“Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai ‘Ngaje Ngai’, the House of God. Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.”
― Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories
We have always felt that an East African safari involving only the ascent of Kilimanjaro is wasting an opportunity to experience the impact this mountain has on the land, wildlife and peoples surrounding it. Kilimanjaro’s rainfall permeates the mountain, then bubbles up onto the plains below, to form the crystal springs and swamps of Amboseli. These are the lifeline to thousands of animals who roam this region.
These rains high on the mountain are also a contributing force forming two of Kenya’s great river systems: The Tsavo river, and the Galana river. These rivers flow eastwards from the mountain, through some of the wildest country left in Africa, crossing the magnificent Tsavo West and East National Parks.
Our Kilimanjaro & Beyond safari is a 12 day trip, which begins in Amboseli, offering a fabulous opportunity to photograph the great wildlife of Africa against a backdrop of Kilimanjaro. It is also a nice way to find ones feet again after the long flights to Kenya.
We then climb Kilimanjaro by a lesser travelled route, up the northern slopes to the summit, then descending the southern slopes – a grand traverse of the mountain. We also allow plenty of time for important acclimatisation.
Our safari then ends with a few days hiking and game-driving along the Galana River in Tsavo East National Park. A time for relaxing after the climb, and a rare opportunity to get in close to elephants on foot.