East Africa has some exciting climbing adventures to offer; Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa; Mount Kenya and the Ruwenzori Mountains. Each of these mountains has its own challenges and successfully climbing any one of them is an accomplishment to be proud of! Although some are not particularly difficult to climb it is necessary that one be in sound physical condition.
And so mountaineering is a fast growing adventure among the young and old alike, and the commonly tackled are Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. Silverbird Safaris can organise various excursions of varying durations to Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro and to any mountain of client's choice.
Knowledgeable guides and porters will accompany you and carry your luggage and you will only have to carry water, cameras and other personal items. The mountain climbing adventure normally begins with an overnight stay at a base lodge. After a hearty breakfast, you and your team depart. This is where the legwork begins with a climb through the lower rainforests. You will find that the landscape changes as you begin the assault. Interestingly more people visit Mount Kenya and the Ruwenzori Mountains to explore and view the fascinating vegetation than to climb the peaks and glaciers.
As you get closer to the peaks, breathing becomes more difficult as the air is very thin and the cold cuts through your clothing. As the rising sun’s rays touch the earth, Africa is revealed in splendour at your feet. This gives you the impetus to push on through the last and final stages before you reach the highest peaks.
MT. KILIMANJARO (Marangu route) SBT 51
Often known as the ‘beer route’ this is the most popular Kilimanjaro climb.
MT. KILIMANJARO (Machane route) SBT 52
Popularly referred to as the ‘whisky route’. This is a more expansive climb but is probably the most beautiful route on the mountain. Accommodation is in tents, which are carried by porters.
MT. KENYA, Kenya’s own highest mountain. SBT 53
To point Lenana at 16,355ft is a seven-day climb. No rock climbing experience is required to reach this peak. The scenery is magnificent and it is said that the view from Pt. Lenana encompasses the widest horizon in the world.
All climbers should be reasonably fit and healthy. Climbing these two major African mountains is an opportunity of a lifetime and our qualified staff will be happy to help and advise you on your expedition.