Group Affinity Tours.
The best team work comes from people who are working independently towards One Common Goal. Eco Adventures has carefully designed goal specific tours which enhance the affinity in a group through adventure activities like: physical challenges for the development of personal endurance, cultural challenges that have a participatory interaction in activities that uplift the local community at the destination, in areas such as conservation, commerce, health & education, as well as community challenges which involve the practical transfer of knowledge and skills between visitors and the local community.
These are Goal specific tours to enhance the affinity in a group (Companies, Clubs, Alumni etc) through adventure activities such as:
Physical Challenges - Hiking, Cycling, Trekking for development of Personal endurance.
Mount Kenya is a breathtaking spectacle that’s the predominate landmark of the central part of Kenya and has inspired peoples life’s in many strange ways. It is perhaps unsurprising that due to it majestic beauty the Kikuyu people who reside on its lower slopes believed that this was their God's abode. The Mountain’s original name was “Kirinyaga” from a word meaning a place with Ostrich.
Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania - East Africa. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres. The term Kilima-Njaro has generally been understood to mean the Mountain (Kilima) of Greatness (Njaro). This is probably as good a derivation as any other ....
Here are sample Itineraries....
4 Days Mt. Kenya, Sirimon - Naromoru Crossover.
Sirimon to Naro Moru is the most common traverse on Mt. Kenya. Although the trip offers reasonably good chances of reaching the summit,those unable to make it to the summit may cross-over through the easier summit circuit trail and join up with other hikers at the Mackinder's Camp or optionally return back on the Sirimon trail.
Accommodation is available in mountain huts throughout the trip.
Day 1: Oldmoses Camp (3,340m.)
AM. Transfer Sirimon Gate. Approx. 225Kms / 4hrs.
PM. Trek to OldMoses hut. Approx.10Kms. / 2-3hrs.
D1 Details: Transfer from Nairobi to Mountain Rock Lodge, Mt Kenya for lunch. Afterwards cross the equator en-route, to the Sirimon Park Gate, then trek through forest, bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to our OldMoses Mountain Hut/Camp.
Ascent: +900m. Habitat: Moorland zone.
D2 Details: Trek to Shipton's camp. The hike is awesome but a good test on individual endurance. The exciting trek up takes you across hills and valleys through the entire stretch of the sprawling moorlands where you see several unique and interesting plants and animals including the giant groundsels, lobelias and the mountain rock hyrax.
Approx. 7.5 kms / 7hrs.
Ascent: 749m Descent: -685m.
D3 Details: Predawn start (3am) for the summit attempt. Up steep screes and a bare rocky track to reach the hikers summit, Pt Lenana in time for sunrise - Kilimanjaro is usually visible 340kms to the south. The climb is on frozen scree going through the Harris tarn and requiring some scrambling on final stretch to reach the summit. read more....
This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach the summit and witness the magical sunrise over the equator at 6.30am. Descent via Naromoru route on the opposite end of the peaks to reach Mackinder's camp for breakfast. We feel tired but absolutely ecstatic.
Descent: -1700m. PM Transfer - Naro Moru park gate to Nairobi. 210kms / 4-5hrs.
D4 Details: Descent on a trodden trail past the famed vertical bog to Met Station in approximately 4 hours then farther on a broad track through bamboo and virgin rain forest to meet vehicles at the park gate for your return journey to Mountain Rock Lodge for a hot shower and lunch before proceeding with your onward plans. Those Returning to Nairobi today should expect to arrive by early evening.
5-6 days Kilimanjaro via Marangu Route
Fondly referred to as the "Coca-Cola route", Marangu is still the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. This is partly as a result of being the only route on Kilimanjaro according trekkers relative luxury of sleeping in huts along the entire route as well as the possibility to accomplish the route in 5 days, (nonetheless, this shorter trekking itinerary available on this route is not always the best option due to insufficient acclimatisation before the summit attempt).
However though, there is a possibility to spend an optional extra day to acclimatise at an altitude of 3720m to enhance the chance for a successful summit attempt. Generally, huts accommodation and the availability of mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers on sale in the huts is what sets this route apart from the other camping trails.
Trip tips: Accommodation on this trip is in a comfortable Hotel before and after the climb and in mountain huts throughout the climb. Guides leading the trek always walk along with the climbers and closely monitor the trekker’s adjustment to altitude.
All personal and trip equipment is carried by local Porters - you only carry a day-pack with personal gear.We buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff. We can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments.
7days Itinerary for the Marangu route (ex – Nairobi) :- For the 8 days option on this route with better acclimatisation, simply include an additional acclimatisation day at Horombo hut as day 5 of the itinerary below.
Departure from Nairobi is in the morning hours for a 4-5 hours journey via Namanga boarder to get to Arusha town. On arrival have lunch then take the rest of the afternoon to sort out your trek gears. Dinner and overnight at Impala Hotel or similar.
Porters will in the mean time arrange and sort packs, containing the trek equipment as well as clients bags
Make Ensure your daypack items are separated for you to carry (drinking water, lunch pack, few extra clothing, medicine etc.) as the porters ascend a lot quicker than us. Our guides will how ever be available to assist all the time. From the gate we ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest is normally suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss and is home to most Kilimanjaro animals.
Today’s trek takes us 5 hours and ascends 720m to reach the first nights stop - Mandara hut. The mountain camp comprises of a group of wooden A-framed huts positioned in a forest clearing and all supplied with solar generated lighting. Each hut is fitted with 6-8 sleeping bunks and a total capacity of 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut.
On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once we’re in the open moorland we’ll get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro's spectacular plants eg: the endemic giant lobelia and groundsels. Today’s trek takes 6 hours and ascends 1020m to reach Horombo hut for a welcome rest, evening meal and overnight. Retire to bed early today and get a last good night's rest - Horombo hut is a cluster of huts perched on a plateau and buildings similar to Mandara hut but with an added capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. We’ll meet both ascending and descending hikers here.
(Optional acclimatisation day at Horombo hut (3720m).
An extra day at Horombo is very essential to unseasoned trekkers for additional acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks (about 3 hours up and 1,5 hours down), being greatly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatisation. Always remember to drink enough water and move slowly!
The alternative lower route forking left that’s much easier to trek but more plain but passing the last watering point along the way.
We must fill our water bottles with all the water we required until our return to Horombo hut after two night's or otherwise be forced to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut. Situated in the barren Alpine desert, Kibo hut is built of stone and contains bunk beds for 60 climbers, but has no streams with water nearby.
It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp. There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m above and we make the final ascent this same night. Prepare all summit equipment and go to bed early and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.
Probably the most demanding section of the entire route - here we do the Kili shuffle and move slowly. From Gillmans Point expect snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long we’re able to spend taking photographs.
Advise: Avoid stopping here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue - after cerebrations at the summit we have a 6 hour descent back via Kibo hut to Horombo hut for our overnight. read more....
The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent with the total time spent walking on this day being around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp) then a well-earned restful night.
Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. From here we’re driven back to Arusha for a refreshing hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight in Impala hotel or similar.
Cultural Challenges - Participatory interaction in activities That uplifts a local community at the destination, in the areas such as conservation, commerce, health, education etc.
Community Challenges - involves the practical transfer of knowledge / Skills by the visitors, that impact positively on the local communities at the destination.