How to pack your day use on Kilimanjaro. African Traces-usually you will not see your duffel bag from the moment you hand it to the porter in the morning until evening in the camp or hut. Its therefore necessary to pack everything that you may need during the day in your daypack that you carry with you.
>> Waterproof Jacket & Pants
>>Extra layer you should carry one more layer (e.g. a fleece sweater) than you would be expecting to need, given that days particular conditions
>>Small personal first aid kit (blisters, pain killers, antihitamines, any personal medication e.g. asthma pumps). Although our guides will have it the first aid kit too.
>>Toilet paper & ziplock bags to bring toilet paper, Tissue paper to the camp for disposal. do not bury paper, burn paper or litter the mountain!)
>>Sun screen & lip salve with SPF
>> Sun glasses
>> Hiking Pole(s)
>> Hat (Sunhat & wool hat as appropriate)
>> Buff or bandana (dust)
>> Camera/iPod etc
>> Hydration e.g. camelbak &/or waterbottles min 3-4 liters, which we can refill the bottles during the lunch time.
>> Passport & credit card in waterproof container e.g. ziplock plastic bag (in case of emergency evacuation) But this can stay in the hotel for more safety.
>> Personal favorite snacks, candies, sweets etc.
This is normally about 5 or 6 kilograms. Every person will have their own. porter carrying the other bag so nothing ever gets lost.
The porters are not allowed to carry more than 20kgs so please do not overfill your bags. They also carry bags on their heads, even rucksacks, so it is probably more convenient to bring a duffle bag for your gear. We will also put your bags into waterproof sacks in case of rain.
You can communicate with home.
Your mobile phone should work all the way up the mountain (slightly depending on which subscribe you are using) as long as you have roaming access. Please note you cannot charge batteries anywhere on the mountain. You may need to walk a little distance to find a spot with a signal.
Make sure you keeping dry and warm
There is doubt that you will have some rain, as the weather on the mountain is unpredictable. And it is likely to be in the lower regions around the Montana or forest level. Waterproofs are necessary; remember that on the equator the rainy season is traditionally March, April, May and November.
Expect short term wheathe conditions, i.e. sharp showers of rain, hot sun, gusts of wind, snow and low night temperatures. Clear nights will be colder but more beautiful, and generally the cloud builds up mid-morning, only to dissipate again with the setting sun.
Above Shira Camp it might get snow, sleet and even hail. The ground is more open and exposed so it will be important to have some dry bags for your day sack (or a cover) and all the appropriate clothing for protection against the elements. Up higher at Barafu Camp it will be colder and windier so the shell jacket is really vital; temperatures can drop dramatically, and there may be snow. Summit morning can be icy underfoot, and very cold (minus 10°C) so good boots with hats and gloves are important. The walking stick can be helpful at this time.
I did the Marangu Route with African Traces at the end of December 2020. For me the most important thing in the experience was the safety of my self and my team, what i can say its that my guide was checking up on me every hour and at the beginning and the end of every day we did a-lot of checks and test with a form which gave me a-lot of confidence for my situation. see more
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I did the 8 day Lemosho route with the addition of the Western Breach and a night in the crater over NYE 2021. African Traces customized my trip to be exactly what I wanted it to be! Even tayored a gluten and dairy free meal plan while on the mountain which was so appreciated. The food was fantastic, my team was amazing‐ upbeat and helpful at every turn. see more
We were traveling for 7 days safari with Marco and Tony. The best experience I’ve could ever get!-great and interesting explanations.,-flexibility about the things we want to see.-the lodges was great, more than I thought it should be specially the guest house in Serengeti.-the food was amazing, I’m vegetarian and it was delicious for me. see more
I went for a 3 days safari in Serengeti and Ngorongoro national park with African Traces and I just loved it. Marco took care of me as I was solo traveller. He picked me up from the airport and helped to buy a bus tickets after Safari. And the safari tour was amazing, good car, good food and guide who was speaking English very well so he told us many interesting things about animals. see more
We contact Marko Mtui from African Traces about a month and a half before our trip to Tanzania in order to book ourself a safari trip. Marko was very communicative and answered all our questions and wonderings.
We checked a few Safari operators in Tanzania and decided to go with African Traces (which had the best "value for money" proposal and a lot of great reviews), and we couldn't choose better!
Ich bin derzeit auf Weltreise und habe Marko und African Traces von einem anderen Reisenden empfohlen bekommen. Wir hatten unsere Kili-Tour (leider) schon woanders gebucht, eine Safari sollte noch Folgen.
Die Nummer per Whatsapp kontaktiert und es hat vom ersten Moment an gestimmt. Marko weiss was die Kunden wollen. Weiterlesen