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Climbing Kilimanjaro

What Vaccinations and Medications Do I Need to climb Kilimanjaro?

We recommend to discuss your travel plans with your trusted doctor and see the recommended vaccines of your embassy for Tanzania, East Africa. Please read the following points carefully as a food poisoning or even slight stomach problems prior to your climb can decrease your success to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.

To minimize the risk, Tanzania Horizon Safaris recommends the precautions and preventive medications & vaccinations below:

  • Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis B

  • Malaria

  • Meningitis

  • Rabies

  • Typhoid fever

  • Yellow fever

  • Tetanus-diphtheria

  • Measles

  • Polio

  • Medicine for Altitude Mountain Sickness (optional)

  • Pain killers to treat light headache and muscle pain (optional)


The best prevention is to:

  • Always wash your hands with soap or alcohol-based hand rub before eating

  • Only drink bottled water or soft drinks without ice cubes

  • Use malaria prevention medicine as described by your doctor

  • Wear shoes when going outside to prevent paracide infections

  • Always use mosquito nets at night and mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites

  • Use light longsleeve shirts and light trousers when going outside, especially to forest areas

Try to avoid:

  • Don’t drink from dirty glasses or drinks with ice cubes

  • Don’t eat food from street vendors as you can not check the cleanliness of the cooking

  • Don’t swim in open water like lakes or rivers without asking your guides

  • Don’t touch animals to avoid contact to unknown paracides, this counts especially for wild animals in forests but also for cats and dogs in towns and poultry on farms and markets

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