Location + Itinerary
Tanzania is a popular East African destination for visitors, it has many natural attractions including Zanzibar, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Tanzania is a large country and its infrastructure isn’t great so it takes time to get around. Tanzanians have a very friendly reputation and other than petty theft, violent crime is quite rare.
The country is mountainous in the northeast, where Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, is situated. Three of Africa’s Great Lakes are partly
within Tanzania. To the north and west lies Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, and Lake Tanganyika, the continent’s deepest lake, known for its unique species of fish. To the southwest lies Lake Nyasa. Central Tanzania is a large plateau, with plains and arable land. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the Zanzibar Archipelago just offshore.
Tanzania’s numerous parks and reserves offer many climbing options for the avid explorer. Hiking trips and mountain climbing in Tanzania is becoming a popular option for visitors not content to observe the country from the back of a game viewing vehicle. Instead, adventurous types are taking advantage of the many trails and peaks Tanzania has to offer. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the grandeur, the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe, that belongs to Kilimanjaro. Hiking on the ‘rooftop of Africa’ — the highest point on the continent at 5896 metres — is the adventure of a lifetime, especially because, if paced well, everyone from seasoned trekkers to first-time enthusiasts can scale the snowy peak.
- Day 1-2 - Depart the UK and arrive in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city.
- Day 3 - Spend the day exploring the city and getting used to the heat and time difference. You can Practise speaking Kiswahili as well!
- Day 4 - Drive across Tanzania’s northern plains to Arusha.
- Days 5-7 - Travel to Longido to trek through the bush with Maasai guides. You will have the opportunity to learn about the people and enviroment whilst climbing Mt. Longido and then experience Maasai Boma once decended.
- Day 8 - This is a resting and preparation day ahead of the Mt. Kilimanjaro climb.
- Days 9-16 - This is where your eight day trek to the roof of Africa begins. You will follow the Machame route to reach the summit at a height of 5895m. This is usually the highlight of most peoples experiences in Tanzania.
- Day 17 - This is another rest day to recover from the climb. It is also a chance to send postcards, do some washing and enjoy the scenery.
- Days 18-19 - This is where the project phase and community project will take place. This will be decided nearer the time but they usually involve building, renovation or teaching at a school.
- Day 20 - Visit Tarangire National Park for a once in a lifetime safari. If you are lucky to may be able to spot the famous five: Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard and Elephant.
- Day 21 - Depart and fly back to the UK.
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