How many travellers are in a group safari?

If you opt to join an open group safari, there could be up to 6 or 7 travellers in one vehicle (depending on the accommodation plan of individuals within the group). On a private wildlife safari, no other guests will join the group other than those in your party.

What is the age limit for wildlife safaris in Tanzania?

There is no minimum or maximum age limit on safaris, and we are happy to organise itineraries suitable for family safaris.  Parents should be aware that most campsites, and some lodges, are unfenced, and the responsibility of each child lies with you at all times.

Where will I stay overnight?

We offer a variety of accommodation for travellers, from basic camping in portable tents to lodges and luxury tented camps. To find out more about what packages are available, please visit our Accommodation Options page.

What type of vehicle will be used on our safari?

You will be driven around in a well-maintained and comfortable 4X4 Toyota Landcruiser with a pop-up roof for game-viewing. Window seats are also guaranteed for each passenger.

Are meals included in the package price?

All meals while on your safari expedition are included in your package price (with the exception of breakfast on your first day, and dinner on the last day). On a camping safari you will have a Nyange Adventures cook will prepare home-cooked food at the campsite. While on a lodge safari you will dine at the respective accommodations for breakfast and dinner.

During your game drives, picnic lunch boxes and mineral water will also be provided, but alcohol and snacks are not included in the price. Also, please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our best to cater for them.

What should I pack?

Please visit our blog post “What Should I Pack For My Safari?” for our top recommendations. We can also email you a checklist upon request.

Are there any luggage restrictions?

As space in the vehicle is limited, we generally advise you to bring a maximum of 15kg luggage in a soft bag or rucksack. In addition to this, you can also bring one small bag for personal belongings like cash, cameras, phones, travel documents etc…
Please refrain from bringing bulky suitcases as this can cause problems when storing luggage. Any luggage you do not require on safari can be stored safely at your hotel or at the Nyange Adventures Office.

If you are being picked-up or dropped-off at the airport before or after your safari, please speak to us directly about what we can do with your luggage during your safari.

Should I bring some cash with me?

It’s advisable to bring some cash with you for extras like souvenirs, snacks, drinks and tips. If you are planning to use USD, please ensure notes have been issued on/after 2006 as earlier dated notes will not be accepted in Tanzania.

Should we tip?

Tipping is a customary practice within the tourism industry in Tanzania. While we pay fair and ethical salaries, our staff also rely on tips as part of their income. Generally we advise to tip $20 USD per day for the guide, and $15 USD for the cook (if you are on a camping safari). This can be divided by everyone in the group and should be given to your guide/cook at the end of the safari.

What are the visa requirements for Tanzania?

Foreign nationals require a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. For this you must have at least six months validity remaining on your passport. This can usually be purchase easily at the airport upon arrival at a cost of $100 USD cash for US citizens and $50 USD cash for all others. However, we do encourage you to contract your respective embassy for the latest visa regulations before your arrival.

What vaccinations are needed for Tanzania?

Please seek advice from your medical centre or doctor’s surgery regarding vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis. You may also be required to show a Yellow Fever Certificate at the airport when entering Tanzania. Please ensure that you have had this vaccination and remember to bring the certificate with you

How Long Does it Take to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Travelers planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro frequently ask how long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? It takes about five to nine days on the longer routes to reach Mount Kilimanjaro Summit Uhuru peak and descend to the Finish point. The more days you spend on the mountain acclimatizing, the better your chances of reaching the top. Trekkers who spend only 5 days have the lowest Summit success rate.

Kilimanjaro Routes & Which is the Best Route to Climb Kilimanjaro?

Which is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro?

There are 7 main Mount Kilimanjaro routes which lead to the summit, Uhuru Peak, one of which starts on the Northern side of the mountain and the rest on the Southern side. After making the decision to climb Kilimanjaro, you’ll need to choose your route.

1. Northern Circuit Route
2. Lemosho Route
3. Shira Route
4. Machame Route (“Whiskey” Route)
5. Rongai Route
6. Marangu Route (“Coca-Cola” Route)
7. Umbwe Route
The one question we are asked more often than any other is “which is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro”. And the answer depends on what you want. Here are our winners

Highest success rate and overall best route to climb Kilimanjaro

If you want the highest chance of summiting the best route to climb Kilimanjaro is the Lemosho route and Machame route over 7 or 8 days – excellent acclimatization and an easier summit night make these winners by a long way. And as reaching the top is the most important thing for most of our climbers we make this our overall winners as best route to climb Kilimanjaro.

Most scenic route to climb Kilimanjaro

The Lemosho route approaching from the West wins hands down for the best views with spectacular vistas in all directions.

Quietest route to climb Kilimanjaro

If keeping away from the crowds is your top priority the Rongai route has to be your choice as the best route for your Kilimanjaro climb. But be warned the success rate is lower.

Most challenging route to climb Kilimanjaro

If you are looking for an adventure and a really unique wilderness experience the crater camp option is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro for you- less than 1 % of climbers get to do this and all our climbers who do it rave about it.

Best time to climb Kilimanjaro

 

When is the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro are the months of January through early-March and June through October. The clear skies, great views, and the sunshine makes it the best comfortable hiking conditions. However, there is always the possibility of weather changing dramatically, regardless of the season.

You can climb Kilimanjaro at any time of the year, but certain months are better than others. We recommend best to climb Mount Kilimanjaro during the driest months We avoid April and November as these are the main rainy seasons, making the trails more dangerous.

What is the best month to climb Kilimanjaro?  month by month overview

Unlike the Himalayas, Kilimanjaro is never “closed”. You can trek year-round, but you need to be prepared. We do not normally offer climbs during April/May and November.

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro in January and February to early March

    Ideal trekking conditions with mostly dry, clear days, and good visibility. Occasional showers and a good chance of snow over 14,000ft, making for some epic photo opportunities.

    While this is considered “high season”, it’s often quieter on the slopes than the main climbing season of June to September, making it a good balance of not-too-crowded and decent weather.

    Best for: Hikers who want to minimize crowds, whilst still having dry conditions. Snow on the summit is a bonus.

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro in March, April and May

    Early March can be lovely, but as the month progresses, the rains can start to set in, making for muddy trails, cloudy skies, and poor visibility. In late March and late May, you can get lucky with some dry weather, but it’s a bit hit or miss.

    April to early May are the long rains, and not suitable for climbing.

    If your schedule dictates that you need to go during the shoulder seasons – late March and late May – you need to be prepared for wet weather, and not be disappointed by poor visibility.

    Ideally, you’ll have some trekking experience already and won’t be phased by trickier trail conditions.

    Best for: Experienced trekkers who want to avoid crowds, and who don’t mind unpredictable weather. We recommend the routes on the north side of the mountain.

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro in June/ July/ August and September

    A combination of the best weather and the US and Europe summer vacations means this is the main climbing season and the busiest time on the mountain.July and August are the most popular months, so if you want to try and avoid crowds, opt for June or September, or October if you don’t mind a bit of rain.

    Occasional showers are always possible, particularly in the forest, but it’s a predominantly dry time of year. Routes tend to be busier during this period, especially over the full moon.