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Important things to know related to safari and mountain climbing

During your safari and stay in Africa, you should make every effort to pack your belongings into one large waterproof duffel bag or backpack and one ‘carry on’ style bag for cameras, valuables and day trips. Chances are you will have limitations in your safari vehicle and, in some cases, travel on small aircraft that limits you to 15 kgs / 33 pounds. If you plan on doing a lot of souvenir shopping, you might consider carrying another bag tucked in your suitcase to help judge your limits.

Important – For persons crossing the Atlantic Ocean from North America and connecting in Europe to Africa, International air carriers limit carryon bags to one and checked bags to two per passenger. Persons departing from Europe have weight restrictions on bags as well, varying with the carrier. If you are doing a lot of traveling and need to carry more than the suggested items, keep in mind that you may be required to leave them at the town hotel. Laundry service in Africa is often a bargain and relatively cheap. Please Note: Customs and culture of East Africa, especially in coastal areas and Zanzibar are conservative. Revealing or very tight clothing should be avoided.

Men Packlist Suggestion

  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes that would be appropriate for a nice restaurant
  • 1 pair of sturdy shoes or boots for hiking, preferable waterproof
  • 1 pair of sandals to use when walking to the shower at camps, etc.
  • 3-4 pair of socks
  • 1 nicer long slacks for use in restaurants (please note that shorts are not appropriate in Zanzibar Town)
  • 1-2 pair of long casual slacks
  • 1-2 pair of shorts
  • 1-2 belts
  • 1-2 swimming suits
  • 3-4 golf/tee shirts
  • 2 long sleeve casual shirts
  • 1 dress shirt (tie optional depending on if you think you might visit a top restaurant)
  • 1 sweater or light jacket
  • 1 rain poncho
  • 1-2 hats (VERY IMPORTANT FOR SUN PROTECTION)*
  • 1 pair sunglasses
  • Prescription glasses if used with back-up pair suggested (note: contact lenses are difficult to use on safari
    due to the high amount of dust.)

Women Packlist Suggestion

  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes that would be appropriate for a nice restaurant
  • 1 pair of sturdy shoes or boots for hiking
  • 1 pair of sandals to use when walking to the shower at camps, etc
  • 3-4 pair of socks
  • 1-2 pair of panty hose
  • 1 nicer skirt for use in restaurants (please note that shorts are not appropriate in Zanzibar Town)
  • 1-2 pair of long casual slacks
  • 1-2 pair of shorts
  • 1-2 belts
  • 1-2 swimming suit
  • 3-4 casual short sleeve blouses
  • 2 long sleeve casual blouses
  • 1 sweater or light jacket
  • 1 rain poncho
  • 1-2 hats (VERY IMPORTANT FOR SUN PROTECTION)
  • 1 pair sunglasses*
  • Prescription glasses if used with back-up pair suggested (note: contact lenses are difficult to use on safari due to the high amount of dust.)

Accessories

Some other things you might consider for your trip:
• binoculars
• water bottles
• pens, paper, journal
• a good novel or two
• Zip-Lock type bags to keep the dust and moisture out of stuff and keep your wet swimsuit in
• A couple large plastic trash bags to wrap stuff in should it rain (your bags may travel on racks on top of the vehicle)
• Money belt or similar. The best is a pouch that fits in front inside your shirt or slacks.

Toiletries

You should bring a tooth brush, tooth paste, razor, shaving cream and other toiletries with you as those available in Africa are expensive and often not of good quality.
Insect repellent with Deet.*
Sun screen with high level of protection*
Common drugs such as aspirin, cough drops, Pepto Bismol, etc.
Vitamins that you might normally take
* These items are very strongly suggested.
If you suffer from motion sickness, don’t forget to use your preferred medication – patch or tablets.

Additional packing list for Kilimanjaro climbs

• waterproof rucksack & daypack (optional waterproof cover)
• Sleeping Bag (comfort temperature down to -10 degrees Celsius)
• Hiking Boots: This is the most important item on the list. You’ll need a comfortable/waterproof pair of hiking boots which offer plenty of support. Make sure they are broken in before you get to Kilimanjaro! Light trainers might also be useful
• warm heavy weight gloves/mittens
• wide brimmed hat
• warm scarf
• snow-googles/sunglasses
• sweaters/jumpers
• trekking pants and jacket (wind- and waterproof)
• long sleeved shirts
• 2 to 3 pairs of shorts
• several pairs of socks
• set of thermal underwear (top & bottom)
• sun protection cream
• 2 x 2 litres water bottles (camel bags preferably)
• headlamp(plus spare batteries & bulb)
• first aid kit and insect repellants
• toiletry requirements

Additional packing list for Camping Safaris (on the more basic trips)

• two or three medium size towels
• soap (in a plastic soap dish for easy travel) & shampoo
• sleeping bag
• Tip – If you are not planning on camping often, you can usually find buyers for sleeping bags and other items if they are in good, clean condition.
• Warm clothing for the evenings (Ngorongoro night time temp. often drops to about 5 C)
• (head) flash-light
• First aid kit
• Rain gear
we can also rent you equipment for a fee

Travel Tips – Things to Know before Safari

You will need visas for entry to Kenya and Tanzania. Though you can get these in Africa, your travel will go smoother if you get them in advance through the respective embassies. Make a photocopy or list of the following items: Passports (including the page with the visa stamped in them and the pages with photos and data), plane tickets, yellow booklet showing your yellow fever vaccination, list of all medications you might require, listing of all travelers’ cheque numbers, list of serial numbers for cameras, etc. Keep this list someplace apart from where you keep these other items. Keep track of your passport above all. Loss of a passport can destroy your trip and cost considerable money during the time required to replace it. On your international flight, pack as if the airline might lose your bags. Keep things you will need right away in your carry-on. It seldom happens, and almost always the bags arrive a couple of days later, but this way, if the bags do not arrive with you, you will be able to continue on your safari while the airline finds them.

What to do when your bags get lost at the airport

Report the problem to your air carrier INSIDE THE AIRPORT at the Baggage Claim – before passing the CUSTOM and fill out the required paperwork. Request compensation for your inconvenience (often $50.00 for emergency purchases and a bag with simple toiletries and a tee shirt) Ask them when they expect the bag will arrive and tell them where you will be based on your itinerary. LEAVE THE KEYS AND/OR COMBINATIONS WITH THE AIRLINE so they can clear the bags through customs. Ask the airline to go with you to advise Customs Officer that bags were lost so there will be no problems further in getting your bags cleared when they arrive. Tell your safari driver and ask his office work with the airline to get your bags to you at the earliest convenient

Guide and Assistants Tips

Gratuities in the Tanzanian tourism industry generally follow the North American system. Tourists are expected to tip their safari staff and staff working at most restaurants and hotels. The following information provides a guide to tipping in while on safari. The information is a collection of tipping recommendations from guidebooks as well as our company’s experience with tipping in Tanzania. Please remember that all Kilidove Tours and Safaris staff are paid and no one relies on tips as a substitute for wages. As with any tipping situation, if you enjoy your experience, give a generous tip; if you do not enjoy your experience, adjust the tip accordingly.

Safari Tipping Guidelines

Driver/Guide USD $15 – USD $30 per day per guide
Chef: USD $8 – USD $20 per day per chef (adventure camping safari only)
Please note that the tip is per guide per day, not per traveler per day. For example, if you are in a group of four travelers that would like to tip the driver $20/day, each traveler would contribute $5/day to the tip kitty. The guide’s total tip at the end of a seven day safari would be US $140. It is best to tip at the end of the safari.

Hotels and Restaurants

Tips are expected at high-end luxury hotels and lodges. While tips are also expected at moderately priced safari lodges, not all patrons tip. Tips are not expected at restaurants and hotels frequented by locals. Most tourist lodges and hotels will have tip boxes at the reception desk. You can tip hotel staff individually, place a tip for all hotel staff in the tip box, or do both. Tips can be made in local currency, USD, Euros, or Sterling.

Trekking Tipping Guidelines

Generally, you should budget between 10% and 15% of your total climb cost for tips. If you are traveling in a small group, you should contribute more per person to the tip kitty. We provide a list of your crew as well as jobs performed on the day you begin your climb. Please use this list to write down tip amounts for each staff member. When distributing tips, please call the crew together and announce tip amounts to everyone. Those who accompany you to Uhuru Peak are considered assistant guides.

Head Guide

USD $15 – USD $30 per day per guide

Assistant Guide

USD $10 – USD $20 per day per guide

Cook

USD $8 – USD $12 per day per cook

Porter

US $4 – US $10 per day per porter

Please note that some porters have extra jobs such as toilet cleaner, camp crew, and waiter. Please tip these porters a bit more than other porters who don’t have extra jobs. The tip amounts listed for safari and mountain climb are per group, not per individual traveler. For instance, if four people are on safari, they should each contribute $5/day if they want to tip the driver $20/day.

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