Your own group trip up Kilimanjaro

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Departure information

You can create your own group with 6 (min) - 12 (max) people. In addition there will be a leader and appropriate local staff. The minimum age for this holiday is 18. We can arrange for a member of our staff to meet your group to discuss the options
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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Your own group trip up Kilimanjaro

The Nale Moru (Rongai) route offers the advantage of attempting the climb in relative seclusion compared to the more crowded Marangu and Machame routes.


- On Kilimanjaro, we have built a number of standards into our mountain services.
- All cooking is on gas or kerosene stoves (rather than firewood) and all rubbish is carried off the mountain.
- Hot washing water in bowls is provided to avoid polluting the streams.
- Porter welfare is another important part of our staff policy.

The most obvious and visible responsible tourism action on this trip is the treatment of our porters. We ensure that the porters on our trips are provided with the proper shelter, clothing and food required on the mountain. They have access to the same medical kit as clients, and in case of a need to descend due to illness they will still be paid for the trip. In case of illness incurred directly as a result of their work, we also assist with any necessary hospital treatment. We pay the recommended wages directly after the trip which can often be an issue with budget operators. We also run the porter education project, along side our local operator, which provides our porters with the opportunity to learn or improve their English from beginners through to an advanced level. For many of our porters this is a second chance at schooling that many will have had to for go the first time around due to a variety of reasons. These 8 week classes also include HIV awareness, accountability and general money management. The overall aim of the project is to give our porters the best training possible in order for them to progress and become Guides on Kili or to work as teaching assistants in local schools. We are also members of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.

The local Kilimanjaro tax goes towards preserving the parks and other local smaller parks in the area. As an optional activity clients can on the last day (depending on flights) go for a village walk, where the entrance fees and guide payment go directly into the Marangu community. The payment for entering the Serengeti also goes a long way to helping the other smaller parks in Tanzania.

We have worked with The African Walking Company for several years and have built up a long standing relationship. This operator is also committed to responsible travel issues and all of their staff are local people. All the leaders on our trips are locals, who have been extensively trained by us in several areas including language, briefing, client handling, flora and fauna, geology and first aid which is regularly refreshed. All the accommodation on this trip is also locally owned and employ local staff. Local produce is used extensively.

We always provide responsible tourism advice to our clients including information regarding porter treatment, the sensitive topic of tipping and responsible behaviour on the mountain (for example no litter, care with soap in the few streams, no use of firewood). The small group sizes of no more than 16 limit the strain on natural resources and on the porters, guides and Safari parks.

We also have an optional village walk that explores Marangu for half a day. This village is a fascinating mixture of small but fertile coffee and banana farms, friendly Chagga people, and some beautiful scenery with waterfalls and magnificent views. Part of the revenue from these walks goes directly to a locally managed project that aims to improve the poor facilities in local schools.

In our UK Office we have worked to reduce our carbon footprint through a reduction of energy use and energy conservation measures. We also actively reduce the waste produced by having active reduction and recycling policies in place. We run annual staff workshops on Responsible Tourism. Carbon balancing - Global warming is a reality and to help you make a difference by reducing the carbon dioxide that is produced when you travel we offer a chance to carbon balance your flights. We encourage all our clients to do this and do so for all our staff travel. Go on do your bit!

Reviews of Your own group trip up Kilimanjaro

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The last night in the bar when we all made it.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Leave more stuff back at the hotel before leaving for the climb. Beware you need to bring cash with you and let your bank know your travelling or they may stop your cash point card.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes it did.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


9 out of 10.

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