Welcome aboard the Emoya Sanctuary Lion Climb 2018 (#Climbingforlions), an amazing initiative to raise funds for Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary https://www.emoya.org.za.

In September 2018 a dedicated team of people will climb to the summit off Kilimanjaro, carrying the Emoya Lion Sanctuary banner. Anyone can join the team! There are just a few things needed 1) A Love for the cause
2) Dedication and commitment
3) Raise a minimum of R5 000 for Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary
4) Sponsor for your own trip
All funds raised will go towards food, supplements, vet care, enrichment and enclosures for the big cats. The Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary is situated on a 5 000-hectare private estate, called Bahati Estate, in the Vaalwater region of Limpopo province, South Africa.
The sanctuary was opened by Savannah Heuser in 2012 when she was just 16 years old. Their first cat, a rescue lion from Cairo called Chanel, arrived in June 2013. Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary is currently home to 42 big cats, including 40 lions and 2 tigers. The climate and environment at Emoya is ideal for the cats where they live in the 'semi-wild', in large enclosures in the natural African habitat of the Vaalwater region. Emoya is partnered with the Stichting Leeuw lion sanctuary in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and has received five lions from the sanctuary. Stichting Leeuw is a temporary home for retired circus animals, animals that have had to leave zoos for various reasons and animals rescued from poor living conditions. Emoya and Stichting Leeuw share the goal of providing older cats and cats with handicaps the opportunity to live in relative freedom in gated natural reserves.
Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary also has lions that were rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia. The Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary has a no-breeding policy and female lions receive contraceptive medication so that they can remain with their mates. Males may also undergo vasectomies to make 100% sure that no lions are bred in captivity.


26 September 2018: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport

27 September 2018: Lemosho Glades (2200m) to Mkubwa Camp (2750m)

28 September 2018: Mkubwa Camp (2750m) to Shira Camp 1(3500m):

29 September 2018: Shira Camp 1(3500m) to Shira Camp 2 (3840m)

30 September 2018: Shira (3840m)- Lava Tower (4630m)-Baranco (3950m)

1 October 2018: Barranco Camp (3860m) to Karanga Valley (4100m)

2 October 2018: Karanga to Barafu (4550m)

3 October 2018: Barafu (4550m)- Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)

4 October 2018: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

5 October 2018: Depart

Fast Facts

Yes, anyone over 18 can join the climb. All that is required is that you also raise a minimum amount of funds towards the climb.
You can also join the Gorilla safari or do one or the other. 

24 September 2018: Arrival at Kigali airport* meet and greet.

25 September 2018: Gorilla Trekking Tour

26 September 2018: Breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

** *Arrival to Kigali on 24th needs to be on WB103 arriving 06h45 or KQ 448 arriving 07h50 (Those arriving WB103 will need to wait for the rest of the group arriving at 07h50)

Those who wish to fly in the night before will be quoted separately for the add on and transfer

**Flight departures from Kigali need to be WB 440 departing 09h30 or KQ 448 departing 08h30. Likewise, there will be only one airport transfer so those on the WB flight will need to transfer to the airport an hour earlier

Gorilla Safari add-on

Note that the cost of the Gorilla permit of $1500 is included in the rate below
2 people per person sharing $ 2,498.25
3 people per person sharing $ 2,347.50
4 or more people per person sharing $ 2,273.25

Kilimanjaro Lemosho From
2 people per person sharing $ 2,652.00

It is 5895m or 19,341 ft above sea level.
The shortest number of days required for Lemosho Route is 7 days, but by the time you have added on arrival and departure days it is 9. However, as it is a much longer approach route it is actually best done over 8 or 9 days to increase your changes of success.
The Lemosho Route is approximately 70 km/ 42 miles from gate to gate so a good 8km longer than e.g. Machame or the Whiskey route
June to October. Kilimanjaro is equatorial which means minimal variation between the seasons. However, there are two rainy seasons in Tanzania, the first is from March to May (short rains) and November to December (longer rains) which can make the forest track very muddy and of course, snow and/or rain higher up.
It is in the sense in that it crosses the entire lower flanks of the Kilimanjaro massif from west to east in a pleasant, relatively undulating hike. Also, because it is best done over 8 days, it has great acclimatisation potential.
On the Lemosho trek you stay overnight in two person tents

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith: Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover.

For further answers to other general questions on Kilimanjaro, click on the questions on the left

Detailed Itinerary

26 September 2018: Kilimanjaro International Airport arrival and transfer to hotel.

27 September 2018: Lemosho Glades (2200m) to Mkubwa Camp (2750m)

Elevation: 2200 metres to 2750 metres
Distance: 6 kilometres
Trekking duration: 3 hours to 4 hours
Environment: Montane forest
This morning we stop briefly in Moshi and then drive about 5 hours to Londorossi Park Gate at 2200m . After completing park formalities for Lemosho Route, we drive for another 11km to Lemosho Glades at 2000m. From here, we trek about 3 hours to our camp at Mti Mkubwa Camp.

28 September 2018: : Mkubwa Camp (2750m) to Shira Camp 1 (3500m):

Elevation: 2750 metres up to 3500 metres
Distance: 8 kilometres
Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
Environment: Moorland
After breaking camp at Mkubwa or Big Tree Camp, we hike to Shira Camp 1 located near a stream. We hike through moorland shrub taking in views of Mt Meru and this afternoon we have the chance to film incredible sunsets.

29 September 2018: Shira Camp 1(3500m) to Shira Camp 2 (3840m)

Elevation: 3500 metres to 3840m metres
Distance: 6 kilometres
Trek duration: 2 to 3 hours
Environment: Moorland
The route is relatively easy trek across the plateau that leads to Shira Camp 2 on moorland meadow. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this excellent for acclimatisation to the gains in altitude. Shira is one of the three volcanoes on the Kilimanjaro massif.

30 September 2018: Shira (3840m)- Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco (3950m)

Elevation: 3840 metres up to 4630 metres then down to 3950 metres
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6 hours  - 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, you hike though the moorland scrub and enter into a moonscape of semi-alpine desert, while you hike constantly upwards toward Lava Tower. As you approach an altitude of 4200m, you may start to feel a shortness of breath as the effects of altitude take hold.  After Lava Tower, you trek into a beautiful valley to Barranco camp where you spend the night at a lower altitude than Lava Tower. Today follows the golden principle of climb high and sleep low on Lemosho Route.

1 October 2018: Barranco Camp (3860m) to Karanga Valley (4100m)

Elevation: 3860 metres up to 4100 metres
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Distance: 13 kilometres
Trek time: About 7 hours
Early morning at around 07h00, the Barranco Wall lies ahead which you climb, to bring you out to a great spot with incredible views over Moshi and the clouds below. The route then descends down through the Karanga Valley and eventually come out at Karanga Valley Camp.

2 October 2018: Karanga (4100m) to Barafu (4550m)

Elevation: 4100 metres up to 4550 metres
Distance: 5 kilometres
Trek time: About 3 hours
This morning we continue up towards Barafu camp. You will then join up with your later descent route where you will head left up the ridge for another hour, before reaching Barafu Hut. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night, perched on a rocky ridge riddled with rocky outcrops. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with the terrain and location of toilets before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is a further 1345m up. It is this ascent that you will tackle in the early hours of the next morning. That night, it is important to prepare your gear, lay out your clothing etc for your summit attempt. It is also highly advisable to sleep with your water bottles to prevent them from freezing up overnight. Ensure that your headlamp had a new battery and that you have spare camera batteries if necessary. You will head for bed around 18h30.

3 October 2018: Barafu (4550m)- Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)

Elevation: 4600 metres to 3100 metres
Highest point: 5895 metres (Uhuru Peak)
Distance: 30 kilometres (7 kilometres ascent, 13 kilometres descent)
Trek duration: 13 to 16 hours (6 - 8 hours ascent, 7 - 8 hours descent)
Environment: Stone scree / ice-capped summit
Rising before midnight, you start your climb into the night in a North westerly direction. The route will take you towards Stella Point (5685) on the crater rim. It can take anything from 5 - 6 hours and is physically challenging. After a short rest at Stella Point the trek to Kilimanjaro summit is another altitude gain of 200m, taking anywhere from 1-2 hours. After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, you hike down to Barafu and then down to Mweka Camp

4 October 2018:  Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

This morning is a short 3-hour scenic hike to Mweka. Climbers who climbed to Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates for your Lemosho Route climb on Kilimanjaro. 

5 October 2018:  Depart

Today you are transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home.

End of services

What's Included

Price includes


Return Kilimanjaro airport transfers
Three meals a day on trek except for last day of trek

Dinner on the day of arrival

Toilet tent
All park entry fees
All porter, guide and cook fees
Kilimanjaro emergency rescue fees
Kilimanjaro Lemosho Park permit for 8 days
Camping fees for Lemosho Route
Tents on Mt Kilimanjaro
Dining tent, chairs, utensils etc.
Sleeping mattresses for Mt Kilimanjaro
Two night's bed and breakfast at Moshi Springlands Hotel twinshare

Transfer to Lemosho trailhead

Price Excludes

Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Bottled water
Meals other than those indicated
Visa's and vaccinations
International flights
Costs for giving up the expedition (no refunds applicable)
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $70 per night)
Additional transfer across to Londorrosi Gate

Route Profile Map

Emoya Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Profile Map 8 days
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Overview of other routes
 6 - 7 days trekking
 40 minutes drive to Machame Gate
 Scenic but steep
 Good for acclimatisation
 Starts in forest and joins Lemosho and Shira routes
 Summit via Barafu Hut and Stella Point
 Two man Tents
 Descend down Mweka Route
Machame Route
 6 - 7 days trekking
  3 hour drive to Park Gate
  Scenic and quiet
  Good for acclimatisation
  Starts in forest and joins Lemosho and Machame routes
  Summit via Barafu Hut and Stella Point
  Sleep in Tents
  Descend on Mweka Route
Shira Itinerary
 6 - 7 days trekking
  4 hours of driving to Park Gate
  Very quiet
  Need to add a day for acclimatisation
  Starts near Kenyan Border
  Route joins Marangu Route
  Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
  Tents overnight
  Descend on Marangu Route
Rongai Route
 5 - 6 days trekking
  30 minutes road to Marangu Gate
  Busy route
  Less scenic - same ascent and descent
  Need to add a day for acclimatisation
  Route joins Northern Circuit and Rongai Route
  Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
  Sleep in Huts
  Descend Marangu Route
Marangu Route
8-9 days trekking
  4 Hour drive to Shira Gate
  Very Quiet
  Less scenic but longer approach
  Start higher but route is good for acclimatisation
  Route joins Rongai and Marangu Routes
  Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
  Sleep in Tents
  Descend via Marangu Route
Northern Circuit Route
 5-7 days trekking
  40 Minute drive to Umbwe Gate
  Very Quiet
  Very steep and fast approach
  Poor chances for acclimatisation
  Route joins Shira, Lemosho and Machame Routes
  Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
  Sleep in Tents
  Descend via Mweka Route
Umbwe Route
 Kilimanjaro Short Treks
These treks are designed for people with less time available or who do not want to go for summit. They range from 1 to 4 days on the mountain
Kilimanjaro Short Treks
 Mt Meru
Mt Meru is a great pre-acclimatisation trek before Kilimanjaro or a stand alone trek. These treks are 3-4 days
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There are several options to add on a safari tour in either Tanzania or Kenya after your Kilimanjaro trek. The shortest safari is 3 days up to around 9 or longer if you prefer.
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