Kilimanjaro School Expedition

Kilimanjaro School Expedition

Trip Highlights

  • Sunrise over Mawenzi before pushing to the summit Uhuru Peak (5896m)
  • Game viewing at Lake Manyara & Tarengire National Parks
  • Explore exotic Zanzibar & relax on the beaches

Trip Summary

The combination of a game viewing safari, summiting Kilimanjaro then exploring the island of Zanzibar is sure not to disappoint. Approaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro by the Macheme Route is an exhilarating option for walkers keen to explore the high trails and who are comfortable in variable mountain conditions. From the forest and moorland, we explore fascinating rock formations and on our way to the summit of Uhuru Peak (5895m) on the crater rim. Our expert guides and professional crew ensure that there is the maximum possible acclimatisation and flexibility to enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery that extends from the volcanic summit to the vast African plains. A 2 day safari game viewing safari at two of Tanzania's most protected national parks follows as does an opportunity to rest and explore the island of Zanzibar. With our expert guides, quality inclusions, private vehicle transport, comfortable accommodation and well thought out itinerary will all deliver you to the roof of Africa along with photo opportunities of the incredible game and exotic Indian ocean islands. This is an African adventure to get excited over!

Suitability

As with all our Moderate to Challenging programs, we expect clients to be regular outdoors people, enjoying aerobic sport around three to four times a week over some period of time. Preferably this has been a long term interest but if not, you have set a program of fitness preparation with at least three months lead in time to your trip. The fitter you are for your trip, the more of a holiday it will be. Activities as close to the actual activity on your trip are the best training; in this instance hill walking, with and without a daypack. This builds leg strength, aerobic capacity and confidence in your ability to travel comfortably with a pack for extended periods. At the same time, you are also comfortable with the layers you like to wear and footwear.

Whilst this ascent of Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb, it is nevertheless a short and steep trek at altitude, and for many people it will be the hardest physical walk of their life. In order to get the most out of the trip, people should join in Arusha with a maximum state of fitness. There is not time to ‘get fit on the trek’ as with some of our other longer trekker programs elsewhere.

Come and talk to us if you are unsure about your suitability for climbing Kilimanjaro; we would be happy to discuss your level of experience and fitness with you and put you in touch with one of our guides to help you make your decision.

Sample Itinerary

Upon arrival in Nairobi you will be transferred across the border to Arusha, Tanzania. The drive and immigration at the border should have you arrive at your accommodation by approximately 1pm. The Ilboru Safari Lodge has spacious rooms, a pool, and restaurant. The afternoon is free to explore or relax before you meet with your guide for a trip briefing and a celebratory welcome dinner.

Meals:  D

This morning the group will be driven to Lake Manyara National Park which is noted for its elephant populations, tree-climbing lions, baboons and warthogs. The park is arguably the best for viewing elephants up close, and has an excellent birdlife, including masses of flamingos. We have a full day of game viewing with a picnic lunch in the park. Your accommodation is Migunga Permanent Camp which is nestled in a quiet corner on the northwest of the lake. The National Park spreads out across the Great East African Rift Valley, dominating a vast landscape. Often called Tanzania's water wonderland due to the large number of birds and animals the lake supports, Lake Manyara NP is also famous for its' tree-climbing lions. At Migunga you wake up in the morning with the beams of the sun finding their way through the Migunga trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy a mountain bike ride through Lake Manyara’s backyard or you can enjoy watching the vervet monkeys. The evenings are resonating with the typical sounds of forest creatures whilst enjoying a nice meal. Accommodation: Migunga Permanent Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We depart Migunga Permanent Camp after breakfast and head to Tarangire National Park. Once we arrive in the National Park we will spend time game viewing within the park. This area has the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, with approximately 2000 sighted along the river at certain times of the year. In the dry season, (July–November) most of the wildlife in the Tarangire ecosystem migrates to the permanent water of the Tarangire River. The lush green shores of the river are a big attraction to many varieties of wildlife, so they offer fantastic game viewing. Dry baobab and acacia trees are scattered widely throughout Tarangire National Park and these provide an ideal home to over 500 species of birds. Most people who have visited East Africa give fabulous accounts of their safaris in this national park, which is famous for both its flora and fauna. We will enjoy our picnic lunch in the park and in the evening return to Arusha and your accommodation for the night at Ilboru Safari Lodge. After dinner your guide will give a thorough trek briefing about yoru climb, we suggest an early night as the coming 6 days will be challenging! Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meals:  B,L

We meet our guides and porters after breakfast and sort out all our gear before we set off for our 1-hour transfer by private vehicle to the Western side of Kilimanjaro and the Machame Gate which is at the entrance to the Mt Kilimanjaro National Park. Each person is required to carry a day pack whilst there other clothing and possessions are carried by dedicated team of porters. Most importantly there will be a guide to client ration of 1 to 2. This close attention maximises your possibility of summiting and and ensures you have a safe and enjoyable experience in such demanding terrain and conditions. The trek initially is through the cloud forest, a land of beauty and of perpetual mists that shroud in mystery the huge mountain above. Our first stop is Machame Camp for dinner and where we camp overnight. Tonight we camp at 3020m. Accommodation: Camp Trek: Approx 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's trek will take you from the wet and jungle like conditions of the cloud forest up onto the moor land. You'll notice the vegetation getting more sparse as we ascend and several distinct species, including the giant groundsel and lobelia, will soon be the only plants dominating the harsh landscape. We camp on the edge of Shira plateau where there are excellent views of the snow-dusted Kibo peaks. Accommodation: camp Shira Cave 3847m Trek: approx 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

From Shira Cave, we initially climb towards the main peak of Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and strange looking boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, we descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley and camp at 3,984m. Today's hard work has only gained 137m total ascent but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists dramatically in your acclimatization. Accommodation: camp Trek: approx 7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a tough day and the combination of high altitude along with some challenging trail conditions makes it a great warm up for tomorrows summit day. Imediately out of camp the climb up the steep Barranco wall includes some sections of very easy scrambling before drop down again to the Karanga Valley where you take a break for lunch and an opportunity to fully absorb yoru surroundings. After lunch continue hiking through the dry desert region of the mountain with spectacular views of the Hiem, Kersten and Rebmann glaciers. It is a rather tough slog up a final ridge to Barafu Camp but the knowledge that you'll conquer the summit tomorrow is wonderful motivation. You have fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak from the camp after having completed a longer day of hiking which now requires you to adequately relax and recover in preparation of the challenging summit hike early the following morning. Accommodation: camp Trek: approx 8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We will start our ascent by torchlight at midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim for sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment and a possibility of meeting up with the other group, we continue to descent to reach our final campsite at Mweka Camp and a well earned rest! Accommodation: camp Trek: approx 15 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We have a sustained descent on a well constructed path through lovely tropical forests alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the National Park gate at Mweka (1650m) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. We are met by our vehicle and transferred to Ilboru Lodge. A well earned shower is tantalizingly close! Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a free day for you to rest and relax and have a look around Arusha. In the early evening both groups will once again meet up and tonight you will enjoy a celebratory dinner and opportunity to compare stories!

Meals:  B,L,D

Services conclude after breakfast

Meals:  B

Sample Itinerary

This morning the group splits due to the group size restrictions on Kilimanjaro. One group will head out on safari then climb Kilimanjaro and the other group will do Kilimanjaro then safari. Today is a free day for you to rest and relax and have a look around Arusha. In the afternoon your guide will give a thorough trek briefing about your climb, we suggest an early night as the coming 6 days will be challenging!

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's trek will take you from the wet and jungle like conditions of the cloud forest up onto the moor land. You'll notice the vegetation getting more sparse as we ascend and several distinct species, including the giant groundsel and lobelia, will soon be the only plants dominating the harsh landscape. We camp on the edge of Shira plateau where there are excellent views of the snow-dusted Kibo peaks. Accommodation: camp Shira Cave 3847m Trek: approx 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

From Shira Cave, we initially climb towards the main peak of Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and strange looking boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, we descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley and camp at 3,984m. Today's hard work has only gained 137m total ascent but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists dramatically in your acclimatization. Accommodation: camp Trek: approx 7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a tough day and the combination of high altitude along with some challenging trail conditions makes it a great warm up for tomorrows summit day. Imediately out of camp the climb up the steep Barranco wall includes some sections of very easy scrambling before drop down again to the Karanga Valley where you take a break for lunch and an opportunity to fully absorb yoru surroundings. After lunch continue hiking through the dry desert region of the mountain with spectacular views of the Hiem, Kersten and Rebmann glaciers. It is a rather tough slog up a final ridge to Barafu Camp but the knowledge that you'll conquer the summit tomorrow is wonderful motivation. You have fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak from the camp after having completed a longer day of hiking which now requires you to adequately relax and recover in preparation of the challenging summit hike early the following morning. Accommodation: camp Trek: approx 8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We will start our ascent by torchlight at midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim for sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment and a possibility of meeting up with the other group, we continue to descent to reach our final campsite at Mweka Camp and a well earned rest! Accommodation: camp Trek: approx 15 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We have a sustained descent on a well constructed path through lovely tropical forests alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the National Park gate at Mweka (1650m) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. We are met by our vehicle and transferred to Ilboru Lodge. A well earned shower is tantalizingly close! Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

At 8am the group will be driven to Lake Manyara National Park which is noted for its elephant populations, tree-climbing lions, baboons and warthogs. The park is arguably the best for viewing elephants up close, and has an excellent birdlife, including masses of flamingos. We have a full day of game viewing with a picnic lunch in the park. Your accommodation is Migunga Permanent Camp which is nestled in a quiet corner on the northwest of the lake. The National Park spreads out across the Great East African Rift Valley, dominating a vast landscape. Often called Tanzania's water wonderland due to the large number of birds and animals the lake supports, Lake Manyara NP is also famous for its' tree-climbing lions. At Migunga you wake up in the morning with the beams of the sun finding their way through the Migunga trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy a mountain bike ride through Lake Manyara’s backyard or you can enjoy watching the vervet monkeys. The evenings are resonating with the typical sounds of forest creatures whilst enjoying a nice meal. Accommodation: Migunga Permanent Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We depart Migunga Permanent Camp after breakfast and head to Tarangire National Park. Once we arrive in the National Park we will spend time game viewing within the park. This area has the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, with approximately 2000 sighted along the river at certain times of the year. In the dry season, (July–November) most of the wildlife in the Tarangire ecosystem migrates to the permanent water of the Tarangire River. The lush green shores of the river are a big attraction to many varieties of wildlife, so they offer fantastic game viewing. Dry baobab and acacia trees are scattered widely throughout Tarangire National Park and these provide an ideal home to over 500 species of birds. Most people who have visited East Africa give fabulous accounts of their safaris in this national park, which is famous for both its flora and fauna. We will enjoy our picnic lunch in the park and in the evening return to Arusha and your accommodation for the night at Ilboru Safari Lodge. Once at the hotel both groups will once again meet up and tonight you will enjoy a celebratory dinner and opportunity to compare stories! Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meals:  B,L

We meet our guides and porters after breakfast and sort out all our gear before we set off for our 1-hour transfer by private vehicle to the Western side of Kilimanjaro and the Machame Gate which is at the entrance to the Mt Kilimanjaro National Park. Each person is required to carry a day pack whilst there other clothing and possessions are carried by dedicated team of porters. Most importantly there will be a guide to client ration of 1 to 2. This close attention maximises your possibility of summiting and and ensures you have a safe and enjoyable experience in such demanding terrain and conditions. The trek initially is through the cloud forest, a land of beauty and of perpetual mists that shroud in mystery the huge mountain above. Our first stop is Machame Camp for dinner and where we camp overnight. Tonight we camp at 3020m. Accommodation: Camp Trek: Approx 6 hours *******PLEASE REFER TO DAY 12 IN THE ABOVE DETAILED ITINERARY*******

Meals:  B,L,D

What's Included

  • ReturnThai International & Kenyan Airways economy class airfare from Brisbane to Nairobi via Bangkok including all taxes of approx $180
  • Oneway Precision Airways economy class airfare from Arusha to Zanzibar, then onto Nairobi including all taxes of approx $140
  • All National Park entrance fees and Conservation fees approx. US$980
  • 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 12 dinners
  • English speaking local leader
  • Experienced mountain guides, cook and porters. Guide to client ration 1:2
  • private vehicle transport
  • Accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotel in Arusha & Zanzibar
  • Alll group camping and catering equipment on the Kilimanjaro climb (sleeping bags and mats are not provided)
  • Airport transfers throughout
  • Tents on twin share basis
  • Satellite phone whilst on Kilimanjaro
  • Indepth group medical kit
  • Bottled emergency oxygen
  • Pre-departure Information Guide, with all you need to know for your trek.

What's Not Included

  • Flights to or from Mackay to Brisbane
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks.
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc
  • Tips
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance- compulsory
  • calls made from the satellite phone

AT A GLANCE

Duration:11 Days
Countries:Tanzania
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Moderate to Challenging  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG3250