For example, you will need a yellow fever vaccination. After the vaccination you will be provide with a yellow card which you need to present when arriving in Tanzania. You will also need to think about the risks of malaria and might want to take malaria tablets if you are planning to do a safari or visit Zanzibar. Note: there are no mosquitoes above 1,800 meters so you can probably get away without taking malaria tablets if you only plan to trek Kilimanjaro – just be careful on either side of the climb and wear insect repellent.
The one thing that many trekkers forget to organise though is Kilimanjaro Travel Insurance. Here are some key considerations but you can find a detailed article on this page – insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro, it also includes an insurance calculator.
The most important factor that you need to consider when buying travel insurance for Kilimanjaro is that you are covered for high altitude trekking. Your insurance needs to cover you for trekking up to 6,000 meters. If it doesn’t include high altitude then it will not be of any use if something goes wrong high up on the mountain. And many things can go wrong, the most common issue is complications associated with acute mountain sickness. Your insurance should cover emergency evacuation and medical costs in the country.
Other considerations you should look at include:
Theft: you will be carrying valuable items like expensive clothing, sleeping bag, trekking polls and cameras. As you are in a developing country, the risk of theft is high. Moreover the risk of lost or damaged baggage during your flight can be detrimental to your summit success chances. Make sure your insurance covers theft
Cancellation, delay and financial default: Things often go wrong when one travels – flights are sometimes cancelled or delayed and tour operators can go bust. Makes sure your insurance covers you for any of these eventualities.
You can use the calculator on this page to get a Kilimanjaro travel insurance quote: see www.climbkilimanjaroguide.com/kilimanjaro-travel-insurance/
All the best for your Kilimanjaro trek!