibility.

AVS has been at the forefront of ensuring sustainable development in Africa with astute preservation natural parks and nature across the continent and making it a perfect source of economic development for both today’s and future generations. We too ensure optimal conditions while providing fantastic Safari tours and vacations to ensure that guests have a perfect sojourn without any disruption impacting the natural heritage of Africa.

The non-profit arm of AVS works with NGO across Africa. Help support our cause, anytime you buy our Tour, book Hotel, lodges or Camps we contribute 1% of our total profit each year to the charity.

About TANZANIA

Name: United Republic of Tanzania (Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania)

Area: 945,087 km2 (Both mainland and Zanzibar)

Capital: Dodoma

Population: 38,329,000-July 2005 est (34,443,603-2002 census)

Religion: 40% Christian, 33% Muslim, 20% indigenous beliefs

Currency: Tanzanian shilling

Interesting Facts About Tanzania

  • It was earlier named as Tanganyika
  • The name is derived from Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
  • It is the largest country in East Africa equivalent to the combined size of France, Germany, and Switzerland
  • A third of its population is classified as "urban".
  • Dar es Salaam is the largest city, port, and economic hub of the country.

About Mt. Kilimanjaro

At 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), Mount Kilimanjaro is aptly called the roof of Africa. Formed of hardened molten rock and sediments that followed volcanic eruption millions of years ago, the mountain is located in northern Tanzania on the border with Kenya. Last major eruption of the volcano occurred 360,000 years ago and the mountain and the area around are now safe for Tanzania safari holiday tours.

Three snow-capped volcanic craters – Mawenzi on the western side, Shira on the east, and Kibo on the center – from the top perimeter of Kilimanjaro. Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the rim of the Kibo crater is the summit and an attraction for avid hiking lovers on African safari holiday. The peak received its name meaning freedom in English following the independence of Tanzania in 1961.

The summit of Mt Kilimanjaro is approached through seven different routes – Machame, Marangu, Umbwe from the south, Rongai from the north, Shira, Lemosho and northern circuit from the west. The descent is through Mweka. The Marangu route with its huts at camps is the most tourist friendly while Machame is the ultimate dream of many opting for long-endurance Mt Kilimanjaro climbing packages.   

The tallest mountain on the continent rising above the clouds and with magnificent glaciers dominates the safari landscape for miles. It's inspiring grandeur is a characteristic attraction found mention in almost every African safari holiday package focused on Tanzania.  A trek of this highest free-standing mountain in the world unveils a spectacular landscape, a virtual world climate of six biodiversity regions, and the most amazing view of national parks around.

Important Things To Consider

Group Size

Maximum 12, on an average 10 persons

Transport

All land transfers and transportation for tours or activities are done using private vehicle, taxis, car, or minibusses on sharing basis subject to availability, activity nature, and destination. Local porters accompany you and carry your luggage during the trekking tours. An English-speaking guide remains present during tours. However, for transfers, you have a local driver who may or may not speak English.

Meals and Food

The Africa safari vacation package includes all meals during the trekking tours. Each tour itinerary provides details of dining, food, and meals. Local produce are procured from the nearby markets and used to prepare meals for visitors. Tourists on Africa safari vacation packages for trekking expeditions have their breakfasts and dinners at camp. Packed lunches are served en route. Hot continental and local meals are served in the evening. While utmost care is taken to maintain the quality of food, we ensure tourists have sufficient amount of food to stay fit to meet the rigorous of trekking. If you have any special dietary requirements or you are a vegetarian, please let us know prior to your arrival. The package includes the provision of fresh, purified water. Tourists have to bear the expenses for extra bottled water or snacks they want to carry with them. At camps, the cook assigned to a group and prepare all meals.

Note for Solo Travelers

Africa safari vacation packages are designed keeping in view the needs of group tours. To ensure solo travelers does not have to pay more or face any inconvenience, we offer them shared accommodation and traveling with groups. They are paired with someone of the same sex. However, we have many other portfolio tours where each traveler has independent facilities and they have to pay costs for the single trip.

Accommodation

The accommodation options differ from one Africa safari vacation package tour to another. You have stays at two to five hotels depending on your tour. The camps usually have huts or full-service alpine tents. Those who have opted for "My Own Room/Tent" option while booking the tour packages are provided with single room/tent.

About Accommodation

Africa camping is in itself a thrilling experience to spend the night in a tent amid world's most fascinating wildlife. Full-serviced camps are available for those alien to the rough landscape and not habituated to the strain of Africa’s wilderness. We provide expert staff for pitching tents, stocking essentials, preparing meals, and washing up so that you have ample time to roam and explore the surrounding and have a stress-free Africa safari camping vacation.

The camping experience varies from place to place with weather and temperature playing important parts. Camps usually comprise of canvas dome tents with entry points and windows covered with mesh insect nets. You are supplied with all essentials except sleeping bag and pillow. Thick and warm mattresses are provided. The mountain campsites are fairly basic with porter carrying and pitching your tents. These are two-person dome tents without shower facilities at mountain camps and toilets are very basic. All camping requirements are supplied.

Mt Kilimanjaro trekking is daunting and you must be fit enough to conquer world’s tallest free-standing mountain. However, if you need to return midway, stay in the tent or hotel for an extra day, or alter the itinerary due to delay in arrival, illness, injury, tiredness, or altitude sickness, you have to pay for extra expenses incurred.

The start/end hotel has all necessary luxury services, such as the Internet, laundry, luggage storage, pool, dining facilities, room amenities, and shuttle service to/from Moshi.

Drinking Water

The guide and accompanying staff make sure you have fresh mountain water for drinking. You can also buy and carry bottled water. It is advisable to carry chlorine or iodine tablets or a small, portable water purifier. AVS, considering the health and safety of guests, provides certified bottled water during the trip.

Joining Hotel

Please go through your tour voucher or use the Africa Vacation Spot app to contact us.

Joining Instructions

No arrival transfers are included in the tour package. Please hire taxis from the Kilimanjaro airport (40 km from Moshi) or any other city to arrive at the designated hotel. A taxi approximately charges $50 for one side trip from the Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi. Our representative can assist you to have hassle-free travel from the airport to hotel if you have pre-booked transfers.

Please contact our Tanzania representatives at the Kilimanjaro airport for any help.

Tanzania Office: 0713822218, 0662134781

For those coming from Kenya, they can avail public shuttle bus services playing between Nairobi and Moshi via Arusha. It takes about 9 hours.

Arrival Complications

In case of any missed flight or delay in arrival, please contact the starting point hotel leaving a message and contact number for our representative. If you are not part of group packages, please contact us using our emergency numbers.

Emergency Contact

  • You may directly call our local representative
  • Leave a detailed message and contact info when there is no answer so that we can return the call as soon as available.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

  • Need Assistance? HelpLINE: 1 855-636-9883
  • USA and Canada: 1 855-636-9883
  • South America: Brazil-+552140420331
  • Tanzania Office: 0713822218, 0662134781
  • UK: +448008021432
  • The Netherlands: +31852084066
  • Asia (Tokyo Office): 81345789943
  • Email: info@africavacationspots.com

Airport Transfer

You have the option to pre-book your arrival transfer with us. Our representative meets you at the airport and facilitates your transfer to the hotel in Moshi. All such arrivals are arranged according to available flight information. In case of a change in the schedule, you must inform us beforehand. When the arrival transfer is not arranged in 30 minutes of your arrival, you may hire a taxi to reach the designated hotel and claim for arrival transfer booking refund.

 If you are advised of a flight schedule change

For any issues, you may contact

Tanzania Office: 0713822218, 0662134781

Gear, Luggage, Accessory Suggestions

Check our blog, for detailed advisory on different aspects, gear, luggage, accessories, safety, and other essentials to take with you on Africa safari vacation tours. The vast continent is a meeting ground of different climate zones marked by extreme temperature variations. You should pack keeping in view its weather conditions and travel needs. Lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking and easily removable layers of clothes are the best option. Carry one or two warm clothes to beat extreme coldness in the night or in high altitudes during treks.

For Mt Kilimanjaro trek you should:

  • Have breathable, moisture-wicking, and lightweight fabrics.
  • Avoid cotton and go for wool or synthetic fibers.
  • Better to have multiple layers of cloth
  • Have an essential small backpack for your personal belongings, as porters carry your essentials in large canvas duffle bags
  • A camera with a polarized or neutral density filter
  • Carry digital equipment that is safe to use in extreme temperature range
  • Have baggage not exceeding 15kg during the trek
  • Leave your non-essential baggage at your Moshi hotel locker room

Laundry Service

Available only at hotels and a few luxury camping sites. No laundry services in trekking camps.

Visas

  • Tourists must have valid passport and visa. The passport must have 6 months validity.
  • Visa on arrival is available at Arusha, Tanzania, for US$50 ($100 for US citizens). It is valid for three months with entries/exits permitted to Kenya and Uganda.
  • You have to buy a 24-hour transit visa en route for $US10 to 20 for transit through Uganda or Kenya. You have the option to buy a 3-month-valid visa in those countries too for US$25-30.
  • Fees mentioned may change.

Money Exchange

Tanzanian Shilling (TSH) is the local currency. You can use international debit/ credit cards at ATMs or exchange your currency for local currency. Our representative will guide you on the money required for your Africa safari vacation tour and currency exchange. Money exchanges eagerly accept Euro, Pound, and USD throughout the country. In many urban centers, shops also accept foreign currency. However, in rural areas, you must pay in local currency and exchange is hard to obtain. Avoid carrying notes of large amounts.

Border visas require you to pay in USD. Travelers’ checks are not accepted anywhere in Tanzania.  Visa/Plus cards are more easily accepted than Mastercard/Cirrus cards. Check with your bank before departure if your debit card works in Tanzanian ATMs.

It is better to pay using local currency than cards in rural areas or small towns. Card machines are not widespread. Hotel and our tour expenses can be paid using a card. However, it is better to carry cash than rely on cards. Card payment too may incur additional charges.

Departure Tax

Check your departure ticket if an additional tax of USD40 is included.

Tipping

Tipping is common and an accepted practice in Tanzania. It is viewed as a token of appreciation for services rendered. The local people have high expectations and a small tip can contribute to their lives in many ways.

Each group will have a guide and porters. A number of porters is subject to group size and baggage. The usual ratio is 2 or 3 porters for every traveler. You may choose the time of giving tips. It is better to give the tip to the entire group as a whole in an envelope. Give the envelope to the group leader or guide and announce the amount of tip.

Health

You must have a minimum, average level of physical fitness prior to arriving on an Africa safari tour vacation.  Every traveler must be able to walk without any support, climb stairs, carry backpacks, be able to hop on and off boats and taxis, and do not have any heart or other serious medical conditions. Those opting for trekking tours must have superior fitness levels.

We suggest you consult your doctor about your physical fitness for trekking and rigor of the Africa safari vacation holiday. Also, discuss with your doctor about various health risks in the region and prepare yourself accordingly. Have required inoculations prior to your visit and carry medications with you. Include a first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, and sanitary napkins in your luggage. Medical facilities are basic in East Africa and almost nonexistent in interior areas. Let us know if you have any prior ailment.

Entry to Tanzania is subject to producing a Yellow Fever certificate. Protective clothing and insect repellent are a must to beat back sand flies and mosquitoes. You should also carry a sun cream or lotion.

The region is associated with the following health risks.

  • Malaria
  • Sunburn
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Breathing problem at high altitudes
  • Climatic fatigue
  • Altitude sickness
  • Hypothermia
  • Eye issues in those wearing contact lenses

We can arrange for your evacuation and medical treatment in case of any emergency and you have to reimburse the cost.

Safety and Security

Tanzania is more peaceful and violent free than any other country in Africa. There are no reported terrorist or rebel movements. However, foreign travelers are a likely target of theft, cheating, fraud, robbery, and harassment, as crime is an issue. The neighboring Kenya has become a target for terror groups. Uganda and Rwanda are yet to fully emerge from their bloody past and sectarian divisions. Ethnic and economic tensions often lead to protests.

It is better to adhere to basic safety and security requirements even when in Tanzania. Check for travel security updates issued by your or any other national government citing law and order in or around your destination. Always remain in the group and with your local guide, who is aware of possible issues in the area. Have a money belt around your waist to keep important documents and money. Be attentive to your wallet and cell phone.

Make it a practice to avoid carrying valuable jewelry or excessive amount of money. You can keep your valuables in safety deposit boxes in hotels you are staying. The group leader/ tour guide/ representative has authority to alter or cancel any part of the itinerary mentioned in your Africa safari vacation package for safety concerns. If you are undertaking any optional activity beyond the stated itinerary during the free time and based on your interest, you must inform our representatives. It is not part of our itinerary and we cannot assure you any representation.

Although we usually include safe destinations in our itinerary, you are advised to remain with the group and use point-to-point taxi services. Avoid wandering the city streets at night or offending local people. Use your own judgment to avoid any untoward incident. Don't take help of strangers and shun places where protests are ongoing.

Water-based activities must be carried on in the company of local guides. Don’t let excitement overpower you ignoring potential dangers. Cooperate with your guide/ tour representative in ensuring absolute safety and security of all guests.

The Local Rules

  • Avoid consumption of any Illegal drugs
  • Possession of illegal drugs may result in your arrest and incarceration under the local law.
  • You should not smoke marijuana and take opium though it is common among many locals.
  • We are very strict as far as any sexual abuse or child abuse allegations against group members are concerned. We reserve the right to expel anyone midway found to possess drugs or using prostitutes.
  • Guests are expected to be respectful to local people, culture, and national symbols.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must to become the part of any our Africa safari vacation itinerary.  You may be asked to produce your insurance details prior to the start of your trip. If you fail to show the insurance proof, we reserve the right to cancel your package subscription. When you have credit card insurance, carry the proof of purchase. 

Your travel insurance must include a medical coverage of USD 200,000 so that there must not be any problem in case of need for repatriation or emergency rescue arises. Such insurance should also cover personal liability, cancellation, loss of luggage, and other essential things.

Feedback

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IMPORTANT NOTE

Have a Yellow Fever certificate with you to obtain a visa.

The Checklist

Essentials

  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (don’t forget to have extra batteries and memory cards)
  • Light day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • First-aid kit, Allergy medication, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream and other medication
  • Insect repellent, sewing kit, locks for bags, torch, headlamps, fleece top, travel pillow, toilet papers, watch
  • Footwear for hiking and comfort traveling, sturdy walking shoes
  • Hat, money belt, adapter, travel towel, sunglasses
  • Pants/jeans, t-shirts of a color that are not easily soiled yet easy to wear in the hot and humid climate
  • Waterproof backpack cover, quick-dry socks
  • Thermal base layer, sandals/flip-flops
  • Refillable water bottle/flask

You may hire the following essentials:

  • Sleeping bag ($40 USD)
  • Duffel bag ($6 USD)
  • Rain jacket or poncho ($12 USD)
  • Sunglasses ($8 USD)
  • Thermal underwear ($5 USD)
  • Balaclava ($6 USD)
  • Daypack ($12 USD)
  • Walking poles ($12 USD for two poles)
  • Fleece pants ($6 USD) and fleece top ($5 USD)
  • Gaiters ($8 USD)
  • Gloves ($6 USD)
  • Windproof rain pants ($12 USD)

Documents You Must Carry:

  • Tour vouchers
  • Medical insurance details
  • Printouts of flight tickets
  • Passport and visa
  • Tour brochure

 Layering of clothes is the best, as you can use them in all conditions. They offer optimum temperature regulation and are also quick to dry. Have a base layer, a mid-layer, and a fleece layer. You may add a windproof jacket too.

Note: No plastic or disposables are allowed.

Helpful Tips

  • Avoid carrying US Dollars printed in 2006 or earlier. Past counterfeit incidents make them difficult to be accepted in Tanzania.
  • Kilimanjaro area is located just south of the equator and has high rainfalls from mid-March to early May. November and December to witness a lesser rainy period. The peaks have snow throughout the year and several glaciers emanate from it. January, February, and September are summer months marked by with clear, dry weather. Temperatures vary as you ascend the mountain. 
  • 230V, 50Hz is the standard electric current in Tanzania. Power outage is common and lengthy.
  • Language: Swahili and English.

General Disclaimer

We have taken all possible care to compile trip details with the utmost care and from the most plausible sources and provide this brochure to Africa safari vacation tourists in good faith. However, this information does not constitute part of the contract between Africa Vacation Spots and its clients/customers. The featured itinerary may be subject to change while printing brochures or it may differ from the given information considering practicalities in safari tour. Though we make every possible effort to stick to the given details, there may be improvements/alterations considering the feedbacks from tourists and ground staff, changing conditions, and our in-house research inputs. The brochure is released in November every year. As we strive to improve the Africa safari packages with each passing year, new additions or changes are natural to provide tourists with the best rewarding experience. Please get a print of our final package tour just days before the travel and make sure you have our latest trip details with you to avoid any changes that may affect your plans. Those who booked seeing the previous years’ brochure may find changes to the itinerary.

Itinerary Disclaimer

We make every possible effort to adhere to itinerary and route. However, the itinerary given is a brief view of the guided tour and there is an inbuilt flexibility to adapt to local conditions and unpredictability of the regions we visit. We may modify or change in the detailed itinerary as dictated by the necessity on the ground.

The tour details provided in this document must be considered as a general guide on Africa safari vacation tours. Any mention of particulars on destination, accommodation, wildlife, and route may not constitute a guaranty of being encountered, visited, or witnessed. All travel trips are subject to local permission, weather, and conditions on the ground.


Policy & Terms

TOUR BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS These are the terms and conditions of any contact between AfricaVacationSpots (the services providers) and you (all persons traveling with our Tour Operator partner, named on a booking). They are very important, so please take time to read them. Confirmation of travel with AfricaVacationSpots implicates that you have read, fully understood and agreed to the terms and conditions described below. If you have any questions or doubts, please contact us. 1. BOOKING AND PAYMENT 1.1 All services are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until confirmed. 1.2 A deposit of 30% of the total value for each person referred to on the booking form is required at the time of booking. If a higher deposit is required for any particular tour, this will be indicated before confirmation. 1.3 Where permits are required, they must be paid in full at the time of confirmation and are non-refundable. This is in addition to the standard non-refundable deposit. 1.4 The remaining balance is due 45 days before the start of the tour, unless otherwise indicated. Should this payment not be received without notice, AfricaVacationSpots reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled, whereby normal cancellation conditions apply. 1.5 If the booking is made within 30 days of the tour start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. The contract between us is made when we issue your confirmation invoice. 1.6 At the time of booking, we require full details for all passengers (names must be as they appear in passports). 2. PRICES 2.1 All prices are quoted and paid in US Dollars unless otherwise stated. 2.2 Prices quoted by AfricaVacationSpots are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed until the time of confirmation. 2.3 Prices quoted are as per itinerary and per person and unless stated otherwise. 2.4 Prices quoted do not include the following: Personal expenses, personal insurance, and laundry, other than as stated, drinks, passport and visa fees, tips and gratuities, international flights. 2.5 Meals will be indicated Tour by Tour 2.6 Accommodation varies depending on location and price plan. Camping, tented camps, bandas, guest houses, tented accommodation and hotels are regarded as suitable accommodation; this will also be indicated Tour by Tour package. 2.7 AfricaVacationSpots reserves the right to substitute accommodation for those indicated in itineraries, when the tour is not yet confirmed

Payment Options

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Days : 8 | Nights : 7


Inclusions


  • Local tax
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Parking
  • Guides / Assistance
  • Dinner
  • Roundtrip Hotel Transfers
  • Admission to park(s)
  • Driver
  • Lunch
  • State/National Park Nearby

Exclusions


  •     Extra stay pre/post tour    
  •     Extra water bottle charges    
  •     Medicines required if any    
  •     Airfare & airport taxes    
  •     Visa charges    
  •     Insurance    
  •     Passport costs    
  •     Tips to coach drivers    
  •     Tips and Gratuities    
  •     Any optional tours    
  •     Any airport arrival/departure tax    
  •     Alcoholic beverages    
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6-Day Machame Route Mount Kilimanjaro…
Kilimanjaro Airport, Hai, Arusha, Tanzania
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Total USD $3,568.50
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