Moon rising over Mt. Kilimanjaro

Tips for Sleeping Soundly on Kilimanjaro

October 23, 2013

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 reach the summit can be difficult. Luckily, the Thomson Safaris team has learned a few tricks on their treks that will help ensure you have more restful nights.

Porters carrying gear up the mountain

What Goes Into a Kilimanjaro Trek?

October 16, 2013

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 much does all that extra stuff come out to?

Toto's "Africa" fact checked by Thomson

Toto Gets Fact Checked

September 25, 2013

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.

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.

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