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Why do People Mountain Climb?

Why do people climb mountains? This is a question that we have been asked ever since we started offering Kilimanjaro tours. While the question itself may seem straightforward, the answer certainly proves less so.

The fact of the matter is people climb mountains for several different reasons. There isn’t one all-encompassing explanation that will fit every climber. True, some people may think those who do are: courageous, thrill seekers, daredevils, risk takers, or conquerors, but does that really tell you why someone would take on a mountain? Let’s look at the question from a different angle. (more…)

March 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Three Vacations in One: The Features That Make Tanzania Special

What do the words “safari,” “Kilimanjaro,” and “Zanzibar” have in common? Tanzania, of course. Most tourists who have never been to Eastern Africa before are shocked to learn that the region isn’t just safari, Kilimanjaro, or Zanzibar, but all three.

There are many different terrains, sights, and landmarks in Tanzania as a whole. If you are planning to come here for an once-in-a-lifetime trip, we encourage you to explore all that this country has to offer. (more…)

March 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

Mt. Kilimanjaro Treks – It’s All About Timing

Mt. Kilimanjaro treks are held all year long, but there are better times and worse times over a 12 month span to climb the mountain’s summit. A lot of tourists plan their trips around the migratory patterns of the animals on the plains below.

This is acceptable, but going by that determination alone might cause you to miss something spectacular. Mt. Kilimanjaro treks can show you Africa from a different vantage point. (more…)

March 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

The Great Migration: A Storybook Tanzania Adventure

There are very few times in life that you will get to experience something out of a storybook or fairytale. The great migration in southern Africa (of zebra, wildebeest [gnu], and other antelope) gives you the opportunity to experience an authentic storybook example of Tanzania adventure. (more…)

February 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Six Paths, Many Goals: The Different Sides of Mount Kilimanjaro

A lot of decisions need to be made before you board your plane and make the long-anticipated trip to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. One of your initial decisions will be deciding what route to take to the iconic summit.

In total, you have six possibilities. They are:

  • Lemosho
  • Marangu
  • Umbwe
  • Shira
  • Machame
  • Rongai

If you are unfamiliar with Kilimanjaro’s terrain, or this will be your first trek to the mountain’s summit, a Kilimanjaro climbing company can be an integral part of helping you choose the best and most successful route to experience this opportunity to the fullest. (more…)

February 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Making a Difference One Climb at a Time

Mount Kilimanjaro has always had a harrowing and inspiring effect on the individuals who reach its summit. That inspiring effect often carries over to inspire others who make their own trek to the mountain for a Mt. Kilimanjaro tour. The effect comes full circle when it spills over to improve the lives of African communities and communities around the world.

To show you what we mean, we’ve collected some information on upcoming charity efforts that include Mt. Kilimanjaro tours. (more…)

February 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

How the MKPS Continues to Support Fair Employment and Sustainability in Tanzania

Experienced mountain climbers know that porters are the heart and soul of a successful trek. Without their hard work and support, the ability to have a first-hand encounter with the magnificence that is Mount Kilimanjaro would be lost forever.

Unfortunately, this labor-intensive employment leaves many of these individuals impoverished. Porters that freelance or work for unlicensed companies are not well-paid, provided for during a climb, or given adequate clothing and footwear to protect them from the elements. Organizations like the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS), supported by Zara Tours, are making a difference in the lives of the communities we serve. (more…)

February 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

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