About Henry

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight. Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro and COVID – an important update

Kilimanjaro and COVID - an important update for travellers to Tanzania The death of Tanzania's former President, John Magafuli, has also lead to a change in the country's policy towards COVID - with consequences for those looking to climb Kilimanjaro or go on safari in the country... Where Magafuli, who died from COVID aged 61, [...]

Plan for a cable car on Kilimanjaro gets the go-ahead

The long-dreaded plans to build a cable car on Kilimanjaro have been given the go-ahead - but will they actually happen? According to reports in Outside Online, the government have given the green light to the project in their efforts to reinvigorate tourism in the country in the wake of the COVID pandemic. We first [...]

Kilimanjaro and COVID: an update

Kilimanjaro and the COVID pandemic: what is the current situation for those looking to climb in 2021 and beyond? As the COVID pandemic continues to paralyse much of the planet at the start of 2021, just as it did for most of 2020, we think that now is a good time to take a look [...]

February 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Fire breaks out on Kilimanjaro!

Fire blazes on Kilimanjaro above the Marangu Route's Mandara Hut A fire started on the south-eastern side of Kilimanjaro on Sunday evening. The fire occurred above the tree-line, to the north of the Mandara Huts. These huts are typically where trekkers on the Marangu Route at the end of their first night on the mountain. Several of [...]

October 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Kilimanjaro and the coronavirus: the latest

COVID-19: Is it time to start planning your Kilimanjaro trip once more? It's been a little while since we last updated you on developments in Tanzania. The reason being that there haven't been that many developments over the past month or so. However,  with the arrival of the first KLM flight for several months at [...]


Join us as one of our climbers attempts to a virtual Kilimanjaro climb! Tomorrow at 8pm UK time I will be chatting with one of our climbers who is recreating his cancelled Kilimanjaro climb from his home city - and you can listen in. Rob Illidge, from Manchester, UK, was due to begin his 8-day [...]

Tanzania reopens its doors to tourists!

Tanzania continues to ease lockdown - but what does it mean for Kilimanjaro? You may have read that the Tanzanian government is repealing many of the laws it introduced during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. They have, of course, been under a huge amount of pressure to do so, in order to restart their dormant tourist [...]

Tanzania gets ready to reopen

Tanzania's President Magafuli eager to ease coronavirus lockdown and restart economy despite concerns from international community According to several reports, the Tanzanian government is looking to relax its lockdown rules this week. This is in response to a decline in cases of coronavirus in the country, according to Tanzania's president, John Magafuli. He cited statistics [...]

Join us in a virtual Kilimanjaro climb!

Join our virtual Kilimanjaro climb and raise money for the NHS! Were you planning to climb Kilimanjaro? Had you already booked your trip? Was your trek taking place in April, May or June? Does that trip now looks to be in jeopardy because of the coronavirus pandemic? Then why not join us in climbing Kilimanjaro [...]