It is estimated that since the turn of the previous century, the world has lost more than 99% of its rhino population, and that today, only 29,000 of these majestic creatures survive.
With China lifting the ban on imports in 2018 and the price of rhino horn valued in the Far East at around USD 130,000 per kg - more than double the price of gold and infinitely easier and cheaper to obtain - poaching is now rife and threatens the very survival of our rhino.
Team Kilimanjaro have been asked to serve as one of the 36 Conservation Ambassadors joining the Rhino Peak Challenge on 6th November 2021 in the Drakensberg, South Africa, and to reach out to our fellow climbers and nature lovers.
The situation is truly desperate. We urgently need your help to fund the conservation and anti-poaching efforts and reverse the current trend towards extinction. Nearly every day a rhino is callously and criminally slaughtered in Africa. This is totally preventable. TK wants to see this number brought down to zero.
Please give whatever you can to help this extremely valuable initiative and play your part in saving the lives of one of the rarest and most beautiful, magnificent and peaceful, large game animals left in existence.
If you want to make a significant, positive contribution towards cleaning up Kilimanjaro and help us return its ecology to a pristine wilderness environment, please make use of the following payment facility:
Several years ago, Team Kilimanjaro were approached by representatives of the Maasai community that live close to the Lake Natron region of northern Tanzania, with a request to assist villagers in obtaining clean water.
Wilderness first aid is the knowledge and ability to effectively address injuries, illnesses, or emergencies outside of modern facilities, out in the wild. Skills include knowing how to dress a wound, treat a burn or bite, or set an injured limb. These are important skills that can save your life or the lives of other outdoor enthusiasts. Learn more and be better prepared for your next hiking or backpacking adventure.
Many people spend a lot of time and money training and equipping themselves for a Kilimanjaro climb, only to fail in their objective of reaching the summit. Failure is avoidable and we really want trekkers to understand how to prevent it.
As from March 2021, PCR testing (or rather, sample-taking) is now available at Seronera and Ndutu airstrips in the Serengeti. This facility has been implemented to prevent clients having to either curtail their safaris or dissect their safaris with a journey to Arusha or, more recently, Karatu (FAME Hospital), mid-safari - so as to satisfy the "less than 72 hours old" validity rule that most airlines are required to enforce.
Although there is no requirement to have a PCR test for COVID in order to enter Tanzania, many climbers are nonetheless required by their airline to show evidence of a negative COVID test before boarding the flight home.