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Trekking Kilimanjaro: A Sisterhood Summit!

My name is Angela Woods, and I’m the Manager of Guest Services here at Thomson. I just got back from an adventure that will forever be etched in my memory – trekking Kilimanjaro, the “Roof of Africa”! I undertook this challenge with my amazing sister, best friend and biggest cheerleader, Ashley. For years, Kilimanjaro has…

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The Top 3 Best Boots for Climbing Kilimanjaro

What are the best boots for climbing Kilimanjaro? At minimum, 30 miles will stand between you and the top of the tallest freestanding mountain on the planet. Not any old boot will get you there. The right boot will make a world of difference in terms of your comfort, blister mitigation and overall success. For…

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Meet Kilimanjaro Porter Eunice

My name is Eunice Joseph. I was born and raised in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m a porter at Thomson Safaris, and I really love my job!   What do you like about your job? Being a porter is important to me for several reasons. It has helped me support my family financially as…

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Go Behind-the-Scenes of Porter Life on Kilimanjaro

Your boots are laced tight. The rainforest fog is thick. Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak looms overhead. It’s day one of your trek, and you’re busy anticipating the challenge that lies before you. Little do you know about the challenges that lay behind you! Every Thomson trek requires an enormous amount of logistical organization just to make…

angela and her sister ashley will trek mt kilimanjaro together

Summit Sisters: How a Thomson Staffer & Her Sister are Training for Kili

How far will you go for family? For sisters Angela and Ashley, the sky is the limit–literally. This spring, they’re climbing into the clouds on a 19,341′ quest to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro! Angela Woods is Thomson’s Manager of Guest Services and a Kilimanjaro veteran—she lives and breathes Tanzania, and knows every trekking route,…

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From Summit to Safari (and Everything in Between!)

. “Oh boy,” I said, “he’s really trying it.” It’s one month ago and I’m standing on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and, just as he’d promised, a free-spirited trekker on my trip was unpacking the kite he’d taken all 19,351 feet up the mountain. He carefully unspooled the red, wrinkled nylon and in our collective,…

trekking across the shira plateau

When is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?

We hear it all the time: “when is the absolute best time to climb Kilimanjaro?” Not to be fence-sitters but: whenever? There absolutely is a worst time to attempt your trek; in fact, there are two of them: April/May and mid-November through mid-December. During those times the entire country receives serious rainfall (especially during April, when the heavy rains come)

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8 Best Reasons to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, is a dream come true for many adventures–but it’s by no means a walk in the park. However, with diligent training, the right equipment and the support of the mountain’s most experienced guides, Kili is an excellent choice for nearly anyone seeking to reach new heights! Here…