This route is often used to drive up to high altitude on the Shira Plateau. The roadhead at an elevation of 3600m is just about 6-7 hours drive from Moshi, however, largely depending upon weather conditions. The Londorossi National Park gate, at an elevation of 2250m, could become impassable if the track beyond is wet.
There are several campsites at the roadhead alongside the Shira Hut (3840m), and the Machame Route is just about 1 hour's walk away. This route is however not recommended for walking as it simply follows a roadway. Beware of starting ascent from Kilimanjaro by driving here, as you are likely to suffer from altitude sickness unless you get acclimatised.