Climbing Kilimanjaro - Our Teams
Success on your Kilimanjaro climb relies on planning and climbing with experts. We can offer you specialists to arrange your trip and more to climb alongside you and in our Arusha base camp.
The UK Kilimanjaro Team
Alice, Francis and Victoria in the Aardvark Safaris team have all successfully climbed Kilimanjaro, as well as planning many trips for clients of varying age and fitness level. They would be happy to talk to you about their personal experiences of preparing for the climb and the trip itself and answer any questions you may have.
The Africa Kilimanjaro Team
During your climb on Kilimanjaro you will be accompanied all the way by a hard working team including a highly experienced head guide, assistant guides, camp crew and porters. We pride ourselves on only using the best guides, who are experienced, fully trained and knowledgeable on all aspects of Kilimanjaro and Tanzania’s culture and life. As with any venture it is the people who make it successful and enjoyable, and these outstanding people help to make your climb fun, safe, and rewarding.
There is a full operations team back at our base who are crucial to your climb. During your time on Kilimanjaro there will be one specific manager at our base who will be assigned to dedicated twice daily communications with your group; the operations team monitors your climb from the base, checking your performance and health as well as that of all the crew members. They are ready to assist swiftly should it be required.
Before every climb this team is also responsible for checking each item that goes onto Kilimanjaro and also ensures that everything is checked in, washed, dry cleaned and repaired on return.
Porter Policy & Ethics
Our staff all benefit from regular, ongoing training in all aspects of their work, including the natural history and ecology of Mount Kilimanjaro and many further topics that help broaden their outlook. All of our staff are encouraged and supported with furthering their education, to progress and seek promotion, and to see climbing Kilimanjaro as a rewarding long term career. All are kept informed and involved in the trips and the progression of the operation and are very well paid.
All of our mountain crew have access to good medical care both on and off the mountain, are well clothed and equipped, and provided with plenty of food of the best available quality. Our porters’ loads are always within the limit set out for Kilimanjaro porters by Tanzania National Parks and each load is carefully packed and weighed before departure to ensure that each porter is comfortable.
We have strong ethical and environmental policies, ensuring that our crews are well cared for and properly equipped at all times and that our porters are well paid. We leave no trace of our presence on Kilimanjaro other than footprints. Not only is this the right way to treat our staff, but it has the bonus of ensuring that these important people are always in the best possible condition to look after our clients during their ascent of Kilimanjaro and take good care of the magnificent mountain that dominates their lives.
We believe that the safety and wellbeing of their clients and staff are of paramount importance and do not set out to be the cheapest Kilimanjaro climbing operator on the mountain but offer high value for money on all our climbs. We firmly believe that we have an obligation to properly reward and care for our staff and to preserve the environment on Kilimanjaro.
The Next Step
If you'd like to know any more information including: prices, departure dates of group climbs, or to check availability for a private climb, please call or email us