Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano Erupts

Thousands of Maasai herdsmen living around the area of the Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano vacated their homes in the wake of a trail of the eruptions in early September 2007 that left two children injured and a school damaged.

Meaning “Mountain of God” in the Maasai language, Ol Doinyo Lengai is called the strangest volcano on earth by National Geographic, where lava fountains harden in midair then shatter like glass.

Ol Doinyo Lengai is a unique and extremely fascinating volcano that is located in the African Rift Valley northwest of Arusha, Tanzania. It is the only volcano in the world that erupts natrocarbonatite lava, a highly fluid lava that usually contains almost no silicon. Natrocarbonatite lava is also much cooler than other lavas, being only about 950 degrees compared to temperatures over 2000 degrees for other lavas.


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Tanzania Visa Fees Increase for U.S. Citizens

As of September 20, 2007, the Tanzania visa fee for U.S. passport holders is now $100. This is for the standard single, double, and multiple entry visas. For all other passport holders, the fee remains at $50.

Tanzania visas can be acquired from a Tanzanian embassy or upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport, the Dar es Salaam Airport, or the border crossing at Namanga. Your passport must be valid for at 6 months beyond your travel date. The visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue for a visit of up to 3 months.

If mailing your visa application, payment must be made with money order. At the border, they only accept cash. You must also provide passport photos, your airline tickets, and your reservation confirmation as proof of sufficient funds in the country.


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Galapagos Diving and Airport Update

Diving on the Galapagos is currently under government review. Diving boats will be allowed to run their current itineraries through December 31, 2007, but the status of diving in the Galapagos for 2008 is still unknown.

There are a few options to divers:

  1. You can safely book your diving trip through December 2007.
  2. You can spend a few days diving with a land-based diving operator.
  3. We will inform you as soon as possible when we know more about 2008 itineraries.

The San Cristobal Airport will remain closed until early 2008. All itineraries will be departing from the Baltra Airport until next year.


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Trips for Women, Families, Singles, and More

Looking for other women to travel with? Traveling with your children? Looking for a group to join? Ready to run a marathon? We have itineraries specially designed for you! Women-only cruises in the Galapagos, family adventures in Peru, multi-sport trip to Bhutan, and the Kilimanjaro marathon just to name a few….


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Volunteer Trips to Nepal and Tanzania

Adventures Within Reach is now offering volunteer trips to two of our hottest destinations: Nepal and Tanzania.

Learn about the Free A Child program in southern Nepal in our two-week itinerary which also includes the best of Nepal: Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, and Pokhara. A trek in the Annapurna region can be added to the end of the trip.

In Tanzania, volunteers will clean up Kilimanjaro while trekking (optional summit) and work in an orphanage for a week. Our full itinerary also includes a safari to the best game parks in Tanzania.


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Bhutan Trip Report: Cultural Tours

Part of the excitement of traveling to a foreign country is visiting local places of history, museums, churches and temples, markets, schools, and theatres. This gives the traveler a sense of what makes the people who they are and helps define their culture.

Bhutan is rich with such local places! We were very impressed with the respect that people have for their historical sites, temples and monasteries and their cultural heritage. For the Bhutanese, these places are national treasures.


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Kilimanjaro Low Season Discounts

November is low season for Kilimanjaro treks. Although November is the short rainy season in Tanzania, the rains are not very heavy and are intermittent. This is a great time to avoid the crowds and get a great deal.

April and May are also discounted low seasons.

Save $50/person on all routes up Kilimanjaro!


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Luxury Safari Half Price

Experience the ultimate safari luxury at half the price! This 8-day fly-in safari includes the very best lodging in Tanzania: Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Grumeti River Camp, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, and all internal flights. The safari must take place in November 2007.

You can add a Kilimanjaro trek starting at $1000/person.

We will make a donation of $100 to the Shalom Orphanage for each client who books this itinerary!


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Sustainable Tourism and AWR

The aim of sustainable tourism is to lessen the toll that travel takes on the environment and its local cultures. Left un-monitored, destinations visited will be damaged or destroyed at a catastrophic rate. Adventures Within Reach takes steps to promote sustainable tourism by using ethically trained, local guides, using sustainable lodging, and giving back to local communities. We also help travelers minimize their impact through carbon offsetting, volunteer work, and more.


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Condo in the Mountains for Customers

Customers who book a trip with AWR are eligible to rent a condo in Breckenridge, Colorado at a discounted rate of $50/night up to 4 nights during the summer months (mid-April – mid-November). The condo has 2 bedrooms plus loft, so it sleeps 6-8 people comfortably. Prepare for your high-altitude trek by hiking in the Rocky Mountains!


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