What to Expect

From Turnkey to Basic Assistance

Depending on your desires, we can provide turnkey airport to airport service with every detail take care of in between.  We can also facilitate very basic components, such as the basic legal guiding requirements on the mountain.  After your initial inquiry there is usually a discussion about details and we will provide you with a proposal for your trip based on your goals and requests.

Once you’ve confirmed your booking with a deposit, a detailed information package (we call Joining Instructions) will be sent to you in order to help you prepare for your trip.  It will provide details about how to prepare and what to expect when you arrive and during your adventures.

An overview of some of the aspects to help in your planning is provided in the pages under this heading along with some basic information below.  For any detailed questions that you may have prior to booking, please send them via email and we are more than happy to answer them.

When You Arrive

When traveling to Tanzania, usually, clients arrive via KLM Airlines from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) though your itinerary and airline choice may differ.  These flights usually arrive in the evening.  If flying to Entebbe or Kigali, airlines and times can vary.  Regardless of where you land, your Guide and/or Driver will be there to meet you after you clear customs and collect your baggage. You will then be transferred to your hotel and given a briefing on what your next timing is and the agenda for the next day.

Guide Staff

Our Guides are more than just your mountain or safari guides.  They are essentially your ‘handler’ while you are on the ground and are there to help you with all aspects of your trip and to answer all your questions.  They can be involved in your trip as little or as much as you require and desire.  That local knowledge will help you significantly in making the most of your trip.

Weather

Generally speaking, the high seasons are January, February, July, August and September.  These months correspond with the dry season.  June, October and December see moderate traffic and precipitation, which is usually the best balance and time for a trip if your schedule will allow.

All the mountains can be climbed in the wet season.  The views may not be as good due to overcast skies, however if you want the mountain to yourself, this is the best time.  March, April, May and November see significantly less traffic.  But keep in mind, there is more rain and clouds, and thus not as many panoramic views with less comfortable environmental conditions.

The coldest months are June, July and August and the warmest January and February.

On Kilimanjaro and Mt. Stanley, the temperatures can get as low as -20°C (-4°F) or even colder, however this is usually only on the summit day during the colder months.  It is important to strike a balance between how much cold weather clothing to bring and how much is actually required for the time you are climbing.  Please see our recommended equipment checklists in your Joining Instructions for more details.