What’s the Best Time to See the Migration?

What’s the Best Time to See the Migration?

Many who venture to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro extend their stay to enjoy a safari.  And for good reason – Tanzania is the mecca for wildlife viewing, with national parks, game reserves and conservation areas comprising more than 25% of its land. The Serengeti…

BT Red Nose Climb on Kilimanjaro

BT Red Nose Climb on Kilimanjaro

A band of nine UK celebrities are climbing Kilimanjaro in a charity climb, known as the BT Red Nose Climb for Comic Relief (Comic Relief is a British charity organization).  The goal of this trek is to raise money to help  the people of Africa combat malaria.  Malaria is the…

Red Nose Climb Group Summits Kilimanjaro

Red Nose Climb Group Summits Kilimanjaro

All nine members of the Red Nose Climb made it to the summit today.  Although nearly all climbers experienced some form of altitude sickness or minor injuries during the climb, they each made the gruelling ascent in the cold, windy mountain air and reached Uhuru…

Swahili Phrases

Swahili Phrases

Swahili and English are the main languages spoken in Tanzania.  Here are some useful phrases: English Swahili Hello Jambo How are you? Habari? Fine Mzuri Sana What’s your name? Jina lako nin nani? My name is… Jina langu ni… Goodbye Kwaheri Please…

How Do I Book Flights Within Tanzania/Africa?

How Do I Book Flights Within Tanzania/Africa?

Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Air and other local carriers that serve Tanzania are sometimes difficult to deal with.  Their websites might be down, do not allow online booking, and telephone calls and e-mails frequently go unanswered. A dependable way to…

Caution Signs

Caution Signs

Signs at the park gates offer words of caution for climbers.  Here’s what they say:  POINTS TO REMEMBER Hikers attempting to reach the summit should be physically fit. If you have a sore throat, cold or breathing problems, do not go beyond…

More Flights on the Horizon

More Flights on the Horizon

There are not many choices when it comes to flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).  Most people fly with KLM, a Dutch airline that offers daily service from the USA (through partner airlines) via Amsterdam.  Regional flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport are available through Ethiopian…

Glacial Retreat on Mount Kilimanjaro

Glacial Retreat on Mount Kilimanjaro

National Geographic News published some stunning satellite images of Africa last month, courtesy of United Nations Envitonment Program.  One of the images shows the glacial retreat occuring on Mount Kilimanjaro between 1976 and 2006.  It is estimated that the glaciers have decreased by…

Kilimanjaro Climb Survey, Part 2

Kilimanjaro Climb Survey, Part 2

Continuing on the previous post on the Kilimanjaro Climb Survey, below are the summarized results of the last 10 questions: 76% of climbers experienced at least one symptom of altitude sickness 33% of climbers used Diamox 100% of climbers rated their fitness level…

Kilimanjaro Climb Survey, Part 1

Kilimanjaro Climb Survey, Part 1

Earlier this month, Ultimate Kilimanjaro posted a Kilimanjaro Climb Survey on the discussion forums of Lonely Planet, Summit Post and Trip Advisor.  The purpose of the survey was to collect data that could assist others who are considering climbing Kilimanjaro in their decision making….