Climbing Kilimanjaro Marangu route holiday, Tanzania
Description of Climbing Kilimanjaro Marangu route holiday, Tanzania
Any trip to Tanzania will fall under the spell of Kilimanjaro at some point or another so why hold back the inevitable any longer? This climbing Kilimanjaro Marangu route holiday tackles Tanzania’s, and Africa’s, highest peak over the course of a week using the mountain’s most popular route which is also the only one featuring permanent huts to help protect climbers from the elements.
A climbing Kilimanjaro Marangu route holiday in Tanzania takes you to the summit of Africa's tallest mountain by way of the most direct trail, with just five days all that’s required under the expert tutelage of experienced mountain guides and ethically-sourced porters.
From hiking through forests and over alpine pastures to peering past rocky outcrops and marvelling at lunar-like landscapes, this climbing Kilimanjaro Marangu route holiday encounters the lot, with panoramic views from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro just one of the biggest thrills on the planet.
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PlanetAs a company we aim to contribute to the environmental preservation of the destinations we visit and to reduce any negative impacts our operations may have. This translates to actions such as using local transport where safe to do so in order to reduce emissions, observing all national and marine park visitor rules and operating a ‘take in, take back out’ waste management system, to name but a few examples. Through our inhouse foundation we also invest money into environmental initiatives that benefit the planet, including restoring kelp forests to help reverse the effects of global warming and protecting endangered species such as sea turtles and elephants.
As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.
We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.
We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.
We aim to protect the environment that we explore, this is done with the help of expert local leaders and potters that will help us explore and celebrate the area we are travelling in but also to help maintain it for future generations. We take active steps to ensure our groups behave in an environmentally responsible manner, such as not leaving anything behind and not removing any plants in rural areas.
We operate strict porter policies on all our treks and make sure that all staff have sufficient wages, clothing, weight loads and food. This is part of our responsible commitment.
As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
Projects supported in Tanzania are the Amani Children's Home which rescues street children and orphans from homelessness and restores hope in their lives. At the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Amani provides children off the street with a safe and loving home, education, medical care, healthy food, and counselling. Also The Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK)which was established in 1994 with the belief that education is one of the most important parts of building sound long-term economic growth for Tanzania. With the motto ‘Elimu ni uhai - Education is life’, its projects aim to provide improved primary and vocational education to Tanzanian children.
PeopleWe are proud to be a partner of Kilimanjaro climb outfitter by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP).
KPAP is a project supported by our Foundation meaning that all of our climbs have been assessed and scored based on a number of criteria, all of which are designed to ensure the proper treatment of porters on the Mountain.
Despite the significant efforts of KPAP to improve conditions for porters working on Kili, there is still an astonishing amount of abuse of porters on the Mountain. Receiving this accreditation shows our emphasis on what it means to travel responsibly.
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