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Classic Kilimanjaro Climb - 7 Days Without the Whisky (Machame) route.
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Classic Kilimanjaro Climb - 7 Days Without the Whisky (Machame) route.

By African Scenic Safaris
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The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for us. 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. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The Machame route starts in the south west side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days but a 7 day trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.
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  • All Fees and Taxes
  • All camping equipment, Oxygen, portable toilet, rescue fee, first aid, professional guides, porters
  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • Private Toilet
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Kilimanjaro
What's not included
  • Tips, Visa, International Flight
  • Equipment Hire

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Airports:
  • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 199069P6

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

A note from Classic Kilimanjaro Climb - 7 Days Without the Whisky (Machame) route.
  • Additional Measure as per MoH Tanzania and WHO guidelines.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 199069P6

Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
10 stops
Day 1
Arrival & Briefing
Day 2
Moshi to Machame Gate...
Day 3
Machame Camp (3,000m/9,800ft) to...
Day 4
Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to...
Day 5
Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,600ft)...
Day 6
Karanga Camp (3,950m/13,000ft)...
Day 7
Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to...
Day 8
Mweka Camp (3,110m/10,200ft) to...
Day 9
Departure
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Romina S
4 contributions
In times of COVID-19, Simbo and all the staff of African Scenic made my Kilimanjari trek safe and fun. They followed the protocole of washing hands and wearing masks when it was necessary. My mountain guide and the porters made the ascension very confortable and easy. The food was delicious and the equipment suitable. I had a breathtaking experience at the summit: Uhuru peak.
As a female solo traveller, African Scenic provided me a female mountain guide, which made my experience more fun. I also felt very happy to know that African Scenic supports the Porter's project, which provide them with training and fair employment conditions.
Written 9 September 2020
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Dear Guest, We are very thrilled to read your review of tour Kilimanjaro climb with our mountain team and wonderful to hear you felt so cared for and supported and they you left the team managed the COVID protocols so well. Congratulations on making the summit and it is great that our female mountain guide was an asset during your climb. It is important for us to make sure our porters and staff are well cared for and treated in the appropriate way for the hard work they do Many thanks for your support and hope we will see you again in Tanzania Kind regards Simbo and the African Scenic Safaris Team
Written 19 December 2020
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Britta A
Essen, Germany20 contributions
We had an amazing time climbing Kilimanjaro! We had a fantastic Kilimanjaro-family with us. Our guide Antipas checked on us every night, checking oxygen level, headache etc. We felt safe all the time! Our assistant guide Emmanuel took grest care of us as well. He knows so much about Flora and Fauna. We had great meals on the mountain and did not have to worry about anything!
We had an amazing time on the mountain and got rewarded with a beautiful sunrise on top of Kili!
Great team, great service, I can totally recommend African Scenic to climb Kili. Plus they take really good care of their porters and pay real salaries!
Great tour, great company!
If I'm climbing Kilimanjaro again in my life, I know what will be my company of choice!
Written 16 January 2020
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Dear Guest, We were delighted to find your review of African Scenic Safaris and your Kilimanjaro climb with Antipas and his team. It was our pleasure to assist you and we are happy to hear you were taken very good care of by the team who shared your experience and their knowledge of the mountain with you. It must have been fantastic to get a sunrise at the summit and wonderful views - as well the food you had at the camps. It is important to us here at African Scenic to make sure our staff are rewarded accordingly for their hard work which is why we are part of the Porters Association. We would like to thank you for your recommendation and how we will see you again in Tanzania Kind regards Simbo and the African Scenic Safaris Team
Written 17 January 2020
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fe_pena
Belo Horizonte, MG562 contributions
It's very difficult for me to do this review because it's a company that made my dream of climbing Kilimanjaro come true. They are honest and trustworthy. All staff are kind. I am available for any questions anyone has. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not easy and choosing the right company is fundamental. I am very happy with my choice. Simbo, Priyank, Godwin, Saidi, Ferdinand, Dada, Izack, Amini.... I will never forget this amazing crew!
Written 29 July 2021
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Maksim
1 contribution
Awesome climb organized by African Scenic Safaris.
We had a private group of 5 friends.
Very professional guide (George), flexible and helpful crew, nice food.
We talked to other groups on the slope and were really happy we have chosen Simbo's team.
Highly recommended.
Written 13 March 2021
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Dear Guest, It was with great pleasure we read your review of your Kilimanjaro climb with our team and so thankful you had an enjoyable experience George and his crew are experts at caring for guests, focusing on safety and having delicious food. It is fantastic they achieve this with your group and that you were satisfied with the service they provided. We hope to see you again in Tanzania Kind regards Simbo and the African Scenic Safaris Team
Written 7 May 2021
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KGG
Park City, UT2 contributions
Every expectation was far surpassed by our team of guides & staff. I cannot recommend African Scenic and team Antipas enough, if you want an incredible experience on Kilimanjaro-- and if you want to make it to the top.

1. We named ourselves "team turtle" because we were so slow. But slow and steady paid off; it's what our particular group needed as many came from sea level. Every day, other teams would scramble past us quickly, only to have us pass them 4 more times during the day, back and forth, watching them winded and exhausted, as we maintained our slow speed. Obviously this hike is long and tiring in general, but we never lost our breadth and we had strength all the way to the top. Our guides kept us together, organized, and consistent. Most other tours looked like a mess on the mountain, with guides completely separate from the group.

2. The food was incredible. We followed on-line recommendation and packed SO MANY SNACK... but honestly, we didn't need them all (obviously bring some). African Scenic feeds you 3 large meals a day and it's amazing. With the most delicious ginger tea every morning in your tent at wake up call.

3. It takes a team to get you up that mountain. Between gear and food, there were 27 team members for our group of 8-- we saw our entire team daily. If you don't see your entire team daily, you should be concerned. And African Scenics ENTIRE team is there for you. On our last couple days, porters would meet us up the hill, to help carry our gear the final stretch. It's definitely not expected, nor required, but in those moments, we truly cherished their entire team. Not just this, but warm smiles, grabbing chairs for us, and overall helpfulness. They have a tight-knit team; it's obvious from how they interact with Antipas, the head guide, as well as all the assistant guides. They all treated everyone on the team with respect, and they in return, the porters treated us with so much respect.

4. Whatever guides you choose, make sure they're a member of KPAP. African Scenic is, and it was obvious they cared about the mountain and their porters. And they're locally owned! I saw some of the other European based tours, that are far more expensive, and I was not at all impressed with them in action. So do your research on this piece carefully.

5. Our tents and camp gear were great quality. And all of our guides and porters were dressed well for the entire trek (we would see some other porters in sandals and/or even barefoot), with barely any clothes on. That's just not ok. A reputable tour provider will pay their staff well enough to dress properly for their work.
Written 21 February 2020
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Dear Guest, It is lovely to read this amazing review of your experience and Kilimanjaro climb with African Scenic Safaris and Antipas and his team. It is good to hear that you took the climb slowly and this paid off for you to be able to reach the top. Congratulations on this - what an achievement !!! It is good to hear the whole narrative of your climb as well as your impressions of the team, how they behaved and cared for you. It is important that each team member is seen and is able to assist you when you are exhausted. As a company we do care about our staff and it is very important that the crew have the right equipment, that there are enough of them to even out the loads that they carry, they are paid properly and rewarded well for such a tough job. This is why we are a member of KPAP and thank you for pointing this out We hope that you may come back to Tanzania again and do a safari next time Thank you for your recommendation and this is very much appreciated Kind regards Simbo and the African Scenic Safaris Team
Written 27 February 2020
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Ngakisali m
Nairobi Region, Kenya1 contribution
Couples
I have juste completed my Kilimanjaro trekking with African Scenic which was wonderfull i couldn't ask for more.Our trekking Team was one of the most humbled people in the entire world,our chef made for us best meals for the entire trip.They do have best sleeping bags and trekking equipments.
I and my husband highly recomend Kilimanjaro Trekking with African Scenic and you will never regret.
Written 1 November 2019
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Dear Ngakisalipj, We are very grateful to read your comments of your Kilimanjaro climb with African Scenic Safaris and about your amazing experiences with the team such as the chef and the crew. It is wonderful that you feel the experience was amazing and that the equipment was up to standard Thank you for your kind words and recommendation Kind regards Simbo and the African Scenic Safaris Team
Written 20 November 2019
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Joe F
Phoenix, AZ3 contributions
very nice experience knowledgeable guide and crew . i enjoyed it .
i didn't know what i needed but with the help of Simbo and Godwin they help rent the proper gear and i had everything i need .
Written 23 August 2021
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Andreas S
3 contributions
It was a great trip, perfectly organized by Simbo and his team. I've done a solo climb, but felt well during the whole trip thanks to the great company of my guide George; all porters and the cook were of great nature and I felt more than comfortable and safe throughout.
Written 16 January 2021
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Dear Guest, We very much appreciate your comments about African Scenic and the Kilimanjaro team and it was lovely to hear that everything went well and you were well cared for by the staff and satisfied with the organisation of your climb. We aim to ensure guests are cared for and are safe in a challenging environment as well as being friendly and helpful Lets hope you will be able to return to Tanzania in the future and once again we thank you for your appreciation of our service. Kind regards Simbo and the African Scenic Safaris Team
Written 7 May 2021
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Lara Tikhomiroff
24 contributions
We had a great experience climbing the Kilimanjaro with our African Scenic team (guides, cook and porters)! They were all really nice, they did their best to enable all of us to make it to the summit in the best possible conditions! I highly recommend everyone this wonderful experience without any doubt!
Written 10 August 2020
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Dear Guest, Many thanks for taking the time to send a review of your Kilimanjaro climb with African Scenic and it is lovely to hear that you made it to the summit which is wonderful. Congratulations!!! We appreciate your recommendation of our friendly staff and supportive experience for those making this challenging climb. We hope in the future you will consider returning to Tanzania and hope we can assist you with your plans Many thanks Kind regards Simbo and the African Scenic Safaris Team
Written 21 August 2020
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luca williams
Koh Tao, Thailand3 contributions
Friends
Everyone at scenic safaris are so supportive and friendly, they were the ones that really made it feel special and safe for us, overall making it more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend, amazing food as well.
Written 23 May 2020
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Dear Guest, We are so grateful you took the time to write a review of your experience of African Scenic Safaris and it is lovely to hear that you felt safe and the teams were friendly in order to make sure you could have such a wonderful time. It is very much appreciated that you enjoyed the food and many of our cooks are very well trained and can make many lovely dishes in challenging circumstances We hope in the future you may consider returning to Tanzania Kind regards Simbo and the African Scenic Safaris Team
Written 21 August 2020
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Classic Kilimanjaro Climb - 7 Days Without the Whisky (Machame) route.