Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY CLIMB UP KILIMANJARO?
Even if you will be using the relatively "easy" Marangu route, the high altitude (thus low oxygen supply levels), and the physical strain of the long treks still require you to be both physically and mentally ready for the challenge. It is advisable that you start physically preparing for the climb at least two months before the actual climb. Regular hiking is probably the best training exercise you can undertake for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. If you have access to hiking trails with moderate elevation, make the most out of it. It conditions your legs for the strenuous uphill and downhill climbs you will encounter on the mountain. At the very least, you should trek for one hour, two to three times a week, with more extended treks during the weekend. You can also make use of the stair master machine if you have access to a gym. Aerobic training can also enhance your body's ability to function efficiently when oxygen supply is low. Simple exercises such as cycling and running can help build your aerobic capacity. If you have access to high altitude training systems, it can help you to pre-acclimatize to high altitude, thus improving your chances for success
WHAT GEAR IS SUPPLIED BY TAZAMA AFRICA?
We supply all necessary camping gear including waterproof tent, sleeping bags, tables and chairs, cooking gear and toilet. You can also rent trekking poles or other gear for a small additional cost.
WHO ARE YOUR GUIDES?
We work with knowledgeable local experts to lead our trips. These men and women know Tanzania intimately, and are enthusiastic and accommodating. They ‘show you the ropes’ and encourage you every step of the way. Our guides have Wilderness First Aid Training. Their first priority is making sure you are safe.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?
We eat well on our trips, which feature an abundance of fresh, local and delicious food. All water used for cooking and drinking is purified by filter or it’s boiled. We can also accommodate special dietary requests (vegetarian, food allergies, etc.) just let us know.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO?
The best months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro are considered to be from August to October and from January to March.
WHAT EXPECTATIONS SHOULD I HAVE ON SAFARI?
While we work to provide our guests with exceptional comfort and luxury while on safari, it's important to remember that a safari is by definition a journey and one in a pretty harsh environment compared to a holiday in Disneyland. For most first time safari goers, safety is rightly a concern. Ensure you are following your guide’s instructions and not doing anything foolish and your safety should not be in jeopardy at all while on a safari. Expect dust, insects, noisy animals, bumpy game drives and early mornings. However, those are small discomforts when compared to the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being surrounded by a herd of dozens of elephants right in front of your eyes or enjoying the absolute serenity when sitting around a crackling fire enjoying a drink as you stare up at the clear sky littered with stars and hearing a lion roar in the distance.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO GO ON SAFARI
East Africa has a dry season, which is the more popular option for safari, and the green season. Safaris in the dry season generally see animals congregated at waterholes and a less dense bush, which makes spotting animals easier. The green season offers more opportunity to see animals more spread out and a beautiful and lush green bush with plenty of birds.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VIEW THE GREAT MIGRATION?
The Great Migration traditionally follows the rain as animals migrate towards better pastures. Therefore it is difficult to determine precisely when it will happen. Working on the assumption of a "normal" year, the migration generally begins in early April, May and June, when the calves are strong enough and the journey north begins. From June/July the wildebeest gather in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park and in August/September they cross the Grumeti River and head towards the Masai Mara in Kenya. From October to December the animals begin to move back into the Serengeti.
HOW IS THE BIRDING IN TANZANIA?
Tanzania is an excellent all-year-round birding destination. It boasts over 1000 bird species, with Lake Manyara alone being home to more than 400. Thousands of flamingos on the lake make for a spectacular sight and photographic opportunity. At the height of the northern winter, some 160 species of migrants make their way south, adding to the local birdlife.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING SHOULD I PACK?
Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year. Due to the high altitude on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater it can be cold at night (even in summer) therefore it is very important to pack warm clothing for the nights. The most practical items to pack are:
- Khaki, brown, white and beige colours.
- Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/shorts in summer
- Long sleeved blouses/shirts for game drives, safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
- A fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (and at the Ngorongoro Crater)
- Swimwear is a must for the beach
- A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Comfortable walking shoes
- For climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru: Thermal underwear, light layers, sweater, warm jacket, good socks and sturdy boots.
*Please note: brighter colours like blue or red are proven to attract insects while the tan range of colours show dirt less obviously and also do not absorb heat as much as darker colours.
ARE THERE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS TO GET INTO TANZANIA?
Visitors must be vaccinated against yellow fever no less than 10 days prior to travel to Tanzania and need to produce a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate at the point of entry. If you do not have one, you will be given an injection at the airport. If you cannot have a yellow fever injection for medical reasons, you will need to produce a doctor's letter stating these reasons. Tanzania is also located in a malaria area and malaria prophylactics are highly recommended. Please consult your medical practitioner when planning your trip.
WILL THERE BE WIFI AVAILABLE?
Most lodging accommodation will have wifi available. It is important to note that while wifi is available in most areas, it is most likely not the speed you are used to but should be efficient enough to check email and communicate back home.