June 21, 2013
Your hiking boots are the most important gear you’ll have on Kilimanjaro! They are your first step on the journey to Uhuru Peak.
While they should be warm, waterproof and have ankle support, above all make sure they’re broken in by the time you land in Tanzania. If you can’t get some good trail hikes in prior to your trip, wear them to the office, while you walk the dog, on the treadmill at the gym… It’ll be a great conversation starter!
June 20, 2013
It might be a bit early for some of us to hit the trails, so before summer is in full swing, did you know you can start training for Kilimanjaro in a parking garage (or any tall building)?
Stair climbing intervals are a great way to get your legs and lungs in shape for the climb. Mix things up by alternating legs or skipping steps, and be sure to add on your boots and day pack for full effect. TS staffer Ali even trained in a subway station!
June 18, 2013
Pole-pole! Take your time trekking to the summit of Kilimanjaro!
A positive attitude and measured pace will keep your heart rate low and your breathing steady, helping you feel well as you reach higher and higher elevations. Our guides know that this relaxed pace helps with acclimatization, and they’ll make sure you’re on track to safely summit with reminders to go pole pole, Swahili for slowly, slowly.
If you have browsed though the latest J. Crew catalog – and looked beyond the chinos and tunics – you might have noticed some familiar golden grasses and stately acacia trees. Where are they? Tanzania, of course!
The catalog was photographed at Ndarakwai Ranch, one of our favorite places to stay in Tanzania. In fact, for close to a decade, trekkers on our unique Western Approach Route and recently pioneered Grand Traverse have been raving about their stay at Ndarakwai; they agree it is the perfect place to relax, regroup and acclimatize before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Ndarakwai was not always camera-ready, however. Nearly 20 years ago – before conservator and Ndarakwai owner, Peter Jones established the property – the land was nearly decimated due to rampant poaching and unregulated tree cutting. Peter Jones’ conservation efforts to restore the ranch’s health have been profound; today, the ranch supports a variety of species such as elephant, zebra, eland, giraffe, wildebeest, gerenuk, lesser kudu, cheetah and lion.
In addition to the eco-friendly accommodations, absolutely stunning views, and the opportunity for wildlife viewing, our guests love getting their hiking boots primed on guided nature walks through this exclusive property. Western Approach trekkers, Dave and Amy said:
“What they’ve done and are currently doing at Ndarakwai Ranch is awesome. We were especially impressed with our walking guide who wouldn’t give up until we had seen some elephants up close.”
J.Crew shot their men’s catalog on-location in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Another great destination! Stone Town offers a unique perspective of Tanzania and an opportunity to soak in local culture – as well as some sunshine – after a safari or Kilimanjaro trek.