We take your safety seriously when climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Why go with Vacation 2 Africa?
With over 13 years of experience specializing in one country and one mountain, Vacation 2 Africa sets the standards for safety, success, and ethical trekking practices on Kilimanjaro.
We offer you expert advice and prevent important details from falling through the cracks because our attention is focused solely on travel to Tanzania and no other destination.
Vacation 2 Africa is a U.S. based operator who works directly with Vacation 2 Africa, Ltd in Arusha, Tanzania.
Booking a trek through an unknown third party operator can compromise your safety, the safety of the mountain staff, and allows room for important details to fall through the cracks.
Safety Standards on Every Climb
- 2-5 623-liter oxygen tanks (with groups of 2 or more)
- “Gamow” hyperbaric bag
Is oxygen really necessary?
Absolutely! A lot of problems at altitude arise from the ever-decreasing amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. So having oxygen on board alleviates a lot of problems and prevents minor problems from developing into serious emergencies. It can and has saved lives. With groups of 2-8 we carry two 623-liter tanks of oxygen. One always goes down with an evacuation. The other remains on the climb for the rest of the group.
What is altitude sickness and what are the symptoms?
During the trek it is likely that all climbers will experience at least some form of mild altitude sickness. It is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air at an increased altitude. There are many different symptoms but the most common are headaches, light-headedness, nausea, loss of appetite, tingling in the toes and fingers, and a mild swell of ankles and fingers. These mild forms are not serious and will normally disappear within 48 hours. Please visit your physician for any preventative medications.
How can I prevent altitude sickness?
- Stay hydrated. Try to drink at least 4-6 liters per day.
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other depressant drugs including barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills.
- “Don’t go up until symptoms go down”. People acclimatize at different rates, so make sure that you properly acclimatized before going higher.
- Before your trip, maintain a good work/rest cycle – avoid excessive work hours, and last minute packing.
- Listen to your body. Do not over-do things the first day or two. Avoid heavy exercise.
- Take your time. Pace is a critical factor on all routes. “Pole pole” (go slowly) is the phrase of the day.
- Walk high, sleep low: If you have enough energy, take an afternoon stroll further up the mountain before descending to sleep. (not if you have any symptoms of altitude sickness!
Does Vacation 2 Africa offer medical evacuation insurance?
If you have a medical emergency and need to be evacuated home for reliable medical care, GLOBAL RESCUE will get you back home if necessary. GLOBAL RESCUE is the finest medical evacuation outfit in the business, and is staffed with ex US Air Force personnel.
If you are not enrolled in the program and need an emergency evacuation home, it could cost you more than $150,000. We feel it’s well worth the cost of signing up.