[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] So, you’ve made the decision to tackle some of the best travel adventures offered by South Africa Adventures?! Let’s discuss the changes your body will experience while moving into higher altitudes, but before that we should go back to the basics. The Basics Your body is comprised of multiple organs systems which work either independently of each other or in unison and live in a state of harmony till disturbed by external or internal influences. We know these systems as the: Cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), Neurological system (brain and nerves), Haematological system (blood), Endocrine system (hormones and glands),

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Effects of altitude on Kilimanjaro So you are looking at climbing Kilimanjaro but are worried about what will happen to your body at altitude? We have been involved in mountaineering not only on Kilimanjaro but on some of the highest mountains the in the world for over 20 years. We have been in countless situations at altitude and have not only helped people through these situations but have also got to experience some of these effects ourselves.  It is one thing to help a climber with a Pulmonary Edema from an outsider’s perspective, but having suffered one myself I

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Climbing Kilimanjaro Tips and Advice  Climbing mountains like Kilimanjaro is sometimes going to be the hardest thing you have accomplished in your life. And reaching the summit may not always be about what you have to do but may in reality be what you need to give up!!! We are all for not giving up on a mountain.  You will always hear our guides encouraging you not to give up on the hike but you are going to have to learn to give up on a few things prior to your climb. Yes there are certain obvious things that

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Top 10 tips for Climbing Kilimanjaro   I decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with South Africa Adventures last year December and I can say without a doubt that it was not only the hardest thing I have ever done… but was also the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I have ever done!!! Like most trekkers I’m sure, especially the ‘wet behind the ears, couch potato type ‘ like me, the pre climb anxiety consumed me. I was seriously contemplating my chances of successfully summiting the highest mountain in Africa. Had I bitten off more than I can chew?  Did

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Pre Climb panic and how to manage it  If you have climbed Kilimanjaro or are looking at doing so in the future, chances are you are going to be overwhelmed by pre-climb panic. However, fear not as you are not alone. This nervous state of mind that we’ve christened ‘climbaphobia’ affects trekkers of all shapes, sizes and experience levels.  Take me for example. I have been climbing mountains for 20 years including the Himalayas, Kilimanjaro, Russia and South America and I always get the jitters before a climb. Deidre Angella, a psychologist in the UK explains that “it is

Safety on Kilimanjaro Although climbing Kilimanjaro is relatively easy compared to say a Himalayan mountain, trekkers should still respect the fact that it is close to 6000m above sea level. And with that comes many scenarios that a potential summiteer of the highest mountain in Africa would need to take seriously.  Before you embark on your trekking adventure there are a number of things that you should familiarize yourself with. Some of the things may seem obvious like getting sufficient training, but there may be other things that make all the difference in terms of your safety on Kilimanjaro. Let’s

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Climbing Kilimanjaro – What you need to know Climbing Kilimanjaro and all you need to know about it. I still remember the day I decided to climb Kilimanjaro. It was back in a seedy bar with my mate Brett over a beer or two. Or maybe it was 10. Anyway, that was where my dream of climbing the highest mountain in Africa was born. Once the hangover has subsided and the reality of what we decided to do had sunk it was time to commit. And by commitment it was going to be through a financial one in the

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – “The Shining Mountain” She towers above the Tanzanian cloud line, her glaciers reflecting in the morning rays, ‘shining’ as my eyes see her for the first time.  I am about to start day two of my trek up the highest mountain in Africa and she offers me a glimpse of her beauty.  She remained covered in cotton wool during my first days trek through the rain forest with porters marching up to Machame Camp where I rested my head for the first time on this beautiful eruption from God.  I feel like an ant against