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Africa offers endless opportunities for highland trekking and mountain climbing, from gentle hill walks in the Drakensburg heights of South Africa to trekking on the slopes of Mount Kenya, or total endurance trials, climbing the world famous grandfather of them all, Mount Kilimanjaro, the glacier-capped "Shining Mountain" which rises from the clouds, 5895 meters above the rolling plains of northern Tanzania. It is the highest stand-alone mountain in the world and must not be underestimated. Although there are a number of trails up the mountain, representing different levels of ability and endurance, it is a grueling undertaking, and can pose a very real risk to life. You do not need specialized mountain climbing skills nor mountaineering equipment on this challenging vacation on Africa's highest peak, but you will need the skills of an experienced support team, provided by Uhuru Trails, a team partnership between AfricanMecca Safaris and a well-respected family company with over thirty years acquaintance with this mountain, which is the ultimate pinnacle of many dreams of hazardous adventure on the beautiful continent. Apart from the personal triumph of attaining the summit of this magical peak of Kilimanjaro, there is also the unforgettable trek from summer to winter in a matter of days as you traverse the very different zones that mark your progress from verdant plains, through tropical forest, alpine meadows, inhospitable winter scree and glaciated snow fields to stand above the clouds as the sun rises in a world so inhospitable that you can only bear its wonder for a matter of minutes before being forced to descend from its oxygen-starved heights. In this alien place on Kilimanjaro mountain, you will find plants that grow nowhere else on earth: bizarre giant groundsel and senecios, like sentinel columns wrapped in fur or topped by cabbages. Other incredibly aged vegetation has adapted to being regularly uprooted by the cycle of freeze and thaw in its Arctic wastes. You will find a place like you few have ever seen before, and you will face yourself, your limits and a personal discovery you could never have achieved elsewhere on Earth. Mount Meru is less frequented, more gentle and forgiving, but still a wonderful trekking experience. It is a younger, exploded volcano with steep cliffs and a central ash cone still showing signs of life. More beautiful to some minds than the grander pair, it is home to a wide range of wildlife. Affording fantastic views over the Arusha National Park plains below and the algae-rich Momella Lakes, it is a more relaxing introduction to an acclimatized holiday in Tanzania. Further north, the "Mountain of God," Ol Doinyo Lengai, is a sacred site. The Maasai people believe the Engai God triggers eruptions or drought, and make pacifying family pilgrimages to bless their children and livestock, or to beg the favor of fertility. It offers a challenging day-long scramble and should not be undertaken lightly.
Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain, like Kilimanjaro, it is an extinct volcano. It is almost 700 meters short of Kili, and can be used as an acclimatizing introduction before going on the tackle of the real giant. But it poses challenges of its own. Only one of its three peaks is accessible without real mountain climbing skills and specialist climbing guides. By contrast, a quest of the Aberdare Highlands in Kenya’s National Park in the Great Rift Valley, offers a less demanding trek, with a richer wildlife experience and lusher vegetation. The bongo, one of the largest antelope, is found here with a diversity of game, predators, herbivores including mighty pachyderms and hundreds of species of magnificent birds, from massive eagles to diminutive sunbirds. Similarly, Chyulu Hills offers a rich natural ambience for an off-beat vacation with AfricanMecca spent hiking or even horse riding on its hills. Amongst other amazing destinations for a fantastic highlands holiday in Africa, are the hilly wildernesses of Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and South Africa. The Simien Mountains are cool, gentle, grassy ridges, forested with tree heathers, and populated by rare species of ibex, fox, klipspringer and baboon, a distinct wonderland for travel in Ethiopia. They end abruptly at a 30-million-year-old volcanic escarpment with breathless views 2,000 meters above the Tekeze lowlands. A gazetted World Heritage Site since 1918, the Simien Mountain National Park successfully combines its wilderness ambience with the presence of indigenous farmers and pastoralists. A tour of Uganda must include Mount Elgon, one of East Africa's most distinct trekking destinations, with one of the largest volcanic caldera, with five major crater peaks which may be reached either from Uganda and also Kenya. Also in Uganda, trekking the Rwenzori, "Mountains Of The Moon" follows the border with the Congo. Third highest of Africa's mountains, the snow encrusted heights tower above lush, montane and bamboo forests thickly populated with rare birds and rarer vegetation endemic to the Albertine Rift. A week’s active trek in Rwenzori will enable experienced visitors to climb to the Mount Stanley summit of 5109 meters at Margherita, though neighboring peaks are less strenuous. The Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa are a favorite place to take an active family trip or for photographers, birders, hill walkers, bikers and climbers. Another World Heritage Site with spectacular Tugela waterfall and unique displays of San Rock Art, the hilly area attracts energetic vacationers, camping, backpacking or staying in caves in this vast Southern African wilderness playground.

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MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMBING
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MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMBING

Your Kilimanjaro dream climb is entirely your own to design. Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca will work with you to customize exactly the triumphant Tanzanian mountainous quest experience you want.

MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING
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MOUNT KENYA CLIMBING

AfricanMecca offer guided treks to Lenana Peak. Your Mount Kenya dream climb is entirely your own to design. We will work with you to customize exactly the triumphant quest experience you want.

MOUNT MERU CLIMBING
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MOUNT MERU CLIMBING

Mount Meru at 4566 meters is the second highest mountain in Tanzania. It is often used as an acclimatizing mountain hiking prelude to a Kilimanjaro climbing challenge with Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca.

OL DOINYO LENGAI CLIMBING
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OL DOINYO LENGAI CLIMBING

Your trekking tour of Ol Doinyo Lengai takes you to the base of the 7650-foot summit that rises above the arid Rift Valley and dominates its landscape with eerie formations created in the previous eruptions.

ABERDARE PARK HIKE
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ABERDARE PARK HIKE

The park covers 767 sq km and elevations range upto 4001 meters. Dense forests and moorlands cover most of the area. Elephants and buffalos walk amongst elands, impalas, zebras and other fauna.

CHYULU HILLS PARK HIKE
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CHYULU HILLS PARK HIKE

Chyulu is a striking unspoiled landscape of emerald green hills, open vistas, dense forests and pools of water with reflections of white clouds in azure blue skies, all surrounded by resident fauna.

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SAFARI PRICES FOR AFRICA

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AFRICA TRIP IDEAS
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AFRICA TRIP IDEAS

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PARKS & RESERVES IN AFRICA
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PARKS & RESERVES IN AFRICA

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ACCOMMODATIONS IN AFRICA
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ACCOMMODATIONS IN AFRICA

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BEST TIME TO VISIT AFRICA
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BEST TIME TO VISIT AFRICA

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BEACHES & ISLANDS OF AFRICA
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BEACHES & ISLANDS OF AFRICA

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AFRICAN COUNTRIES OVERVIEW
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AFRICAN COUNTRIES OVERVIEW

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CITY DAY TOURS FOR AFRICA
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CITY DAY TOURS FOR AFRICA

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AFRICA SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS

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  • Greetings to you and our most fervent thanks for a wonderful trip of Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa & Victoria Falls. Everything went very well. This was truly a perfect vacation. Thank you so much for all your arrangements.
    Adrienne & Barrie Carter - Canada
  • Dear Raza, The accommodations you recommended were superb. We loved them all -- Giraffe Manor, Wilderness Trails, Governor's Il Moran, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and Mnemba Island Lodge.
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  • AfricanMecca Safaris created a remarkable honeymoon tailored to our interests and desires. The quality of service and delivery of experience was unsurpassed. I highly recommend AfricanMecca Safaris to honeymooners, families, or any traveler.
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  • We had a great time on your safaris. Thank you very much for all that you did for us. We were in Africa overall for 5 weeks and spent time in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania. We just totally loved it.
    Bruce and Susie Ironside - New Zealand
  • I cannot say enough about the quality of AfricanMecca. Their teams in Kenya and Tanzania were top notch. Raza, again thanks to you and your entire organization! We will be repeat customers.
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  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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  • This is to let you know my guests, The Bryant's, had a wonderful time on the trip Samburu, Masai Mara/Kenya, Chobe/Botswana & Victoria Falls/Zambia. Everything was perfect! Thank you..
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SAFARI & TOUR HOLIDAY IDEA FOR AFRICA

When visiting Africa, we recommend your tour to varied national parks in Africa like Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania, Kruger in South Africa, Chobe and Okavango Delta in Botswana, Masai Mara in Kenya to Kilimanjaro trekking, gorilla and chimpanzee safari in Uganda and Rwanda, ending with beachfront retreat to Zanzibar Island or Cape Town.

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