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.

89-year-old woman climbs Kilimanjaro!

An 89-year-old woman from Phoenix, Arizona, has become the oldest to climb Africa's highest mountain. Anne Lorimor, a former university instructor, reached the summit earlier this month after a nine-day trek. Anne climbed for Creating Exciting Futures, her own charity that she founded to support disadvantaged youth. This is actually not the first time she's [...]

Ten-year-old twins climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro

I've received several emails over the past few days from a Mr Christopher Loynd, telling us of a recent expedition he took with his children up Kilimanjaro. Nothing unusual in that, of course - except that in this case the children's ages were remarkable. For starters, one of them, Amara Loynd, was only eight years [...]

When is the best time to book your flight tickets?

When should you book your flights for Kilimanjaro? I am prompted to write this after one of our climbers, Perry, gave me a piece of advice that I hadn’t come across before.  He told me that he was going to wait a few days before booking his flight to Kilimanjaro as it is cheaper to [...]

June 19th, 2019|Advice|

Tanzania bans plastic bags

Penalties for those arriving in Tanzania with plastic bags We have been advised that Tanzania is, from the start of next month, banning plastic bags from entering the country. This does of course have huge ramifications for Kilimanjaro trekkers, many of whom use plastic bags to keep their clothes and other items separate in their [...]

Climbing Kilimanjaro with no porters

Climbing Africa’s highest mountain unaided Can you carry your own bags up Kilimanjaro?  By coincidence, over the past few weeks we’ve received several emails on a very similar subject. All of the correspondents want to climb Kilimanjaro. But none of them want all the fuss that goes with it. In other words, they want a [...]

April 24th, 2019|Advice|

Where is the best place to take a photo of Kilimanjaro?

Want that iconic shot of Kilimanjaro? Then visit Kenya's Amboseli National Park It’s all Toto’s fault. In their chart-topping hit from the 1980s, the lead singer of the Canadian dad-rock outfit crooned the line ‘Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti’. To those who know their geography, such a scenario is absurd and [...]

April 17th, 2019|Advice|

What’s the best campsite on Kilimanjaro? 

The best and worst campsites on Kilimanjaro By our reckoning there are around 25official campsites on Africa’s highest mountain, as well as several unofficial ones that are still used regularly by tour operators but which have yet to receive official sanction from the park authorities, KINAPA. Admittedly, the locations of the campsites on Kilimanjaro are [...]

Is it possible to climb Kilimanjaro independently?

Can you climb up Kilimanjaro without a crew? It's a question I still get asked several times a year:  Is it possible to just turn up at the foot of Kilimanjaro with a rucksack full of camping gear, food and warm clothes, and head up the slopes to the top? The people who ask this [...]

April 3rd, 2019|Advice|