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Barafu

Practical information on Barafu

  • Viewpoint
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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A seven-hour walk from Barranco
When to go
From July to October and January to February
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Barafu

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

Lying seven hours' walk from Barranco and perched at an altitude of 4600 m, Barafu is the last place you can seek refuge along the Machame route before the final ascent of Kilimanjaro.

My suggestion:
If you've reached here, your mind will already be set on the roof of Africa, 1300 m above. The only thing you should do is rest and regain your strength ready for the seven-hour walk you'll be undertaking the following night.
My review

Just ten years ago or so, there was still permanent snow at Barafu. This is no longer the case today. Nevertheless, its name means snow in Swahili. This eagle's nest perched at an altitude of 4600 m is not escaping the effects of global warming. 

When I last traveled to Tanzania, I was lucky enough to be able to spend an afternoon in Barafu. There was no snow on that day, so I pitched my tent on the black rocks. Exhausted by the preceding days' walking, apprehensive about the final ascent, and already short of breath due to the altitude, the only thing I was able to do was admire the splendid views over the Kibo and Mawenzi cones. For anyone reaching this place, the only thing left to do is rest in your tent, sheltered from the glacial wind. Keep your spirits up. You're now not far from your target!

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