Kilimanjaro Search, Rescue and Safety Service


Kilimanjaro Search, Rescue and Safety Service

Search and Rescue: Search and Rescue is a new service on Mount Kilimanjaro to ensure your safety while climbing the mountain. Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue offer the best and modern search and rescue services using helicopters that can fly in any weather. Kilimanjaro SAR strives to make Kilimanjaro the safest tourist destination in Africa. An emergency medical service to ensure your safety while hiking Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru with helicopters that can be deployed within 5 minutes. We ensure a quick response and guarantee your safety regardless the season. The helicopter will pick you up from the designated area on the mountain, where the medical team will immediately start an in-flight medical treatment. Upon landing at KIA/Moshi Airport or Arusha airport there will be transport, to take you to your hotel. If you require further medical attention upon landing, you will be taken to a modern private High Altitude Medical clinic ideal for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).Kilimanjaro SAR accepts insurance with Evacuation coverage up to 6,000 meters above Sea Level. Please be aware that coverage and eligibility requirements for this benefit differ by policy.View/Download information about the altitude limits offered by different insurers (153KB PDF provided by Kilimanjaro SAR)The website linked below showcases 75 different policies and providers that offer Medical Evacuation coverage. Signature Safari recommend’s the following also Global Travel Insurance Companies, however, as the traveler it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct cover before you visit Africa. These companies have provided insurance cover to thousands of travelers who have completed the trip that you are planning and they are the experts you need to deal with.

We would recommend that you receive a quote from at least 3 travel insurance providers.


Ans: No, it is very simple to purchase this insurance online or over the phone in any country – even from Tanzania. However, as time goes on we will recommend the best insurers.

Ans: Yes, client must submit insurance detail; confirm to have insurance plan that will cover MEDEVAC up to 6000m. At least 2 days before climbing. The sooner the better — even a month early.

Ans:Yes, it’s possible. Since we are committed to saving the lives of all climbers. In case you or clients lack proper insurance, you/they will have to pay for evacuation costs after they are fully recovered.

Ans: Technically no, clients will need MEDEVAC up to 5000m.

Ans: Ask the client to contact their Travel Insurance Company in order to purchase an insurance plan that WILL cover MEDEVAC up to 6000m.

Ans: Any travel insurer that lists medical evacuation (altitude detail is unnecessary).

Ans: A travel insurance, which covers Medical Evacuation up to 6,000 Meters, above sea level. It is very important your clients ask the travel insurance companies to include this in their final prices.

Ans: There is more risk involved for the insurance company, which means less profit.

The risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) increases dramatically above 2800 Meters, as do the costs of emergency medical services and evacuation.
(MEDEVAC: Medical Evacuation)
In line with Search and Rescue we also have:

Hero Flights: A Hero Flight is an extremely fast, unique and hassle-free way to end your epic adventure after conquering Africa’s highest peak. A helicopter flight from Mt. Kilimanjaro to KIA/Moshi Airport will turn your 2-day hiking descent into a helicopter flight that takes less than an hour. Reward yourself with more time to relax and a chance to explore more of Tanzania’s natural wonders.

Mount Kilimanjaro Helicopter Scenic Tour: Get a magnificent “birds-eye” view of nature in an exclusive and luxurious scenic helicopter flight. This exciting journey takes you from Moshi/KIA airport. You can witness a breathtaking view of the glacier flow on majestic Mount Kilimanjaro or fly high over the famous Serengeti and its abundance of wildlife. Appreciate the beauty of Lake Natron, a soda lake filled with thousands of flamingos, at the base of the active Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. Contact us to arrange your scenic helicopter flight.


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