Porters are paid more than double the $3 a day mentioned in this review, which is significantly more than the recommended daily amount set by The Kilimanjaro National Park and the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, and all the proper taxes are also paid, (which not so common in Tanzania).
Our porters are also expected to have suitable mountain kit. We have regular inspections to enforce these standards. Porters missing items of kit have to report to our office on the next Monday morning to explain the reason. The porter then has to demonstrate they have the correct kit before they get further work. Within the Tanzanian culture it is very much the norm that porters might get a good quality item from a client and sell it locally for cash. We not only expect our porters to have suitable kit but as there are no manufacturers of such kit in Tanzania we regularly bring in suitable kit from England. Over the years we have distributed to our mountain crew at least 200 gortex waterproofs, 80 pairs of walking boots, 350 sleeping bags, 100 pairs of gloves, 50 sleeping mats, 100 warm hats.
Nick Nikolsky - Trip Manager