Kilimanjaro, made up of three dormant volcanoes

Kilimanjaro’s Explosive Past

September 4, 2013

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.

Guide Penda and Thomson staffer Katie on the route

Guiding Trekkers Up Kilimanjaro: A Lauwo Family Tradition

August 21, 2013

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 Safaris!

Arial view of Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro’s Melting Glaciers

July 31, 2013

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.

The scenic Grand Traverse route

The Heights of Kilimanjaro: Altitude Facts

July 24, 2013

You can, and should, train for your climb, but you can’t “train” for altitude. We’ve found that people do exceptionally well with 9-10 days on Kilimanjaro, resulting in Thomson Safaris 98% summit success rate.

Gear we love for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Tips: THE First Step To The Summit

June 21, 2013

Your hiking boots are the most important gear you’ll have on Kilimanjaro! They are your first step on the journey to Uhuru Peak. More recommendations from Thomson Safaris for footwear on your Kili climb.

Stairs at Porter Square

Kilimanjaro Tips: Unexpected Kilimanjaro Training Ideas

June 20, 2013

Stair climbing intervals are a great way to get your legs and lungs in shape for the climb. Mix things up by alternating legs or skipping steps, and be sure to add on your boots and day pack for full effect.

VIew of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Tips: Flights & More

June 15, 2013

One of the famed Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro reaches a height of 19,341 feet and contains 5 different ecosystems. Call Thomson Safaris to discuss your travel logistics to Tanzania.

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