What is 7 Summits Africa?

7 Summits Africa is an annual expedition of regional mountaineering, created by adventurers and conservationists to bring awareness to the unexplored technical mountains on the African continent. A powerful, beautiful, challenging mountaineering experience is possible by combining mountains and ranges in more than one country. The challenge is real and the expedition will happen again in late 2020.

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#7SummitsAfrica Expeditions showcase the best of African mountaineering – from equatorial glaciers, to jagged peaks and volcanic ash cones. The expedition takes the visitor through three countries – Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.  The Rwenzori range is a fault block mountain rising between two rifts in the African Rift System.  Mt Kenya is an ancient extinct volcano, with rugged peaks that sit up U-shaped glacial valleys. Mount Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.  The expedition will lead the mountaineers to some of the best wildlife experiences in East Africa.

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2020 #7SummitsAfrica Expedition

This expedition will take place from 1 November – 10 December 2020.  Parallel itineraries will allow mountaineers or non-technical climbers to participate.  In a maximum of 40 days, there are 27 possible summit peaks for technical mountaineers to tackle – the highest 27 on the continent. For non-technical climbers there are 7 possible summit peaks in 37 days including wildlife highlights seeing the gorillas in Uganda, wildlife safaris with the big 5 in Kenya and Tanzania.  Applications are open and availability limited.

Conservation through tourism

7 Summits Africa promotes conservation through tourism on the African continent.  The project combines amateur and professional mountaineering with Africa’s best wildlife experiences – Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest;  encounters with rhino and big cats in Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the foot of Mt Kenya and the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

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“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…”


John Muir

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7 Summits Africa Mission

  • A new adventure tourism product, bringing new visitors to East Africa.
  • Increased visitor numbers to national parks and mountains generates tourism revenue. Improved access, facilities, services & mountain safety results.
  • Regional tourism growth contributing to long term improvement in protection and conservation of remarkable creatures and ecosystems.
  • Successfully train and summit Mt Everest with an all African mountaineering team

7 Summits Africa Objectives

  • Showcase the tourism potential of East Africa.
  • Attract affluent mountaineers from around the world for future expeditions.
  • Select, prepare and train an all African mountaineering team in Africa for a  Mt Everest attempt.
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Long Term Goals

Conservation
#7SummitsAfrica Expeditions bring people to renowned vulnerable areas, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The footprint and revenue brought to national parks and reserves beyond the mainstream tourism product, brings down the cost of conservation and helps protect habitat and species.
Safety Improvement
#7SummitsAfrica expeditions will introduce satellite technology as communication tools for tracking and communication with park visitors and hikers travelling in remote locations. The aim is advanced safety systems in parks to improve the protection of the wildlife, staff and tourists.
New Regional Product Development
Promote and develop the hiking and mountaineering product in Africa alongside the surrounding attractions to the mainstream international outdoor and adventure market bringing new people to Africa in a single visit or multitude of visits to the region.
Strategic Economic Development
7 Summits Africa aims to contribute to the economic development of every region by bringing together private sector development , government and a powerful regional product to rival’s the world’s highest peaks and most popular adventure products.

“Conservation and job creation through Tourism, to areas where it is needed most, is the long term goal.”


Carel Verhoef