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trek Maasai for NICFC

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Fitness is not a question that participants should worry about for this trek! We will be trekking around 3,000 m above mean sea level and the terrain will be a mixture of flat paths and uphill climbs. Any healthy person can make it to the end of the trek! We will be trekking on wide dirty tracks and sometimes in a narrow stony to grass paths for 5 to 9 hours per day; witnessing Maasai way of life!


Note: As it is very hot near to the end of the trek (near Mt. Oldoinyo Lengai), participants are highly recommended to always keep themselves well hydrated!

are there any pre-challenge training days / weekends / briefings?

Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge Training Days in London and the North and South Downs, and Weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Breacon Beacons spread across the year, from early Spring until September, so there should be a weekend to suit you.

 

Our training weekends are the best way to prepare yourself physically and mentally prior to tackling one of our Challenges, and they are a great way to meet other trekkers, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified Mountain Leaders. They're also a brilliant excuse to also test out your kit and equipment, against the elements!

 

We also run challenge briefings in Central London.

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - All UK Nationals require a Visa which will cost approximately £40. Once you have registered, Action Challenge will send you the visa application form and necessary details to fill it in. You can apply by post or in person.

 

Insurance - Each participant must take out an insurance policy that adequately covers for all aspects of the trip, including helicopter rescue for mountain areas and medical repatriation that can be authorised on the advice of the Action Challenge tour leader.

 

Vaccinations - Tanzania is a high risk malaria zone. Therefore, you will need to take anti-malarial tablets, to ensure that you are covered. Advised vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Diptheria and Yellow Fever - some of which you may have already had. Please ensure that you seek medical advice from a travel clinic before you depart, as they will have up to date information on what is required.

life on the trek

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while trekking?

Early July & October are the best times for this trek. The weather will be hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 15˚C to 35˚C. During this time of year rain is not expected however it would be wise to prepare for all situations.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - Breakfasts each morning will be at our accommodation whilst lunches will be en route. Evening meals will be freshly prepared for us either in camp or at our hotel in time for your arrival. There will be a variety of rice, pasta, vegetables and a selection of fresh meat and fresh fish.

 

Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 

Accommodation- We will be camping for the majority of the trip except on the day of our arrival and a night before our departure. On these days you will be staying in a 3* - 4* hotel/Lodge on half board basis.

 

Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room/tent on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.

 

You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.

 

Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.

can I extend my trip or amend my return flight home?

We would be more than happy to help you organise an extension to your trip if this is something you would be interested in. For example, partaking in a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park would be a rewarding and a memorable ending to the trek. Please email flights@actionchallenge.com if you would like to enquire further.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge trek leader
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• All accommodation
• All Meals, except in free time
• Airport / Air travel taxes
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Invitation to a challenge briefing in London
• Discounted training weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and Brecons
• Fitness and training guide
• Discounts from UK retailers
• Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

what's not included?

• Insurance
• Vaccinations - up-to-date on boosters.
• Tips for local staff
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal kit / equipment
• Airline fuel surcharge (anything over £150)

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page, or the dates & prices tab to the left. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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