EAST AFRICA FOR A CAUSE

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2090
23 Days
Nairobi, Kenya
Min Age : 18
Max People : 10
Starting with charity, challenging with Kilimanjaro and finishing with safari.
This is the ultimate African adventure!

East Africa is home to the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Great Migration, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt Kilimanjaro, Gorillas, Zanzibar… and in our opinion, the best African adventures can be found in this region. 

Pushing your limits on the snow capped peak of The World’s Highest Free-Standing Mountain, blowing your mind on safari, opening your eyes to new culture, language and experience and inspiring the inner philanthropist in you when you visit Africa’s largest urban slum to meet your sponsor student… this is the ultimate African adventure. 

If you want an African adventure that will give your friends serious FOMO, look no further!

Highlights
  • Trek Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895m)
  • Safari the Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire National Park
  • Star gaze and swap stories around an open fire while on safari
  • Pat baby elephants and hand-feed Rothschild giraffes
  • Fundraise to educate disadvantaged students through school
  • Fall in love with the amazing Mirror of Hope team
  • Meet your sponsor student and their family
  • AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
Availability

05 – 27 Jan 2019

03 – 25 Aug 2019

13 Dec 2019 – 4 Jan 2020

20 Jul – 11 Aug 2020

13 Dec 2020 – 4 Jan 2021

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Australia

Flight assistance and bookings available upon request. Adventurers from other countries also welcome.

Day 2: Arrive in Nairobi (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Adventure Out Loud to meet you at the airport and transfer you to our hotel. Introduction dinner and drinks with the group.

Additional activities available upon request for early arrivers.

Day 3: Elephants & Giraffes (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Today we hand-feed the majestic giraffes at the amazing Nairobi Giraffe Centre before playing with the cutest baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Beware of the bonus shower!

After lunch, be inspired by Thomas Nyawir and his incredible Mirror of Hope Team.

Day 4: Kibera Slum Tour (Hotel | Meals: B, D)

Explore the sights and sounds of Africa’s largest urban slum under the safe guidance of the Mirror of Hope team. Visit the home of your sponsor student and feast on a delicious traditional Kenyan lunch that you will learn to cook.

Day 5: Help out Kibera (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Today is your chance to make a difference by helping The Mirror of Hope facilitate their student holiday program.

Day 6: Travel to Moshi (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

6:30am departure for Moshi, Tanzania. Arrive at World’s Collide Africa House, check in to your room and relax before enjoying a traditional feast on bonfire.

Day 7: Kilimanjaro Prep Day (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Rest and Kilimanjaro preparation day.

Day 8 - 14: Kilimanjaro (Camping | Meals: B, L, D)

Quick facts:
Route: Machame Route
Days: 7 days, 6 nights
Accommodation: Camping (mat provided)
Starting altitude: 1,800m
Summit altitude: 5,895m
Day temperature: 5ºC to 25ºC (gradually decreasing as you ascend)
Night temperature: 0ºC to -5ºC (may drop as low as -20ºC with wind factor)

Day 15: Arusha (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Explore the bustling Arusha, Tanzania’s 3rd largest city. Wander the lively streets, try your hand at bartering and eat lunch with the locals before an afternoon volunteering with Africa Moja, a youth movement empowering young Tanzania’s to solve the issues that they face each day.

Day 16: Free day (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Options to (included in price):
Go on a coffee tour.
Visit the inspiring School of St Jude.
Shop till you drop in Arusha’s many markets.
Visit the amazing Ujaama Children’s Home.

Day 17: Safari - Tarangire National Park (Camping | Meals: B, L, D)

Early morning drive to Tarangire National Park, famous for the thousands of elephants who call the park home. With the exception of the Rhino, it is possible to see all of the exotic African animals in Tarangire including lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and warthog (to name a few). Tarangire is also famous for the hundreds of Baobab trees that are scattered throughout this 2,850 km² national park.

Despite being less famous than the Serengeti National Park or the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire is undoubtedly one of Africa’s premium safari parks.

Accommodation in tents, inside Tarangire National Park.

Day 18: Safari - Tarangire National Park (Camping | Meals: B, L, D)

Morning safari searching for big cats before heading to the little farming town of Mto wa Mbu for an afternoon bike tour or an afternoon safari in Lake Manyara National Park. Overnight at Panorama Camp.

Day 19: Safari - Ngorongoro Crater (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Ngorongoro Crater is the largest un-broken, un-flooded caldera in the world. Surrounding by 600m high walls and year-around home to every African animal imaginable, the Ngorongoro Crater is often described as “Africa’s Garden of Eden”. It is also one of Africa’s 7 natural wonders. Overnight at The School of St Jude.

Day 20: Free Day (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Options to (included in price):
Go on a coffee tour.
Visit the inspiring School of St Jude.
Shop till you drop in Arusha’s many markets.
Visit the amazing Ujaama Children’s Home.

Celebration dinner and overnight at The School of St Jude.

Day 21: End of Tour (Meals: B, L)

Begin the journey home, departing from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfers organised by Adventure Out Loud based on your flight itinerary.

Day 22 - 23: End of tour

Begin your transit back to Australia in the late evening. Arriving early morning on day 23.

Other Details

Map

Start

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi (NBO) (Google Map)

End

Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania (JRO) (Google Map)

Includes

Being travellers ourselves, we hate hidden surprises. We understand how frustrating budget blow-outs can be. When you adventure with us, we make it easy by covering all of your in-country and non-personal expenses.
  • All activities listed in the itinerary
  • 19 nights accomodation (twin share)
  • Meals (20 x breakfasts, 19 x lunches & 19 x dinners)
  • All entrance & park fees
  • Camping tent & mattress
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 Western guide who has lived in the country you're visiting
  • Professional local safari & Kilimanjaro guides

Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Compulsory travel insurance
  • Personal spending money & tips (see below)
  • Personal clothing (including for Kilimanjaro)

Spending money

US$1,000 cash recommended to cover personal expenses during your adventure.
  • Souvenirs, drinks, laundry, etc (US$200 - $500)
  • Tips (US$300 - $500)
  • Visas (US$100 - $200)
  • 2-3 minor meals (US$20 - $50)

Complementary

  • Pre-departure information guide
  • Kilimanjaro training, fitness and altitude support
  • Fundraising assistance
  • An epic adventure shirt
  • 1 sponsor student to climb Kilimanjaro with our group
FAQs

Do I need any hiking experience?

No. If you are prepared to train for 3 – 6 months before you depart, you will be able to attempt Kilimanjaro. Most of the walking is on well marked tracks and until summit night most of the days are not too difficult for someone with a reasonable fitness. Most people struggle with altitude more than physical fitness.

What does a typical day on Kilimanjaro look like?

Most days you will walk about 5 – 8 hours and cover between 5km and 11km. The idea is to go as slow as possible so that you can keep your heart rate low, conserve energy and minimise your risk of altitude sickness. This will give you the best chance of making it to Barafu Camp.

If you are doing well and make it to Barafu, you will have a chance to attempt a summit

What is summit night like?

Summit night will be the hardest night of your life. Starting at midnight, you’ll walk until sunrise when you will reach Stella Point. The walk is incredibly slow, very cold (approx. negative 20 degrees Celsius) and most people will experience at least a few minor altitude symptoms (i.e. headache, nausea, difficulty breathing, etc.).

From Stella Point, it is about 45 minutes to Uhuru Peak and if you are in good shape you should make it comfortably.

After summiting, you will have about 30 minutes to take photos and enjoy the panoramic views before walking back to Barafu Camp. This will take you about 3 – 4 hours.

How do I train for Kilimanjaro?

Refer to the before you go page for important information on packing, training, altitude, etc.

What do I need to pack?

Packing for Kilimanjaro takes quite a while and we recommend you watch our packing video on YouTube.

All other days are generally warm so long shorts/pants or a long dress/skirt with a shirt are your best options. Dark colours are best. See full packing lists here.

Is Kenya & Tanzania safe?

Yes. Kenyans and Tanzanians love visitors and most will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. It is extremely rare for anything bad to happen within the national parks and we will not be travelling to the border regions where the Australian Government advises not to travel.

As with all travel, your biggest risk is being robbed or having a road accident. Travelling in a small group, avoiding popular tourist areas, travelling with reputable companies and having our experienced tour leaders and local team with you 24/7 significantly reduces these risks. See SmartTraveller or talk to our team for further travel advice.

What vaccines do I need?

We strongly recommend that you see a travel doctor before you depart. At a minimum, you will need the yellow fever injection to enter Tanzania & Kenya.

Reviews
  • “The best 3 weeks of amazing adventure I have ever had.”

    Kristy-Lee
    Australia
  • “You come with preconceptions and leave with perspective.”

    Michael
    Australia
  • “I would have gladly paid double once I’d experienced the tour AOL organised for us.”

    Steve
    Australia
  • “The most inspiring and authentic 2 weeks of my life.”

    Jacob
    Kenya
  • “Kilimanjaro is indescribable; best thing I’ve done in my life.”

    Janice
    Australia
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