Tanzania: Kilimanjaro

South of the equator, the game-filled plains of northern Tanzania are not only home to millions of migratory animals; they also give rise to some of the most spectacular volcanic scenery on the African continent. Rising from the Maasai grasslands of the Ngorongoro Highlands, several extinct volcanoes provide a new and exciting opportunity for trekking; each crater having its own unique attraction! We spend three days hiking between remote Maasai settlements in this distinctive geological landscape. Guided by our Maasai hosts we'll learn much about their traditions and lifestyle. Next, we continue our slow build up and acclimatisation with an ascent to the summit of Tanzania's second highest peak, Mount Meru. From Meru's high point of 4562 metres, we can survey the ice and snow covered summit of our last and most challenging volcano Äì Kilimanjaro! Following the Rongai route, we'll ascend the highest free-standing mountain in the world and one of the largest volcanoes ever to erupt from the Earth's crust! Our final push to the summit, at a height of 5,895 metres from the surrounding plains and savannah, is left as optional but is difficult to resist. Throughout this strenuous trek, we mainly camp at basic sites, though dormitory-style huts are used on Mt. Meru. Porters carry our equipment. Cooking is done for you, so all you need carry is your day sack! This trip maximises your time to acclimatise giving everyone the best chance of reaching the top of ÄòKili'. You might like to consider extending your tour to include the idyllic Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, famed for its spices, palm-fringed white sand beaches and Arabian dhows Grade: Strenuous to Tough Price: from £3,160 per person including flights Days: 19ATOL: 2595 Contact us for detailed itinerary, flight times, maps and more