Evacuations by Helicopter


Evacuations by Helicopter

Understanding Search and Rescue Services on Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru

Search and Rescue: Search and Rescue is a new service on Mount Kilimanjaro to ensure your safety while climbing the mountain. Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue offer the best and modern search and rescue services using helicopters that can fly in any weather.  Kilimanjaro SAR strives to make Kilimanjaro the safest tourist destination in Africa.

An emergency medical service to ensure your safety while hiking Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru with helicopters that can be deployed within 5 minutes. We ensure a quick response and guarantee your safety regardless the season.

The helicopter will pick you up from the designated area on the mountain, where the medical team will immediately start an in-flight medical treatment. Upon landing at KIA/Moshi Airport there will be transport, to take you to your hotel. If you require further medical attention upon
landing, you will be taken to a modern private High Altitude Medical clinic ideal for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).Kilimanjaro SAR accepts insurance with Evacuation coverage up to 6,000 meters above Sea Level. Please be aware that coverage and eligibility requirements for this benefit differ by policy.View/Download information about the altitude limits offered by different insurers (153KB PDF provided by Kilimanjaro SAR)The website linked below showcases 75 different policies and providers that offer Medical Evacuation coverage.

Insurance: It is highly recommended that you have insurance that covers emergency evacuation 6,000 meters above Sea Level.


Can Kilimanjaro SAR help my client to issue a proper insurance

No, it is very simple to purchase this insurance online or over the phone in any country – even from Tanzania. However, as time goes on we will recommend the best insurers.

Do I have to submit my client’s document prior to hiking?

Yes, client must submit insurance detail; confirm to have insurance plan that will cover MEDEVAC up to 6000m. At least 2 days before climbing. The sooner the better — even a month early.

Is it possible for Kilimanjaro SAR to evacuate a client without a proper insurance?

Yes, it’s possible. Since we are committed to saving the lives of all climbers. In case you or clients lack proper insurance, you/they will have to pay for evacuation costs after they are fully recovered.

Is the same insurance required for evacuation on Mount Meru?

Technically no, clients will need MEDEVAC up to 5000m.

What do I do if my client doesn’t have this kind of insurance?

Ask the client to contact their Travel Insurance Company in order to purchase an insurance plan that WILL cover MEDEVAC up to 6000m.

What kind of insurance is required for evacuation within national parks and game reserves?

Any travel insurer that lists medical evacuation (altitude detail is unnecessary).

What kind of travel insurance do my clients need for a helicopter evacuation on Mount Kilimanjaro?

A travel insurance, which covers Medical Evacuation up to 6,000 Meters, above sea level. It is very important your clients ask the travel insurance companies to include this in their final prices.

Why standard insurance packages do not cover high altitude trekking?

There is more risk involved for the insurance company, which means less profit.
The risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) increases dramatically above 2800 Meters, as do the costs of emergency medical services and evacuation.

(MEDEVAC: Medical Evacuation)

In line with Search and Rescue we also have:

Hero Flights: Hero Flight is an extremely fast, unique and hassle-free way to end your epic adventure after conquering Africa’s highest peak.  A helicopter flight from Mt. Kilimanjaro to KIA/Moshi Airport will turn your 2-day hiking descent into a helicopter flight that takes less than an hour.  Reward yourself with more time to relax and a chance to explore more of Tanzania’s natural wonders.

Mount Kilimanjaro Helicopter Scenic Tour: Get a magnificent “birds-eye” view of nature in an exclusive and luxurious scenic helicopter flight.  This exciting journey takes you from Moshi/KIA airport.  You can witness a breathtaking view of the glacier flow on majestic Mount Kilimanjaro or fly high over the famous Serengeti and its abundance of wildlife. Appreciate the beauty of Lake Natron, a soda lake filled with thousands of flamingos, at the base of the active Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. Contact us to arrange your scenic helicopter flight.