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Can I Climb Kilimanjaro Right Now?

Kilimanjaro during Covid 19

UPDATE 14 October, 2020: YES, Kilimanjaro is OPEN! Climb Kili is one of the only companies with clients climbing Kilimanjaro and operating safari during Corona virus Covid 19.

The US Ambassador to Kenya is encouraging travel to East Africa and mentions direct flights from the US into Kenya. There are several flight options from Nairobi Airport (NBO) right into Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO).

We are continually monitoring the situation and provide up to the minute information here.

If you’d like to climb Kili and have the mountain and safari to yourself, contact us today!

Kilimanjaro Honeymoon and Safari

Kilimanjaro Honeymoon

After the I Do’s comes the question of how to experience an unforgettable Honeymoon.

What better way to start your new chapter together then a Kilimanjaro Honeymoon! This has been one of Climb Kili’s specialties over the years and we have a little extra something for our newlyweds upon arrival 😊

Continue the feelings of being on top of the world on your wedding day by trekking to the top of Africa’s highest peak. Following a successful trek, you can honeymoon safari with many of our Climb Kili Safari options.

Honeymoon Safari

Climb Kili Honeymoon Safari

For the perfect romantic triple combination, include a few days relaxing on Zanzibar the Spice Island to complete your honeymoon.

Zanzibar Honeymoon - Climb Kili

Zanzibar Honeymoon with Climb Kili

Climb Kili is the only company in Tanzania with our own trekking, safari company and a local office on the island of Zanzibar to take care of your Honeymoon from start to finish so your only care is enjoying your new life together.

Contact Climb Kili today for your Kilimanjaro trek and Safari honeymoon!

Beware of Kilimanjaro Scam Tour Companies

Kilimanjaro Scams

It happened again. The second call we received this month. “I’ve placed our deposit with a Kilimanjaro tour company, and now they are no longer in business.” This time is was ‘Climbing Kilimanjaro, a sub company from Destination Africa.’ Said the father who he and his son has placed a 20% deposit previously and after repeated unresponsive replies finally found out this Kilimanjaro scam company was no longer in business.

“They had a few good reviews on Trip Advisor, but as I look deeper I think they’re fake”
A few good reviews do not make a valid Kili trekking company. As we’ve seen with Coronavirus, months without work has placed many ‘trekking companies’ out of business.

Here are 3 tips to avoid Kilimanjaro fake or scamming tour operators:

1) Can you call and speak with someone? It is important to clearly communicate your intentions, questions. This is a not a small investment with your time and money. You are traveling across the world and simple email communication may not be enough

2) Can you pay your deposit via credit card? Nearly all credit card companies will offer fraud protection. If the trekking company you are booking with only accepts wire transfer DO NOT BOOK with that company.

3) Are they locally owned and operated in Tanzania? Does their ABOUT US have a comprehensive staff list with names of individuals who own and/or operate the company? Many indirect companies book through a parent company who will sell your Kili tour to the lowest bidder. Book direct, make them prove they have a TALA license in their name, and feel safe and secure that your tour is with a company that was been on Kili for decades and will be for years to come!

If you’d like more information finding the right fit for a Kilimanjaro tour company call, email, or chat with us at www.ClimbKili.com
Tiffany Watson

Food Pantry for Climb Kili Staff

Hi fellow Kili Climbers!
I am Alethia Hinds and I live in Miami, FL. I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in December 2019. It was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done as I’m sure many of you will agree. I wouldn’t have made it to Uhuru Peak without the support and care of my Climb Kili Team along the way. My team anticipated all of my needs, guided me through difficult paths, and believed in me more than I believed in myself!
From all of the amazing reviews I’ve read and my personal account, I know I am not the only one that received exceptional care with Climb Kili!
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there has been an unexpected halt in their hiking season. The guides and porters who helped us up the mountain are now in need of financial support as their means of income has been eliminated.
It’s our turn to take the lead.

It has become increasingly more clear that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the travel and tourism industry.

If you are able to, I am asking you to participate in a campaign to create a food pantry for the Climb Kili staff in Tanzania.

This way, they can be supplied with the staples they need most.

Even a $10 USD donation will go a long way to support the life of our friends in Tanzania. To put this in perspective $10 USD can purchase ALL of the following:

1 kg (2.2 lbs) Rice
1 kg (2.2 lbs) Maize flour
1 kg (2.2 lbs) Dried beans
4 loaves of Bread
2.3 kg (5 lbs) of Potatoes

All of the money raised on this platform will go directly to the fund to purchase the aforementioned items and they will be safely and equally distributed to the staff in Tanzania.

With the support we receive from these contributions we do a small part to ensure our friends can sustain for a little longer, hopefully until tourism and travel begin again.

Your support will mean the world.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

TO DONATE CLICK HERE

Here’s a video of our staff receiving their first donations!

Kilimanjaro Coronavirus Covid-19 Information

Can I climb Kilimanjaro and Safari: YES. CLIMB KILI is trekking Kilimanjaro and out on Safari everyday right now! While Coronavirus Covid-19 Information for Kilimanjaro and Tanzania can change, all Climb Kili and Safari operations are fully functioning.

Climb Kili

Climb Kili client–July 2020.

UPDATE: 14 October 2020:  President John Magufuli has lifted international flight bans and removed the 14 day quarantine for foreigners. There may be temperature checks to all arriving passengers. All Climb Kili Kilimanjaro and Safari tours are available and operational. However International flights into JRO may be canceled due to lack of passengers. We have the Airlines, Countries and flight itineraries that will help you arrive into JRO. Contact us today.

Safety is and always will be our highest priority for our clients and staff. As the situation is updating daily, we wanted to reassure you of the current landscape on Kilimanjaro and safari.

• Our mountain and safari operations are fully functioning, and our entire staff has received extensive training on sterilization, distancing and overall preparation for our clients’ health and well-being.

• Tanzania was one of the best prepared countries during Ebola of 2014 with their medical monitoring and containment strategies, the same has been implemented with Coronavirus COVID-19 measures.

We are here for you with any questions and concerns. Regarding final payment and rescheduling:

• With our Lifetime Deposit you can book with confidence and reschedule at any time if needed. We are waiving any climbing rebooking fees but please review our terms regarding Safari and Zanzibar.

It’s our recommendation to keep preparing and training and we’ll adjust together as the situation develops.

Stay healthy, stay positive, keep hiking (where possible!) and we’ll see you at the top!

Climb Kili Family

Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route

Also referred to as the Whiskey Route, Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route is a popular path on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Because of its popularity, it sees a lot of hiking boot activity during September.

Hiking the Route during the Rainy Season

During the rainier times of year, beginning in April, you will definitely experience less foot traffic. However, the Machame Route during the rainy season can also become muddy. So, you can either opt for higher foot traffic if you choose this route in a drier season or a higher amount of mud on your boots if you do not want to deal with crowds.

The Machame Route – Made Especially for Those Who Regularly Hike

Outside of dealing with crowds every now and then, you will find that the Machame Route is defined by panoramic views as well as breathtaking scenery. As long as the vista stops are not too crowded, you will find that the Machame Route is the ideal path for anyone who regularly hikes and backpacks. Do not take this route if you are not a seasoned hiker or camper. Instead, choose an option like the Lemosho Route, which is less difficult to climb and does not draw as many visitors.

Safari Offerings We Feature

Besides offering Kilimanjaro hiking routes, we at Climb Kili also feature Tanzanian safaris. Tanzania contains a great number of game reserves that make safari planning a regular activity. You can see Africa and its beautiful plants and wildlife in such natural areas as the Serengeti National Park, the Lake Manyara National Park, and Tarangire National Park.

The Serengeti Migration

The Serengeti National Park is home to the Serengeti Migration each year. Animals such as zebras, lions and a variety of antelope and elk can be seen migrating across the Serengeti Plains in the hundreds of thousands. However, even that number sounds low when you are witnessing such a spectacular migration.

If you choose to take the Machame Route, you can also see a variety of wildlife, although the numbers are on a much smaller scale than the animal herds that make a trek across the grasslands of the Serengeti.

If you do choose to take the Machame Route and are a seasoned hiker then, you have made a good decision. However, our expert guides at Climb Kili can assist in making any climb a positive experience. Whatever route you elect to take, you can be assured that you will have easy access to the proper gear and equipment and will be directed by climbers who know all there is to know about Kilimanjaro.

Should you be interested in both the hike over the Machame Route as well as a safari trip, then we can assist you in achieving your travel planning goals and working out an adaptable plan. We make vacation planning here at Climb Kili both unique and fun.

Kilimanjaro the Wonder of Africa

While some people believe Alaska and northern Canada feature some of the last vistas of pristine wilderness, they forget that Africa has its own wondrous areas as well. That is why we at Climb Kili take pride in being a major Kilimanjaro trekking, Safari, and Zanzibar company in Tanzania.

Gearing Up for an Adventure

Our Kilimanjaro mountain guides are experts in leading and guiding adventurers on the best routes to take and what equipment to use while on a safari or trek. We at Climb Kili ensure tourists’ safety too by using certified equipment on our trips.

Destinations of Note

So, which one of the Kilimanjaro tours would you like to take? We host a variety of treks up the mountain as well as take participants through various Tanzania game reserves on our safari excursions. We feature travel through such places as the Serengeti National Park, the Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater Area.

An Abundance of Wildlife

One of the popular safaris that we host from among our safari tours is the one that takes guests through Serengeti National Park – a very popular area for safari-type journeys. Not only are the fauna abundant in the park, the area is a beautiful sanctuary. Regardless of whether the animals are viewed migrating over the plains or grazing in natural spots in the park, Africa is seen in its entire splendor in this grassy and verdant area.

Making Sure Your Climb or Safari Is Safe

Therefore, it is really up to you whether you want to take a safari or attempt a climb on one of our Kilimanjaro tours here at Climb Kili. We can provide you with all your equipment needs and answer any questions that you may have about either adventure trip. After all, that is our job. We want to ensure that we fully accommodate your travel and safety needs.

Review your Tour Options

So, if you have been considering taking a trip to Africa, we can make the decision easy for you to make. Here at Climb Kili, we can direct you as to your choice of gear and review the itinerary with you for your safari or trek. Do not make a decision about a trip until you have carefully surveyed the planned activities. Once you take time to view your options, you will be able to put your travel plans in motion.

How to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing to the top of Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro is quite an accomplishment and can be achieved a lot easier if you are properly prepared for the trek. This means you need to take along the right clothing and equipment and be prepared for the altitude adjustment. The mountain, which sits in Tanzania, is just over 19,000 feet in height and is often referred to as the Roof of Africa.

When it comes to clothing, you should take several layers of it. Some of the best items you can take include thermal socks, underwear, and vests, sweaters, fleece tops, a weather suit, wind and rain-resistant trekking pants, a balaclava/hat, gloves, light pants, t-shirts, and trekking boots. Try to stay away from cotton as it absorbs water. Be sure to break in your boots well ahead of the climb. The last thing you want is a foot full of blisters.

You don’t want to take too much with you or anything that’s unnecessary. If you’re hiring a trekking company to make the climb then somebody else will be carrying some of your gear to each different station along the way. However, you’ll want to carry along items such as food and clothing and can transport it in a backpack. You’ll need plenty of water as you might find yourself drinking just over a gallon of it each day. You should drink at regular intervals even if you’re not thirsty. This will keep you hydrated.

You can usually find a source of fresh water on the climb, but it’s a good idea to take along some water purification tablets just in case. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. As you get higher you may start to feel a little bit dizzy or get slight headaches. It’s essential to have some type of pills such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen with you for relief. Your food supply should be pretty rich in carbohydrates.

You can take along some items that are easy to carry such as lentils, cereal bars, and nuts. At the foot of the mountain you’ll be able to rent a sleeping bag if you don’t have one already. You can also rent hiking poles and flashlights there.

Conquering Mount Kilimanjaro means you’ll have to hike through rocky terrain, grassland, and forest. You also need to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions including cold winds and hot sun. Make sure you cover your neck and face during the climb as they can easily blister. A windbreaker will also help as the wind is usually what drives the temperature down on the mountain.

Take your time when making the climb. The mountain isn’t going anywhere and this will help you to avoid what is commonly known as altitude sickness. There’s no rush to get to the peak and your body will serve you better if it can adjust to the altitude differences. This will allow you to feel better and provide you with more energy.

You can’t climb the mountain without a licensed guide and there’s a good reason for this. These people know the mountain well and can serve several functions. They will be able to motivate and navigate you and will be there in case you need first aid or help carrying your water. They can also simply be your friend and that can be very helpful on your trek. Because of their expertise, a guide will be able to advise you and they should be listened to if you’re ever in doubt and need guidance.