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Solo travellers on Kilimanjaro: 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 [...]

September 16th, 2019|Advice|

Taking children on Kilimanjaro: some tips

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|Advice|

Older climbers on Kilimanjaro: facts, advice and tips

How do senior trekkers fare on Kilimanjaro In July 2019 Anne Lorimor, from Phoenix, Arizona, reached the summit of Africa's Highest Mountain aged 89. In doing so he became the oldest person ever to reach Uhuru Peak, the true summit of Kili. It was actually Anne's second successful assault on Kilimanjaro, having first climbed it [...]

September 9th, 2019|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|Advice|

When is the best time to book your flight tickets?

Plane tickets are usually available about a year in advance - but when should you book your flights to get the best deal? 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 [...]

June 19th, 2019|Advice|

Tanzania bans plastic bags

Penalties for those arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport 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 [...]

Climbing Kilimanjaro with no porters

Kilimanjaro stripped back and unplugged: climbing Africa’s highest mountain 'unaided' 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 climb with no [...]

April 24th, 2019|Advice|

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

Shooting Kilimanjaro: Visiting 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 that you can’t, in fact, [...]

April 17th, 2019|Advice|

What’s the best campsite on Kilimanjaro? 

The camps of Kilimanjaro: a highly subjective list of the best and worst    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 [...]