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.

Solo travellers on Kilimanjaro: some advice and tips

Coming to Tanzania alone to climb Kilimanjaro?  Here’s some advice … People who have a burning desire to climb Kilimanjaro comes in all shapes and sizes, are all ages and from every country in the world. Their motives for doing so are similarly many and varied. The problem is, what do people do when they [...]

April 15th, 2020|Categories: Advice|

Coronavirus and Kilimanjaro – what’s happening?

THE CORONAVIRUS IN TANZANIA - AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR KILIMANJARO PLANS Read on to find out the latest information from Tanzania, and how it could impact your plans to climb Kilimanjaro. (NB: For the latest news on Kilimanjaro and COVID-19/coronavirus, please read our 'updates' at the bottom of this page.) This last week [...]

March 9th, 2020|Categories: Advice, News Bulletins|

Advice and tips for women on Kilimanjaro

Advice for female trekkers on Kilimanjaro A few tips for women planning to climb Africa's Highest Mountain  Currently just under a half of our climbers in 2020 are women, including over a dozen solo women climbers (ie women who have booked by themselves are joining one of our public treks). So, having already written posts [...]

January 28th, 2020|Categories: Advice|

Taking children on Kilimanjaro

Should you take your child on Kilimanjaro? Contemplating whether to take your family on Africa's highest mountain? We'll discuss whether you should - and how best to go about it?  Last week we received an email from a British woman who was being frustrated in her attempts to take her six-year-old child with her up [...]

September 11th, 2019|Categories: Advice|

Can you trust a company’s success rates on Kilimanjaro?

If a company advertises a near 100% success rate for getting people to the summit of Kilimanjaro, should you believe it? This week I was contacted by a reader who had just got back home after an unsuccessful attempt to climb Kilimanjaro. The person had climbed with one of the top operators on the mountain, [...]

September 5th, 2019|Categories: Advice|

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 [...]

July 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

July 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

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|Categories: Advice|

The plastic bag ban in Tanzania – an update

Following the introduction of a wholesale ban on plastic bags in Tanzania, we've had a slew of emails from our climbers and others asking whether this rule is actually being enforced. The ban was due to take effect on 1 June. Almost a week later, and while the ban has indeed been introduced, it appears [...]

June 6th, 2019|Categories: Advice, News Bulletins|
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