Explore the history of Kilimanjaro in this section.

The amazing story of Kilimanjaro’s frozen leopard

Recent sightings of common leopards crossing paths with snow leopards on the Tibetan Plateau got us thinking about what’s probably the most famous high-elevation spotted cat in the history books. Ernest Hemingway opens his 1936 short story "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" by mentioning a leopard carcass up near the summit of Mount [...]

New Record for Oldest Kili Climber

A couple of weeks ago, Angela Vorobyova, an 86-year-old retired teacher from Siberia, became the oldest person to summit Kilimanjaro, honouring an 80-year-old promise to her sister, who died as a young child in 1935. She was accompanied by her 62-year-old daughter, Vera. 'The first days of our expedition could [...]

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Kilimanjaro Record Breakers

From the fastest Kilimanjaro climb, to the oldest, with a spot of cricket in-between, here's a rundown of a few of the records that have been set on our magical and mysterious mountain. This might serve as inspiration to set your own record: Fastest Kilimanjaro climbs In 2010 Spanish mountain runner [...]

Famous Kili Climbers

Kilimanjaro's celebrity status has, in turn, drawn a number of celebrities over the years, from professional sportsmen and sportswomen to singers and actresses. Encouragingly for the less fit out there, portly DJ Chris Moyles, who fronted popular UK radio station Radio 1's breakfast show for many years, made it to [...]

Kilimanjaro’s Original Trailblazers

People from all over the world have been drawn by the allure of Mt Kilimanjaro for more than 120 years. The first recorded successful ascent to the Roof of Africa was made by a German geologist, Hans Meyer , an Austrian teacher and mountaineer, Ludwig Purtscheller, and a local man [...]