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Is the Machame Route a victim of its own success?

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 43% of the total number of trekkers on Kili [...]

By |August 17th, 2018|Advice|

Taking a camera on Kilimanjaro

It’s important to prepare properly when it comes to taking a camera on Kilimanjaro. After all, it’s likely that your camera will not have spent seven days in constant use before and almost certainly not in the dusty and/or humid conditions one finds on Kili, with its extremes of temperature and weather. The first thing [...]

By |June 16th, 2018|Advice|

Is the Umbwe Route the mountain’s best-kept secret?

When the latest set of statistics were given out by the park authorities recently, one figure in particular stood out like the proverbial sore thumb. With 47,232 people climbing the mountain every year these days, it seems incredible that only 589 of them - around 1% - chose to do so on the Umbwe Route. [...]

By |May 14th, 2018|Advice|

Maximise your chances of getting to Kilimanjaro’s summit

There's no doubt about it: getting to the top of Kilimanjaro is largely a matter of luck. After all, the main reason why people fail to get to the top is due to altitude sickness, and whether you get this or not is largely a matter of luck. Nevertheless, if you're going to climb Kilimanjaro, you [...]

By |November 29th, 2017|Advice|

Beware of online reviews!

Have recently had a spate of emails from people complaining about a trekking company that seems to be artificially manipulating the reviews of their service that are put up online on the popular review websites such as TripAdvisor etc. I reprint just a couple of these emails here (with the name of the company redacted, [...]

By |April 29th, 2016|Advice|

Yellow Fever: Do you need the jab for Tanzania?

The brief answer to this is... maybe. If you're travelling from England, returning to England, and any stops you make on the way are either in a country where yellow fever isn't present (eg the Netherlands, with KLM) or is a country where it is present (eg Kenya) but where you're staying for less than [...]

By |February 16th, 2016|Advice|

Need help negotiating Nairobi Airport?

Just received an interesting email from one of our climbers, Lynn Highland, about a service that we'd not come across before that helps you negotiate the chaos of Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport. We've reprinted the email in full here: "The Nairobi airport is the definition of a goat rodeo. Since I knew I would have [...]

By |February 13th, 2016|Advice|