Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, Safari Expeditions– Africa
Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, Safari Expeditions– Africa
Kilimanjaro (9 days): US$ 3,550
Dates: We offer several departure dates each month. Contact Us
Mt.Kenya trek: US$ 2,250. Mt. Kenya technical climb: $2,810 (add $340 for solo members). Single-supplement for either trip: $280
Date: We offer several departure dates each month. Contact Us
Amboseli Safari (3 days, 2 nights): US$ 1450. Single Supplement: US$ 550
Combined package - Mount Kenya (Trek), Safari, and Kilimanjaro: US$ $6000 ($6750 for technical climb of Mt Kenya) Single Supplement: US$ 550
We offer a combined expedition on Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro plus safari in one extraordinary program, climb the two highest mountains in Africa together and explore East Africa on a "mountain safari" .
Alternatively you can chose to trek on Mt Kilimanjaro trek or climb / trek Mt Kenya.
Leader: Felix Berg, experienced organizer - leader of treks & climbs in Africa & the Himalaya.
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Africa Program: Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, and safari combines a wide variety of mountain and safari travel at a reasonable price, allowing you to experience the best of Africa in just 19 days.
Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 metres/19,340 feet. We hike an easy and beautiful 9 day trek that offers something for everyone and is a rare opportunity to reach the summit on the uncrowded Umbwe walking route.During the trek and climb, our experienced guide is with you all of the way. Our skillful cooks prepare delicious, fresh food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day. Friendly and helpful porters carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, so you can relax and enjoy the trip.
The trek is a beautiful walk to Africa's highest summit. Kilimanjaro is on the equator with warm temperatures and is very accomplishable for the average person who enjoys hiking. The path we have chosen is off the beaten track, providing ample time to explore the mountain, the variety of foliage, and wildlife. Normally, you never step on snow and there is no climbing, only walking on easy trails
Mount Kenya, is the second highest peak in Africa at 5,199 meters/17,057 feet. It is off the beaten tourist track, and provides 8 days of pristine trekking, optional rock-climbing, and exploration. During the trek and climb, our experienced guide is with you all of the way. Our skillful cooks prepare delicious, fresh food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day. Friendly and helpful porters carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, so you can relax and enjoy the trip.
The trek is a unique and moderate summit circuit on easy trails. You do not have to walk on snow and the views of the high alpine scenery are superb.
The optional rock climb is perhaps the best climb in all of Africa.Climb 16 to 22 pitches on excellent rock. Most of the climb is moderate scrambling. There are a few technical moves, but the steep sections are short. You should be able to follow grades up to: North American 5.7, British Severe, UIAA (French) 5, and Australian 14.
Amboseli National Park Safari : Located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, we observe Africa's fascinating wildlife. You will experience an animal safari with the chance to observe twilight-active animals, such as hyenas, and maybe a magnificent African sunset. Amboseli Park is famous for the large herds of elephants that roam in front of Kilimanjaro and in the swamp. We can also observe many other animals such as zebras, wildebeests, buffalo, Maasai giraffes and, with luck, lions. A Masai village can be visited at your own expense. We spend the evenings in comfortable safari lodges with a clear view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Our friendly expert leader will drive you in a purpose-built Land-Rover. Through the rooftop, you will see wild animals inhabiting one of the most majestic landscapes in the world. During our safari, our experienced guide is with you all of the way. Our skillful cooks prepare delicious, fresh food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day. The helpful staff are there to ensure you can relax and enjoy the trip.
Our full-service expedition includes:
- Experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader for 8-12 members. For smaller groups we provide a very experienced SummitClimb trained Kenyan guide
- National Park entrance fees
- Camping fees
- Crater service fees
- Local English speaking guides
- Porters for gear (one personal porter per person)
- Group gear including: tents, dining tent, medical kit, radio gear
- Cook and cooking facilities
- 3 meals a day and water while camping
- Meals during traveling
- Hotel in Nairobi the night before and the night after tour
- Hotels B/B during travel
- Transport: Shuttle, Bus, Safari bus, 4x4 Landrover
- Extra hotel nights Nairobi ($50 sharing double)
- Telephone bills, emailing costs, and other personal expenses
- Personal gear for hiking, climbing, and camping
- Alcohol and extra meals not included in itinerary
*Hotel upgrade, single rooms and single tents are possible for a modest surcharge.
Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, and Safari Cost (all three trips combined): Full Service Cost $6,000.
Kilimanjaro Only: Full Service Cost: $3550 USD.
Mt. Kenya Summit Circuit Trek or Optional Rock Climb Only: Full Service Cost: $1850 USD. (Groups of 1-3 will go with local leaders. Groups of 4+ will go with a SummitClimb leader)
Safari Only: $1,450 . All costs are for groups of 6 or more. For smaller groups, a 25% surcharge may be applied.
Custom Kilimanjaro trips:
We can organize Kilimanjaro tours on request for groups or individuals. The standard 9 day (7 days on the mountain/in the national park) itinerary led by local African leaders (without SummitClimb expedition leader) please email email@example.com for more details.
Custom Mt Kenya trips:
- Please consider adding a trip to Rwenzori, "Mountains of the Moon" , if you wish to extend your African adventure.
- High end trips to Zanzibar, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater safaris are also available. Call for pricing and details.
Kilimanjaro only itinerary (Not combined with Mt Kenya)
- Day 1 - Arrive in Tanzania. Arrive in Arusha(Kilimanjaro International Airport), transfer to Hotel
- Day 2 - Ride a private bus through a region with lush vegetation, coffee and banana plantations to NaleMoru.Hike to camp in moorland near the Rongai cave. Drive time approximately 3 hours. Walking time approximately 3-4 hrs. Camp at 2600m, 8,530’.
- Day 3 –Hike to the second cave to around 3450m, 11,319’. After lunch,hike toward Mawenzi, then camp near the Kikelewa Caves. Walking time 5-7 hours. Camp at 3600m, 11,811’
- Day 4 –Short, steep climb to camp near the Mawenzi Tarn. Walking time 3-4 hours. Camp at 4300 m, 14,107’.
- Day 5 - Rest day with optional short hikes offers wonderful views of Mawenzi.
- Day 6 – Hike to high camp. Walking time approx. 4-5 hours overnight in hut 4800m, 15,748
- Day 7 –Leave for the summit around midnight. It takes approximately 4-6 hours to Gilman's Point at 5685 m,18,652’, at the summit crater where the terrain is flat. Hike 1-2 hours and 200 meters higher to the summit, the highest point in Africa. Walking time: about 9-12 hours (6-8 hours ascent, descent 3-4 hours) Camp at (3950m / 3760m).
- Day 8 –Hike toMarangu Gate, then we drive to the hotel and you will be rewarded for the summit success with a certificate of the National Park. Walking time approximately 3-4 hours
- Day 9 - flight back home or onward
- Day 1 - Arrive in Nairobi and drive to the hotel
- Day 2 - Full day to relax, tour of Nairobi (national park, Bomas), last purchases (snacks etc.) and climbing training. Dinner with orientation and meeting all group participants
- Days 3 and 4 – trek to Mount Kenya
- Days 5 and 6 - Climbing Mount Kenya
- Winter: We climb to the Austrian Hut and from there we can climb the Point Lenana (4985m).
- Summer: From Shipton's Camp we can do a training tour or try the Batian ascent.
- Day 7 - Climb the Batian, 5199m, 17,057’. We get up early in the morning to be at the start of the route at the first sunlight.
- Day 8 – Descent
Optional Ngorongoro Lake Myanyara Safari:
1) Leave Nairobi after breakfast for the Serengeti. Stop along the way at Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site made famous by Louis and Mary Leaky, also known as, "The Cradle of Humankind." Lunch and afternoon game drive in Serengeti until 6:30 p.m., dinner, and overnight at Seronera camp site or Sope/Serena Lodge
2) Full day game drive in Serengeti until 2:30 p.m. Then we will drive to Ngorongoro for dinner with a stay overnight at Simba Campsite or Sopa/Serena Lodge;
3) Breakfast and departure for a full day game drive discovering the beauty and abundance of wildlife
permanently residing on the crater floor until 3:00 p.m. and then drive to respective destinations.
Guides: We have highly experienced and friendly African guides to support us along our trek and optional rock climb, as well as safaris. These trustworthy and helpful professionals are there to assist the group on the approach trek and on the mountains, make sure everyone is enjoying themselves, and support us safely to our destinations.
We encourage members to bring all of their equipment with them to Nairobi and not hire/purchase it there, as the prices can be quite outrageous or the items may be impossible to find.
On trek, your personal baggage limited to 18 kg/40 pounds, but you can store the remainder of your items at the hotel.
Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya trekking equipment:
- Wind/waterproof/breathable jacket
- 1 lightweight down/duvet jacket or synthetic fill jacket
- 1 medium weight polar fleece jacket
- 1 long sleeve polypropylene shirt, lightweight
- Umbrella (optional)
- 2 cotton t-shirts and 1 long sleeve cotton shirt for wearing in town or safari
- Warm mitts or gloves with wind/waterproof cover
- 1 pair thin polypropylene liner glovers
- Warm hat
- Sun hat, plus cotton head scarf or "bandana"
- Head torch, with extra batteries and lamps/bulbs
- 1 pair wind/waterproof/breathable trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Full side zips are a plus
- 1 pair medium weight polar fleece trousers
- 1 pair very lightweight polypropylene/thermal leggings
- 1 pair non-cotton walking trousers
- 1 pair cotton trousers for wearing in town or safari
- Cotton underwear briefs
- 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots or trail shoes (make sure they are "broken in");
- Light comfortable running shoes or trainers for wading streams or wearing in town / safari
- 2 pair thick non-cotton walking socks
- 2 pair thin non-cotton liner socks
- 2 pair cotton socks
- Sleeping bag for 10 centigrade (15 Fahrenheit)
- 2 normal thickness foam karimats or 1 thick mat. Full length, non-inflatable are best
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- Rucksack, small or medium (maximum 50 litre/3,050 cubic inches). You will carry this small bag
- Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
- Travel, kit, or duffel bag with lock, (80 100 litre/5,000-6,000 cubic inches). Your porter will carry this large bag
- Medium size travel, kit, duffel bag for storage at the hotel
- Sun cream for face, and lip sun cream
- Wash Kit, bar soap or hand sanitizer gel / 1 small towel
- Female/male hygiene products
- Mosquito repellant cream
- Hand wipes (optional)
- Toilet paper, we provide on trek. You should carry your own in town
Medical (Please see your GP or doctor)
- 1 skin blister repair kit
- 1 small pack anti-diarrhea pills
- 1 small pack anti-headache pills
- 1 small pack cough lozenges
- 1 small pack cold medicine
- 1 course antibiotics for chest infection, available at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor's prescription
- 1 small pack anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide, available as above
- Malaria prevention medicine may be recommended by your doctor
- 1 bottle water purification tablets, drops, or filter
- Extra prescription glasses, extra contact lens supplies (contact lens wearers: there is a lot of dust, you definitely need to bring prescription glasses as a backup)
- Do not bring sleeping pills, they are a respiratory depressant
- On the mountain we supply 3 meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, coffee, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our porters will carry this food so you don't have to.
- We suggest you may wish to bring energy or chocolate bars for summit day
- 3 one litre water bottles;
- 1 pee/urine bottle (suggested)
- Adjustable, telescoping trekking pole (optional, but highly recommended)
- 1 camera with extra cards/film/batteries
- Binoculars (optional)
- Several waterproof plastic sacks, ie: rubbish sacks for your sleeping bag, shoes, etc
- 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know)
- Basecamp entertainment. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, small sturdy musical instruments, etc.
- Travel clothes for basecamp and in town
- Passport, proof of insurance card, flight ticket. Keep all in plastic bag
- Cash for hotels, visas, small items and gratuities. Credit cards, traveler's cheques, bank/atm cards. Use an "under the trousers" money belt, not one of those round the neck jobs or bum bags that are really more of a sign showing where the money is
- Extra gifts of used clothing, shoes, hats, jackets, for the porters, their wives, children, mothers and fathers
- Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.
Mt Kenya Rock Climb (optional) -
- Helmet (your warm hat must fit beneath it)
- Descender-belay device: "atc" or other
- 3 regular carabiners
- 2 locking carabiners
- 1 piece of 7 millimetre cord, 2 metres / 6 feet in length or 1 short sling
- 1 piece of 7 millimetre cord, 3 metres / 10 feet in length or 1 long sling
- Comfortable, warm, all day rock shoes
If you plan to participate in the optional rock climb on Mt. Kenya, you should be able climb North American 5.7, British Severe, UIAA (French) 5, or Australian 14. You do not need to be expert (although some members are) and are not required to lead any of the 16 to 22 pitches we will be climbing unless you would prefer to.
Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.
- Application for US Team Members : PDF Form or MS Word Doc
- Application for all other Team Members : PDF Form or MS Word Doc
In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:
- Completed Payment
- Oxygen order (if any)
- Sherpa order (if any)
- Trip Registration form
- 1 Passport sized photo
- A scan of your passport identification pages
- Complete flight itinerary
- Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
- Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended
Please contact us with any questions you may have.