Lowland trek

Expedition Africa

Embark on an African Odyssey.

Duration

10 Days

Location

Tanzania

Activity

Trek

Authentic Immersion

Engage with local communities, participate in traditional activities, understanding of the rich heritage of the Chagga and Maassi

Tailor-Made Journeys

Personalised itineraries crafted to suit your pace, interests, and comfort level, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable experience.

Expert Guidance

Experienced local guides accompany you every step of the way, sharing their knowledge of the land and customs.

DESTINATION

Africa

Expedition Africa curates a 10-day lowland trekking adventure unlike any other. Exploring the diversity of Africa’s culture and heritage is one of the most rewarding adventure experiences. 

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Hiking daily from village to village experiencing African life, survival, foods, farming, cooking, wildlife and tribal history is fascinating. With over 2,000 languages spoken and a myriad of cultures, including some of the world’s oldest living tribes.

Expedition Africa

Route : Usambara 

Price

€1,999

Country

Tanzania

DURATION

10 days

Grade

Moderate

ALTITUDE

Sea level

Daily Activity

Approx
5-7 hrs

Season

Spring &
Autumn

About The Expedition

This immersive trekking experience offers encounters with the Hadzabe tribe, the last remaining hunter-gatherers in East Africa, and the chance to witness Maasai traditions. 

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Hike the Usambara Mountains, a trekker's paradise, and connect with local communities through activities like pottery making. Plant a tree and contribute to Tanzania's conservation efforts, all while creating unforgettable memories that go beyond the wildlife. Join Expedition Africa and discover the soul of Tanzania.

Climb Route

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Details

Day 1 – Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport.
After immigration, retrieving your bags, and clearing customs, our representative, identifiable by a Jason Black Mountaineering sign, will transport you to our hotel in Karatu.

Day 2
Karatu – Lake Eyasi

After breakfast in the hotel you will depart for Lake Eyasi safari. A visit to the Hadzabe lands offers a unique and unforgettable glimpse into ancient culture. Lake Eyasi is situated at the southern western end of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area between Great Rift valley Eyasi escarpment and Kidero mountains, just 133km west of Lake Manyara. Around afternoon you will rich Mto wa mbu where you will have picnic lunch then the trip continue. Enjoy the Hadzabe tour walking in the bush with the only hunter gatherers remaining in the East African Region.

Activities include
Discover plant species used by Hadzabe for making poison arrows.
Identify indigenous roots, tubers, fruits, and herbs.
Participate in hunting, collecting fruits and wild honey gathering.
Practice the local skills of using a bow and arrow during hunting activities.
Experience a bushman trekking adventure and visit bushman cave paintings

Day 3
Lake Eyasi – Maasai Village

After delicious breakfast at our camp, it will mark the begging of cultural trip to interact with the Maasai and learn about their culture. You will get to learn about their daily activities, customs and traditions, gender roles, traditional food and ceremonies. This is the opportunity to let the anthropologist in you out and learn about completely foreign way of life. After the trip you will be brought back to your hotel in Moshi.

Activities
Learning traditional dance
Trying your hand at beadwork

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Day 4
Lushoto - Usambara 
After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Lushoto to begin the Usambara trek. You will take a short break in the afternoon and eat lunch before continuing. Overnight dinner and breakfast at Lushoto Irente Farm.
Activities
Traditional cookery class with traditional village women. 

Day 5
Lushoto – Mkuzi
A 12.3km journey through the majestic Magamba forest, reaching an elevation of 1400m. 
Activities
Water fall swims
Bird watching
Colobus monkey spotting
Engaged in local faming activities.

Day 6
Mkuzi – Lukozi
18Km trek through charming villages nestled amidst the Usambara Mountains.

Activities

Bird viewing
Spotting colorful chameleons
Meeting local village people

Day 7
Lukozi – Rangwi
an 11.7km trek reaching a peak over 2,100 meters, taking roughly 7 hours. This rewarding climb offers stunning views and the chance to give back by planting a tree.

Activities
Tree planting.
Learn more about the use of trees locally.

Day 8
Rangwi - Mambo Viewpoint
The grand finale, a 14.5km journey (roughly 4 hours) to Mambo Viewpoint. This scenic route boasts an elevation of 1910m and unforgettable panoramas of Tanzania's sprawling plains. Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic Kilimanjaro and rare Taita Falcons soaring through the skies.
Activities
Spotting rare Taita Falcon
Cave viewing

Day 9
Mambo – Sunga Village
Wind down with a leisurely 5.3km stroll to Sunga Village. Here, immerse yourself in the artistic heritage of the region by learning the age-old craft of pottery making from local artisans.
Activities
Pottery making

Day 10
Mambo View - Airport
After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a comfortable transfer back to Kilimanjaro airport, where your expedition concludes.

Spending Money & Tips:

We recommend that you carry USD$350 dollars with you to Tanzania in mixed notes. There are some ATMs where you can withdraw cash using a credit card. Please try to bring dollars broken up into small notes.

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The reasons being that it is hard to find a place that will give you change for $100 and also it is easier for the guides to divide the tips equally if they have lots of small notes. Also, try to bring dollars that were printed after 2004 if possible as these get a better rate of exchange in Tanzania.

Weather

Temperatures on the expedition may vary from 0 to 30 degrees during the day and -20 to 10 degrees at night. It’s best to be prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. Usually the days are hot and the nights are cold. You should be ready for inclement weather at all times as the weather can change rather quickly at high altitude. For accurate weather information please review these two websites;

Mountain Forecasts: www.mountain-forecast.com Norwegian Meteorological Institute: www.yr.no

Altitude Considerations

Jason Black is Ireland’s leading specialist in high altitude climbing and mountaineering. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of this expedition. However, the process of adaptation or acclimatisation does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. Keeping well hydrated is also a huge factor in avoiding AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). You will be encouraged to drink at least three litres of water per day. Five litres per day is ideal. You should eat well, snack regularly between meals and do not under any circumstances try to diet on this expedition. This will keep your energy levels high throughout the expedition. Although frustrating at times, remember to keep your walking pace slow and steady which will in turn have the same effect on your heart rate. It is those who can set and maintain the correct pace on the approach days that are strongest at higher elevations.

AMS is brought on by lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes. Symptoms include breathlessness, headache, poor sleep, nausea & dizziness. AMS is treated simply by not ascending to higher elevations or in more severe cases descending to lower elevations, where in most cases the symptoms are quickly relieved. This itinerary has been designed to minimise the chances of you experiencing altitude sickness. Our staff are highly experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. Please note it is common for most people to experience mild headaches at higher elevations. Always keep your guide informed on how you are feeling.

At high altitude, and especially in dry conditions, it is essential you protect your airway. This means walking with a bandana covering your mouth and nose, often in hot weather, or when you are breathing heavily. Getting used to covering your airway while walking takes some time, so you should practice prior to departure.

Diamox (Acetazolamide) is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. In simple terms Diamox causes the kidneys to excrete more bicarbonate which causes the blood to become more acidic. Acidifying the blood stimulates ventilation, which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood which reduces the chances of getting AMS. We recommend all participants, especially those who have had AMS in the past, to take Diamox prophylactically (as a preventative) on this expedition, starting on the first day of trekking. Current guidelines suggest 125 mg twice per day (in tablet form not capsules). You should try taking Diamox for two days at some stage prior to departing Ireland to ensure you don’t suffer any of the more serious side effects. Numbness and tingly fingers and toes are common but in some cases users can suffer from nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. If you experience any of the latter three side-effects we would advise against using Diamox. Always consult and follow the advice of your own doctor about Diamox or any other medication.

Your Dietary Requirements

We will try our best to cater for those with dietary restrictions. If you have any dietary restrictions, please declare them when booking. We will organise for you to have a suitable meal on your flight where meals are supplied by the airline. It is not possible for us to source specialist gluten or dairy free products locally. We will endeavour to provide suitable alternative carbohydrates, for example potatoes or rice rather than bread. If you want to have specialist food like gluten free bread and pasta or lactose free milk you will need to bring them with you on the expedition.

Vaccinations 

We are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health directly. We recommend consulting your GP or The Travel Health Clinic (www.travelhealth.ie) for the most up-to-date medical advice.  
Although we can’t give medical advice but good guidelines are here: https://www.masta-travel-health.com/Booking/Travel

Tourist Visa

All Irish participants are required to have a visa to enter Tanzania. You must have at least two free pages in your passport and ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after you return to Ireland. At the time of writing this document, EU passport holders could obtain a tourist visa upon arrival in Tanzania. The visa fee is US$50, payable in cash.

  • All accommodation for the entire trip.
  • All transportation in-country.
  • All Meals for the entire trip, 3 meals per day.
  • All group gear on the climb (sleeping tents, dining supplies. and tents, toilette tents, first aid, etc.)
  • Porter service on the trek.
  • All staff including guides cooks and local support staff.
  • All permits and tour fees.
  • International flights airfare to/from Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
  • Porter/guide tips – you pay $200 in total each.

Practical Info

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Jason Black Mountaineering, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated Expert Advice page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What accommodation is included?

All accommodation is included.

Will the expedition cost include travel?

We will cover all transport costs detailed within an expedition programme. This will exclude international flights to and from the destination countries. It is your responsibility to ensure these align with the start and finish of the expedition.

No experience required, but good fitness is a bonus. 

This adventure requires no purchase of specialist equipment, and involved using standard trekking clothing. We will provide a full kit list for this trip during booking.

You may pay your deposit and balance using any lawful means. If sending money by electronic bank transfer then you will be responsible for covering the cost of the fees associated with the transfer, so that the company receives the full amount shown on your invoice, in the denomination shown on your invoice.

In case the client decides to cancel their trip, at any time between booking and the time of the trip, some deduction will be made to the advance amount. This is due to the company’s obligation to pay a certain amount for personnel and resources while booking them.

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The following cancellations charges will apply if you decide to cancel the booking:

  • Cancellations made 90 days or before are entitled to full deposit return if it has been paid in advance. 90 days passing will incur in loss of 30 percent of the deposit paid.
  • Cancellations made 60 days prior to the departure date will incur a loss of 50 percent of the deposit paid.
  • Cancellations made 45 days before the departure date will incur a loss of the full deposit and are subject to a 30 percent fee of total trip cost.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less before the departure date will incur a loss of 100 percent of the total trip cost.

NB: All refund requests must be made in writing and be received in our office within the notice period stated above.

For all cancellations, the company must be notified in writing. Acceptable means of communication include letter and email.

All Jason Black Mountaineering clients require appropriate insurance for their chosen expedition. Please ensure your policy covers helicopter and medical rescue and repatriation costs. Without proper coverage, an emergency evacuation could cost you more than US$100,000.

Adventure + Expertise + Purpose
Jason Black

Jason Black

International Expedition Leader

Commitment to Safety and Environment

Jason’s commitment to safety standards, extensive mountain knowledge, and adventure travel experience set him apart. 

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The small group approach adopted by Jason Black Mountaineering offers significant advantages, including a better guide-to-client ratio, reduced environmental impact, and a stronger team dynamic. Putting purpose before profit, the agency prioritizes empowering local communities by employing locals and supporting local businesses, aiming to contribute to the balance of global inequalities.

World Leading Mountaineer

At the helm of Jason Black Mountaineering is Jason Black himself, a renowned International Expedition Leader and International Mountain Leader.

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With a remarkable list of achievements, including summiting Mount Everest and the formidable K2, Jason holds multiple world records in high-altitude mountaineering. His feats, such as being the fastest to summit Kilimanjaro twice and completing the Aconcagua traverse in record time, establish him as one of the world's leading high-altitude mountaineers.

As an endurance athlete, Jason's passion for testing his physical and mental capabilities remains undiminished. His accolades include being awarded Ireland's National Outdoor Athlete of the Year for his historic summit of K2.

The Future of Adventure

 inspiring individuals and organizations, and leaving a lasting positive impact on both the adventure and humanitarian fronts. 

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We are Inspiring individuals and organizations, and leaving a lasting positive impact on both the adventure and humanitarian fronts. Join us on a transformative expedition, where purpose, passion, and the thrill of the great outdoors converge.

What our clients say

Bernadette GlancyBernadette Glancy
23:26 26 Nov 22
On the 23rd July 2022 I arrived in Moshi ,Tanzania Africa. I had not been to Africa before.From all angles I could see the "Mountain" Kilimanjaro after arrival.. It was very clear to me from the engagement with the locals ,the Mountain is everything to the native people of Moshi, its their livelihood. They get no support from the government, even during covid virus .They depend on us visitors coming to climb there Mountain .That's how they earn the salary ,I seen the guides that accomplished my group for the week on the mountain , form a queue to collect the salary the day we returned from summitting the great Mountain. .Jason Black has built a relationship with these local guides ,everything is transpairable and a trust has been formed between Jason and the Lipman team(African guides). The same team that accomplished him in 2014 to accomplish a world record on that same Mountain. It occurred to me the day we arrived all the natives knew Jason Black, they were shaking his hand in the markets and almost everyone seemed to know him. He has such respect for this tribe of Moshi people and there Mountain. Jason was the perfect choice of Mountaineer for me to accomplish my goal/to Summit Kilimanjaro at 59yrs my age at time of achievement. The miracle is ,I choose Jason Black as my leader and anything is possible after that I discovered.AmenBernadette Glancy >Carrick on Shannon
Donal Mc GuinnessDonal Mc Guinness
15:32 24 Nov 22
I climbed Kilimanjaro with Jason in August 2022. This trip was truly amazing. From the first moment I contacted Jason I knew this trip would be a genuine African experience. We visited local villages, attractions and a coffee plantation. For me this part of the trip was as good as the Kilimanjaro experience. The Porter crew on the mountain were excellent and very friendly. The food was great and I am very proud to say that my whole group made it to the top! We all had the same mindset of wanting to take our time on each walk, taking lots of photos and having lots of breaks. I cant wait for my next adventure with Jason Black.
Jennifer DohertyJennifer Doherty
13:18 24 Nov 22
In May 2022 I trekked to Everest base camp with Jason and a group from Donegal. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Jason prepared us so well before and answered every question we had. We experienced the busyness of Kathmandu before taking the non-commercial route to base camp which was really special. Jason’s love of Nepal and respect for the local people was evident every day. He took time to get to know everyone in our group on a personal level and allowed everyone to be themselves. The fact that I am blind was never an obstacle and he made sure to describe everything and let me touch as much as possible on the way so that I didn’t miss out on anything. He challenged us to push ourselves more every day but we always had lots of fun. He is such a positive person to be around with a great respect for nature and other human beings. I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m looking forward to more adventures in the future 🙂
Gerardine O'ConnorGerardine O'Connor
11:25 19 Jun 22
Walking in Donegal - what a fantastic weekend in a beautiful place!As a lone traveller, my time at Everest Lodge was more than I could have expected. The warm Donegal welcome, the wonderful homemade food and the easy comfortable atmosphere all made for an unforgettable time. Jason's intuitive capacity to support and guide enabled me, and I believe all of us in the group, to leave on Sunday with a sense of accomplishment, awareness, and the inspiration to crack on with the next adventure, whether big or small. I had the best time ever.
Imelda HurleyImelda Hurley
23:11 31 May 22
May 2022 - I had a fantastic weekend hiking with Jason and staying at the lovely Everest Lodge - with four others who were also there for the weekend. Despite Jason’s incredible achievements, his demeanour is so ‘down to earth’ and his focus during our stay was on ensuring we were appropriately challenged while hiking, we felt fully at home at Everest Lodge and we had a lot of fun along the way. The ‘Ireland Walking Weekend’ surpassed my expectations at every level and I’d highly recommend hiking with Jason whenever the opportunity arises.
Yvonne SlatteryYvonne Slattery
19:13 29 May 22
I had a wonderful weekend with Jason and a number of walking enthusiasts in May - would recommend it to anyone, regardless of level of experience in the mountains. Whilst somewhat familiar with the main mountains in Donegal Jason showed us other areas which are kept "under wraps" and hence felt very special to a non-local. I found the guidance with navigation on the mountain particularly helpful and the food over the course of the weekend was amazing!
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