Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of our most commonly asked questions. If you have any other questions, or would like more information about our trips or Winds of Hope, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Places in our adventure are limited, so we require a AUD$1,000.00 deposit to secure your flight booking and trip.
Payments for the remainder of the adventure are due 60 days prior to departure, although flexible payment terms are available on request.
What training is required?
It is recommended that participants undertake a fitness training program at least 2-3 months prior to departure. Following are some links to information on various Kilimanjaro training programs recommended by tour operators in the region;
Walking, Walking & Walking
The absolute best training you can do for Kilimanjaro is walking! The adventure is a 6-8 day walk up the mountain, generally on quite gentle slopes.
We also recommend stair climbing and hill climbing locally if you live near a small mountain.
In Melbourne, we recommend the 1,000 steps at Mt Dandenong.
Aside from on Kilimanjaro, where will we be staying?
We will stay at The Kibo Palace for two nights prior to departure to recover from the flight and prepare for the climb.
All accommodation on the mountain will be camping with quality tents and mattresses provided by the tour operator.
After the climb, participants will enjoy a night at the African Tulip Hotel – a luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Arusha, and the number 1 rated hotel on TripAdvisor.
What is and isn't included in the costs?
Economy flights, on-mountain accommodation (camping twin share), African transfers, tour guide and all meals on the mountain are included in the tour.
Accommodation at Kibo Palace & African Tulip Hotel is provided on a bed & breakfast basis.
Travel insurance, alcohol, and equipment such as sleeping bags, warm jackets etc are also not included in the tour cost.
A list of what you need can be found on our Gear List page.
Do I have to carry my own bags up the mountain?
Transportation of luggage will be taken care of by the tour operator, however participants should carry a small rucksack containing personal items such as water, sunscreen, snacks, gloves etc.
Your larger mountain luggage will be carried by a porter, and will be ready for you in your tent at the end of each day’s trekking.
You can optionally hire an additional porter to assist with carrying your day pack if required, for a small additional fee.
Can I hire equipment in Mount Kilimanjaro?
Yes – a very limited supply of equipment is available to rent directly from our Tour Operator, however the quality and availability varies.
It is recommended that you thoroughly check the quality of any rented items and that they are in correct working order. A list of rental prices and items can be provided on request.
Can I meet you in Arusha, Tanzania, instead of travelling with the group?
Absolutely – just get in contact with us to organise. If you are organising your own flights, only our tour costs will apply.
Can I add an additional tour to my trip?
Absolutely – there are dozens of local tours available, as we as many in Africa as a whole.
We can organise tours in Uganda and Tanzania – just get in touch.