The hardest and steepest route to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit, Umbwe is recommended only for truly experienced climbers.
The direct route means that very little time is allowed for acclimatizing, and the trying climbing conditions combine with this to make it the route with the lowest success rate.
We discourage using this route.
At a glance
• Approaches from the south of the mountain
• Short, steep and direct route
• Considered the most challenging route up the summit
• Only advised for highly experienced trekkers
• Cons: Quick ascent with very poor acclimatization and very low success rates
• Trek length: 6 to 7 days
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Combine your climb with an incredible Big 5 Safari and/or beautiful beach getaway to Zanzibar Island for the Ultimate Tanzania experience.
Don't just take our word for it
Outstanding the whole way through. Seamless organisation and planning - quick responses to all of our questions and so much flexibility in planing our itinerary.
The Luna Team... read more were so kind and welcoming. We instantly felt at ease.
Their jeep was incredible - really comfortable, plenty of space, ports to charge our cameras, always stocked with water and really yummy hot lunches, which were served to us on the go. Even in the middle of Ngorongoro Crater, we were served lunch with a table cloth, china plates and wine.... I mean - everything was above and beyond.
Our driver knew everything about the wildlife and the environment and we left with so much knowledge we now feel like experts ourselves.
We had some tricky dietary requirements in our group of 6 and all were catered to beautiful with no issues.
Our itinerary flowed really well and every park we visited had something new to offer. We saw all of the Big 5 and so much more.
Accommodations were outstanding and the perfect choices - we really can't thank Luna enough for putting together such an incredible safari journey.
We were attracted to Luna Safari mostly because they are so personable. They are a small family run company who take the time to get to know each of their guests and get back quickly with great responses.
We met the family while we were there and felt like we became a part of it. Michaela & Khalfani are really good people - honest, caring and they know what makes a safari so much more that you can even dream it to be. And their little Boy Arlo is just the cutest.
We couldn't be more glad that we chose Luna Safari for our dream trip. As I write this review I even feel as though I'm not quite doing this trip justice - it was on all accounts the utter adventure of a lifetime.
31st October 2022
If you're looking for a safari and beach holiday in Tanzania and Zanzibar then I urge you to use Luna Safari. It was a pleasure to work with Michaela; simple,... read more seamless and stress-free. Despite some changes to the travel plans, Michaela was brilliant at accommodating the changes to the itinerary and working to the new requirements.
The hotels Luna Safari recommended were incredible and the safari experience was as magical as I'd hoped. As an added bonus we were treated to some authentic Tanzanian experiences courtesy of the fact that the Luna Safari team are resident and local experts.
Luna Safari are small enough to care about every detail of your trip with quick and friendly responses to any and all questions. They are big enough to deliver exactly what you want from your holiday with all the extra touches thrown in...hot safari lunches, all transfers arranged, insider knowledge, the most excellent and well-respected safari guide.
Don't hesitate in joining the Luna Family
25th September 2022
The Safari in Tanzania was definitely the highlight of my trip. With my lovely friend Luisa, we set off on our 3 day adventure to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro... read more Crater with the lovely Mike as our guide. Everything was arranged perfectly by Michaela & Kalfani from the moment we arrived (bubbles in the back of our jeep 🙂 in Tanzania to the accommodation, transport and meals. Everyone was so friendly everywhere we went and the food was amazing. I think Mike was the animal whisperer as they all seemed to know where we were 🙂
Zanzibar followed with a trip to Stone Town then Nungwi staying in the most beautiful hotels with a view of the Turquoise Ocean from our rooms. What more could you ask for, adventure, African Massage then rest and relaxation - sun, sea and sand. A well organised, stress free holiday enjoyed with a wonderful friend!!!
Everything is customised for you so you can do as little or as much as you want, no matter what your budget is.
22nd September 2022
I'm so happy we went with Luna Safari! Everything was truly exceptional from the minute we landed to our arrival to Zanzibar. I went with my husband, and... read more we didn't really know what to expect as it was our first time in Tanzania and Africa in general. Even small details like everyday hot lunches (we saw other companies serve cold sandwiches) were a step above. We saw a ton of animals on safari and took a million photos. Arriving to Zanzibar was another awesome surprise: the lobster dinner was delicious, and our room was upgraded to a luxury suite by the hotel. Overall, we traveled a lot before the pandemic, but this was our favorite vacation. I highly recommend Luna Safari. Michaela was always very responsive to any inquiries before and during the trip. Truly exceptional service on all accounts.
16th September 2022
We are on the last day of our Tanzania vacation and it was been a true joy. I was pretty overwhelmed at first when looking for Safari company’s because there... read more are so many but when I found Luna Safari it was a perfect match! I started emailing Michaela right away with questions I had and things I wanted to do. She truly made this vacation custom to all of our desires and we could not have been more satisfied. When we arrived, I felt like we were being welcomed by old friends because she was so attentive to all my emails through out the whole process.
The Safari was everything we could imagine and more. The guide, the accommodations, the food, the company-they were all incredible. After the Safari we had plans to do a day tour in Arusha and then head to Zanzibar. We decided to skip the day tour and head straight to Zanzibar because the beach was calling my name and so I messaged Michaela and she was right on it. She changed our flights, called the hotel, and arranged for the taxi to pick us up a day early. It was great-she handled everything and I just enjoyed my trip!
This was honestly the most STRESS FREE trip I have ever been on. Because everything is tailored to you, it would be great for couples/friends/family/solo travelers. 10/10 would definitely recommend this company to anyone.
1st September 2022
My family just finished an incredible life experience on this safari. Everything about this safari was exceptional!! The personal touch, attention to detail, and hands on management of Luna... read more Safari makes all of the difference. Michaela was with us every step of the way.
Our safari guide, Mike, was the perfect guide. He is an exceptional driver, knowledgeable, and considerate. His endearing personality and friendly smile made ever day a delight.
Following our safari, Michaela set up our relaxing and incredible visit to Zanzibar. Words canning explain how wonderful this vacation was. Having her in Tanzania made all the difference. She is available all the time and can be right by your side at anytime.
I recommend a visit to Tanzania and I definitely highly recommend Luna Safari !
29th August 2022
I have just got back from a mother daughter safari trip that the wonderful Luna safari organised for us. Michaela, Alfani and the gorgeous Arlo made us very welcome... read more and Michaela was always on the end of phone if we needed her. From the moment we stepped foot in Arusha to the moment we left Zanzíbar nothing was too much for them Their fantastic guide, Suileman, was very knowledgeable and made sure we got to see all of the big 5 plus loads of other different animals. They also do wonderful work for the local community and we were taken on a trip to see this in action when they took us to the Grace orphanage and children’s home. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Luna safari to family and friends if your thinking of a safari then Luna safari are all you need
13th August 2022
I have just returned from an amazing safari and Zanzibar trip with Luna Safari. From my first contact back in 2019 right through to my return home Michaela has always... read more been easy to contact either by email or WhatsApp. When covid stopped travel we easily rescheduled the trip.
The welcome in Tanzania with a cold glass of champagne or sparkling grape juice was a lovely surprise after a long journey. Accommodation was lovely, loved camping in the Serengeti listening to the animals around us. Our guide Suileman was very knowledgeable, a safe driver and made sure that we saw the big 5 plus cheetah’s. He even left the Serengeti later then he wanted to to make sure that we saw cheetah’s, meaning leaving the crater later.
Michaela, Alfani and Arlo took us to a local childrens orphanage that is just one of the many projects funded by Luna Safari. So choosing Luna for your safari not on,y gives you a fantastic experience but helps in the local community too.
Zanzibar was a lovely way to relax after a busy 4 days safari and the hotel was right on the beach. They also helped us arrange a tour round stone town on our last day.
Overall I 100% recommended Luna Safari for your once in a life time trip.
13th August 2022
We have just returned from the most amazing Safari/Zanzibar experience. Zanzibar we arranged independently, however if we hadn't I am sure that Luna would have made it just as... read more special as our Safari.
After a long wait from booking pre-covid we were met by Alfani at Kilimanjaro Airport with fizz and transferred to Arusha. On arriving in Arusha we met Michaela and Arlo (an extremely cute 2yr old!) and now with the whole family we were made very welcome to our accommodation before the real fun began.
The following day we were met again by Alfani, Michaela and Arlo so they could take spare luggage that was only needed for Zanzibar, introduce us to our driver/guide Suileman and wave us off.
Suileman was an excellent guide, friendly, funny and made sure we didn't leave without seeing everything we came to see and more! We visited Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara National Parks and also danced at a Masai Village.
I am so pleased that we were recommended to use Luna Safari, we had looked at a variety of companies, had contemplated a self drive safari, but the recommendation of Luna was by far the best! We would love to return again one day and would not book with anyone else.
8th August 2022
Ive been dreaming of africa since childhood, planned it in 2019. and finally did it “ en famille” last month( thx , covid 🙁
After asking several outfits for... read more submissions, we chose luna safari : michaela is a fellow member of the GLT ( girls who love travel ) facebook group and her love of travel infuses this family owned company :luna crafted a custom safari package for our family of 4 , including a waterfall hike, a hike to mandara hut ( a kili base camp ) a walking safari, a walking tour of arusha and its markets as well as a glorious 6night / 7 day safari encompassing tarangire park, the superlative serengeti, nrorongoro crater, and lake manyara a safari made even more wonderful by our kind , knowledgeable and fun guide and driver sele
To top it all off, luna also booked us stays in stonetown and nungwi on zanzibar island, perfect place for postsafari R &R
All transfers and local flights were included and accomodations were varied but all great ( i think the family favorites were the 4 nights spent glamping in the serengeti)
From bubbly on arrival to hugs on departure, michaela, alfani and arlo treated us like family ; we were sad to leave them as well as their beautiful country, and im sure youll feel the same way
Luna safari we can never thank you enough for making our dreams come true!
2nd August 2022