Mt Kilimanjaro

Expeditions every year March and September (Machame and Umbwe route)

At 5895m, "Kili" is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The ice-capped crater is often described as an ‘Elegant African Empress, guarding over the planes of the sweltering Serengeti’. But at the summit the temperature can be 10 degrees below zero. And it’s those extremes that make this climb on the Equator so attractive: through four very-different climatic zones during the weeklong trek to the ‘Roof of Africa’.

Starting in the tropical Rain-forest region, the route enters the Moor and Heath land zone, through the Highland desert and eventually tops out on the glaciered summit pyramid.

It's vital to eat and drink well in order to better acclimatize. You are catered for by the same Tanzanian team Sean went up with on his first ascent in 2004 (local guides Bongo, Kennedy and Stephen). The food is superb and the most you will carry is a light day pack weighing less than 5 kilograms. You fly Tanzanian airlines via Dar es Salaam onto Moshi, starting and ending at the finest hotel in Moshi, the Aishi Protea hotel. Overnights are spent camping in tents, all set up by the accompanying Tanzanian porters.

See the Kilimanjaro documentary in the ‘Freeze Frame’ DVD series.

Itinerary Machame Route

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DAY 1: Depart JHB 13h50 arrive Moshi 20h45. Overnight at Aishi Protea hotel.

Itinerary Umbwe Route

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DAY 1: Depart JHB 13h50 arrive Moshi 20h05. Overnight at Aishi Protea Hotel.


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