frequently asked questions
All your travel arrangements are made individually. It is important, however, to communicate your details with your contact person at Milestone Safaris.
You will need to organise travel from your home country to the joining point in Moshi, Tanzania.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Vaccinations & Antimalarials
It is advisable to begin your vaccinations approx six weeks prior to your arrival so that you’ll have adequate time to get them all in.
Malaria is relatively common in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania although recent figures show that prevalence is dropping. Visitors may also want to bring insect repellent with Deet (we suggest 50%) to use while in Tanzania. Anti-malarials can be taken but we recommend speaking to your General Practitioner to ensure they are suitable for you.
Please consult your General Practitioner or travel clinic for advice on the most up-to-date information. If you do need to arrange vaccinations, you should contact your General Practitioner or travel clinic at least two months before departure.
We recommend that you make 3 photocopies of each of the below documents; you should scan them and email them to yourself as well.
Passport (valid for at least 6 months after your intended return date)
- Tanzania Tourist Visa
- Flight Tickets or print out of e-ticket (please also email these to Milestone Safaris so we can keep copies together on your file)
- Travel insurance details
- Check/Debit/Credit Card
- Vaccination records/certificates
We recommend that you make 3 photocopies of each of the above documents; you should scan them and email them to yourself as well. On your journey to Africa, you should keep one copy in your backpack, one in your day-bag and give one set to your parents or a friend back home (in case you need to contact them in case of an emergency). To be extra safe you should also bring with you photocopies of the following:
- Driver’s license from your home, and international license if you have one
- Your embassy phone number in the countries you will be visiting
- Serial number on valuables e.g. cameras
- Credit card emergency phone numbers to report theft
Though Tanzania is a rather tolerant country, people tend to dress rather conservatively and it is a sign of respect that you dress the same. Women should never dress in what the local people might interpret as a provocative fashion. We recommend that skirts or shorts at or below the knees or long pants should be worn at all times. Spaghetti strap tops, halter tops, or tank tops are not worn by local women very often, but are definitely seen more now than they used to be. Tight fitting or revealing clothing should be avoided – mainly to avoid stares from local men rather than any other reason.
Men can wear shorts or trousers, although you will find the local men rarely wear shorts. It is also advisable that men avoid wearing sleeveless shirts. It can be rainy between November – April, so we’d suggest bringing a raincoat and a sweatshirt. At other times of the year, light cotton clothing is best for the heat, though you should be prepared and pack a light sweater just in case.
Kiswahili phrase book or language book
Guide book (ie. lonely planet)
Film/extra memory card
Adapter plugs (Tanzania has the same sockets and voltage as the UK; 3 pronged and 210volts)
Day pack (small backpack)
Mobile/Cell phone (make sure this has been unlocked in your country, we will provide you with a SIM-card upon arrival).
1 Mountaineering Sleeping bag (usually a -10 degree rating or better is recommended)
3 litre combination of water bottles / camelbacks
1 LED Flashlight with spare batteries
1 Pair of comfortable trekking boots
3-4 pairs of thick thermal socks and several pairs of regular socks and liners
1 pair insulated ski pants
1 down jacket
1 set of thermal underwear (i.e. thermal vest & long-johns)
2 pairs of trekking trousers
1 set waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
1 pair of ski gloves and glove liners
1 balaclava or ski-mask
- Walking poles highly recommended
- 1 Sleeping bag
- 1 litre water canteen (optional as we provide water for the duration of your trip)
- 1 LED Flashlight with spare batteries - or if you can get a wind-up one that is even better!
- 1 Pair of comfortable closed shoes for using around the camp
- 1 Pair of comfortable open shoes for using while in transit or on game-drive.
- 1 waterproof jacket (just in case)
- 1 sun hat
- 1 pair of trousers for the evenings
- 2 pairs of shorts for the day
- Several light t-shirts/blouse
- 1 warm fleece
- Insect repellent cream/spray (an absolute must)
- Camera (with extra batteries if possible)
We strongly feel this should not depend on whether or not you reached the top. Whilst discretionary, many of our guests ask us for a guideline so we suggest the following percentages:
Kilimanjaro Expeditions: 10-15% of total sum shared across the crew
Safaris: 5-7% of total sum shared across the crew
Local Excursions: 10% of total sum shared across the crew