Trekking Faqs

 SAFARI FAQs

  • Health & Safety

Are safaris in Tanzania safe?
You bet they are. Tanzania is one of Africa’s most stable countries. The friendly people and attentive staff members at the hotel will take care of you throughout your stay in Tanzania. After spending full day in game drives, rest up at your preferred camps and lodges which provide old African charm in modern-day conveniences..

Is it okay to drink the water?
Free bottled water is provided by us during the game drives in the park. You can also purchase bottled water at all lodges.

Are there a lot of bugs in Tanzania?
There are more bugs in many places in the U.S. than you will encounter on safari! As in North America, deet-based repellents and citronelle-based products work well if you encounter mosquitoes or other small insects.

What shots should I get?
For medical advice, it’s always best to consult your doctor. Most travelers receive a vaccination for yellow fever and antimalarial pills. Keep in mind that you’ll be staying in camps and lodges designed to accommodate American and European guests. 

 

  • Wildlife Viewing

Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Africa?
Northern Tanzania! Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world. The vast plains of Serengeti National Park also host a myriad of wildlife, especially during the wildebeest migration.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari in Tanzania?
All kinds! You will see the animals you’ve always dreamed of encountering on safari—zebra, elephant, hippo, giraffe, lion, warthog, wildebeest, and so much more.

When is the best time of year to go on safari in Tanzania?
Tanzania has the best year-round wildlife viewing, and we adjust our itineraries, departure dates, and accommodations based on wildlife migration patterns. In Tanzania, any time is a wonderful time to be on safari. Of course, there are seasonal variations, but you’ll always see a lot of animals.

What is the Great Migration?The Great Migration is an annual wildlife year-round event where vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, eland move around the Serengeti ecosystem both in Tanzania and Kenya in search of food and water. The migration pattern primarily depends on the rainfall which makes it difficult to predict.

What if I don’t see the Great Migration during my safari?Hakuna Matata! Which means no worries. Irrespective of where you travel to Tanzania, you’ll be presented with awe-inspiring moments. Even if you don’t come across the Great Migration, you’d still be able to see wildlife galore.

 

  • Clothes, Food & Weather

What clothes should I bring on safari?

Dress in comfortable, casual attire that you don’t mind getting dusty. We recommend wearing layers. After you’ve booked your safari, we’ll mail a detailed packing list to help you prepare.

What’s the food like?

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of food on our safaris. In most lodges, meals are served buffet-style. The food is made keeping in mind the western plates (some local dishes are also included. At the Nyumba Camps, chefs prepare fresh soups, breads, entrees, and desserts daily.

Can special diets be accommodated?

With advanced notice, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly meals can easily be arranged. Make sure to inform us when booking your trip.

What’s the weather like in Tanzania?

Tanzania’s climate is typically sunny, dry, and warm, though there are variations. December through March is warmer (70ºF – 80ºF) with a higher chance of occasional rain. May through November is cooler and drier (60ºF – 80ºF). April, like in North America, usually brings more rain so we do not operate scheduled trips during that time.

 

  • Itineraries

Will I have a chance to interact with local people of Tanzania?
Many of our trips provide opportunities to visit local villages and interact with the people. However, if your itinerary does not include these visits, you’ll still gain valuable local insight from your expert guide, a native of Tanzania.

Can I make my own itinerary?
Absolutely. Just contact us to start the process. We’ll pay a close attention to your needs and provide suggestions based on your interest, timeline, and budget. Leave the details to us!

Can I take my children on safari?
Of course! We think taking your whole family on safari is a wonderful way to learn and grow together. That’s why That’s the primary reason why we offer family tour packages which are intended for families travelling with kids both under and above the age of 6.

Will I stay in tents or lodges?

At Joica Tours & Safaris, we know how important choice is when planning a trip. That’s why we offer an array of accommodation options. Do you want to stay in all tents? All lodges? A combination of both? It’s completely up to you. Make sure to check the accommodations section of our itineraries to see what’s offered.

What type of vehicles do you provide?

We use 4 or 7passengers, 4×4-wheel-drive Land Cruisers, all with viewing roofs for the safaris.

TREKKING FAQs

What is included in prices?

Our prices include hotel accommodations before and after the climb, transportation from the hotel to the trail and back, transportation from the airport to the hotel and back, Government tax, all park entry fees, 18% VAT on tour fees & services, Guide, porters and cook salaries, Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees, equipment like tents and chairs and tables, and meals on the mountain. Prices do not include flights, lunch, dinner or beverages at the hotel before &after climb, personal gear and equipment, or tips. Our prices are listed in US Dollars.

How many people are in a group?

Our group limit for climb is 10 people for those who book different to form a group.

If you’re not planning to spend any additional days before and after the trekking dates, then you should book your flights accordingly, arriving on the start date and leaving on the end date. The Arrival date is the day before the commencement of the climb.. It represents the latest date you should be in Moshi. We have our trip briefings at 6:00pm at your hotel on this day, though we can schedule a personal trip briefing for you later in the evening or the next morning if you arrive late. The “Departure Date” is the day after you climb ends, after spending the night at the hotel.

What routes do you offer for group?

We have group climbs on the 8 day Lemosho route, 7 day Rongai route, and 7 day Machame route. We specialize in two routes, namely, Lemosho and Machame. Hence, most of our clients are on these routes.

What is the distinction between group climb and private climb?

With a group climb, you will be in a party of up to10 climbers who have booked with us separately. Group climbs are scheduled for set dates on set routes. In a private climb, you will be in a party of people you specifically booked with (friends, family, etc.). Private climbs are open to be scheduled as per your preference, both on date and route. There is no maximum limit for number of climbers for a private climb. The service on the mountain is usually the same.

If I am the sole climber, do I have to share room and tent with someone else on the group?
We usually pair same sex single climbers who are open to share a double room and three person tent before and after the climb. To get a single room tent, you have to pay for a single supplement which must be arranged at the time of booking.

Which  routes do you recommend?

We recommend the 9-day Northern Circuit route, 8-day Lemosho route, and 7-day Rongai route. These routes are high on success rate and provide beautiful scenery all along the way at the same time. The 7-day Machame route is relatively crowded, but is overall good.

How to increase the my chances of summiting to the top, before the trip?

First and foremost, you should preferably go for a longer trail. 7 days should be minimum, but 8 or 9 days are even better. Next, you should put more effort on your training and start doing it at least two months prior to commencement of Kilimanjaro trekking tour. If possible, incorporate some long simulated hikes. Third, assemble the right gears for your climb. Last but not the least, consider trekking in some high-altitude system which will aid pre-acclimatization.

What is the best way to increase my chance of making it to the top, during the trip?

Avoiding altitude sickness is key. Do this by walking slowly. Drink lots of water and eat enough food. Go on all optional acclimatization hikes. Consider taking Diamox. Also prevent other illnesses by disinfecting your hands after every time you use the bathroom and before any meals.

What gear do i need for my climb?

For the climb, you’ll need a variety of technical clothing and equipment. A detailed gear list click here https://www.joicatours.com/safari/tips/kilimanjaro-packing-list

How much of my gear can my porter carry for me?

The weight limit is 20kgs .The sleeping bag is included in the limit. Porters will carry your duffel bag in a waterproof bag.

How much should my pack weigh?

Try to keep it under 20 lbs. In fact, try to keep all of your belongings to under 40 lbs.

How should i dress for kilimanjaro?

It is advised that you follow the layering dress principle when you dress. Layering is a systematic, logical approach as you put multiple layers of clothing to cover your body. The three primary layers are base layer, mid layer, and outer shell

What rental gear is available?

We have all trekking gear and equipment for rent. You do not have to reserve them. You can pay for the rentals and get them at the trip briefing.

What is the best time to climb kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro can be best experienced when the weather is dry. Tanzania sees two rainy seasons. The long rainy season is from mid-March to early June. The short rainy season is from November to early December. Therefore the best times to climb Kilimanajro are mid-December to early-March, and mid-June to end of October.

If i climb during the dry season, do i need rain gear?

Yes. It can rain and snow all year round. The base of the mountain is in the rainforest. A quality waterproof jacket and pants is 100% must.

How cold does it get on the mountain?

In general, expect to sleep in temperatures as low as 20F and to hike in temperatures as low as -20F. It can be even colder. Be prepared.

What kind of food is prepared on the mountain?

Meals three times a day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – are served which consist of western style meals.

Can you cater to special diets?

We can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. For more specific requirements, we will try our best but please contact us to discuss.

How do i use the bathroom on the mountain?

Each campsite has public “long drop” toilets. If you need to use the bathroom on the trail, you should go for the bush or find a spot behind a rock or tree. Pee bottles are recommended to bring along with you so that you don’t have to leave the tent multiple times for urinating. Also we do arrange private toilet tent, which contains a plastic toilet for extra charges $ 70 if requested

How do i shower on the mountain?

You simply don’t. You can use wet towel to wipe off your face. We also provide bins and soap to wash your hand and face.

What safety measures are taken by staff?

We work with experienced and qualified guide who are adept at managing altitude sickness which is by far the biggest obstacle on the mountain. They are certified Wilderness First Responders and conduct daily health checks twice to measure oxygen saturation and pulse of each and every trekker. A backup or rescue plan is always in place in an event of an emergency of an emergency. Bottled oxygen, Ox-meter and a first aid kit are carried on every climb.

What happens if someone in my group needs to descend?does the entire party also have to descend?

No. We bring multiple guides on every climb so that when a climber needs to descend, it does not affect the rest of the party.

If in case I have to descend early, are additional nights provided at the hotel ?

These additional nights, under whatever circumstance, are not covered and one has to pay for it out of his/her own pocket.

What do i need to enter Tanzania?

You will need a passport that is valid for at least six more months. You will also need a flight card which you will receive on the plane. Finally you need a Tanzanian visa.

Can i obtain my visa at the airport?

USA, Canadian, British and most European citizens can obtain their visas upon arrival at Kilimanjaro National Airport. The cost is $100 for USA passport holders and $50 for others. If you are a citizen of a different country, please check with your embassy whether you can obtain a visa upon arrival.

Where do i fly into?

Our climbs begin and end in Moshi. Moshi is about 25 miles from Kilimanjaro National Airport (JRO). You should fly into Kilimanjaro National Airport and we can arrange for pick up.

Do you assist with flights in and out Tanzania?

We do not book flights. 


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