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 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…

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 themselves into a pit, where hundreds of their forebears have gone before.

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…

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 the official operator of their trek.

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.

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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. Things like the legendary Seal of Solomon, the ancient King’s ring rumored to possess magical powers.

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