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 Natural Wonders of Africa 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
Our first stop will be in Materuni, a village on the southern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. We’ll hike to Materuni Waterfall, an impressive 260-foot-tall cascade with a perfect swimming hole. The following day, we’ll meet with a school in a nearby village and spend about 10 hours doing community service; projects might include teaching English, building a playground, or helping renovate facilities. Finally, we’ll pack and prepare for our trek to the top of Kilimanjaro!
Days 4-12: Hike Mount Kilimanjaro
Today, we begin what brought us all together: our nine-day trek to the summit of 19,341-foot Mount Kilimanjaro! Though some speedy hikers can make the summit in five days, we’ll take our time so that we can enjoy the views and acclimatize while bagging one of the famed Seven Summits. Down low in the forests, watch out for chameleons, mongooses, and bushbucks. As we climb higher, we will watch the landscape change from lush jungle to stark, sandy sediment. On our final summit day, we’ll head to the highest peak named Uhuru, which means “freedom” in Swahili. You will have just summited one of the highest peaks in the world!
Day 13: Service day
After a strenuous nine days on Kili, we’ll return to town for a relaxing afternoon, finishing any remaining service projects in and around Materuni.
Days 14-17: Safari in the Serengeti
Due west is the world-famous Serengeti, which is our next destination! Its name in Maasai means “endless plains,” and you’ll see why as we explore its vast ecosystem and wildlife sanctuary. Established in 1952, the Serengeti received designation as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa in 2013 because of its fascinating migration pattern, where more than two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles move in a clockwise direction through the area each year. On safari, it’s likely we’ll also see some of the predator inhabitants, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, jackals, African wild dogs, and spotted hyenas.
Days 18-20: Pangani Beach
It’s time to enjoy the sparkling warm waters of the Indian Ocean! Next up is a visit to Pangani, a lesser-visited cousin to Zanzibar whose clean, calm waters are perfect for stand-up paddleboarding. After SUPing alongside Pangani’s historical buildings, we’ll hop in sea kayaks to glide down the coast. Our last few nights in Africa will be spent celebrating our time together around bonfires on beautiful white-sand beaches.
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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
Stand-up paddle boarding
Bruno has had two fabulous trips. He has been inspired by his leaders, made great friends and has expanded his world view. He hopes to do another one next summer. We love Bold Earth!
I don’t think there was a dull moment the entire trip. Everyone got along and felt welcomed. Truly the first time I’ve ever seen this, and I’ve been on many hiking trips.
The three weeks I spent in Tanzania with Bold Earth were three of the best weeks of my entire life. I met the most incredible people and had multiple once in a lifetime experiences. I came out of my trip as a better person who’s excited to meet new people and see the world. If I could, I’d do a million more Bold Earth trips and hope to come back as a leader one day.
Our daughter had a life changing experience on the Kilimanjaro trip. She relished time with the group, without her phone. She discovered who she is and what she values in life and in other people. She gained self-confidence and an appreciation for the world beyond what she had known previously. This was the longest she had ever been away from home as well as the furthest. The staff made her feel comfortable, safe and prepared. She came home with 10 new friends she plans to stay connected to.
It’s life changing, and along the way I had fun in different areas of the world. What more could I have asked for?