Other Information- Kili

Visa & Passports

All nationalities require a full passport valid for minimum of 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. All nationalities require a VISA.   VISAs for British citizens should be obtained before departure. It is possible to obtain a visa at Kilimanjaro airport at approx $60, however this significantly delays your transfer times and that of the rest of the group, so please assist us by obtaining your visa in advance of travel. It is your responsibility to obtain your visa and have in possession the correct personal documents. We can assist with VISA procurement through our agent Strachan Travel. Contact us for details.

Insurance

It is a condition of joining the trip that you must be insured to properly cover all activities included in the trip. Your insurance must include cover for emergency medical repatriation as well as medical expenses abroad. Your UK guides will ask to see copies of your insurance prior to the start of the trek. Insurance can be booked through ourselves.

Documentation to bring along

  • Passport valid for at least six months after return
  • Relevant VISA's required
  • Emergency next of kin phone numbers
  • Vaccinations certificates
  • Phone card and international access numbers
  • Extra passport photos
  • Copy of your passport, kept in a separate place than your passport (or scan a copy electronically and keep it in your e-mail box where you can access and print at an internet terminal)
  • Back-up ID (e.g. driver’s license)

Health

This trek is graded ‘tough’ and is a challenging trek in itself, however the main challenge is the altitude. The Machame route while longer than others allows better acclimatisation than other routes. All travellers should ensure that they are in good physical condition prior to arriving on the trip. You should consult your GP if you have any concerns as to your physical condition or have any preexisting medical conditions that can cause problems on the climb. Please also check if any of your medications can affect altitude acclimatization and whether Diamox can be taken with your existing prescription medicines. All our guides are qualified in Mountain First Aid and carry fully equipped medical kits.

Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

We strongly suggest that you discuss your travel plans and personal health with your GP to determine which vaccines you will need. At November 2010, the following information was obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Tanzania which suggests:-

  • Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG).
  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria.
  • Meningococcal (meningitis)
  • Rabies, pre-exposure vaccination
  • Typhoid Vaccine