Reasons to Visit
It is extremely easy to add some beach relaxation in Zanzibar after a tiring safari on the mainland; the beaches are stunning and diving is excellent. You don't have to travel far either as the island is only a 30 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam. Tanzania is therefore the ideal location to combine a safari and beach break.
Tanzania has some of Africa's most famous and best national parks and reserves where you are guaranteed fantastic big cat sightings. The Serengeti, Selous and the Crater are just some of the best game viewing areas to visit.
Tanzania has more than 1,000 species of birds and some spectacular places to view them. Lake Natron is also the only known breeding ground for East Africa's millions of lesser flamingos which cover the lake between August and October.
The Mahale Mountains - towering almost 2km above the shore of Lake Tanganyika are home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees. There are currently around 900 which are habituated to humans, and tracking them is a magical experience.
One of the highlights of the Serengeti National park is the great annual migration which passes through this amazing wilderness. Up to 1.8 million wildebeest and zebra have been counted doing their annual trip in search of the sweet grasses and the rains.
Tanzania has an evocative mix of people and cultures with 120 ethnic groups making up the diverse population. The largest group are the Sukuma but perhaps the most memorable are the Maasai who you will often see in Northern Tanzania herding their cattle, goats and sheep.
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Standing at 5,895 metres tall, Kilimanjaro towers over the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. With knowledgeable guides it is possible to climb it over the course of several days.
Standing at 5,895 metres tall, Kilimanjaro towers over the plains of Kenya and Tanzania.
Those who reach Uhuru Peak can see with their own eyes the dawn rising over Africa, and glaciers only a few degrees south of the equator.
From lush rainforest at the foot to Kibo’s snowy peak, climbing Kilimanjaro is the challenge of a lifetime, and being a non-technical climb it is open to most people of reasonable fitness. Safety is our priority, and to give our guests the most enjoyment of the climb we make sure all climbers are well looked after, be they porters or paying guests. Guides are knowledgeable in the botany and history of the mountain, and are invaluable companions for the final bid on the summit. To reach the peak, we favour two of the mountain’s more remote routes - the scenic Machame Route, and the quiet Lemosho Route, approaching the mountain from the west.
The routes we prefer to use on Kilimanjaro are all camping routes. There’s a great sense of camaraderie in camp as climbers gather to talk over the day’s walking, and each camp has a mess tent where the climb team eats. Guests stay in simple but comfortable mountain tents, and climbers never cease to be amazed by the quality and variety of food that is produced above 10,000 feet!
One of the least used paths on Kilimanjaro, the Lemosho Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and is ideal for those who wish to acclimatise slowly. Stretching over eight days or longer, we have found that this route has the highest success rate of climbers reaching Uhuru Peak. Trekking across the Shira Plateau offers spectacular views, and the steady ascent gives the best chance of seeing the most stunning view of all - sunrise from the summit.
The Machame Route is a six-day trek, taking climbers to the peak from the southwest. It is thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the routes on Kilimanjaro, rising from tropical forest at the Machame gate through heather, moorland and alpine desert to the icy peak. This is a great route for people who have less time to climb the mountain, and its wild and varied scenery make it a rewarding climb.
This trek takes in some of the less trodden routes of the mountain over eight days. Starting on the Shira Plateau, you will hike around the north side of Kilimanjaro, and then trek through valleys and the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks before you attempt the summit. This extended duration trek offers superb chances for acclimatisation and the chance to enjoy the mountain without the crowds.
Audley Travel are members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), which has the simple aim of improving the working conditions of the porters on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Find out more by going to the Responsible Guiding page of our Responsible Travel in Africa section.
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