I will never forget my time in Tanzania and wished it could have been longer. I would recommend it to anyone.
Mai Taleb, 26, 2006
July 15th through to July 28th for 2 weeks - Tanzanian School Build - £1250 / $1650
July 15th through to August 5th for 3 weeks - Tanzanian School Build and Kilimanjaro Machame Trek - £3250 / $4150
July 29th through to August 5th for 1 week - Kilimanjaro Machame Trek - £2250 / $3000
• Location: villages in the foothills and plains of Kilimanjaro
Custom groups can choose their own dates - bring your own Team!
You could join like-minded volunteers assist these families to improve their surroundings in rural Tanzania. Split your time between a building project and teaching at a local school. There is always the opportunity to get involved assisting teachers in the classroom and running after-school activities, especially in sports clubs.
Working alongside local builders, spending time with the kids and staying in the villages will make you an essential part of the community. These projects will tackle needs that have been identified by your host community to ensure that your financial and physical investments are sustainable long into the future. The key to any MAD building project is the partnership between our team and the local community. As well as bringing essential funding to the project the presence of a team of volunteers in the village community can be a great motivator to local people.
The type of other building projects we get involved in varies and depends on volunteer numbers. In the past we have helped to build sanitation blocks, water storage tanks, school classrooms, clinics, kitchens, community halls, basic housing and much more. Depending on the time of year, number of volunteers and funds available the building work may vary from painting a classroom to building a school block. Building sites are a lot of fun and you will be surprised at your own capabilities and strengths! You will be instructed on building techniques by local professionals and your MAD Project Leader.
Day 1 Onto Kilimanjaro
After breakfast you will be transferred to Machame Gate (1hr) passing some Mad Projects en route, set deep in the cloud forest that surrounds Mt Kilimanjaro. After signing in at the National Park Gate you begin a slow and very steady walk from Machame Gate at 1800m Above Sea Level (ASL) to 2980m ASL. This day takes 4-5 hours, a gradual ascent through thick cloud forest. Arrive in camp and relax, enjoying the incredible views of Kibo Peak. A candlelit dinner will be served before retiring to your tented accommodation for the night.
Day 2 The Shira Plateau
After breakfast a steep ascent takes you along the Machame ridge line, gradually working its way up to the Shira Plateau. Spectacular views of Kibo Peak follow you the whole way. Lunch will be taken en-route, before arriving onto the Shira Plateau at early afternoon, and Shira Hut at 3,840m ASL (5-6 hrs). From here the true vista of your surroundings become apparent, with spectacular views both of Kibo Peak, and out west towards Mt Meru and the Maasai Highlands. The afternoon gives you good resting opportunities, combined with a full and hearty dinner. You then retire to your tented accommodation for the night.
Day 3 Acclimatisation
After breakfast you head east, across the plateau on a gradual incline. The gradual ascent over the Shira Plateau takes you up to an altitude of 4,400m ASL, providing valuable acclimatization. With lunch en-route, you will descend in the afternoon down to Barranco Campsite, set at the base of the Barranco Wall at 3,950m ASL. Barranco Campsite offers some of the most spectacular views of Kibo Peak. After another hearty dinner retire to your tented accommodation for the night.
Day 4 The Barranco Wall and Karanga Valley
After a very early breakfast you head east up the Barranco Wall, a height gain of 700ft. From here you continue over the ridges and valleys to the Karanga Valley. Lunch will be taken en-route and you’ll arrive into camp in the early afternoon, a 5-6hr walk. Dinner will be served and you’ll retire to your tented accommodation for the night.
Day 5 The Karanga Valley and Barafu
After a comfortable breakfast you’ll now head steeply into the face of Kibo Peak ascending up to Barafu Camp. The journey is short, only taking around 2-3hrs but it is taken very slowly. Lunch will be served upon arrival at Barafu Camp around 13:00. You’ll be encouraged to retire to your tent in the mid-afternoon for the night.
Day 6 The Roof of Africa
Beginning at midnight, breakfast is served and you begin an extremely slow ascent across the scree slopes towards Stella Point. First light comes up around 05:30AM, and you should reach Stella Point for around sun-rise. From Stella Point it is a gentle ascent around to Uhuru Peak: The Roof of Africa. After admiring some of the views, you descend back to Stella Point and down to Barranco Camp. At Barranco Camp you can rest up for one or two hours with lunch being served. From Barranco Camp you descend down to Mweka Hut, arriving late afternoon for dinner and a well earned nights rest!
Day 7 Off Kilimanjaro
After breakfast you descend down to Mweka Gate, a gradual decline through the heath and cloud forest. At Mweka Gate you’ll be collected and transferred to your hotel in Moshi, a half hour drive. Enjoy the very welcoming shower and hot lunch before receiving your Uhuru Peak Certificates! The afternoon can be spent as free time. In the evening you travel into Moshi town for a celebratory meal and drinks.