When you come for your Mount Kilimanjaro climb, you will be prone to getting malaria since Tanzania is a high-risk county. You may not contract malaria while on the mountain but it could be anywhere other than the mountain, it could be at the hotel or the airport.

We recommend that you consult your doctor and begin taking anti-malaria tablets prior to your trip to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Is there malaria on Mount Kilimanjaro?

No, you cannot get malaria on Mount Kilimanjaro because the mosquitoes that carry malaria, the anopheles’ mosquitoes cannot go beyond 2000m above sea level.

Since most climbs begin at high altitudes of about 1500m above sea level, chances of contracting malaria while on Mount Kilimanjaro are slim to nil.

This however does not mean that you might not get sick while on the mountain. You can get malaria before you climb Mount Kilimanjaro, then fall ill while climbing the mountain, this will make your body weak and might stop you from proceeding with your trek.

There are mosquitoes in Moshi, other areas within Tanzania, and in the national parks that you may visit, even in Zanzibar.

That is why we strongly recommend that you should consult your doctor or travel clinic to get the appropriate advice on the best anti-malarial medication.

Below is more info on what medications you need before coming to Tanzania.

Malaria prevention in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Apart from taking anti-malaria medication/tablets, to prevent malaria depends on the precaution you take to prevent mosquito bites. You can prevent mosquito bites by wearing appropriate clothing like long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts, trousers and using DEET-based mosquito repellent, sleeping in insecticide-treated mosquito nets and insecticide sprayed rooms.

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Avoiding Mosquito Bites

The good news for hikers ascending Kilimanjaro is that Anopheles mosquitoes do not exist above 2,000 meters. As a result, the most vulnerable times are before and after the ascent. Because Anopheles mosquitoes suck blood at night, you should be extra cautious.

If you’re just going to Tanzania for a short period to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, here are some mosquito-bite prevention recommendations.

  1. Apply Insect repellent. Please ensure that it has a high concentration of DEET, as this is the most effective insect repellent. Repel comes highly recommended.
  2. Apply insect repellent not just to your skin, but also to your clothes and mattress.
  3. Long-sleeved shirts and pants are recommended. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors, so make these light-colored.
  4. After nightfall, try to stay inside. Mosquitoes feed at night, and going outside during this time will only increase your chances of being bitten.
  5. Cover yourself and your bedding with a mosquito net at night.

Malaria medication for Kilimanjaro Climbs, Tanzania

Taking anti-malaria tablets while also taking medication to avoid altitude sickness has no negative effect and it is fine although some people claim to feel the side effects of mefloquine (Lariam, Mefliam, Mehphaquin) like feeling drowsy or dizzy.

Please consult your doctor about the correct dosage and medication for anti-malaria medicine.

Signs and symptoms of Malaria

While climbing or even before and after climbing, malaria can be characterized by symptoms like fever, headache, fatigue, abdominal discomfort, muscle aches and sometimes you might cough and diarrhoea. Symptoms can aggravate to high fever, strong muscle aches and pains.

It is wrong to assume that just because Mount Kilimanjaro is beyond the mosquito elevation range so you do not need to take precautions at all. Almost everywhere there are mosquitoes in Tanzania, that includes the towns of Moshi and Arusha, where you will be spending your first night before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. 

How long is a malaria vaccine good for?

The malaria vaccine lasts for one year in the human body. The most effective malaria vaccine is the RTS,S, also known as Mosquirix. It requires four injections.

Can you die from malaria?

Yes, malaria is a killer disease. You can die from malaria if you do not take swift and affirmative action. Malaria is a deadly disease that can be prevented by taking the necessary precautions.

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