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 following below:
Medicine for Altitude Mountain Sickness (optional)
Please note that it is not recommended nor promoted to use AMS prevention medicine. In fact, thousands of hikers manage to summit Kilimanjaro without those preventatives. AMS preventatives can cause side-effects such as nausea, stomach problems and fatigue which can lower your successful climb so please consider consulting your doctor before using such medicines.
Pain killers to treat light headache and muscle pain (optional)
Sooner or later most hikers will experience some slight headache on the mountain due to the lack of oxygen. We are constantly monitoring the blood oxygen levels of our hikers but carrying some pain killers is recommended to be prepared for some light headache that might occur.
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. Please note that Malaria prevention is not mandatory and not necessarily recommended for your trip to Tanzania.
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
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