Here are a few last minute traveling tips & FAQ’s:


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Yellow Fever

A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania when arriving from countries where yellow fever is present. We recommend Global rescue.


Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. Humans get malaria from the bite of a mosquito infected with the parasite. Your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. All travelers to East Africa, including infants, children, and former residents of East Africa, may be at risk for malaria. Prevent this serious disease by seeing your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug and by protecting yourself against mosquito bites.

All travellers should take one of the following drugs:

  • Atovaquone / proguanil,
  • doxycycline,
  • mefloquine, or
  • primaquine (in special circumstances).

Other Stuff

Please bring along your favourite snack food that you know you will eat even when you are not hungry. People tend to lose their appetite at altitude.
Please bring an extra pair of light-weight shoes for around camp as your boots may be wet upon arrival.
Do not forget insect repellent, medicine for an upset stomch and digestive system, and any other medicinal needs you may have.

How far will I trek each day?

Average of 4 hours a day, apart from the summit early morning when you will walk up to 10 hours. You will usually start your days trekking around 3.30am; please see daily program for more details.

How much equipment will I carry?

Your backpack should contain all of your personal kit for the day ahead; a 10L – 15L backpack / rucksack will be sufficient. On an average day you would expect to carry; headlight/torch, waterproof clothing (Poncho or rain jacket & trouser), sun hat, light gloves, 3 litters of water, first-aid kit, spare laces, valuables and snacks.

Cash Requirements

All of your major expenses are covered while on trip with us. In addition to the funds you will decide to carry, you will need to take some additional funds on the trek/Safari to cover items such as beer / soda / gifts that you might purchase along the way (especially during safari). If you plan on using your credit card while traveling overseas, call you credit card company to let them know where you are traveling.

Porters, guides and cooks expect to be tipped at the end of the trek; the following is what was recommended from our previous travellers:-

Guide $ 25- $ 35 per day
Assistant guide $15 – $25 per day
Cook & assistant cook (they will divide based on their functions) $30 – $40.
$8 – $10 per day per porter.
Total amount will be divided based on number of clients in the group. Depending on the service offered you may tip less or more at your preference. Credit cards are only accepted in larger hotels/shops, so you will also want to bring some cash for souvenirs, bar beverages, phone calls, etc. US Dollars are accepted everywhere and smaller bills are always appreciated.

Expedition Itinerary

The permit to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro is for one time entrance only, once one exits the mountain cannot be able to reuse the permit; new entrance permit must be processed and paid to renter the park areas.

Obtaining Visas

The easiest and best place to obtain a visa is on arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, if you did not get your visa for Tanzania prior to departure; you may do so upon entry into the country at a fee of USD $100. You will need a passport photo for your visa. Otherwise you will need to process your visa in Germany or Poland if you do have Tanzania Embassy there. Application forms may be downloaded at KIA Website. You will get a 3 months visa.

As well, make sure you have at least 2 copies of your passport. You may also want to carry at least 2 passport size photos with you.

Flight Information

There are regular flights operates with connection from Dubai, Doha, Amsterdam, Paris and London. Please note that delays happen, thus it is important to allow some suppleness with airline travel arrangements. It’s important to ensure that the ticket purchased can be changed in-case of flight delays or if you want to go back home earlier than intended time. Tickets purchased over the internet and using air miles are often non-transferable so please be aware of this. While at the check-in desk ask the attendant to check your luggage all the way to the Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania destination.

Please remember to purchase flights that give you the ability to change dates should you need to reschedule. Internet fares and frequent flyer fare purchases often have limited or no flexibility should you need to change and the ticket may be exempt should a change need to be made for whatever reason.

You may want to carry or wear some of your gear (hiking books, sun hat, hiking pant and shirt / blouse, carry water bottle etc.) during your flight to Tanzania as your baggage may delay.

Pack any and all items that you cannot be without in your carry-on luggage (i.e. medications, prescription sunglasses, etc.). Remember to remove any sharp objects from your carry-on luggage. This may decrease time spent at the emergency checkpoints in the airport terminal. Your checked bags should not weigh over 50 lbs. (20kg). You are allowed to check 2 pieces of checked luggage. Duffel bags are the easiest to handle.


Medical Insurance

You must arrange adequate travel insurance for your Kilimanjaro trek. You should ensure that your policy covers you for high altitude climbing as most standard policies will not include this. We applaud that you make copies of your policy and keep one copy with you at all times.

Trip Insurance

Other relevant factors you may consider are that it is better to buy trip cancellation insurance at the same time as you pay for your flights for the trip you are going on. It is very important to buy trip cancellation insurance (in addition to your rescue and lost baggage) as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trips for reasons such as family illness, injury to self, business issues, etc.


Yellow fever

Yellow fever, a viral disease that occurs primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America, is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus is also present in Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Yellow ever vaccination is recommended for travellers to endemic areas and may be required to cross certain international borders (For country specific requirements, see Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and Prophylaxis, by Country.). Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10 year intervals if there is on-going risk.

Typhoid vaccine

Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors.


Rabies, pre-exposure vaccination, if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain occupational activities.

Meningococcal (meningitis)

If you plan to visit countries in this region that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June.


your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B, especially if you might be exposed to blood or body fluids (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 11-12 years who did not receive the series as infants.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)

Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.