East Africa - an overview
At 5895m the highest peak in Africa, "Kili" is capped by splendid summit ice fields and, on its south-western flank, dramatic icy precipices are best viewed from the less-used and spectacular Umbwe or Machame routes (not the normal Marangu route). The summit plateau with its maze of ice pinnacles, ice-caves, sulphur fumaroles and the central ash pit are best explored from a camp in the caldera.
Kilimanjaro Trekking - year round details
We offer a variety of trips. Our most basic are the 7 day Marangu (normal) Route and the 8 day Umbwe or Machame Routes. Both use local guides and include two hotel nights. For those interested in climbing we recommend walking up the Umbwe Route - the most spectacular route up Kilimanjaro which also leads to the icy Southern Glaciers from where mountaineering ascents such as the Heim Glacier or the Western Breach can be attempted. Dates & Prices
"Kili" (Umbwe Route), Mt Meru & safari - scheduled trip details
Fly by Ethiopian Airlines to Kilimanjaro Airport. Ascend the little visited Mt Meru, 4600m, then climb Kilimanjaro, 5896m, by the remote and beautiful Umbwe Route. A tough trek, day packs only need be carried. The walk to Meru involves walking through game country with an armed ranger. The trip is finished off with a safari to Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. Dates & Prices
Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro - scheduled trip details
This magnificent volcano and game filled national park lie just west of Kilimanjaro and overlooking the town of Arusha. At 4656m it is the third highest summit in Tanzania. It provides an outstanding training peak for the ascent of Kilimanjaro or for those who wish to combine gameviewing with mountaineering. Details.
This has one of the world's largest craters; of the several summits Wagagai (4320m) is the highest. The lower slopes are clad in magnificent forests, home to the shy Ndorobo forest dwellers, the Colobus monkey and the colourful Turaco. A remote camp-site between hot springs and a chilly mountain river provides an idyllic setting to relax in or explore the caldera and its surrounding peaks. Please Email us for more trip information. More mountain information.
'The Mountains of the Moon', are a chain of remote fold mountains, set in the very heart of Africa. They contain some of East Africa's most lush and unusual vegetation together with beautiful lakes. The main summit, Margherita, 5109m, stands above the Stanley Plateau, the largest glaciated area on the continent. Looking west, you can see the endless expanse of the Congo jungle, from the east mist and clouds boil up over the Lake Victoria basin in Uganda, sometimes enveloping the range for several days.
Queen Elizabeth Park and the Rwenzori details
Fly to Entebbe then drive to Kasese. We complete the Mubuku - Bujuku circuit with time to explore or to climb three of the main summits (Margherita, Baker and Speke. The last few days are spent relaxing at a game park. This is a fully supported trek involving some tough terrain comprising mud, deep undergrowth & boulders. The difficulties underfoot are easily made up for by the exotic vegetation and scenery. Dates & Prices | Map of Area | Trek Map
For many visitors the most wonderful memories are associated with travel in the bush: open camp fires, sleeping under the clear starry skies. There are many areas in East Africa which offer excellent opportunities for wilderness expeditions.
The Loita Hills and Nguruman Escarpment overlook the Rift Valley. The area provides some of the best game land walking in one of East Africa's few remaining true forested wilderness areas. In the Rift Valley itself, Hell's Gate gorge is famous for its wildlife, magnificent birdlife and roadside climbing. The volcanoes Longonot and Suswa, provide short interesting walks. Suswa is of particular interest with its raft, moat, parasitic cones and unique lava tube caves. Further south, overlooking Lake Natron lies Lengai, the most active of East Africa's volcanoes and a sacred Masaii mountain. It's eruptions seem to follow a seven year cycle. The walk to the summit is tough but the return trip can just be achieved in a day. The ascent is best combined with a walk from the Crater Highlands down to Lake Natron. Details
The northern semi-deserts are sparsely populated by the colourful Samburu,
Rendille and Turkana tribes. The most dramatic of the mountains here is Mount
Kulal, situated beside Lake Turkana, 'The Jade Sea'. There is also rock
climbing in game parks, snorkelling in Marine parks. Camel treks in northern
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Technical Climbing in East Africa
East Africa offers some magnificent climbing in a variety of superb settings. In Tsavo game park you can camp by a river with monkeys swinging above you then climb on a nearby cliff watching herds of elephant grazing below. The rugged, glaciated summits of Mount Kenya provide excellent ice routes such as the Diamond Couloir and rock climbing rivalling Chamonix granite in quality. East Africa Climbing Guide Climbing on Mt Kenya Bush climbing pictures and notes on routes - minor crags
East African Coast
There are three main areas we cover: Watamu - Kenya, Pangani in Tanzania and Zanzibar.