Kilimanjaro Trek & Safari

We are planning a our next trek for June 2017!

Have you dreamed of watching the sunrise over Africa from the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world? Or watching the sunset over the Serengeti while a pride of lion disappear into the high grass? In 2014 you can make a difference in the lives of children and experience Africa on this extraordinary Kilimanjaro trek & photo safari designed and led by award-wining photographer and travel writer, David Noyes. Read about David's sunrise summit at: Kilimanjaro.

Our fundraising climb will help provide children in East Africa with a second chance at a quality education by supporting one of our heroic program partners. Each participant should be prepared to raise at least $3,195 for the climb alone, or $5,170 for the climb and photo safari. One easy way to ask for support of your climb and safari is by setting up a fundraising page with First Giving or a similar page. Come climb with us!

Trek Highlights

  • 7-day Machame Route
  • Visit to Make a Difference orphanage
  • 3-nights Moshi
  • Celebration dinner
  • $3,195 (Not including flights to Kilimanjaro Airport)
  • Add an additional $160 for single rooms and tents throughout the trek

Safari Highlights

(Optional addition following the trek)
  • 3 half-day game drives
  • Olduvai Gorge
  • Maasai village visit
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti, full day game drive
  • 4 nights in Moshi
  • Fairwell dinner
  • $5,170 (Total for trek and safari, not including flights to Kilimanjaro Airport)
  • Add an additional $460 for single rooms and tents throughout the entire itinerary


Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport

When you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi.
  • Accommodation: Bristol Cottages or similar
  • Meals: n/a

Day 2: Rest day and orphanage visit

Today is a special day. Spend the day visiting and Make a Difference orphanage. Learn about these extraordinary young people and the heroes who are giving them a second chance. Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge.
  • Accommodation: Bristol Cottages or similar
  • Today at your Moshi hotel only breakfast is included.
  • Meals: B

Day 3: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
  • 6,000 ft / 1,830 m to 10,200 ft / 3,100 m
  • Distance: 18 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: BLD

Day 4: Hike from Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.
  • 10,200 ft / 3,100 m to 12,600 ft / 3,840 m
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Walking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: BLD

Day 5: Hike from Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." We now continue down to the Barranco Hut. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
  • 12,600 ft / 3,840 m to 12,700 ft / 3,860 m
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Walking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: BLD

Day 6: Hike from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
  • 12,700 ft / 3,860 m to 13,800 ft / 4,200 m
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: BLD

Day 7: Hike from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Today we continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
  • 13,800 ft / 3,860 m to 15,100 ft / 4,600 m
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: BLD

Day 8: Hike from Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut campsite, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
  • 15,100 ft / 4,600 m to 19,341 ft / 5,895 m
  • 19,341 ft / 5,895 m to 10,200 ft / 3,100 m
  • Distance: 7 km ascent / 23 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: BLD

Day 9: Hike from Mweka Camp to Mweka trail head, return to Moshi

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi for an evening celebration dinner at local restaurant. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters.
  • 10,200 ft / 3,100 m to 6,000 ft / 1,830 m
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Accommodation: Bristol Cottages or similar
  • Meals: BD

Day 10: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport, Depart (Or continue on to optional safari)

Free day to spend exploring Moshi. Visit the colorful outdoor market, and souvenir shops, or hire a local guide to go off the beaten path.
  • Accommodation: n/a
  • Meals: B

Optional Safari

Day 10: Drive to Tarangire, afternoon game drive

Today your safari guide drives you from Moshi to Tarangire with lunch en route for an afternoon game drive.
  • Accommodation: Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge or Kirurumu Tented Camp-Manyara
  • Meals: BLD

Day 11: Drive to Serengeti, afternoon game drive

Drive to the Serengeti for an afternoon game drive in search of the migration in the Moru Kopjes area.
  • Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp or Serengeti Halisi Tented Camp
  • Meals: BLD

Day 12: Serengeti, full day game drive

Enjoy a full day game drive in the remarkable Serengeti with a picnic lunch served mid-day.
  • Accommodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp or Serengeti Halisi Tented Camp
  • Meals: BLD

Day 13: Drive Serengeti to Ngorongoro via Olduvai Gorge

Drive from the Serengeti to the scenic Ngorongoro Crater enjoying wildlife viewing along the way. En route, you'll have options to visit the Olduvai Gorge and/or an authentic Maasai village.
  • Accommodation: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or Ngorongoro Farmhouse
  • Meals: BLD

Day 14: Ngorongoro Crater, morning game drive, return to Moshi

Enjoy a morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon, return to Moshi via Mto Wa Mbu, or if you are flying out tonight, your guide can drop you off directly at the Kilimanjaro Airport.
  • Accommodation: Bristol Cottages or similar with farewell dinner
  • Meals: BLD

Day 15: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport, Depart

Free day to spend exploring Moshi. Visit the colorful outdoor market, and souvenir shops, or hire a local guide to go off the beaten path.
  • Accommodation: n/a
  • Meals: B
* Itinerary is subject to change.

Price includes

  • $500 donation to Innocent Eyes Project, Inc.
  • Transportation to and from Make a Difference orphanage
  • National Park gate fees
  • Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
  • Camping fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members
  • Rescue fees (as required by national park)
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Oximeters

Price does not include

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Sleeping bags and personal items
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation and meals in Moshi
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)

Budget for extra

  • $250 for trekking tips
  • $120 for safari tips
  • $30 for meals in Moshi