Low cost airline launches flights to Harare

June 25, 2014 on 8:28 am | In Africa, Airlines, Tanzania, Zimbabwe | Comments Off

Low cost airline fastjet is to start flights to Harare in Zimbabwe in August.

The airline will launch a twice weekly operation from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Harare with tickets available from today.

It is the third international route for fastjet which already flies from Tanzania to Zambia and South Africa.

There is currently no direct air link between Dar es Salaam and Harare.

The low cost African airline was created with easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s easyGroup in 2012.

Jetstreams for Travel Discounts

Exhilarating Adventures with African Travel, Inc

June 18, 2014 on 7:57 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe | Comments Off

From the seemingly insurmountable heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the massive marine predators patrolling the Atlantic, the mention of Africa immediately conjures images of exotic beasts, extreme climates and thrilling adventures. The continent is rich with wildlife, wilderness, culture and cuisine – seasoned with a pinch of unpredictable, it is the ideal destination for those seeking an enriching life experience as opposed to a leisurely vacation.

African Travel, Inc. offers extraordinary itineraries that can be personalized to create a completely customized African safari. Contact your Travel Agent or an African Travel Safari Specialist to develop your perfect journey by categorizing your personal interests and choosing from Africa’s most highly-rated and unforgettable excursions.


Jim Holden, President of African Travel, Inc. explains – “With African Travel, you are embarking on much more than a typical African safari – you are actively participating in the adventure of a lifetime”.

Unique Travel: Devil’s Pool

Victoria Falls proudly bears the distinction of being classified as the world’s largest falling curtain of water, standing at roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls. Acclaimed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls or “The Smoke that Thunders”, sprays from the waterfall typically rise more than 1,300 feet and result in a breathtaking spectacle that can be seen from 30 miles away. Perched treacherously close to the edge of the falls is the aptly named Devil’s Pool – and African Travel, Inc. takes you there.


Get Out of the Jeep: Shark Diving

South Africa is uniquely situated to provide access to one of the most electrifying extreme sports: shark diving with the legendary Great White Sharks. These massive predators, armed with a lethal mouthful of serrated daggers and boasting up to 5,000 pounds of muscle, are as fascinating and majestic as they are terrifying. The bravest travelers tempt these provocative beasts during a cage dive into unknown territory, prepared for what is guaranteed to be the plunge of a lifetime.


Hot Property: Toka Leya Camp

Thrill-seeking travelers enjoy an exciting yet luxurious respite in the intimate Toka Leya Camp, situated in the midst of the pristine Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Just upstream from the thundering Victoria Falls, Toka Leya Camp overlooks the braided channel of the mighty Zambezi River and its dense vegetation, roaring rapids and asymmetrical islands. Read more…www.africantravelinc.com/hot-property-toka-leya-camp/

Featured Specialist: Mirlin Manshon

This month’s featured Safari Specialist is Mirlin Manshon. Mirlin spent a decade in the safari business while living in South Africa. She loves creating custom-designed safaris, and is a great source of knowledge for those clients who want to talk to a safari expert who has ‘been there and done that’.

Q: What activities are available during safaris?

A: Zimbabwe is renowned for Victoria Falls, but it is an exceptional country that has so much more to offer. You can go canoeing on the mighty Zambezi River, or take morning or afternoon game drives in the Hwange National Park.


Air Centre

Our contract rates with a selection of airlines make African Travel an excellent resource for booking airfare to Africa. We offer excellent business class tickets to most African countries. Ask to speak to our air department and be sure to find out about the current specials. Click here for Air Centre request. www.africantravelinc.com/african-safari-planning/dedicated-air-centre/

Featuring Africa’s best airline – South African Airways has been flying the African skies for nearly 80 years and with service to more than 45 destinations across Africa, legendary South African hospitality, and superb in-flight service, you will see why South African Airways has been voted , the Best Airline in Africa.

Thrilling Adventures in Southern Africa
10 Days from $4,595 per person

READY, SET, ACTION! On this adrenaline-inducing adventure, you’ll experience Cape Town, Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park from all directions – upside down, right-side up, sideways and under water. Hike up and then rappel down Table Mountain, climb into a cage and descend into the Atlantic to get eye-to-eye with man-eating sharks, and feel the mist of Victoria Falls as you zipline through the canopy. Top off your thrills with wildlife-packed game drives on a Big Five safari. FULL ITINERARY www.africantravelinc.com/cp-tours/thrilling-adventure-southern-africa/

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Manta Resort’s unique Underwater Room, Pemba Island, Tanzania

June 18, 2014 on 7:50 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Beachbooker, Tanzania | Comments Off

The recently unveiled Underwater Room at Manta Resort Pemba Island, Tanzania floats like a private island in the crystal clear waters off Zanzibar. Real Africa, a tailor-made safari specialist based in Norfolk is offering the opportunity to experience a night in this ocean paradise for free.

Any clients booking a stay of 7 nights at Manta Resort between 1 July this year and 30 June next year will only pay for 5 nights and have the option to spend 1 additional night in the exclusive Underwater Room at no extra cost.

The Underwater Room is actually a three floor private suite. The top deck is designed for sunbathing and stargazing, the water deck for lounging and dining and the bedroom sits 4 metres below the surface of the water surrounded by pristine blue ocean.

To find out more please contact Sara White.
Authors Name: Sara White (Real Africa)
Telephone: 01603 283517
Email: sara@realafrica.co.uk

Book Your Beach Resort at a Discount

The Best Safari Lodges In Africa Announced: Country By Country

June 6, 2014 on 8:56 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe | Comments Off

The 2014 Safari Awards, sponsored by the Good Safari Guide, BEST IN COUNTRY Results Announced.

The 8th year of the Safari Awards, sponsored by the Good Safari Guide, saw an unprecedented such a surge of support for over 800 of the best safari lodges, houses and mobile operations in Africa. This called for country-level results to allow potential travelers, and trade, to sort the wheat from the chaff in each ‘safari’ country.

Although the overall continent results were announced earlier this year, the country by country results announced this week saw more safari operations honoured than ever before, reflecting the growing choice the traveller faces. Horizon Horseback Safaris was voted as one of the best horse riding safaris in South Africa and took the trophy for the best value safari lodge in South Africa. Owner Laura Dowinton commented ‘To be recognized on a country level is hugely useful; now riders can choose a country that suits them and find the best in that country.’

The Awards process is transparent and robust: past guests, tour operators and travel journalists vote on the best safari lodges; based on the number of votes a finalist pool is created. The 16 safari expert independent tour operator Judges discuss the finalists in each category at an annual conference and cast their votes. From these votes the winners are drawn.

The categories of particular interest are the Best New Safari Camp, unearthing the hot new safari lodges and operations being launched, along with the Best Guiding Team, Best Safari Cuisine, and of course the overall winning Best Safari Camp or Lodge in that country.

Leobo Private Reserve won the Best Safari House in Africa; ‘The Safari Awards is a prestigious body of expert opinion, and winning a Safari Award is the highest stamp of approval one can get. This instantly tells future guests that we are the very best, as all our past guests already know.’

Awards co-founder Henry Hallward commented ‘The country-level results gives the traveller – and travel agent- much more information with which to make an informed decision when booking a safari, and that extra confidence to know that the professionals in the industry have chosen these as the best of the best. The 2015 Safari Awards are now global so when these results are out next year the traveller will have qualified feedback on wildlife product in South America, India and Australia, among others.’

To view the country results, check in to the new Safari Awards Facebook page…. or to the Safari Awards website

Voting for the 2015 Safari Awards is now open.

Give a little back to the excellent lodge or camp that you stayed in, give them some recognition and thanks by voting for them in the 2015 Safari Awards…

The 2015 Safari Awards are global, honoring wildlife tourism across the world. We invite you to vote for the best safari lodges by visiting www.safariawards.com , and to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com  and twitter @safariawards

The Safari Awards are sponsored by the Good Safari Guide. We invite you to like Good Safari Guide’s facebook page www.facebook.com/goodsafariguide  and join us on twitter @goodsafariguide

Tusker Trail Announces the Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor

June 1, 2014 on 10:00 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Tanzania | Comments Off

Leading Kilimanjaro climbing company guides fundraising climb to benefit families of wounded and fallen Special Forces soldiers

Lake Tahoe, NV – Tusker Trail, a world-class adventure travel company known for its rugged Himalayan treks and Kilimanjaro climbs, announces its newest charity fundraising project, the Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor.

Set for Winter 2015, the climb has been designed by company founder/owner Eddie Frank to benefit Special Forces soldiers and their families via the Harriman-Miller Green Beret Organization, a non-profit, all-volunteer charity dedicated to U.S. Special Forces. Tusker Trail has set the climb’s fundraising goal at a minimum of $100,000. Every single dollar raised on the climb is guaranteed to go to intended recipients through the charity, which owns deep respect within the tight-knit Special Forces community.

Tusker Trail has reserved 12 Valor slots for intrepid fundraising climbers. On the climb, the lucky 12 will join world-class adventurer and Tusker founder, Eddie Frank; two U.S. Special Forces veterans wounded in action; and two widows of Green Berets who have fallen. Climbers are certain to share an epic, enduring adventure with people who know what it means to sacrifice. The experience will be heartfelt, humanity-rich, and challenging.

Tusker Trail enjoys credibility and a well-established reputation in fundraising. The company has led over 70 Kilimanjaro charity climbs for diverse organizations, including Make-A-Wish, CARE, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Amani Children’s Home in Tanzania, the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, and Canadian Blood Services. To date, the company has helped charitable organizations around the world raise over $11M. The Kilimanjaro Valor Climb promises to be one of Tusker Trail’s most unique and meaningful charity climbs.

Dates for the Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor are set for February 15-26, 2015. $5290 PP. On this once-in-a-lifetime 12-day trek along Tusker Trail’s Northern Circuit route, climbers will traverse the entire mountain, trekking over the untouched and rarely-seen northern slopes of Kilimanjaro, which at 19,341 ft., reigns as the world’s highest solitary peak.

The minimum donation required to secure one of Tusker’s 12 Valor slots will be $10,000. 100% of funds raised will go directly to wounded or fallen Special Forces soldiers and their families via the Harriman-Miller Green Beret Organization. “Entry” donations can be either singled-sourced or pooled.

Discover Tanzania’s Wildlife Wonders at Incredible Savings of US $1,000 per Couple‏

May 23, 2014 on 12:22 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Tanzania | Comments Off

There has never been a better opportunity to embark on the most unforgettable journey of your lifetime. Lion World Travel is offering US $1,000 off per couple on select Tanzanian safaris when you book by June 30, 2014.

From the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to the vast herds of game grazing on the endless plains of the Serengeti and the game rich Ngorongoro Crater, as well as the sun-kissed beaches of Zanzibar, Tanzania is a land that has an allure for all.

On Lion World Travel’s “Tanzanian Highlights” itinerary, spend eight nights visiting Tanzania’s wild splendors of Tarangire, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Experience the thrill of close encounters with Africa’s ‘Big Five’ and other wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. Discover the Ngorongoro Crater, a deep volcanic caldera and home to the densest concentration of animals in Africa . Explore the Serengeti’s rich, endless savannahs and Tarangire with its large concentration of elephants and gigantic baobab trees.

Witness the amazing spectacle of the Great Migration and experience Tanzania’s awesome wildlife on “Tanzania: In the Footsteps of the Migration.” This eight-night safari is specially designed to give guests the best chances of witnessing this remarkable phenomenon. Experience game drives that bring you surprisingly close to Africa’s ‘Big Five’ and thousands of migrating wildebeest on the endless plains of the Serengeti before descending into the Ngorongoro Crater and exploring Tarangire Game Reserve. You are sure to enjoy your accommodations in ultra-luxurious safari camps.

These Tanzanian safaris are on special for a limited time. Bookings must be made by June 30, 2014. Prices vary depending on the travel dates, but start from US $3,999 per person based on double occupancy for “Tanzanian Highlights” and US $5,599 for “Tanzania: In the Footsteps of the Migration .”

Prices include a Lion World Travel representative Meet and Greet upon arrival, services of an English speaking driver-guide, all game drives and accommodations on a full board basis.

Please click on the links above to view the full itineraries or for detailed pricing information. Call Lion World Travel at 1-800-387-2706 to speak to one of their Africa specialists.

About Lion World Travel
Lion World Travel is the leading tour operator from North America specializing in group and individual tours to Southern and East Africa, and is a member of the renowned Travel Corporation, which also includes: Trafalgar Tours, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, Insight Vacations, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. In its 50th year, clients continue to benefit from Lion World Travels’ destination knowledge, expertise, and emphasis on customer service. With their safari specialists all having first-hand knowledge of Africa, Lion World Travel can confidently assist clients in creating an African adventure that fits their specific interests as well as their budget. Extraordinary service, affordable luxury and value for money are what keep clients coming back to Lion World Travel.

Winner of the South African Tourism Ubuntu Awards “Top Producing Tour Operator for
North America” for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Winner of the South African Airways “Award of Excellence in Travel and Tourism for
North America” for 2012

Winner of Travelzoo Award for “Best Overall Provider of Vacation Package Deals to
Warm Weather Destinations” for 2012

About The TreadRight Foundation
Lion World Travel is a part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US $2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit: www.TreadRight.org

Great Safaris and the Great Migration – Kenya and Tanzania‏

May 23, 2014 on 11:50 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Kenya, Tanzania | Comments Off

NEW 2014 SAFARI! – Lands of the Great Migration
13 Days – Kenya and Tanzania

Enter a world of elegance, wild beauty, and the magical pages of living history on the plains of east Africa. One of the world’s greatest natural wonders is the Great Migration of herds of wildebeest and zebra that travel the whole of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, from the north in Kenya’s Masai Mara, south across the great rivers, and into Tanzania’s great Serengeti plains. Annually, millions of the beasts follow thousands of years of instinct in their circular migration. And, where the herds go, as do the predators.

Designed to give you the best chance to see the herds in action, this adventure extends to the best of what the region has to offer. Starting in Kenya, in the dramatic and unique Samburu Game Reserve, it continues to the world famous Masai Mara, home to the Maasai people and the Big Five game. Continuing your ‘flightseeing’ experience, witness the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa at Ngorongoro Crater, and enjoy a true “Out of Africa” experience on the plains of the Serengeti.

Staying in some of the finest lodges and tented camps that Africa has to offer, exploring the best and most prolific game reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, you will track one of the greatest of natural wonders while traveling over the Lands of the Great Migration.

Serengeti Bushtops

Three Levels of Accommodation
1 Night Nairobi, Kenya, 2 Nights Samburu,
2 Nights Masai Mara, 1 Night Arusha, Tanzania
2 Nights Ngorongoro Crater, 2 Nights Serengeti Park

Sample Accommodations – Premier
Nairobi: Hemingways Nairobi
Samburu: SaSaab Camp
Masai Mara: Ol Seki Hemingways Mara Camp
Arusha: Arusha Coffee Lodge
Ngorongoro: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Serengeti: Serengeti Bushtops

Premier Accommodations start at:
$11,795 per person, share
Luxe Accommodations start at:
$7,995 per person, share
Classic Accommodations start at:
$7,795 per person, share

Cheetah and her cub in the bush

The wildebeest cross the Mara River near Olakira Camp.

Unforgettable Moment
When I saw that wildebeest standing upon the river’s edge, deciding whether or not to be the first one to make the plunge, I held my breath along with him! The river flowing, crocodiles blocking the way, and thousands of his friends behind him, urging him on. It was magnificent!

A Samburu warrior overlooks the African plains at SaSaab Camp.

Terms & Conditions
10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners included. Prices are for Land Only. Intra-Africa airfare is included in the land cost. International airfares sold seperately and are available from most major USA cities. Substitute camps may be used due to seasonal camp closures.

The nights at the Offbeat Mara Camp in the Masai Mara are spectacular.

www.greatsafaris.com  | E-mail: info@greatsafaris.com
400 N. Brand Boulevard, Suite 920, Glendale, CA 91203

Great Safaris 2015-2016 Tours and Safaris Catalog

May 22, 2014 on 11:43 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda | Comments Off

African safari outfitter, Great Safaris, releases an updated catalog of life-changing safari experiences in the cradle of civilization, including a new itinerary to see East Africa wildlife and two new travel extensions
Great Safaris
Contact: Dave Herbert
TEL: 1-800-409-7755
EMAIL: info@greatsafaris.com
WEB: www.greatsafaris.com

GLENDALE, Cali. – Great Safaris recently published their updated 2015-2016 catalog, featuring a selection of high-end African safaris across 16 countries and one republic in Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, and Egypt. The catalog features a new itinerary plus two new extensions in Southern Africa. In addition to new itineraries, the catalog lists guaranteed rates for travel, making Great Safaris one of the first safari outfitters to announce 2015-2016 guaranteed rates.

Great Safari’s is excited to include their brand new itinerary entitled Lands of the Great Migration in the revised catalog. This new, 13-day “flightseeing” experience leads guests from the Samburu Game Reserve in Kenya to the great Serengeti plains of Tanzania. Along the journey, guests will visit the Ngorongoro Crater to see the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa, interact with the Samburu and Maasai tribes, witness the big five and other wildlife in their natural habitat, plus watch as the herds of wildebeest and zebra follow their instinct to migrate.

Great Safaris is also proud to be among the first in the industry to announce guaranteed rates for the 2015-2016 season, making it easy for travelers to begin planning their next life-changing safari experience well in advance.

Visit www.greatsafaris.com to browse itineraries or to order the new 2015-2016 brochure. Call 1-800-409-7755 for expert safari advice and guidance from a Great Safaris travel expert.

About Great Safaris:

Great Safaris is an award-winning luxury African safari outfitter offering the convenience of a US booking office coupled with seven fully-staffed on-site offices in Africa. Destinations include Botswana, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Great Safaris offers luxury programs to help adventurous travelers explore Africa and create enriching life experiences. For more information please visit Great Safaris’ website at www.greatsafaris.com. Great Safaris is a recipient of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime award, and a proud member of the United States Tour Operators Association, ASTA Tops, and ARC.

Experience more Great Safaris for less

May 22, 2014 on 11:40 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania | Comments Off

Travelers looking to check Africa off their bucket list AND save money should look no further! Great Safaris currently has five special offers, giving safari-seekers more options for less money.

Cape & Kruger – 10-Day South African Safari
Travelers will start with 3 days in Cape Town, where they can explore the picturesque city, ride the cable car up Table Mountain and, as a special treat, enjoy dinner in the home of a Capetonian family. Then guests will plunge into the bush on daily game drives at two private reserves in two distinct eco-zones.

SPECIAL OFFER: 50% off Companion Rate
Book the Cape & Kruger Safari at our Classic or Luxe Levels and your companion travels at 50% off the regular land rate. Offer valid for travel through December 15, 2014. Not combinable with any other offers.

Beauty & the Beasts – 13-Day South African Safari
Guests will begin their tour in Cape Town with a full schedule of sightseeing, then enjoy an overnight in the Stellenbosch Cape Winelands, sampling award-winning vintages and exploring the village of Franschhoek. Travelers will leave the Winelands for Makalali Private Game Reserve, home to more than 1,000 wild animals. Participate in morning and afternoon game drives along with exhilarating walking safaris. End the journey at Bongani Mountain Lodge, home to 1,500-year-old San bushman art sites and Africa’s Big Five.

Airfare Special: Add-on airfare to New York (JFK) or Washington DC (IAD) for no extra charge.
Children’s Land Price: No charge for land for accompanying child under 12 years of age sharing with 2 adults.
Offers valid if booked by May 31, 2014 for travel in 2014. Not combinable with any other offers.

Tanzania Adventure – 10-Day Safari
Relax in the city of Arusha before heading off to the beautiful grasslands and rolling hills of Lake Manyara National Park, where elephants, bush bucks and dikdiks await. Embark on a journey to the Serengeti, with two days of game drives through diverse habitats and a special stop at the Olduvai Gorge archaeological site. The Ngorongoro Crater – the world’s largest caldera – is the next stop, only 20 kilometers across and dense with wildlife, including black rhinos, cheetahs, lions, hyenas and many more. Spend the last day in the savannas of Tarangire National Park, looking for wildebeests, zebras, impalas and other wildlife.

SPECIAL OFFER: 50% off Companion Rate
Book the Tanzania Adventure and your companion travels at 50% off the regular land rate. Offer valid for travel through December 10, 2014. Not combinable with any other offers.

The Worlds Greatest Romantic Adventure – 11 Day South African Safari
Fly in to Cape Town, a beautiful city surrounded by white-sand beaches and majestic mountains. Stroll through the streets on a half-day city tour then sip sparkling wine on a romantic sunset cruise. Embark on a full-day Cape Point tour, including: Cape Hope Nature Preserve to witness the meeting of two oceans, Simon’s Town historic naval base to meet African Jackass Penguins, and Table Mountain to enjoy snacks and Champagne while the sun dips below the horizon. Spend a full day in the Winelands and have a personal encounter with cheetahs in Stellenbosch. Head to Kruger National Park, where travelers spend five days on game drives, walking safaris and eating delicious meals.

SPECIAL OFFER: 50% Discount for Your Sweetheart
Book The World’s Greatest Romantic Adventure at our Classic or Luxe Levels and your companion travels at 50% off the regular land rate.
Offer valid for travel through October 31, 2014. Not combinable with any other offers.

Safari To Serengeti – 8-Day Tanzania Safari
Pass through the Maasai Steppe, home to traditional African villages and numerous plantations, on the way to Lake Manyara National Park for the first game drive. After lunch, set off toward Serengeti National Park, where the next few days are spent exploring the Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater’s diverse wildlife and habitats, and ending the journey in Tarangire National Park.

SPECIAL OFFER: Free Hot Air Balloon Ride
This special offer is valid for travel September 19 – November 23, 2014 on the Luxe Level packages. It is not combinable with other specials or offers.


Ultimate Kilimanjaro Strengthens its Climbing Operations

May 13, 2014 on 9:34 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Tanzania | Comments Off

Ultimate Kilimanjaro, the #1 guide service on Kilimanjaro, has recently made significant improvements to its climbing operations. For nearly a decade, Ultimate Kilimanjaro has guided thousands of clients on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. However, their success is not measured by how many people they take to the summit, but how great of an experience it is for all climbers.

“We strive for continuous improvement,” said Adam Collins, Expedition Coordinator for Ultimate Kilimanjaro. “We sat down and looked at everything from top to bottom with a critical eye, and what we’ve come up with is truly the best experience for our clients. I’m really excited, and our clients will be too.”

Among the changes implemented are upgrades in camping equipment, additional safety measures, and better food.

Many people who climb Kilimanjaro do not have any previous backpacking experience, which means clients are not accustomed to sleeping outdoors. Ultimate Kilimanjaro eases the transition by providing thick foam sleeping pads and state of the art Mountain Hardwear and MSR brand tents on all trips. “These are serious tents, built for the toughest alpine conditions. They are perfectly suited for the weather on Kilimanjaro,” said Collins.

Besides enduring extreme cold, anyone climbing Kilimanjaro may develop symptoms of altitude sickness due to its staggering height – 19,345 feet above sea level. Ultimate Kilimanjaro guides constantly monitor climbers throughout their journey. Twice daily, health checks are performed with the assistance of a pulse oximeter, a handheld device used to measure oxygen saturation in blood. Additionally, climbers are evaluated based on the Lake Louise Scoring System for detection of altitude sickness. Oxygen is used to treat climbers with moderate or severe altitude sickness. “Bottled oxygen is included on all climbs,” said Collins.

The food served on Kilimanjaro is made with fresh ingredients, carried by porters and prepared by mountain chefs. The menu consists of a variety of entrees and tastes intended to keep energy levels high after a hard day’s hike. Food is resupplied to climbers on longer itineraries so climbers have ample fresh food. “One of the symptoms of altitude sickness is a loss of appetite,” noted Collins. “That’s why it’s important to provide tasty dishes, so that people will eat even if they don’t feel hungry.”

The improvements didn’t stop with just the clients. Ultimate Kilimanjaro guides are dressed in Mountain Hardwear waterproof hardshells, insulated down jackets and moisture wicking tee shirts. And as one of the strongest supporters of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), Ultimate Kilimanjaro guides and porters receive far more than the standard compensation than those working for other companies. “Climbing Kilimanjaro is a team effort,” Collins stated. “Without guides and porters, there are no clients. There are no operators. It’s in our best interest to see that everyone is treated fairly.”

Ultimate Kilimanjaro offers private and group treks on all Kilimanjaro routes year round, including the new Northern Circuit route. For seasoned backpackers with high altitude experience, there is also an option to sleep next to one of Kilimanjaro’s last remaining glaciers and visit Kilimanjaro’s volcanic center, the Ash Pit.

“Our customers are going to be thrilled. The best Kilimanjaro operator just got better,” said Collins.

Ultimate Kilimanjaro is a US-based company that specializes in serving clients who are interested in safe, small-party climbs on Mount Kilimanjaro. Visit http://www.UltimateKilimanjaro.com for the most complete and accurate information for anyone interested in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

To climb Kilimanjaro for free, enter Ultimate Kilimanjaro’s free climb giveaway contest at http://www.climbkilimanjaroforfree.com

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