The highest mountain in Africa awaits your exploration. Spend over a week trekking to the summit of the 19,341-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano that sits in Tanzania. You’ll also see why the Serengeti is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World as you take a safari through its diverse habitats. Dozens of large mammals live here, so it’s likely you’ll get to see wildebeests, giraffes, hyenas, leopards, lions, and more! Snorkel in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and relax on the beaches near Zanzibar! We’ll also spend time working in schools with local youth organizations.
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Arrive: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Depart: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Kilimanjaro Summit and Service Itinerary
Day 1-3: Service and Materuni Waterfalls
Upon arriving in Tanzania, we will spend our first-day exploring Materuni Waterfalls. We will swim in the tropical lagoon and cool off under its refreshing cascades. After drying off, we will pack and prepare for our Kilimanjaro ascent. Giving ourselves one more day to acclimatize to the country, we will spend the following day in a local village helping a local school with need-based projects. Some of these projects include teaching English in the local school, building a playground, etc. The village provides an opportunity for a cultural exchange with shared food, dance, and fun!
Day 4-12: Summit Kilimanjaro
Today we begin the nine-day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Our ascent takes place over nine days to help manage the risk of altitude illness and maximize the chance of summiting. Every day after a hearty breakfast, we navigate our way up the 19,341 ft. peak that is known by the locals as “Kili”. Reaching the top of the highest summit in the continent is no small feat. As we ascend we’ll take our time each trekking day to soak in the views, stop for tea, and snack along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for bushbabies, some of the only wildlife you will see on the mountain. The summit is locally named Uhuru meaning “Freedom” in Swahili, as the locals believe this is what you achieve on your journey.
Day 13: Service Day
Today, we return to civilization and spend a day giving back to the people that live in the shadow of the mountain we just climbed. We will return to the same village visited previously, to finish any need-based projects for the community. Later in the afternoon, we will spend the day relaxing our feet after a well-deserved break from trekking.
Day 14-17: Serengeti Safari
Leaving the mountains behind us, we make our way to the world-famous National Park known as the Serengeti. One of the seven natural wonders of Africa, it holds one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Having the second largest terrestrial mammal migration on the planet makes for an incredible safari. Prepare to see some of the 3,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, and 8,700 hyenas all in what the Maasai people call “the Endless Plains”. Traveling through the park from point to point, we will sleep in “glamping” accommodations under the same stars that Jane Goodall herself would have slept under while studying local wildlife.
Accommodation: Safari Camping
Day 18-20: Pangani Beach
Next, we travel to the Zanzibar coast to soak in some sunshine! While here we will explore local beaches, catch waves on a stand-up paddleboard, and paddle our way down the coast in a sea kayak. We will enjoy local cuisine and bonfires near the beach, falling asleep in our eco-lodge to the sound of the waves. We will say our final farewell to Africa together before heading to the airport on our final morning.
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Accommodations & Service
Community Service: Approximately 10 Hours
- Local School: Work on humanitarian projects and teaching English to the students.
- 12 nights of camping. We are staying in comfortable safari, standing-room tents.
- 8 nights of private hostels.
Community service: 10 hours