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Extreme Dreams: Wildest Africa and the Mountains of the Moon

Location

Uganda, Tanzania

When to Go

10 - 24 July 2023

Fitness Level

Level 4: Highly Active

Cost

$9,200USD

Venturing beyond well-trodden trails and tourist-saturated safaris, we witness the unfathomably beautiful and raw corners of this unique part of the world…starting with the Mountains of the Moon (a.k.a. the Rwenzori Mountains). Nestled between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this legendary range lives at the source of the Nile. Its highest peak, Mt Stanley (5109m) is the third highest in Africa. Its challenging ascent has fascinated us for more than a decade.

The journey up Mt Stanley will be a serious mission for our crew, with seven days of hard trekking through untamed rainforest and alpine highlands before crossing some of the last remaining glaciers on the equator. We look forward to preparing and pushing our fellow Extreme Dreamers to ensure we reach the summit and experience a journey we’ll never forget.

No African expedition is complete without a safari and some ‘Big 5’ action. Of course, we do things a little differently. By day, we’ll wander amongst the mighty beasts of the Serengeti, with nothing more than our wits, our feet, a rifle and an expert guide to keep us on the right side of adventure. By night, we sleep under canvas and a star-studded sky as the magic symphony of African creatures reverberates through our campsite. Our two-day walking safari is nature in its purest and finest form, where the superiority of mankind is stripped back and we lose our position at the top of the food chain. It’s ballsey, scary stuff which raises the heart rate and gets the adrenalin flowing.

After our two epic missions, we relax at the only camp in the wilderness and rhino zone of the northern Serengeti for the ultimate African wildlife experience close to the Mara River, where huge herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra wait to cross the crocodile-infested waters. Once the sun has set, we’ll relax around the campfire with dinner served under the stars to unwind, reminisce and plan the next big adventure.

There’s the option to stay extend your trip by two extra nights with a visit to one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations, the Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll stay high about this magnificent safari utopia at the Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp in a private luxury tent. More details can be found when you click LEARN MORE below.

Mount Stanley, also known as Margherita Peak, is Africa’s third-highest peak and the Kilembe route winds through diverse forests and valleys of ferns that showcase Africa’s amazing diversity. Straddling the Uganda/DRC border in eastern equatorial Africa, the Rwenzori Mountains are the legendary ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Standing at an impressive 5109 metres above sea level, the mist-shrouded peaks carry permanent snow and glaciers, while the lower slopes are wrapped in dense forest. The range has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its spectacular beauty. While the mountains are a great attraction to hikers, so too is the variety of flora, birds and animals. Our Venturers can look forward to trekking through the mountains, soaking up stunning views, and traversing Stanley Glacier – a serious undertaking with big drops, steep crampon-work and the odd rope ascent thrown in for good measure.

Please note – Climbing to Margherita peak is now technical and requires basic knowledge of ropes and crampons, ascenders and figure 8s to belay. We use poles and ice axes to ascend the ice sections of up to 60% which are changing rapidly due to climate change and the melting of the glacier. All our guides are trained in ice climbing and rescue and can guide you up with little experience however you must be prepared to learn on the way up and to be able to fit your own crampons and at least tie basic knots and use ascenders and figure 8s.

We provide all the equipment necessary for the climb like crampons, ropes, harnesses, and carabiners, you need to bring good hiking boots, warm clothing, a warm sleeping bag, and rain gear.

In the lead-up to this expedition, Best Life Adventures will run a pre-expedition training trip to learn the basic mountain skills required to complete this ascent. This will be at extra cost with details TBC.

This expedition has a fitness rating of 4 (Highly Active) – more details can be found here in 15.4.1

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DAY 1 ARRIVE ENTEBBE, UGANDA
DAY 2 START RWENZORI MOUNTAIN CLIMB
DAY 3 TREK TO MUTINDA CAMP, RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
DAY 4 TREK TO BUGATA CAMP, RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
DAY 5 TREK TO HUNWICK’S CAMP, RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
DAY 6 TREK TO MARGHERITA CAMP, RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
DAY 7 TREK TO HUNWICK’S CAMP, SUMMIT MT STANLEY (5109m)
DAY 8 TREK TO KIHARO CAMP, RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
DAY 9 ARRIVE SANDTON HOTEL, KASESE
DAY 10 DAY IN ENTEBBE
DAY 11 FLY TO KOGATENDE FOR PART TWO OF EXPEDITION
DAY 12 START SERENGETI WALKING SAFARI
DAY 13 FULL DAY WALKING SAFARI TO KOGATENDE GREEN CAMP
DAY 14 DAY GAME VIEWING KOGATENDE GREEN CAMP
DAY 15 GAME DRIVE ENROUTE TO KOGATENDE AIRPORT, FLIGHT TO KILIMANJARO INT. AIRPORT
*THIS ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE*

You can opt to extend your trip by two extra nights with a visit to one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations, the Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll stay high about this magnificent safari utopia at the Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp in a private luxury tent. More details can be found here.

Cost: US$9,200 (approx AU$13,200) per person (twin-share). Payment plans are available for this expedition to spread the cost of this trip over a number of months. Please contact us for more information.

Accommodation: All hotels for the 15 days / 14 nights listed in the itinerary. We will stay in a variety of accommodation ranging from cool mountain huts to boutique hotels, to tented safari camps.

 

Uganda

  • Return Aerolink flight Entebbe to Kasese
  • Accommodation at the hotels
  • Accommodation in mountain huts
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • Guides
  • Porters
  • Technical Summit Equipment

 

Tanzania

 

  • Chartered flight from Entebbe to Kogatende with Regional Air
  • Road Transfers
  • Accommodation and meals on safari
  • National Park, Conservation Area and Village fees and Government fees (inc. Tourism Development Levies)
  • 4WD safari vehicle
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Water bottle
  • Drinking water, other beverages and charging facilities in the vehicle
  • Flying medical insurance
  • Ground support from head office
  • Meet & Greet Service at JRO
  • International Airfare (we can book these for you – approx AU$3000 per person. Airfares are subject to change until paid for in full)
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance. You MUST have travel insurance. Instructions will be provided after you register.
  • Tipping
  • Any meals or drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcohol
  • Items of a personal nature

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