Expert Packing Tips

Watch Amy's video tutorial from Forest Camp!

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The Barranco Wall

It's a challenging scramble, but highly rewarding!

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Why climb Kilimanjaro?

We've got tons of reasons, here's just 5 of them!

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Climbing his way up Kili

Read our interview with Kilimanjaro guide, James

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Little flowers that could

Kili's everlasting flowers aren't as delicate as they look!

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How to care for Gore-Tex

Tips to keep your outerwear weatherproof, and like-new as long as possible!

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abbotts duiker
May 28, 2014

(Almost) Only on Kilimanjaro: Abbott’s Duiker

Since the Abbott’s duiker was “discovered” on Kili in 1890 by William Louis Abbott, it has only been seen a handful of times. It’s so rare, in fact, that photos of the animal weren’t captured until…

Thomson Safaris Kilimanjaro food
May 21, 2014

Kilimanjaro in the Kitchen: Chickpea Fritter Recipe

...with some Voodoo Love Salad on the side!

Chickpea fritters are one of our trekkers’ favorite dishes Photo: Thomson Safaris staffer, Amy Czarnecki There’s one very obvious “high-point” of any Kilimanjaro trek (here’s a hint, it starts…

jambo song
May 14, 2014

The Jambo Song on Kilimanjaro

The Jambo Song is sung by your guides and porters after a successful trek, it’s an exuberant, joyful song, accompanied by clapping and the voices of the entire crew. But if you knew what it meant, you might…

Crater Camp on Kilimanjaro
May 7, 2014

Warm Up! How Not To Be Chilly on Kili

We warn all our trekkers that no matter what time of year they climb Kilimanjaro, they can expect it to feel like winter at the summit. Facing some chilly weather is a fact of life on the mountain, but there…

how to layer for Kilimanjaro
April 30, 2014

How to Layer for Kilimanjaro

Stay warm and comfortable on your trek

All performance apparel is not the same – each layer has a specific function. Find out when and how to use your layers to keep you comfortable on Kili. Our staff weighs in with specific brand…

solar panels
April 23, 2014

A Green Trek (in More Ways than One!)

We know our trekkers are passionate about the environment; without healthy wild spaces, they wouldn’t be able to enjoy one of their favorite activities (at least not as much)! Keeping the environment…

green bananas
April 16, 2014

Kilimanjaro in the Kitchen: Green Banana Stew Recipe

For years, the Chagga have called Kilimanjaro home, and one of their staple crops has always been bananas. In this hearty stew, they play a starring role; give it a try in your own kitchen—it will be like a…

Live Well Walking Program
April 9, 2014

Climbing Kilimanjaro Without Ever Leaving Home

A Heartwarming Journey for Cancer Patients

We like to tell all our trekkers that with enough determination, and the will to push themselves harder than they ever thought possible, almost anyone can achieve the goal of summiting Kili. But even we were…

Chagga legend of Wakonyingo
April 2, 2014

Fairies on Kilimanjaro: Myths of the Wakonyingo

It may sound like something out of a Grimm brothers fairy tale, but these sprites don’t hail from the Black Forest: they’re the Wakonyingo (also called the Wadarimba), and according to legends of the…

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March 26, 2014

When is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?

We hear it all the time: “when is the absolute best time to climb Kilimanjaro?” Not to be fence-sitters but: whenever? There absolutely is a worst time to attempt your trek; in fact, there are two of them:…

reusch crater kilimanjaro
March 19, 2014

Can’t Miss on Kilimanjaro: Reusch Crater

Many trekkers know of Kilimanjaro’s fiery past; the three peaks—Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo—were once all active volcanoes. Over thousands upon thousands of years, they erupted continually, building the…

High altitude hiking tips
March 12, 2014

The Downside of Altitude

Tips to deal with tummy troubles on Kilimanjaro

But there’s one part of a Kilimanjaro hike that many people don’t fully prepare for (maybe because it’s not that much fun to talk about it): the ways that altitude can affect you on the mountain.…

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