Summits Africa started on Kilimanjaro in 2001 with a team of guides and crew. In 2007 Summits Africa was formed as an independent business to business operator so that we could provide non branded solutions to the travel industry. Find example itineraries below and should you need something that is not listed here then let us know. If it is an event or active itinerary anywhere in East Africa there is a high chance we can assist and we’d love to. Don’t forget to check out our FAQ and blog posts to help choose routes, select clothing for your specific adventure or learn from our knowledge base.
Kilimanjaro: with 6 different starting routes and 3 ways to reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft / 5,895 m asl) the options may seem overwhelming! Summits Africa has GROUP DEPARTURE options on the Machame route, our 7 day standard specification trip designed to be well priced with excellent success rates, and then our flagship Lemosho 8 day route on the VIP specification for the best of the best. Note that we can run any route, any day, any number of people with advance warning.
Custom options exist for more adventurous (why not Umbwe via the Western Breach?) or least distance for instance for less mobile groups and then the most off the beaten track routes as well.
Mt Meru: This is a huts only climb to Socialist peak (14,975 ft, 4,565 m asl) and is a really stunning alternative or adjunct to Kilimanjaro. Usually done over 3 nights 4 days or the shorter and more taxing 2 nights 3 day Mt Meru trek. This can also be combined with other adventures easily such as trekking in the Ngorongoro highlands or biking. Note that Mt Meru is in Arusha National Park and can also be a great 1 day acclimatisation + game drive to see a variety of wild animals and avifauna. One of the most underatted parks in the region!
Ngorongoro Highlands: most people only see Ngorongoro from the inside of a 4×4.. The trekking here is stunning. Almost all of the NCA (Ngorongoro Conservation Area) has areas that can be walked and you can both walk from camps and lodges OR take much longer hikes from point to point over a number of days. Summits Africa has pioneered routes for challenge events and offers glamourous trekking options in the eastern side as well as the Gol mountains (see below) and we are actively engaged in community based tourism with multiple communities training guides and employing members of the community.
Lake Natron: in 2013 Summits Africa bought a tented camp in Lake Natron area, Lake Natron Camp, Ngare Sero. This operates as a seperate entity and we build itineraries including this adventure destination. It is an ideal hub linking treks from Empakai and the Ngorongoro Highlands to the Gol Mountains or a stand alone adventure destination with Oldonyo Lengai, the active carbonatite volcano and source of the ash that fuels the great migration! That one day climb is possibly the hardest one day hike in East Africa and a must for active types!
Gol Mountains: remote and rarely visited, this gem of an area is perfect for trekking. There are parts both inside the NCA (Ngorongoro Conservation Area) and outside in village land and all areas can be trekked. These are areas where the Maasai still move annually in search of pasture for their livestock, secret springs, sand rivers and gorges and mysterious ancient cave paintings all waiting to be explored. In this region we operate a mix of donkey trekking and vehicle supported treks and note for rock climbers there are some stunning areas that have barely been touched. From here you can access Olduvai gorge, the short grass plains migration or trek for days on end away from the regular tourist circuit.