Kenya and Tanzania Kilimanjaro Trek Expedition

Combine adventure with meaningful travel and take on the ultimate bucket-list challenge of climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Make no mistake – this expedition is a tough challenge, but the rewards are truly life-changing.

  • Location Kenya and Tanzania, Africa
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Expedition Type Trek

Spend time getting to know the local community while working on projects that benefit the environment and the wildlife that live there. You’ll spend the majority of your time in Kenya, becoming immersed in local culture culture and staying in our authentic African banda camps that will become your home away from home. Then, head across the border to Tanzania and discover what you’re capable of on an epic trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll experience some of the most incredible views across the African plains as you soak up the amazing achievement of reaching Africa’s highest summit.

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A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition. 

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.  

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights
  • In country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Adventure challenge
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Leave for Kenya This morning you will make your way to your designated meeting point ready to embark on your journey to Kenya.
Day 2 Arrive in Kenya You’ll be met at the airport by one of our awesome Camp Kenya crew who will take you to the first camp of your expedition. Once you arrive, you can take in the amazing views over Marungu hills and start getting accustomed to peaceful village life before settling down for a good night’s sleep.
Day 3 Head to your first camp Today you will transfer to the first camp of your expedition. Here you will receive an arrival briefing, camp orientation and village tour from our Camp Manager, before settling into your new home.
Day 4 – 9 Community project work Over the next few days, you will be getting involved in a variety of important community projects such as building classrooms, constructing and refurbishing community buildings and installing water storage systems. In the evenings, you will be able to learn more about local Kenyan culture by taking part cultural activities with the local community, such as chapati making and traditional dancing.
Day 10 – 12 Environmental project work You’ll travel to your next camp for the next phase of your expedition, where you will be getting stuck into some environmental project work. Here you could be working on planting trees, goat de-worming projects or elephant dung paper making. You’ll learn why these projects are so important and how working alongside local people can help sustain their long-term impact.
Day 13 Tumani Women’s Group Today you will be spending time with an inspiring women’s group who we have been working with for many years. You will learn about the challenges faced by women in rural communities and the innovative projects we are supporting to aid income generation. You’ll get to try your hand at some of these projects too, learning to make bead crafts that can be sold.
Day 14 Embark on a safari adventure After an early breakfast, you’ll embark on an unforgettable safari at Tsavo East National Park, one of Kenya’s top wildlife destinations. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be able to spot a variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, giraffes and zebras to name a few.
Day 15 – 19 Get prepared for your trek adventure Transfer to your next camp, where you will spend the next couple of days preparing for your upcoming trek. Here you will have the chance to relax, meet your guides and prepare your equipment.
Day 20 – 27 Kilimanjaro Trek Over the next seven days, you will take on a challenging mountain trek, ascending through forested foothills, moorlands and desert before reaching the crater ridge at the top of Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa (5895m). Waking in the early hours of the morning on your final day, you will attempt to summit the mountain to witness a spectacular sunrise and stunning views across Tanzania – a true bucket list achievement.
Day 28 Kwaheri from Kenya After a well-deserved rest, we’ll say our final farewells (or Kwaheri in Swahili) before transferring you back to the airport in time for your flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues. 

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School improvements and conservation work

Many local schools are in very dilapidated buildings which suffer from erosion and seasonal flooding. You’ll help to build or renovate school buildings so that local children have a clean and safe academic environment. You’ll also get involved in initiatives to promote a peaceful co-existence between the community and the local wildlife, such as improving natural waterholes and planting indigenous trees for habitat and food sources

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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Community development and coastal forest protection

Muhaka village remains one of the poorest communities in Kenya. You will help to support community development projects such as traditional house building and school improvements. You may also work on our reforestation projects within the sacred Kaya forest, an improtant habitat home to many species of monkeys.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

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Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps 

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below. 

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Camp Tsavo

Camp Tsavo gives you the chance to experience life in the real African wilderness. Surrounded by the picturesque Marungu Hills that lie close to the world famous Tsavo National Parks, this area is famed for its wildlife and providing a safe haven for elephants, lions, cheetahs and other amazing animals. The camp itself is situated in the heart of the charming local village, where you will experience authentic African culture and hospitality so welcoming that you won’t want to leave.

  • Location: 3-4 hours drive from Mombasa Airport, 6-7 hours drive from Nairobi Airport
  • Accommodation style: Traditional bandas, bunk beds with comfy mattresses and bedding
  • Showers: modern showers and sinks
  • Power: mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:30 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: amazing views from camp. Camp fire, football pitch, small bar and gift shop, town nearby
  • Signature dish: Chef Geoffrey’s amazing chapatis will be one of the highlights of your whole trip – they are that good!
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Camp Muhaka

Camp Muhaka will quickly become your home away from home. With stylish traditional buildings and a great social scene, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Being in the heart of the village also has its perks; all your project sites are only a short walk away and you can walk with the children to and from school so you’ll be a local in no time!

  • Location: 1.5-2 hours drive from Mombasa Airport
  • Accommodation style: traditional bandas and tents
  • Bed Type: comfy mattresses and bedding.
  • Toilets: modern toilets
  • Showers: modern showers and sinks
  • Power: mains electricity backed up by generator (between 18:00 – 22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: Based right in the heart of the community, in walking distance to project sites and a short drive to the beach. Chill out zone with camp fire and pool table
  • Signature dish: Ugali & Rice

My trip to Kenya was everything I could have dreamed of and more! I climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, meet countless incredible people and played a part in some of the amazing ongoing projects Camps run. If you’re thinking about doing a trip with camps, stop thinking and BOOK IT! I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Michael, Camp Kenya 2015

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country. 

Eric

I am truly honoured to have been working with Camps International for over 10 years, driving our travellers in my ‘Disco Truck’! I enjoy taking everyone safely to project sites and seeing how they are helping to change peoples lives. I love what I do!

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