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Kilimanjaro

Approximate dates:  Late August - Early September
Approximate fundraising target: £3200
Number of places: 15
2017 Expedition Leader: Hugo Briggs
Application deadline: Friday 11th November 5pm

Every year, DUCK sends 25 students to Tanzania to summit the tallest mountain in Africa, the world’s highest free-standing mountain, at a whopping 5,895m high. The six day trek encompasses terrains from jungle to glacier, snow to scree, with temperatures varying between 37°C and -24°C. After 4 days of trekking the overnight summit attempt will be upon us. Starting at 11:00pm, we will trudge up 70° slopes, feeling the marvels of altitude sickness (a confusing feeling somewhere between drunkenness and the world’s worst hangover). On eventually reaching Stella point, our hardships are rewarded by the sensational vision of dawn from the roof of Africa. Walking alongside the glacier with the snow glistening amber in the sun’s rays towards Uhuru peak is an experience impossible to forget.

After this we will take a couple of days to relax before we head off to projects. This year we will be working at two sites over two weeks, working with Future Sense Foundation. The group will be split up for project work, where we will do some teaching at a local school alongside a renovation project, leaving a lasting impression upon the community.

Once we have completed the volunteering, we then have almost a week of free time to experience what Tanzania has to offer! This can range from going on a Safari to see the Big Five in the Serengeti or Ngorogoro Crater to exploring the city of Arusha and Tanzanian culture. You can go on another trek to Mount Meru, or even brave the Arusha snake park, with plenty of flexibility on offer for this part of the expedition.

To complete the summer of a lifetime we then head out to Zanzibar, first arriving at Stone Town where we will visit the fish market and Prison Island. After spending a couple of days in Stone Town we will then spend the rest of the week relaxing at hedonistic bars alongside the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches of Zanzibar, where we can reflect upon the enormity of our achievements. Here we will enjoy a boat trip, opportunities for diving, and also a Full Moon party to complete the expedition.

The Kilimanjaro expedition raises money for COCO, who do fantastic work making a real difference by working with communities in Africa to alleviate the poverty preventing children's education. 

 

The expedition is three weeks long, in the first week we shall climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for COCO an international children’s charity based in Newcastle. COCO in making a real difference by working with communities in Africa to alleviate the poverty preventing children’s education. After a few days to recover from the trek we shall head deep into the Serengeti National Park for a four day safari. Then finally for the last week we will be heading to the beautiful island of Zanzibar for some rest and relaxation. Think beautiful beaches, a multitude of historic sites, vibrant markets and tours.

There are also lots of extras we can do such as waterfall hikes (if we want to do more walking that is!), pampering ourselves in the Kikuletwa Hotsprings, and tones of water sports, snorkelling and diving.

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