Safari & Climbing FAQ

Safari & Climbing FAQ

friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaWhat is the best time of the year for a safari in Tanzania?

The rainy season in Tanzania is from the end of March till June; some parts of the parks will be less accessible then. Many guests choose for this season because of the (much) cheaper price, the comfortable temperature and the green and growing plants. If you let us know when you've planned your trip, we will let you know the special details of that season.

What to bring on your safari?

  • Towel, toiletries, toilet paper (only on camping safari)
  • Sunscreen and lipbalm
  • First aid kit and insect repellentfriends-from-africa:safari-tanzania
  • Flash light (only on camping safari)
  • Camera
  • Sun glasses and sun hat
  • Long sleeved shirts and long trousers for during the evenings
  • Warm sweater

What is the best time of the year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru?

Kilimanjaro:

  • January-mid March: not too cold, mainly dry, not many climbers, a good time to climb
  • April- mid June: rainy season
  • June-August: dry and clear but the nights will be cold
  • August-October: peak season! Good weather and warmer than June/July
  • October-November: the weather will be more unstable and there will be less climbersfriends-from-africa:safari-tanzania
  • November-mid December: this is the small rainy season, not the best time to climb
  • Mid December-mid January: peak climbing season on Kilimanjaro with a good chance on rainfall and thick clouds in the lower regions. Not the best time to choose

Mount Meru:

The best time to climb Mount Meru is from June till February with occasional rains in November. The dry season is from July till March. December to February offer the best view of Kilimanjaro which can often be seen and most places in Arusha National Park.

What to bring on a trekking trip?

  • friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaWaterproof backpack with day pack
  • Comfortable hiking boots, light walking trainers, thongs (slippers)
  • Gaiters (useful when encountering snow)
  • Wooden walking stick/ski pole (also possible to rent)
  • Sunglasses or snow – goggles, sun hat, balaclava or woollen hat
  • Warm scarf, gloves, mittens and thermal underwear
  • Sweaters, raincoat, water and windproof pants, jackets, t-shirts, several pairs of socks, long sleeved shirt with collar
  • Towel, toiletries and toilet paper
  • Sunscreen and lip salve
  • First – aid kit and insect repellent
  • Flash light (head mounted preferable) and spare batteries
  • Pocket knife
  • Sewing / repair kit
  • Water bottle
  • Whistle, some plastic bags
  • Camera with spare film and batteries
  • Notepad with pen/pencil

friends-from-africa:safari-tanzaniaTips in Tanzania

The Tanzanian Tourist Board recommends $ 15 to 20 per day per safari car. For local guides of cultural tours it depends on your appreciation.

For more questions about a safari or climbing please send us a mail; we'll be pleased to help you!

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