Join Tanzania Development Support as the organization hosts the 2018 Kili Climb on Feb. 2 to 14 in Tanzania to support children from the Bukwaya region while trekking the highest mountain in Africa.
The purpose of the climb is to raise $75,000 to buy about 15,000 books to fill the Madaraka Nyerere Library and Community Resource Center (LCRC) and provide textbooks for many of the classrooms in local primary and secondary schools. The LCRC facility serves about 10,000 children and 100 primary and secondary teachers in the Bukwaya region.
The money raised from this climb will change their lives forever, helping them out of poverty and into healthier, longer, more satisfying lives.
The deadline to sign up for the Kili Climb is Saturday, Nov. 18. To register, you will need to:
- Submit an application form.
- Submit a signed liability waiver and code of conduct acknowledging personal risks of traveling in a developing country. (You will need to sign another waiver for Trek2Kili in Moshi.)
- Provide proof of travel insurance with minimum $10,000 evacuation coverage. (That should be purchased within 10 days of your first trip payment to maximize insurance benefits.)
- Make a deposit payment of $350 by Nov. 18, 2017, to Tanzania Development Support, 201 Thornbrook Road, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. Of the payment, $100 will be donated and published on your unique fundraising page.
The 2018 TDS Kili Climb volunteers will depart their US cities on Friday, Feb. 2, for Tanzania (probably through Amsterdam). On Saturday, Feb. 3, volunteers will rendezvous in the Amsterdam airport for the flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and arrive at about 9 p.m. in Tanzania, where our Trek2Kili guide, Azizi Msuya, will take us to the Bristol Cottage Hotel in Moshi. On Sunday, we will check last minute equipment needs, get a briefing on the climb, and rest.
Following an early breakfast on Monday, Feb. 4, we will head to the Kilimanjaro Park Gate to begin our adventure to 19,341 feet at Uhuru (Freedom) Peak! We will summit the highest peak in Africa on Saturday morning, Feb. 10. Click here for details on each day of the climb.
After the climb, we will celebrate at the exit gate and then celebrate again with our guides at the Masailand Lodge in Arusha. The next morning, Monday, Feb. 12, we will depart after an early breakfast for the Serengeti National Park, and stop at the world-famous Old Duvai Gorge where Mary Leakey made her famous discovery of ancient human settlements that revolutionized ideas of our human origins. On our way through the Serengeti, we will watch for lions and cheetahs, as well as giraffe, elephants, and the famous gnu (wildebeest) and zebra migrations. We will camp overnight in the park, and wake early on Tuesday, Feb. 13, for a sunrise game drive, followed by 10 a.m. breakfast and a slow drive to Fort Ikomo Gate, where we will leave the park and head to Musoma for our hostel.
On Wednesday, Feb. 14, we will take a short ride at the end of our very long journey to Nyegina Village, where we will deliver the funds we have raised to the Bukwaya communities. It will be a joyous celebration you will never forget. As one of the 2012 TDS Kili Climb volunteers remarked afterwards, “Now I know why I climbed that mountain.”
Accommodations and transport from the Fort Ikomo gate and to Mwanza airport are local (Tanzanian) matching contributions for the Kili Climb fundraiser. Trek2Kili is also generously donating a free climb and safari for two students at Nyegina Secondary and a teacher; we are grateful for their support.
During our days on the mountain, Father Leo Kazeri will guide partners who do not wish to climb but want to be nearby for support and to go on the safari.
The total estimated cost for climbers is about $4,275. This includes the climbing package ($2,415 for everything associated with the 7-day climb, such as porter tips, lodging, and meals); the add-on package* ($495 for everything associated with the safari in the Serengeti, such as park fees and meals); and airfare ($1,365).
The total estimated cost for volunteers who do not wish to climb is about $2,680. This includes visits to various NGOs and other interesting sites in the Moshi-Arusha area ($820 for hotel, meals, transport, etc.); the add-on package* ($495 for everything associated with the safari in the Serengeti, such as park fees and meals); and airfare ($1,365).
* The add-on package is the only component of the trip the IRS will not treat as a charitable expense.
The current estimated airfare, round trip, from Chicago, Ill., to Tanzania and back is about $1,365, flying KLM through Amsterdam to Tanzania (and return). The price from other destinations in the U.S. will vary.
Everyone needs to land Saturday night, Feb. 3, at the Kilimanjaro airport (JRO). The hotel is about 45 minutes away and pre-arranged transport is essential. We prefer everyone join up in Amsterdam and fly the KLM leg (AMS-JRO) together. We have successfully used the services of Andy Sharma (USAVE TRAVEL) for the June 2016 work study trip, and we highly recommend using Andy so that flights can be coordinated for pickups and departures.
The most important goal of the 2018 Kili Climb is raising at least $75,000 to buy all those books!
To do that, we will create a fundraising page for each climber and partner. You will provide a brief blip explaining why you are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the books, and your public plea for donations. Raise money by asking friends, family, and colleagues to donate to your climb. Set your fundraising target with a minimum goal of $1,000, to which you will contribute the first $100 (taken from your initial deposit). (It can be adjusted higher as you become more successful at raising funds!) Partners are also be asked to try to raise at least $1,000 for the books.
Discuss any health concerns about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with your physician. A yellow fever vaccine is required before you depart for Tanzania. In Illinois, the vaccine is only available at a county health department.
Email email@example.com with questions and your intentions (even if tentative) as soon as possible.
We look forward to congratulating you on Uhuru Peak at the top of Africa on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018!