DODO GROUP TANZANIA LIMITED
dodo group Tanzania

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can book Safari on the spot for private safari.

USA, Canadian, British and most European citizens can obtain their visas upon arrival at Kilimanjaro National Airport. The cost is $100 for USA passport holders and $50 for others. If you are a citizen of a different country, please check with your embassy whether you can obtain a visa upon arrival.

 

We can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. For more specific requirements, we will try our best but please contact us to discuss.

If you are not spending any extra days before or after the climb, you should book your flight to land on the “Arrival Date” and leave on the “Departure Date”. The “Arrival Date” is the day before the climb begins. It represents the latest date you should be in Moshi. We have our trip briefings on your arrival at your hotel on this day, though we can schedule a personal trip briefing for you later in the evening or the next morning if you arrive late. The “Departure Date” is the day after you climb ends, after spending the night at the hotel.

Yes. We are based in Tanzania East Africa at Kilimanjaro region, and primarily our clients are from the USA. However, a significant number of our clients are from Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. We have led climbers from all over the world, including Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Pakistan, India, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, Japan and more.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast

You don’t. You can use wet wipes if you like to towel off. We also provide wash bins with soap for you to wash your hands and face.

At each campsite, we set up a private toilet tent, which contains a plastic toilet. Each campsite also has public “long drop” toilets. If you need to use the bathroom on the trail, find a spot behind a tree or rock. We recommend bringing pee bottles so that you do not have to leave your tent multiple times during the night to urinate.

We limit our climbs to 15 people for each Group and above 15 people we will split in in different groups.

The weight limit is 15 kgs (33 lbs). The sleeping bag is included in the limit. Porters will carry your duffer bag in a waterproof bag.

Try to keep it under 20 lbs. In fact, try to keep all of your belongings to under 40 lbs. Take with you only the things that your going to use while on mountain and the rest can remain at the hotel storage at no cost.

You should follow the layering principle when you dress. Layering is a systematic, logical approach to wearing multiple layers of clothing. The layers you will have are: base layer, mid layer, and outer shell. Learn how to use these layers here. https://bookingkilimanjaro.com/kilimanjaro-gears-checklist/

We pair same sex single climbers to share a double room before and after the climb and to share a three person tent during the trek. You can get a single room and single tent for yourself by paying for a single supplement. Single supplements must be arranged at the time of booking.

Definitely. It can rain and snow all year round. The base of the mountain is in the rainforest. A quality waterproof jacket and pants is an absolute must.

Additional hotel stays are not covered and must be paid in country.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast

You will need a passport that is valid for at least six more months. You will also need a flight card which you will receive on the plane. Finally you need a Tanzanian visa. Read more here. https://bookingkilimanjaro.com/know-before-you-go/

There is a variety of technical clothing and equipment you will need for your climb. A detailed gear list is available here.

The only additional item you need for the safari is perhaps binoculars. Other than that, the clothing you have for your climb is sufficient.

No. We bring multiple guides on every climb so that when a climber needs to descend, it does not affect the rest of the party.

First and foremost, choose a longer route. 7 days should be the minimum and 8 or 9 days is even better. Next, put effort into your training and do it for at least two months, incorporating some long hikes if possible. Third, assemble the right gear for your climb. Lastly, consider using a to pre-acclimatize.

Avoiding altitude sickness is key. Do this by walking slowly. Drink lots of water and eat enough food. Go on all optional acclimatization hikes. Consider taking Diamox. Also prevent other illnesses by disinfecting your hands after every time you use the bathroom and before any meals.

With a group climb, you will be in a party of up to 15 climbers who have booked with us separately (strangers). Group climbs are scheduled for set dates on set routes. In a private climb, you will be in a party of people you specifically booked with (friends, family, etc.). Private climbs can be scheduled on any date you choose and on any route. There is no maximum number of climbers for a private climb. The service on the mountain is exactly the same.

We have sleeping bags and trekking poles available for rent. You do not have to reserve them. You can acquire your rentals and pay for them at the trip briefing. If you need other gear, our staff can take you to independently owned shops to purchase or rent gear. However, we are not responsible for the quality of the gear you obtain at these shops. We provide foam sleeping mats for all climbers.

We have group climbs on the 8-9 days Northern Circuit, 8 day Lemosho route, 7 day Rongai route, and 7 day Machame route.

We can arrange private climbs on 7- 10 day Northern Circuit/Crater Camp, 8-9 day Lemosho / Crater Camp, 9 day Northern Circuit, 7-8 day Lemosho route, 7-8 day Shira route, 6-7 day Rongai route, 6-7 day Machame route, 6- 7 day Umbwe route, 5-6 day Marangu route, and 3-4 days Mount Meru.

Our guides are highly experienced to manage altitude sickness, which is the biggest obstacle on the mountain. They are certified Wilderness First Responds. They conduct twice daily health checks to measure your oxygen saturation and pulse. A rescue plan is in place in the event of an emergency. Bottled oxygen, a portable stretcher, and a first aid kit is carried on every climb.

Nothing is required but many are recommended. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania please read here. https://bookingkilimanjaro.com/know-before-you-go/

Kilimanjaro is best climbed when the weather is dry. There are two rainy seasons in Tanzania. The long rainy season is from mid-March to early June. The short rainy season is from November to early December. Therefore the best times to climb Kilimanjaro are mid-December to early-March, and mid-June to end of October. Read more here. https://bookingkilimanjaro.com/best-time-to-climb-kilimanjaro/

Our climbs begin and end in Moshi, Moshi is about 25 miles from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You should fly into Kilimanjaro international Airport and we can arrange for pick up.

We recommend the 9 day Northern Circuit, 8 days Lemosho, and 7 day Rongai routes. These routes offer the best balance of high success rates, beautiful scenery and smaller crowds. 7 days Machame is a nice route as well, but has a lot of other climbers on it.