Closest Airport to Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is the closest airport to fly into. If you fly into Dar es Salaam, you will have to connect to Arusha or Kilimanjaro airports.

Weather on Kilimanjaro

In Tanzania there are two rainy seasons. The heavy rains occur from the end of March to the middle of May, and the short rains occur in November through to December. Usually the main rains in April bring a lot of rain and snow on Kilimanjaro, so most climbers avoid the mountain at this time.

Guide to Client Ratio

Bunda Adventures provide 1 guide for 3 clients plus an assistant guide.

Weight of Luggage for Porters

The national park regulations state that porters can carry 20kg and their personal items. Bunda Adventures  follow these rules very strictly.

Luggage for porters vs luggage for clients

Clients will carry a day pack, where you will carry your essential items for hiking. The rest of your gear is carried by porters in your second bag. You should aim to keep your personal day pack as light as possible while climbing. If you require assistance to carry your day pack Bunda Adventure’s guides and porters will be there to help you. Everyone on our team wants to make your trek as comfortable as possible.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

AMS is a possible side effect that you could experience when you rise over 3000 meters (10,000 feet). Possible signs and symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizzyness
  • Un coordination
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Nausea - feeling sick
  • Confusion
  • Breathlessness even when resting
  • A cough or bubbling sounds from the lungs

Emergency Preparedness

Bunda Adventures has a protocol for emergencies that occur on Kilimanjaro. If you have any type of problem you must inform your guide immediately, because the sooner our team knows your situation the better. Our guides will then assess and monitor the situation and take action accordingly depending on how serious the problem is to ensure that you are safe.  

Occasionally climbers do not acclimatise well. When this (or other scenarios) occurs, descent is the safest solution. Even a small decent can be potentially lifesaving in serious mountain sickness. Nearly all altitude related sicknesses have a tendency to resolve themselves on descent and so you may simply be referred to a doctor that we know and use for altitude related issues and then head to a hotel. For more serious emergencies you may even be evacuated as far as Nairobi hospital, although this is extremely rare.


Bunda Adventures recommends that you tip 15-20% of the total cost of the trek.