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Team Kilimanjaro are very circumspect about making recommendations. The following links are therefore provided either because senior members of our team regularly make use of these products and services, or because we have worked closely with the leaders of these organisations and have found their standards and values to be high, or because those who we know to be discerning and to understand our ethos and standards have identified them to us as meriting our close attention. We would ask however, that where a climber has reason to believe that any of the following products and services should rather not be recommended by us, that they please advise us, detailing their reasons. We will then carefully review our decision to continue to feature the product range or service.
Recommended Kilimanjaro Equipment Manufacturers
Optimising your Nutrition while Climbing Kilimanjaro
When on the mountain with Team Kilimanjaro climbers can generally expect excellent cuisine and more than adequate calorific input. The problem is, however, that a) it’s difficult managing to input enough food at mealtimes to sustain yourself on the trek between meals, and b) one of the effects of exposure to altitude is appetite loss, which again, makes it difficult managing to eat as much as one ought to, bearing in mind the intensity of the output expected of climbers.
A solution to this problem is Mountain Fuel. For those considering this nutritional strategy –
Hillwork, Mountaineering Skills, and Adventurous Training
ADVENTURE BEYOND offers a useful initiation to hillwalking and expedition training for those who have little or no experience in the hills. While Kilimanjaro climbers are not required to be able to navigate or to move independently in the hills in order to climb with us, nonetheless such courses are a worthwhile and stimulating way of training together as a climbing group or pair, and of enhancing your mountain skills.
For those thinking of climbing other mountains before or after Kilimanjaro, where independent movement and navigating technical difficulties will be necessary, AB is also able to teach small groups abseiling and rock-
A friendlier and more personal service than is offered by most competitors in the British Isles.
SUMMIT CLIMB While the standard routes on Kilimanjaro do not require the use of ropes, crampons, or ice axe, and the ascent requires no specialist training or experience, many see Kilimanjaro as a beautiful and relatively safe introduction to high altitude and may aspire to progress to more technical peaks after Kilimanjaro. For those with such aspirations in mind, it is well worth considering the merits of attending something like a Glacier School, in which you will learn techniques that aim to keep you safe in the mountains, such as self-
VOLARE CONCEPTS offers an introduction to the world of freefall parachuting. Many adventurers aspire to learn to parachute but will often progress no further than a mildly terrifying tandem parachute jump. Volare provides the opportunity to first obtain aerial confidence and body control in a safe, simulated freefall environment, using a vertical wind tunnel in Milton Keynes.
One of the principal threats to safety and obstacles to progress in freefall, is a failure to acquire the necessary balance and control that allow the student to manoeuvre proficiently. Mike Carpenter has an incredible wealth of experience, and a corresponding awareness of the many challenges facing both new and experienced students.
Survival Training - Bush and Urban Environments
For most TK climbers, electing to spend time with the Hadzabe Bushmen learning the survival techniques on which their subsistence has depended for thousands of years, the interest in survival skills is primarily cultural rather than utilitarian. Within the last couple of years, however, Team Kilimanjaro has enjoyed serving a growing number of climbers for whom having a thorough and broad range of wilderness and, more often, urban survival skills, constitutes a significant professional advantage. It is with this in mind that we are able to very highly recommend Alun William’s and Maul Mornie’s operations:
TOTAL BODY DEFENCE is a purely British (or rather, Welsh) style of self-
Alun Williams is a very relaxed and patient instructor, whose passion and commitment to his art is obvious. Alun leads a small training team of instructors but is himself present at most classes. The team has an excellent ethos that is characterised by humility and gentleness and is entirely free of machoism. Each new student that joins his classes is a tremendously valued source of encouragement to the team, and is instructed from whatever level he or she is presently at.
All are made warmly welcome at Alun’s classes and seminars, regardless of whether they have any martial arts experience or otherwise. His classes and seminars are equally valuable to children and beginners, as to experienced fighters. For those unable to attend his classes or seminars but who are interested in studying his technique, an excellent award-
SILAT KNIFE DEFENCE COURSES: Maul Mornie travels throughout the world disseminating an extremely effective fighting technique that his great-
Maul is a very personable and good-
Learn Wilderness Survival with Simple Survival: Gary Benton is a retired US Air Force Sergeant and prolific author on the subject of Wilderness Survival. Those with a keen ongoing interest who wish to supplement their Hadzabe bush craft training, or diversify their skill set, are strongly recommended regularly to visit this site for knowledge updated.
Enduring Relationships with our Mountain Staff
We find that a great many of our climbers forge lasting friendships with their guides and some members of support staff during the time shared on Kilimanjaro. And while our staff generally consider themselves to be amongst the relatively privileged few in Tanzania who enjoy regular work and good wages, (two of our guides have left teaching careers, and one has rejected a career as a doctor in favour of climbing with us), nonetheless, there is a conspicuous difference in the availability of opportunities enjoyed by our foreign climbers and that of our local staff, and some will want to contribute to closing this gap. To this end, several of our climbers annually will contact us and propose a way of advancing the education (for instance, through tuition in an additional language) or generally developing the opportunities of some of our staff. Others will seek to improve the availability of better clothing and equipment for our staff, as import duties on new equipment are set preclusively high (ie at 50%) by the Tanzanian Revenue Authority so the availability of reliable gear is sparse.
‘TO RETURN’ –
Further Afield in Africa –
Tanzania National Parks –
Tanzania Tourist Board –
Mount Kenya National Park –
Rwenzori National Park –
National Parks of Morocco –
Southern Africa - a popular destination for those who develop an affection for Africa, that enjoys some of the best of both worlds: developed and wilderness
South African National Parks –
Staying in the Cape Town Area
This area is commonly used by branding consultants to make television advertisements as operating costs are low and the natural scenery is very beautiful. Those undertaking a second visit to Africa and wanting to see the south of the continent will usually begin and end in Cape Town. Alternatively, those approaching Africa from either Australia or the United States will often have their airline connections routed through South Africa, and may wish to factor in a little extra time, using Cape Town as a base.
CAPE PARADISE LODGE. Those wanting to spend at least three nights within very close proximity to the centre of Cape Town, and enjoying good access to The Waterfront, city centre and beaches, can find a very good standard of affordable accommodation at Cape Paradise Lodge and Apartments. The properties are equipped with en suite bedrooms, breakfast area with sun deck, a lush garden and inviting pool. An excellent combination of relaxation, beauty and access.
THEMIKA. An incredibly beautiful and yet conveniently situated wine farm to spend a relaxing and inspiring weekend, within just an hour’s reach of Cape Town. Themika is available on weekends only, on exclusive group booking basis and can accommodate up to 22 guests. Arguably the best value rustic accommodation for large groups staying in Tulbagh.
Safaris in Zambia - Some of the Best Close Quarter Encounters with Wild Game
These personalised safaris in Zambia afford rare opportunities to get up close and personal with the wildlife of Africa. Such is the viewing quality of Shenton’s hides that they are used regularly by the BBC, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. Safari holidays with Shenton Safaris are a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful way to explore Southern Africa.
Safaris in Namibia - from Deserts to Canyons
Namibia is very much an under-
Safaris in Zimbabwe - Lake Kariba and Victoria Falls
A very common misunderstanding amongst our climbers and safari-
Nepal Trekking: Those who have climbed their first mountain will usually soon discover that the desire, or perhaps ‘need’, to return to altitude, can become a kind of addiction. Ordinarily, a few days after climbing Kilimanjaro, climbers resolve that they will never do anything so difficult or uncomfortable as undergoing those last 6-
It is with these climbers in mind that we wish to encourage consideration of the Everest region and the trekking peaks of the Himalayas as a possible future expedition venue. While we are yet to enjoy first hand experience with these operators, to date our indirect contact with them has been favourable and we would encourage that climbers consider approaching them and making up their own minds; preferably feeding back to us with a view to continued recommendations that will benefit future TK veterans.
Nepal Trekking offers family adventure tours, nature and cultural tours in Nepal; as well as climbs on Nepal’s ‘trekking peaks’, mountain biking, wildlife tours, white water rafting and overland tours.
Sandalwood Samui | Thailand: Those who enjoyed Zanzibar’s warm waters, clean beaches, and exoticness are who are wanting to venture further east (or go west, in the case of our American friends) are invited to consider Ko Samui, a place where one can enjoy virginal trekking routes, and almost private unspoilt beaches. When comparing room prices, a handy rule of thumb to get the Dollar rate is to move the decimal place left one space and divide by three. It’s also a good idea to look for special deals as these generally occur when you’re likely to have more of the place to yourself. If doing this, though, it’s worth checking what the weather’s going to be like at this time, as Thailand needs quite a lot of rain to maintain its awesome jungle vegetation, and grey skies can make for disappointing photos! Flights to Ko Samui are quite long, and cost around USD 2,000 from LAX so it’s probably worth considering a stay of at least a week.
Holidays in Europe
Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne: while the French Alpes are an excellent training feature for climbers preparing for a technical summit, or who wish to acquite alpine skills on rock, snow and ice, the Pyrenees offer phenomenal training topography for the mountain trekker.
Designed in 1968 by Georges Véron, the Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne –
Gites with access to Pyrenees and Mediterranean: Where large families don’t all share precisely the same interests, an excellent option that keeps everyone happy are Tony Mole’s beautifully renovated traditional-
North Cyprus Holidays: When cycling solo from Geneva to Jerusalem in August 1998, our director discovered Northern Cyprus and found it be a charming place, an excellent training location with almost guaranteed good weather for most of the year, and an extremely cheap place to spend some time. This link takes you to a beautiful, family-
General Travel Information and Resources
TouristClick.com: A very helpful resource for travellers who are at the very early phase of planning and wish to have access to a well-
Travel Tourism Directory: A very useful resource, again for the traveller at the very earliest planning stages. This site has a useful categorisation that allows travellers to consider a particular genre of travel experiences before having to decide where exactly in the world they ought to go.
‘Alpinisme’: An excellent directory for those wanting to develop their alpine skills, consider different climb options worldwide, and plan and equip their expedition. Their brands directory is a particular useful facility that groups together most of the best manufacturers in one readily accessible location.