Trekkers with a Giant Groundsel on the trail

Only on Kilimanjaro: Giant Groundsels

November 6, 2013

Kilimanjaro is especially remarkable as an incubator for isolated, mutated, or rare species found almost nowhere else. One of the most striking of those species is the giant groundsel varietal Dendrosenecio kilimanjari.

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!

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