Expert Packing Tips

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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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Kilimanjaro guide James Upanga
December 4, 2013

Climbing His Way Up Kilimanjaro – Guide James Upanga

We sat down for a chat with James to learn about his life as a Thomson Safaris guide on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Leopard on Mount Kilimanjaro Legend
November 20, 2013

Fact Made for Fiction: Hemingway’s Frozen Leopard

According to legend, Hemingway’s reference to the leopard on Mount Kilimanjaro was inspired by a 1926 photo taken by missionary Richard Reusch.

PowerSongs
November 13, 2013

Power Songs on our Kilimanjaro Training Playlists

Everyone has a different tune that helps her push through those moments when it feels like she’s hit a wall. If you’re still searching for some playlist inspiration for your training and/or trek, Thomson…

Thomson trekkers hike near Giant Groundsels on Kilimanjaro
November 6, 2013

Only on Kilimanjaro: Giant Groundsels

Kilimanjaro is especially remarkable as an incubator for isolated, mutated, or rare species found almost nowhere else. One of the most striking of those species is the giant groundsel varietal Dendrosenecio…

Trekking the Great Rift Valley
October 30, 2013

Kili’s Neighbor: Ol Doinyo Lengai

In Maa, the Maasai language, Kilimanjaro is known as Ol Doinyo Oibor, or “The White Mountain.” But there’s a much more imposing-sounding mountain located just a little further along the Great Rift…

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October 23, 2013

Tips for Sleeping Soundly on Kilimanjaro

On Kilimanjaro—where each day means physical challenges and adjustment to a new altitude, and your nights are spent in a sleeping bag instead of on a feather bed—getting all the sleep you need in order to…

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October 16, 2013

What Goes Into a Kilimanjaro Trek?

Porters carry not only trekkers’ luggage, they carry the sleeping, dining, and toilet tents; the chairs trekkers rest on in camp; the gear needed to cook up meals, and the food that goes into them. So how…

Elephant graveyard
October 9, 2013

Elephant Graveyards on Mount Kilimanjaro?

According to Chagga myths, there is an elephant graveyard high upon the slopes of Kilimanjaro, beyond the snow line. When elephants in the region realize their time is near, they climb the mountain and fling…

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October 2, 2013

Warming Hearts (& Toes) on Kilimanjaro: Karen Donates SmartWool Socks to Porters

Partnering with SmartWool, Thomson Safaris Kilimanjaro trekker, Karen Capaldi, managed to gather 1,200 pairs of socks to donate to the Kilimanjaro Porter’s Assistance Project. We got in touch with Karen…

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September 26, 2013

The “Don’t Pack it List”

We spend a lot of time making sure travelers have everything they’ll need on a safari or a trek, but what about the things they won’t need? If you’re really looking to get the most out of your experience…

Toto's Africa gets fact checked
September 25, 2013

Toto Gets Fact Checked

We’ll admit it, we’re fans of Toto’s song “Africa,” too…which is why we wanted to help them get their facts straight in our infographic / lyricgraphic.

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September 18, 2013

Kilimanjaro’s Also-Climbeds: Honorable Mentions of the 19th Century

Hans Meyer was the first European to reach the summit of Kili, in 1889, but he certainly wasn’t the first to try. Before his successful summit, a string of daring adventurers attempted the climb, starting…

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