Kilimanjaro - Machame Route Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 216

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Going in for a swim

Day 1: Nairobi - Lake Nakuru

We will meet you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer you through to Lake Nakuru and check you into the lodge.

Flamingos fishing for food

Day 2: Lake Nakuru

Today enjoy a full day’s game drive in Lake Nakuru National park - famous for one of the greatest bird spectacles on earth, the bright pink flamingos. The actual park surrounds the lake, with 25 rhinos - the largest concentrations in the country. Other species commonly found in the area are waterbuck, Rothschild’s giraffe, giant python, plus lion and leopard. Lunch is taken in the park at a lovely picnic site overlooking the lake

Warthogs snoozing in the sun

Day 3: Lake Nakuru

Breakfast at the lodge and transfer to East Africa Mission Orphanage for a visit. Drive to Elsamere Conservation Centre and take a boat ride in Lake Naivasha. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon at leisure.

Safely across the river during the migration

Day 4: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara N.P.

This morning travel to the mighty Masai Mara and have game viewing en route to your lodge.

Lion in the Masai Mara

Day 5: Masai Mara N.P.

Full day game drive. Today you will set off on a full day’s game drive taking a picnic lunch. You will have more time to explore a larger area of the Masai Mara, with its various landscapes, from savannahs, forests, dry river beds and rocky kopjes, all of which offering a better environment for a whole range of animals. Your picnic lunch will be enjoyed in a scheduled spot in the reserve among the wildlife.

Masai warrior jumping

Day 6: Masai Mara N.P.

Get up for an early morning game drive. With the cool temperatures of the morning the animals are at their most active. Watch the sun rise over the African Savannah giving fantastic light for the keen photographer. Return to the camp for a late breakfast. The rest of the morning is at leisure to relax by the rivers edge watching the animals that come to drink or indulge in a massage by the pool. Lunch will be in camp with the late afternoon being set for a game drive. Again as the sun begins to set the animals are once again more active.

Bird coming in to land

Day 7: Masai Mara N.P. - Amboseli

Today we will fly you to Amboseli National Park. Without a doubt, Amboseli is a photographer’s paradise with the snows of Kilimajaro, white and crystalline forming a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya’ most spectacular displays of wildlife – lion, elephant, rhino, cheetah buffalo and a host of plain’s game.

Lion in Amboseli National Park

Day 8: Amboseli - Lake Manyara N.P.

After breakfast we will travel through to Lake Manyara.

Buffalo herd

Day 9: Lake Manyara N.P. - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, afternoon return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch depart and drive to Ngorongoro Crater.

Lunch time at Limpopo Transfrontier Park

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater

Today you will depart for the Ngorongoro Crater, descending into the crater floor itself, for a game drive. Spend the day exploring this fascinating wildlife amphitheater. Home to nearly 25,000 animals, which remain in the crater due to the constant supply of water from the springs. There is a very good chance of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard plus countless other African mammal species.

Day 11: Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti N.P.

This morning you depart for the Serengeti National Park, with a stop enroute at Ol'Duvai gorge. Here in the 'Cradle of Mankind' the skull of a human being was found believed to be the oldest ever.

Day 12: Serengeti N.P.

Today you will set off on a full day game drive taking a picnic lunch with you. You will have more time to explore a larger area of the Serengeti, with its various landscapes, from savannahs, forests, dry river beds and rocky kopjes, all of which offering a better environment for a whole range of animals. Your picnic lunch will be enjoyed in a secluded spot in the park among the wildlife. Return to your lodge in the late afternoon, in time to enjoy a relaxing sun downer.

Leopard surverying the area

Day 13: Serengeti N.P.

Morning and afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park.

Day 14: Serengeti N.P. - Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

we will transfer you to Moshi, the base of Kilimanjaro and check you into the hotel.

Day 15: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi - Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

Start Kilimanjaro Climb! After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night.

Day 16: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner.

Day 17: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). It is normally around this point, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours.

Day 18: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

You make your way up Great Barranco Wall, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut. The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp.

Day 19: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you set off. You ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim which can be mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest. From here you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. The walk down to Barafu, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest. The route is not difficult, down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest.

Day 20: Kilimanjaro - Machame Route - Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. Then we transfer you to the hotel for a well deserved hot shower and comfortable bed!

Day 21: Mt. Kilimanjaro & Moshi

After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport in time for your departure flight.

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