A Little Background

Daniel and Lisa Dorr enjoying tea on Machame trailMany years ago a beautiful young woman and I decided to try and impress each other and agreed to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro together. We were young, loved to travel, and dating. It was a recipe for disaster that turned into the adventure of a lifetime. We fell in love with Tanzania and Mt. Kilimanjaro. The people were warm, welcoming and made us feel like family. The countryside, national parks and the mountain were all gorgeous beyond our wildest imaginations. After our trip, we realized we had to share this place with others. And so we launched Kilimanjaro Adventures.

How We Got Started

We started as an adventure travel company for people like us, who wanted a real adventure but couldn’t afford a luxurious trip. But the more stories we heard from our clients the more we wanted to share them. We realized we didn’t want to sell Mt. Kilimanjaro to people, we want to share it. We want to encourage and excite everyone, regardless of whether they booked with one outfitter or another.

Where We Are Now

Photo of Daniel DorrSo we’ve re-launched Kilimanjaro Adventures as a one-stop resource to learn about the mountain from professionals and each other.  I also wrote a book about my adventure and in 2010 Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving It All on Top of Africa was published by the Mountaineer Books. We thank you for taking the time to learn more about Tanzania and for sharing your own views and experiences. This site no longer belongs to the Kilimanjaro Adventures team; it belongs to anyone passionate about sharing Kilimanjaro and Tanzania.


  1. Gabriele Brown
    August 20, 2014 | Permalink

    Read your book twice and climbed Kilimanjaro twice. Your book was great , funny and entertaining all through it. I used the front cover ( Giraffe with the guy on top) on the T- shirt design we made for our trip earlier this summer. I am going back for the third time early next year and taking with me a group of people that I hope to inspire the same way we all are after climbing the Mountain.
    Check out my FB page Urth Safari that talks about my latest trip.

    Love your website!

  2. Oba
    March 16, 2014 | Permalink

    Very interesting book!

    I’m a young Tanzanian whose life has changed after climbing Kili for long time as a porter and then assistant guide, I was able to go to University where I’m doing my Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance and I expect to graduate in August this year.
    Also from my experience with Kili I’ve decided to organize Kili trips where I own a page on facebook (Oba Tours) I dream to own my website and become the best tour organizer in Tanzania and Africa as whole.

    • ddorr
      March 17, 2014 | Permalink

      Congratulations on a number of impressive achievements! And thanks for sharing your success story!

      • Oba
        May 24, 2014 | Permalink

        Thank you!
        Can you visit and like my page please at http//:www.facebook.com/obatourstz

  3. Maiju
    August 10, 2012 | Permalink

    Hi Dan,

    Just finished reading your book – absolutely love it! I climbed Kili a year ago and have in the meantime read basically everything on it Amazon has to offer. Your book was the funniest but also the most realistic one of the bunch and I can only agree with everything you say about the climb.

    I would love to return to Kili, definitely to Rongai (as I also did Machame as my first trip) but am taking a detour first via Meru, returning to Tanzania in a bit over a week’s time. Like you say, a brilliant, relaxed and beautiful country full of the nicest people – totally recommend to everyone!

    Looking forward to more of your writing on my frequent Amazon searches – all the best,

  4. Jodi Bernstein
    March 28, 2012 | Permalink

    I downloaded Kissing Kilimanjaro onto my kindle yesterday. I am craving as much info as I can on Kili as I am currently planning a trip for August 2012. I read it in one day! A totally enjoyable, easy read book. I felt your struggles and determination throughout. Well done.

    • ddorr
      March 28, 2012 | Permalink

      Thanks Jodi,
      Glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully it was helpful in your planning. If you have specific questions please feel free to contact me or post them to our community at http://www.facebook.com/kissingkilimanjaro.

      Good luck with your adventure!

  5. ester
    July 16, 2011 | Permalink

    Hi Chris…nice website…! I like the way you write…! regards, Ester

  6. Chris Skripek
    May 12, 2011 | Permalink

    Hi, just discovered your website after my brother came across you as a follower on Twitter. Your book sounds really interesting and I thought you might be interested in a book which I’ve just self-published – as a collaboration – through Blurb.com. It’s called ‘The Spiritual Face of Kilimanjaro’, you can find it on the Blurb website in bookstore, and browse the whole book. We have given it an ISBN and now hope to have it available through Amazon quite soon, although it is available from Blurb.com.
    It is an account of a climb made back in 1970, but for purely spiritual purposes, and gives a background to the whole reason for the mountains spiritual significance.
    Would love to hear your thoughts.
    Kind regards

    • ddorr
      May 13, 2011 | Permalink

      Hi Chris,
      I took a look online. Amazing pictures! And I love the idea. For many of us climbing Kilimanjaro is a life changing experience. Glad to see others inspiring people to take the amazing journey.


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