This the second edition of the bestselling guide to
Kilimanjaro. First published in 2003, this book quickly became the
established guide to those wishing to reach the summit of Africa's highest
mountain. You can read reviews of the first edition on Amazon (the first
edition had a blue cover) and please note: all of these reviews are
For this second edition we have improved and updated the book in a number
of ways. As a result, this book:
* Is the only one with full descriptions of each of the trekking routes up
Kilimanjaro by somebody who has climbed all of them.
* The only one to include town and city guides to Arusha, Moshi and
Marangu, the three towns and villages that will be your base before and
after your climb.
* The only book with a review of the trekking agencies, both in Tanzania
(Arusha, Moshi and Marangu) and those tour operators in the
UK/US/Europe/Australia/New Zealand/South Africa. As it is the tour
companies and the guides they hire that, more than anything else, will make
or break your trip, this is a vital part of the book and should be required
reading for anybody before booking a climb. We do not accept sponsorship
and our reviews are completely unbiased and based on our dealings with the
companies and from readers' letters and recommendations.
* The only book with up-to-date and accurate maps and altitude readings
(other books are still using inaccurate and out-of-date maps and altitudes
that are widey accepted by tour operators and park officials alike to be
* Full run-down of Kilimanjaro's nature including full-colour flora guide.
We also provide:
* A thorough health and fitness section to help you stay healthy in East
Africa, increase your chances of making it to the top and ensure you make
it back down again;
* Advice on how to book your trek and what to look out for in the agency's
* Comprehensive pre-departure information including advice on what to take
- and what to leave behind!
* Details on flights to East Africa;
* City guides to Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the two cities that you are
most likely to fly into, as well as the newly-opened Kilimanjaro
* A thorough practical information section (including visas, currency,
budgeting, transport, food etc) on travelling around Tanzania and Kenya;
* Advice on how to look after your porters and crew on the trek;
* The most comprehensive sections on the history of Kilimanjaro and
Tanzania, and on the flora and fauna of Kilimanjaro(including a
photographic guide to the plants and flowers);
* A look at the culture of the local Chagga people who inhabit
Kilimanjaro's lower slopes;
* Photos and illustrations (from both contemporary and historical sources,
including some wonderful pen-and-ink sketches by the first Europeans to see
Kilimanjaro, way back in the nineteenth century).
* Over thirty maps covering every stage of climbing and descending from the
. . . everything, indeed, to help you get from the safety of your favourite
armchair at home all the way to the very summit of Africa's highest
mountain. And no other guidebook can provide anything like that kind of
In addition, the book now has:
a full description of the Mount Meru trek, following recommendations by a
number of our readers that this should be included.
We also have worked closely with the Kilmanjaro Porters Assistance Project
(KPAP) to highlight the plight of porters and how trekkers can help to
alleviate their suffering.
And if that's not enough, this book is still the cheapest and, published in
2006, the most up-to-date available, with all the new park fees and