My second attempt and 2 sucsess to Kilimanjaro (Jan/16 and Jan/17). Guide John + team at East Africa Travel made my trek fun and comfortable once again. I will be back
for shore - Umbwe route next! Mr Lewison Omari arranged for me, at short notice, a joined 3 day safari, for a good price - Great! Contact EAT-Company for the best service for your climb or safari. Ari Jokela / Sweden.
Take spare clothes because you will get very dusty and want to change when you’re done for the day.
Our hydration hoses froze on summit night despite our best efforts. Be prepared with an insulated bottle (although the guides also shared theirs with us). A little headache and nausea medicine before problems arose made the summit night more enjoyable.
I would put a day in between returning from Kilimanjaro and the beginning of the safari. I got back to the hotel at 3PM, got briefed on the safari at 3:30 and then had to repack and be ready by 8AM the next day. It was doable but quick. Or leave around noon for the safari and do Lake Manyara on the second day. A little bit of time to decompress would have been nice. Also renting the toilet was the best $150 I have ever spent.
Pack lighter than you thought. Safaris can be long days with lots of dust. If you have ANY back issues associated with sitting for long hours on bumpy roads, you need to reconsider this activity.
I would do a fly/drive safari. Driving between safari destinations was a bit grueling.
Traveling with Children:
Always get your guide’s phone number – you never know when you’ll need to speak with someone in the middle of the night.
If you’re travelling with young children, have plenty of activities planned for the car (we had an iPad holder which could connect to the headrest and our son could watch TV with headphones when there were long stretches of driving)
The mountain is very dusty. Bring extra wipes for cleaning at the end of the day and maybe even paper towel to clean your gear. All the horror stories about toilets are indeed true. Remember to bring baby wipes and maybe air fresher to brave the toilets. Summit night is really cold. Take extra precaution so the water bottle/hydration tube does not freeze. I used hot water which worked very well for me. Throw some hand warmers with camera batteries for summit ascent so the camera doesn’t die quickly up at the top. Remember to enjoy your time at the summit and soak it in!!
Not to rush and if possible take the extra day on the mountain to help the acclimatization process. To leave Kibo for the summit around 11.00 otherwise you cannot get to the summit for dawn or back down before it is hot. The experience and judgment of your guide will be the most important component determining your success and safety (so it is important to get a good one!)
Don’t forget to pack:
Powdered drink mix to make the water taste acceptable
Mittens rather than gloves if you are prone to having cold hands in the winter
Chemical hand and foot warmers in case you have to spend time at Kibo waiting for the rest of your group to come back
Sunscreen and sun hat
Headlamps rather than flashlights
Plenty of layers for the final ascent since even though it starts our freezing, you get pretty hot once the sun comes out
Tons of hand wipes and tissues
A small quick-drying towel
A comfortable day pack