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.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in the rainy season – is it worth it?

Climbing Kilimanjaro during the rainy season Whether to do it, how to do it, and what to expect April and May is traditionally the low season on Kilimanjaro, and few people climb at this time. There's a good reason for this, of course: these two months are usually when the 'Long Rains' happen - the [...]

March 31st, 2019|Advice|

Kilimanjaro flora – a new field guide

A new guide to the flowers of Kilimanjaro! For years, people like myself who are a little (OK, very) obsessed about Africa's Highest Mountain have been crying out for a field guide to Kilimanjaro's flora. Why? Well, the climate and conditions on Kilimanjaro are so varied, as anybody who has already climbed it will know. [...]

LGBT in Tanzania: advice for gay travellers to East Africa

Homophobia in East Africa Can being gay really stop you climbing Kilimanjaro? I was prompted to write this article after we had been contacted by a gay travel agency from California, who were looking to climb Kilimanjaro later this year. Amongst the usual fears they had about altitude sickness and the safety procedures on the [...]

March 11th, 2019|Advice|

Climbing Mount Meru

A guide to climbing Mount Meru And why everyone should climb Kilimanjaro's little brother Mount Meru, which overlooks the city of Arusha from the north, about 60km from Kilimanjaro, is used by many trekkers as a warm-up trek to Kilimanjaro. In other words, it acts as an hors d’oeuvre to the main course of Kili. [...]

December 31st, 2018|Advice|

Is the Machame Route a victim of its own success?

Has Kilimanjaro's most popular route become too popular? For over a decade now the Machame Route has been Kilimanjaro’s most popular trail. According to the most recent figures given to us by KINAPA, 20,339 trekkers used the Machame Route in their attempt to reach the summit in one year. That figure represents a massive [...]

August 17th, 2018|Advice|