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St Conleths College East Africa Expedition 2018


COUNTRIES VISITED: Tanzania, Kenya & Uganda.

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

EXPEDITION LEADERS: Louise Lawrence & Aaron Byrne.

Kilimanjaro - Our team on summit.

Kilimanjaro – One of our 2016 teams on summit.

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.

The package includes two days of trekking in the 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.

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.

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.

The students will select a multi-day cycle route in the Mara region of Kenya.

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

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The White Nile, Uganda.

Student designed project in Uganda.

Day 1: Saturday June 2nd: Dublin to Tanzania.
Depart Dublin in the evening for Tanzania. Fly via Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Sunday June 3rd: Arrive in Tanzania.
Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer to our hostel in Arusha and then relax for the rest of the day. Overnight hostel.

Day 3: Monday June 4th: Preparation Day for Kilimanjaro.
We spend the day preparing for Kilimanjaro. Overnight hostel.

Day 4: Tuesday June 5th: Drive Arusha to Machame Gate and trek to Machame Camp, 7 hrs.
After breakfast and meeting the local guides, we drive for just over an hour to Machame Gate (1,490m). At the gate we register with the National Park and then meet our team of porters. Once we start walking it’s not long before we enter the tropical rain forest. Depending on how much rain there has been the trail can be quite muddy. After some time we stop for lunch and then continue to Machame Camp in the afternoon. By the time we reach the campsite the porters will already have set up your tent and the cook will be preparing dinner. Most people are quite tired after the first day’s walk so we advise an early night. Overnight camp. Altitude 2,980m.

Day 5: Wednesday June 6th: Trek Machame Camp to Shira Camp, 6 hrs.
After breakfast we leave Machame Camp and follow a steep trail all the way to the Shira Plateau. We stop for plenty of rests and photos throughout the day. We are rewarded with great views of the western breach with its stunning glaciers. We set up camp in the early afternoon and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,840m.

Day 6: Thursday June 7th: Trek Shira Camp to Barranco Camp, 7 hrs.
We leave Shira Camp and walk east towards Lava Tower, a huge rocky outcrop. After five hours of walking along a rocky trail we have lunch just before Lava Tower, allowing us extra time at this higher altitude. By walking to Lava Tower we reach 4,630m before walking back down to Barranco Camp. This jump in elevation greatly helps us with acclimatisation and is key to a successful summit attempt. After lunch we descend 680 metres over two hours to set up camp below the Barranco Wall. Today’s route has stunning views throughout. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,950m.

Day 7: Friday June 8th: Trek Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp, 5 hrs.
The day starts by walking up and over the Barranco Wall which is not quite as hard as it looks! Upon reaching the top we are rewarded with great views of Kilimanjaro, the Heim Glacier and the surrounding landscape. The trail then enters the Karanga Valley with many short ascents and descents as we cross many small streams. We set up camp just after the Karanga River. Spend the afternoon relaxing, chatting to fellow trekkers, guides and porters. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,000m.

Day 8: Saturday June 9th: Trek Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp, 5 hrs.
After breakfast we walk along a ridge towards Barafu Camp. We set an easy pace to ensure good acclimatisation. As we gain altitude the landscape becomes completely barren and free of vegetation, a quite inhospitable environment. After about three and half hours we reach Barafu camp where we need to register with the park rangers. After a short rest we continue on a steep trail to reach the much quieter Kosovo Camp. Because of the elevation this campsite is colder than previous camps but the views are amazing. We spend the afternoon resting, eating and preparing for tomorrow’s summit day. Your expedition leader will give you a full summit brief in the afternoon. Go to bed very early in preparation for the big day! Overnight camp. Altitude 4,800m.

Day 9: Sunday June 10th: Trek Kosovo Camp to Uhuru Peak to Millennium Camp, 14 hrs.
We rise very early usually around 12:00a.m, have some tea and snacks and start walking. We keep a steady pace as we walk on steep scree to reach Stella Point (5,685m). For many trekkers, this six-hour walk is the toughest section of the day. We take a short rest at Stella Point to enjoy the sunrise. From Stella Point it is a further two hours on an often snow-covered route to reach Mt Kilimanjaro (5,896m)! All the effort is well worth it as the feeling of being on the roof of Africa is second to none! After a short stay at the summit we start the descent to Millennium Camp. After three hours we reach Kosovo Camp and enjoy a rest and some food. We then walk for a further four hours to reach Millennium Camp. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,832m.

­Day 10: Monday June 11th: Trek Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate and drive to Arusha, 6 hrs.
After a hot breakfast we walk downhill for six hours and finish our trek and Mweka Gate. From the gate we drive back to Arusha and enjoy a well earned hot shower. The rest of the day is spent resting tired bodies and preparing for the next section of the expedition. Overnight hostel.

Day 11: Tuesday June 12th: Rest day in Arusha.
A day of rest after the mountain to wash clothes and prepare for our journey to Kenya. Overnight hostel.

Day 12: Wednesday June 13th: Arusha to Namanga.
We make an early morning start from Arusha, driving across the border at Namanga. Overnight camp.

Day 13: Thursday June 14th: Namanga to Maji Moto Camp.
Today we drive to the Maji Moto Camp, the starting point of our biking expedition. The drive takes us to the outskirts of Nairobi, East Africa’s most important city. After six hours driving we will stop in Narok to buy food and fuel for the next six days. From Narok it’s only another hour to reach Maji Moto, where we set up camp and make dinner. Overnight camp.

Day 14: Friday June 15th: Maji Moto Camp to Wild Camp 1. 40km, 5hrs.
After breakfast we break camp and pack everything into the support vehicles. For the first hour on the bikes we will focus on developing mountain bike skills to build confidence on the bikes.  Our route from Maji Moto takes us towards the Loita hills. Today’s route is relatively flat and we only cover 40km. Once we reach camp we set up the tents, dig a toilet and make dinner. This process will be repeated each night we are wild camping in Kenya. Overnight camp.

Day 15: Saturday June 16th: Wild Camp 1 to Wild Camp 2. 50km, 6 hrs.
We make an early start today to make good use of the cooler temperatures in the early morning. Today you will cycle approximately 50km and it will be much hillier as we ascend into the Loita hills. Keep your eyes open as you will hopefully start to see some of Africa’s amazing wildlife. We are likely to see Giraffe, Zebra and a lot more of the plains game. Overnight camp.

Day 16: Sunday June 17th: Wild Camp 2 to Wild Camp 3. 60km, 6 hrs.
Today is another spectacular day as we start to ride towards the Mara National Reserve. Don’t be fooled, there is as much wildlife outside the reserve as there is inside! It is important we stay close to our Masai guides from here onwards. Overnight camp.

Day 17: Monday June 18th: Wild Camp 3 to Masai Mara Camp.  70km, 7 hrs.
Today is the longest day on the bike and it really tests the legs. Luckily there is a lot more downhill as we leave the Loita hills and head towards the reserve. We will be doing a little more single track riding today as everyone will be more confident on the bikes. You will be staying in a public campsite outside the park that will have hot showers and toilets. Overnight camp.

Day 18: Tuesday June 19th: Masai Mara Game Drive.
We have an early start to prepare breakfast and lunch for the game drive. We get on the road at 06:30 and will be in the park until 6pm so a good lunch is essential. The long day gives us the opportunity to see all the wonderful game living in the Mara. Overnight camp.

Day 19: Wednesday June 20th: Drive to Kayunga.
We spend the day driving to Kayunga in Uganda. Overnight hostel.

Day 20: Thursday June 21th: Community Project.
Work on the community projects in Jinga and Kayunga. Overnight hostel.

Day 21: Friday June 22nd: Community Project.
Work on the community projects in Jinga and Kayunga. Overnight hostel.

Day 22: Saturday June 23rd: Slum Visit Kampala.
Spend the day in Kampala visiting the slum and some of the city markets. Overnight hostel.

Day 23: Sunday June 24th: Rest day in Kayunga.
Rest day in Kayunga. Overnight hostel.

Day 24 to 27: June 25th to 28th: Community Project.
Work on the community projects in Jinga and Kayunga. Overnight hostel.

Day 28: Friday June 29th: White Water Rafting Jinja.
Whitewater rafting on the source of the White Nile. Overnight camp.

Day 29: Saturday June 30th: Jinja to Entebbe.
Depart for Entebbe in the morning in time to catch an evening flight to Dublin.

Day 30: Sunday July 1st: Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.

€4,399 per person based on a group of over 20 participants.

Non-refundable deposit at the time of booking: €399
17 monthly €125 standing order payments (Nov 2016 – March 2018): €2,125
Balance payment due on April 2nd 2018: €1,875
Total Amount €4,399

€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

• 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.

• 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.