Choosing a company to climb with can be based on many factors such as cost, recommendation, safety and reputation, guides experience & training etc. Whilst all of these are important, there may be other hidden factors you have not thought about which are worth your consideration.
Fair treatment practices have become very important to the climbing public. The International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) created the Partner for Responsible Travel Program, through their local NGO, Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). This was to highlight and work alongside those climbing companies in compliance with Proper Porter Treatment Guidelines.
African Scenic Safaris is very proud to be a member of these organisations and we have voluntarily agreed to be scrutinized thoroughly on all of our climbs, to ensure our porters are being treated properly.
The Partner for Responsible Travel program, is a select group of companies who have proven to provide fantastic treatment to their guides, cooks and porters. Unfortunately porters on Kilimanjaro are often not treated and looked after well and we are working with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project to bring awareness about this, which starts by giving a good example.
How do we do this?
A comment we always get from clients is how happy our crew look on the mountain and by treating them well, we have the luxury of having the best guides, cooks & porters wanting to work for us.
Whilst on Kilimanjaro, please adopt the below practises so we can ensure the protection of this incredible mountain...