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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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.

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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September 11, 2013

Our Kilimanjaro Gear Faves: Thank Goodness I Brought My…

There are plenty of things you know to bring to Kilimanjaro (like your coat and hiking boots), but there are a few helpful, little things that you might want to tuck into your bags.

Kilimanjaro view of Kibo from heather zone
September 4, 2013

Kilimanjaro’s Explosive Past

Situated near the fault-line of two tectonic plates, Kilimanjaro began to build itself up around 750,000 years ago, via thousands of years of lava explosions from the volcanic cones of Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo.

August 28, 2013

Kilimanjaro in the Pictures

It’s no surprise Kili made it big in Hollywood. Hollywood films with Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, etc. as well as recent movies such as Summit on the Summit featuring Jessica Biel where Thomson Safaris was…

August 23, 2013

Thomson Goes To Thompson Island for Summer Outing!

Thomson Safaris US staff headed to Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor Island for a summer outing.

Lauwo family of Kilimanjaro guides
August 21, 2013

Guiding Trekkers Up Kilimanjaro: A Lauwo Family Tradition

In 1889, Tanzanian, Yohana Kinyala Lauwo led Hans Meyer to fame as the first person to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Lauwo’s grandson follows in his footsteps and is now a head Kilimanjaro guide for Thomson…

August 14, 2013

Leave Kilimanjaro Wiser…If You Find Solomon’s Ring

Hemingway talked about a leopard, frozen in the ice near Kilimanjaro’s peak, which trekkers have been looking for ever since, but there are stranger things rumored to be buried deep beneath Kili’s snows.…

August 7, 2013

Our Kili Gear Faves: Hiking Boots

Asolo, Lowa, La Sportiva, Merrell are all good choices for hiking boots. There’s no one “right” boot, but if you want a good place to start, try one of these recommendations from the Thomson Safaris…

July 31, 2013

Kilimanjaro’s Melting Glaciers

The snows of Kilimanjaro are almost as famous as the mountain itself. Global warming is almost certainly speeding up the glaciers’ demise, but it doesn’t appear to be the only cause of the melting.

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