Climbing Preparations

Safari Packing List

Baggage should be of the round squashy type rather than hard suitcases that are difficult to fit into jeeps. Try to use something that is both lockable and waterproof as luggage can often end up sitting on the roof of the vehicle. It should be noted that the luggage limit per person on domestic flights is 15-20 kg per person (checked-in and hand luggage).

On your inbound flight, don’t check in items that you absolutely need (such as medicines), as it is not uncommon that checked-in luggage gets misdirected and arrives in Tanzania a couple of days after you. It is better to have such items in your hand luggage.

You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the Springlands Hotel for no charge.

  • You can leave valuables in a safe deposit box at the Springlands Hotel for $1/day.


  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof. They will get dirty.
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Comfortable, breathable socks


  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Lightweight, breathable pants
  • Short-sleeved shirts, cool and breathable
  • Long-sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings
  • Rain jacket and pants or rain poncho


  • Day pack, for you to carry
  • Large duffel bag or backpack

Sleeping, for camping safaris

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad and repair kit
  • Tents are supplied by Zara at no charge
  • Foam sleeping pads are provided by Zara at no charge


  • Water bottles, and water purification tablets or purifier
    • Bottled water is also available for purchase on safari
  • Sun hat with a brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana (for dust, etc.)
  • Money ($400 or more in cash and/or traveler’s cheques, including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film/disks, mini-tripod
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, pencil, and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Electricity adapter
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
  • Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides and other travelers
  • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $2
  • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
  • Sewing kit
  • Salt, pepper, spices for bland food
  • Business cards
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Swimsuit for hotel swimming pool


  • Toilet paper (and a baggie to carry used paper while walking)
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Glasses, contacts, solution
  • Comb, mirror


  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Address book
  • Vaccination records
  • Airline tickets
  • Cash, traveler’s cheques, credit cards
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, traveler’s cheques numbers. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

First Aid

  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Paracetamol
  • Throat lozenges
  • Bandaids
  • Moleskin
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antihistamines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
  • Diamox (talk to your doctor)

Gifts for Guides, Locals

  • Shoes
  • Any warm clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Hats
  • Nerf football, frisbees
  • Candy
  • Pens

Packing for your flight to Africa

  • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
  • Books/magazines
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Walkman and music
  • Eyeshades, earplugs
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Critical items (in case baggage is delayed)

Equipment Rental 2019

Prices are for the entire trek in U.S. dollars, payable in cash in Moshi. It is best to come well outfitted. Rates Updated on 11th September 2019.

Rucksack/Daypack $12
Mont bell Sleeping Bag (–25C-35C.Temp) $40
Poncho – Heavy/Western/Europe $18
Poncho – Light/Loca $12
Socks $4
Duffel Bag $6
Hiking Poles (2) $12
Gaiters $8
Gloves $6
Sweater $5
Long Underwear
(We have Few) 
Raincoat $12
Raincoat – G.T, Waterproof $12
Rain Pants $12
Hiking Boots $15
Fleece Pants $6
Warm Jacket G.T $12
Warm Jacket/Down Jacket $12
Hat or Neck Scarf: $6

• We provide tents and foam sleeping pads at no charge
• Sunglasses are available for purchase in the gift shop for $12-$15

• Water bottle available for purchase in the gift shop for $8

• Torch / Flashlight available for purchase in the gift shop for $15
• Each Oxygen Cylinder – available for $ 12/ Day / @ group of 4 pax

• Hyperbaric Pressure Bag (Gamow Bag): $130 per group

  • Toilet tent available for $100 per group

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    Tips For Climbing

    A. Physical Fitness
    Although Kilimanjaro is not a technical mountain climb, it is a major challenge, and you should not underestimate the rigors of altitude. Remember that Uhuru peak is 500 m (1,640 ft) higher than Everest Base Camp! The pace of your ascent coupled with good acclimatization will help you on the climb, but it is essential to be mentally and physically prepared before you start. Regular hikes are one of the best ways to prepare, increasing frequency and length, as you get closer to the trek. All aerobic exercises such as cycling, running, swimming, and aerobics classes are good for strengthening the cardiovascular system. Any exercise that increases your heart rate for 20 minutes is helpful, but don’t overdo it just before the climb.

    B. Altitude and Acclimization
    Altitudes are generally defined as follows:
    • High altitude 2,400 m – 4,200 m (8,000 ft – 13,800 ft)
    • Very high altitude 4,200 m – 5,400 m (13,800 ft – 17,700 ft)
    • Extreme altitude above 5,400 m (17,700 ft) (Uhuru Peak is 5,895 m/19,340 ft)

    It is likely that all climbers will experience some form of mild altitude sickness during their Kilimanjaro climb. It is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air at an increased altitude. There are many different symptoms, but the most common are headache, light-headedness, nausea, loss of appetite, tingling in the toes and fingers, and mild swelling of ankles and fingers. These mild forms are not serious and will normally disappear within 48 hours.

    C. Personal First Aid Kit
    The following first aid materials are important:
    • Painkillers (aspirin/paracetamol)
    • Antihistamines
    • Blister treatment
    • Imodium or other antidiarrhoeal tablets
    • Plaster/Band aids
    • Antiseptic wipes
    • Dressings, especially pressure relief for blisters
    • Talcum powder
    • Malaria tablets
    • Sunblock for skin and lips
    • Antacids
    • Cold cure sachets
    • Oral rehydration salts/sachets
    • Insect repellent
    • Sanitary towels
    • Etc.

    D. Other Health Tips
    All contact lens wearers should take care to remove the lenses at night, as the eye needs to absorb oxygen from the atmosphere. The rarefied conditions of altitude reduce oxygen levels and in extreme cases a Corneal Oedema can develop.

    E. Emergency Evacuation
    In the event of an emergency on the mountain the rescue team plus one of the assistant guides will descend with the casualty to the park gate. At the gate, the casualty will be taken care and the necessary arrangements will be made.

    F. Photography
    Cameras whether Video or film, need to be protected against the severe cold weather either in a warm pouch or the interior pockets of your clothing. Do not keep in your backpack at higher elevations. A selection of lenses will aid the final results although weight and bulk will obviously influence your selection. A polarized or neutral density filter is recommended, as is slide film rather than print. Bring your own film as it can be hard to find and expensive in Tanzania.

    For digital equipment, check with the manufacturer’s specifications for temperature range (especially battery life), water tightness, and general hardiness.

    Equipment Rental

    Prices are for the entire trek in U.S. dollars, payable in cash in Moshi. It is best to come well-outfitted.

    Normal Sleeping Bag
    Mont Bell Sleeping Bag
    North Face Sleeping Bag
    Duffel Bag
    Hiking Poles (2)
    Long Underwear
    Rain Pants
    Hiking Boots
    Water Bottle
    Fleece Pants
    Warm Jacket

    • We provide tents and foam sleeping pads at no charge
    • Sunglasses are available for purchase in the gift shop for $10
    • Oxygen is available for $30/group
    • Hyperbaric Pressure Bags are available for $100/group

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