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Climb for Kids 2018 2017-12-08T17:57:53+00:00

Climb for Kids 2018

Are you looking to tick climbing the highest freestanding mountain off your bucket list… then why not join us and our group of intrepid adventurers as we trek to the very roof of Africa.

In February 2018, will embark on the adventure of a lifetime to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, we are raising funds to build a secondary school in the district of Abim and each climber is fully funding their climb and will also commit to raising funds towards to school project, our goal is $100,000

We can’t all travel to Tanzania to climb the mountain’s summit, but you can be part of the team helping Ugandan children to achieve their potential. Your donation will make a real and lasting difference, to donate to the secondary school click this link.

If your interested in joining the team in February 2018 please email us on info@operationuganda.org for a full info pack.

What about the safari 2017-11-28T03:03:09+00:00

An African wildlife safari is a big favourite after a Kilimanjaro climb.

Tanzania is one of the most remarkable wildlife destinations in the world so it seems a shame to come all that way and not visit! A two or three day safari provides a great opportunity for some rest, relaxation and wildlife spotting before returning home. You will be accompanied by your local Wildlife Safari team who are wholly experienced at running these amazing add on experiences.

Day One – Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast you will be driven to Lake Manyara with lunch boxes for a full day game drive. The Manyara region takes its name from Lake Manyara, which is one of the major lakes formed in ancient times by the Great Rift Valley. It is the only region in Tanzania to be bisected into two by the Great Rift Valley. It is a major wildlife water source and is, therefore, an essential part of the wildlife ecosystems of Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Tarangire National Park. In addition, Lake Manyara is the country’s largest breeding ground for tens of thousands of flamingos.

Dinner and overnight Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge (or similar)

Day Two – Ngorongoro Crater – Moshi

After breakfast we descend down to the Crater floor with lunch boxes from the lodge for half day game drive. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 2,286 sq km and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro Crater – including the still active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. Its center piece, the Ngorongoro Crater, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and the first sight of it is breathtaking. The floor of the crater is only 260 sq km but is home to around 30,000 animals with a high concentration of predators.

The crater supports up to 25,000 large mammals. Grazers dominate: zebra, wildebeest – accounting for almost half the animals – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog. Giraffe, for example, stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level; topi (antelope) because they compete directly with

wildebeest. An odd feature of the crater elephants is that they are almost exclusively bulls. Breeding herds – comprising large numbers of females and young with a few attendant older males – are probably unable to find sufficient quality food in the crater.

Day Three – Tarangire National Park

A morning game drive! Then, back to the lodge at 8.30am for breakfast. Enjoy a half hour rest before packing your belongings and heading off for half day game drive in Tarangire National Park.

Tarangire National Park lies to the south of the large open grass plains of southern Maasai land and is the best-kept secret on the northern safari circuit. It offers won- derful panoramas of wide savannah grasslands dotted with open acacia woodland studded with large baobab trees. The density of game is second only to the Ngorongoro Crater. Then, it’s a drive back to Moshi – hotel & overnight accommo- dation included.

“You have to understand – there is a romance to Africa. You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the hand of God. You watch the slow lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heat, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”

– Jodi Picoult

Options: 

  • 2 Day / 1 Night  23rd Feb 2018  Cost: AUD$1145 AUD
  • 3 Day / 2 Night 23rd  – 24th Feb Cost: AUD$1495 AUD

 

Inclusions

All park fees
Crater fee
Transport 4×4
Accommodation (FB)
All meals
Professional driver/guide

Climb for Kids Itinerary 2017-11-28T02:54:41+00:00

14th Feb – Day One – Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport
Welcome! Your adventure begins!
Today, you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). You will be met at the airport by a team representative and transferred to the team hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, we will meet for a team dinner and sleep overnight .
Altitude 850m – Dinner

15th Feb – Day Two – Rest Day
Today is a day of leisure, allowing you to settle into the relaxed African lifestyle. Forget about your watch, you are now on African time. Your Trip Leader will deliver a thorough briefing regarding daily routines, timings, altitude, safety and other important topics. A final gear check will be done before you will have the chance to head out for any last minute supplies. Early to bed tonight in anticipation for the start of an amazing adventure.
Altitude 850m – Breakfast

16th Feb – Day Three – To Rongai Simba Camp
We take a ride to Marangu to complete the necessary registration formalities, before transferring to Rongai. The climb begins from Nalemoru (1,950m) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering a pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through an attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest be- gins to thin out at the edge of the moorland zone. Then, we take in the expansive views over the Kenyan plains as we arrive at our first campsite at Rongai One Camp.
Altitude 2,600m – 3-4 hours – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

17th Feb – Day Four – Kikelewa Cave
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3,450m) with superb views of Kibo and the eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out and head southeast across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi before reaching Kikelwa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you’re on a really big mountain! Water is in the ob- vious stream below the cave, although you might have to wan- der downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp (Kikelewa Caves).
Altitude 3,600 – 7-8 hours – 13km – B, L, D

18th Feb – Day Five – Mawenzi Tarn Camp
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situ- ated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.
Altitude 4,330m – 6-7 hours – 4km – B, L, D

19th Feb – Day Six – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (Rest Day)
Today is classified as a rest day, but technically there is no such thing. We will climb one of the ridges close to camp, and attempt to reach around 4650m. This will put us in a good position for the following day, as we plan on staying up at this height for a few hours, enjoying a snack and drink before heading back down to camp for lunch. Acclimatisation walks are an important part of any climb, and will definitely maximise your chances of summit success.
Altitude 4,330m – 3 hours – B, L, D

20th Feb – Day Seven – Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut
We cross the lunar desert of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut at the bottom of the crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for an early morning push for the summit.
Altitude 4,7000m – 4-5 hours – 9km – B, L, D

21st Feb – Day Eight – Kibo Hut to Summit, down to Horombo Hut
When we are at Kibo Huts, we will plan an early dinner so that you can get to bed early so as to get some zzzzz’s before we leave for the summit tonight. With head torches on, and excitement and a few welcome nerves perhaps, we will leave around 12am – 1am and make slow and steady progress up a formed scree like slope, with switchbacks, up to Gilman’s Point (5,681m) and then walk along another formed path toward Stella Point (5,752m). As you move toward the peak’s high point – Uhuru Peak, you will have the amazing crater view on your right, and the Shira route trail on your left, where climbers from that route and others converge at Stella Point.
Before, you might have had a quieter trail… but not for this section, since the trails converge from here to the summit. After a short rest and recharge at Stella Point, we make slow and steady progress to the summit! We have reached Uhuru Peak, and the view is spectacular – glaciers in different directions and the volcanic crater all in one view – unbelievable. How lucky are we to be in this environment!
After time for photos and to enjoy the view on the summit, we begin our descent back to Kibo Huts where we will stop for refreshments and a much-deserved rest. After recharging, we continue on down to the Horombo encampment. We will camp here overnight and chat eagerly about our experience. Altitude 4,700m – 5,895 – 11-15 hours – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

22nd Feb – Day Nine – Horombo Hut to Moshi
A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Huts (2,700m). We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu (1,828m), where we will be transferred back to the team hotel in Moshi.
Altitude 900m – 5-6 hours – Breakfast, Lunch

23rd Feb – Day Ten – Depart for home or stay on for Safari options

Details
DURATION – 10 Days
GRADE – Moderate to Challenging DEPARTS – 14 FEBRUARY 2018
Cost
10 DAY RONGAI ROUTE  AUD$ 3450.00       (Single Supplement AUD$225.00)

Highlights
Magnificent views of the Kenyan plains – Only northern approach to Kilimanjaro – A true wilderness experience
Mawenzi peak

Inclusions
10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
Accommodation in 3 star hotel in Moshi
Experienced mountain guides, western & local,
Experienced cook and porters
Park entrance fees
All team camping & cooking equipment on the climb > Emergency oxygen
Sleeping Mat

Exclusions
Airfare – Qatar cost as currently $1,500 rtn into Kilimanjaro from Brisbane
Travel Insurance
Vaccinations
Visa
Porters Tips
Drinks & items of personal nature