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All You Need to Know Before Going on a Safari/ Kilimanjaro Tour to Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Climbing Guide


All you need to know before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

An almost perfectly shaped volcano which rises sheer from the plains, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the African continent’s most magnificent sights. Snowcapped and not yet extinct, at 5895 metres it is the highest peak in Africa.

From cultivated farmlands on the lower levels, it rises through lush rainforest onto the alpine meadow and finally across a barren lunar landscape to the summit. The rainforest is home to animals like monkey also contain an incredible vegetations

 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KILIMANJARO ROUTES

Lemosho, Machame which approaches Kilimanjaro on the Western are regarded as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro and which its accommodation is only for camping and taking more days on the mountain. The Marangu route is the route most taken by people, being the easiest way up the mountain with hut accommodation which consists of a group of comfortable wooden A-frame with bunk beds and mattress. The Rongai is coming from the north side of the mountain and this trail is as well only for camping but not scenic as that of western of the mountain since it receives a short period of rain. Lemosho and Machame route descend down to Mweka gate while Marangu and Rongai descend down via Marangu route to the gate

 

WHICH QUALIFICATION DOES THE GUIDE HAVE?

All our guides are trained and approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (TANAPA) before awarded the certificate and identity to carry out the service for mountain guiding. During low seasons all of our guides undergo different training based on mountain guiding and first aid techniques.

 

KILIMANJARO HISTORY 

Kilimanjaro began to grow about 750,000 years ago as a result of lava spewing out of three main centres – Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi, It kept growing until their cones reached a height of about 5000 metres about half a million years ago. About this time, Shira collapsed into a Caldera and became inactive, but Kibo and Mawenzi continued to erupt until their peaks reached about 5500 metres. Mawenzi was the next to die, but Kibo continued to be active until about 360,000 years ago, during which time there were some particularly violent eruptions, including one which filled the old eroded caldera of Shira with black lava.

From an estimated final height of 5900 metres, Kibo gradually fell silent, and through intermittent eruptions continued for thousands of years, the whole mountain began to shrink and Kibo’s cone collapsed into a series of concentric terraces. Erosion in the form of glaciers which came and went, wore the peaks down even more, as did a huge landslide about 100,000 years which created the Kibo Barranco.

 

 

HOW ABOUT OUR LUGGAGE?

Our esteemed porters will be responsible to carry your luggage and the limit amount of KG they are allowed to carry is 15kg or 30lbs and the rest of your belonging can be stored in the Hotel in Moshi and you will pick them up when you are back from the mountain. You will just need to carry your backpack which you can put your essential belongings and personal stuff that you need them regularly during your climb.

 

 

IF IT BECOME DIFFICULT FOR ME, CAN I TURN AND DESCEND DOWN?

The answer is yes, You can always turn around whenever you feel that you can not continue and you will be escorted with the assistant guide and one porter and descend down to the gate where you will find the transport ready to pick you up and drive you to the Hotel.

 

 

KILIMANJARO ACCOMMODATION

You will stay in a 2 star or 3-star Hotel in Moshi town before and after climb the mountain. During your climb, you will have two options for accommodation. You can either camp in the reserved campsite on the mountain for Lemosho, Machame, Rongai and Umbwe route where you sleep in a small all-weather modern mountain tent only for sleeping and then you will have a mess tent and dining tent together with chair and tables, the toilets are public which are the permanent wood which are famous know as long drop and they are in each camp during your climb, make sure you keep your expectation low since they are maintained by the Kilimanjaro National park authorities and hence not very hygiene and clean while other option could be using a portable flush and simple chemical toilet which one of our porters will be carrying it from one camp to another and he will be tipped USD 20 per group or for Marangu route you can spend nights in a hut accommodation, these huts must be better described as lodges and consist of a group of comfortable wooden A-frame huts with bunk beds and mattresses and have a total capacity of 60. Water is piped in from springs above the hut and there are flush toilets. There is a dining area in the main cabin and since they consist of a large central chalet surrounded by many smaller huts. They almost constitute villages. there is often quite a lot of mud along the area, so wear good boots.

 

 

KILIMANJARO SAFETY

Your safety and that of the rest of the group is our first priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices like phones that can use to report any emergencies as well as medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination.

Sometimes it happens with people want to climb without sufficient acclimatisation and end up with altitude sickness or, at very the least, nausea and headaches but to give yourself the best chance of reaching the top, it is a very good idea to choose tours with more number of days also whatever else you do, walk pole pole (slowly), drink a lot of liquid, suck glucose tablets and don’t eat too much. (You won’t feel like eating anyway)

Since Shizi Safari has a high success rate for reaching to the peak of Africa with our experienced guides, chefs and rest of crew will make sure that you have the best experience during your climb and reaching to the highest peak (Uhuru Peak) of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

 

 

WHEN TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO

At Shizi Safaris we recommend that you trek Kilimanjaro during month January to March and July to October since these months are our favourite months because the weather is usually good and the skies are often clear during these months. For the Month April to May and November will have rainy season even though still you can keep on hiking. The weather in Kilimanjaro is unpredictable and every time visitors are advised to contact their tour operator for the weather forecast prior to their climb.

 

 

KILIMANJARO TIPPING CULTURE

Regardless of whether you go on which route to Kilimanjaro peak the guide, assistant guide, porters and the cook (where provided) will expect a reasonable tip at the end of the trek. Be generous, you may think you have paid a lot of money for your climb but most of it will have gone to national parks, transport and food. The wages of the guide, assistant guide, porters and the cook will have been minimal hence most of them will highly depend on gratuities. Most of the tip will be described as this

6 Days/4 Nights = $200-250 per group

7 Days/6 Nights= $225-275 per group

8 Days/ 7 Nights = $250-300 per group

Tipping guide per group per day

Per Chief Guide: US$10-15 per day

Per Assistant Guide: US$8-10 per day

Per Cook: US$7-$10 per day

Per Porter: US$5-8 per day

And it is always appreciated to give more to anyone who made your Kilimanjaro trip more exceptional and with the best experience

 

 

HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU HIKE EACH DAY?

The shortest hours for climbing Kilimanjaro will be 3 to 4 hours and mostly this will be on the starting days of the climb and the average hours per day will be 5 to 7 hours which will take place several days before the summit day which is the day you take long hours from 10 to 14 hours and then you will start descend down which you take short hours again until you reach the gate.

 

 

KILIMANJARO ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Remember the old mountaineering adage: Go high, sleep low. Sometimes it happens with people want to climb without sufficient acclimatisation and end up with altitude sickness or, at very the least, nausea and headaches but to give yourself the best chance of reaching the top, it is a very good idea to choose tours with more number of days also whatever else you do, walk pole pole (slowly), drink a lot of liquid, suck glucose tablets and don’t eat too much. (You won’t feel like eating anyway). Bear in mind and make sure that the guides and porters understand what you have in mind before setting off each day.

 

 

IS DRINKING WATER PROVIDED DURING THE TREK?

Yes. we advise you to bring your own bottle which you can get water from the main streams that are coming from Kilimanjaro mountain, the water will be boiled and treated to make them safe and clean and ready for use.

 

 

SUMMIT KILIMANJARO. HOW IS IT LIKE?

Slowly, slowly which means “pole pole” in Swahili is our slogan for summit Kilimanjaro. You will wake up in the midnight prepare for the summit. You will have to put on all your layers since it is going to be very cold during the summit. We will leave Kibo Hut around 1 am and heading to Uhuru peak before passing Gilman’s point where it will take you again 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak you will be amazed by the breathtaking views and incredible sunrise if the weather permits then later you will descend down after having a short time at the peak and reach Kibo Hut where we will collect our belongings and walk through the saddle and then down to Horombo Hut or Mweka Camp where we will get our lunch and then rest before reaching to the gate the next day.

 

 

KILIMANJARO CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

No specialist equipment is required to climb Kilimanjaro but you do need a strong pair of good boots, and plenty of warm clothing, including gloves, a woollen hat and waterproof overclothes. You also need a sleeping bag and a small mattress or air bed. If you lack any of these, they can be hired in Moshi town at a very reasonable price.

 

 

KILIMANJARO WEATHER

At Kilimanjaro mountain, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. On the plain area the temperature will go up to 30c while after 3000m the temperature will hit to 5 to 15 c during a day and At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between -7 to -29 c. Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather.

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SAFARI TOUR GUIDE


All you need to know before going on a Safari Holiday in Tanzania

SAFARI COST

The cost of a safari depends on two main factors: whether you camp for the night or stay in a lodge or permanent tented camp, and how many people are on safari.

The two factors are closely linked, but a camping safari is obviously cheaper than on which uses lodges for overnight accommodation. The exact cost depends partly on how long you want to go. In general, it is true to say that the longer you go for and more people, there are in your group, the less, proportionally, it will cost you per day. At Shizi Safaris all of our prices are all inclusive and we have selected the best accommodation options that will result in the best safari experience. Our prices are affordable and reflects betters services and facilities.

 

TIPPING CULTURE

Regardless of whether you go on a camping safari or a lodge safari, the driver/guide and the cook (where provided) will expect a reasonable tip at the end of the journey. Be generous, you may think you have paid a lot of money for your safari but most of it will have gone to national parks, transport and accommodation. The wages of the driver and cooks will have been minimal hence most of them will highly depend on gratuities. Most of the guides will receive USD $ 15  and cooks USD $ 10 per day per group during a safari and it is always appreciated to give more to anyone who made your safari trip more exceptional and with the best experience.

 

SAFARI FLEET

Our Safari Fleet are modified Landcruiser 4WD and well designed to give the best safari experience. The fleet (safari jeep) have the pop-up roof, big windows, a cooler box for keeping your cold drinks and 220 Volt electric sockets for battery chargers that will ensure your phones and camera are in full charge during all the safari trip and hence never miss a moment. All our fleet vehicles are always going a routine service after every safari which makes them durable and safe. Safety and comfort are of the utmost importance for us.

 

ACCOMMODATION ON SAFARI

Lodge and Hotel:

All our Lodges are selected by focusing on best, clean, modern with friendly staffs and great locations. Lodges can be located either inside the National Parks or Outside the park.

Lodge accommodation is best for couples, honeymooners and family who are wishing for the best safari experience with stress-free.

Tented Camp Accommodation:

This is the middle standard accommodation perfect for visitors who do not wish for the luxury accommodation but yet wish for best adventure and value for money. Most of these type of camps are located inside the National parks since are they friendly to the environment and provide amazing bush experiences. The rooms are with electricity and flush toilets.

Public Campsite:

This is the large open field which is reserved by the park authority for visitors to camp. You will sleep in a two-man tent which your guide will place it for you on the right spot. During dinner, your Chef will be already prepared something for you, you will have a chair and table for your meals. There are two large sheds, which one is used as the kitchen while another one is the dining place. There’s no electricity at the campsite which people substitute it with a fireplace.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Tanzania with no doubt a safe country to visit and even more safe when you travel with reputable and registered Tour company. Millions of travellers visit Tanzania each year and there are very rare incidents. At Shizi Safaris all our clients travelling are covered by AMREF Flying Doctors which makes them safe and secure during all the time of safari.

When you are alone and wish to walk around, make sure you do not go to isolated areas or beaches also we are strongly encouraged to use registered taxis with a label or hired drivers from the hotel or other reputable sources for town transportation.

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Visitors entering Tanzania will require to have a Visa either for single-entry which cost $ 50 and valid for three months or multiple entries for $100 which also last for three months. The following citizens have no visa requirement to enter Tanzania: Botswana

Gambia Ghana Hong Kong Kenya Leshoto Malawi Malaysia Mozambique Namibia Swaziland Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe. As long as you have the cash you can always purchase a Visa at a mentioned price above when entering Tanzania. A visitor will suppose to declare any international currency value more than $ 10000 when entering or exit from Tanzania.

 

YELLOW FEVER REQUIREMENTS 

You should consult your doctor for a few months in advance as you may need a series of vaccinations. For complete advice on vaccines and medications, do not forget to tell your doctor that you are travelling to Tanzania and participating in an Adventure trip (wether Safaris or Kilimanjaro Climb). Tanzania only calls yellow fever vaccine for travellers from countries that are infected with yellow fever, such as Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. It may be necessary for you to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate, which must be kept at all times.

However, if there is a health officer present at the passport control for Tanzania (sometimes they are not present), they will ask for your vaccination record and if you do not have it, they will administer it locally. If you come from Dubai, Nairobi and Ethiopia, definitely there will be a health representative there. Therefore, it is important that you have a yellow fever vaccine.

No further vaccinations are required to enter Tanzania at present. Malaria is endemic in many parts of Tanzania. While high altitude malaria is not common, malaria medication is strongly recommended for all visitors to East Africa. You should discuss this with your doctor before travelling.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT ON TYPICALLY DAY SAFARI

Every day before going to bed you will have a discussion with our guide on how the day went and how to go about the next day. You can always decide what you wished to experience or see and our guide will give you the best advice on that. At Shizi Safaris we do not restrict our customers b mileage or distance to be covered, you will have the freedom to choose according to your itinerary.

You can start a day early in the morning for the early game drive and your guide will be pointing animals while teaching and explain to you about their behaviour and nature around them. At 10 am you can go back to the camp or lodge for the brunch and after that, you can opt to take a rest in the lodge or continue for a game drive until noon where you will have your lunch box if you are far from the lodge/camp and continue with a game drive until evening where you will get back to your accommodation ready for the dinner and around 9:30 pm is the perfect time for getting to bed which is after a briefing for the next day by your guide.

 

WHAT TO BRING ON SAFARI

Remember to collect your sunglasses,  hat and lip balm since most of the time you will spend outside and also it is sunny most of the time especially during the dry season from June to October.

Make sure you bring your camera and phone for taking pictures since there will be a socket inside your safari fleet which you can use to charge your gadget all the time of the safari but most important remember to bring your binoculars since sometimes animals might be very far from the road and especially in Serengeti since it is a vast plain and it is always advised to have binoculars for the best game viewing.

You should also bring less in terms of clothes and toiletries especially when it is not camping safari which toiletries are must to bring. Prefer to bring more of no bright coloured clothes since they can attract tsetse fly. Bring casual but comfortable clothes like t-shirt or blouse with long sleeves and collars help to keep you away from mosquitos or tsetse fly as well as a pair of safari trouser and comfortable walking shoes or open sandals.

 

 

FOOD ON SAFARI 

We know that food is paramount during your safari in Tanzania and add good experience.

During your safari, you should expect breakfasts usually with buffet “British” breakfasts, which most of the time served with a different type of an omelette, potatoes, bacon or sausage toast and cereals.

For Lunch, you will have a hot meal or if you are still on a game drive and it is not relevant to go back to the lodge then you will have your lunch box meal which usually contains cold chicken, yoghurt, juice, hard-boiled eggs, raw veggies and baked cake.

During dinner, you can have different taste of cuisine with meat, potatoes or pasta, sometimes you can also have a local Swahili dishes which can be a good experience for you to have a local meal.

Since all Chefs and lodges are taking consideration of all intolerances, allergies and if you follow a special diet then you can communicate this with us before starting your safari trip.

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2019 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE DATES

3rd July – 9th July – 6 Days Marangu Route

14th July – 21st July – 8 Days Lemosho Route

1st August – 7th August – 7 Days Machame Route

19th September – 26th September- 6 Days Marangu Route

2nd December  – 7th December – 6 Days Marangu Route

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