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Hydration on Kilimanjaro Climb

Golden Rules for Altitude Acclimatization

You want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro but you know the daunting height of 5895m/19,340’ makes it a challenging mountain to summit. Remember, it is the altitude and not the long uphill hiking distance that prevents most people from reaching the Roof of Africa. You probably know that « high altitude » goes with « lack of oxygen ». […]

November 30, 2018 | admin

Learn more about the WaChagga, the People of Kilimanjaro

Who are the WaChagga? The Bantu-speaking indigenous Africans, who would become WaChagga, settled on the southern and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in waves of migration around five to six centuries ago. They migrated from other regions of what are now Tanzania and Kenya, attracted to the fertile soil and high altitude climate…

November 19, 2018 | admin
Safari vehicle

5 Steps to a Fun and Easy Safari Experience

1. Your Safari Guide is Your New Best Friend While on safari you travel with highly knowledgeable guides who have extensive training in East African wildlife, birdlife, and ecology, each of whom has many years of experience in the bush. Listen. Your guide has a nearly limitless repository of knowledge. Ask questions. Your guide will […]

November 19, 2018 | admin
SENE clients by activities

SENE by the numbers 2018

Where do SENE clients come from? What adventures did they have? How many touched the Roof of Africa? How old were the youngest and oldest Kilimanjaro climbers? Check out our 2018 Kilimanjaro summit rates and other fun statistics! (data from 2017-Dec through 2018-Nov) Clients by Nationality   KILIMANJARO ACHIEVEMENT BY ROUTE

November 19, 2018 | admin
Elephant in Tarangire Steve Reinhardt credit

Our clients can shoot! Photos by Steve Reinhardt

Steve Reinhardt is a photographer from Australia who visited Tanzania with his extended family in September 2018 with SENE. He agreed to exhibit several of his favorite images taken in Serengeti National Park along with his thoughts about each photo. We thank Steve for offering to share these with us and you.   The Wildebeest […]

November 19, 2018 | admin
Tanzania teenagers walking under African trees

Discover… Shantytown

After a successful ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro or during a stopover before safari or other SENE adventure, you may find yourself overnighting in Moshi Town at the Ameg Lodge, Hibiscus B&B, or other accommodations.  And you may ask yourself, “This is a nice neighborhood… where am I?”  You are in Shantytown.  Yes, Shantytown.…

November 13, 2018 | admin

Pole Pole! Go Slow and Connect

Those who have climbed Kilimanjaro know the mantra of our mountain guides: pole pole (po-lay, po-lay), which means slowly. Walking slowly up the mountain and keeping your heart rate low is the tonic that helps your body acclimate better and reach the summit. Pole pole is also the way of life in Tanzania (“no hurry in Africa!”) […]

September 13, 2018 | admin
Lost on Kilimanjaro by Sara Robinson (October 2013)

15 Photos from our clients that will make you want to explore Tanzania

Over the years we have received hundreds of photos from our clients.  After seeing the incredible images taken by them during their adventures, we realized that the photographs tell a story – the story of Tanzania through a tourist’s eyes.  We hope to inspire future travelers to visit this beautiful country and see what catches…

August 17, 2018 | admin
CCTV episode 2

Conquering Kilimanjaro – Episode 2

After some setbacks even before the climb started, the SENE guides and crew have now run into yet another challenge – virtually non-stop rain. The team is in the midst of the lush rainforest that encircles Mount Kilimanjaro, with the most formidable sections of their 50 kilometer hike to the summit still ahead. CCTV’s Ramah […]

July 3, 2018 | admin
CCTV episode 1

Conquering Kilimanjaro – episode 1

Mount Kilimanjaro, an iconic symbol of Africa, has been for centuries a mythic destination for adventurers and explorers.Every year the highest free-standing mountain in the world draws tens of thousands of climbers, all pushing themselves to reach the top of Kilimanjaro. The mountain, however, is changing, as the snowcap on its peak shrinks…

July 3, 2018 | admin
SENE Logo

Milestones in the SENE success story

In 2018 Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience celebrates 20 years of sharing Tanzania with guests from across the globe.  Here are a few fun facts and highlights from over the years.   1998  In January founder Simon Mtuy registers SENE in Tanzania.  He is the only employee.  First clients are climbers from Germany and the […]

May 17, 2018 | admin
Drew Simms Video

A beautiful souvenir of Tanzania by Drew Simms

Last year, American photographer Drew Simms climbed Kilimanjaro with SENE. Back home he produced a short video with favorite moments from his climb and safari.   “Back in July of last year, I had the incredible opportunity of traveling through Tanzania with my family. We started our trip on Kilimanjaro. We spent our mornings…

May 15, 2018 | admin
Manase, SENE guide, and SENE clients walk on the Kilimanjaro foothills

Putting the Adventure back into Adventure Travel

Up until recently, traveling to Africa, just by being Africa, was considered adventure travel.  It was the wild and untamed Dark Continent where travelers endured hardships and inconveniences to enjoy rare experiences. This notion had validity even into the mid-1990s as accommodations, roads, flights, communication, and electricity were…

April 25, 2018 | admin
Group of Zebras on a green prairie by Van Grotenhuis

Tanzania’s Amazing Wildlife

With its 4 million wild animals that include 364 species of mammals, Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometer in the world!  Plus it boasts 1108 species of birds, 130 amphibian, and over 275 reptile species. Here are some fascinating facts about a few of the animals you will encounter on your Tanzanian safari.…

April 20, 2018 | admin
Giraffes in Serengeti National Park

10 Little Known Facts about the Serengeti

Explore one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa with this list of quick facts that you may not have known.   1. The Serengeti is one of the oldest and most scientifically significant ecosystems on the planet. Its weather patterns, fauna and flora are believed to have changed very little over a million years, […]

April 20, 2018 | admin
Tanzanian seller in Moshi local market. Photo © David Casartelli

Swahili from A to Z

Funny and interesting facts about Swahili, the language of the people of the East African coast.   A- like Asante. The most important Swahili word (along with jambo), since Tanzanians hold politeness in high regard.  Asante means “thank you!” B- like Bantu. Swahili is a Bantu language. C- like Coast. The name Swahili comes from the…

April 20, 2018 | admin
View on Ras Nungwi resort from ocean. Zanzibar

Zanzibar… dream Island

Zanzibar… dream Island Just the name brings images of an exotic far-off land filled with mystery and scented by the aroma of clove and cardamom. For centuries Zanzibar has been a crossroads of peoples from Africa, Arabia, and India that has created its own unique cultural mélange that exists into the present. Zanzibar history is […]

April 19, 2018 | admin
Tanzanian looking at colorful Kanga

Short and Funny lists for some basic Swahili

Are you ready for your upcoming adventure to Tanzania? Have you learned a few words and phrases in Swahili, the most widely spoken language in Tanzania and all of East Africa. Swahili has adopted many words from Arabic and English, as well as from Portuguese and German, all of whom have had interaction with the original […]

March 30, 2018 | admin
SENE clients by Nationalities in 2017

SENE by the numbers 2017

Where in the world do SENE clients come from?  For those climbing Kilimanjaro, how many reach the crater rim, and how many reach the summit? See below our 2017 success rates on Kilimanjaro! All our clients on the Northern circuit route and on Umbwe route made it to the top! Hongera Sana! SENE Clients by […]

December 20, 2017 | admin
Baobab trees in Tarangire National Park

Baobab: Iconic Tree of Africa

Baobab: Iconic Tree of Africa   The baobab tree is easily recognized by its enormous trunk and scrawny stems and twigs. It is one of the most distinctive symbols of Africa. In Tanzania, visitors can admire baobab trees within all national parks, but particularly in Tarangire National Park, which is unofficially known as the “Baobab…

November 14, 2017 | admin
Simon Mtuy is looking at his beehives

Simon’s Sweet Hobby…

Simon’s Sweet Hobby… Never one to slow down, Simon’s latest endeavor is beekeeping and honey production.  He maintains about 80 hives around the land near his Mbahe Village cottages, at his new home in Mweka Village by one of the Kilimanjaro National Park exit gates, and at the TPC sugar plantation off the mountain south […]

September 20, 2017 | Tim L.
Manase, SENE mountain guide on the Kilimanjaro foothills walk

Discover Tanzania: The Kilimanjaro Foothills

Discover Tanzania: The Kilimanjaro Foothills After encountering wildlife in its natural habitat or conquering the summit of Kilimanjaro, how can one discover the human dimension of Tanzania?  There is no better way than to explore, preferably on foot, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.   NATURAL AND CULTURAL TREASURES ON KILIMANJARO…

August 20, 2017 | admin