What you'll need to prepare for your trip.

  • Passports & Travel

    Foreigners wanting to enter the United Republic of Tanzania should be in possession of a valid passport that is at least six months prior to expiration. The passport is to be presented to the Immigration Control Officer at any entry point: border station, airport, or harbor. The passport must be presented along with one of the following:

    • A valid visa
    • Resident permit
    • A pass

    A visitor must also present a return ticket together with proof that the visitor has sufficient funds to support himself or herself while in Tanzania.
    All foreigners from non-Commonwealth countries are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have agreements with Tanzania under which the visa requirement is waived. Exemptions: Citizens of Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visas unless they are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, or India. The visa is permission granted to a foreigner who intends to travel to Tanzania on business, for a holiday, to study or conduct research, or for other approved activities. When entering Tanzania, the visitor with a visa may then obtain from the immigration control officer, a pass or any other authority to enter the country.
    Visas are issued by the following:

    • •The office of the Director of Immigration Services, Dar es Salaam, and the office of the Principal Immigration Officer, Zanzibar.
    • •Tanzanian representatives abroad: Visas can be obtained at Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions, such as the Tanzanian Embassy of the United States.
    • •Entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania: principally Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma port, Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar Harbour and Zanzibar Airport.

    We recommend getting your visa at your point of entry, most likely at Kilimanjaro International Airport. The cost of a Tanzanian visa for US citizens is $100, payable in US dollars. Canadian, Australian, British and most European passport holders can also obtain visas upon arrival at the airport. The cost of a Tanzanian visa is $50, payable in US dollars. Confirm with your embassy.

  • Vaccinations & Such

    Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications 
    The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Africa. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

    • Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG). Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.
    • Hepatitis B, especially if you might be exposed to blood or body fluids (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 11-12 years who did not receive the series as infants.
    • Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug.
    • Meningococcal (meningitis) if you plan to visit countries in this region that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June.
    • Rabies, pre-exposure vaccination, if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain occupational activities.
    • Typhoid vaccine. Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors
    • Yellow fever, a viral disease that occurs primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America, is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus is also present in Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travelers to endemic areas and may be required to cross certain international borders (For country specific requirements, see Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and Prophylaxis, by Country.). Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10 year intervals if there is on-going risk. · As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria, measles, and a one-time dose of polio vaccine for adults.

    Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. Humans get malaria from the bite of a mosquito infected with the parasite. Your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. All travelers to East Africa, including infants, children, and former residents of East Africa, may be at risk for malaria. Prevent this serious disease by seeing your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug and by protecting yourself against mosquito bites.
    All travelers should consider taking one of the following drugs, in consultation with their health care provider:

    • atovaquone/proguanil,
    • doxycycline,
    • mefloquine, or
    • primaquine (in special circumstances). 

    Yellow Fever
    A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania when arriving from countries where yellow fever is present.
    Food and Waterborne Diseases

    Make sure your food and drinking water are safe. Food and waterborne diseases are the primary cause of illness in travelers. Travelers' diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites, which are found throughout East Africa and can contaminate food or water. Infections may cause diarrhea and vomiting (E. coli, Salmonella, cholera, and parasites), fever (typhoid fever and toxoplasmosis), or liver damage (hepatitis).
    To stay healthy,

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or, if hands are not visibly soiled, use a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub to remove potentially infectious materials from your skin and help prevent disease transmission.
    • Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. If this is not possible, learn how to make water safer to drink.
    • Take your malaria prevention medication before, during, and after travel, as directed. (See your health care provider for a prescription.)
    • Keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot, even on beaches, to prevent fungal and parasitic infections.
    • Always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
    • Protect yourself from mosquito insect bites:
    • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats when outdoors.
    • Use insect repellents that contain DEET (N, N-diethylmethyltoluamide).
    • Sleep under bed nets, preferably insecticide-treated ones, and if no screening or air conditioning is available: use a pyrethroid-containing spray in living and sleeping areas during evening and night-time hours.

    Do not…

    • Eat food purchased from street vendors or food that is not well cooked to reduce risk of infection (i.e., hepatitis A and typhoid fever).
    • Drink beverages with ice.
    • Use dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.
    • Swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain water-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis.
    • Handle animals, especially monkeys, dogs, and cats, to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague). Consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas.
    • Share needles for tattoos, body piercing or injections to prevent infections such as HIV and hepatitis B.

    Avoid poultry farms, bird markets, and other places where live poultry is raised or kept.

  • What to bring

    You will need to divide your belongings into two bags. One bag with most of your clothing and equipment will be carried by a porter, while the other bag, a comfortable bay pack, you will carry with the items you need during the hiking day.
    Duffel Bag: It is best that hikers have a waterproof duffel, or pack their clothing and equipment into waterproof bags inside a duffel bag.  Duffel bags are easier for porters to carry than backpacks, as they carry their load on their head.

    • Comfortable hiking boots
    • Gaiters (especially for higher elevations)
    • Walking socks
    • Walking pants (trousers)/ & shorts
    • Base Layer wicking shirt
    • Comfortable underwear (wicks moisture)
    • Warm hat or balaclava
    • Neck buff or scarf
    • Sun hat
    • Warm gloves
    • Sun glasses

    Day Pack: You will want to have a comfortable day pack to carry the following items:

    • Water bottle or platter-pus (2 – 3 litres)
    • Water purification tablets or steri-pen
    • Camera
    • Warm up sweater / fleece
    • Rain Jacket and pants, or poncho (yep, you may need to wear these)
    • First Aid items: Band aids; blister pads; ankle bandage; lip salve; sun cream; personal medications; pain relievers for headaches and muscle soreness, altitude meds; hand sanitizer.
    • Hiking Pole(s)

    Duffel bag: Items to pack in your porter carried duffel:

    • Good warm sleeping bag
    • Sleeping Mat (we can provide this)
    • Long thermal underwear (shirt & pants) for sleeping, and peak ascent
    • 2nd pair hiking pants
    • 2nd hiking shirt
    • Spare socks & underwear
    • T-shirt for camp
    • Warm pants
    • Warm shirt
    • Running shoes for camp
    • Headlamp & spare batteries (for night hiking on peak ascent it is best to have lamp that can be worn on your head)
    • Wash kit: Toothbrush & paste; spare medications; handy tissues; bio- degradable soap (toilet paper is supplied)
    • Travel towel & wash cloth
    • Book; notebook; cards
    • Spare camera batteries kept in container where they will not get too hot or cold

  • How to train

    How to Train for Kilimanjaro
    There are a few elements that will determine your ability to summit on Kilimanjaro.  The first is your ability to acclimatize and hike at altitude.  Some people just do not do well at altitude and no amount of training will change this.  The best way to improve your ability to hike at altitude is to gradually acclimatize.  This can be achieved in several ways.   If you have opportunity to spend time in or hike in other areas of altitude prior to hiking Kilimanjaro this can help.  This includes planning a 4 – day pre-Kilimanjaro hike on Mt Meru, in Arusha National Park.  Choosing a route on Kilimanjaro that takes at least 7 days gives your body a better opportunity to acclimatize. An 8 – 9 day trips improve this acclimatization even further.

    Many hikers take Diamox medication to help them acclimatize.  While this can significantly improve your bodies ability to uptake oxygen, it has a few side effects, such as increased urination, which often means waking at night to relive yourself.
    Drinking plenty of water during your hike is imperative and helps with acclimatization and helps prevent dehydration.

    You should plan and put effort into a training plan for at least two months, incorporating some long hikes if possible.  Be sure to include both up and downhill hiking.  The trail is relatively simple, however there are some steep sections, with the hardest sections being a steep uphill on the summit day, followed by a very long downhill section, most of the way down the mountain.  You should especially train for this big downill day.

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