What makes our climbs different

Our Kilimanjaro Porter Ethics
Superior Camping Equipment
Professional Safety Equipment and Certified Wilderness First-Responder Guides
Conscientious Care of Kilimanjaro’s Environment
The Best Quality Food on Kilimanjaro
Our Experience & Expertise

Our Kilimanjaro Porter Ethics

We deeply respect our hardworking porters on Kilimanjaro. Without them, our treks would not be possible. We have long been forerunners in promoting ethical porter treatment, and we strive to influence other companies through our own high standards and our support of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). Some of our policies for porters include:

  • Paying amongst the highest overall porter wages and bonuses;
  • Guaranteeing wages if a porter is unable to complete the trek;
  • Providing three meals a day for each porter;
  • Providing all our porters with matching professional water/windproof rain gear;
  • Providing all porters with closed-cell sleeping pads in tented sleeping accommodations with floors;
  • Upholding mandated weight limits for porter loads;
  • Our porter welfare officers are there at the start of each trek to ensure porters have adequate footwear, warm clothing and sleeping gear;
  • Providing annually professional wilderness first-aid training, language courses and life-skill seminars, and specific task-training courses for our porters, including all costs (transport, accommodation and meals) during the course duration.
  • Ensuring transparency in the tipping process
  • We have a system of monitoring and checking which ensures transparency and a feedback mechanism for detecting and ultimately ensuring fair porter treatments standards, with assistance from KPAP.

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Superior Camping Equipment

We use the best equipment available; Mountain Hardwear sleeping tents with thick closed cell sleeping mats and ground sheets, our own solar lighted custom-designed and fabricated dining tents, private toilet tents with portable flush toilets, large lightweight chairs with backs and arm rests, and high quality climbing gear & mountaineering equipment. We also offer a number of ‘comfort’ upgrades including large walk-in sleeping tents with framed beds, hot-showers, heaters for the dining tent, even a heated lounge tent with big inflatable chairs!  >see photos of our Kilimanjaro Camps

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Professional Safety Equipment and Certified Wilderness First-Responder Guides

On every trek we provide safety equipment such as Oxygen, AED machines (Automated External Defibrillators), pulse oximeters, hyperbaric chambers, stretchers which convert into rigid litters, VHF handheld radios for guides and even satellite phones for emergency communications.
Moreover, we offer a a team of guides who are trained in emergency medical response. The head guides and management team and operations team are all certified as Wilderness First Responders. These things you don’t notice if everything goes well on the trek, but matter enormously if something goes wrong.

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Conscientious Care of Kilimanjaro’s Environment

We offset our carbon, which has a direct positive result in protecting the wild spaces in Tanzania, in our partnership with Carbon Tanzania. We train our guides in Leave No Trace principles, and go to great measure to practice these outdoor ethics, for example; we’ve translated LNT principles into Kiswahili and are running seminars for porters, teraching them about the merits of practicing these basic principles of care and respect for the environment. We pick up trash at campsites, especially at the Crater Camp, where we pay our porters a per kg rate for bringing down the trash left there by other groups. We encourage our guides and porters to pick up trash on the trail, and lead by example. We live here, and are we dedicated to improving conditions.

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The Best Quality Food on Kilimanjaro

We can claim this from feedback of local professional guides who have shopped around for the best Kilimanjaro tour operator, and this is their consistent claim. Our menus, both in initial quality and preparation are designed to provide high quality, safe, nutritious and tasty food to keep trekkers going, and the consistent results are that expectations are always exceeded. We have our own  detailed menus (laminated, with presentation photos) for every trek, and annually we spend great energy training our cooks (2 full weeks per year).  In Arusha we have our own organic vegetable gardens from which we grow many of the vegetables used in our recipes, and we have a base kitchen and bakery for producing all the breads, cookies and granolas and cakes which we send on our treks. We even have food dehydrators to make yummy snacks and our own signature energy bars. Generally we make everything from scratch, we use whole foods and the tastiest, freshest, highest quality ingredients. We have such good feedback systems and professional training mechanisms and methods, and we are dedicated and passionate about our culinary efforts.

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Our Experience & Expertise

We have twenty years experience on Kilimanjaro, and we have climbed every route, visited every campsite, and hiked ever meter of trail on the mountain. Our managers train the staff (in between times of re-certification) and have custom designed the service from top to bottom. We place emphasis on attitude, and try to instill a sense of confidence, respect and responsibility with all the mountain staff. Together we’ve built a solid service based on our teamwork and continual efforts to improve, and evaluate ourselves and our competition. We’re proud of the fact that we consistently get fantastic feedback from our climbers. All feedback gets analyzed, discussed, and it becomes a building block toward our future.

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Nature Discovery, PO Box 10574, Arusha, Tanzania
Office phone: +255 (0)732 971 859 | Emergency only: +255 (0)683 424 141
e-mail: info@NatureDiscovery.com