Duration

5 Days

Country

Tanzania

Best Time

All year

Price From

US $1,380

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Machame Route

What an exciting tour once it comes for adventure seekers ?. Spend two days climbing up to Shira caves through the Machame route, while enjoying the splendid view of the montane forest without forgetting the best hot delicious meals at the camp. Then spend the rest of the other days in the endless plain of Serengeti national park.  Let us plan your tour today.

Scope

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Price: From US $1,380 per person sharing
  • Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro and Serengeti
  • Activities: Hiking

Itinerary

Meet your driver at Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive to your hotel in Arusha for lunch/dinner and relaxation after the long flight. Depending on your program, your Mountain guide will meet you in the hotel for briefing and equipment checking.
Accommodation
● Mid-range: Tulia Hotel and Green Mountain Lodge

You will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha to Machame Gate. After completing the necessary registration formalities at the gate, spend your time taking photos and changing your clothes if necessary while waiting for the climbing permit. After obtaining the permit, your adventure starts from the rainforest where you might see Blue Monkeys, Hartlaub’s Turaco, and
Impatiens Kilimanjaro. Stop for lunch halfway to fuel up for the remaining hours of hiking to the camp. After arriving at Machame camp, you will be welcomed by our friendly team, the waiter will provide you with hot water for washing up, tea/coffee with popcorn to regain your energy while waiting for your first dinner on Kilimanjaro Mountain.

Today is the end of two days trip to Kilimanjaro. After the last breakfast on the mountain, we leave Machame camp with our lunch box, we start hiking along a steep rocky ridge while enjoying the beauty of the mountain. After 4 hours, we reach at Shira Camp for lunch. Soon after lunch, we walk a few minutes to the main road on the other side of the Lemosho route where the rescue car will be waiting for us for Londros gate transfer. After arriving at Londros gate, we check out the park and take our car to Arusha for dinner and overnight.

Your driver-guide will pick you up at the hotel early in the morning with packed lunch and drive to Serengeti National park for a half-game drive and overnight at Seronera Camp.

Today you wake up very early for a morning game drive, this will be another experience as you may see different nocturnal animals returning from hunting. Later return to the camp for breakfast followed by an en-route game drive to Arusha. You will get a hot lunch before Arusha and finally to the Airport for the evening flight.

Costs & Inclusions

6 days Tanzania short safari price
Pax 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax+
Price $1,850 $1,450 $1,400 $1,380
  • Airport Transfers (upon Arrival and Departure)
  • Transport to and from Machame gates
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Accommodation for all days on Kilimanjaro (Tents)
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping tents, mess tent, kitchen tent, sleeping mattress, table and chairs
  • Kilimanjaro entrance fees/conservation fees
  • Kilimanjaro Camping fees
  • Rescue Fees and all taxes.
  • Fair salaries for Porters, Cook, and Guide
  • Oxygen Tanks and Pulse Oximeter
  • International and local airfare.
  • Optional tours not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Personal expenses example Laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Yellow fever vaccinations
  • Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, and traveler’s insurance.
  •  Tips for Porters, Cook, and Guides
Click Here to View Terms & Conditions or download a pdf file

Booking Process

If you’re satisfied enough with the information, you can book this tour directly, remember to confirm your booking by a deposit of 10% of the total cost per person. This is needed to secure accommodation and other services which belong to third parties. At that point, we will issue you with an invoice that includes a balance due date. We must receive the full payment not less than thirty (30) days before the departure date. In the case of holidays booked within less than thirty (30) days of the departure date, we must receive the full cost within seven (7) working days of our sending written confirmation and invoice. In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and retain your deposit, as well as any other cancellation charges. Before you do any payment don’t hesitate to discuss with your tour planner the best option. Your satisfaction is our happiness.

Meet Elibariki,

Your Tanzania Safari Specialist.

(Call or WhatsApp)
+255 742 696 430

Meet Elibariki,

Your Tanzania Safari Specialist.

(Call or WhatsApp)
+255 742 696 430

Tanzania Travel Information

Travel insurance is very crucial once it comes to travel around the world, for any traveler. Getting travel insurance in Tanzania made easy through third parties companies which are dealing specifically with evacuation in case of any emergency during your tour, we do not sale it but we will be happy to recommend reliable compressive travel insurance that covers things like emergency helicopter rescue, medical evacuations expense it will be assisted protection tour to cover personal injury, repatriation expenses, and any kind of possibility illness will be covered. Having good travel insurance guarantees peace of mind while traveling, safety comes first.

As any other endeavor challenges are part of the journey, you may experience congestion while arriving or you may experience network outage in most of the areas while on safari. Bear in mind that there are challenges which we can control as human beings but in case of natural disasters that we do not wish to happen if we are supposed to stop your tour, immediate actions are necessary to save a life.

This comes not actually from the company side but has something to do with yourself, you may wish to support locals by buying souvenirs or you may arrange some extra tours around the city or tipping to your team. Is the best way to acknowledge others as one of the best practices in life. Feel comfortable to discuss with your tour planner anytime

Tanzania is situated directly south of the Equator and covers 938,000 sq. km with an estimated population of 40 million people. The country is densely populated in the northern, eastern and coastal areas while the southern part is not densely populated.

Climate. Tanzania climate is tropical and there are two rain seasons the longer being March through May and the shorter between October and November. The dry season lasts from July through October with clear sky and sunshine the whole day. The weather is suitable for beach vacations. The coastal area is normally hot and humid.

Visa: Coming to Tanzania has been made easy for visitors. It is easy to obtain a Tanzanian visa and there are three ways to obtain it: You can get a visa from a Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission from your country or upon arrival at the port of entry or you can apply online via Tanzania Immigration site, that is, the airport or at the border port. The above procedure applies to North American and European citizens. For more details about visas please contact the nearest Tanzanian Embassy or High Commission in your area.

Tanzania’s International Airports: Tanzania has two international airports, one outside the commercial capital Dar es Salaam (airport code: DAR) and the other near Arusha (and Mount Kilimanjaro) called Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code: JRO). Charter flights and some international operators fly directly to Zanzibar Island (airport code: ZNZ)

Getting to Tanzania: If you’re planning to visit Northern Tanzania, the best airport to arrive at is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). KLM has daily flights from Amsterdam. Ethiopian and Kenya Airways / Precision Air also fly into KIA.

If you’re planning to visit Zanzibar, southern and western Tanzania, it is ideal to fly to the capital city of Dar es Salaam. European carriers that fly into Dar es Salaam include British Airways, KLM and Swissair(which share codes with Delta). There are long-distance bus services between Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.

Attractions: The country has a lot to offer educationally, historically, for leisure and adventures. These adventures are safaris (game) driving in the National Parks like Serengeti, Manyara, and Tarangire to see wildlife, historical sites such as museums, landscapes, mountains, beaches, lakes, rivers, and culture.

Social life: The country has more than 120 tribes. Each tribe has its own vernacular. Although there are many languages “Swahili” was adopted as the national language in 1961 right after independence. The language has spread and is being used in the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Central Africa. English is the second official language of the nation. You will find that Tanzanians are very welcoming and friendly.

Political system: Tanzania is perhaps the leading country on the continent of Africa for its political stability, peace, and tranquility. The political system is multi-party and the government is democratic. Political and religious conflicts are resolved through dialogue. In short, religious and tribal conflicts are very rare in this country because every citizen is free to worship as he/she pleases provided that one does not violate the law of the land

Currency: The national currency of Tanzania is the “shilling” (Tshs). Exchange rates vary and are subject to change anytime. Credit cards such as Euro-card, American Express, Master Card, Access, and Visa are accepted by most tourists’ hotels, carving shops, bureau de change, and banks. Also, Traveler’s Cheques in sterling pounds and US dollars are acceptable.

Religions: Because of its historical diversity Tanzania is a land of various religions. Nevertheless, the major religions are Christianity, Islam, Hindu, and African Traditional Religions. On the east coast – Dar es salaam, Bagamoyo, Zanzibar, and Tanga – the dominant religions are Islam and Hindu. This is due to the advent of Arabs and Eastern Indians which led to the spread of the two religions. The mainland is dominantly Christian and this is since European colonists, like Arabs, spread the Christian religion to the indigenous people.

Infrastructure & Accessibility: Major roads are paved and accessible throughout the year. Side roads and those around and within the National Parks are muddy and rough. For this reason, a 4WD car is required for safaris. Four-wheel cars include Toyota Land Cruisers, Land Rovers, and Toyota Hiace 4WD. These are the cars commonly used. The railway is also used in the eastern, southern, central, and western parts of the country.

Time: The time zone is GMT + 3 and the electricity is 220 – 240 V AC, 50 Hz.

Expect to drink pure water from the mountain during your trek, we will refill your water bottles every day at all camps. The water is very clean and treated. You will get hot water for washing up every day in the morning and evening. 

We carry enough food to eat every day on the mountain. The food we carry is for our clients and everyone on our team. Our cooks are very professional, they will make sure that you get quality and delicious food on time. Enjoy three meals per day, feel at home away from home.  

After the confirmation of the booking, we will send you the menu to be aware of your meal from the first day to the last day of the trek, we are always open for discussion about what you want to be included in the menu. For any suggestions about the food during your trek, don’t hesitate to discuss it with your guides and cooks. 

There are no hotels or lodges on the mountain. Climbers to the Marangu route (Kilimanjaro) and Mount Meru sleep in hut accommodation based on shared rooms with double-decker beds. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be served at mess rooms available in every camp in Marangu and Mount Meru. All rooms are installed with a solar system however the power may not be sufficient for charging your cell phones. Both Marangu and Mount Meru have flash toilets except at the base camp. 

Climbers through other routes using tents. Porters are always fast, they get to the camp earlier and set up your tents. Every group has camping managers who make sure all tents are well-pitched. We use new quality mountain tents for sleeping. Every tent shared by two (2) clients, we also carry quality mercy tents, kitchen tents, and crew tents. 

Toilets are available at all camps in the mountains. In case you don’t want to use public toilets, you can request a private toilet from us.   

After the end of your tour, your supporting team expects to be paid the tips. YES, it is very appreciated! When and how do you pay your tips?

1: You can pay tips after the last meal on the mountain
– You may pay it personally in separate envelopes given by us before the beginning of the tour
-You may hand over the envelopes to the head guide who will then help you to distribute them to everyone.

2: You can pay tips at the hotel after the end of your trek
In case you don’t want to carry money on the mountain, you may leave it at the hotel/bank then you pay your supporting team at the hotel soon after descending

3: You can pay for your package together with tips
For those who wish to receive the invoice for the whole package (include tips), It is possible to don’t hesitate to tell us.

The following is the tipping amount in USD per person per day.
$20 per guide, per day.
$15 per cook, per day.
$10 per porter per day.

NB: The tipping cost will be shared by the whole group, as the company we appreciate you’re generosity. Bear in mind that the shared guidelines do not restrict any clients to contribute more.

The weather of Kilimanjaro is very unpredictable however it is better to know the common weather of the mountain before you decide to book your tour. The dry season is a good time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro because you will enjoy nature and a good view.  

The dry season is from the beginning of December through the beginning of March, and from late June through the end of October, June to December. 

The peak season is from  August to September and the heavy rainy season is from the end of March to the middle of May

Tanzania is the safest country in Africa, Tanzanians are very friendly. There is no history of dangerous animals on Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro’s trails are always busy, there are hundreds of people climbing all routes every day. Every group is accompanied by guides, the security is also reliable at the campsite, there are armed rangers at every camp to ensure your safety during climbing. Only climbers to Mount Meru will be escorted by the armed rangers due to the presence of the wild animals inside the Mountain. No need to fear about your health, we provide healthy food. Our guides are well-trained and certified in First Aid, we always carry the first aid kit and oxygen cylinders for emergencies. The rescue is also available on the mountain at all camps. In case of any serious emergence, we can arrange for a helicopter rescue

Conservation fees per day (all routes) 

(a) US$70 of or above the age of 16 years

(b) US$20 between the age of 5 and 15 years

Public Campsite Fee per Night
(a) US$50 of or above the age of 16 years

(b) US$10 between the age of 5 and 15 years

Hut Fee  

(a) US$60 per night (of or above the age of 16 years)

(b) US$20 per night (between the age of 5 and 15 years)         

Rescue Fee 

-US$20 per person per trip 

Crew Fee

US$2 per person per trip 

Crater camping fee 

US$100

Mawenzi peak climbing

US$750 (it is technical climbing) 

Paragliding on Kilimanjaro 

(a) Pilot fee US$500

(b) Passenger fee $250

Cycling on Kilimanjaro National Park

 US$50

Video Shooting per group of 2-20 people (This is for recording own art eg music or movies)

(a) Park US$100

(b) TANAPA HQ US$50 

All fees above exclude VAT 18% 

Besides the excitement and the beauty of hiking these giant mountains in Tanzania. Every success is accompanied by unexpected challenges, and for climbing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is one of the major threats once it comes to climbers. Since safety is our priority we have prepared a list of common altitude sickness which may happen. We invite you to spend time to learn more.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

It is the negative health effect of high altitude, caused by rapid exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevation. People who climb high mountains might experience the early symptoms of Altitude Sickness. Our guides are well-trained, they are Certified  Wilderness First Responder WFR. If you experience any symptoms mentioned below, please inform your guides as soon as possible.

  • Nausea & dizziness
  • Headache
  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  •  Vomiting
  • Poor sleeping
High Altitude Cerebral Oedema (HACE)

Caused by brain swelling, it is very dangerous and can kill very quickly if not treated as soon as possible. Normally HACE symptoms tend to set in at nighttime. 

Symptoms of HACE 

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe headache
  •  Increase of clumsiness
  • Loss of coordination example ataxia
  • Loss of memory
  • Coma
High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPE)

Caused by fluid collecting in the lungs, it is very dangerous and can kill very quickly if not treated as soon as possible. It happens due to the fast ascending to a higher altitude. If your guide advises you to descend, please do it immediately even if taking medicine because it is the only reliable cure. 

Symptoms of HAPE

  • Trouble breathing even when resting
  • Coughing
  •  Very tight chest
  •  Suffocation/feeling tired
  •  Froth in saliva or spit
  •  Blood in saliva
  •  Confusion, hallucination, and irrational behavior 
Prevention of altitude sickness
  • Ascend slowly (pole-pole)
  • Drink well, 3-4 liters of water per day
  •  Eat well and regularly
  • Sleep well, give yourself time to rest
  • Wear proper warm gears (Make sure you are warm enough) 
  • Avoid wet boots, gloves, & socks

Wearing the right kind of gear for the summit is very important. Try to cover your body with many layers to avoid coldness during the summit. Avoid wearing wet clothes, wear fresh and dry clothes for the summit night especially the inner layers to make sure you are always warm.  Remember to cover your Cell Phone, Camera, spare batteries, and water bottles to avoid freezing. Turn ON your headlight, walk slowly, stay behind your guide all time. Avoid frequent stops because it will make you feel cold and tired. Don’t forget to bring your walking poles, your poles are very important for both ascending and descending. Remember to set the right size before you leave the base camp because might freeze and get stuck. Remember to drink plenty of water at the beginning, your water might freeze as you climb higher. Try to blowback the camelback tube from time to time after drinking to avoid water freezing.

We remind you to bring quality personal climbing gear for your Kilimanjaro climbing. Proper layering is necessary to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable. Before packing, make sure your gear selection depends on the weather of the season you plan to climb; however, the weather on Kilimanjaro is unpredictable. Mid-March, May and early June is the long rainy season, while November to early December is the short rainy season. Make sure your outermost layer must be warm and made of waterproof materials to protect you against rain, wind and snow.

Rain Geers

Poncho, Waterproof Jackets, Waterproof trousers, Rucksack rain cover, Waterproof gaiters

Warm Clothing 

Body covering:

Underwear, Fleece jackets, Down jackets, Fleece trousers, Hiking pants, Shorts, T-shirts, Fleece shirts

Head, neck &  face Covering:

Buff ,Balaclava,Mask,Hat

Hands covering

Fleece gloves, Waterproof mittens

Feet covering: 

Pairs of wool socks, Gaiters, Waterproof hiking boots, Sneakers

Other important Equipment and accessories

Sleeping bag, Sunglass, Sun cream, Sun hat, Headlamp, Trekking Poles, Water bottle, Camel bag, Camera and spare battery, Powerbank, Towel, Backpack for day hiking use, Duffle bag/kit bag for porters to carry your staffs, Snacks for high energy and calorie gain, Passport, Visa

Careful packing

  • Make sure all your gears are warm and lite, don’t pack jeans, avoid cotton as cotton material traps moisture, and also avoid overweight packing.
  • Pack your bags the night before your trek, don’t wait until the morning to avoid rushing.
  • Don’t pack anything that shouldn’t be there, you may leave unwanted staff for the mountain at your hotel or feel free to leave at our office.
  • If necessary to pack your laptop, keep in mind that there is no electricity on the mountain.
  • If possible avoid packing delicate stuff
  • Pack all important documents and everything you think you will need to use on the way before getting to the camp. Example: Camera, Phone, sun cream, hut, passport, sunglasses, poncho, etc.

Health and Hygiene tips

  • Remember to keep your hands clean every time before eating to avoid stomach problems which can cause dehydration
  •  Before using medication like Acetazolamide or Diamox and others,  it is important to take advice from your doctor
  • Be prepared for altitude sickness even if it doesn’t often happen, do a general health check-up before you come to Kilimanjaro.
  • If you feel abnormal, please tell your guides.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol on the mountain
  • Avoid ascending further when you realize the symptoms of altitude sickness

Listen to your guides

We advise listening and follow the instructions from your guides.  All our guides have long-time guiding experience, they are well-trained and licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. Our guides are very friendly and knowledgeable and they will take you to the top safely.

 Trash-in trash-out

Avoid littering  the trail, collect all rubbish in your bag until you reach the camp

Climb slowly (Pole-pole)

Avoid rushing, save your energy for the Summit night. Hike slowly, enjoy your holiday, and the beauty of Kilimanjaro

Prepare for your trek

Remember to prepare for your trek, make sure you apply for your Visa on time, book for your flight after getting your Visa verification. Pack all travel documents and trekking gears. Train your body by doing small physical exercises like running and biking to keep your body fit.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are determined to ensure that you experience the luxury of genuinely memorable travel. On every trip, we aim to create a ‘charmed space’ within which you can relax, absorb fresh insights, be stimulated and charmed by new encounters – and have fun!

Whether traveling alone or with friends, Blessing Safaris guests often mention how particularly agreeable they find their traveling companions. our groups are deliberately small, comprising 2 to 7 guests especially for safari.

Our team carefully researched and focused on trips which attract people with the same interest and naturally get on well with each other through their shared interests.

Once you confirm your booking on a tour you will be sent further practical information – packing tips, detailed itineraries, including advice on health, passport and visa requirements, and minimum and maximum numbers of guests on tours.

Memorable meals are one of the hallmarks of an excellent holiday. With the support of the best cooks, the quality of food and drink service is guaranteed. Depending on the service level or type of tour you have chosen, pre-discussion with your tour planner is a win-win situation for an enjoyable diet. Other tours are accompanied by our cook and others are inclusive service from our accommodation partners include hotels, private camps, and luxury lodges

Help us to help you by organizing even better tours, and save money. If you contact us in advance you will save a big deal in terms of price as you have the best time for negotiation and customization of the tour with a safari planner and save more.

Why not? , We offer private tours whether you’re alone or with family and friends celebrating a special anniversary or planning a reunion of family and friends you can discuss with us. We can create a special itinerary away from traffic, travel in style with the itinerary specifically shaped to your requirements.

The answer is absolutely yes! The areas where safaris are organized are safe and free of political chaos. We conduct safaris in places that are politically stable to assure our clients’ safety and enjoyment.

Our Professional Safari Guides are well trained about wild animal behaviors and they have enough experience to lead our clients in the wilderness. Our vehicles are 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rovers with a hutched roof to give maximum visibility of a game.

African safaris guarantee unlimited sightseeing; millions of animals, birds, and plant life are the core characters of the African savanna. You roam across the countryside in search of Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, Cape buffalo, and Leopards (the so-called “Big Five”). On any given day, you will encounter Blue Wildebeests, Zebras, a large variety of antelope species, Gazelles, Giraffes, Baboons, and Hippos. The birdlife is fantastic – in some areas, up to 400 bird species have been identified! Think of the majestic Baobab tree (some tribes believe that the tree was indeed planted upside-down!), and there are hundreds of varieties of thorn trees! You will also see the acacia-dotted landscape, endless plains, majestic mountains, and the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises one could ever imagine! Think of a late afternoon thunderstorm, short but violent, and then the beautiful rainbow.

This aspect is much overstated. You will rarely see a snake, but if you do, it will most likely be from the safety of your safari vehicle. Tents and lodges all have bug screens fitted to windows and doors. In most areas where bugs or mosquitoes are prevalent, rooms and tents are also equipped with mosquito nets, adding to the idealistic ambiance. Bear in mind that malaria is a threat in most wildlife areas, and it is necessary to consult your doctor for advice before embarking on your safari.

Tanzania destinations are accessible throughout the year but we advise you to take your tours during the dry session for the safari so as you can enjoy the best sightings at this time as the grasses and bush are at their least dense. July to October and December through February. The green session includes March through June. Discuss with us for the best option if you have also a plan to coincides with Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park

Note – the migration is a natural event and the timing varies month by month; year by year. A good thing is it won’t happen in one day it takes time to complete. And we update most of our clients once the migration starts, so if your great desire is to witness the migration communicate with us in advance so as we can try our best to assure your encounter. Please note that the vast majority of travelers do not witness the wildebeest crossing of the Mara as the timing and duration varies widely each year. The best probable months are July, August, September

Around the turn of the century (until the ’30s and ’40s), mobile tenting was the only option, and “camp as you go” was the standard practice. Over the years the luxury connected with the traditional mobile tenting safari has increased. By the same token, one can understand that the cost of having a “luxury hotel” following one around in Africa is expensive. However, most people settle for permanent tented camps. Because they are “permanent” they can be equipped with flush toilets and traditional bathroom fixtures and conveniences. Don’t be misled by terminology – a permanent tented camp offers the comfort of a 5-star hotel but with the romance and adventure of being surrounded by the sights and sounds of Africa.

(We suggest you remember) insect repellent (the best way to prevent malaria and other insect-borne diseases), sunscreen, cap or hat, sunglasses, binoculars, detergent powder if you want to wash some clothes yourself, hand-wipes small flashlight, aspirin, diarrhea medicine, rain jacket, poncho or collapsible umbrella, plastic bags (for wet clothes, swimsuit and for keeping dust away from camera equipment), Kleenex/toilet tissue a neck chain for eyeglasses if you take them off to use binoculars and cameras, any medical prescription you need, masking tape or labels for marking exposed films cans, film, extra camera batteries.

Although more than 200 languages and dialects are spoken throughout Africa, this presents no problem as English is spoken throughout East and Southern Africa. Apart from English, all our professional guides are multilingual so we get you covered