FAQs are sectioned.

We have three sections of FAQs. The first covers questions about entering Tanzania and getting there, the second is about Mt Kilimanjaro, and the third is all about safaris.

Getting There
  • What do I need to enter Tanzania?

    You will need a passport that is valid for at least six more months. You will also need a flight card which you will receive on the plane. Finally, you need a Tanzanian visa.

  • Can I obtain my visa at the airport?

    USA, Canadian, British and most European citizens can obtain their visas upon arrival at Kilimanjaro National Airport. The cost is $100 for USA passport holders and $50 for others. If you are a citizen of a different country, please check with your embassy whether you can obtain a visa upon arrival.

  • What vaccinations or immunizations do I need?

    Nothing is required but many are recommended. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania when arriving from countries where yellow fever is present.

  • Where do I fly into?

    Kilimanjaro International Airport

  • What other means of transport will get to Arusha?

    It is possible to fly into Nairobi and take a bus to Arusha. This is quite a cramped 6 – hour ride, which takes on the risks of travel by bus, as well as figuring out immigration from Kenya to Tanzania (All very doable with a little help from locals). This route is better suited to those on a budget with a desire for adventure.

  • What is included in your prices?

    The listed price includes all logistical aspects of your tour. A full list of inclusions and exclusions can be found on our pages.

  • How many people are in a group Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru climb?

    We cater to private groups from solo hikers upward.

  • What if I am a solo Kilimanjaro hiker and want to join a group hike?

    We will try to pair you up with other hikers wishing to join a group. It is best to have flexibility in your travel dates.

  • What routes do you offer for group climbs on Mr Kilimanjaro?

    We can arrange for you to hike any of the 7 routes up Kilimanjaro.

  • Which Mt Kilimanjaro routes do you recommend?

    We highly recommend the Lemosho route due to its acclimatization advantages and its scenic beauty. The Machame route is also highly recommended, though it is a little steeper and requires better fitness levels. It too has excellent acclimatization and very good scenery. The Rongai route is also a good trail for those who have previously hiked at altitude, have acclimatized, have excellent fitness, and want to hike Kilimanjaro in fewer than 7 – 8 days.

  • What about the other Kilimanjaro routes?

    The Marangu route is the most direct route up and only takes 6 days This does not provide time for acclimatization and therefore limits your chance of summiting. It is also a very busy route. Accommodation in the huts is quite noisy and limits your oxygen uptake during the night.

  • What is the best way before the trip to increase my chance of making it to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro?

    First and foremost, choose a longer route. 7 days should be the minimum and 8 or 9 days is even better. Next, put effort into your training and do it for at least two months, incorporating some long hikes if possible. Third, assemble the right gear for your climb. Lastly, consider booking a 4 day hike up Mt Meru with us prior to your Kilimanjaro tour.
    Many hikers take Diamox, a drug to assist your body to acclimatize. You will need to visit a travel medical clinic prior to your trip to get these prescribed.

  • When is the best time to climb Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru?

    Kilimanjaro is best climbed when the weather is dry. There are two rainy seasons in Tanzania. The long rainy season is from mid-March to early June. The short rainy season is from November to early December. Therefore, the best times to climb Kilimanjaro are mid-December to early-March, and mid-June to end of October.

  • What gear do I need for my Kilimanjaro climb?

    You will be sent a list of items to bring. This can also be found on the Preparation tab on our website.

  • If I climb during the dry season, do I need rain gear?

    Definitely. It can rain and snow all year round. The base of the mountain is in the rainforest. A quality waterproof jacket and pants is an absolute must.

  • How cold does it get on the mountain?

    In general, expect to sleep in temperatures as low as 20F and to hike in temperatures as low as -20F. It can be even colder. Be prepared.

  • What kind of food is prepared on the mountain?

    We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, which consist of western and traditional Tanzanian style meals. We send you a food questionnaire prior to your trip, so that we can cater to your specific dietary needs.

  • How do I use the bathroom on the mountain?

    At each campsite, we set up a private toilet tent, which contains a plastic toilet. Each campsite also has public "long drop" toilets. If you need to use the bathroom on the trail, find a spot behind a tree or rock. We recommend bringing pee bottles so that you do not have to leave your tent multiple times during the night to urinate.

  • How do I shower on the mountain?

    You don't. You can use wet wipes if you like to towel off. We also provide wash bowls with hot water when you arrive at your campsite each day so that you can flannel wash with soap.

  • What safety measures are taken by the staff?

    Our guides are highly experienced to manage altitude sickness, which is the biggest obstacle on the mountain. They are certified Wilderness First Responders. They conduct twice daily health checks to measure your oxygen saturation and pulse. A rescue plan is in place in the event of an emergency. Bottled oxygen, 2 – way radios and a first aid kit are carried on every climb. Portable stretchers are available at specific locations on the mountain. We register you with the Flying doctor's program, so that you can be airlifted from the mountain (depending on the altitude you are at).

  • What happens if someone in my group needs to descend? Does the entire party also have to descend?

    No. We bring multiple guides on every climb so that when a climber needs to descend, it does not affect the rest of the party.

  • What happens If I have to descend early?

    This depends on when in the trip you need to descend, and your medical needs and wishes. It may be possible for you to remain on the mountain at a lower altitude until the rest of your group descend. Alternately, you or your guide may think it best for you to return to the city, Arusha.

  • If return to Arusha early are the additional nights at the hotel covered?

    No, additional hotel stays are not covered and must be paid by you.

  • Can I book a safari on the spot?

    No, not usually, since we need to make preparations for your safari before your trip begins. It is best to pre-plan and pre-book your safari with us to avoid disappointment.

  • What gear do I need for the safari?

    The only additional item you need for the safari is perhaps binoculars. Other than that, the clothing you have for your climb is sufficient.

  • Where can I do laundry between tours?

    Most hotels are able to arrange laundry services for you for an additional charge. You should check with your hotel when you arrive and ask how long it will take to get your clean cloths back.

  • Where can I store luggage between trips?

    Most hotels have a secure location that luggage and valuables can be stored. Discuss this with the hotel desk manager.

Get In Touch

For more information, please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you have for us. You can send a direct email to us from the email form. We should answer your questions within 24 hours.

4865 Bench Rd
Cowichan Bay, BC

Ethiopia Street, Kaloleni

E: info @ kilimanjarobliss.com
P: +1 250 715 0034

What Our Guests Say

  • Very nice trip with Ari, on recommandation from a friend we went with him for a safari after our climb to Uhuru peak, and it was a pleasure, very nice, very professional, and also very friendly. A safari very close to the animals, where he took time to explain all about everything, and provided all the confort, picking us at the hotel, and even bringing us to the airport in the middle of the night.

    Adrien, France
  • My two friends and I had an incredible time on the safari with our guide ari and our driver (“lion”)!! We would highly recommend this safari. We did a three day safari and three parks and an incredible hotel and food was all included! Our guides were very knowledgeable and helpful and allowed us to have so much fun and adventure along the way. We were able see all the animals we wanted to (rhino!) and it was a wonderful experience out in the parks. Such an incredible and magical place, full of life and wonder. The resort hotel we stayed at was also wonderful and relaxing. Thank you Ari and “Lion”!

  • I was impressed by Aristarick, one of our gides. He was very helpfull, motivating and knows a lot. Thanks to him we made it to the top.

  • We enjoyed amazing safari's in Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park, thanks to Kilimanjaro Bliss & Ari. Guide & driver Ari was very flexible and accommodating for our family (5people). Every day again, we were amazed by the beauty of the country, the hospitality of the people and the guidance of our guide & driver.

    Marijke, Belgium
  • Ari of Kilimanjaro Bliss was an amazing host. We had signed up to do our climb to the top of Kilimanjaro with Kilimanjaro Bliss and got so much more than we expected...Ari and his crew took great care of us on the seven days that we took to get to the top and back down again. The food was incredibly delicious and the crew were awesome. It was an amazing adventure and we made it back a day early, so we decided to do a safari to Tarangire National Park. We ended our day with a visit to a Masai village. A truly incredible experience with exceptional service by Ari.

    Gabe, Minnesota, USA
  • The most incredible adventure, with the most amazing people! Two women, aged 55 and 59, apprehensive of the gruelling journey, but hoping for bragging rights of reaching the top; we anticipated sacrificing all comfort to get there. Instead, we were blown away with the great lengths the team went through to, not only make us comfortable, but make us feel like royalty. Meals were better than I have had in 5-star restaurants. Although summit day was tough, the journey getting there will be what I remember best. I miss the team already!

    Brenda, Ontario, Canada