Kilimanjaro Trip preparation

Flights
Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO) is the most convenient point of entry to Tanzania, as it is only 48 kms from Moshi Town. There are various ways of getting there where the Kilimanjaro climb starts from. A flight to JRO from the UK takes about 9 hours and there is a daily flight with KLM via Amsterdam. This is the quickest and easiest way, though not always the cheapest way to get there.

Alternatively fly to Nairobi and then take a second flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro Int airport. Kenya Airways offers both sectors (an overnight direct flight to Nairobi, and then a morning flight with Precision Air to JRO). 

Or finally fly to Nairobi with any airline and take a coach to Moshi. The coach costs $80 return and takes about 7 hours. Note that you will need to get two visas if you choose this option – one for Kenya and one for Tanzania, plus if you are in Kenya for longer then 12 hours then you will also need a yellow fever vaccination for entry to Tanzania. 

Baggage
We have our own registered company, Adventure Alternative Tanzania and a guesthouse in Tanzania. The MD is Castro who has been with us for many years. You can mark your baggage with the following details

Correspondence address: Adventure Alternative Tanzania, PO Box 1383, Moshi, Tanzania

Physical address: Keys Annexe Hotel, Moshi

Visa
You can buy your visa on arrival in Tanzania very easily. For most nationalities it's US$50, though there is a higher charge for US and some other nations at $100, payable in US dollars. You do not need a passport photograph.  If you are flying into Nairobi and then travelling overland to Tanzania you will also need to purchase a Kenyan visa, which is done online and in advance through an e-visa system. Please check the Kenyan High Commission website before travelling to check the latest prices for visas. If you are transiting through Kenya, in that you are arriving into Nairobi by air and catching an onward flight to Tanzania then you do not need a visa, unless you plan to leave the airport. One way coach transfer from Nairobi to Arusha is approximately $40 each way.

Vaccinations and Travel Health
You will need to visit your GP prior to your trip to discuss vaccinations. You do not need a yellow fever certificate to enter Tanzania unless you are entering from another country where yellow fever is prevalent. This does include Kenya however, so if you are coming in overland from Nairobi, having spent more than 12 hours there, then you should have one. 

We have a contract with Interhealth in London which can provide expert travel advice and guidance on travel in any country. Benefits include:
* Free travel consultations and health advice with a medical team to discuss pre-travel requirements such as malaria prevention and vaccination requirements. Tel: 020 7902 9033- 2-3pm Mon-Fri or doctors@interhealth.org.uk
* Urgent medical advice – for serious health issues, available 24 hours a day. emergency phone line: 079 7325 0026

Insurance
For treks and climbs going to altitude or remote regions you will need to check carefully that you get the right kind of insurance cover. It is also important to make sure that you have cancellation cover.

We encourage people to buy insurance as soon as you have booked your flight and trip, in case there is a need for cancellation. Do also take your papers with you and make sure your tent mate knows where it is, in case somebody else needs to make a phone call for you.

Money
The local currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling. Though be careful not to mix up Kenyan and Tanzanian Shillings as there is a 20 times difference in value! You can check the current exchange rate on xe.com. There is an ATM in town which takes Visa and Mastercard and there is a bank with forex facilities. Do also remember to have small denomination notes because many local places will not be able to offer change for large notes. You can take sterling, euro or dollars, and change it easily, including small amounts at the hotel desk. If you are travelling from Northern Ireland or Scotland then remember to bring Bank of England sterling notes, not the Northern Irish / Scottish sterling notes which are not recognised.

Arrival
Whether you arrive at Kilimanjaro airport or the Coach Station (after an overland connection from Nairobi), you will be met on arrival by Castro - director of Adventure Alternative Tanzania or one of our other guides. They will be holding an Adventure Alternative name board or possibly one with your name on it. Do have a good look around if there are a number of other company reps there, and note that our staff are not allowed into the baggage hall so you will need to come right out into the arrival area.

The charge for an airport transfer is £10.00 per person per transfer, which is payable to Castro in any currency. We don't include this as standard in our trip fee as some people arrive by air, others by road so it's not applicable to everyone on a trip. A standard taxi fare is about USD$60.00. 

On arrival into your hotel, Castro will meet you and after some time relaxing he will introduce you to our team and brief you on your safari or climb. The briefing is very relaxed and will cover everything that you will need to know about your trip.

Please note; sometimes arrival day can be a bit busy for Castro if a large number of people are arriving at different times. He, or other staff may be back and forth to the airport all day and may spend a lot of time just waiting at the arrivals hall. In this situation you may be left to relax at the hotel for some time before the group is all together. It is obviously much easier to brief everyone all together so it is likely that we may wait until later on for a full mountain briefing. In the meantime, if you have any questions or are unsure about anything then do call Castro or ask the hotel staff to do so. He is usually only a short drive away if he is not at the hotel.

Electrical
In most parts of Tanzania they use the same 3-pin (type G) plugs as in the UK. The vast majority of UK electrical devices should charge and work fine. However, the electrical supply in Tanzania is not as closely controlled or as reliable as the UK. If you have any very expensive equipment then please be aware that an electrical surge or voltage/frequency change could potentially affect it. An expert might be able to advise on surge protectors.