May 24, 2013
Lions, cheetahs and elephants! Oh my!
Want to see some wildlife while you’re in Africa? With an incredible amount of its land set aside for conservation, Tanzania boasts the highest concentrations of wildlife and far fewer tourists. Some of our travelers note they see more animals in one day in Tanzania than an entire week in South Africa! See the Big Five… and many of our other favorites.
May 22, 2013
But what if it rains during my trek?? You can keep your clothes, sleeping bag, socks, and the rest of your gear dry by packing them in garbage/plastic bags inside your duffel. Rain can happen anytime on Kilimanjaro, so with this extra protection is key – and the bags become perfect stuff sacks for dirty clothes. Deal with the laundry when you get home!
Speaking of garbage bags… did you know that Thomson porters have removed over 400 pounds of other companies’ garbage from the mountain in the last year? We abide by Leave No Trace principles and keeping the mountain pristine is one of our top priorities.
May 16, 2013
Did you know that Kilimanjaro is just three degrees south of the equator? While Tanzania is fairly temperate, it will still get extremely cold on the mountain as you near the summit… However, just because you’re dressed for freezing conditions doesn’t mean you won’t get sunburned!
Make sure to wear strong sunscreen every day (lips too), wear sunglasses that are polarized and have 100% UV protection, and cover your neck and chin with a bandana or buff…
May 11, 2013
Enjoy the summer weather and hit the trails for some great Kili training… simple day hikes will help you get used to trail conditions, break in your boots, adjust to the weight of your daypack, and practice the rest step.
If you’re in the flatlands, a treadmill at the gym on a steep grade will do the trick, especially with your boots and backpack. Imagine that you’re already on Kilimanjaro’s slopes, and channel the energy of this record-breaking climber who recently accomplished The Explorer’s Grand Slam!
May 5, 2013
Your Kilimanjaro trek will start out in the warm rainforest and pass through 5 ecosystems as you hike past glaciers on your way to the summit… So how do you dress for weather that will range from a nice summer day to freezing or below?
Learn to layer! Using the right gear at the right time means less sweat and more warmth. Start with a moisture wicking base layer, add a fleece layer, and finish with a good rain-shell. We have plenty of insider tips for how to stay warm at night and much more… We know Kilimanjaro and how to get you to the summit; that’s why we’re here, so give us a call to chat about the Tricks-of-the-Trade!
May 1, 2013
Do you want your trip to make a difference? Our heart is in Tanzania, and for over 30 years we have worked with the communities to ensure that our presence is positive. We were a founding member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project and are the only ones to outfit their porters in professional climbing uniforms. Further, we’ve helped to build 15+ schools through Focus on Tanzanian Communities and would love to take you to see conservation in action and one of the most amazing places on earth.