August 28, 2013
With such a striking profile, it’s no surprise Kili made it big in Hollywood. Watch the White Mountain’s star turns in:
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Based on the Hemingway story of the same name, The Snows of Kilimanjaro features Gregory Peck as Harry Street, a writer laid up with a possibly-fatal wound, reflecting on a life he’s come to see as wasted.
Though the film begins in a base camp at the foot of the famous mountain, the majority of the action takes place in flashback, in places like Paris, Cairo, and Spain. Some filming was done on location in Kenya, which is closer to Kilimanjaro, but in reality, a film whose framework is set in Kili’s foothills never made it near the actual mountain!
East of Kilimanjaro
Filmed on location in Tanzania (Tanganyika at the time), East of Kilimanjaro weaves a love-plot into a story of…cattle inoculation.
Though the adventure plotline (not to mention the romance) might seem a little far-fetched to us today, the stunning scenery, and the focus on the Maasai (a tribe intimately tied to the cattle they have traditionally herded), is remarkably accurate for movies of the period.
The Mines of Kilimanjaro
A secret archeological discovery, filled with mystical power, which, in the wrong, Nazi-ish hands, could destroy the world.
Sound familiar? That’s because The Mines of Kilimanjaro, complete with a 30s archeologist in a familiar fedora, is clearly an effort to jump aboard the Indiana Jones train. Spoiler alert: this is no Indiana Jones.
Killers of Kilimanjaro
Chock full of dangerous cannibals, terrifying stock footage of every safari animal under the sun, and predictably evil slave traders, Killers of Kilimanjaro is a movie even Robert Taylor can’t make exciting. Reviews at the time dismissed the movie as cliché, and Taylor reportedly called it a failure later in life.
Intriguing as an entry in the annals of charmingly-dated film, Killers of Kilimanjaro is a movie you may laugh at, but probably not with.
The Road to Zanzibar
We know, Zanzibar isn’t even all that CLOSE to Kili, but this Hope & Crosby buddy comedy also includes Bengal tigers, broad swathes of jungle, and an inexplicably non-fatal cage-wrestling match with a gorilla, none of which are all that close to Zanzibar, either.
Like all the “Road to…” movies, this is a goofy, slapstick romp that’s more concerned with the joking banter between its two leads than it is with historical (or geographical) accuracy. It won’t teach you much about the mountain, but it might get you in the positive frame of mind you’ll need to conquer Kili!
Summit on Summit
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September 30, 2010
The stunning images and bold expeditions of photographer and mountaineer, Jimmy Chin, have inspired the imaginations of countless adventurers around the world.
Earlier this year, Jimmy trekked Mount Kilimanjaro with Thomson Safaris for the Summit on the Summit celebrity charity climb that included the likes of Emile Hirsch, Jessica Biel, and Kenna, and was filmed for a documentary on MTV.
Listen to the interview below, where we caught up with Jimmy via phone and chatted about his experience on Africa’s tallest mountain.
March 15, 2010
Did you watch MTV’s Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro last night? If so, you might have caught a few glimpses of a familiar Thomson Gazelle logo during the hour and half documentary. The film featured a celebrity Mt. Kilimanjaro trek, led by Thomson Safaris, which raised awareness for the global clean water crisis. The trek team included celebrities and activists such as Kenna, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Alexandra Cousteau, to name a few. Despite some challenging weather conditions, every single person made it to the summit – which is quite an accomplishment.
Melissa Arnot, famed Everest mountaineer and trekker/leader for this climb, said, “This is the largest group I’ve ever seen have 100% success on the summit of any mountain.”
We are proud to have been part of such an important and successful trek.
Watch the full documentary here.
Katie, our Kilimanjaro Program Manager was also on this trek.
Read about her experiences here.
January 13, 2010
Thomson Safaris was proud to be the official outfitter of the trekking group, Summit on the Summit. We successfully lead activists and celebrities such as Kenna, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Alexandra Cousteau, amongst others, to Kilimanjaro’s summit to raise awareness and funds for clean water initiatives in developing countries, including Tanzania. Donations from their efforts go to providing clean drinking water through The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and Water For People’s Playpump Technology.
Katie, our Kilimanjaro coordinator, trekked along with this group. We’re happy to report that she made it to the summit too!