Remember to tell us if you have any special dietary requirements – because both meat and nuts form a substantial part of the food on Kilimanjaro. One of the marvels of a trek on Kilimanjaro is the skill with which the cooks are able to conjure up tasty and nutritious food despite little in the way of equipment and ingredients. Our chefs are also able to obey almost any dietary restrictions so that vegans, vegetarians, gluten and lactose intolerants and those with restrictions due to their religious beliefs are all accommodated. Just make sure you tell us in advance of any dietary restrictions you may have.
A typical Kilimanjaro breakfast will involve eggs (boiled or fried), porridge, a saveloy (possibly with some tomatoes too), a piece of fruit such as a banana or orange, some bread with jam, honey or peanut butter and a mug or two of tea, hot chocolate or coffee.
Lunch on Kilimanjaro is usually hot or prepared at breakfast and carried by the trekker in his or her daypack. This packed lunch often consists of a boiled egg, some sandwiches, a banana or orange, and some tea kept warm in a flask and carried by your guide.
At the end of the day’s walking, afternoon tea is served with biscuits, peanuts and, best of all, salted popcorn. The final and biggest meal of the day, dinner usually begins with soup, followed by a main course including chicken or meat, a vegetable sauce, some cabbage, and rice or pasta; Potatoes will usually be eaten on the first night as they are so heavy.
SAMPLE FOOD MENU FOR OUR KILIMANJARO TREKS
Below is an example of a typical day’s menu option whilst on one of our treks to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro:
BREAKFAST: Eggs made to order, sausages, toast, hash browned potatoes, banana bread/muffins, granola with cold milk, selection of fresh fruits, fruit juice, hot coffee, lemongrass tea and cocoa
LUNCH: Chicken breast sandwiches, pasta salad, crudites, salami and a selection of fresh fruits
AFTERNOON TEA: Hot coffee, lemongrass tea and cocoa served with homemade cookies with cheese, popcorn and roasted nuts
DINNER: Different soups, Chinese rice / Italian-style lasagna, green bean salad, fresh fruit salad served in a watermelon
TRAIL SNACKS: Mixed nuts or fresh-roasted peanuts, mixed dried organic fruits, fresh locally grown fruits. Home-made cookies, candy bars, popcorn. We advise bringing a small selection of your favourite snack bars from home too.
VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, FOOD ALLERGIES, WE’VE GOT IT COVERED
Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and other special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice, so please let us know during the planning phase of your trek. Similarly, if you suffer from any allergies we can make sure these foods do not appear on the menu and are even not taken on the trek by any group members if you wish
In addition to our care and attention to what we consume on a nutritional front, we take very seriously our drinking water requirments and the need for fresh water
We purify all our clients and staff drinking water