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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 [...]

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 [...]

Is it possible to climb Kilimanjaro independently?

Can people climb up Kilimanjaro without a mountain 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 [...]

April 3rd, 2019|Advice|

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 [...]

March 31st, 2019|Advice|

LGBT in Tanzania – advice for gay travellers

Homophobia in East Africa - can it 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 mountain, [...]

March 11th, 2019|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|