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Mt. Kilimanjaro Routes…which one is the best?

We are often asked which is the best route on Kilimanjaro and the answer is it depends…

and it depends on you…

Kilimanjaro offers a range of routes to the summit, which vary in degrees of difficulty, scenic beauty and climber traffic on the route, so if you are considering taking up the challenge, carefully select the one that best suits you.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Routes

Kilimanjaro offers a range of routes to the summit, which vary in difficulty, scenery and traffic.

 

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Uhuru Peak…what’s in the name?

Uhuru Peak (5895m), Mt. Kilimanjaro’s official summit, received its name in 1961, the year of Tanzania’s independence from the United Kingdom. Appropriately, uhuru translates as ‘freedom’ in Swahili. The former name – Kaiser-Wilhelm-Spitze – was given to the peak in 1889 by Hans Meyer, the first European to reach the summit, in honor of the then recently deceased Prussian leader, Wilhelm I (1797-1888).

The summit, the highest point on the entire African continent, remains the ultimate goal for many a buck list!

Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.

Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.

 

Cultural Tours in Tanzania and Zanzibar

Tanzania is home to some of the most impressive concentrations and diversity of wildlife left on the planet, yet many travelers fall in love with Tanzania while on safari through relationships developed with the local communities. Tanzania’s people are warm, proud and rich in heritage.

The cultural diversity of Tanzania and Zanzibar is as diverse as the land itself with more than 120 different tribes many of them living in their ancient ways resisting the outside influences of the modern world.  Imagine the opportunity to immerse yourself in lives of some of Tanzania’s most ancient nomadic tribes by walking along the same paths and meeting the Maasai in their daily lives on a Maasai Donkey trek through Maasailand or the opportunity to hunt with the Hadzabe Bushmen, the worlds last click-language speaking hunters and gatherers.

If you prefer something less adventurous visit a local conservation project, Children’s home, coffee cooperative, sewing school or water project to get a feel for what it is like for the local people.  Spend time wandering through local markets throughout the country as each has it own flavor and rhythm created by the people who come to sell or trade their wares.  Stonetown in Zanzibar is home to one of the largest outdoor markets in the world.  Once known for its slave trade is now best known for its unique architecture, spice trade and World Music Festival held every year in February.

There are many ways to get off the beaten path and experience the true culture of Tanzania and Zanzibar.  These experiences can be built into existing safari itineraries or entire trips can be created to explore the cultures and colors of Tanzania and Zanzibar. The trips can range from day trips to multi-day trips.

What do you need to participate?  Curiosity and an adventurous spirit.

We invite you to come explore the wonderful and diverse world of Tanzania and Zanzibar!