Major kudos to our friends in Arusha, who successfully completed the first-ever sanctioned mountain bike ride down Kilimanjaro! Tanzania Goodwill Ambassador Doug Pitt and WorldServe International announced this week that they sanctioned a permit to mountain bike down the tallest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,340 ft. The biking and climbing took place over seven days and included 18 participants who took on the charity challenge.
Before participants scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro on bike and foot they headed out to Ngorongoro to visit a Maasai village with an actual water-drilling site. Hundreds of Maasai gathered to meet the group in person. (Head here to read and watch a video on our safari in Tanzania.)
Experienced outfitters, Adventure International prepped the group for the trip of a lifetime – the bike ride down Kilimanjaro. Adventure International is a global travel company who specializes in luxury, low-impact trekking. They are the preeminent outfitter to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro and organize mountain bike safaris.
Over the years, Adventure International has raised millions in charity dollars with mountain climbing, biking and other treks.
This charity trek will bring clean water to over 150,000 Tanzanians, where two out of five children do not reach the age of five due to waterborne illnesses.
Ambassador Pitt and Adventure International also orchestrated one of the largest environmental clean-up efforts of Mount Kilimanjaro in recent history on the climb up. Mr. Pitt kept Facebook followers and supporters updated during the climb, and posted the following:
“Climbing Kilimanjaro is extremely hard and a punishing test of endurance. Extreme altitude does bizarre things to the body and your only choice is to fight through it and the climb was much more difficult than I remembered. I will not spoil each person’s story and let them share it with family and friends – but I will say everyone really gave it everything. If I am going to have to suffer – what a fun group to do it with. But in reality, our suffering was temporary and we all saw what real suffering is. I am thrilled that through this trip, we will bring water wells and the gift of clean water to literally tens of thousands of people.”
Adventurers signed up for the once-in-a-lifetime event via Worldserveʼs website.
About Adventure International
(AI) is a premier adventure travel specialist, specializing in high end – low impact adventure travel to the worldʼs most magnificent locations. They are a dedicated team of experienced guides, managers, and outdoor enthusiasts who take pride in outstanding product delivery and a personal understanding of the unique places they visit.
About WorldServe International
WorldServe excels at providing water and sanitation solutions in developing countries with its own Africa-based water resource development company. Through their innovative Life Center strategy, they are combating poverty by working in seven key areas of community development: water and sanitation, electrical power, communications and culture, agricultural development, economic empowerment, health care and education. WorldServe International is an organization passionate about building global networks to meet local needs.
About Majitech Engineering
Maji-Tech is the solution. As leaders in water resource development, they have the equipment and technical competency to provide long-term access to clean, safe water. Their proven track record in delivering quality results with integrity has made Maji-Tech the largest private water drilling company in East Africa.