Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro: Expectations Vs Reality

Ever thought about trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro but not sure what to expect? Last year, Kris Keys, our loveable, long-time guide and alumni ambassador, along with a great group of explorers, ventured up the bucket-list-worthy mountain. Kris shares her perspective on what she expected before the trip and what the actual reality of trekking up Mt. Continue Reading →

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 Moshi, Tanzania for Continue Reading →

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 over 15 years, so we understand that like most people who join us for the first time, you might feel a bit uneasy about the “group tour” Continue Reading →

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 I’m really looking Continue Reading →

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 and all tour Continue Reading →

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 personally, but also Continue Reading →

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 balls off the Continue Reading →

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 Moshi, Tanzania after Continue Reading →

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