Before You Leave

Clothing for Safari

Safaris are not physically rigorous and you should wear clothes you are comfortable in. However, it is best to wear clothes in neutral colors such as khaki, brown, green, and cream. Do not wear white or black as these will stand out in the natural habitats of the parks. You want to blend in with the natural environment in order to have the best experience viewing wildlife. Do not wear blue because it will attract tsetse flies, which have a painful bite. Lastly, do not wear camouflage as it is illegal for civilians to wear camouflage in Tanzania.

Vaccines & Prescriptions

You should visit your local travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines and prescriptions. Be sure to make your appointment well in advance as clinics are often busy and some vaccines need to be administered a certain amount of time before your departure.

Malaria is present in Tanzania. Consult your doctor to decide the best course of prevention.

Please note that you may be denied entry into Tanzania without proof of a yellow fever vaccine.

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control website for up to date vaccine and prescription recommendations and other health information.

Visas

To enter Tanzania you must have a valid passport and a visa. Tourist visas can be acquired at upon your arrival at the airport or at border crossings. You should bring American dollars in cash to pay for your visa. Please visit the Tanzanian Immigration website to find up to date information on visas.

If you fly into Kenya and travel to Tanzania, you will need to purchase a transit visa at the airport in Nairobi.

Money

$20 USD per day is typically enough to pay for meals, drinks, and souvenirs.

Make sure you bring bills printed after 2001. Earlier bills may not be accepted in Tanzania.

To get Tanzanian shillings you can exchange US cash or withdraw money from local ATMs using a card.

Be sure to let your bank know that you are traveling so they don’t put a hold on your account.

Preparing for Kilimanjaro

Physical Preparedness

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro does not require any background in technical climbing, but it is physically demanding. The more you prepare, the more well-equipped you will be to succeed.

Reaching the summit requires a week of walking. Thus, the best way to prepare is by walking long distances. Try including inclines into your routes and hiking at higher altitude if possible. It’s best to train for at least two months leading up to the climb. Distances vary on the different routes, but if you can walk 80 kilometers (50 miles) in one week, you are in good shape for completing the climb.

Training is important and the more you can do the better, but be sure to rest during the week leading up to your climb. You want your body to be prepared, not exhausted. Intense workouts right before your climb can substantially deplete your energy instead of enhancing it.

Check with your doctor

We recommend checking with your doctor or health professional before making the climb. A physical or a check-up is an important step in making sure that you are physically prepared to take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Think Positively

As you prepare and during your ascent, remember to think positively. Telling yourself you can and will reach the top will help you overcome the physical and mental hurdles that you may face on the mountain. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a challenge, but you are up for the task. Believe in yourself!

Suggested Packing

Climbing Kilimanjaro takes 6 to 8 days. Remember to pack enough clothing to keep you clean and warm. Put an extra set of clothes in your day back and wrap them in plastic to protect them from potential rainfall.

Clothing:

Please note that it is not advised to wear cotton materials. Cotton is difficult to dry and may cool you down on the mountain. We recommend synthetic materials and wool.

  • Thermal underwear
  • Gloves or Mittens
  • A warm hat
  • A hat to project your face and neck from the sun
  • Sunglasses to protect from the sun and snow
  • A windproof outer layer/Raingear
  • 2 warm sweaters or fleece jackets
  • Warm pants
  • Shorts (for lower altitudes and higher temperatures)
  • A ski mask
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts to protect against the sun
  • Wool socks
  • Winter coat
  • Lightweight and waterproof hiking boots (do not break them in on the mountain)
  • Comfortable shoes to wear at camp (remember it can be cold)
  • Underwear
  • Walking poles (these are optional, but can be a big help during the climb)

Other:

  • Small backpack for hiking with rain cover
  • Large duffle or backpack up to 15 kilograms (the porters will carry this)
  • Sleeping back (make sure it is made for freezing temperatures)
  • Quick dry towels
  • Headlamp/ Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Extra batteries for your camera and headlamp
  • DEET mosquito repellent
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Binoculars
  • A journal or a book to read
  • Passport (for park registration)
  • Ear plugs
  • Camelbak (or other brand water pack) with at least 2 litres in capacity
  • Thermos bottle (also 2 litres) to keep extra water unfrozen
  • Shoe laces
  • Pocket Knife
  • High SPF sunscreen
  • Lip balm/ Chapstick
  • Energy foods (energy bars, trail mix, nuts)

First Aid Kit:

  • Tigerbalm or other ointments for muscle aches
  • Betadine Cream/Neosporin
  • Patches/gauzes//band-aids/ sports tape
  • Mole skin, compeed, second skin for blisters
  • Over the counter analgesics (for example, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.)
  • Wet wipes
  • Antibacterial/disinfecting hand gel
Charitable Giving

Tanzania is a beautiful country and it is easy to fall in love with the land and the people. Many find that charitable giving is a great way give back to a place that has offered them so much. As an organization dedicated to the healthy future of Tanzania and Africa, we absolutely support people’s desire to help.

Experience Africa Tours was built as an income generating business to provide financial support for Africa Volunteer Corps (AVC), a volunteer program for Africans to work in African-initiated development projects. Just by traveling with Experience Africa Tours, you are making a difference, creating more opportunities for youth in Tanzania, supporting local development initiatives, and improving lives.

To learn more about Africa Volunteer Corps visit http://www.africavolunteercorps.org

If you would like to do even more, here are a few tips on how to give in ways that help without hurting:

If you want to donate supplies, try to purchase them in country when possible. Bringing in and giving away goods that can be bought here - such as notebooks, pens, pencils, and paper - hurts the local economy.

Giving tips to your guides is a great way to show your appreciation, give back to the local community, and support Tanzania’s economy.

You can also make a donation to the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, which advocates for porters who work on the mountain.

We are happy to make recommendations on how and where to donate if you would like more advice on how to make a positive impact.