Yes there is network coverage and phone signal on the mountain but when climbing Kilimanjaro, your main concern will not be if there is network service, but whether your battery will survive long enough to utilize it. In fact, apart from phone coverage, the Tanzanian government is making efforts to ensure that fast-speed internet is available for climbers. Just recently, the government installed high-speed internet that covers up to Horombo huts.
Kilimanjaro’s cell network coverage has vastly increased over the years. In fact, you’ll be able to get a signal practically the entire way to the top. Depending on the topography, there will be regions with unreliable connections or no signal at all.
However, the signal will not be as strong as it is at home. Messages and phone calls may usually be sent and received. Streaming data, on the other hand, is a distinct problem that will very certainly demand some patience.
Furthermore, keep in mind that many cell phone carriers may impose exorbitant roaming fees. To avoid this, you might want to consider purchasing a data package. Alternatively, purchasing a local bundle sim card in Moshi or Arusha is suggested. If you want to do this, remember to bring an unlocked phone.
When you book your Kilimanjaro climb with Tranquil Kilimanjaro, we’ll gladly assist you with getting a local SIM card. When you order your unique Kilimanjaro climbing deal, just let us know if you’d want a local SIM card included.
What local Cellphone Network Providers work on Mount Kilimanjaro?
Cellphone or mobile signal strength may vary while on Mount Kilimanjaro. Below are the network providers providing coverage on the mountain
- Vodacom Tanzania
- Tigo Tanzania
- TTCL + Internet
Is cell phone reception available on Mount Kilimanjaro?
As you might guess, cellular coverage up the mountain is inconsistent and unreliable. There are, however, a few spots where you might be able to obtain a signal. These locations are generally restricted to one or two opportunities each day.
Your mountain guide can direct you to a location where you can switch on your phone and check it out. You may also infer that the porters are in a favorable location if you observe them checking their phones.
How do you charge your mobile phone and electronic devices?
Since there is no electricity supply on the mountain, it is advisable to carry power banks or portable banks. Sometimes you might be lucky to get your devices charged with the help of rangers but this is not a reliable way.
Read more about how to charge your devices on the mountain
How to save your mobile phone battery while climbing Kilimanjaro
It’s important to keep your phone in airplane mode so it’s not continuously looking for a cell signal and draining your battery. When you want to send or receive calls or messages, turn on the mobile network.
When you have a signal, emailing and/or messaging consumes the least amount of data and is the most likely option. You’ll almost certainly have trouble emailing images. However, if you’re lucky, you might be able to chat or even FaceTime!
Should I Bring a Cell Phone on the Mountain?
Yes. Aside from being able to connect with others, your phone may also be used to take videos and photographs and to keep track of time. Hiking with a cell phone in your pocket is practical since it is small, light, and versatile. And today’s phone cameras are of exceptional quality. We do encourage clients to bring their smartphones with them at all times, even if it is just to take pictures of their experience.
If you don’t wear a watch (as many people do these days), you may want to have your phone nearby to check the time. As we are on a schedule on the mountain, this comes in useful throughout the day, from wake-up calls to breakfast times and more.
In addition, you will most likely wake up several times each night when sleeping in your tent. Knowing what time it is is useful for estimating how much sleep you are receiving. Knowing the time can also help you decide whether to attempt to sleep longer or simply get up if it is nearing dawn.
Finally, smartphones have flashlights, music (bring headphones if you want to listen to music), games, and step counters. These features may be useful or amusing to you throughout your journey.
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