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Video made by one of our volunteer groups in August 2014!
Video made by one of our volunteer groups in August 2014!
Climbing Kilimanjaro requires exceptional determination and is a huge personal challenge, made all the more rewarding when taken on as a group.
The Kilimanjaro challenge is our most demanding challenge and is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The permanently snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain in the world. This is your opportunity to conquer Africa’s highest peak!
Despite the influx of tourism to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania remains a very poor country where international volunteer projects can make a real difference.
The volunteer project takes place in and around Arusha where your help can make a real difference to struggling communities. The volunteering challenge is truly unique and will test your ability to communicate and to achieve goals as part of a team.
Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi, where you can relax and settle in. The next day you will have an orientation around town and be introduced to your project.
As an international volunteer you will have a fantastic opportunity to give back by supporting local schools and community projects around Arusha. Your work could span a wide range of contributions from redecorating and refurbishing to leading sports, drama and arts & crafts activities
This is your chance to volunteer abroad and make a real difference to the lives of those less fortunate. Volunteers support the work of the FutureSense Foundation around the world. The foundation was established with the aim of making a real and sustainable difference to underprivileged communities.
By supporting the FutureSense Foundation today, you are supporting the development of stronger communities for tomorrow. On the last evening you receive a full briefing for your trek. Now is the time to start gearing yourself up for the physical challenge ahead.
This is where your challenge really begins! You will take the most challenging 6 day trek up Kilimanjaro, going off the beaten tourist track, and up the alternative Machame route. You start your trek at Machame Gate and the first section of the trail takes you through lush tropical forest where you will see exotic birds and monkeys.
The Machame route is wildly beautiful and remote with great access to the remaining glaciers and the western breach, you’ll enjoy inspirational views of Kibo Peak, the eternal icefields, and Kilimanjaro’s scree-covered dome.
In the final push you will face extreme cold and altitude sickness can become a major threat to completing the challenge. The final day demands a midnight start so that those who make it can celebrate in style, at sunrise, on the rooftop of Africa at 5,895m!
Today you have the option to catch the transfer back to the airport or continue your journey on our optional safari (Highly Recommended!)
Extend your trip and take part in a 5 day safari for just $995. Check out the ‘Extension Itinerary’ tab for more details!
Tanzania offers some of Africa’s finest game viewing. This safari visits one of the major National Parks for an exciting combination of wildlife experiences. The vast open plains of Serengeti are home to the big cats – cheetah, leopard, lion; plus vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and other small plains game. Ngorongoro crater is an expansive natural wonder, watch out for the rare black rhino and see the hippos splashing playfully in pools. Lake Manyara affords much chance to see large tusked elephant and maybe even a tree climbing lion. Camping gives you an added feeling of being close to nature – closer sometimes than you might expect!
Extend your trip and take part in a 5 day safari for just $995.
Today gives you the opportunity to explore a little further afield from Arusha. Visiting Lake Doluti gives the opportunity for both a walking trip and canoeing on the lake itself. This is an extraordinary way to get up close to the wildlife and also witness the dramatic setting of the lake within a volcanic crater.
Today you’ll set out for Tarangire National Park at 9am. Packed lunch in hand, you’ll be witness to an area of natural beauty which houses one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world. Be sure to take your camera today as Tarangire National Park plays host to a smorgasbord of migratory predators, zebra, eland and elephants as well as the spectacularly vivacious yellow-collared lovebirds who are amongst the countless animals that call Tarangire home.
Praised by Ernest Hemingway as ‘the loveliest in Africa’, Lake Manyara is the heart of Manyara National Park. Beginning the day with a game drive you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch followed by the contrast of Manyara’s lush jungle-like ground-water forests and the alkaline lake. It’s thought that even an untrained eye should expect to see 100 species of birdlife here and these stalks and pink-hued flamingos are certainly not your standard blue tit or pigeon! Late afternoon you’ll head back to the campsite to rest up before tomorrow.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
You’ll have an early start today before you descend in to the Ngorongoro Crater. Here, in the remnants of what could have once been a soaring volcanic mountain as high as Kilimanjaro, you’ll follow a guided tour and be bystander to the 30,000 animals of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the world’s last remaining Black Rhinos before returning to Arusha in the late afternoon.
You’ll have the opportunity to visit Arusha National Park just a short trip from Arusha town. This gives a fantastic opportunity to go on a walking safari at the foot of Mt Meru, while taking in the awesome views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Today you have one a last chance to grab some souvenirs before transferring to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home.
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