Frequently asked questions

What can I bring for Safari/Trek?

Waterproof rucksack/suite case & daypack, Sleeping bag (Mattress), Boots and light trainers Balaklava, hat or Scarf, Snow-goggles/sunglasses, Gaiters for trekkers, Gloves and mittens Sweaters, wool socks, towel & wash kits, Pants and jacket (water-and-windproof), Long sleeved shirt, raincoat & thermal underwear, Water bottle, first aid kit and insect/sun repellant, Flashlight, spare batteries, walking stick Roll mats + insulation pads, Binoculars, camera, films

What is included in Price?

Park entrance fees for each park to be visited due to your reservation with us entry fees, camping fees /hut fees), rescue fees including English speaking guides, Support Crews, 4x4 vehicle a whole-day game on Safari camping equipment, Guides for other language available at your earlier inquiry.

What is NOT included in price?

Personal needs like beer, cigarettes, soap etc local photograph fees, and tipping to how much is group Price/ Discount? We offer student’s price for Non East Africa Citizen and East Africa Citizen, group price from 10-40pax-, contact us for discount Crew is not included in the price (20-25% of what you pay for your tour) Tipping is not a MUST,

When is Rain season?

The rain season starts in mid-March till late May. There is also a short rain season of about two weeks in November. (Expect rain showers in the mornings and in the evenings) short rain season doesn't affect the game viewing. If you are planning to do a camping safari, be prepared for the rains, carry with you water proof gear. Our tents are all waterproof and can stand heavy rain. Kilimanjaro temperatures range from 5 to 15°C. The summit can be below freezing.

Which time is good to travel?

Lake Manyara Park, Arusha Park, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area Authority all these areas are good all-round the year, Serengeti is beautiful in October-June, Tarangire also beautiful in dry season, Kilimanjaro/Mt Meru can be climbed at any time but the rainy season is generally not recommended due to snow and heavy rainfall.

Can I bring my family on safari/trek?

For Safari there are no age restrictions to visit the parks. Children below 11 years are not allowed to get beyond 3,000Mt on Mount Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru Choose a safari itinerary which is not tiresome to your family.

Can I join others for budget trip?

Since we have daily departures, we can join you in one of our groups or other partner we are collaborating with them. You should confirm the dates early and you should be flexible to available itinerary.

What are the possibilities to get on top of Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru?

We cannot tell who will conquer to the PEAK and who will not, 95% of our clients definitely get to Uhuru Peak. Trekkers who did not make it got challenged by Altitude Sickness we advise you to trek slowly in Kiswahili “pole pole”, drink lots of water during your hike and pay attention to symptoms. Choose the route like that offers you more opportunity to acclimatize well before your summit scission begin at the base camp Routes that we do recommend is Machame route or Lemosho route whereby offer opportunity of Acclimatization’s, extra day for acclimatization is necessary to allow enough time for acclimatization.

What is the mode of payment?

We take a 50% deposit of the total amount upon confirming the tour with us. The balance MUST be paid two weeks before arrival or on the arrival date before starting of your tour with us, we accept Usd cash $ Euros, as well TSH) .No refund is made if you cancel a booked tour within 45Days.

How do I get Amazing Usambara Trekking and Safari Co.Ltd on my arrival?

We do arrange Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport, to Moshi or Arusha Airstrip, Dar es Salaam Zanzibar by sea or Air and Nairobi International Airports. We offer special ticket rates for flight and shuttle bus. Booking a tour with us, enjoy the rates Contact Amazing Usambara Trekking and Safari Co. Ltd.

What Vehicles are used on safari?

All safari vehicle 4WD and have pop up roofs for maximum game viewing opportunity with more interior space. Vehicles are in good condition and comfortable for safari with radio calls communication 4wd.Toyota Land Cruisers - 4wds

What happen if I fall sick on the Mountain?

The amount you paid for trek include rescue team, when you fall very sick the guide will report the case to rescue team who will quickly pick you from the point by assistance from your Guide who has a knowledge in rescue issues too, have known of incident down to the gate, we recommend flying doctors service membership to cover from the gate to the hospital at extra cost of $70 only. Google for Altitude Hazards’/Changes.

What exercise can make me fit before trekking?

First seek advice from your doctor before doing any exercise for gym training you should do: Stair muster in high & low spread, high & low resistance for two weeks. Cycling 25min twice a week, Leg press & Sit-up 3 set of 15 for a week, Knee & back extension 3 set of 15 for a week. You can also do hiking exercise like 5min of stretching thrice a week combine with 6km walk/run thrice a week for 7 weeks before the main Kilimanjaro climb.

How is the TIPPING done?

The tipping system used by Amazing Usambara Trekking and Safari Co.Ltd is an essential part of the Support crew, cooks, drivers and guides income. They work very hard to provide the best possible services but at the same time they expect good tips in return, just to know, 20%-25% of the total amount paid for safari/trek for the whole team would be fine, tipping is not a MUST but necessary.