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St Conleths College East Africa Expedition 2018

EXPEDITION DURATION: 30 days.

COUNTRIES VISITED: Tanzania, Kenya & Uganda.

EXPEDITION DATES: June 2nd to July 1st, 2018.

EXPEDITION LEADER: Samzie Hale.

Kilimanjaro - Our team on summit.

Kilimanjaro – One of our 2016 teams on summit.

EXPEDITION SUMMARY:
This student lead journey focuses on maximising the East Africa experience for students and generating the most benefit to the local community chosen for the project. The expedition is made up of six different sections, pre-departure training, getting there & back, the trek, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and the community project. The students will lead the itinerary design based on the goals of the expedition.

PRE-DEPARTURE TRAINING:
The package includes two days of trekking in the Wicklow or Mourne Mountains to physically prepare the expedition team. There will also be several school based meetings between Earth’s Edge and students, teachers and parents.

GETTING THERE & BACK:
The package includes international return flights on one-stop flight itineraries from Dublin to Kilimanjaro international airport and from Entebbe to Dublin.

Mountain Biking in Kenya.

Mountain Biking in Kenya.

THE TREK:
Kilimanjaro (5896m) is not only Africa’s highest point, it is the highest free standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is a huge crater known as Kibo over 2km wide with several distinct cones, the highest being Uhuru Peak. The name Kilimanjaro is believed to come from Swahili, Kilima meaning ‘hill or little mountain’ and Njaro meaning ‘white’ or ‘shining’. Towering over 4,500m above the Rift Valley and the surrounding landscape, it makes for an impressive sight. We spend seven on the Machame trail, the most scenic route to the summit. Seven days on the mountain allows for good acclimatisation and maximises chances of a successful summit attempt. The route provides spectacular scenery and a wide variety of different landscapes. We start in scrublands thick with African wildlife and then move into lush forests followed by flowering alpine tundra. Above 4,500m the landscape changes to snow and rock as we approach the summit.

MOUNTAIN BIKING:
The students will select a multi-day cycle route in either the Rift Valley or Sagana regions of Kenya.

WHITEWATER RAFTING:
The students will arrange a day of rafting on the White Nile in Uganda.

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The White Nile, Uganda.

COMMUNITY PROJECT:
Student designed project in Uganda.

OUTLINE EXPEDITION ITINERARY:
The following is a sample itinerary; the finalised itinerary will be designed by the students.
Day 1: Depart Dublin.
Day 2: Arrive Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Rest & trek prep.
Day’s 4 to 10: Ascent of Kilimanjaro.
Day 11 & 12: Travel days.
Day 13: Rest day & bike prep.
Day’s 14 to 18: Biking expedition.
Day 19: Rest day.
Day’s 20 & 21: Travel days.
Day’s 22 to 27: Community project.
Day 28: Whitewater rafting.
Day 29: Depart Entebbe.
Day 30: Arrive Dublin.

EXPEDITION COSTS:
€4,499 per person. Costs will reduce by €100 per person if the group size is 20 students or more students at the time of balance payment.

PAYMENT TERMS:
Non-refundable deposit at the time of booking: €399
17 monthly €125 standing order payments (Nov 2016 – March 2018): €2,125
Balance payment due in April 2018: €1,925
Total Amount €4,449

STANDING ORDER DETAILS:
€125 to be paid on the 5th of every month from November 2016 to March 2018. Remember to use your name as the payers reference.
Bank Details:

IBAN: IE23 BOFI 9043 9270 3527 81
Swift code: BOFI IE 2D
Account name: Earth’s Edge Ltd.
Account number: 70352781
Sort code: 904392

EXPEDITION COSTS INCLUDE:
• International flights for all participants from Dublin to East Africa return economy class.
• Earth’s Edge expedition leader.
• Earth’s Edge expedition doctor.
• Travel insurance for all participants.
• All specialist expedition communication and safety equipment throughout including Sat Phone, GPS tracker, Gamo bag, radio’s and full expedition kit.
• Bikes, helmets and a full support team while biking.
• Whitewater rafting on the Nile in Uganda.
• Local English speaking guides, local cooks and porters for the trek.
• All accommodation in hotels, bunk houses and in tents.
• All food and drinking water throughout the expedition.
• All transport throughout the expedition.
• Earth’s Edge softshell jacket and bandana for all participants.
• All pre-departure support including comprehensive advice on gear, visas, vaccines and training etc.
• All parent and student meetings.
• All school based preparation days.
• Two days of training in the Wicklow or Mourne Mountains.
• Tips for local staff.

EXPEDITION COSTS EXCLUDE:
• Transfers to and from Dublin Airport.
• Medical vaccinations.
• Tourist visas.
• Personal equipment.
• Personal spending.
• Any additional services not included in the itinerary such as excess baggage charges, hotel porterage, and any items of a personal nature such as laundry, room service charges, phone calls, etc.