While Mount Kilimanjaro is the magnet which attracts the majority of our clients to East Africa, many trekkers take advantage of spending some time on a wildlife safari either before, or usually after, their Kilimanjaro climb.
Tanzania is considered to be the best safari destination on earth. Therefore It would be a shame to come all the way here and not take advantage of the wildlife viewing opportunities. The country has more protected areas than any other African country. More than 25% of its land is comprised of national parks, game reserves and conservation areas. Visit our safari website at www.kiliholidayssafaris.com and www.kiliholidaystours.com and see what explore Tanzania’s wildlife parks with us.
Whether you have a short stay or extended vacation, Kiliholidays Tours & Safaris has an itinerary that suits your desires. From the depths of Ngorongoro Crater to the Endless savannas of the Serengeti, our expert guides take you to the heart of the action.
Kiliholidays offers private safaris with one to seven day itineraries. We would be glad to work with you in extending your stay in Tanzania. Our safaris include accommodations in lodges and permanent tented camps, strategically located in the heart of the action in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater, an ideal base for excursions into Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara or Lake Natron for flamingo.
Our guests tour Tanzania in four wheel drive Toyota Land Cruisers and Land Rovers- the standard for safaris in Africa. We have a fleet of well maintained vehicles with custom pop up roofs for the best game viewing experience. Our Land Cruisers can seat from four to seven passengers.
Staffed by professional safari guides who have intimate knowledge of the National Parks of Northern and Southern Tanzania, our experts know where to find the wildlife, either through experience or through a network of communication with other guides. They can spot animals from great distances and do their best to bring you close for an unforgettable encounter with Africa’s majestic animals.
Climbing Kilimanjaro for Charity
Once a climber has decided which charity they wish to climb for, they simply let us know. As we will requires the climber to submit an image that they wish to be featured on their campaign page, and compose a short piece of text about themselves and their campaign.
Once we receive the all information’s, we then begin work on creating a customized campaign page for the fundraising climber and email a link to this page for them to post on their Facebook page (if they have one), or simply to share in turn with family, friends and work colleagues.
There are two schemes in which prospective Kilimanjaro fund raisers may be interested, that operate under Kiliholidays Team. Option 1 serves climbers who have already chosen a charity for which they wish to climb, and allows the climber to receive only limited assistance from Kiliholidays, Option 2 is dedicated to climbers who are still looking for a suitable beneficiary, would like to support a cause that is of benefit to the Tanzanian people, and are therefore happy to dedicate their campaign among of the two Option and value the opportunity to have their costs significantly subsidized.
Kilimanjaro Fundraising Option 1 – Climbing for Your Own Charity
If climbers can evidence that they have raised in excess of USD 10 per day spent on the mountain (or currency equivalent) for a local charity of their own choosing, we will refund USD 10 per fundraiser per day of the climb cost. Therefore, assuming for example that a climber books a 7 day trek and raises in excess of USD 100, we will refund them USD 100.
In order to receive this refund, while a climber is in Arusha, we need to see evidence that this amount has been raised and given to the nominated charity. On receipt of this evidence we will then make a cash refund of the quoted amount direct to the climber.
Where climbers are not able to provide this evidence, or where they choose to have the refund payment made by any means other than in person as cash, they must accept that while we will instruct payment of the full amount, the amount they receive will be less than the full amount, if the chosen method applies its own transfer / transaction fees. In this instance, Kiliholidays will not be liable for any shortfall against the quoted amount and, typically, these transfer costs may constitute a significant fraction of the amount being transferred.
Kilimanjaro Fundraising Option 2 – Subsidized Climber Costs
Under this option and in line with Charity Commission guidelines, the charity will use a maximum of 95% of whatever sum is raised by fundraising / sponsorship to pay for the climb, with the remaining 5% remaining with the charity.
Similarly, if a climber is able to raise USD 2,000, then USD 1900 could be used towards their climb costs, with the balance of USD 1,00 going to charity. In this case, as the climb costs are USD 2,100 per person, the climber would personally only need to pay the additional USD 100 (as Kiliholidays would contribute USD 100 towards the fundraiser’s costs). would be kept by them for charitable causes.
Obviously, while many have a very purist attitude towards fundraising and would like 100% of all the money that they raise to go directly towards the charitable work of the organisation they are supporting, and may therefore have qualms about a charity-subsidized fundraising system, they should please be assured that generally speaking,
1) most charities that claim that 100% of funds raised are used exclusively and directly for the cause intended, will usually need to have achieved some rather specious semantical trickery in order to maintain these claims, or else be staffed entirely by volunteers, enjoy free rent, electricity, transport, etc, etc.
2) most charities (including those we work with), when wanting to do whatever they can to ensure the highest level of help is afforded to those they are trying to serve, will rather priorities pragmatism over purist concerns, and would rather pay out a percentage of their receipts as fundraising costs, than receive far less funding in total, albeit via donations that reflect 100% of the amounts donated.
3) The overt mission of certain well-known and well-funded charities is largely to support the creation of sustainable jobs in impoverished regions where it is felt that the raw deal suffered by locals can most effectively be offset into the long term by what they refer to as economic empowerment. With this in mind, it could almost be construed as within the charitable remit of a fundraising campaign to consider many of the fundraising cost components as ‘charitable’, since the fundraising climb itself will be instrumental in the creation of jobs for people who have few alternative work prospects in areas where they would otherwise face severe economic hardships.
On reflection then, both Kiliholidays and the charities that we support would far rather that a climber should raise funds for their work on a costs-subsidized basis than that they should not raise any funds at all. Those considering Option 2 are advised to learn more about the charity by visiting their website.
Kilimanjaro Clothing & Equipment
Our Kilimanjaro climb coordinators are regularly asked by our climbers for recommendations with respect to what gear to buy for their climb with us. In response to these requests, we have compiled a small catalogue of equipment that we believe will serve you well on Kilimanjaro.
When browsing this range we ask you to bear two things in mind:
For many types of gear we include a recommendation for an expensive version. With park fees rising every couple of years and the costs of organizing expeditions being already as high as they are, we are already sensitive to the fact that climbing Kilimanjaro will often require some sacrificial saving and careful financial planning for many of our climbers. Climbers should understand that it is by no means necessary to be equipped with the top of the range options that we recommend. The reason for their inclusion is in the event that you are planning a series of adventures of which Kilimanjaro may be your first exposure to high altitude.
Investing in Future Adventures
Where this is the case, it is likely that you’ll be moving onto higher mountains, often where you will not be provided with staff support and where you will be required to carry weight yourself. If these are your intentions, then these more expensive items of equipment are probably what you’ll be wanting to look at, as the quality of materials, construction and forethought in design, is generally of a substantially superior level to the more mainstream options.
Carrying minimal contents with the bulk of your gear being carried by a porter, you will not likely suffer if you choose to buy something entry-level. However, working remotely from help in high mountains for several days on end, having to cary all your own gear, you will certainly appreciate the difference in having opted for an upgraded choice. And a similar principle applies to clothing, and especially to footwear. Carrying heavy weights for extended periods absolutely requires the very best footwear that your budget can justify.
Expensive Equipment Choices
It is important to note, that our Kilimanjaro kit list continues to evolve as new and better gear comes onto the market, and we encourage you to contact us after your trek to add any suggestions that you think will benefit future readers.
TWO TYPES OF TREKKERS
Typically you get two types of trekkers on Kilimanjaro. Those who are unprepared and under-equipped, and those who have spent an arm and leg on equipment that they will unlikely use during their hike.
In this Kilimanjaro packing list we hope to provide a happy medium between the two that covers all mandatory equipment that we recommend you should purchase in preparation for your adventure.
If you happen to forget a few things you can usually hire from kiliholidays or buy equipment from the various hawkers who loiter outside the route gates trying to sell you everything under the sun. Remember if you decide to buy from these guys they will always try to overcharge. Bargain is just the way it is done in Tanzania.
KILIMANJARO KIT LIST
Kilimanjaro Clothing – Overview on all Kilimanjaro clothing requirements, including layered clothing recommendations and the all important outer layer (i.e. jacket)
Kilimanjaro Footwear – From hiking boots to socks and gaiters. Your feet are what get you up Mount Kilimanjaro. Don’t fall victim to purchasing bad boots or socks that will give you blisters!
Headgear – Here we cover useful gear to keep your head out of the sun during the hot and high solar radiation days that you will experience on Kilimanjaro, as well as keep your head warm and cosy on summit night. In this section we also cover information and recommendations on Kilimanjaro headlamps – you will need a headlamp as you summit overnight
Hands and walking – Gloves and walking / trekking pole requirements. Both are critical. The former is very important as your hands are the first to start freezing on summit night. The latter can reduce the impact on your knees by up to 20%, which is a major win when you are descending from the slopes of Kibo
Bags – From the Kilimanjaro kit bag to your day-pack. Getting the right type of duffel bag is really important as it will carry all your gear and needs to be of a type that is comfortable for a porter to schlep up Kilimanjaro. Your day-pack will be carried by you so it is key that you get something that is light and versatile – in this section we have provided useful recommendations
Sleeping – Kilimanjaro sleeping bag recommendations and other useful sleeping accessories, like an inflatable pillow. The sleeping bag you choose is important as the nights on Kilimanjaro can get below freezing.
Other accessories – Kilimanjaro accessories including water bottles and medications. You can also find detailed information on Diamox (the high altitude sickness prophylactic medication).
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- Meet and greet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and transport to your hotel
- Hotel accommodation for the night before and night after your climb (B&B basis)
- Prices are based on 2 people sharing a tent, and in the hotel, a twin or double room
- All Kilimanjaro National Park Authority Fees
- Services of our qualified mountain guides, assistant guides, porters and cooks
- Mountain Hardware Trango 3 sleeping tents and sleeping mats. (except on Marangu route) Please note that sleeping bags are not included but are available to hire.
- Mess tent with table and chairs (except on Marangu route)
- Private toilet tent for use by the group (except on Marangu route)
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the mountain. Filtered drinking water every day.
- Certificate for your successful summit ascent
- Emergency oxygen (for descent only)
- Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport
- International airfares and departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips for crew – KPAP recommend approx US$250 pp (unless in a group of 2 or below)
- Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 for most passport holders)
- Personal travel insurance (must include trekking to 6000m)
- Personal hiking/trekking gear
- Personal medicine
- Meals, snacks and drinks not specified
- Single tent and hotel occupancy costs an additional £190 per person and must be requested at time of booking