FAQS

Safari FAQS

Currently there are no immunization shots required in order to gain entry to the East African countries of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda unless prior to your arrival you travel through countries that are infected with yellow fever, cholera or other diseases. However for accurate and the most up-to-date information, please visit the embassy web site for the countries you plan to visit.
Yes, because malaria is common in East Africa. We recommend you consult your local travel clinic or personal physician for the most appropriate anti malaria medication for you. We also recommend you take some deet insect repellent.
For the most up-to-date visa application information, we recommend you visit the embassies websites.
We recommend you email us with as much of your travel details as possible. Then we will do our best to match your requirements to one of our safaris and discuss the available options with you.
In order to best meet your safari requirements with respect to destinations, accommodation choices and group size we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance.
Yes, we do! By contacting us and discussing your interests and requirements we can develop an itinerary that works for you. In order to do so we would need to know something about your budget, places you want to visit, the type of accommodation your prefer, the length of your journey and the number of people in your party. With this information we can discuss and advise you on the many options so we can arrive at your dream safari.

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of Africa’s most spectacular events. Many people think it happens just once a year but it is in fact an ongoing event that occurs all year round.

In late May/early June the migration (mainly wildebeests and zebras) begins its annual migration from the north of the Serengeti to the crossing of the Mara river, reaching Maasai Mara park sometime in mid-July/early August depending on rain. After the short rains in the month of November, the herds move back into the Serengeti and make their way to the southern pastures where they rest and feed through the rains until their search for better grazing leads them to begin their annual migration once again.

While many people think that the great wildebeest migration only happens once a year, the migration is in fact an all-year-round event – with each time of year offering a unique wildlife experience.

Generally, the typical temperatures in most places in East Africa are: May to early August, day and night time temperatures of about 55 F to 70 F and 45 F to 65 F; mid-August to April, the daytime range is between 75 F to 80 F with night time temperatures of 70 F to 75 F; the rain seasons are in the months of March, April, May and November.
Absolutely! Our skilled cooks are happy to accommodate your dietary restrictions and/or allergies

Whether you are on a lodge or camping safari, below would be a typical menu:

  • Breakfast: coffee, tea, porridge, fruits, fruit juice, scrambled eggs/omelet, sausage, toast, margarine, honey and jam.
  • Lunch: hot tea, coffee, chips, sandwiches, biscuits, pancakes with honey or jam, and fruits.
  • Dinner: soup, cooked meat or vegetarian meal (these include chicken/beef with rice, sliced fresh carrots and green beans, mashed potatoes, and salads), fruits, and fruit juice, and variety of hot drinks.
Absolutely! You can even start by talking to some of the Good Earth Tours staff in our USA and Canada offices, who were born and raised in Africa, have been on safaris several times and know the country better than anybody else!

Climbing FAQS

It is possible to climb Mount Kilimanjaro throughout the year, however January, February and September are the best months, while June, July, August, October and December are also good.
Not at all. Any person in good physical condition can climb and reach the summit. You should be able to run for half an hour or more without feeling short of breath. No one with a sore throat, cold or breathing problems should go above 9,843 feet. People with heart or lung problems should not attempt trekking the mountain without consulting their doctor. Being in the right mental state is important. Do not push yourself to go if your body is exhausted, or if you have extreme mountain sickness or more serious symptoms.
Yes, both our Kilimanjaro and Safari prices include park fees and all other applicable fees and taxes.

Yes, we include a free Nairobi-Arusha-Nairobi bus shuttle transfer for those arriving/departing from Nairobi.

Please be advised that there are two daily bus shuttle transfers between Nairobi and Arusha, leaving from either place at 08:00 and 14:00, arriving to the other destination at 12:30 and 18:30 respectively. We can pick you up from Nairobi’s Jommo Kenyatta International airport and from most hotels located in or near Nairobi City center. You will need to be ready at least half an hour before the scheduled times.

Please be advised that the most convenient airport will be Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

The minimum age limit set by the National Park Authorities for trekking to Uhuru Peak is 10 years of age.

Equatorial to arctic conditions are present on Kilimanjaro depending on the altitude. The range begins on the warm, dry plains with average temperatures of 86 F, then ascends through a wide belt of wet tropical forest and zones with generally decreasing temperatures and rainfall, to the summit where there is permanent ice and below freezing temperatures. The temperature at the top of the mountain gets as low as -13 F.

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Climbing through the Marangu route, one can reach the summit in 5 or 6 days, including a day and a half of descending. On the Machame, Lemosho, and other routes it is normal to reach the summit in 6 or 7 days including a day and a half of descending

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You need to have the following items for your climb:


Boots, thermal underwear, warm clothes – top and pants, water/windproof pants and shell, socks (at least six pairs – to be changed at least once on the way up), winter hat/balaclava (cover head and ears), water bottle, gators (for wind and mud), gloves (water/wind proof), neck warmer or scarf, sunglasses, flash lights and batteries, walking stick, sleeping tent (for all other routes other than Marangu), sleeping bag and rain wear.

Please be advised that Good Earth provides sleeping tents and mattresses on our climbs.

Yes, excess baggage can be left with us or at the hotel where it will be secure. Valuable items including cash should be specified.

Oxygen in the air decreases as you ascend causing shortness of breath during exertion, along with increased ventilation and heart rate. To acclimatize/adapt to the altitude, pace your self by ascending slowly, avoiding exertion, and breathing regularly and deeply.

Yes. However, only the Marangu route has a reliable, properly equipped rescue team. Rescue services on other routes are done by contacting the Park Headquarters which quickly sends a rescue team. The mountain rescue fees cover rescue services from the top to the base of the mountain. We recommend the flying doctor service membership (a $50 value) to cover a flight from the base of the mountain to your hospital.

Accommodation for the climbing package is at a mid-class hotel that includes rooms with ensuite bathrooms, mosquitoes nets, a bar and a restaurant. It is located in a quiet neighborhood. For those who prefer something more luxurious, we can upgrade this to a five star hotel for an additional charge.

The Marangu route offers accommodation in dormitory style huts with beds and mattresses. For all other routes accommodation will be based on camping in established campsites. Since there are a very limited number of climbers allowed on the Marangu route at any given time, it is necessary to book your spot well in advance.

Our typical food on the mountain include:

  • Breakfast: coffee, tea, porridge, fruits, fruit juice, scrambled eggs/omelet, sausage, toast, margarine, honey and jam.
  • Lunch: hot tea, coffee, chips, sandwiches, biscuits, pancakes with honey or jam, and fruits.
  • Dinner: soup, cooked meals (these include chicken/beef with rice, sliced fresh carrots and green beans, mashed potatoes), salads, fruits, and fruit juice, and a variety of hot drinks.

Absolutely! Our skilled cooks are happy to accommodate your dietary restrictions and/or allergies (such as Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Kosher or Halal). Just let us know your preference at the time of booking.

Our cooks, also serving as porters, prepare food for you. They will also boil, filter, and refill your empty water bottles for you.

All our meals are prepared on portable kerosene and gas stoves. Our environmental low-impact policy prohibits us from using firewood on the mountain.

We recommend that you drink 4 – 5 liters of fluid each day, sipping fluids frequently. Water is best, but fruit juices are a good supplement. It is important that you carry your own water bottle at all times as dehydration is a significant issue and staying hydrated is key to your health and safety. The air is very dry above 13,123 feet so avoid panting and try to breathe through your nose. Control sweating by wearing clothing that will wick away moisture and layer your garments. Monitor your urine: output should be at least 1.6 quarts per day and the urine should be clear.

Yes, drinking water and soda can be purchased on the mountain on the Marangu route only although it is much more expensive than in the town of Moshi or Arusha. Good Earth does, however, ensure that there will be enough water available to you on the mountain.

Our climbs take a minimum and maximum number of one and 15 climbers respectively. However, in most cases our average is four climbers with a maximum of 10.

This depends on the number of people in your group. You will have one lead guide, with assistant guides (serving as porters) and porters (including skilled cooks). We guarantee enough porters for your luggage, food, and water.

Unlike most other companies, we do not have luggage limitation on our climbs. We also provide free storage for items that you do not want to bring on the climb.

In the event that one person gets sick and has to stay behind or return, he/she will be accompanied by one of the assistant guides while the other climbers continue.

Unlike most other companies that charge about $100, we provide a free transfer from the mountain to the hotel should a climber return earlier than planned.

For medical advice it is always best to consult your doctor. Please contact the Tanzania embassy in your country for any updated info on minimum requirements to get into Tanzania or Kenya, if any.

Yes, we can. We have good working relationship with a wholesale travel agent who can assist with booking international flights at reasonable prices. Let us know so we can assist you further on this.

Our land cost prices include almost everything. The only extra costs you will incur are tips for your guide, cooks and porters, some of the climbing gear and meals that are not listed on your itinerary.

Please see our tipping guideline on the right inserts of this page.

Absolutely! You can even start by talking to some of our staff in the USA and Canada offices who were born and raised in the Tanzania!

Yes! We are a majority owned African company, and are able to help our local African communities. A percentage of your money goes to local projects that we support, including Nambere Primary School and the Comeca Environmental Organization.

We accept Visa and Master Card for your deposit only. The balance is due 90 days prior to departure and is payable by check/cheque, wire transfer or money order.

There is a required deposit of at least $300/person for Kilimanjaro trekking bookings.

The following cancellation fees applies to all our tours:

  • Cancellations received more than 90 days prior to departure: $500 per person per tour or extension
  • 89 – 60 days, 20% of the tour price
  • 59 – 30 days, 50% of tour price
  • 29 – 15 days, 75% of tour price
  • 14 days or less, 100% of tour price

In the unlikely event that we must cancel a trip due to some reasons beyond our control, you will receive a full refund. Having said that we have never cancelled a trip!

Absolutely not! Once we receive your deposit, both price and departure are guaranteed.