Rhino Climb Kilimanjaro 2013 and 2014
- See information pack below
The late, great Douglas Adams took part in a trek from Mombasa to the top of Kilimanjaro for Save the Rhino back in 1994, taking a turn to wear the famous rhino costume along the coastal stretch. He writes about it in 'The Salmon of Doubt'. Since then, we have continued this trip for rhino conservation and offer a very special trip to Mkomazi (where the legendary Tony Fitzjohn works) to visit one of the rhino programmes we support.
For many people, conquering Kilimanjaro is the ultimate trekking challenge. Just under 20,000 ft; the highest peak in Africa; the world's highest free-standing mountain; and yet you can reach the summit without any previous climbing or trekking experience, given some dedication in preparation and determination to succeed once on the mountain.
The challenge starts in the rainforest at the base of this huge dormant volcano, home to elephant, buffalo, antelope and monkeys. Higher up you’ll cross moorland with incredible Senecio and Lobilia plants. Beyond this lies the rock and ice zone as you slowly approach the summit. It is an incredible achievement to reach Gillman’s Point on the edge of the crater rim. The fittest will push onto the Uhuru Peak. Whichever point you reach, you’ll be greeted by truly stunning views across the Maasai plains and the euphoria of standing on top of the world.
After the challenge you will have a night in a hotel to celebrate your success, followed by 2 nights at a luxury tented camp in Mkomazi National Park, when you will have morning and afternoon game drives and a full day visit to Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary to see the Environmental Education Project at Mkomazi in action. This specially designed Environmental Education programme called "Rafiki wa Faru" (or Friend of the rhinos) works with schools from the 41 villages surrounding Mkomazi National Park to link conservation with school children. By bringing the children to visit the Park, it is hoped that the next generation of Tanzanians will work for the conservation of the Tsavo ecosystem and its biodiversity.
Many companies and charities offer Kilimanjaro challenges; none has Save the Rhino's unique aspects:
- Trek on the little-used Rongai route where you'll see few others and have a real sense of wilderness
- Go on safari in Mkomazi National Park after the trek and visit Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary- this is exclusive to Save the Rhino and not available with any other operator
- Have the satisfaction of visiting the project you'll be helping to support and finding out first-hand the difference you have made
Find out more
Download our Rhino Climb Kilimanjaro information pack for full details on what to expect, how much the trip will cost, when you can climb and much more.
If you have any question please feel free to get in touch with Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org