Kilimanjaro Foothills Walk: 6-Day Walk

Summary

This 6-day walk through the Chagga villages and forests on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro explores the stunning natural beauty and local culture of Kilimanjaro.  We hike 10 –15 kilometers per day on sometimes steep trails that can be slippery when wet. Trekking poles strongly recommended. Overnights are spent in our comfortable mobile camps with spacious walk-in tents for 1-2 people or families, with locally-inspired meals served in a dining tent and prepared by our expert mountain chefs.

6-day walk

6-day walk

Brief Itinerary

Total:  8 DayS / 7 NightS

Day 1:  Arrival / Machame Village
Arrival and transfer to Kaliwa Lodge in Machame Village at 1300m on Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight.
Drive time from Kilimanjaro Airport: 1 hour
Overnight: Kaliwa Lodge

Day 2:  Machame to Kibosho
Start our walk following a trail used by villagers to access their fields. As you pass through the farms and forests, you will hear from your SENE guide about his own knowledge of the mountain on which he grew up.
Nestled within natural vegetation, the Kibosho Luxury Resort is rich with birds and butterflies visiting the abundant flowers in the gardens. Enjoy unparalleled views of the snowcapped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Approx. distance: 17km
Overnight: Kibosho Luxury Resort

Day 3:  Kibosho to Mweka
Today we encounter our steepest valleys and ridges above a densely settled area of smallholder Arabica coffee farms that use centuries-old irrigation canals dug along the mountainside. Our first camping night is on the land of SENE founder Simon Mtuy. As the sun sets, you will see far below the lights of Moshi and feel the calm of the mountain, or maybe that is just the moo of the cows and the baa of the sheep!
Approx. distance: 13km
Overnight: Mtuy Farm Camp

Day 4:  Mweka to Wondo
This hiking day begins at a lower elevation and brings us through villages and into the forest. We will cross many rivers on small wood bridges or will jump from rock to rock to reach the other side. Discover the traditional irrigation channels, used by local farmers for more than 100 years to grow coffee, bananas and many other fruits and vegetables. After a walk along the Rau river valley we encounter a high waterfall. Save some energy as the last ascent to camp will be demanding!
Approx. distance: 10km
Overnight: Kilimanjaro View Camp

Day 5:  Wondo to Tema
Start the day following our noses and the sweet smell of the eucalyptus trees that create a natural border between the Kilimanjaro National Park and the villages. The trail passes several villages and an ingenious electrical system using the water channel. As the day progresses, the hiking increases in intensity as we pass a dramatic landscape of high ridges and deep valleys, all covered by tropical rain forest. We may spot blue monkeys hanging in the trees above the trail. Our campsite at a primary school overlooks Moshi Town and the surrounding plain.
Approx. distance: 10km
Overnight: Tema School Camp

Day 6:  Tema to Kidia
After a night camped at 1900 meters, the trail proceeds through more colorful mountain villages, past coffee and maize farms and rivers where you can refresh in the cool and crystal clear water. We pass Kidia village, the site of the first European settlement in the Kilimanjaro region. There are many large Catholic and Lutheran churches on the mountain, each with its own story of missionary work among the Chagga people. Our last camp is at another primary school high up the mountain.
Approx. distance: 12km
Overnight:  Fumyuhu School Camp

Day 7:  Kidia to Mbahe Village
Our last day is a perfect day to savor the landscape. The route is longer than the previous days but the trails are gentler!  We reach several superb viewpoints over the plains, while views of Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak emerge as we approach Mbahe Village and Simon Mtuy’s family farm.
Approx. distance: 14km
Overnight: Mbahe Farm Cottages

Day 8:  Mbahe Village / Departure
Day to rest and relax. Enjoy delicious “homebrew” coffee, grown and roasted on the farm, and meals made with fresh fruits and vegetables from Simon’s organic garden.  Take a refreshing swim below the Moonjo River waterfall that sits on the property.  Transfer to the airport or your next adventure activity.

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6-Day Walk

Prices 2018

US $1,195   if 5+ people
US $1,345   if 4 people
US $1,545   if 3 people
US $1,995   if 2 people
Per Person, Double Occupancy (Single Supplement US$150)

Includes:

  • All accommodations for 8 days/7 nights
  • All meals for 8 days/7 nights
  • Services of hiking guide and camp crew
  • All camping and dining equipment (excluding sleeping bag)
  • Portable private toilet with bio-degradable waste system (Cleanwaste®) at all camps
  • Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi, Arusha
  • All drinks at Mbahe
  • Filtered water (by Katadyn Expedition® filter) and coffee, teas, cocoa

Does Not Include

Tips and gratuities to leaders, guides, crew, or other staff; additional accommodations and meals made necessary by airline schedule changes, inability to complete the walk, or other factors; pre‐trip expenses such as immunizations, travel insurance, passports, and visas; international airfare; airport departure taxes; and any expenses of a personal nature such as souvenirs and laundry.

Photo Credits: Nathalie Pigache, Andrew King