Join CBMG for the adventure of a lifetime and climb the highest mountain in Africa (and the tallest freestanding mountain on the Earth) – Mt Kilimanjaro or “Shining Mountain”. At 19,433 ft (5893m), it is a mountain you can hike for more than 90 kilometers, gain 4000m in altitude, traverse rain forest, moorland, alpine desert, snow fields and ice cliffs, all virtually on the equator!
Mount Kilimanjaro lies on the border of Tanzania and Kenya, just south of the Equator. To the west lies the Great African Rift Valley, created by tremendous tectonic forces which also gave birth to a string of other volcanoes. One of these, Mount Kenya, was originally much higher than Kilimanjaro.
The three summits of Mount Kilimanjaro, Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi are all of very recent origin. Shira and Mawenzi both have suffered considerable erosion and only jagged peaks remain. Kibo, the central, youngest and highest peak has survived as an almost perfect cone.
Our route, Machame, sometimes called the Whisky Route is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. An extra day could be added to the itinerary, best spent on the Shira Plateau, where you could walk to the Shira Needles. Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River. The Mweka Route is used for the descent.
Accommodation on the mountain is in tents which the porters will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas.
3-Days of an African Safari in 3 distinct and unique game reserves and national conservation areas…..Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Tarangire River Basin.
See herds of wild elephants, giraffe, zebra, lions, cheetahs, leopards, buffalo, wildebeest, and the endangered black rhino…just to name a few. Enjoy viewing plentiful wildlife from the open air roofless Land Cruisers used for our safari, each with a private driver and seating capacity of 5 max per vehicle.
Venture to the unique and incredible Ngorongoro Crater, with the best chance of seeing the endangered African Black Rhino. Due to the crater’s natural borders and ever present water source,, animals here do not migrate with the seasons, and thus stay and live in one place year round, making game viewing of dozens of species of animals all at once possible.
Travel by private safari vehicle and driver during the day, while staying at beautiful lodges and hotels in the evening, enjoying a shower, great homecooked hot meals, and sampling some of the local African culture, before venturing out to do it all over again the next day. A perfect way to relax, unwind, and revel in the joy of accomplishment after our 7-Day climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro.