We run different camping specification for different purposes. Generally these are grouped into expedition / mountaineering for the likes of Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, Mt Elgon and so on and then for our mixed adventure safaris for instance our Empakai to Natron Trek.
Summits Africa runs 3 specifications. They are:
The key differences between the specifications are based on the amount of equipment provided and hence this affects the total weight of gear going on any given expedition. On Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru or Mt Kenya, all gear is portered up and down and so the more equipment we take up the more porters there are and the price rises accordingly.
Remember that we do not alter the level of safety, safety devices or quality of guides.
Matching specification to guest
Generally speaking we recommend the LUXURY SPECIFICATION for most guests. Why? Because it is the right level of comfort for most people and when spending a week or more at altitude, it is great to have at least some creature comforts such as a pillow and comfy 3 inch mattress and a private toilet. By the same token most clients who want to hike Kilimanjaro are expecting an adventure. But, for those that want more comfort or don’t want to bend down to get into your tent, the VIP is hard to beat and is the highest specification on Kilimanjaro to date.
As a general overview the following summaries are useful to match guest to specification:
- Standard Specification: has a lightweight mess tent, table and stools, smaller client tent and foam pad. Client must provide their own sleeping bag. This is our most adventurous specification and also lowest priced.
- Luxury Specification: a larger mess tent than the standard specification, backed chairs instead of stools, a larger client tent with a 3 inch foam mattress. A pillow and -18 Celcius rated sleeping bag with liner are also included. There is a private portable toilet. Evening meals have an additional course (entrée) and there is fresh pressed coffee available. All in all, highly recommended.
- VIP Specification: similar to the Luxury specification but with a larger walk in client tent with a sleeping cot so that guests are raised above the ground. The most comfortable all inclusive specification on the mountain, this is the specification to choose.
- Expedition Camping: comfy walk in size tents, thick mattresses, duvets and a mess fly sheet. Showers are separate bucket style and toilets are normally short drop. Shower and toilet units are normally 1 shower + 1 toilet to 2 client tents but you can request 1:1.