What to Bring

Index this Page:

  • Experience, Health and Fitness
  • Travel Insurance
  • Equipment Needed (Clothing: Outdoor Gear: Personal: Photographic: First Aid: Documents)

Experience, Health & Fitness

Physical fitness will add significantly to your enjoyment of the trip. From the day of this update (January 16, 2017 we have just over 5 months to get ready, which is ample time if you take your preparation seriously (clearly, this places a bit of urgency on your registration and getting started on a fitness regime)). We will be walking on the trail most days between 4 and 7 hours. Prior hiking/camping experience is an advantage, yet not necessary since no technical climbing is involved (summit day is a steep hike, at altitude).

Outdoors: The best way to get fit for this trek is to walk on steeply undulating ground, with a light back-pack. Gradually add to the weight of your pack and when you add upper body strength, back and stomach exercises, even Kilimanjaro could be a snap. Should you not prepare adequately your days on the trail will be longer and the summit attempt less successful; put in the exercise time and your enjoyment of the entire experience will soar.

Indoors: Stair climbing is excellent, as is walking on an inclined treadmill and/or training on a Stairmaster or Step Mill.

Suggestion: During your Cardio Training the intent is to get your heart rate up and be slightly breathless (talking is halting) for at least ½ hour (preferably more), at least 4 x per week. During the last 2 months push a bit harder to the point of your heart rate being at between 75 and 80% of max (heart rate = 220 – age x the80%).

If you are interested in a core-strength exercise program and need help, contact Werner.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you must let us know the details at time of application. We also recommend you consult your doctor regarding exercise programs or any medical concerns the trip may raise, like vaccinations. Medical and evacuation expenses that you may incur are your responsibility.Experience Health Fitness RequirementsLooking into the Ngorongoro Crater – distant rim is 12 miles away

Travel Insurance

A condition of you trekking with us is you must be fully covered by “Out of Country” Medical insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended since our refund policy must be strictly adhered to. Air rescue insurance is optional and not required. Make sure your insurance policies do not have special exclusions related to adventure travel. Malaria shots (or pills) are recommended for travel in Africa and, Yellow Fever shots are required by the Tanzanian government (however before taking any steps speak to Werner).

Equipment Needed

Having the right clothing and equipment is important to your comfort and enjoyment of the Safari and the Climb.

Clothing – for the climb

  • Sweater
  • Water proof pants/Jacket (or a pancho)
  • Warm Ski jacket or equivalent
  • Balaclava (optional)
  • Wool hat (tuque)  – essential
  • Gloves (ski – must be very warm, e.g. wool lined leather or synthetic)
  • Woolen Mittens
  • Shells or wind proof over-mittens  – highly recommended
  • Trekking pants or Jeans (I don’t like jeans since they tend to be stiff)
  • Underwear, regular and warm ‘long-johns’ and long sleeve tops
  • Woolen socks plus some regular socks
  • Long sleeved light shirt for sunny days
  • Cap/Sun hat/bandana
  • Sunglasses – optional
  • Comfortable Hiking boots (worn in – this is important to avoid blisters)
  • Sneakers or equivalent (for camp at night)

Outdoor Gear – for the Climb

  • Day pack
  • Hockey bag/Duffel bag or large backpack carried by porters (no wheels)
  • Sleeping Bag (preferably rated at between 0 and 10 degrees F or minus -5 and –15 degrees C)
  • Trekking Poles (they make life much easier)
  • Water bottle(s) – I use 2 light 11/2 litre water bottle plus ARIIX Puritii Filter bottle
  • Head lamp (with new batteries for tent and summit night)
  • Pocket knife (optional)
  • Fannypack for quick access to water bottle, sun screen etc. (optional)
  • Pee Bottle (or Lady J) – very nice to have at night after drinking 4 liters/day

Snacks, Energy Food – for the climb 

  • Energy snacks of your choice
  • Chocolate, Nuts, Trail Mix, Dried Fruit, Hard Candy/Jerky/hard cheese/Coconut butter
  • Energy drinks mixes (on the mountain we burn up to 5000 calories per day)

Personal Items – for the climb 

  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Sun screen
  • Lip balm
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Soap/Hand sterilizer
  • Towel (small)

Lion Safari

What to Bring – for  Safari

  • Outdoor clothing you would wear in daytime temperatures 60 to 80 degrees
  • Indoor clothing you would wear in nighttime temperatures 45 to 65 degrees
  • Shorts and T-Shirts
  • Personal items as above


  • Camera
  • Spare batteries or charger (solar on the climb)
  • Video camera
  • Lens cleaner
  • Binoculars

First aid/medical (predominantly at your own discretions):

  • Aspirin
  • Band Aids
  • Moleskin (a must for hikers/climbers)
  • Anti malaria tablets (definitely optional)
  • Insect repellent (for Moshi)
  • Puritii Water bottle, or purification tablets (for safari and climb)
  • Throat lozenges (a must for climbers to prevent dry-throat)
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antihistamines
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
  • Diamox (talk to your doctor – I do not recommend it)


  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate – or your doctors note (speak to Werner)
  • Tanzanian entry visa – you can also get it at the airport in Tanzania
  • Medical insurance – out of country
  • Address book (with cell phones – oops, I guess I’m old fashioned)
  • Cash (small, medium and large clean USD bills). Travelers cheques (these are less flexible unless you are contemplating large purchases – the hotel does not accept them)
  • Travel insurance – e.g. trip cancellation (highly recommended)
  • Journal
  • Pen(s)
  • Zip-Lock baggies and/or stuff sacks

Safari EquipmentSymbiotic Friends


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