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Organizing Kilimanjaro expeditions, safaris in Tanzania and Zanzibar holidays since 2001
Organizing Kilimanjaro expeditions, safaris in Tanzania and Zanzibar holidays since 2001

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Part 1. Today we will tell you how we recruit guides at Altezza Travel. As you may know, we are very selective in our recruitment policies. Our rigorous hiring criteria are justified by our performance standards and by the compensation, which is much higher than the market average.

The first step is the preliminary evaluation of an applicant’s skills and expertise. Usually, over a half of those who come fail to pass our “admission to examination” test. Some do not speak English at all; others have zero knowledge in emergency evacuation, Kilimanjaro wildlife or history of the region. Some come with strong alcohol odor, believing that we will not sense it.

Altezza bootcamp awaits those who have passed the first interview. It starts with a small running challenge. The group of our applicants are running over 10 km in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. After the marathon (on the same day) the applicants are passing the following exams: The basics of using oxygen system, Emergency evacuation techniques and procedures, Mountaineering first-aid kit & pharmacy basics, High-altitude tented camp deployment and management, The wildlife of Mount Kilimanjaro and History of Tanzania;

Those who satisfactorily pass the “entry exams” are admitted to training, which is the combination of theory and apprenticeship as an assistant guide to one of our senior guides. Apprenticeship at Altezza lasts from 12 to 36 months and culminates with the proficiency exams when the guide becomes entitled to lead our groups.

Senior guiding positions are given to those, who pass complete an independent proficiency evaluation test and receives a Wilderness First Responder badge.

P.S.
From the 84 applicants tested in November, 2017 only 12 became the apprentices at Altezza.

#altezzatravel #kilimanjaro #climbing #tanzania
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Click and see how the path goes on the Lemosho Route for 6 days.

#Kilimanjaro #climbing #trekking #hiking #Tanzania #Lemosho
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Climbing Kilimanjaro: how much does it cost?

What is included in the price and what factors does the cost depend on? Read the article to find the answers to these questions and more. Comprehensive insights by Altezza.Travel.

#Kilimanjaro #climbing #hiking #trekking #Altezza #travel #Tanzania #Africa
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New world record on Kilimanjaro with Altezza Travel

Stephan Siegrist walks the world’s highest highline
Height above sea level: 5,700 m
Height above ground level: approx. 150 - 200 m
Highline length: 21 m
Date of highline walk: 06/19/2016

Previous highlines by Stephan Siegrist:

Hintisberg (2004)
Schilthorn (2008)
Matterhorn (2012)
Dufourspitze (2013)
Martinsloch (2015)

#Worldrecord #slackline #slacklining #highlines #Kilimanjaro #Africa #Tanzania #Altezza #travel #StephanSiegrist 
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The troops of antelopes and zebras are always persecuted by predators during migration period.
We came across these marvelous lions in Serengeti National park recently. They are waiting for the right moment to attack. It is an amazing fight for survival.

#Africa   #Tanzania   #safari   #Serengeti   #lions   #Altezza   #travel  
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Mwanza flat-headed rock agama  - "The Spiderman Lizard"

The Mwanza Flat-headed Agama is a lizard found in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. The lizard has an uncanny resemblance to the Marvel superhero Spiderman.  The head, neck and shoulders of the Mwanza Flat-headed Rock Agama is either a bright violet or red, while the rest of their bodies are a deep blue color. Almost fittingly, this delightful color combination is specific only to the male population of the species. The females of this Agama species are dull brown. After all there is no Spiderwoman, is there?  
The Mwanza Flat-headed Agama can often be seen in the heat of the day basking on rocks or kopjes. Two years photographer Roy Daines captured an image of the lizard while on holiday in Kenya. Demand for the unusual pet soared soon after. Their recent rise to stardom has pet lovers and Spiderman fans clambering to buy the lizard as pets. Agamas is known to make good pets, as they become tame and docile if handled regularly. However, they require specialist equipment in the UK to maintain their temperature. They also require a special balanced diet of locusts, crickets, mealworms and waxworms. An adult Mwanza Flat-headed Agama can grow up to a foot long.

#Africa   #Tanzania   #safari   #lizard    #Altezza   #travel  
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Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)

The secretary bird runs so fast that it is sometimes called "the devil's horse." It can run for a long time and has a large territory that it patrols every day. It makes its home in open grassland or in country where there are scattered bushes.
These birds are good flyers, as they should be, for they have a wingspan of seven feet! But they have a hard time getting off the ground. They have to make a long run with wings outspread before becoming airborne. One observer described the bird's take-off as like that of a long-distance bomber. Perhaps that is why they would rather run than fly.

#Africa   #Tanzania   #safari   #birds   #Altezza   #travel  
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Kibo cone (5895m), Mount Kilimanjaro

#Africa   #Tanzania   #Kilimanjaro   #Kibo   #climbing   #Altezza   #travel  
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Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Prison Island (Changuu Island), Zanzibar Archipelago.

Some tortoises are reputed to be over 200 years old but is difficult to verify as their human companions often outlive them. Currently the oldest verifiable Aldabran giant tortoise is said to be 170 years old.

#Africa   #Tanzania   #Zanzibar   #tortoise   #reptiles   #Altezza   #travel  
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