Feel good, do good: Trek Mt. Kilimanjaro

Trip to Africa combines climbing Mt. Kilimangaro, volunteering at a local school and dining in the world’s most unique pop-up restaurant. Photo: Tanzania Tourism Board

WASHINGTON, January 7, 2013 — A trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro is on any traveler’s must do list.  And it has become even more special thanks to a one-of-a-kind trip that combines trekking the summit, volunteering at a local children’s school and enjoying a world-class dinner at a pop-up restaurant at the base of the mountain.

The Mama Hope Kilimanjaro Expedition is designed to benefit Moshi, Tanzania’s St. Timothy’s School. It was conceived by African safari and tour provider, ET African Journeys, which has partnered with Mama Hope, a non-profit organization that invests in projects that bring food, security, clean water, education and health care to African communities.

Departing from Washington, DC on Monday, February 18, 2013, this small group trek up Africa’s highest mountain will conclude with a multi-course dinner prepared by renowned African-born, New York City-based Chef Pierre Thiam at the world’s highest-altitude pop-up restaurant, 12,500 feet above sea level.

Afterwards, travelers will spend two days volunteering at St. Timothy’s School, a school and children’s home built by Mama Hope and partnering organization, The Tanzania Children Concern.

The expedition costs $5,400, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting St. Timothy’s School.  The price includes airfare from Washington, lodging, Kilimanjaro climb, and gourmet meals. 

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