The unsung heroes of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro Mountain Crew and Porters do all the hard work so the only thing we have to worry about is eating enough food, drinking enough liquids and putting one foot in front of the other, but they are often under paid, and rely on our tips and donations to support themselves and their families.
If you are planning on climbing Kilimanjaro soon, the KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) Tipping guidelines will help you decide how much you should tip your Kilimanjaro Porters, Mountain Guides and Cooks, but there are other things that they are in desperate need of, and that is quality climbing gear and shoes.
Sadly, many Kilimanjaro Porters climb the mountain with ill-fitting shoes and less than adequate clothing, so they truly appreciate any extra ‘gifts’ we can give them, and if you are heading to Tanzania anytime soon, here are 10 Great Gift Ideas that your Kilimanjaro Porters will love…
- Hiking Boots
- Hiking Poles / Sticks
- Jackets and Trousers
- Hats, Scarves and Gloves
- Sweets / Snacks / Chewing Gum
- Toiletries such as deodorant sprays and toothpaste
- Headlamps / Batteries
- Water bottles or Camelbacks
- Sleeping Bags or Blankets
If you have purchased new hiking gear for your Kilimanjaro Adventure, take you old stuff with you, your porters will be more than happy with last season’s winter gear!