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On Top of the World: How Is It Like to Spend New Year’s Eve on the Highest Mountain in Africa?

What’s the most memorable New Year’s Eve that you’ve had? With the new year fast approaching, you’re probably thinking of cool ways to start the year in grand style. After the bustling Christmas period and full to the brim with plenty of good cheer, it’s refreshing to take a step into an unknown and remote setting to look back on the year you’ve had and make plans for the new year. So how about kicking off the year 2020 in the most epic way possible by climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.

Rise to the challenge and make that trek up 5,895 meters, where you get to experience five beautiful climate zones and ring in the new year on the Roof of Africa. This journey of a lifetime will definitely change the way you look at yourself and the world forever.

ABOUT KILIMANJARO

the top of snowy mt kilimanjaro above the clouds on sunrise



The famous Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is actually a dormant volcano, but fear not, as the last major eruption here was hundreds of thousands of years ago. In addition to being Africa’s highest peak, it is also the highest free-standing (meaning it is not part of a mountain range) mountain in the world. Imagine welcoming in 2020 at its iconic peak watching the sunrise over the majestic plains below. Mount Kilimanjaro is made up of three volcanos — Shira, Mawnzi, and Kibo.

The climb is like hiking through a nature documentary. Kilimanjaro contains five unique ecosystems so you can look forward to an adventure like no other whether you are passing through an undisturbed rainforest, witnessing unique lava towers and exotic animals, or meeting and talking to the indigenous tribespeople on the mountain. All of these while you’re strutting away above the clouds and looking down at the lush sprawling savanna below you.

MT. KILIMANJARO DIFFICULTY

people trekking my kilimanjaro



The round trip for Kilimanjaro usually takes five to 11 days, depending on which route you take. There are seven established routes up the mountain, each varying in length, difficulty, and scenery. One of the easier routes is the Lemosho Route, which offers a high success rate for reaching the summit thanks to its more gradual rate of ascent. If you are not an avid climber but have your heart set on welcoming the new year from the top of the world, then this the probably the route you will take.

REASONS TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Guests of Gosheni safaris hiking Mt Kilimanjaro



The opportunity to embrace the unknown — Every new year offers a fresh start, ripe with new possibilities and the chance to gain a new perspective. Plus, the start of the year is one of the best times to challenge yourself to achieve something you’ve never done before. Spending a few days climbing the highest free-standing mountain on earth is no mean feat, for sure, but that is exactly what makes it appealing.
You get to find something new and inspiring for the year ahead — Whether it’s trying out new food, immersing yourself in a fascinating culture, or just marveling at amazing wildlife and landscapes, climbing Kilimanjaro is a chance to shake up your New Year and kick-start an exciting year from the summit. After all, isn’t that what New Year’s resolutions are really about?

Experience something different — New Year celebrations are often characterized by fireworks, music, and feasting with family and friends. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with starting your year this way, it wouldn’t hurt to deviate from the norm this one time and try something different for a change. Who knows, you might relish the experience so much that you decide to come back for the next New Year’s Eve.

It’s a great way to do something worthwhile — On your Mount Kilimanjaro trek, you will be accompanied by guides and porters. These mountain climbs are a source of livelihood for these people so participating in this trek is a beautiful way to support them and their families. This means you get to start the new year putting smiles on people’s faces. The feel-good feeling that usually follows makes it worth the experience.

You get to treat yourself afterward — You have accomplished something incredible by conquering Africa’s highest peak, so why not reward your aching body with a relaxing beach weekend in Zanzibar?

If standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro has always been on your adventure list, why not tick it off before the close of the year? Make 2020 a year to remember, by scaling the highest free-standing mountain in the world. To get started or find out more information like the current Kilimanjaro climb cost, accommodation options, and preparation tips, contact us today.

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August 8, 2023
Asante Gosheni and espacially Hassan Nous tenons à recommander Hassan car nous venons de passer un séjour mémorable avec lui. Grâce à son expérience, sa connaissance parfaite du monde animal et des parcs, Hassan nous a permis de voir de nombreux animaux en étant extrêmement bien placé.
Bien évidemment les big five (même le rhinocéros!), la traversée de la rivière par les gnous et bien d'autres animaux.
En faisant un safari avec Hassan vous trouverez tout ce que vous êtes venus chercher.
A l'avenir si nous décidons de refaire un safari, nous voudrions repartir avec Hassan.
Myriam D
Myriam D
August 8, 2023
Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
Grâce à lui et sa grande expérience nous avons découvert et appris énormément de choses sur la Tanzanie, les animaux, les végétaux etc. Hassan est un véritable passionné qui aime transmettre son savoir.
En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
Merci encore à Hassan pour ces merveilleux moments qui resterons gravés dans notre mémoire !!
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bonny l
August 6, 2023
amazing Safari experience wiz gosheni nice trip wiz our amazing guide Samir We saw all the wild animals during Safari
thx a lot for the thoughtful and excellent service
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FENG Y
August 6, 2023
愉快的非洲之旅 幸运的选择了gosheni Safari,我们的向导samir服务非常好,小朋友们都很喜欢他,非洲五霸除了犀牛没有看到外,其他都替我们找到了,寻找动物经验丰富,在超远的地方就能看到目标。可以在众多的车子中抢到一个很好的观赏位,办事灵活。
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Vladimir T
August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
In summary the experience was highly satisfying, I sincerely recommend Gosheni Safaris and to ask for Wilson as a guide.
Allison B
Allison B
August 5, 2023
Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
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Sukhraj S
August 5, 2023
Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
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Eric W
August 4, 2023
Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
As our city had quarantine arrangement due to COVID-19, we were so worry about our trip. Luckily, Gosheni is so considerate and try their best endeavors to rearrange our scedule. With their assistance, everything is set and we feel comfortable for all of their kind arrangements.

During the safari, we have a terrific tour guide, Edward! He takes care of all the stuff and administration including liaison with hotels, lunch packing, other add-on safaris so that we can fully enjoy the trip.

Not only Edward spots a lot a lot of animals and birds for us, including the top 5 in the trip, he also introduces us the habitat and features of the animals and birds. We are very impressed by his rich knowledge and do enjoy listening the "stories" of the animals.

Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

We are very happy with Edward and Gosheni. We will absolutely consider them in our next Africam safari.
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Priyank S
August 4, 2023
Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

We had a bespoke itinerary which we planned in advance with William from Gosheni, and he was extremely helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our requests.

I would highly recommend Gosheni and especially Ombeni for future travels.
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August 4, 2023
Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

Our guide was Hassani who is a perfect guide, safari driver, friend and everything. He always did his best to show us as much as possible. We always felt safe and witnessed lots of amazing moments by help of Hassani. Beside being a perfect safari guide, he prepared very nice lunch tables every afternoon. He is very funny person and makes lots of jokes during the safari. I higly recommend Gosheni Safaris which is best one and Hassani who is a very good guide. I want to thank Hassani in person for making our safari perfect and looking forward to meet again🙏🏻

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