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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January 29, 2014

Kilimanjaro’s Unsung Hero: Johannes Rebmann

Hans Meyer is a name most Kili trekkers recognize; the first man to officially summit Kilimanjaro, in 1889, he long ago secured his place in the history books. It’s rare to talk about trekking Kilimanjaro in…

Gore-tex gear care tutorial
January 22, 2014

How to Care for your GORE-TEX Gear

Video tutorial by Arc'teryx

With temperatures ranging from the 90s F near the base to as low as -10°F at the summit, and weather that can change from bright sun to a chilly downpour in minutes, there are few items as important on your…

Ngorongoro Crater clouds
January 15, 2014

Ngorongoro Crater: The Kilimanjaro That Could Have Been…

Ngorongoro once rose much, much higher than the 7500 foot rim. Photo: Andy Biggs Today, the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim rises just 7,500 feet above sea level; visitors might experience chilly nights, and anyone…

Eliza trains for Kilimanjaro
January 8, 2014

Kilimanjaro Training for a “Normal” Trekker

Eliza's New Year's Fitness Resolutions

Guests planning to trek Kili often ask us what they should do to train. No matter what your fitness level, Kilimanjaro offers specific challenges, and we strongly recommend people train specifically to meet…

December 18, 2013

Packing For Kilimanjaro: Amy’s Top Tips!

Thomson Safaris staffer shares expert tips on packing for Kilimanjaro. Amy just returned from her successful Kili trek in November, and she attributes some of her success to a basic (but often ignored) tip:…

Lava Tower on Mount Kilimanjaro
December 11, 2013

Can’t Miss on the Mountain: Lava Tower

One particular formation on Kilimanjaro has been fascinating and awing climbers for decades, now: Lava Tower. The tower is around 300 feet tall, and previously, climbers were able to hike up it (a scramble…

Handmade travel journals by Kristin Crane
December 5, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide!

It’s easy enough to find things to buy this time of year (maybe too easy!), but getting that unique, exciting gift that is as fun to give as it is to receive? That’s a tough one. Luckily, Thomson Safaris…

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.

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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