We will be posting more information
about our actual preparations on this page. Down below, you
can see the recommendations for preparation from our trip planner.
We're currently working out 3-4
times/week (half hour on the stair stepper and half hour weight
training (not that weight training is necessary for climbing
Kilimanjaro)), doing Yoga 1x/week (we should be doing more) and
trying to eat well.
In January 2006, we did
the Lemonade Diet.
It was... interesting. We are going to do it again though.
In March 2006, we got our climbing shoes. We started breaking
them in through a variety of methods.
Here is the information we received from our trip organizer about
This is not mandatory but recommended. There are many
companies that provide the proper insurance and approximate cost
will be $100-$150.
An international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever
is required for entrance and must be produced at the airport upon
arrival. A certificate can be obtained through a physician's
office or a local health clinic. Anti-malarial precautions are
recommended prior to departure. Recommended immunizations include
hepatitis A & B, typhoid, and tetanus. Consult your doctor or a
travel clinic for professional advice concerning additional
inoculations and precautions you should consider. These shots can
range from $150-$300.
Regarding food to avoid, we were told to feel confident the food
prepared and served at lodges and camps is relatively safe. Great
care is taken to insure the food is prepared safely and in a healthy
concerned, avoid salads, ice cubes in drinks, and eat only fruits
with skins, which have been peeled. Ethnic foods are naturally
tempting and should not be completely disregarded. Pay attention to
the preparation if possible and enjoy the opportunity to be
adventurous in trying the array of unique foods offered in Tanzania.
prudent to rely basically on bottled water or drinks although the
water in many towns and cities is purified and safe to drink. A
sealed bottle will insure that the bottle has not been refilled.
Don't swallow water while showering and remember to use bottled
water for brushing your teeth. You will discover bottled water is
Passport and Entry Requirements
A valid passport is required and can be obtained from
governmental agencies or a consulate in your own country. For U.S.
citizens a passport expiring no less than six months after your
return to the U.S. is required.
U.S. cash or traveler's checks can be changed into local
currency (shillings) at airports and banks. Small bills ($20 and
under) are preferable. By keeping your receipt you can easily change
your money back to U.S. dollars when you depart.
Credit cards are only accepted by the major airline companies and
the larger hotels and lodges. Do not rely on the use of credit cards
as a source of cash while in Tanzania. It is suggested that you take
sufficient funds in traveler's checks and/or cash. Use a credit card
as a back up only.
Day 1 -
The Hains Point Giant "The Awakening" and DC
Day 2 -
Our First Official "Tourist Day!"
Day 3 -
National Museum of Art, Constitution, and
Day 4 -
Arlington, Iwo Jima, FDR, Jefferson, Holocaust
Day 5 -
Washington D.C. Museums and the Hope Diamond
Day 6 - Mellow relax and Catch-up day with our friends Misty and
Day 7 -
Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia,
Day 8 - Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Mamma
Mia! on Broadway
Day 9 - New York City, The Empire State Building, Long Island
Day 10 - Catch-up/prep day with our friends
and Julie, as well as the
New Jersey PPL Briefing
Day 11/12 Travel to Africa
(Arriving in Africa the evening of Day 12, which was June 22nd)
Day 13 -
Safari in Arusha National Park and touring the lodge
Day 14 -
Traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro and beginning our climb
Day 15 -
Second Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro
PICTURES AND VIDEO ARE COMING SOON!!!
In the meantime,
check out the Gear page!