Trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest
mountain with African Wildlife Safaris
Africa’s tallest mountain and one of the world’s highest free standing massifs, Mt Kilimanjaro can nevertheless be conquered without technical experience. Lofty as it might be, Mt Kilimanjaro doesn’t require any mountaineering skills to climb. Spectacular trekking routes pass through 5 different vegetation zones: grassland; rainforest; heathland; moorland with strange giant plants; alpine desert; before reaching the arctic summit zone.
There are a number of routes to choose from and all are challenging due to the altitude. Your chances of reaching the summit are vastly improved with good preparation and acclimatisation. Longer treks can also increase your chances of reaching the summit.
All of our treks are accompanied by qualified mountain guides, and porters carry all equipment. You will only need to carry a day pack. Our trekking operator is a member of the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) which adheres to a range of guidelines for the fair treatment of porters and other crew.
Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed throughout the year but the drier, warmer months are not only more pleasant but safer. January, February and September are generally the best months but also the busiest. April, May and November are the wettest months while June to August can be cold.
Base camp is at the Chanya Lodge; a comfortable hotel just 6 kilometres from Moshi with 24 ensuite rooms, a restaurant, garden and swimming pool. Nights on the mountain are spent in high-quality 3-person alpine tents sleeping a maximum of two people per tent (so there is space for luggage).
Lemosho Route – 9 days
(7 day hike)
The Lemosho Route starts on the western side and is an unspoilt, remote and very beautiful route to the Shira Plateau. The trail leads up to the western edge of the Shira Plateau, and the hike across the plateau is said to be one of the most stunning in Africa. Note: climbers may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game species.
Umbwe Route via Barafu – 7 days
(5 day hike)
The Umbwe Route is incredibly beautiful and one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach of Kibo. It is the most difficult due to the fast ascent to higher altitudes. However, the rewards are plentiful: fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances. Being fit and acclimatised will increase your chance of success.
Shira Route – 8 days
(6 day hike)
This route starts on the western side of the mountain. Although it is a long drive to the starting point, you are rewarded with the possibility of seeing wildlife on the lower slopes and potentially being the only climbers. As the Shira Route is the longest, it is less crowded and provides one of the most spectacular views of both the Shira Plateau and Western Breach wall.
Machame Route – 8 days
(6 day hike)
Known as the ‘whisky route’, Machame is considered to be one of the most scenic routes to the summit following a winding trail through rainforest, ice fields and alpine desert. Treks are at a relatively leisurely pace, allowing climbers to enjoy the scenery while adapting to the thin air.
Rongai Route – 7 days
(5 day hike)
This trek begins on the northern side. Again, it is a long drive to the starting point however fantastic views and the likelihood that you will be the only climbers is worth the time. Descent is via the popular Marangu Route (as per park rules).
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