Sep 162015


Entrepreneur Scott Dinsmore was struck by rockfall while climbing up the Western Breach route. The Western Breach was closed for a period of time after rockfall killed three climbers in 2006. Many prominent Kilimanjaro operators, including Ultimate Kilimanjaro®, do not operate on the route specifically due to safety concerns for staff and clients.

Scott was traveling around the world with his wife, Chelsea Dinsmore. Tanzania was their 21st country. In his blog post, Scott said he almost decided against booking the Tanzania trip because he didn’t think he could go on a digital break.

“How ridiculous is that? To pass up an adventure I’ve talked about for years — because I’d convinced myself I couldn’t disconnect. Or more truthfully, because I couldn’t find the courage to do it. That would have been a tragedy.”

Oct 312014


What will kill you? If you live in the United States, it almost certainly won’t be Ebola. Although a Sierra Leone doctor in Nebraska and a Liberian visitor in Dallas have died of the disease, the odds favor death by almost every other alternative. A 2014 National Safety Council report uses mortality data and U.S. population statistics from 2010 to synthesize the likelihood of dying by various methods. Most likely, something far less exotic will get you. What are the odds of a person living in the United States dying from Ebola? 1 in 3,934,300, or 0.000002%. If you’re worried about contracting Ebola while visiting Tanzania, the chances of that occurring is also 0%.

Aug 242014

ebola map smallYou have probably heard the news about the ongoing Ebola epidemic in Africa. As of August 21, 2014, there have been approximately 2,500 reported cases, with nearly 100% of these cases originating in West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia). There have been 15 cases originating in Nigeria.

There is virtually zero risk of exposure to Ebola while in Tanzania. As the map illustrates, the outbreak is many thousands of miles away. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person’s body fluids. Infected people are not contagious during the incubation period, and only become contagious with the onset of symptoms. Therefore people who are most at risk are health care workers and families of infected people, not tourists.

While we understand your concern and care for your safety, it is safe to continue with your Kilimanjaro plans until further notice. We will monitor the situation very closely and notify our clients of any changes. Should Ebola become an issue in Tanzania, trip insurance, which is a requirement for participation in our trips, would reimburse you for expenses if you purchase the optional coverage “Cancel for Any Reason.”

Learn more about Ebola here.