Archive for the ‘Kilimanjaro’ Category

Enjoying Mount Kilimanjaro to the Fullest

Friday, January 21st, 2011

For those who are adventurous and want to have the time of their life during their vacations, Africa is the perfect place to visit. Africa has everything for the outdoor fan. But a visit to Africa is not only about the much talked about safaris. You can go further than that with even more fun and adventure. You can book a climb Mount Kilimanjaro with us.

It is the tallest mountain in the whole continent at 19340 feet above sea level and it is also the world’s highest free falling mountain and is located in Tanzania! What is wonderful about this mountain is that it has within it all the five major eco zones: heath, rainforest, glacier, moor land and alpine desert. Imagine going to a mountain where you can experience all of this at the same time! It even has 3 volcanoes which you may visit during your climb there. For the adventurer in you, this is the mountain climb of a lifetime.

What makes this mountain climb more memorable is that you can bring along your children with you (above age 12, that is the limit set by the Kilimanjaro Park authorities). The whole family can have an adventure together, one that they will talk about for the rest of their lives. The children can also enjoy the safari trip incorporated with this climb. You need not leave them at the camp but instead let them have an experience that they will learn from and remember.

Corto Safaris is your reliable guides who will help you on your mountain expedition. Corto is staffed by locals who are trained to give you the best experience for your trip. They are multilingual who can speak English, French and the local dialects. They could even answer any question you might have about your climb. They arrange for you suitable lodging and include the necessary equipment required for your trip. If you want a have the best vacation, book with Corto who has the reasonable prices. For what is included on your climbing expedition please refer to our Climbing Kilimanjaro page

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” – which is an initiative launched by “THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN EXPLORERS CONNECTION” -

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.

Tanzania Safari and Kilimanjaro Climbs – Group Departures

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A new service from Corto. We invite you to come and visit our list of group departures for Tanzania Safari and Kilimanjaro Climbs. This list is kept up to date on our Facebook page and allows you to check available departure dates, itineraries and simply to add yourself to the participants list. Sharing your adventure with other people will have a great positive impact on your trip’s cost, saving you lots of money!!

Click here to see the Corto Facebook Event page

Documentary on Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

A very nice documentary on France 5, also online until the 6th July. Subject: Zanzibar and the Kilimanjaro region, both presented by Tanzanians. A true invitation to travel.

You want to find out more on Zanzibar or the Kilimanjaro? Visit our pages on these 2 famous regions in Tanzanie:

Around the world in 80 days

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Congratulations to the young “Guillaume” who under a France Soir initiative, does a stopover here in Tanzania, between the Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti. Good luck for the Kili climb, and thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures from the flight and hot air balloon Serengeti experience.

The Kilimanjaro on TV

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

This week, the Mount Kilimanjaro is in the spotlight. 2 Documentaries have been shown, one on the BBC, the other on French Channel France5. The famous mountain is as mystical as ever. Corto Safari, your Kili trek partner is also in the spotlight concerning the fair treatment and payment of our porters, and the respect of the environment in the Kilimanjaro National Park.

See the documentaries online: