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  • Where is Kilimanjaro?
    The mountain is in Tanzania, East Africa, about 350km from the equator. The nearest towns are Moshi and Arusha.
  • How high is it?
    Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa. Its highest point is Uhuru Peak on the Kibo crater at 5895m above sea level.
  • What kind of experience do I need?
    None, but previous hiking or climbing experience will help. You need to be fit and healthy and have a good pair of worn-in hiking boots. The fitter you are the more you are likely to enjoy it.
  • What gear do I need?
    You don’t need mountain climbing gear. You can rent most of the clothing and equipment you need in Tanzania, but bringing your own clothes, well worn-in boots and a good sleeping bag is best. You will need a small day pack with enough space for wind and rain clothes, some first aid, 3 litres of water and snacks. Warm clothes (fleece, wind and waterproof layers), good polarised sunglasses, sunscreen and a head lamp should be included in your packing list. You might prefer to use walking sticks and gaiters, but these can be rented from your trekking operator. Even thermal underwear and down jackets can be rented from us. If think you do not have the correct clothing and gear, please contact Kilimanjaro-Experience for advice.
  • Can I shower?
    There are no bathrooms on Kili. Warm water will be supplied in a bowl and you will be able to wash your face and hands. For the rest you will use wipes. Toilets are simple, hole-in-the-ground types. Portable showers and toilets can be rented at some cost.
  • How long is the hike?
    There are at least six routes to the top, Uhuru peak. You will hike between 53 and 73km depending on which route you choose. The shortest and toughest is the 5-day Umbwe route. Allowing extra days will help you to acclimatize better and improve your chances of reaching the summit. The easiest and most popular route is Marangu (can be done in five), but Kilimanjaro-Experience use six days for this route.
  • How much will it cost?
    Getting to Tanzania and hiking up Kili is not cheap. But the once in a lifetime experience is worth every penny. Costs (usually quoted in USD) will depend on the tour operator and what you need. Luxuries such as portable toilets and glassware will cost more. Land costs should include transport to and from Kili, full board, porters, guides, cooks, national park fees and permits. Do not choose the cheapest operator, choose an operator who discloses all costs and who offers value for money.
  • What will I eat - I am a vegetarian?
    You will eat normal food: potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables, eggs, sandwiches, cheese and fruit. When you book a trek, let your tour operator know about food allergies or medical conditions that require special diets. Non-vegetarians will be served sausages, chicken and meat. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate will be available as well.
  • Where does the water come from?
    From the mountain. Porters collect water from the streams and it is boiled before use. This water will be used to fill your water canisters. You don’t need to use purification tablets, but it is recommended. Some operators offer bottled water – at extra cost as porters have to carry this up the mountain.
  • Do we sleep in hotels?
    No. There are no hotels on the mountain and no cable cars to the top. You will most probably sleep in tents, or in basic huts if you take the Marangu route. Tents and sleeping mats are carried and set up by the porters. You do need to bring a very warm sleeping bag or rent it from Kilimanjaro-Experience.
  • What dangers are there on the mountain?
    You might experience symptoms of altitude sickness – headaches, nausea, loss of appetite and dizziness. Apart from obvious injuries that can occur when walking in uneven terrain and in very cold conditions, you will not be in danger of mugging, attack by animals or malarial mosquitoes.
  • Do we tip the hiking crew?
    Yes, it is expected and much appreciated. The amount depends on the amount of days, but can range from $150 and $300 per hiker. Tips are pooled and shared amongst the crew. Bring US dollar bills.
  • How old should I be to make it to the top?
    No person younger than 10 years is allowed according to Kilimanjaro National Park authorities’ rules. If 10 or older, they may only proceed as high as Horombo Huts (3700m) or Shira Camp (3900m) if they are accompanied by one of their parents. Kilimanjaro-Experience prefers its climbers to be 14 years and older when they attempt the summit. Climbers older than 70 years are required to show a medical certificate. The oldest person on the mountain was Richard Byerley (84) of Washington State. He trained by climbing mountains, running and cycling. His tip? ‘Just go.’ Kilimanjaro Experience’s oldest guest was 79 years and 9 months and was from the Czech Republic.
  • Will I make it to the top of Uhuru peak?
    A good level of fitness and a positive, determined attitude will ensure success. Also, you will need good support and the right gear. You have a 50% chance – to make it or not. Of the 40 000 visitors Kili attracts each year, between 50 and 75% turn back before reaching the summit according a report by the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation. The main reason for this is cold, dehydration and altitude sickness. You will increase your chances by choosing the right route, allow an extra day for acclimatising to the height, good protection against cold and good guides to help you acclimatise and pace yourself.
  • How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
    The climb typically takes 5 to 9 days, depending on the chosen route. Longer itineraries allow for better acclimatization and increase the chances of reaching the summit.
  • Do I need prior mountaineering experience to climb Kilimanjaro?
    While prior experience is not mandatory, a good level of fitness and mental determination are essential. Choosing a reputable guide service with experienced guides is crucial.
  • What is the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro?
    The best times are during the dry seasons from January to March and June to October. These periods offer better visibility and fewer chances of rain, snow, or ice on the trails.
  • How is altitude sickness managed during the climb?
    Proper acclimatization is key. Guides monitor climbers, and itineraries are designed to allow gradual ascent. Medications, like Diamox, can also be used to help prevent altitude sickness.
  • What is the best time of year to go on a safari in Tanzania?
    The best time for safaris in Tanzania is during the dry season from June to October. The wildlife is more concentrated around water sources, making it easier to spot.
  • What animals can I expect to see on a safari in Tanzania?
    Tanzania is known for its diverse wildlife. You can expect to see the "Big Five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros), as well as zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, hippos, crocodiles, and numerous bird species.
  • Are safaris safe in Tanzania?
    Yes, safaris in Tanzania are generally considered safe. However, it's important to follow the guidance of your guide and adhere to park rules for a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • What should I pack for a safari in Tanzania?
    Essentials include lightweight clothing in neutral colors, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, a good camera, comfortable walking shoes, and any necessary medications.
  • What are the best national parks for wildlife viewing in Tanzania?
    Tanzania boasts several incredible national parks. Some of the best for wildlife viewing include the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Selous Game Reserve.
  • When is the best time for a safari in Tanzania?
    The best time for a safari in Tanzania largely depends on what you want to see. The dry season (June to October) is excellent for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around water sources. The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti usually occurs from July to September.
  • What kind of wildlife can I expect to see on a safari in Tanzania?
    Tanzania is known for its diverse wildlife. You can encounter the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros), as well as cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, hippos, crocodiles, and a rich variety of bird species.
  • Is it safe to go on a walking safari in Tanzania?
    Yes, walking safaris are a thrilling way to experience the wilderness up close. They are usually led by experienced guides and take place in areas known for their safety and rich biodiversity.
  • What types of accommodation are available on safari in Tanzania?
    Tanzania offers a range of accommodation options, including luxury lodges, tented camps, and budget-friendly campsites. Each provides a unique experience, from the comfort of a lodge to the authentic feel of a tented camp.
  • What should I pack for a safari in Tanzania?
    Essential items include lightweight and breathable clothing, comfortable walking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a good pair of binoculars, a camera with extra batteries, and any necessary medications.
  • Can I combine a safari in Tanzania with other activities, like climbing Kilimanjaro or visiting Zanzibar?
    Absolutely! Many travelers choose to combine their safari with other adventures. Tanzania offers a diverse range of experiences, from climbing Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, to relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar.
  • What are the must-visit attractions in Zanzibar?
    Stone Town, Nungwi Beach, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, and Prison Island are some of the top attractions in Zanzibar.
  • Is it safe to swim in the ocean around Zanzibar?
    Yes, the coastal waters around Zanzibar are generally safe for swimming. However, it's advisable to check with locals or lifeguards for any potential risks.
  • What is the best time to visit Zanzibar for beach activities?
    The best time for beach activities in Zanzibar is during the dry season from June to October, when the weather is consistently warm and dry.
  • What are the best beaches to visit in Zanzibar?
    Zanzibar is renowned for its pristine beaches. Some of the best ones include Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach, Paje Beach, and Matemwe Beach.
  • Are there opportunities for water sports in Zanzibar?
    Absolutely! Zanzibar offers a range of water sports including snorkeling, scuba diving, kite surfing, and deep-sea fishing. The clear, turquoise waters make it an ideal destination for these activities.
  • What cultural experiences can I have in Zanzibar?
    Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a rich cultural experience with its historic architecture, markets, and vibrant street life. You can also visit spice plantations and learn about Zanzibar's history of spice production.
  • Are there any must-try dishes in Zanzibar?
    Zanzibar's cuisine is a blend of African, Arabian, Indian, and Persian influences. Some must-try dishes include Zanzibar pizza, seafood curry, pilau rice, and the famous Zanzibar mix (a street food delicacy).
  • What is the best way to get around Zanzibar?
    In Zanzibar, you can get around using taxis, dala dalas (local minibuses), or by renting a scooter or bicycle. Many areas are also walkable, especially in Stone Town.
  • Are there any festivals or events in Zanzibar worth attending?
    The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and the Sauti za Busara music festival are popular events. Additionally, cultural festivals and celebrations often take place, showcasing local music, dance, and traditions.
  • Are there any conservation efforts in place to protect Zanzibar's natural beauty?
    Yes, there are several initiatives and marine protected areas aimed at conserving Zanzibar's unique ecosystems, including the Chumbe Island Coral Park and the Menai Bay Conservation Area.
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