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Get the word out to everyone you know. Egypt is open for tourism. We just finished our visit and it is safe AND amazing!

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Empty Pyramids of Giza Cairo Egypt

Walking around the base of the Pyramids or through the Valley of Kings you expect to be confronted by photographs filled with tourists.

But at the moment there is only open space.

Pyramids of Giza in Cairo Egypt

 

Why are tourists not visiting some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world?

Because of the Media.

When it is said that “all news is good news” it doesn’t apply to the Arab Spring and Revolutions that have spread like wildfire through the Middle East over the past 12 months.

And the media continues to report on an Egypt that is “at war” and fighting in the streets. While the reality is completely different.

Egypt is currently without a ruler as they have recently toppled their current dictator. With elections planned for the middle of this year there is unfortunately still a feeling of unrest and disquiet across the country. But unrest doesn’t mean that there are tanks rolling across the squares. In fact we didn’t see or encounter anything that worried us even after visiting Tahir Square on New Years day.

Everyone continues to go about their daily business and get on with their lives.

We spoke to a number of local Egyptians in Cairo, Luxor and Hurghada and they are all very optimistic about the future for Egypt. The only problem being that one of their largest money spinners, tourism, is currently hurting. And hurting bad.

We have just returned from exploring Egypt over a 10 day period and were gobsmacked by how few tourists there were in the country. The lack of tourists is really taking its toll.

Our tour guide said that their bookings are well down over previous years. And local businesses and tourist operators are really struggling to fill the gap left by a usually booming industry.

The reports before we left were still mentioning that there were riots in the streets and that tourists should avoid travelling to Egypt unless absolutely necessary.

Well we are telling you now, it IS absolutely necessary.

It is necessary because the local Egyptian people want and NEED tourists to return. The sooner that happens the better.

Our tour was fantastic because we were able to take amazing photos without the crowds, never had to queue and were offered discounts (upon the already shamefully cheap prices) on everything.

I have never met a friendlier bunch of locals who just wanted to welcome us to Egypt. Sure we had the louts who tried to sell you everything under the sun. But even after you would refuse to buy something or ignored them they would still say just one thing time and time again.

“Thank you for coming and welcome. Make sure you tell ALL your friends that Egypt is open for business”.

Well that and being offered 200,000 camels at every attraction for Adela.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    January 4, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Ha, the touts in Egypt are notoriously bad, and I’ve read that since there are fewer tourists for them to harass it’s become even more intense in recent months. I still wouldn’t mind, though – Egypt is definitely on our list for 2012!

    • Cole

      January 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Maybe thats why they were so pushy! We just assumed they were like that every time. You get used to it pretty quickly though and “La Shokran” works like a charm. If you want some tips then let us know 🙂

  2. Sam

    January 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Less tourists is certainly a bonus, wish I could get over there right now!

    • Cole

      January 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      It’s a shame you can’t get there now. Hopefully soon?

  3. Bohemian Trails

    January 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Went to Egypt in early 2011 and had a great time. It’s tough seeing everything that is going on right now but I’m hoping they can get through it as a stronger nation.

    • Cole

      January 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      Everyone we talked to were super positive about what the future holds. Just have to see how they get on with the elections which are happening right now.

  4. dtravelsround

    January 5, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    I am so glad you were able to go and share your experiences. 🙂

    • Cole

      January 5, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Thanks! Hopefully it will inspire more travellers to go as well to spread the word.

  5. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    January 5, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Thanks for writing this. I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t plan on going to Egypt any time soon because of everything that they saw on the news last spring. Like you said, life goes on, everywhere. And people forget that when they get one image stuck in their head.
    As far as travel goes, I don’t think anywhere should be written off completely. Sure, consider your comforts, but don’t just say no to a place. It’s possible to be hurt, injured or killed anywhere in the world, even your hometown. If we all focused only on the bad that happens around the world than honestly no one should go anywhere. And that would suck.
    There was an advisory on the Philippines when I visited last year. It’s been in place for ages, but I’m not sure if it still is. Anyway, if I had listened to that, I would have missed out on two of the greatest months of my life.
    Good and bad exist everywhere in the world, just be mindful of it.

    • Cole

      January 5, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      No problem Bobbi. I think it is a shame when there is a huge misunderstanding or something is blown out of proportion as someone will always suffer. Egypt was perfectly safe in our minds and we walked and travelled basically everywhere. Sure we took precautions, but as you say, you always should when you are travelling whether it is in your own town or somewhere foreign!
      I am glad you still headed to the Philippines after advised not too.

  6. Elle Croft

    January 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    I’m so glad you shared this! My hubby and I are planning a trip to Egypt in the second half of this year and just last night we had the discussion about whether it’s safe – we only have the media to go off, but hearing your first-hand account is really encouraging. We will be going for sure!!! Thanks for sharing…

    • Cole

      January 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      No problem Elle. I can show you pictures of Tahir Square which we crossed over several times. No more than a few tents just like the Occupy movements around the world at the moment! Maybe I need a little disclaimer on here though…

  7. Rob

    January 6, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    You’ve managed to get to Egypt at a great time. It must be wonderful to see these historic places without the normal number of tourists.

    We’re off to Sharm in April but probably won’t head out of the resort. Really looking forward to going back again.

    • Cole

      January 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Rob you must get out of the resort! You will be missing out on so much if you don’t head outside. Unless you are planning to do lots of diving? Then fair enough cause that was phenomenal too.

  8. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    January 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    We were in line to go on a press trip last year right before the resurgence of the protests in the square, so it’s nice to hear that you didn’t experience anything negative during your visit. Hopefully the Tourism Board will start reaching out to media again soon so we can spread the story that Egypt is open for business and eager to show visitors the wonders of their beautiful country.

    • Cole

      January 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      That’s a shame Bret. Hope they do speak with you again soon. The elections have been taking place so hopefully there will be a bit of stability soon. We are heading back through their again in May for a trip so should be good.

  9. cheryl

    January 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Well said! I hope this post will help more people decide to get up and head over to Egypt.

    • Cole

      January 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      Keep sharing it Cheryl to get the word out 🙂

  10. karen

    January 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    I am a regular visitor to Luxor and have been visiting for the last 14 years. In all the years I have been visiting I have been shown nothing but kindness and friendship. This Saturday January the 7th, whilst walking in broad daylight, on the main corniche. I was attacked by two males on a motorcycle from behind, who wanted my bag. Luckily I had the sense to let go of my bag as they were dragging me along the floor.

    A German lady had exactly the same thing happen to her an hour earlier further down the road.

    Locals are suffering from high crime rates as well, and I noticed a shop Monday morning selling guns just down from the train station.

    There are very few police on the streets and the ones that are present are uninterested in what is going on around them.

    Egypt is a beautiful country and I am not posting this to scare people or stop them from going, because believe me people are dying of hunger over there because of lack of work.

    I want people to be fully informed about what is actually happening in Luxor before they go.

    • Cole

      January 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      I am sorry you had such a bad experience there Karen. But as you rightly pointed out, you have been going there for 14 years and only had one incident the entire time. I think if it had happened more then maybe you wouldn’t go back. I personally think that these sorts of things can happen anywhere in the world. I know friends that have been mugged in broad daylight in New Zealand, UK, USA and all around Europe etc. Unfortunately it happens but it is no reason to stop going to a country in my opinion. You just have to be careful anywhere you are these day. Thanks for sharing and I hope you give Egypt another chance.

  11. AlexBerger

    January 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I’m torn. On the one hand I’d love to get to Egypt in 2012 and as an Arizonan who has put up with the nonsense reporting about the AZ/Mexico border and how “unsafe” it is for years, I’m sympathetic to overblown media reports.

    On the other hand, I’ve been generally disgusted by what I’ve seen from the new transitional (or not so) Government in Egypt. At this point my resistance is less about safety concerns and more about political disgust. At the same time, I feel a bit guilty in that only compounds the pain for the people themselves, ehh?

    • Cole

      January 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Agree with you there Alex. We have second guessed travelling to destinations purely out of disgust at how their government (or lack of) have treated the people. Unfortunately a lot of Egypt NEEDS tourists so feel that this overrules that reason for not going just like you mentioned! Hope you do get a chance to visit soon 😉

    • Michael Hodson

      January 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Yep Alex, that is the problem for me right now. I was in Egypt shortly after the Feb revolution last year. Love the country. But as I wrote about it a few weeks ago, I can’t support any of my tourist dollars going to a government that is brutally killing its peacefully protesting citizens in the street. Hope it gets better soon for everyone there, but can’t support tourism there right now, just as I couldn’t support it to another country I love Syria. Really hope both situations improve soon.

      • Cole

        January 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM

        Thanks Michael for the insight. It definitely hurts to see money going to the wrong hands but hopefully (fingers crossed) with a new government we are going to see some major changes for the better in Egypt. We are heading to Syria in a few months so hopefully it will have improved over that time as well.

  12. Ian [EagerExistence]

    January 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    This is great news for me, I will be in Egypt at the end of the week, for a MONTH!

    • Cole

      January 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Glad to hear it Ian. Hope you enjoy it and if you want any tips let us know!

  13. Cara

    April 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    We are looking to book a trip to Cairo and a river cruise down the Nile for May 25 – June 2, 2012. The elections are May 23-24th. Now we are not sure if that is a good idea. Cole you said you are going in May? Are you concerned about this?

    • Cole

      April 5, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Hey Cara thanks for reading! Unfortunately our plans changed and we are no longer travelling to Egypt again (not because of any unrest). We would definitely still be going if we didn’t have other commitments. Especially if you are just having an amazing time on a Nile cruise. If you have any other questions then please get in touch 🙂

  14. Alexandra

    May 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Lack of tourist at some of the world’s most famous sites is definitely a valid reason to visit Egypt ASAP! Thanks for sharing your experiences and showing once again that we only see the worst of a country on the news.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 31, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      It’s a shame how some places get portrayed in the news. Everywhere we went we felt completely safe and it is a shame that people change their plans based on bias and factually inaccurate reports.

  15. memographer

    January 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Thanks for sharing. I am wondering how bad/good Egypt is now (a year later) after a new wave of violence.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      No problem 🙂 We went with Expat Explore tour company and they were excellent at keeping us updated with the situation over there as they use local guides etc. Maybe send them an email?

  16. Dariece - Goats On The Road

    April 27, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Great post!
    It’s amazing how many people won’t go somewhere based on what they hear in the media. If we lived by the news, we’d never go anywhere…except maybe Canada 🙂

    We were in Egypt in March, 2011 just at the end of the Revolution, the day before Mubarak stepped down. We had such a great time during our 6 weeks in Egypt. The people were fantastic and we had every site to ourselves!! Literally no tourists anywhere.

    Go to Egypt people, it’s amazing!

    Cheers for the post.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 27, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience Dariece 🙂 It is ridiculous that after all this time people still question whether they should go. Makes me very sad!

  17. Go Sharm Tours

    October 28, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Egypt is now save, specially the beach holiday areas on the Red Sea like Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Taba and Hurghada.
    Cairo is also save, for more safety you may have to avoid Friday afternoon, specially the places of the demonstrations, If it exists.

    The tourist can even enjoy the fantastic historical sites of Cairo from these other cities like Sharm el Sheikh through day trips from Sharm el Sheikh to Cairo.

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Review: 10 Day Egypt Explorer Tour with Expat Explore

A comprehensive review of Expat Explores 10 Day Explorer Tour through the stunning country of Egypt.

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Expat Explore Group in Egypt

We have been wanting to visit Egypt for a while now so when the opportunity to get away over the Christmas and New Year period arose we knew we needed to head there for a break. We joined Expat Explore on their 10 Day Explorer Tour through Egypt taking in the sights of Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada.

Expat Explore Group Photo

The reason we chose Expat Explore was that they were the cheapest in price with all the same sights and in the end we were happy with our choice.

Pre-departure they emailed us our itinerary with the optional excursions and additional costs for entry fees included so that we could budget properly. As well as following up with our pre-trip questions regarding flights, insurance and uhealth and safety advice.

From the start they were very professional. Landing in Cairo we were personally greeted the day before our tour and transported to our City centre hotel. That drive was an eye-opener to Egypt with crazy lane changes, honking, swerving, flashing lights with animals, people and vehicles everywhere.

El Tonsy Hotel is your base for your arrival and last night. Luckily we didn’t expect much as our door didn’t lock which was a bit dodgy and the rooms were freezing cold with a broken heater and only one blanket. You wouldn’t think you would need heat in Egypt but it was the middle of winter and it was chilly at night. No complaints with the location though as we could see the Pyramids in the distance and were only 5 minutes walk from the Nile and 15 minutes to Tahir Square (perfectly safe by the way). Plus they have a little bar/restaurant with cheap food and free Wi-Fi. Just buy your snacks and water from the supermarket across the road and you will get on fine.

El Tonsy Hotel View of Pyramids

It’s quite hard to break down a whole trip into one post but here goes:

Day One

Your tour starts with the best in my opinion by touring some sights of Cairo. The steeply angled Step Pyramid, mind-blowing Pyramids of Giza and the smaller than expected Sphinx. This day was definitely the highlight.

That night is spent aboard the train for 10-12 hours to Aswan. I highly recommend the Sleeper train for an extra £50 per person. Others that caught the standard train froze their butts off while we had a toasty sleep with a served dinner and breakfast. Unfortunately Expat Explore never told us about the provided food so we ate before we got on-board but what we could fit in was delicious.

Day Two

The tour splits in Aswan as one group embarks on a River Cruise aboard a 5 star ship while the others spend time in hotels and on a Felucca. No surprise that we went with the cheaper option aboard the Felucca so the next few days are from that point of view.

The afternoon is yours at Sara Hotel on the banks above the Nile. We lapped up the beautiful rays of the sun and managed to turn our pasty white bodies a more fitting slightly white shade. The Hotel was great until the toilet next-door erupted sending a river of smelly waste across our bedroom floor (throw your toilet paper in the bin not the loo)! Luckily we woke in time to rescue our bags from the watery mess! Not the fault of Expat Explore and we didn’t blame the Hotel either as shit happens.

Day Three

Your day begins by visiting the monstrous High Dam for 10 minutes (fairly boring) and a drive past the Unfinished Obelisk. While the highlight is definitely the Philae Temple. When the sunsets across the Nile reflecting off the stonework it really is quite magical.

Philae Temple Sunset

The evening ended with an optional dinner in a traditional Nubian families house. The food was scrumptious and you better bring your singing and dancing shoes.

Day Four

The following day and night is spent relaxing aboard the Felucca for a sail up the Nile for several hours. Sleeping no more than 8 people you will be snug if you bring your own sleeping bag like us. The rest of our crew were jealous as it did get quite chilly in the evening however blankets were provided.

With delicious pita bread and falafel cooked on the boat you will not be disappointed with the food either.

The day ends with a bonfire on the Nile shoreline as you sing and dance with the crazy fun Nubian crews. This was definitely one of the highlights of the entire trip for us.

Travel Tip: Don’t be put off by doing your “business” amongst the reeds of the Nile. Just enjoy the view and remember to bring your own toilet paper (which you need everywhere in Egypt anyway).

Felucca on the Nile

By all accounts, from the other tour members, the River Cruise is just as great with 3 nights on-board in comfortable accommodation, a pool and  buffets morning, noon and night.

Day Five

Waking to a sunrise breaking the morning chill is a glorious way to start a new day. Unfortunately there is little time for relaxation before you are off the Felucca and on a bus to Kom Ombu and Edfu Temples. I must say, all of the transportation was more than adequate with toilets on the buses and room enough for everyone. It’s lucky because you do spend the majority of the time being driven around.

The Lotus Hotel in Luxor was probably the pick of them all. Situated on the Nile bank with a swimming pool and tasty buffet breakfast.

Day Six

One more day, one more busy schedule. Rushing to beat the crowds at the Valley of the Kings it’s another 8am start. You are only allowed to visit three tombs and we recommend the guides picks which were Ramses II, IV and IX.

Travel Tip: You are NOT allowed to take your camera with you off the bus. Please don’t ruin it for everyone by taking photos as you will be charged by security when caught.

We also squeezed in the crowded rock carved Hatshepsut Temple but only drove past Luxor Temple as we ran out of time as you need to drive 6 hours to reach Hurghada that night.

Day Seven and Eight

The next two days at the Red Sea are yours to do whatever you like so use them wisely. We joined most of our group for a spot of snorkelling and diving. The dive and the staff were great but the whole day seemed a little rushed which was a shame. Keep an eye out for our post on our diving experience in Hurghada.

Diving in Hurghada on the Red Sea

So nice being able to relax on a beach and read a book after such a hectic schedule. It’s hard to leave and the 6 – 8 hour bus ride back to Cairo is tough.

Travel Tip: If you plan to do the tour over New Years Eve then you will have to depart Hurghada half a day early which sucked as it meant celebrating the New Year at the Hotel in Cairo. Bit of a let down but when hasn’t New Years Eve been!

Day Nine

Your final day of sightseeing is spent around Cairo. Our favourite part of the day was definitely the Cairo Museum with an excellent tour guide. It fits perfectly at the end by seeing all the history close-up after having learned about it over the last 8 days.

By the time we hit the old area of Cairo and the Coptic Hanging Church we were spent on history but our guide made a good effort at keeping us entertained.

The last group activity is free time for an hour or so at the Khan El Khalili souk markets where the touts try to prise your cash from you for the last time from every nook and cranny.

Day Ten

With the tour over it’s time to head home. Our flight was late the following night so we walked around the city and Souks on our own for the day. Expat Explore provides transport back to the airport which was great.

The Negatives

The trip was awesome but we think it’s important to note the little things that could make a huge difference to the overall experience:

  • It felt like we were always hungry. Maybe it is just Kiwi’s and Aussies that eat all the time but it seriously felt like we were constantly starving with lunches being served usually after 4pm and dinner at 9pm onwards. It might be the Egyptian way to eat at those times but not for us. Travel Tip: Buy lots of snacks for the road which are very cheap at supermarkets.
  • There was sometimes a lack of direction in what seemed to be happening. Everything is done on Egyptian time so be patient.
  • We were often delayed or behind schedule with little to no guidance as to how long it would take to get from place to place. A little knowledge goes a long was as then we can plan ahead.
  • More free time would be great to explore places on your own rather than have our hands held everywhere.

The Positives:

As we said above, the trip was amazing and the little positive things far outweighed the negatives which helped make it a memorable trip.

  • Pre-departure information and care was extremely good.
  • The tour was exceptional value for money and it was the cheapest tour we could find even though we still saw all the same sights the other groups did.
  • The guides were extremely knowledgeable and never failed to answer any questions we had. The insights into the daily lives of the people around us was a nice break from all the history. They also ensured you never felt unsafe or uncomfortable.
  • The Felucca trip was better than expected and overall so was the accommodation and transport options.

All in all we highly recommend you book with Expat Explore if you are considering a trip through Egypt.

Make sure you subscribe now and come back soon so you can enjoy reading our new posts which will cover everything else in more detail.

Disclaimer: Expat Explore provided us with a discount for our 10 day tour of Egypt however as always our thoughts are always our own.

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Let’s Go Visit The Home of Ramses, Egypt

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When is the last time you’ve heard about Egypt? It was probably the Arab Spring was taking place, and it went through a change of government. Well, things are much more stable now and everything has returned back to normal, the people of Egypt are essentially back to business.

Since everything is calm again and since there is relative peace within the general region itself, a trip to the scene would certainly be in order. If you’ve been waiting a while to go to someplace exotic and want to experience different cultures and sights, well Egypt tour packages are definitely in order.

It is one of the most ancient civilizations, it has a lot of history, a varied type of people’s and many things to do.

You must take a trip out to Egypt today, it will be worth your while and the while of those that you are traveling with as well, whether it be your family members or your friends and acquaintances.

Let’s find out what there is to do in the great land of Egypt.

Cairo

Make it a point to visit Cairo, this city is the capital of Egypt and is quite a bustling town as well. You might be able to run into the egyptian equivalent of food trucks and try a staple of the Egyptian diet, ful. This food is their equivalent of fast food except this one is actually healthy for you.

That’s right, you will be able to be able to gain nutrients and energy by enjoying this dish comprised of fava beans, veggie oil, spices, and some herbs as well.

You will want to take a trip out to Tahrir Square, a place that is as iconic as Times Square in New York except maybe even more iconic due to more prominent events that took place in that space (not just consumerism and branding).

Cairo also has the Egyptian Museum for those who are history buffs and for those that appreciate the things of the past, it is comprised of items and narratives of many experiences from quite a few centuries ago, more than 4000 years of history are encased within that museum. Make sure to take a visit and take some time to really learn and enjoy the museum, don’t take too much time though, there is still a lot more activities left to do!

Cairo is a hub, you can visit the places within and then go visit places that everyone wants to go to, such as Giza and the great pyramids of Egypt.

People are still astounded by the level of work that it would have taken to build the pyramids, especially way back in that timeframe, the intellect, labor and engineering needed to see it through is a testament to the capacity of humans to do what they put their minds to.

Don’t think of the pyramids as something that everyone does, no, its something special, it is meant to be viewed and admired by all.

Cairo Citadel

If you are a fan of war, defense, strategy, and history, you’ll want to visit this Citadel, it’s culture runs way into the past and is a sight to see.

While in Cairo, make sure to check out the Khan-el-Khalili, it’s a place to go shop, but be about your wits, negotiate, and have a great time.

Cairo and Egypt have a lot to offer, make sure to plan accordingly so you are able to immerse yourself in all that it has to give you.

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Packing and Route Tips for Climbing Kilimanjaro

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East Africa is renowned for boasting many breath-taking attractions, from the beauty of the Serengeti to stunning Tanzania beaches like Kendwa and Nungwi. However, there’s one thing that undoubtedly attracts adventure lovers more than most, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mounting climbing can be a daunting experience, especially when you’re stood at the foot of Africa’s highest peak. However, there are a series of routes available to anyone who takes on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro.

Naturally, some routes are more treacherous than others, and are approached from different points, so this article offer some insight what you can expect from each one and what you’ll need to take with you.

The Marangu Route

Departing from the Moshi Hotel and into the Kilimanjaro National Park via the Marangu Gate, this stunning route allows you to experience The Saddle – a high altitude desert which can be found part way up the mountain.

This route is said to be the most straightforward in terms of its physical demands, however it has a notoriously steep incline which climbers must overcome in order to reach the summit.

The Machame Route

This route also passes through the Marangu Gate, and leads through picturesque ice fields as you reach the Shira Plateau.

This route takes a day longer than the Marangu Route to complete, although this can be advantageous to climbers as it allows for better acclimatisation.

The Rongai Route

This route enters the national park via the northern entrance of Rongai Gate, and is considered to be the second easiest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

The route begins at a fairly high altitude and involves a relatively gradual incline to the summit.

The Lemosha Route

Entering via the Londorossi Park Gate, the Lemosha Route is the toughest and most remote route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, and crosses the Shira Plateau where its paths meet the Machame Route.

Despite its challenges, the route has a high success rate, and involves spending a couple of nights at various altitudes.

What to pack?

Packing for a mountain climb in Africa can often be a difficult thing to get right. Pack too lightly and you run the risk of running out of essentials – but pack too much and you’ll end up wasting your energy lugging around stuff you don’t need.

Your clothing should include the following items for travel:

  • Sunglasses (polarized)
  • Gloves (thick waterproof for trekking + thick pair for evenings)
  • Balaclava
  • Shorts
  • Pants (for hiking and relaxing in the evenings)
  • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts (for hiking and relaxing in evenings)
  • Underwear (sports bras for ladies)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures below freezing plus wind-chill)
  • Rain jacket + pants (for the humid rainforest and cold snow)
  • Travel towel
  • Swimwear (for first and last day swimming – can be left at your hotel during your trek)
  • Ski or trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Socks – hiking socks + wool socks

Other essential kit includes:

  • Water bottles and Camelback (2-3)
  • Sleeping bag (rated -25 degrees)
  • Get 3 litres of bottled water before the trip (available at your Moshi Hotel)
  • Camera + tripod
  • Video camera + tapes
  • Batteries
  • Notebook + pencil / pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Energy bars
  • Alarm clock
  • Sewing kit

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