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  • Climbing Kilimanjaro

    On the top of KilimanjaroClimbing Kilimanjaro via Machame Route.

    Total hiking distance: approximately 100km

    Total time: 6 days

    Tour operator: Peace Matunda Tour

    Guide: Bellasix Kaaya

    Day 1
    Hiking Time: 7h
    Distance: 18km
    Habitat: Montane forest

    We were picked up by the Focus in Africa team at Tengeru market and drove directly to Machame Gate (1490m) in Moshi. The group consists of 9 people from all over the world.
    We left Machame Gate around 1pm and had a beautiful walk up through the rain forest. On the way up I met some of our porters and had Alfonsi and Fredi teach me some Kiswahili phrases.

    The walk was pleasant and sunny. Jakob, our cook (by the way excellent food!! And he also cooked on my safari!!), had given us a lunch package including bananas, a muffin, donut and a samosa. At 5pm we arrived at the first camp called Machame Camp (2980m) where Jakob expected us with hot tea and popcorn. The tents were already all set up. We had fish that night and potatoes. Kind of bizarre that I had to climb Kili in order to eat some fish in Tanzania!

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