Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: How Fit Do You Need to Be?

Greetings Zephyr Adventurers: My name is Meesha, and in July 2012, I had the pleasure of going on Zephyr’s Kilimanjaro Trek and Safari in Tanzania.  For the benefit of those considering the trip, I thought I’d pass along a few words about my experience. I am 48, and prior to this hiking… Continue reading “Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: How Fit Do You Need to Be?”

Impressions From the Roof of Africa

Editor’s Note:  For the second time in two years, Zephyr’s Erika Helstrom made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro last week, along with seven of our Zephyr travelers.  These are some of the quick highlights she sent us prior to heading to volunteer at KYGN (Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need) in… Continue reading “Impressions From the Roof of Africa”

3 Misconceptions about Group Travel

NOTE: Though this post was originally written several years ago, the most common misconceptions certainly still ring true! Zephyr Adventures has been in the group travel business for 15 years, so we understand that like most people who join us for the first time, you might feel a bit uneasy about the… Continue reading “3 Misconceptions about Group Travel”

How to Make a Travel Blog

Gone are the days of projector slideshow recaps of your summer vacation.  Yet in a digital age, there’s even more to share with your friends and family!  I have been sharing my photos, videos and thoughts from my travels on my Facebook for years, but it doesn’t offer the organization or presentation… Continue reading “How to Make a Travel Blog”

How to Choose a Tour Operator to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

If you want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa’s highest point, one of the first decisions you have to make is which tour operator to use. Base your decision on the climbing route, advance service, guides, and price. Climbing Route You are required to use a tour operator to climb Kilimanjaro… Continue reading “How to Choose a Tour Operator to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro”

Mount Kilimanjaro Has New Sign on the Summit

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, has a new sign at the summit: That compares to the old one, which is pictured here with long-time Zephyr travelers Rick and Tony: I have to admit: I sort of like the old, battered sign! It’s weather-beaten look seems appropriate for hard climb that… Continue reading “Mount Kilimanjaro Has New Sign on the Summit”

4 Lessons Learned By Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

In February 2011, I traveled to Africa and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. The climb stands as both one of the highlights of my travel experiences and one of the most fun and memorable moments of my life. Reaching the highest point on the African Continent, by foot, was not only rewarding to me… Continue reading “4 Lessons Learned By Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro”

Martina Navratilova on Mount Kilimanjaro

The December 6th news article said “Tennis legend Martina Navratilova embarked Monday on her attempt to summit Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a charity helping disadvantaged youth worldwide through sports-based projects.” Sounded great, even though the publicity stunt of hitting tennis… Continue reading “Martina Navratilova on Mount Kilimanjaro”

African Safaris: Tanzania versus South Africa

As an adventure travel company, one of the things I have always said is “we only run active tours”. No bus tours for me, thank you. However, I must admit our two African safaris stretch that a bit. In Africa, we run a “hike, wine, and safari” tour that is absolutely incredible. … Continue reading “African Safaris: Tanzania versus South Africa”

Mount Kilimanjaro: Six Days of Wonderful Trekking …

… followed by a hell of a slog. I promised Zephyr’s Facebook page fans I would give this blog post that name and it does more or less reflect our experiences on Mount Kilimanjaro. Ten hardy Zephyr alumni joined our first-ever trip to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. We all met in… Continue reading “Mount Kilimanjaro: Six Days of Wonderful Trekking …”

Zephyrite Roberta Perry Summits Kilimanjaro

Roberta Perry is a four-time Zephyr alumnus from New York. From my experience traveling with her, I would say she is a good athlete with a strong constitution who, like many people, tries hard to stay in shape as she cruises through her 40s. In short, I think she is a pretty… Continue reading “Zephyrite Roberta Perry Summits Kilimanjaro”