The ascent of Kilimanjaro
Climbing Kilimanjaro statistics : with 96 % of our clients reaching Mount Kilimandjaro's highest point (Uhuru Peak, 9,340 feet asl), a rate of success to compare with the usual rate of success of 65 % for other trekkers who try to climb Kilimanjaro (rate measured by the Rangers of the National Park of Kilimandjaro), we have demonstrated since year 2000 the value of our organizing choices.
On the slopes of Kilimandjaro, the three usual ascent routes are Marangu route, Machame route and the "Crossing Kilimanjaro route". Located on the Tanzanian side of the peak, they are much more beautiful than the Kenyan routes.The "Crossing Kilimanjaro route" is too difficult to offer good chances of success, and the Marangu route, with its overcrowded huts (this route is named the "Coca-Cola route" ...), is far too monotonous to motivate the hiker.
Climbing Kilimandjaro by the Machame route offers the widest variety of landscapes, from the jungle surrounding Machame Gate till the ashes slopes near the summit crater, and a way down by a different route, the Mweka route, which offers a fast and easy descent, thus limiting the tiredness inherent in this type of expedition.
Tiredness ? yes, ascend Kilimanjaro, even if it is now within every fit hiker's abilities, is no bed of roses. The last camp stands 15,000 feet above sea level, and the summit stands 4,300 feet higher, so the choice of the best guides is of crucial importance, just like the training to be made before the ascent.
On the Kilimanjaro ascent, we are one of the very rare societies to have chosen to post one French Mountain Guide - qualified worldwide as IFMGA Mountain Guide, and speaking fluently English with a near-native comprehension -, and three professional Tanzanian Kilimanjaro Mountain Guides, with each group of hikers. Your French Mountain Guide will be equipped with a Gamow bag and a pulse oximeter.
Our choice of Quality and Safety to climb Kilimanjaro, with the supervision of the whole ascent by a French IFMGA Mountain Guide, has demonstrated since year 2000 its efficiency :
- our rate of success : 96 % of our clients have reached Mount Kilimandjaro's highest point (Uhuru Peak, 19,340 feet asl)
- the usual rate of success for other trekkers who try to climb Kilimanjaro is 65 % (rate measured by the Rangers of the National Park of Kilimandjaro)
As any hiker trying to climb Kilimanjaro must be guided by professional Tanzanian Guides (the Park rules even oblige us to recruit professional Tanzanian Guides, even if a French IFMGA Mountain Guide supervises the ascent of our hikers), this means that 35 % of hikers trying to ascend Kilimandjaro with just professional Tanzanian Guides do not reach the summit, a figure to compare to our rate of success.
Watching Wildlife Safaris (Serengeti, N´Gorongoro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire)
An extraordinary journey in the heart of East Africa, with Safaris in the most famous National Parks of Tanzania - Serengeti, N'Gorongoro Conservation Area, Manyara Lake, Tarangire.
1 ) Serengeti National Park
Classified as one of the main sites of the World Heritage by the UNESCO, Serengeti is the largest National Park of Tanzania (5,700 square miles), the oldest (created in 1951), and with good reason the most famous of Eastern Africa. His name comes from Masaï dialect, meaning "endless plains".
Serengeti savannahs, forests and immense plains, criss-crossed by many rivers with very fertile banks, accommodate the largest herds of herbivores of our planet : 1,5 million gnus, 400,000 zebras, 200,000 Thomson gazelles, which yearly migrations to water holes, followed by their predators, offer one of the most impressive scene of the world. Serengeti also accommodate immense herds of buffaloes, elephants and giraffes, bubals, impalas and Grant gazelles, hippos. Predators, drawn by these millions of herbivores, find there a perfect hunting land : lions (about 3,000 in the Park), leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and smaller predators like servals, are the lords of savannah and acacias woods.
2 ) N'Gorongoro Conservation Area
Classified as one of the main sites of the World Heritage by the UNESCO, with a surface of 60 square miles and edges rising between 1,000 and 2,000 feet above the crater, NGorongoro crater, paradise for keen photographers, is a real Noah's ark.
Its vast plains, strewn with volcanic domes, small craters and tropical forests, accommodate the main animal species of Eastern Africa - lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, cheetahs, zebras, gazelles, gnus, hyenas, jackals - in all about 30,000 animals according to the Park Rangers countings. The safari you will make there in special sun roofs Land-Rovers, one of the most beautiful one can make in Africa, will bring you as close as possible of the animals, deep in steppes and savannas.
N'Gorongoro as one main asset : the abundance of pools permits to the animal life to stay in the crater all year long, without suffering excessively from the dry season. Thus, unlike most parts of Serengeti National Park which are depopulated, from June to October, due to the migration of gnus, zebras, gazelles and their predators, N'Gorongoro keeps its animal life all year long.
3 ) Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is a real ornithological paradise, gazetted as a National Park in 1960, and declared as Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1981.
During your Safari, you may observe pink flamingos and many species of lakeside birds, but also the surprising spectacle of lionesses sleeping high in the trees, not far from blue monkeys.
The very varied vegetation of the Park - swamps strewn with reeds, Rift's valley steppes and hills covered with thornbushes, clearings and their acacias - also accommodate many giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos; these are opportunities for very impressive encounters during the Safari.
4 ) Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is considered as a arid haven for migrants, with more than 3,000 elephants living in the Park with buffaloes, hartebeests, wilde-beests, plain zebras, gazelles, elands, oryxes during the dry season, from June to November, coming down to drink by the banks of Tarangire river. All these animals drift out of the Park from November to June, unlike giraffes, Kirk's dik-diks, warthogs, kudus, impalas, waterbucks, who are resident all year long just like 450 species of birds, including 49 raptor species. Tarangire National Park is also famous for the beauty of its baobabs trees.
In case of a mass migration of the animals out of Tarangire National Park, thus strongly reducing the interest of a Safari in the Park, this Safari day in Tarangire National Park will be replaced by an extra Safari day in Serengeti National Park.
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