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What to expect on Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
• Gofan Africa Co. ltd will meet and greet you up upon arrival point
• We recommend a night in Arusha OR Moshi at a hotel BEFORE and AFTER climb.
• Your guide will come to welcome you and provide your mountain orientation
• Your guide will check your gear and packs to make sure your equipment is appropriate
• Sleep well the night before your climb!
Day One, Climb Begins:
• Early in the morning, after breakfast, your guide and crew will pick you up at your hotel
• Make sure to bring
o your passport, or a photocopy of your passport for registration at the park
o Pocket money for last minute purchases such as batteries, chocolate bar, water, etc.
o Cash to tip your crew if desired
• Extra luggage can be stored at your hotel or the Gofan Africa Co. ltd office (please arrange in advance)
• You will all leave Arusha and drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate for registration
• Depending on your route you may have a packed lunchbox, or your cook might serve a hot lunch before you start to trek
• Once registration is complete, you will begin walking slowly through the rainforest zone of Kilimanjaro!
• On most days climbers will walk between 7 and 15 km, taking from 4 to 9 hours.
• Pole Pole!! Slow steady climbing is the rule!
• The crew will provide you clean drinking water for each day
• You are expected to drink 3L of water each day, so your guide will remind you many times to take a rest and drink some water
• As you are trekking you are likely to be sharing the route will some other trekkers, and you will see porters making their way up and down the path
• Your guide will tell you about special plants, features of the mountain, and cultural anecdotes
• First thing in the morning, you will have a wakeup call from the crew, and they will provide you with soap and warm water to wash up.
• A full hot breakfast is served daily with tea and coffee.
• After breakfast and preparing, you and your guide will start the daily trek while the crew breaks camp
• Lunches on the mountain vary between packed lunchboxes and prepared hot lunches served at carefully chosen rest points along the route
• When you arrive at the next camp, you will be welcomed with a light snack and steaming hot tea and coffee
• Your crew will be busy setting up camp; you may feel like resting, or like helping out and setting up some tents! Karibu!
• You will be provided with warm water and soap to freshen up after a long days trekking.
• A delicious hot dinner is served every evening in the mess tent.
• Your guide will debrief with your group about the days hike, and let you know what to expect for the following day
• Going to bed early is common as climbers are tired, and the days start early. As sleeping disturbances are common at higher altitudes, its best to rest as much as possible. Even if you have trouble falling asleep, resting your body and mind will rejuvenate your energy.
• It is common to experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness as the days go on. Click here to read more about altitude sickness.
• Many routes require summiting at night, while there are few that lead you to the crater during daytime
• Night Summit
• After dinner you will rest for several hours
• Around 11 your guide will wake you up and you will have orientation over tea and biscuits
• You will begin the ascent around 12 am
• You will need all your warmest clothes, headlamp, any special snack, water and walking poles
• You can expect to feel a strong headache, you may vomit, and you will become extremely fatigued
• Making it to the summit around sunrise is common; after a quick celebration and photo session, you begin descending
• Usually you spend less than 15 minutes at Uhuru Peak
• You might ask your guide to take photos as you will likely be very cold, very tired, and may have some mild confusion due to altitude
• Communicate regularly with your guide
• Making it to the summit often takes every last bit of strength and mental determination you can muster!
• Daytime Summit / Crater Camp Excursion
• If you are spending a night at the crater camp, you will make the climb from the preceding camp during the day
• Early the next morning (around 4 am) you will awaken and hike the final 2 hours to the summit- making it in time for sunrise.
• It is usual to get to the gate in the early afternoon. A celebratory lunch will be served with wine and beer (as per request)
• You will be presented your certificate of achievement, and have a chance to say thank you to your crew (this is the best time to give any tip to the crew). See FAQ - tipping + Expeditions Equal Payment Plan
• All Gofan Africa Co. ltd expeditions end by participation in Boma Goes Green, our environmental improvement program.
• You will get to plant a monumental tree to commemorate your climb, while building a shaded garden in Moshi.
• Think of a name for your tree!
• You will be dropped off at your B&B in Arusha for a much deserved shower and rest!
• Gofan Africa Co. ltd carefully plans your meals before your expedition
• Choosing top quality ingredients and providing a well-balanced diet on the mountain gives you the best chances of a successful healthy climb
• Meals are cooked and served inside a mess tent or mountain hut
• A full hot breakfast is served with tea or coffee every day. It is common to have a variety of eggs, bread, sausage, porridge, pancakes, French toast and fruit.
• Lunch alternates between a variety of carefully packed lunchboxes, and hot lunches that are served along route.
• It is common to have boiled eggs, pasta or rice salad, chicken, fruit and vegetables, biscuits, fruit juice, simmered sauces with rice, and more.
• Always hot and appetizing, your dinners are prepared by your cook at the camp. It is common to have 3 courses: soup & bread, main course, and desert.
• Tea Time
• You will have hot tea & coffee every morning and afternoon.
• One of the side effects of altitude is loss of appetite and nausea. Don be surprised if you find it hard to eat- but please make the effort! Being well nourished is extremely important for your climb!
• Please advise in advance of any special dietary requests.
• Don hesitate to speak to your guide with any concerns regarding meals during your climb.
• There are "outhouses" or "longdrops" situated along the routes and near to camps. On some routes you are provided with a private portable toilet. (available on all routes at special request)
• You will be provided with toilet paper.
• There are no shower facilities on the mountain
Anytime other than during the long rains (April & May) is a wonderful time to be on safari. At Gofan Safaris Ltd we adjust our safari itineraries to take advantage of the best possible game viewing in accordance with the seasonal concentrations of wildlife
Where is the best place to go on safari?
Safari in Kiswahili, the language of East Africa, simply means a journey. Today it is synonymous in English with a wildlife viewing adventure in the African Bush. If your primary reason for traveling to Africa is to experience an abundance of African wildlife in unspoiled wilderness, then Tanzania should be your destination of choice. Tanzania protects over 25% of its land through national parks and reserves, more than any other country on the continent. You simply cannot beat the wildlife concentrations found in Tanzania. The parks and wildlife reserves of Tanzania are inhabited by vast herds of wildebeest spread out across the Serengeti savanna, huge populations of elephant and buffalo, as well as plains game and their predators. All these animals interact and roam freely, the same as they have for thousands of years. Here youll witness an incredible diversity of ecology and will find the vegetation and bird life as fascinating as the big game. This is the home to 90% of the film series produced on African animals. Tanzania also boasts a remarkable number of World Heritage Sites including, Serengeti National Park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Selous Game Reserve, (this reserve alone is larger than the size of Denmark or Switzerland), Kilwa Kisiwani and the Songo Mnara Ruins and Mafia Marine park.
When is the best time of year to go on safari in Africa?
Anytime other than during the long rains in most destinations (April & May) is a wonderful time to be on safari. At Gofan Africa Safaris Ltd we adjust our safari itineraries to take advantage of the best possible holiday tour in accordance with the seasonal concentrations of attractions
Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Africa?
You simply cant beat northern Tanzania for wildlife concentrations. Most people have heard of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater and the wide array of wildlife dwelling on the crater floor. Most have heard of the vast Serengeti savanna, which hosts the annual Migration of Wildebeest and the predators that follow in its wake. This is only the beginning of the natural phenomena awaiting your discovery on a safari to Tanzania. Guests of Gofan safaris Ltd consistently tell us the wildlife they experienced far surpassed their most optimistic expectations
What kinds of animals will I see on safari in Africa?
Depends on which country someone is interested to visit, forexample in East Africa, Tanzania is home to over 35 species of large four-legged mammals and has over 1000 species of birds listed. On a typical safari in northern Tanzania you can expect to see elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, baboon, monkeys and a variety of plains game such as wildebeest, hartebeest, zebra, impala and gazelle. Most people see lion and hyena, and possibly cheetah or leopard. In Ngorongoro Crater you may see one of the few remaining black rhino to be found in Tanzania. Youll undoubtedly see several different species of mongoose and some hyrax and other small mammals. If youre lucky youll see one or more of the smaller cats, foxes, wild dog or the more reticent antelope like lesser kudu, bushbuck, Oryx or eland.
What is the Migration?
Every year, over one million wildebeest move through the Serengeti plains in search of food and water. The phenomenon of these animals moving en mass through the African savanna is known as the Migration. Their movement is driven by the seasonal rains that water their grazing pastures. It is impossible to predict in advance exactly how or when this progression will take place, but there is a pattern. Generally from mid-December through May the herds are feeding in the southern Serengeti. During February thousands of calves appear on the plains. Between June and July, the wildebeest begin their annual migration north reaching the Mara River that marks the Kenyan border sometime between the end of July and beginning of August. After the first short rains, usually in the beginning of November, the herds move back into Tanzanias Serengeti and make their way to the southern pastures where they rest and feed through the rains until their search for better grazing leads them to begin their annual migration once again. Even when the "migration" moves into Kenya for the summer months, there are many resident herds in the Serengeti and there is always an incredible array of wildlife to experience there. Also, in the summer months, which are the height of the dry season, thousands of elephant congregate around the Tarangire River. This park is at its prime during these months and we adjust our itineraries to take advantage of the prime wildlife viewing there. Each time of year offers the visitor to Tanzania a special opportunity for wildlife viewing.
Will I have a chance to interact with the local people of Tanzania?
The vast majority of Tanzanians are still living very close to their traditional lifestyles. Most of the people are subsistence farmers. The Maasai people, favored by photographers for their strikingly colorful décor, live a pastoral existence following their herds of cattle to better grazing areas, still adhering to the traditions and ceremonies of their ancestors. Their "villages" are located throughout northern Tanzania. Other small tribes of hunter-gatherers, living according to their ancient customs and traditions can also be found in this area.
At Gofan Safaris Ltd. we consider the cultural component of any safari to be subtle yet essential. All of our guides are Tanzanian born. They are an excellent resource to help you gain greater insight into the local culture. We dont promote specially staged dances and tourist oriented presentations. Instead, on most of our trips, we begin with a visit to a traditional village where you are welcomed as friends of Gofan Safaris Ltd into their lives and invited to get to know them as they get to know you. As we drive between parks, we pass many villages and Masai Bomas giving you further glimpses into the lives of the Tanzanian people. We also offer a special trip in which our guests travel well off the beaten path to spend time among the Wa Hadzabe people and observe their ancient hunter-gatherer ways.
What if I want a custom safari?
We would be delighted to work with you to help you and your family, friends or organization plan the best possible safari to match your interests and budget. We organize custom safaris for professional photographers, honeymoon couples and families.
Can I take my children on safari?
YES! Gofan Safaris Ltd has a personal understanding and deep commitment to meeting the special needs of families. We have designed our unique family safari programs to allow you and your children to experience the wonders of Africa together.
Youll have a chance to deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, discover the many miracles of nature, and at the same time play, laugh, and enjoy the pleasure of one anothers company. Our trips are well suited for children.
Will I stay in tents or lodges?
Our safaris offer a wide array of safari styles to suit your interests and budget. All places of interest offers accommodation from basic camping, budget tented camps, standard lodges, LUXURY TENTED CAMPS, Luxury lodges to HIGH-END PROPERTIES, Send us your travel inquiry and we will send a quote with accommodation options.
What additional costs can I expect when I travel with Gofan Safaris & Travel Africa Ltd?
Our safari packages includes all accommodation and meals while on safari, airport transfers, park fees and services of Gofan Africa Safaris guides/drivers. It is customary to tip your guide and driver, as well as the lodge/Camp staff during your safari. You will also need to pay for your own beverages and personal items like laundry service and phone calls, many lodges nowadays offers WIFE for free. Before you go, you are responsible for any passport and visa fees. We also highly recommend you purchase travel protection insurance. And finally, if you know yourself to be a big souvenir shopper youll need to budget accordingly.
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