Our preferred way up Kilimanjaro, the Machame route, has provided us with an extremely high success rate. The route begins from the south, then heads east, traversing underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field before summiting. The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. As we traverse the flanks of Kilimanjaro, we will walk through six different Eco-zones. The beautiful foliage and stunning scenery add to the mystique of this great mountain. Your efforts will be rewarded with an incredible sense of accomplishment upon reaching the “Roof of Africa”. Our Serengeti Safari of the Great Rift Valley is a journey steeped both in cultural exploration and wildlife immersion. This luxurious adventure takes us through several National Parks, including: Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Diverse animal and plant life can be seen throughout the journey. You will also have an opportunity to experience varied cultures in these precious areas.
Trip Itinerary - 10 days, 9 nights
Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania
Day 2: Arusha Cultural Walking Tour
Day 3: Machame Trail-head to Machame Camp
Day 4: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Day 5: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Day 7: Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp
Day 8: Uhuru Peak - Summit Day
Day 9: Low Camp to Mweka Gate
Day 10: Departures
The Kilimanjaro trek requires no climbing expereince and there are no technical climbing sections. Travelers who have a strong level of basic fitness should be capable of completing the trek, regardless of age, as this trek is specifically paced for comfort and acclimatization.
Doug Bolger is Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College where he has been on the faculty since 1993. He received his B.S. at Rutgers University in 1980 and his Ph.D. in biology at the University of California at San Diego in 1991. Doug conducted his PhD research on the reptiles of the Pacific Islands conducting extensive field work in Fiji. Samoa, Hawaii, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. His current research focuses on the effects of human land uses on animal populations. These land uses include urban and suburban development, forestry, and agriculture. He has had field projects in southern California, east Africa and the Northern Forest of New Hampshire. His research currently focuses on wildebeest and giraffe populations in Tanzania. Doug teaches classes on Conservation Biology, Conservation Policy, and Human Population. He also teaches on the Environmental Studies Foreign Study Program in southern Africa.
Celia Chen is a Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College and the Director of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. She received a B.A. from Dartmouth, a M.S in Biological Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Dartmouth. Dr. Chen is an aquatic ecologist whose research has focused on the fate and effects of metal contaminants in aquatic food webs, particularly the global contaminant mercury. She has studied lakes throughout the northeast US and estuaries from Maine to Maryland. She also has led collaborative efforts to translate scientific research for policy-makers and the public. Dr. Chen teaches undergraduate classes in marine biology and ecology and coral reef ecology and has worked for the College since 1994.