Climbing Mt Meru, a project that supports children and Ngorongoro Crater safari

Available Dates

6 – 17 July 2020

 

Tanzania Overview

The trip starts in Moshe after breakfast. We meet and travel to our project site in the Kahe district. Here, three days are spent working with a local school, creating a small kitchen garden that will provide each child with enough food for 1 meal a day. Following this, we climb Tanzania’s second highest peak, Mt Meru (4566m). Finally, we have two days of rest and relaxation in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, one of the most wildlife-rich parts of Africa. The trip ends in Arusha.

Itinerary

Day 1. Familiarisation Day

We gather after breakfast at the hotel in Moshe and travel for 3 hours to our project site in a rural part of the Kahe district. Here, we settle into our simple accommodation, rest, familiarise ourselves with the environment and meet our hosts.

Day 2 - 4. Community Project

We spend three full days working in a village in the Kahe district as part of a well-established programme creating vegetable gardens for schools.

These projects are ideal because the team can transform an area of scrubland into a working kitchen garden in 3 days.

The end result is improved nutrition for the children and an additional source of income for the school.

Days 5 - 8. Mt Meru Trek

Mt Meru is a wonderful 4-day trek through game-filled parkland, bamboo forest and high-altitude moorland. At 4566m, reaching the summit is a notable achievement for any experienced hillwalker.

Although Mt Meru is smaller than Mt Kilimanjaro, in many respects it is a more challenging trek. It is steeper and the final ascent contains some sections where it is necessary to use hands as well as feet to clamber over the rocky surface.

However, it is definitely worth it. Situated within Arusha National Park, Mt Meru plays host to an exceptional variety of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes and colobus monkeys.

We will be accompanied at all times by an armed park ranger.

Days 9 - 10. Ngorongoro Crater

The final day of descent from Mt Meru will also include a transfer to our accommodation in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Home to the highest concentration of lions and overall predators in Africa, this conservation area is one of the main attractions of the continent and well-justified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With two full days, we will have time to experience the exceptional diversity of the crater floor.

Day 11 - 12. Return to Arusha

We still have the morning to continue enjoying the abundance of wildlife in the crater of this long-extinct volcano.

After lunch, we are driven back to our hotel near Arusha where we spend our final night.

The trip ends after breakfast on Day 12.

Other info

Weather
Our Tanzania dates fall in the dry season, when the temperatures are at their lowest. For most of your expedition, they will be in the mid 20°Cs. However, the higher elevations of Mt Meru will be cold, with the summit reaching 0°C.

Culture
A total of 130 languages are spoken in Tanzania, most of them are from the Bantu family. Swahili is a coastal Bantu language and is the national language, although English is spoken in schools and universities.

Level of difficulty
Whilst this is a walk, not a climb, it is steep and contains some short “climbing passages” where you will need to be extremely sure-footed. A high level of fitness is essential to reach 4566m.

Accommodation
During the project phase, we will set up a high-quality campsite. Each team member will have their own large tent, containing a comfortable, raised bed. On the trek, we stay in shared dormitories in mountain huts. Our accommodaion in Ngorongoro and Arusha will be hotel standard.

Costs & Inclusions

£2950. This includes all food, drinking water, transport and accommodation from 9 a.m. on Day 1 to 9 a.m. on Day 12. Other drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) are not included. A single supplement of £200 is payable if you would like your own room where available. Flights not included.

Safety

We look after you as if you were members of our family.