Summit to Sea - Kilimanjaro & Zanzibar 2020

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Highlights

  • 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

Key Facts

  •   Tanzania

  •   Great for active adventurers and bucket list tickers

  •   14 days

  •   Hosted by author, photographer and world adventurer Kerry Lorimer

 

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.

 

Itinerary Details

Day 1 | Dar Es Salaam                       

Welcome to Tanzania. Afternoon & evening at leisure.          

Day 2 | Arusha        

Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Settle into the lodge this afternoon before a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Day 3 | Arusha

Today you will visit a local Women's Collective enjoying a hike through their coffee and banana plantations 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 with dinner included.

Day 4 | Kilimanjaro

Depart the lodge early this morning bound for the Machame Gate and the start of your Mt Kilimajaro Climb. Hike through the Montane forest to your first camp. Your porters will carry all your camp equipment and will set up camp on arrival. You need to carry only your daily essentials : water, sunblock, camera, clothing (layers for warmth) and any personal items you require.

Day 5 | Kilimanjaro

Hike onto the open plains of the Shira Plateau.

Day 6 | Kilimanjaro              

A long days hike, essential for acclimitisation, climbing towards the Lava Tower at 4,500 meters before descending back to Barranco.

Day 7 | Kilimanjaro

Traverse the breach wall today before continuing eastwards and descending sharply into the Karanga Valley.

Day 8 | Kilimanjaro

Depart on a short but steep ascent out of the valley before continuing the traverse across to Barafu.

Day 9 | Kilimanjaro - Summit!

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.

Day 10 | Kilimanjaro                                                                                                                                           

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!      C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

Day 11 | Zanzibar                                                                                  

Late morning flight to Zanzibar. Rest of the day and evening at leisure.

Day 12 | Zanzibar  

A full day at leisure to swim, sunbathe, indulge in the spa and simply relax on the beach or by the pool

Day 13 | Zanzibar  

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.

Day 14 | Zanzibar, day of departure

Early morning departure for Zanzibar Airport to start your journey home.

Thank you for joining us on this epic adventure!

About Kerry Lorimer

Kerry Lorimer is an author, TV presenter, accomplished photographer and global traveller. She has travelled and worked on all seven continents, sailed most of the oceans in between, and published feature articles in leading publications world-wide. Her book on responsible travel, "Code Green: Experiences of a Lifetime, was an award winning publication for Lonely Planet, and in between all this, she presented the "Roads Less Travelled" Australia episode, produced for National Geographic Adventure Channel.

She recently returned from five years sailing the South West Pacific aboard ‘Sel Citron’ - a 52-foot Catana catamaran and we are delighted that she now joins us now as the host of 'Summit to Sea'.

Kerry's courage and sense of adventure is admirable, and this, coupled with her down-to-earth nature, warmth and kindness, make her the perfect candidate to host our hike to the Roof of Africa.


 

Key Facts

  • 14 days in Africa
  • 15 to 30 August 2020
  • Price: US$6,990 per person twin share
  • For further details and a full itinerary please contact us
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