Archive for November, 2010

New in 2011! Corto to Open a Camp in Tarangire Park: Kanga Camp

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Corto will be launching in 2011 a new camp in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania : The Kanga Tarangire Camp.

This new camp will be joining the Family of Camps that Corto own and manage, including:

Check out the Page for our Tented Camps in Northern Tanzania here, and the page for the new Kanga Tarangire Camp here

You may also check out our Camp Pictures on Facebook here.

Have a look at its location on the map.

Tarangire National park was established in 1970 is today considered one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary in the country. It covers an area of 2,600 sq km ; an average altitude of 1,100 m and is particularly worth visiting during the months of September and October. It comprises of 9 zones of vegetation including acacia and baobab Tortillas. The Tarangire River that runs through the park never dries up and during the dry season all the animals of Maasai country come to drink from it. Several private camps and lodges located inside and outside the Park welcome visitors.

Kilimanjaro Porters – Our Policy

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

We have recently updated our website with information on our relationship with our Kilimanjaro porters.

As members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – KPAP we have a duty to act responsibly and we hope the information below will convince you that we are a serious partner when it comes to Treks on the Kilimanjaro.

Our Porters

The Price difference you will notice between all the different Kilimanjaro operators in Tanzania are very often due to the differences in the way companies treat and pay their porters and guides during your journey. At Corto, we have been leading the way for many years in terms of fair treatment and responsible tourism.

Porters Salaries

We have been KPAP members (see Responsible Tourism paragraph below), and as such, we respect the rules. Whereas the average salaries paid to porters by the tourism outfitters in Tanzania is 6220 TSH/day, we actually pay them a daily salary of 10 000 Tsh, and we pay them directly on their return at Mweka by one of our office workers. Each porter must show his porter’s card and signs a list when he receives his pay.

Tips for Porters

During the briefing, we give each client a tipping sheet prepared by KPAP and we ask that they use it to spread the tips equally and openly accross the whole team. It is up to our clients to follow this sheet or not.

Porters Equipment

Even though they are not permanently employed by Corto, we have our team of faithful porters. For each climb, we send out a list of porters that the guides must follow. This procedure ensures that the porters can not bribe the guides to be hired. This practice is unfortunately still taking place with other guides and companies. Porters are not authorized to begin the climb unless they are properly equipped for Mountain climbing. The guides are responsible for performing this check. For information, the city of Moshi has a very large second hand clothes market. This allows the porters to equip themselves against the cold with mountain clothing at very low prices.

Further details about our porters Working Conditions

  • For every trip, there are between 3 and 5 porters by customer (see table below).
  • They receive 3 full meals a day.
  • They can carry a maximum of 20kg each plus 2kg for their own equipment.
  • They sleep in a tent suitable for mountain climbing.
CLIENTS Head Guide Assistant guide Cook Assistant Cook Porters
1 1 1 4
2 1 1 1 10
3 1 1 1 12
4 1 2 1 17
5 1 2 1 20
6 1 2 1 24
7 1 2 1 26
8 1 3 1 1 28
9 1 3 1 1 29
10 1 3 1 1 31
11 1 3 1 1 35
12 1 3 2 37
13 1 4 2 39
14 1 4 2 41
15 1 4 2 44

Number of Staff for Kilimanjaro Climbs (except Marangu)

Responsible Tourism

CORTO Safaris is involved in responsible tourism, by respecting the local populations and the environment.

Our teams are paid in excess of the rates recommended by the Park Authorities.
We care about our teams working conditions, Transmission of knowledge, and Traveler Information and Awareness.

We have developed a special partnership with the NGO “KILIMANJARO PORTERS ASSISTANCE PROJECT” -www.kiliporters.org – which is an initiative launched by “THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN EXPLORERS CONNECTION” - www.mountainexplorers.org

Training and Prevention programs are run during our Low Season :

• English Language Courses
• First Aid Courses
• Information Seminaries on HIV / AIDS

Please visit our partner’s websites for more information.

Serengeti Great Migration Update

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Serengeti Great Migration Pack has now clearly moved South, and it is time for our teams to dismantle our North Serengeti Camp and to move South, towards Piaya, near the Gols Mountains, and to prepare the new upcoming season with a new camp.

This new camp will be ready from the middle of December, to welcome our valued customers during this new phase of the Great Migration.

Every year, between January and May, the impressive mass of the Wildebeests and other herbivores gathers in the South-East of the Serengeti Plains, called by a very powerful animal instinct. It is during this time, and in a spirit of species conservation, that the females will give birth to their little ones, in group! This is to ensure the survival of the young ones, as they know the predators are there, ready to take any chance to snatch a young prey!

Click here for a full Safari program focusing on the Births of the Great Migration in Tanzania.