Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa at 5,895 meters, is a challenge
to climb. Yet unlike the highest peaks on other continents, Kilimanjaro requires
no technical climbing skills and any reasonably fit person can make the summit.
In order to reduce the risk of altitude sickness and to increase the chance
of making the summit, we suggest taking a minimum of 6 nights on the actual mountain
climb. Our experienced mountain guides and porters will take you slowly up the
breathtaking Machame route. This route requires some scrambling as well
as altitude walking but is probably the most stunningly scenic route to the top.
The Kilimanjaro Mountain is a National Park and consists of a number of unique
eco-systems, which change as you gain altitude. The park is 756 square kilometers
in area and was gazetted in 1973. The first eco-system is the rainforest
with its large trees, hanging moss, lichens and orchids. You should plan on getting
damp if not wet when walking through the forest. Although there is not much game
spotted, there are elephant, leopard, forest hogs and numerous birds within this
area of the mountain.
From around 2,700 meters upwards, you leave the rain forest and move into the
open moorlands with tussocks of grass and the famous Kilimanjaro Lobelia
plants along with other alpine type vegetation. The vistas open up from here onwards
as well, with stunning views down over the plains and, on a clear day, of the
As you move ever upwards, the vegetation slowly thins out to heather and short
grasses and eventually to bare scree, rocks and snow. Little animal life
is found at this level although there have been reports of leopard spotted just
below the summit!
The peak itself, Kibo, is a dormant volcano; it is not yet extinct although
it is unlikely you'll experience any activity! A caldera of nearly 2.5
kilometers across and over 180 meters deep, with an ash filled cone inside that
evidences the old volcanic activity, forms the snow-bound peak of Kibo.
Day 1 Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, met and transferred to the Marangu
Hotel to meet your guides and porters. Overnight at the Marangu Hotel.
Day 2 Leaving Marangu Hotel, drive to the Machame park entrance and
start your climb through the cultivated farms and then onwards to the forest.
Overnight at the Machame Huts at 3,000 meters.
Day 3 Climbing across valleys and ridges you'll slowly climb upwards
to the moorlands of the Shira plateau and your overnight stop at the Shira Huts.
Day 4 Spend a day at the Shira Huts acclimatizing to the altitude with
walks and hikes in the area. Overnight at Shira Huts.
Day 5 Heading upwards and over to wards the Barranco Huts today, a long
hike of 5 - 6 hours but only gaining 100 meters overall. Beautiful views and more
acclimatization help prepare you for the final push to the summit. Overnight at
Day 6 From Barranco you head upwards to the new Lava Tower Hut at 4,600
meters. A hard 4-6 hour climb this is the last section before the summit push.
Overnight at the Lava Tower Huts.
Day 7 Starting in the early hours of the morning, you'll start your
summit push from here. Arriving at the summit at dawn, to watch the sunrise is
the end goal. Little time is spent here however as the altitude takes its toll
very quickly! Descend down on the Marangu route to Horombo Hut at 4,703 meters
for a well-deserved rest and meal. Overnight at Horombo Hut.
Day 8 Today is spent on the Marangu Route descending back
down the mountain to wards the park gate. Here you are collected and returned
to the Marangu Hotel for dinner, a hot shower and a well earned comfortable nights
sleep! Overnight at Marangu Hotel.
Day 9 After a gentle day relaxing at the Marangu Hotel, with gentle
walks to relieve any aches and pains, transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport for
your flight home.
Includes: Airport transfers, accommodation at Marangu Hotel and on
mountain, guides, porters, all meals, water, park fees, and local taxes.
Excludes: International flight, visas, personal purchases, sleeping
bags, towels, personal purchases and tips.
Contact Melinda Rees for more information on this safari.
Why travel with us? Because Eco-resorts is changing the world-one journey
at a time.
Animals and people both need land. Ecotourism provides an alternative income
for the people, leaving space for the migratory animals. Eco-resorts actively
supports the villages and projects that are protecting East Africa's environment
We develop self-help eco-projects, which promote wildlife conservation.
We also educate both our consumers and our partner camps with two free ezines.
We use renewable energy products, reduce paper and plastic consumption in our
office and have left the natural vegetation unscathed, resulting in duiker and
monitor lizards visiting the office!
We donate 10% of all post-tax profits to fund community and/or conservation
projects. Community projects are operated with the local villagers as the operators
and managers; Eco-resorts provides advice and guidance when requested, but abides
by local beliefs and traditions.
Our current projects include:
- The Children of the Rising Sun Orphanage, which provides accommodation,
meals, medicine and schooling for 28 street-children. Our goal is to have a vocational
job-training center operational at the home, for the kids and local villagers.
- The Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, the last remaining tract of coastal
lowland forest in Kenya, which provides the only refuge for several endemic birds
and mammals, such as the golden-rumped elephant shrew and the Sokoke Pippet.
Designated as one of Conservation International's 26 global bio-diversity
hotspots (www.conservation.org) and surrounded on all sides by an ever increasing
human population, the Forest is in danger of disappearing as trees are
cut for carvings, land cleared for subsistence farming and animals
trapped for food.
Eco-resorts hopes to ensure that the local villagers become the greatest supporters
of the Forest. One of the many projects in the Forest trains the local villagers
to breed forest butterfly species for export to the live butterfly market.
With two local butterfly farms already in operation, over 400 people in the
area bordering the Forest now have an income that relies upon the continued health
of the Forest. Our goal is to employ another 100 people.
Please contact email@example.com for more detailed information on our
ezines and the Eco-resorts community and wildlife conservation projects
that your eco-adventure safari will support. Help us make a difference!