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7 Days-6 Nights-Wheelchair Kilimanjaro climbing (Marangu Route Trekking)

Total hiking distance: About 96 kms (Excluding any acclimatization hike)

Tour Feature: Generally known as the "Coca-Cola route", Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route to a 6-day march, greatly increasing your chances of success. Hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are pottered and a cook prepares all your meals. For the 5-day route, simply exclude the additional acclimatization day at Horombo hut - day 3 on the itinerary below.

Itinerary:

Kilimanjaro from Moshi

Day 1: Arrival –Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta international Airport, you will be transferred to Arusha arriving ready for lunch and then to Moshi town where you will be accommodated ready for the climbing the next day. Alternatively, on arrival at the at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by our tour manager who will then transfer you to your hotel for overnight rest on bed and breakfast ready for next day climbing expedition.

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1980m) - Mandara hut (2700m)
Distance: About 12 kms, Hiking time: 5 hours, Habitat: Montane forest

After early breakfast, you will be driven to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro animals are found. An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1½ hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.

Your first night stop will be at Mandara hut, which is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut, B, L, D.

Day 3: Mandara hut (2700m) - Horombo hut (3720m)
Distance: About 15 kms, Hiking time: 6 hours, Habitat: Moorland

It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater (side Trek) for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro most spectacular. After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.

Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) - Acclimatization day
Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night's rest.

Day 5: Horombo hut (3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m)
Distance: About 15 kms, Hiking time: 6 hours, Habitat: Alpine desert

After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the "Saddle". There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby.

Mt Kilimanjaro

The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest as possible.

Day 6: Summit Attempt, Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)
Distance: 6 km ascent - 21 kms descent, Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru - 6 hours to descend to Horombo, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23h30, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.

From Gillman’s Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. You made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest start heading down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. Later in the evening you enjoy your last on the mountain and a richly deserved sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions, B, L, and D.

Day 7: Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)
Distance: About 27 kms, Hiking time: 6 hours

After breakfast you continue your descent for about 6 hours, passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates.

You will be received by your tour guide and taken for an overnight at your hotel at Moshi before departure or proceed to Arusha town if you are to either continue on a safari or depart via Jomo Kenyatta international Airport in Nairobi.

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Cost:

Please request for the safari cost by filling in your details after clicking on the Reservations Button below. The price depends on season of travel, class of accommodation and the size of the group. Children are offered Special Rates based on their ages.

Cost Include:

-Transport to and from Nairobi to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport then to Moshi town and back
- Transport from your hotel to the Park Gate,
-Marangu route trek as itinerary depicts
-All services begin and end at Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
- Accommodation and 3 meal plan while in mountain huts or tents when camping
-Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook together with treated water on the trek
- All National Park entrance and camp site fees, Rescue fees, Hut fees,
- All food - breakfasts, lunches (packed if necessary) and evening meals prepared by our own cook.
-Return airport transfers from / to Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport

Cost Exclude:

- Travel and personal accident insurance
- Tips, Visas, International flights and taxes
- Personal hiking equipment-sleeping bags, boots etc
- Expenditure on all drinks
-Medical evacuation insurance
-Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

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3 Days - 2 Nights - Maasai Mara Special Disability Flying Safari

Highlights

This is a three day flying safari from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara for three persons with one of them being on a wheel Chair. You will stay at the Maasai Mara Serena Safari Lodge which is located near the Airstrip at the Maasai Mara. This offers a short trip for the wheelchair tourist client who is in pain but have to visit the Maasai Mara. You will be travelling in a special customed tour van made to accommodate the wheelchair and the two other clients while on this safari. You start from the Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the Wilson Airport for the Maasai Mara flight and round it up at the same venue as stated in the itinerary on the third day. Mara Serena Safari lodge is a 5 star lodge with facilities ready to accommodate a wheel chair client.

Disability Vehicle
Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara
On arrival at the Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our tour manager who will brief you on your safari before you are transferred to take another flight at Wilson Airport to Maasai Mara at 10.00 hours. This flight takes 45 minutes to Maasai Mara arriving in time for lunch, thereafter at 1600 hours; proceed for a late afternoon game viewing drive till dusk in the park, which is essentially the northern extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Reserve as an artificial border only separates the two. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Maasai Mara Serena Safari lodge

In the Mara

Day 2: Maasai Mara
Early breakfast followed by game viewing drives within the reserve till Lunch time. (Slow movement within the park).

The Maasai Mara, The New 7th wonder of the world and 4th preferred tourist destination in the world is a home to wildlife in such abundance and variety that it is difficult to imagine. The most spectacular event of the natural world takes place here; The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture while being followed on their heels by the predators of the savanna; lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. It hosts over 450 species of animals which include lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Maasai Mara Serena Safari lodge

Wheel Chair Safaris

Day 3: Maasai Mara – Nairobi - Departure
Early morning, pre breakfast game viewing drive Return to the lodge for breakfast.

OR

Take the opportunity to fly over the Mara in a Hot air Balloon provided at extra cost. The balloon package includes a champagne breakfast in the wild! If you can spare the money, viewing abundant game afloat a balloon is an unforgettable experience.

After breakfast and your last game drive, depart the Maasai Mara for Nairobi with the morning flight taking off at 11.15 hours and arriving in Nairobi at 12.15 hours ready for lunch served at the Famous Carnivore Restaurant near the Wilson airport before you are transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure flight.

Cost:

Please request for the safari cost by filling in your details after clicking on the Reservations Button below. The price depends on season of travel, class of accommodation and the size of the group. Children are offered Special Rates based on their ages.

Package Includes:

  • Transport based on a special customed safari minibus for wheel chair client with pop up roof for game viewing while in Nairobi and Maasai Mara
  • All Park entry fee
  • All Airports transfer fees
  • Local Flight fees to the Maasai Mara and back to Nairobi
  • Accommodation and all meals in Maasai Mara and at the meals at Carnivore Restaurant
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • Game drives as per the Itinerary
  • Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
  • Government taxes

Package Excludes:

  • Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara - US$ 385 per person extra
    (Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking.)
  • Tips to driver guides and porter.
  • Extras at the lodges – tips, drinks, telephone
  • Services of a Nurse if needed.
  • Airport Departure tax
  • Visa fees

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Disability Tourism in Africa
(Disability tourism in Kenya, Disability Travel in Kenya, Maasai Mara disability tours, Lake Victoria disability tours, and Disabled people tours in Africa, wildlife tours for the disabled, Lodges and hotels for the disabled.)

Disabled Tourist
Wheel Chair Safaris in Africa

Disability Tourism
Travel and tourism is a social right which concerns every human being . However, it is estimated that over 500 million disabled people in the world do not take holidays. For those with some form of disability, many of the existing tourism offers are not easily accessible. we at victoria safaris have recognized that disability is not inability to tourism.

Demand for accessible tourism offers is growing, and the tourism industry is starting to recognize that tourists with disabilities form an important consumer group. Victoria Safaris specializes in arranging tours for the physically impaired, blind and the deaf in the community. We book our disabled clients in the hotels in kenya which has facilities for the disabled in society. we avail the use of professional nurses during the escorted tours of the game parks, Boating on Lake Victoria, Birding, cultural tours etc. for the physically impaired.

For the blind, we encourage that they come along with their close family members and for the married, their spouses on our tours . These can help in explaining for them the sceneries and offer comfort. Blind Students should be accompanied by their tutors. The deaf can be provided with the translators during escorted tours both in the wild and on water. Please note that these tours are usually tailor made two months before the tour departure date.

Wheel Chair Tours in Kenya
Couple on Wheel Chair Tour

A safari in Africa is both internal and external and one that overcomes the inherent disability in the person. More importantly, life takes on a new meaning, and the safari itself gives pride in accomplishment, and encourages you to take on new adventures and challenges, thus, helping to overcome fear. Victoria Safaris have successfully handled adventures for wheelchair travelers, small groups and slow walkers. Our personally escorted tours reflect a particular fondness for continued learning and cultural intrigue. Our experience and commitment to specialty travel allows us to design travel programs that harmonize unique needs and individual capabilities. Choose any tour from the special interest or adventure tours offered, and this will be designed to suit your pace, special medical needs and care. Be it a trek to the Source of the River Nile, or an overland Maasai Mara safari, Victoria safaris caters to special needs for people with special disabilities.

Travel and tourism is a social right which concerns every human being. However, it is estimated that over 500 million disabled people in the world do not take holidays. For those with some form of disability, many of the existing tourism offers are not easily accessible. We at Victoria Safaris have recognized that disability is not inability to tourism. As a means of contribution to world tourism, we at Victoria safaris have developed itineraries which favor the disabled in society. The disabled of any nature requires at one particular time in life to be given an opportunity to visit a different environment from the normally inhabited atmosphere. With this in mind, we customize tours for individuals who are disabled in society to visit wildlife game in Maasai Mara, beaches, Lake Victoria and other tourist sites in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Who are people with disabilities?
When many of us think of disabilities, the first image that may come to mind is that of someone using a wheelchair. Although an important segment of the disabled population, Individuals who use a wheelchair for mobility represent only one segment of those individuals with disabilities. There are a wide range of disabled individuals who may wish to participate in international programs and tourism.

Wheelchair Tours in Africa

Below you will find a list of the major types of disabilities;

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Vision Impairments
  • Mobility Disabilities
  • Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Systemic Disabilities
  • Brain Injuries

Demand for safaris and tours
Demand for disability tourism offers is growing, and the tourism industry is starting to recognize that tourists with disabilities form an important consumer group. Victoria Safaris specializes in arranging tours for the physically impaired, blind and the deaf in the community. We know wheelchair travel and we know it first hand.
We book our disabled clients in the hotels in Kenya which have facilities for the disabled in society. We avail the use of professional nurses during the escorted tours of the game parks, boating on Lake Victoria, Birding, cultural tours etc. for the physically impaired.

Wheelchair Safaris in Kenya
Wheel Chair Safaris
Wheel Chair Adventures in Africa

Wheelchair Users and Slow Walkers - safaris and tours
We are familiar with the needs of varying mobility impairments and we will do everything possible to accommodate your particular needs. Wheelchair travel and tours in the wildlife sanctuaries, sports events, Eco-tours and at the Kenya coast beaches have been our favorable itineraries. These included mature travelers, slow walkers, wheelchair travelers, their families and their friends.

Victoria Safaris Disability Travel Resources include;
Disability Tour Planning, Individual wheelchair and family Tours, Disability Educational Tours, Corporate individual disability Tours, Old women and men physically impaired tours of Maasai Mara Migration and Disability hotel bookings in Kenya.

The blind - tours and safaris
We encourage that they come along with their close family members and for the married, their spouses on our tours. These can help in explaining for them the sceneries and offer comfort. Blind Students should be accompanied by their tutors.

The deaf - tours and safaris
The Deaf can be provided with the translators during escorted tours both in the wilderness, Kenya coast and on Lake Victoria waters. Victoria safaris provide around the clock escorts to help with life's little problems.

Disability Tours and safaris in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
We can assist you in planning your own tour package! Just let us know where and when you would like to travel and we would be happy to assist you in planning a wonderful vacation for yourself as an individual or as a group!

Please note that these tours are usually tailor-made two months before the tour departure date. This gives us time to adjust our accommodation facilities to favor the nature of our client's disability which include the adjustment of the tour van seats and sitting arrangements, bookings in suitable hotels and lodges, allocation of suitable staff to handle the clients' needs such as the hiring of the wheel chairs, escorting personnel, nursing staff and sign language guides.

Wheel Chair Clients in Africa Wheel Chair Safaris

Each tour is personalized to suit each guests taking into account their disability, which is why no prices are listed, as each disability is different so each tour cost changes with special requests and the guests "wish list".

Customize your tours and safaris with us. If you are as passionate about travel and feel you can take it on, allow us to help you explore this world of opportunity and fulfillment.

7 Days - 6 Nights-Kenya Game viewing and Beach Holiday tailored for Wheelchair Users - VSS

Highlights

Wheel Chair

This is a seven days safari that is customized for people with disability. It starts from Nairobi to Mombasa and ending in Mombasa or in Nairobi as per the clients’ wishes and flight schedules. You will start with visiting the Amboseli National park where you will be accommodated in a wheelchair friendly lodge; Sopa lodge.

From Amboseli you will proceed to Tsavo East where you will stay at Voi Wildlife Safari lodge before you head to Mombasa for your beach holiday at the Sun N Sand Hotel or if you wish proceed to Watamu in Malindi to stay at Turtle bay Beach Club.

Itinerary

Disability ToursDay 1: Arrival - Nairobi
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by out tour manager who will brief you on your safari before you are transferred to Amboseli National Park. On arrival, embark on an en route game viewing drive to Amboseli Sopa Lodge for lunch. After lunch, have the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and Overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge.

Day 2: Amboseli Full Day
After breakfast, enjoy a full day game viewing in this wonderful National Park.

Amboseli is renowned for its huge elephant herds. Africa’s highest Mountain – Mt Kilimanjaro sits on the upper slopes of Amboseli National park. Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snow white peak lies across the border in Tanzania. Seeing the Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds in the early hours of the morning is quite an experience. For the enthusiastic photographer, animal pictures arising against the dramatic backdrop of the mountain is quite a thrill. Apart from the Elephants, Amboseli is a home to; buffalos, black rhinos, zebras, wildebeest and other plain animals.

Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge.

Monitor Lizard

Day 3: Amboseli - Tsavo East
After breakfast, enjoy a morning game viewing drive if you still want some more before you depart for Tsavo East, approximately 200kms. Check in at the Voi safari lodge for lunch.

Voi Safari Lodge: During the dry season the waterholes are the convergence of a lot of wild animals moving almost in a trance as if urged on by some kind of telepathic communication, the sight is just fantastic. Dinner and overnight at Voi Wildlife Safari Lodge.

Day 4: Tsavo East - Mombasa
Enjoy morning breakfast before you depart to Mombasa which is 165kms away to arrive at Sun N Sand. If you choose to proceed to Watamu, Then we will proceed to Turtle bay Beach club which is 100 kilometres away, both of the hotels are wheelchair friendly.

Tsavo East / Tsavo West: Both national parks are managed separately but together they form the largest reserve in East Africa. The northern part of Tsavo east may not however be visited by tourists. Nevertheless the Tsavo national park founded in 1947 is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Kenya. In spite of its arid countryside and savannah vegetation about 60species of mammals and 400 different species of birds are to be found here. The Tsavo is particularly famous because of its dramatic scenery and the “Red Elephants” which owe their colours to the dust prevalent in this area as well as lions and cheetahs. There are many antelopes (Oryx, kudus, giants gazelles and giraffe) Burchell’s zebras, Maasai giraffes baboons and vervet monkeys of the birds the most impressive is the Maasai ostrich. Where there is water such as at Mzima springs, crocodiles and hippos can also be seen.

Dinner and overnight at Sun N Sand Beach resort / Turtle bay Beach Club.

Mombasa Island

Day 5 and 6: Mombasa / Malindi
Full day will be spent at leisure. You can engage in extra activities arranged and payable direct to the hotel.

Day 7: Mombasa - Nairobi
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Airport well in time for your onward flight to Nairobi to connect to your flight back home. Or if you are to exit from Mombasa’s Moi International Airport, you will be at liberty.

End of Services

Please request for the safari cost by filling in your details after clicking on the Reservations Button below. The price depends on season of travel, class of accommodation and the size of the group. Children are offered Special Rates based on their ages.

In a Lodge Disability Restaurant

Safari Cost Includes:

• Pick up and drop off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport / Moi International Airport.
• Local flights fees Nairobi-Amboseli
• Use of safari vehicle with Pop up roof for game viewing specially designed to accommodate wheel chair
• Guaranteed window seats for every participant.
• Park entry fee for Amboseli and Tsavo
• All meals as per the Itinerary. Full board meal plan. (3 Meals a day)
• Service of an experienced English - Speaking driver guide
• Game drives as per the Itinerary
• Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
• Government taxes
• Last day transfer to Airport or your hotel in Nairobi / Mombasa.

Excludes:

• Extras at the lodges –tips, drinks, telephone, laundry or any other personal expenses
• International Flight Charges

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