Summit to Sea - Kilimanjaro & Zanzibar 2020
Tackle the challenge of a lifetime
Standing on Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro
The challenge of a lifetime
Expert guides and a top notch, professional outfit
Additional acclimatisation day for the best chance of summitting
Travel with a small group of likeminded ladies
Luxurious post-Kili R&R in exotic Zanzibar
- Great for active adventurers and bucket list tickers
- 14 days
This adventure is the challenge of a lifetime. Join us to tackle Kilimanjaro and stand triumphant on the ‘roof of Africa’, followed by some well deserved R&R and a touch of luxury in Zanzibar in true Secret Women’s Series style.
There are various routes up Kilimanjaro but we’ve selected the Machame Route, known for its superior scenery, incredible views and variety of landscapes. It is not for the faint hearted, since the climb will be challenging, even for seasoned hikers, but no part of the route requires technical climbing skills and the exhilaration and pride will be worth every step up. As a point of difference from standard itineraries, we’ve included an extra day on the mountain to assist with acclimatisation, which will give us the best chance of summit success.
Our journey begins with two nights in a beautiful lodge set in rambling gardens on the slopes of Mount Meru - the perfect place to acclimatise before tackling Africa's highest mountain. Transferring to the Machame Gate our hike begins and over the next seven days we will take in dense rainforest, swathes of Proteas and Erica flowers, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, ancient glacier ice, volcanic relics, rocky lunar landscapes and a surprising amount of wildlife including Black and White Colobus Monkeys and Blue Monkeys. We’ll cut through the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many huge senecio and lobelia plants, cross the Great Barranco Wall at an altitude of 4,420 m and walk beneath Breach Wall, the largest ice and rock face in all of Africa. To summit we’ll ascend Stella Point on top of the crater rim, then continue to Uhuru Peak, the highest peak of Kilimanjaro at a monumental 5,895 metres above sea level. What a feeling!
To round off our journey we’ll head to Zanzibar to spend three nights in tropical paradise. Staying in a luxurious beachhouse-style hotel in a secluded spot on the Northwestern coast of Zanzibar, we’ll swim and snorkel in turquoise waters, dine on freshly landed game fish and exotic spices, explore the island’s rich trading history and indulge in a spa treatment or two as we relax and recharge in style.
This journey will mark a lifetime achievement. Join us to take on Africa’s highest peak with the camaraderie and support of a small group of like-minded female travellers and realise the ambition of a lifetime.
Welcome to Tanzania. Afternoon & evening at leisure.
Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Settle into the lodge this afternoon before an (optional) restorative yoga session followed by a Welcome Dinner
Today you will take a hike on the slopes of Mt Meru - the perfect opportunity to get your legs working and adjust to the time difference and altitude. Evening at leisure at the lodge
Depart the lodge early this morning bound for the Machame Gate & the start of your Mt Kilimajaro Climb. Hike through the Montane forest to your
first camp. Your porters will carry all your camp equipment & will set up camp on arrival. You need to carry only your daily essentials : water,
sunblock, camera, clothing (layers for warmth) & any personal items you require.
Hike onto the open plains of the Shira Plateau.
A long days hike, essential for acclimitisation, climbing towards the Lava Tower at 4,500 meters before descending back to Barranco.
Traverse the breach wall today before continuing eastwards and descending sharply into the Karanga Valley.
Depart on a short but steep ascent out of the valley before continuing the traverse across to Barafu.
Wake at 12am and begin your final ascent to the summit. Enjoy the views from the roof of Africa and drink in the joy of your huge feat before descending to Mweka Camp.
Descend on your final stretch to the base of the mountain and transfer to the Keys Hotel late afternoon. Celebrate this evening with a
hot shower and cold drink! Congratulations!
Late morning flight to Zanzibar. Rest of the day and evening at leisure.
A full day at leisure to swim, sunbathe, indulge in the spa and simply relax on the beach or by the pool
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Stone Town this morning. Taste & smell Zanzibar's exotic spices in the local markets, meander ancient
cobblestone streets & browse the myriad of small boutiques and stores. Return to your hotel for the remainder of the afternoon
at leisure. A Farewell Dinner will be hosted this evening.
Morning at leisure. Check out is at noon so please ensure your bags are packed and at reception bymidday although you are welcome to utilise the property's facilities until the scheduled group departure at 5pm for the Int'l Apt & flights home.
Thank you for joining us on this epic adventure!
- 14 days
- 15 to 29 August 2020
- Price: US$6,990 per person twin share
- For further details and a full itinerary please contact us