Mountain Preparation

Mountain Preparation

RECOMMENDED PACKLIST FOR KILIMANJARO AND RELATED INFORMATION Assuming that your intend on traveling on safari during your stay in Africa, you should make every effort to pack your belongings into one large waterproof duffel bag or backpack and one ‘carry on’ style bag for cameras, valuables and day trips. Chances are you will have limitations in your safari vehicle and, in some cases, travel on small aircraft (if part of your itinerary) limits you to 15 kgs / 33 pounds. If you plan on doing a lot of souvenir shopping, you might consider carrying another bag tucked in your suitcase to help judge your limits. Important – For persons crossing the Atlantic Ocean from North America and connecting in Europe to Africa, International air carriers limit carryon bags to one and checked bags to two per passenger. Persons departing from Europe have weight restrictions on bags as well, varying with the carrier.

If you are doing a lot of traveling and need to carry more than the suggested items, keep in mind that you may be required to leave them at the town hotel.

Laundry service in Africa is often a bargain. Advice – The customs and culture of East Africa, especially in coastal areas and Zanzibar are conservative. Revealing or very tight clothing should be avoided.

MEN’S CLOTHING (suggestions)

Prescription glasses if used with back-up pair suggested (note: contact lenses are difficult to use on safari due to the high amount of dust.)

WOMEN’S CLOTHING (suggestions)

Prescription glasses if used with back-up pair suggested (note: contact lenses are difficult to use on safari due to the high amount of dust.)


You should bring a tooth brush, tooth paste, razor, shaving cream and other toiletries with you as those available in Africa are expensive and often not of good quality. Insect repellent with Deet.* Sun screen with high level of protection* Common drugs such as aspirin, cough drops, Pepto Bismol, etc. Vitamins that you might normally take * These items are very strongly suggested. If you suffer from motion sickness, don’t forget to use your preferred medication – patch or tablets.


we can also rent you equipment for a small fee

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW (also, see the other travel tips found on the faq site) You will need visas for entry to Kenya and Tanzania. Though you can get these in Africa, your travel will go smoother if you get them in advance through the respective embassies.

Make a photocopy or list of the following items: Passports (including the page with the visa stamped in them and the pages with photos and data), plane tickets, yellow booklet showing your yellow fever vaccination, list of all medications you might require, listing of all travelers’ cheque numbers, list of serial numbers for cameras, etc. Keep this list someplace apart from where you keep these other items.

Keep track of your passport above all. Loss of a passport can destroy your trip and cost considerable money during the time required to replace it.

On your international flight, pack as if the airline might lose your bags. Keep things you will need right away in your carry-on. It seldom happens, and almost always the bags arrive a couple of days later, but this way, if the bags do not arrive with you, you will be able to continue on your safari while the airline finds them.


We naturally hope you don’t lose your bags, but it does happen. If your bags do not show up, do the following: Report the problem to your air carrier INSIDE THE AIRPORT at the Baggage Claim – before passing the CUSTOM -and fill out the required paperwork.

Request compensation for your inconvenience (often $50.00 for emergency purchases and a bag with simple toiletries and a tee shirt) Ask them when they expect the bag will arrive and tell them where you will be based on your itinerary.

LEAVE THE KEYS AND/OR COMBINATIONS WITH THE AIRLINE so they can clear the bags through customs.

Ask the airline to go with you to advise Customs Officer that bags were lost so there will be no problems further in getting your bags cleared when they arrive. Tell your safari driver and ask his office work with the airline to get your bags to you at the earliest convenient


Gratuities in the Tanzanian tourism industry generally follow the North American system. Tourists are expected to tip their safari staff and staff working at most restaurants and hotels. The following information provides a guide to tipping in while on safari. The information is a collection of tipping recommendations from guidebooks as well as our company’s experience with tipping in Tanzania.

Please remember that all Kilidove Tours and Safaris staff are paid and no one relies on tips as a substitute for wages. As with any tipping situation, if you enjoy your experience, give a generous tip; if you do not enjoy your experience, adjust the tip accordingly.

Safari Tipping Guidelines Driver/Guide: US $15 – US $30 per day per guide Chef: US $8 – US $20 per day per chef (adventure camping safari only) Please note that the tip is per guide per day, not per traveler per day. For example, if you are in a group of four travelers that would like to tip the driver $20/day, each traveler would contribute $5/day to the tip kitty. The guide’s total tip at the end of a seven day safari would be US $140. It is best to tip at the end of the safari.

Hotels and Restaurants

Tips are expected at high-end luxury hotels and lodges. While tips are also expected at moderately priced safari lodges, not all patrons tip. Tips are not expected at restaurants and hotels frequented by locals. Most tourist lodges and hotels will have tip boxes at the reception desk. You can tip hotel staff individually, place a tip for all hotel staff in the tip box, or do both. Tips can be made in local currency, USD, Euros, or Sterling. Trekking Tipping Guidelines

Generally, you should budget between 10% and 15% of your total climb cost for tips. If you are traveling in a small group, you should contribute more per person to the tip kitty. We provide a list of your crew as well as jobs performed on the day you begin your climb. Please use this list to write down tip amounts for each staff member. When distributing tips, please call the crew together and announce tip amounts to everyone. Those who accompany you to Uhuru Peak are considered assistant guides.

Head Guide: US $15 – US $30 per day per guide Assistant Guide: US $10 – US $20 per day per guide

Cook: US $8 – US $12 per day per cook

Porter: US $4 – US $10 per day per porter

Please note that some porters have extra jobs such as toilet cleaner, camp crew, and waiter. Please tip these porters a bit more than porters who do not have extra jobs.

Please note that the tip amounts listed for safari and Kilimanjaro are per group, not per individual traveler. For instance, if four people are on safari, they should each contribute $5/day if they want to tip the driver $20/day.