Team Diabetes Tanzania Hiking Adventure

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The Walking Connection in partnership with Team Diabetes has offered hiking adventures successfully raising funds for Canadian Diabetes Association since 2007. These exclusive events referred to as the iConquer series have taken Team Diabetes participants to the Grand Canyon South Rim, Costa Rica, Iceland, Peru, Kauai and Ireland.

“This itinerary is perfect for those of us that want a bit of a challenge but are not interested in going to the summit of Kilimanjaro.” -Jo Ann Taylor

And now together we are offering a variety of new adventures where you can join the Walking Connection scheduled departures on some of our great destinations around the world while raising money for CDA.

A Taste of Kilimanjaro

Tanzania Walking Safari with Jo Ann Taylor

Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free standing mountain lies at your feet. If seeing Mt. Kilimanjaro and experiencing the thrill of being on the mountain is on your bucket list, yet going to the summit is not, this is the perfect hiking adventure for you! The Walking Connection and Team Diabetes are here to turn your dream into a reality.The mountain has many beautiful regions, none more so than the Western side and Shira Plateau. This is our goal for this “Taste of Kilimanjaro” adventure.

“You don’t always have to go to the very top to do something really BIG.” ~ Jo Ann Taylor

We are looking to experience the mountain our way — by enjoying it’s different vegetation and wilderness zones but still have the rush of being on the highest free standing mountain in the world.

Starting on the Western side this trip ascends through the Lemosho glades and Juniper forest and onto the Shira plateau with stunning views of Kibo (weather permitting). There are then options to hike either up towards Moir or across the Shira Plateau with four different vegetation zones towards the Shira Cathedral before descending back down.

Hosted by Walking Connection co-founders, Gene and/or Jo Ann Taylor.*

Fundraising Target: $9000.CAD

For More Information on the Team Diabetes and Walking Connection Partnership Adventures – Fundraising Program, Please Click Here!

For more information about the Tanzania Hiking Adventure, Training, Logistics & Travel, Please complete the form below. You can also email us, just Click Here and send us an email us OR – Call us at 1.800.295.9255!

Once you complete and submit this form, you will automatically be redirected to a page where you can complete your registration and make a $100/person deposit via credit card or Paypal. You will also receive an email with our contact information should you have any follow up questions. If you are just seeking information, you do not need to complete the payment page.

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Click the “Overview” link above to access the registration form for this adventure.

The trip begins and ends in Arusha, Tanzania.

Day 1 – Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), transfer to Lodge

This is the perfect place after a long flight to relax and recharge. Rivertrees lies nestled in the foothills of Mt Meru and commanding a majestic view of Kilimanjaro. This picturesque country estate combines old-world ambience, rustic African elegance, excellent farm cuisine, personal service and genuine warmth from your hosts. The inn’s timeless tranquility is complemented by its contemporary comforts, rendering it the perfect spot for rest and rejuvenation: weary travelers, mountain-climbers and safari-goers alike gather here to commence or conclude their adventures.

Gene and Jo Ann Taylor, co-founders of the Walking Connection, first visited Arusha in the 90’s and have enjoyed their stays ever since. As a gateway to sub-Saharan Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti, it’s a great place to start your hiking adventure. Click the link below and you’ll be excited about starting your hike here too!

Learn more about Arusha, Tanzania Here.

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Meals Included: No meals are included today due to possible late arrivals.

Overnight 2-Nights Rivertrees Lodge or similar

Day 2 – Arusha – Free Day & Hike Briefing

Idyllically situated amongst ten acres of lush greenery and riverine vegetation, Rivertrees is perfect for birdwatching, wandering in the gardens, and taking in the prospects of the adventure of a lifetime.

Optional activities can be booked to enjoy your prehike day: canoeing on Lake Duluti, Tanzanian Coffee tours, mountain biking, village walks or massage.
The Walking Connection will conduct a hike briefing with the local hike manager to make sure that you have everything you need for the hike and all questions are answered.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

2 of 2 nights Rivertrees Lodge or similar

Day 3 – Forest Camp

Morning departure from the hotel and head towards West Kilimanjaro. Formalities are completed at Londorossi gate before driving to the Lemosho trail head where our hike begins at approximately 7,800′ / 2377 m. Verdant forest and glades typify the day’s approximate 6K hike and signs of wildlife such as elephant are quite common. In the late afternoon arrive to Forest Camp (9,500′ / 2895 m)with time to relax before dinner.

Hiking Distance: 3.73 mi., 6K
Elevation Change: 7,800′ – 9,500′, 2377m – 2895m

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

1- night Forest Camp

Day 4 – Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast we depart through Podocarpus forest and ascend through Juniper forest and then on to the heath zone. Lunch is taken on route and by mid afternoon as we breach the Shira Plateau, we’ll soon arrive in camp.

Hiking Distance: 5 mi., 8K
Elevation Change: 9,500′ – 11,500′, 2895m – 3505m

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

1 of 2- nights Shira 1 Camp

Day 5 – Shira 1 Camp with day hike

At over 3500 meters the Shira plateau represents a unique high altitude environment. Today we’ll set off with our guides and trek to some of the more remote areas of the plateau like the Shira Cathedral. A picnic lunch is taken with you and for the more adventurous the guides can lead you up in to the alpine zone before returning to camp in the afternoon.

Hiking Distance: To be determined by ability
Elevation Change: also to be determined

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

2 of 2- nights Shira 1 Camp

Day 6 – Descend – Arusha

This morning you hike towards Murram gate before descending down towards Londorrosi gate. The hike takes around 4 to 5 hours and picnic lunches are provided at the gate before we transfer to our lodge in Arusha. Once we get to the lodge and take a highly sought after hot shower we’ll celebrate with dinner and a great evening together!

Hiking Distance: approximately 7.5 mi., 12K
Elevation Change: 11,500′ – 9200′, 3505m – 2800m.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

1 night Rivertrees Lodge or similar

Day 7 – Arusha to Kilmanjaro Airport

After breakfast depart for the airport…or better yet — Come On A Safari With Us!!!

Meals included today: Breakfast

Safari Optional Extensions Available
You have come this far… treat yourself to a 3 or 5 day safari to experience the incredible wildlife that Tanzania has to offer. Several adventures are available, ask for details:

Your Walking Connection Experience Includes:

  • Escorted by co-founders Gene and/or Jo Ann Taylor*
  • 2-Night pre hike and 1-Night post hike accommodations in Arusha
  • 4-day/3-Night Taste of Kilimanjaro Hike per the itinerary.
  • Trained Kilimanjaro guides.
  • Trained Camp Mangers, Cooks and Porters.
  • 3 inch mattress, (-30F) Lamina sleeping bag, thermal liner, guest tent, mess tent, table, backed chairs and portable toilet in camp
  • All relevant Kilimanjaro Park fees & rescue fees. *(See Price Variation Below).
  • Emergency medical evacuation.**
  • Supplemental oxygen & pulse oximeters.
  • All accommodation as described in the itinerary.
  • Daily Meals as indicated in itinerary: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner
  • Transfers as described in the itinerary. All transfers and transportation to and from airports. (Must arrive or depart on the scheduled day of the itinerary. Otherwise transfers may cost extra).
  • Drinks on the hike (potable water, tea, coffee & hot chocolate).
  • Pre-trip “Know Before You Go” information including recommended website, reading lists, packing list, what to bring, weather and much, much more.

Your Walking Connection Experience Does Not Include:

  • All international and domestic airfares with taxes not outlined in the above inclusions.
  • All items of a personal nature including beverages, laundry and shopping.
  • All passport and visa application fees, vaccination and medical consulting fees.
  • All international departure taxes collected at airport of departure.
  • Transfers other than scheduled day of arrival and departure per itinerary.
  • Gratuities for the local guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Early check in & late check out of rooms
  • Optional tours or items of a personal nature such as drinks
  • Photographs & phone calls
  • No discounts or refunds on any unused portion of the tour.
  • Anything that is not expressly stated in the itinerary or on the inclusions page as included.

*Itinerary: Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

**PLEASE NOTE: Emergency medical evacuation is provided. HOWEVER, participants and guests are responsible for all costs and expenses including but not limited to any emergency air transportation, domestic or international air transportation, ground transportation, medical attention, doctors, nurses, hospital fees and any other item associated with medical or any related heath care services provided.

Click the “Overview” link above to access the registration form for this adventure.

Adventure expeditions with the Walking Connection are geared toward your success and enjoying them from “Top To Bottom,” (Canyoneering), “Bottom To Top,” (Mountaineering) and “From One End To The Other,” on multi-day treks. Key parts of that success are the preparation, physical training and extensive planning that goes into every journey before it ever begins. With the Walking Connection, you only have to do the first two; prepare yourself and physically train. We do the planning!

For our Taste Of Kilimanjaro adventure, we have a goal oriented program that describes where you should be with regard to your physical capabilities in order to have the best chance at accomplishing your goal. It is designed to help you over three months and includes benchmarks for walking, hiking and endurance preparation. We provide a day-by-day elevation gain/loss chart and descriptions so that you know what to expect on the adventure.

Additionally, we provide a comprehensive pre-trip planning guide that includes a guest orientation, gear list, recommendations for everything you will will need and want on your adventure such as inoculations, what it is like to travel in Tanzania, personal safety information, etc. Finally you’ll receive a detailed “Know Before You Go,” that covers all of the logistics, your personal itinerary and more travel recommendations that will help you succeed and enjoy your adventure.

A Word About Safety

Safety is a shared responsibility. For our part, we have meticulously planned an adventure that includes a well-traveled route operated by well-trained and seasoned professional team of guides and camp managers. They are experienced in mountain hiking and high altitude acclimatization, and they maintain ongoing training and certifications in CPR and first aid. They have first hand knowledge and experience in all aspects of hiking on Mt. Kilimanjaro and in case of medical mishap, illness or emergency, have a medical response and evacuation plan in place. As well, they are in daily contact via radio/mobile and satellite phone with the base operation at the bottom of the mountain to coordinate any immediate response that may be necessary. We also provide you with detailed information prior to your trip so that you can prepare yourself accordingly to handle the rigors of the adventure.

For your part, we expect and anticipate that you will have done all you can do to prepare yourself physically and mentally to give yourself the best opportunity to succeed on the adventure. That includes checking with your healthcare professional to be sure you are healthy, getting the appropriate inoculations and properly outfitting yourself with the appropriate gear for the adventure. Communicating with us every step of the way, from training through your journey up and down the mountain is critical for a safe and successful adventure. You’ll find us receptive to your questions and comments and able to provide you with accurate and detailed information whenever you need it.

Travel Insurance that includes medical evacuation and transport is essential and as important as your hiking boots, passport, prescription medication. We require you to provide us with the name, policy number and specific communication/contact information should we have to contact them on your behalf. Regretfully, we cannot accept anyone on this trip who does not have insurance.

Click the “Overview” link above to access the registration form for this adventure.

Fundraising Minimum:
Double occupancy: The fundraising minimum for this adventure is $9000 CAD and is for double occupancy – (two participants per room/tent). *Please see Price Variations below.
Single occupancy: $400 single supplement (Paid for by participant). Single accommodations are available on a limited basis.

Deposits: An initial deposit of $100 USD (NON-REFUNDABLE) per person is required to reserve your space. No space will be held without a complete deposit. Deposits may be made by check or credit card. Our tour prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuation at the time of final payment.

Tanzania visas: Visas are required for all U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter Tanzania. We recommend securing documentation prior to arrival. The Walking Connection will supply information for the proper paper work for all guests.

Itinerary: Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

Travel Roommates and Single Supplements: If you have registered for double occupancy but don’t have a travel roommate, the Walking Connection will attempt to locate one for you. In the event that a roommate cannot be found, you may be charged for a Single Supplement for any portion of the trip where you will be rooming as a single.

*PRICE VARIATION – Prices are based upon the current government fees for park and sanctuary entry and all taxes at the time of publication of this web page. Should the government impose any new taxes, raise the current tax or increase the entry cost to any park or sanctuary, the price increase will be passed along and charged to you. You will be notified of this increase at the time we are notified. All payments received by us are subject to the cancellation policy already published and in effect.


It is REQUIRED that clients take out adequate insurance cover against all risks associated with adventure travel, this means appropriate travel and medical insurance prior to departure of clients from their country of origin. A climb or safari is an adventure holiday and accordingly the Walking Connection, Adventure International, LLC or their officers and employees shall be liable in way for any loss or damages expenses or costs arising from any incident involving clients that may occur whilst using any of the services provided by the Walking Connection, Adventure International, LLC or third parties contracted by the company. Insurance should at least cover: personal accident, medical expenses, hospitalization, repatriation, trip curtailment, cancellation, and loss of valuables.

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