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Take the Machame Route for the ultimate Kilimanjaro experience

Scaling the tallest peak in Africa was never going to be easy, especially as I had chosen to take arguably the most difficult and physically exerting route possible. I had been told that there are a number of ways to get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, but the general consensus was that taking the Machame Route would ultimately provide the most satisfying experience.

Setting off from the Machame Gate, the guides warned us that our trek would be longer and far steeper than other pathways up the mountain. However, they also promised us that the views we would take in along the way would make that extra bit of effort more than worthwhile and, of course, they turned out to be absolutely right. We were headed off the beaten track and our course enabled us to take in the stunning sights from Kibo Peak and the eternal icefields.

The total length of the trek is 50 miles and I can assure you that people with a low level of fitness will struggle. But when you are faced with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Serengeti, lingering memories of jogging around the freezing cold streets of Britain or forking out for expensive monthly gym memberships in order to get fit are removed from your mind. Having completed the climb, we arrived back at Arusha, where I was able to kick back in a luxury lodge and let my legs get some much needed recuperation.

I can honestly say that conquering Kilimanjaro was one of the biggest challenges I have encountered, but the memories I took away from this Tanzania holiday will stay with me forever. I took a whole host of amazing photographs, but they hardly do the majestic mountain justice. Luckily, the gorgeous views that I took in are still etched in my memory and they were so awe-inspiring that I won't be forgetting them any time soon.

Rongai Route
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Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
5. Strenuous
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Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

Africa, Tanzania | 10 days
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On the trek - Tanzania
A quieter route to Kilimanjaro’s summit with views across the Serengeti.

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