This is a private trekking tour and hence no other persons joining you. Your group will consist of your travel partners and your Kilimanjaro mountain crew.

According to the national park authorities, children under the age of 10 years are only allowed to hike until Horombo Hut (3700 m). There are no official restrictions for children above the age of 10 years but because the chances of children succumbing to mountain sickness are a lot higher than they are with adults, we recommend a minimum age of 14-16 years. Please note that children of all ages have to be accompanied by one of their parents at all times. Although there is no maximum age restriction, a medical check-up is advisable for climbers above the age of 60.

Africa’s highest peak is one of the only mountains of this magnitude that can be conquered without you being an experienced alpinist. However, it goes without saying that you should be healthy and fit to master the 4-6 hour daily hikes as well as the 12-14 hour hike on the night of the summit. In addition thereto, strong willpower and endurance is required

The warmest time with the least rainfall is between December and February, followed by the main rainy season from March until the beginning of June. Between June and October, temperatures are moderate with almost no rainfall. November is regarded as the small rainy season and daily short rainfalls with cloudy views are common.

The best time to travel is between the end of June and the middle of October and although it is possible to climb Kilimanjaro in the main rainy season, we strongly discourage anyone from doing so.

The Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is often considered as the easiest route to the summit. Compared to other routes, the ascent is more gradual and although both the ascent and descent follow the same route, you will be rewarded with excellent panoramic views throughout your trek (weather permitting).

You will overnight in basic mount Kilimanjaro Marangu route huts.

Apart from very basic long drops (simple latrines), there are no further ablution facilities. Climbers are however provided with a bowl of warm water for their daily body cleaning.

Meals are included as mentioned in the itinerary.

For breakfast there will be a choice of fruit, scrambled eggs, porridge, toast, jam, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Lunch will be provided in form of a lunch box containing sandwiches, boiled eggs, chicken etc.

For dinner you will enjoy soup and bread followed by meat or poultry along with starch (i.e. chips, mashed potatoes, pasta or rice) as well as vegetables.

While breakfast and dinner are served in a communal dining hut, lunch is enjoyed en-route.

NB: Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).

Almost everybody climbing Kilimanjaro will be affected by the mountain altitude in some or other way. Top athletes are just as much at risk of suffering from it as are people who are out of shape. Headaches, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite and nausea are all signs of possible mountain sickness. Symptoms are mostly mild, enabling you to continue your hike and only in very few instances are symptoms more acute, making an immediate descent unavoidable. Severe altitude sickness is a serious matter and you should bear in mind that it can be life threatening and at worst lead to death. It is also important to replace lost body fluids due to physical activity by drinking enough water. We suggest two to four litres per day along with magnesium to prevent muscle cramps.

Mountain rescue services in Tanzania can in no sense be compared to the ones found in the European Alps for example. If you find yourself unable to walk, you will either be carried or transported on a wheeled stretcher. As this is by all means a very unpleasant experience, it is important that you only push yourself as far as your body allows. Helicopters are hardly ever deployed as they can only land at a lower altitude.

Please also make sure your health insurance covers you while travelling. If you are not adequately covered, we urge you to take out suitable travel insurance assuring all your medical expenses including rescue and repatriation costs are covered.

However, African Legends also provides all clients on tour with as with AMREF Medical Air Evacuation Insurance. Please note this does NOT replace your medical insurance, this is only to remove you from the gate to the nearest institution and that where your insurance takes over.  Please remember its ONLY for evacuation only.

Yes you should bring some extra money for tips, souvenirs and other personal expenses. If you are bringing USD, please make sure the bills have been be printed after 2004 as any earlier printed ones will not be accepted.

Tips for the mountain crew are common practice. Gratuities are a large portion of the crew’s income and thus highly appreciated. Below are some recommendations from our side (per group, not per person):

What is the crew tip preference recommended?

Guide: 15-20 USD per day
Assistant Guide: 12-15 USD per day
Cook: 8-15 USD per day
Waiter: 7-10 USD per day
Porter: 8-9 USD per day

There are a few things you should pack for a Kilimanjaro climb and as the list is quite extensive, you will receive a detailed packing list from us once you have confirmed the booking.

 

For most travellers it is possible to obtain a visa upon arrival but nevertheless, it is every visitor’s obligation to check the latest visa regulations with their respective embassies.

Every traveller is responsible to be in the possession of the required travel documents.

Officially, no vaccinations are required by the Tanzanian health department. However, Tanzania is a yellow fever region and thus we advise that you get yourself vaccinated for this.

In general we also recommend that you have all other shots such as Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B up to date.

Malaria is present in Tanzania but there are no mosquitoes at high altitude. It is your own choice if you wish to take any precautionary medication and prevention, but we suggest that you consult your doctor or travel clinic in this matter.

This is a private tour and hence there won’t be any other guests joining the trekking. It will just be you, your guide and cook, the Maasai herders and donkeys and on several occasions a park ranger.

There is no set age limit, however, we wouldn’t recommend this trekking for children under the age of 10 years.

The camp is set up on special campsites or in nature close to Maasai villages. You will sleep in tents, which have sheltered space for two chairs and a table. If you are more than two people we will provide a separate mess tent for dining. In fine weather, you will enjoy your meals under the African sky.

Unfortunately, the campsites have no or only very basic ablution and shower facilities. Water sources are very scarce in the Ngorongoro Highlands and water often has to be transported to the campsites. For your daily wash we provide you with a bowl of warm water.

You do not have to be extremely fit to take part in this trekking tour. Furthermore, the safari vehicle that transports the equipment for the first few days is always close by and tired hikers can catch a ride in the vehicle if necessary.

Where and whenever possible we use our vehicle to transport the equipment. As a result, thereof, the camp is already set up and snacks are prepared when you reach your daily destination. If and when it’s not possible to reach the campsite by car, the equipment will be carried by Maasai herders and their donkeys.

The warmest time with the least rainfall is between December and February, followed by the main rainy season from March until the beginning of June. Between June and October, temperatures are moderate with almost no rainfall. November is regarded as the small rainy season and daily short rainfalls with cloudy views are common.

Except for the rainy season, this trek can be done the whole year round. Please keep in mind that you will be 2000 meters above sea level and the nights can get quite cold, even dropping to freezing point during the coldest months of July and August.

You will hike across grassy plains, the mountainous countryside, evergreen mountain forests and finally the semi-desert savannah

The tour is run on a full-board basis and meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is also provided, whereas all other beverages (soft drinks & alcohol) are excluded and on your own account.

Breakfast includes eggs, sausages or bacon, toast and jam

Lunch-boxes are provided for lunch and are enjoyed en-route at a picnic spot. These can include sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.

Dinner is freshly cooked and meals consist of meat or fish and some sort of starch (pasta, rice, mashed potatoes etc.) and vegetables.

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).

We will provide you with a detailed packing list at the time of the booking (please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or wish to hire a sleeping bag).

Luggage is restricted to one large bag / rucksack weighing no more than 12 kg. You are also allowed a day pack with daily essentials such as your lunch, water, sunscreen etc. which you will however carry yourself. Additional luggage can usually be stored in the safari vehicle.

Yes, we suggest that you bring some spending money for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.  Please only bring USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as earlier dated bills will not be accepted.

Tips are not included in the price and we recommend 12-18 USD per group per day for the Maasai guide, 8-12 USD per group per day for the cook and 6-8 USD per group per day for each donkey herdsmen. Tips for the rangers are at your own discretion.

Most nationalities can apply for a visa upon arrival in Tanzania but all travellers need to contact their respective embassies to check the latest visa regulations. Furthermore, it is the sole responsibility of each traveller to be in possession of the required documents.

We do recommend that you get a yellow fever vaccination as Tanzania finds itself in a yellow fever region.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Hepatitis A & B vaccinations are not required, but nevertheless recommend by us.

Malaria is also present and we hence suggest some precautions for this as well. Please contact a travel clinic or your health care practitioner for further information on prophylaxis and the effects and side effects that come with it.