What are we trying to do?
We are a small team of adventurers setting out to achieve a World First by climbing 7 African Mountain Summits, back to back in 7 Weeks. The mountain summits are Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, Mt Stanley & Mt Speke, Mt Meru, Mt Karisimbi and Mt Nyiragongo (active volcano). During November and December 2017, a modest team, will for the first time, broadcast the inaugural 2017 GMC 7SummitsAfrica Expedition.
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How are we doing it?
This expedition will not only attempt to summit mountains with an combined altitude gain of 16 000m but will also showcase the added wildlife experience you can enjoy whilst climbing mountains on the continent. All aspects of the expedition, including the attractions, will be broadcast live on a daily basis and generating incredible first of its kind content that will be shared with a global audience. The expedition will be broadcasted live via Youtube and FacebookLive from the mountains using a smart phone and satellite data. This will showcase the seven peaks that make up the 7SummitsAfrica product.
When are we doing this?
The inaugural expedition will take place in November – December 2017. Please view the itinerary for more details or subscribe to YouTube channel for notifications when we go live.
What else are we doing?
The 7 Summits Africa Expedition 2017 includes the surrounding East African tourist and safari attractions of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Some of the highlights – seeing the endangered Mountain Gorillas from Virunga National Park DRC; Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda, along with other primates and incredible birdlife throughout the Albertine rift and surrounding areas. We will also visit Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the rhino conservation projects they are renowned for, as well as the Top 2 tourist attractions in East Africa – The Masai Mara Reserve and Serengeti National Park. In both areas we will touch on the subject of elephant conservation and anti-poaching methods.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”
Read more about our 2017 team of adventurers here. There will also be a documentary made of the expedition and journalist Jessica Flint joins us on our journey to Africa’s highest peaks. The expedition will also be joined by local celebrities and politicians during our visit to each country. Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala, Kenyan Minister of Tourism will be climbing Mt Kenya with 7 Summits Africa and Carmen Nibiriga from the EATP joining the 7SA team on Mt Kilimanjaro.
Why are we doing this?
The exposure and reach from this expedition will highlight a new adventure tourism product that will bring new visitors to Africa to experience a regional tourism offering, competitive with the world’s most extraordinary adventure products. More visitors to the mountains, parks and reserves will lead to improved facilities and services as well as mountain safety. In the longer term tourism and tourism numbers help to protect and conserve the habitat and wildlife of these remarkable creatures and ecosystems.
The 2017 GMC 7SummitsAfrica Expedition and the 2018 GMC 7SummitsAfrica Pro Race as products are huge competitors to the global adventure and adventure race products.