Climb Kili 4 Elephants

A Life-Changing Adventure to Save Elephants

10.09.2019 - 7 Day Trek via the Machame Route

“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book ” - Sir David Attenborough-

Close to extinction in 10 years!!!

Every day, approximately 100 African elephants are being killed for their ivory – if the slaughter continues at this rate they will be close to extinction in 10 years. But there is hope – local communities are desperately trying to protect the elephants, and we can help them! Our "Climb Kili 4 Elephants" adventure is an extraordinary expedition in support of a critical cause: fighting the elephant poaching crisis in Tanzania.

A fundraising adventure to save the lives of elephants

Climb Kili 4 Elephants is a project of KCC that was established to raise awareness for poaching of African elephants and promote a deeper understanding of the trafficking of endangered wildlife.

With our fundraising treks to the summit of Kilimanjaro, we aim to help fund the efforts for elephant conservation in partnership with conservation groups in Africa and provide wages, equipment and training for vitally needed scout teams in Tarangire National Park.

Itinerary Highlights

Day 1 - Arrival - Arusha

After being  picked up from the airport we will transfer you to the Lodge in Arusha where you can shake off the flight and relax into Africa. Once everybody has arrived and settled in we will have a meet & greet with all the other climbers and give the group a briefing of the adventure that lies ahead.

Day 2-8 - Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro - Full Moon Summit

A once in a life time climb to the roof of Africa and actively contributing to the struggle in saving the lives of Elephants.

As far as a once in a life time experience goes – Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in the light of a full moon is certainly one of them. The stunning views of glittering glaciers on a cloudless night is reason alone for many climbers to schedule their trek to coincide with the full moon dates mentioned below. The moonlight will also make the final night climb on your summit night easier and most of the time it will be unnecessary to even switch on your head lamp, enhancing your whole trek up the mountain, offering some magnificent night views of Kibo from most of the overnight camps.

Day 9-10 - Tarangire National Park

An Elephant Experience

Over the next 2 days you will reconnect, with nature and reflect in the presence of the majestic African wildlife in the deep backcountry of Tarangire and live the sensual experience of walking with elephants in the African wilderness. Tarangire is one of Africa’s best-known elephant parks. Here we will be accessing areas where no others go, giving us a unique and in depth wilderness experience and some excellent up close elephant experiences. After a day in the bush with the elephants we will spend the night 10 km into the park, relaxing at Tarangire Safari Lodge. The following morning we will continue with our elephant encounters in the National Park and then make our way back to Arusha in the early evening.

Please note: this itinerary serves as an example of trip highlights and is subject to change.

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Project Aims & Objectives

The Project Aims to improve wildlife and associated natural resource law enforcement systems in the greater Tarangire- Manyara ecosystem, with a particular focus on elephant and giraffe protection.

Objectives include to:

  • Facilitate regular foot and aerial patrols
  • Set up and equip mobile ranger camps at strategic localities
  • Set up an informant network to better inform relevant Government and Community Authorised Association operations
  • Facilitate case follow up through to prosecution
  • Procure equipment for rangers and village game scouts
  • Train and better equip rangers and scouts in order to provide improved surveillance and anti-poaching rapid response, and to improve prosecution success
  • Provide Community Development and Support to local communities
  • Implement Human-Wildlife Conflict mitigation in priority areas
  • Roll out the ‘Living in Harmony with Nature’ education syllabus in local schools adjoining Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.

CK4E Trekking Dates

10.09.2019

Machame 7 Day

Image: Michele Daniel -  Atlanta, USA

Fight the plight that elephants face

Elephant and rhino poaching have been in the news a lot this past year, for good reason. Elephant poaching is at its highest level in 20 years. Forest elephant populations have declined 62% in ten years, and the poaching of them appears to only be intensifying.

Fueling this poaching boom is a market for ornately carved ivory and rhino horn sold as a very expensive cure-all in prospering Asian countries.

Many conservationists feel anger, rage and despair. You will understand when you have spent a couple days in the remote corners of Tarangire National Park. After watching huge herds of elephants as they feed, bathe, play and socialize, we challenge anyone not to feel awe at the sight of them. To kill them for something so trivial as decorative craft is utterly beyond comprehension.

Being up close with these majestic lords of the bush, it’s easy to forget the horrible plight that African elephants currently face. But you can’t. Seeing them in their native habitat should be a reminder of what we stand to lose if we don’t figure out the ivory poaching nightmare. Solutions won’t be easy, but if we don’t figure this out Tarangire’s elephants – all elephants – are doomed. Through joining CK4E treks you will be helping elephants in this critical time