When you choose a climb or adventure operator there are certain points that should be checked before you place your life in their hands. Everyone has their own set of criteria – we list below some important issues regarding your Mt Kilimanjaro Climb that may be of interest.
There are a few more points that may help you in this decision:
Price issues – these always come up when groups “research“trips and then compare options. Some will want to go for the cheapest option, some want the better quality and peace of mind of booking through an experienced, reliable licensed operator. At the end of the day, you all buy safe vehicles, put safe tyres on them, and plan to live a long life – don’t compromise on something as important as summiting Kilimanjaro. Temperatures drop to minus 200C, and if you don’t have the correct gear, crew, food and so forth, you may be putting your life, and others, at risk. You want to get to the top, safely – and have a good time doing it.Just looking at our success rate of 95%+, and the AVERAGE success rate of about 50 – 60%, you have about a 30% better chance with us than a budget operator. You don’t want to waste your money. This is where our experienced staff, kit lists, detailed presentations at our offices etc help a LOT.
A lot of the reasons for our success rate boils down to money – we pay enough to get good guides, crew, and to buy you good food, and use decent equipment (which is maintained/upgraded regularly). When you consider that about $600 per person on a 6-day climb goes on park fees alone, and you work out what a budget operator has got left to run a business on, you can see that on budget trips corners will probably be cut. All to the detriment of YOU, the guest.
This could be done in many ways:
It has been estimated that in GOOD weather, your summit chances with a budget operator are probably only slightly less than if you climb with a decent operator. In BAD weather, the chances of summiting – indeed surviving without injury – are 40% better with a higher standard of climb. Basically a good, qualified, well paid crew, with decent leadership and good gear, is what you need – and get – from our standard of climb. It is not a luxury trip, but we ensure that both standards and service are maintained to a high level. Our trips are not cheap – and they never will be. We pay our crew well, use good gear, pay local taxes, operate ethically etc. You will however, get good value for money and a good chance at the summit.
Consider the above points well – they are ALL questions you should be asking. I am confident that, knowing the above, we will soon see you on a Wild Spirit Kilimanjaro Climb. If you want cheap, we suggest you contact many of the other “operators“ out there.
Hope to see you up there soon.
Wild Spirit Adventures
The following are included in the price of your Mount Kilimanjaro trekking adventure trip:
The following are not included in the price of your Mount Kilimanjaro trekking adventure trip:
“Adventure Grade” Camping Safaris are run with a crew of a cook / assistant plus guide. It is a viable option for those keen to camp and stay in more remote places.
You are accompanied by an experienced, knowledgeable guide, a camp assistant and a cook – all fully trained professionals who will prioritise your comfort and safety as well as striving to ensure optimal game-viewing opportunities throughout your journey.
Meals usually consist of a cooked breakfast or brunch, light lunch and a three course dinner. Fridges are used for safe and efficient storage of meat and food, and cool boxes are used for keeping your drinks cold – your guide will show you the best places to purchase these prior to departure and along the way.
You are requested to erect your own tent on arrival at camp and dismantle your tent on departure. This is very simple to do and takes about five minutes – your guide will show you how this is done. The balance of the chores (cooking, washing up, etc) will be taken care of by the camp assistant and cook.
It is important to note that this is a quality camping product, and not a luxury mobile camp. Accommodation is in the public campsites of Tanzania’s National Parks and, despite our best efforts, we have very little control over the quality and standards of ablution facilities at the campsite.
Please be aware that the toilets in public campsites are long-drop style without flush.
Game viewing at Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch included.
Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of a sheer stretch of the western Rift Valley escarpment.
The north-western area of this lake is protected in a 330 square kilometre national park, which contains a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats: the grassy floodplain of the lakeshore, the rocky base of the escarpment, a belt of thick acacia woodland and a lush patch of groundwater forest just inside the northern entrance gate. An interesting biodiversity of fauna and flora can be observed here and a variety of large mammal species including elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and lion.
Perhaps, however, the most immediately visible residents are the troupes of olive baboon, sometimes found in the company of the smaller and rather beautiful blue monkey. This is also a wonderful location for viewing groups of elephant and, for keen birders, Manyara has recorded almost 400 species due to the wide habitat diversity.
After game viewing, you will weave your way upwards into the dense forest slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, pausing to admire the splendid view of the crater floor 600 m below at Heroes Point, before driving on to our campsite on the rim of the Ngorongoro caldera.
If we arrive and set up camp in good time, you may consider an early evening/sunset visit to a Maasai boma where you can spend some time learning about the culture, traditions and beliefs of this ancient, noble warrior tribe. This visit is at an additional cost, and should be discussed with, and paid directly to the guide.
(This is our recommendation of gear required)
|1||Roll on deodorant|
|2||Rolls of toilet paper|
|1||Zinc cream for protection from UV rays and dry air|
|1||Ladies hygiene products|
|1||Antibacterial Hand Gel|
|Camping Trekking Gear|
|1||150 litre kitbag for porter can be hired|
|1||Daypack (for personal use) can be hired|
|1||Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner (at least -5 rating) can be hired|
|1||Self inflating mattress - 2 foam rolls are supplied but will not give a great level of comfort|
(Inflatable travel pillow or cushion insert – do not bring full size pillow)
|1-2||Walking poles – this is essential can be hired|
|1-2||Gloves, 1 inner thin pair plus thicker outer glove or mitts, water and wind proof|
|1||Torch (and spare batteries)|
|1||Head Torch (and spare batteries)|
|2||Dry bags or waterproof bags (available from camping stores) or garbage bags to keep clothing dry in kitbag|
|Water - need minimum of 4 litres
(your choice of water bottles or water bladder, you will need easy access to bottles)
|3ltr||Backpack bladder and 1 water bottle (for mixing supplements)|
|1||Water drink bottles|
|Camera + lots of film, spare batteries, disposable camera
(Note: Cameras and video recorders cannot be charged on the Mountain as there is no electricity)
|Medications as Prescribed by your Doctor
(Anti malaria, antibiotics for wounds and infections, anti inflammatory, anti vomiting, epi-pen etc…)
|1||Diamox for altitude sickness, max of 3 per day|
|12||Gastrolyte (must have)|
|1||Endura Powder (available from Chemists)|
|1||Travel Calm Tablets|
|1||Anti-Inflammatory medications (eg. Ibrofen, Voltaren, Nurofen)|
|1||Antihistamines (e.g. Telfast, Phenergan 10mg)|
|Multivitamins / B1 Tablets (start a couple of weeks prior to trek)|
|2||Antibacterial hand gel (e.g. Aqium)|
|1pkt||Blister Pads (optional)|
|1||Roll of strapping tape|
|2pkt||Large size band-aids (Elastoplast)|
|1||Knee and/or ankle guards|
|1||Antiseptic lotion/cream (e.g. Paraderm Plus, Betadine, Bepanthen)|
|1||Hydrocortisone cream (for bites)|
|10||Cotton wool balls|
|3||Insect repellent roll-on / cream
(we suggest ‘Bushman Plus’ – always keep it on)
|2pkt||Water purification tablets (highly recommend)|
|1||Sunscreen (always keep it on)|
|1||Sunglasses – wrap-around style for UV protection|
|3pkt||Glucose Jelly Beans or Glucose lollies|
|4 pkts||Glucodin Tablets|
|For every day||Munchies (chocolates, muesli bars, lollies, beef jerky, nuts etc...)|
|1||Walking boots (waterproof) and spare boot laces|
|1||Lightweight shoes to wear in camp at night e.g. running shoes|
|2||Tracksuit/ fleece pants for colder days & evenings|
|1||Waterproof pants , lightweight and breathable can be hired|
|2||Thermal underwear polypropylene or similar, must be breathable|
|4||Long sleeved lightweight fleecy shirts for layering|
|2||Synthetic pants and shirts, breathable and wind-resistant, highly recommend the zip-off pants|
|1-2||‘skins’ style sports clothing shorts
(highly recommended, great to reduce chafing)
|1||Waterproof Jacket Gortex or similar. Breathable wind and waterproof jacket, must have a hood can be hired|
|1||Lightweight poncho – for heavy rain|
|5||Thick Synthetic hiking style socks|
|5||Thin socks to help prevent blisters|
|3||Comfortable underwear / bras|
|1||Gaiters alpine type, not the anklets can be hired|
|1||Warm fleece hat or balaclava, need to ensure ears are covered|
|1||Scarf/ Buff to keep the neck warm|
|10||Long cable ties|
|1||Pocket knife or Multi tool|
|1||Small super glue|
|Diary and pen|
|Large zip lock bags (for personal items, clothes, lollies)|
* If travelling with friends or part of a group you may be able to share some of the above items e.g. creams / lotions.
* This list is our recommendation of what to take
Safety, when undergoing these treks, is important to us and we strive to give you all available and necessary information in regards to your health and well being while going on your adventure. We strongly recommend you read the following pages of information on mountain safety – particularly in regards to health issues that can occur at high altitudes and in unfamilar climates.