Kilimanjaro Pre-Departure info


Thank you for joining Water Aid Matters in order to climb Kilimanjaro. Please read through the information in this booklet carefully and keep it safe so that you can refer back to it. Hopefully it will answer any questions you may have, but if not, please do not hesitate to contact the Water Aid Matters Team by emailing

It is important that you complete your registration details fully. If you have any questions regarding these forms, please contact the charity by emailing Eliza is the founder of the charity. We regret that you can not phone but at present but the team are in Tanzania.


We recommend you budget for the following costs:

tips for local porters and crew: US$130

Remember to allow extra for drinks, souvenirs and other personal expenses as there is plenty of opportunity to buy souvenirs. Water Aid Matters strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.

Passport and visa requirements

A valid 10-year passport is essential; it should be valid for at least six months after departure from Tanzania. Most nationalities, including UK citizens, require a visa for entry into Tanzania. This can currently be purchased on arrival at the airport for $50. We will send you more information about visas nearer to departure.

Flight information

Flights need to be booked by you. Once you have booked your flight please forward the details to us. Our team will be able to meet you at Kilimanjaro airport Tanzania. If you book your flight to Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar es Salaam and send the details to our team,

provided you have paid the complete amount, we will be able to book a connection flight for you. This will take you from Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro airport where we can collect you.

Alternatively if you find it easier to book flights to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport in Kenya we can again either book a flight to Moshi for you or the Impalla shuttle bus.

Getting ready for the climb

Be honest with yourself about your current level of fitness and start training early so you have enough time to improve before the event. You will enjoy the trip far more if you are not exhausted after the first hill. Even if you already have a good level of fitness, you will still need to build up your trekking stamina.

With work, family and fundraising commitments, you might not be able to complete the entire training guide available, but you can maximise your training time by making some small changes to your routine.

Why not get up an hour earlier and go out for a quick walk with some stretching before work? It will get you moving and ready for the day.

If you can walk to work, do. If you travel to work on public transport, why not get off a stop or two earlier than usual, so that you walk some distance each day? If you drive, why not park further away than usual, or walk a longer route from the car park to your office?

Use your lunchtimes to take regular brisk walks near where you work.

Find a steep set of stairs, ie five floors of a department store/office block and climb them five times, at least three times per week.

Try your local leisure centre or gym. You may be able to get a fitness instructor to design a programme specifically for you. Or make use of the treadmill and stair climber to really work your legs hard.

Don’t do all of your training in a gym, try to get to some hilly country at the weekends to experience walking on different surfaces, climbing hills, and of course, the weather. Wear your boots and the rucksack you will take with you on the trek.

Try to walk some consecutive long days – you might ache a bit after one full day’s trekking, but the best way to improve your fitness and stamina is to go out again the next day.

Walking is very beneficial to your body and the best way to prepare for your challenge, but you can add other activities to your training to improve your general fitness.

Playing squash, tennis or badminton, going to the gym, cycling or swimming for an hour or more will improve your fitness and keep you interested in your training.

Walking techniques

Touch the ground heel first, roll forward through the arch, over the ball of your foot to your toes, then push off to start another step. This reduces the risk of shin splints and tendon pulls.

Walk with your head up and eyes focused ahead.

Keep your shoulders level, pulled back and down, lift your chest.

Contract your abdominal muscles, pressing them towards your spine.

Carry your arms at 90° angles and pump them forward and back, rather than side to side.


Choose a comfortable pair of shoes or boots designed specifically for walking. They should have a reasonably high ankle support and a stiff heel counter to give lateral support. The midsole should be firm yet comfortable. It is worth investing in a good pair of trekking or hiking boots, and appropriate socks. To reduce the risk of blisters, wear new boots in – wear them around the house, on the way to work, etc, and then on longer trips. Once they have conformed to the shape of your feet, there is less likelihood of getting blisters.

Put your feet first!

To avoid blisters, keep your feet dry and wear socks made with fibres which draw moisture away from your skin – steer clear of pure cotton. Don’t lace your shoes too tightly or too loosely. The irritation from the pinching and rubbing may cause blisters.

Aching arches are usually caused by pounding when you walk. Make sure you touch the ground with your heel first and pushing off with your toe. Arch supports may help.

Blackened toenails are caused by the big toe hitting the front of your shoe. Keep your toenails neatly trimmed. Make sure that if one of your feet is slightly larger than the other, as most are, that your boots fit the larger one.

Will I fit in?

On Water Aid Matters Charity treks there is no such thing as a typical participant, which means that anyone and everyone will fit in. Participants are of all ages (minimum age 18), from all walks of life and with different levels of fitness. What everyone has in common, however, is love of a challenge, passion for adventure and determination to do something amazing to support Water Aid Matters.

Why train?

The Kilimanjaro trek is designed to be challenging for those with a good level of fitness. A lack of preparation can be both embarrassing and dangerous. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits.

Will I get altitude sickness?

The trek is challenging in itself, but the main challenge lies in the altitude. The routes offered by Water Aid Matters allow for excellent acclimatisation to the altitude. This is because they all allow for clients to ascend at the appropriate pace, allowing for the bodyto adjust to the decreasing levels of gases. Symptoms of being at altitude include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches and nausea. Altitude affects people differently and being super-fit is no guarantee of being less likely to feel the effects. Where a participant is suffering from the effects of altitude, it may be necessary to walk them back down the mountain. If you would like to discuss the altitude please contact

What will the weather be like?

We are trekking on a remote mountain, where we could be exposed to bad weather at any time. Conditions can change quickly and you will need to be prepared for all scenarios, please refer to the kit list when packing. Late March to early June and November are Tanzania’s rainy seasons. For the rest of the year the weather is equatorial and very pleasant, with often a cool breeze on the mountains. Although warm by day, and hot on the valley floor, altitude has a great effect on temperatures and it will get cooler as you climb higher. It will also be cold at night, sometimes below freezing, and extremely cold at the summit.

Can I extend my stay?

Yes, Water Aid Matters offer a variety of tours including safaris, Zanzibar, cultural tours and volunteer experiences. Please contact them through as early as possible for further details.


Our prices are more affordable than many others on the market for the following reasons:

1. Water Aid Matters wages are minimal – The majority of staff employed are Tanzanian. The wages, whilst being good for local people, do not measure to western wages.

2.  We offer placements only in Tanzania – This means our admin outgoings are minimal and we can focus our individual attention on the volunteer needs of those in Tanzania.

3.  We are a registered charity in the UK – This has meant that where as other organizations may need to pay google considerable amounts of money to come up high in the search engine Water Aid Matters does not need to as google offers such charities this service for free.

Being a registered UK charity also means we can take some of the project donation money out of the gift aid we receive rather than just from you.

Volunteer Costs are:

$482.oo for 1 week                                                                     $643.00 for 2 weeks
$857.00 for 3 weeks                                                                  $1072.00 for 4 weeks
$1179.00 for 5 weeks                                                                $1286.00 for 6 weeks
$1394.00 for 7 weeks                                                               $1501.00 for 8 weeks
$1608.00 for 9 weeks                                                               $1715.00 for 10 weeks
$1823.00 for 11 weeks                                                             $1930.00 for 12 weeks
$2037.00 for 13 weeks                                                             $2144.00 for 14 weeks
$2252.00 for 15 weeks                                                             $2359.00 for 16 weeks
$2466.00 for 17 weeks                                                            $2574.00 for 18 weeks
$2681.00 for 19 weeks                                                            $2788.00 for 20 weeks
$2895.00 for 21 weeks                                                            $3003.23.00 for 22 weeks
$3100.00 for 23 weeks                                                            $3217.00 for 6 months

Please note: Prices are in American Dollars and must be paid in full 6 weeks prior to your arrival in Tanzania.

Important Note

Water Aid Matters believes so much in all the fantastic work being carried out at placement sites that we guarantee our volunteers that $100 for each month paid will go towards them. Water Aid Matters will also get gift aid on every donation which will go directly to the water projects. To see how Water Aid Matters has used volunteer and doners money please go to updates on projects and completed projects on the website.


  • Pre-departure advice

  • Complete In-Country Support

  • Volunteer (information) Manual

  • Airport Transfers (From Kilimanjaro or Arusha airport only)

  • Placement Transfers (commencement and completion only)

  • Placement Briefing

  • Swahili session with a local (optional)

  • Town Tour

  • Accommodation*

  • Food* (3 meals a day)

  • Laundry

  • Booking advice for Safari, Zanzibar, Mount Kilimanjaro activities (optional)

  • *Accommodation (and food) are included on placement site, however should you wish to stay in Town or travel in your time off (including weekends) this would be at your own expense.


  • Visa’s (approx $120 USD for 3 months)

  • Airfares (seasonal and dependant upon individual travel needs and preferences)

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory for all placements, can be as little as $200 AUD for 6 months)

  • Vaccinations/Medical (varies – allow for $250 to $500 AUD)

  • Transport costs (trivial)

  • Spending money (varies dependant on individual needs. Allow $125 p/w min)

  • Drinking water (reasonably inexpensive to buy, $8 per box of 12 x 1.5 litre bottles)

  • Airport Drop off (If you do not travel home directly after your placement concludes. We will try to help where possible so call us when you know your onward flight details and we will try our best to accommodate)

Cancellation Policy

We request a $150.00 non-refundable deposit to be paid when you confirm your commitment to volunteer through WATER AID MATTERS. This deposit is not additional to the placement fees outlined and will be deducted from the final payment owing.  All monies, excluding the deposit, will be returned should you have a change of heart. If, for any reason, a placement is cancelled by WATER AID MATTERS before commencement all monies paid, including the non-refundable deposit will be refunded.

Kilimanjaro Pre-Departure information



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Tanzania Water - Further Information

Our Aim

Water Aid Matters in Africa Organise trips in Africa and help fund water projects, we are a UK based charity that is helping bring water to african people.