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Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, has long lured travelers looking for a challenging but non-technical ascent to the rooftop of the world. Situated in the stable country of Tanzania, trekkers from all over the world come to experience its many different ecosystems, challenge their stamina, enjoy the hospitality of Tanzanians, and relax after the climb with some of the best game viewing in the world. We climb on the Machame Route, which goes through a variety of ecosystems and is suitable for women in excellent physical condition without mountaineering experience. Our summit attempt occurs during the full moon, truly one of the most magical of experiences. After our trek we relax on a five day safari, visiting Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater, world famous for abundant wildlife. February is the month many animals give birth and Ngorogoro Crater in particular looks like a giant nursery. Maximum group size: 12
Not included: airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport, AGC guide gratuities, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature
This adventure is suitable for women who are in excellent physical condition. Prior hiking experience, a flexible and inquisitive attitude, and an adventurous spirit are all important. Please read the itinerary carefully. High altitude and mountaineering experience are not required.
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro involves a steady and at times steep ascent over a period of 5 days on good trails. When not hiking we can relax at camps that have been set up by our porters. The final ascent is a tough day, with 4000 feet elevation gain followed by a 10,000 foot descent on trails that are rocky. We start before midnight and the pace is slow but steady. In contrast the safari is quite sedentary with almost all the time spent in vehicles. It's a totally amazing experience.
We spend 2 nights before the climb and one night after at Marangu Hotel. During the climb we spend 7 nights camping in two - woman tents. Our camp has a dining tent with chairs for meals and a toilet tent for privacy. On the safari we will stay for two nights at Ngorgoro Farm House Lodge and 2 nights at Ndutu Kati Kati Safari Camp or similar accommodations.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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