With credits like “most popular route”, “ most successful route” and “most scenic route”, Machame Route has been consistently adding to its list of votaries year after year. As one of the oldest official routes developed for climbing the imposing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the route has a long history of being the most trafficked route.
Did someone say the easiest route? That’s a lot of misinformation. The route is christened as “Whiskey Route” not because there are taverns on the trail but because it is hard as whiskey. Starting from the south, the trail is long with steep inclines and declines testing you all the way. But the trails to the summit are scenic. It will take you through the fertile lower slopes, leading unto the magnificent montane forests before you traverse the steep rocky ridge on to the stunning Shira Plateau (3600 meters)- which throws open a panorama of breathtaking views. And as you continue on the ascending path, you will make your way through the wicked alpine lands and encroaching glaciers to another milestone at Stella point (5752 m) where the most rewarding sunrise over Mawenzi peak awaits to goad you for one last effort to the summit at Uhuru peak.
The trek is arduous but allows for the application of climb high/sleep low principles – from Shira camp (3 847m) to the hike up to Lava Tower (4 642m). Summiting from Baranfu camp means less scree to negotiate. Without the requisite fitness, it’s an uphill challenge at all times.The descent will be through Mweka Route has the Machame route piqued your interest yet? Contact African Traits for more interesting information on the route.
Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization.View Details
We trusted Godfrey and the African Traits team for most of the transportation of 70 people, 2 day safaris, and a Kilimanjaro climb and they absolutely SMASHED it! All of the drivers, guides, porters that we talked with were very professional and helpful, and a special shoutout to our boy, Chico.
— Austin r, February 2019 Verified.
We went on a 4 day, 3 night private camping safari. African Traits was prompt to pick us up, and the check in process set up our safari well. Our driver was reserved but very informative when it came to the animals and knew all the places to find different species for us. Our cook was fantastic, and all the food was great!
— Lscheffel,20th February 2020 Verified.
Had a lovely experience doing a solo safari,the driver Francis and cook Barrack made it enjoyable,fun and a trip to remember. Great food and local dishes were freshly made by the cook. Francis knew all the details of the animals, saw the big 5 and he was an awesome, entertaining driver. As a solo female I felt safe and comfortable. The tent and mattress were also cosy. Amazing!!
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