Kilimanjaro Photography Tour Guide

An idea about Which Camera to Take for your Kilimanjaro Photography trekking tour.

Kilimanjaro’s magnificence is higher impossible to designate, but the truth is, a picture is appeal a thousand words about Kilimanjaro; photos from Kilimanjaro’s 1800m altitude to the Africa’s highest peak bear the phenomenon and extraordinary beauty of Kili immediately. Katikati Kilimanjaro hikers regularly capture wonderful images during their time on the mountain. All spoken and written about Kilimanjaro beauty is for everyone who can discover.

Kilimanjaro Photography Tour Guide

Kilimanjaro photography is on the list of experiences for most landscape photographers. Whether you’re a first-time mountain hiker or experienced, Katikati tours will arrange the most suitable Kilimanjaro trekking for you to have the greatest shots ever!

As you plan for landscape photography on safari or start photography, getting prepared for a great time is very important, Bellow are things to consider for your Kilimanjaro photography tour

Which Camera to bring for Kilimanjaro photography

We recommend a 35mm camera. Most of the other cameras basically won’t capture the depth and composition over Kilimanjaro can offer. For the photographic fanatic, we recommend a common Single Lens Reflex (SLR) 35mm camera as opposed to the pocket-type 35mm camera. The SLR shall offer a superb variety of shots, as there is many choices of filters and lenses to use. Also, many modern SLR cameras got a complete range of fully automatic to manual features that provide mobility and control. For those who want to photograph in an entertaining fashion and don’t want the fussing of changing lenses and bothering with F-stops, a pocket 35mm should suffice.

Telephoto zoom lenses from 35mm-135mm (focal length) should be adaptable enough to do right to the many great and small things you’ll see along the way. If you have only fixed lenses, then we suggest a standard 50mm, 200mm, and wide angle lens (the wide angle shots are real gem).

Camera to take for Kilimanjaro photography

You may want to consider the following filters:

  1. A polarizer filter, to change the contrasts of light and dark in your This is more critical at the summit, where exposed faces and background images will be difficult for you (and your camera) to assess the light and properly expose.
  2. A warming filter, in order to help improve skin tones, which tend to appear slightly blue in high altitude


With respect to the film, slide film will produce images with great color saturation and high-quality resolution. Keep in mind that it gets expensive to produce prints from your slides.

Would you need to print a film, you can have great success using Fuji film. You should bring an assortment of different speeds, though favoring mostly 100 and 200 speeds because in general, the light levels will be ample to support this. Consider purchasing all this equipment and/or film from the local photo shop rather than from the discount drug store. The photo specialists will be able to assess your intentions, provide useful advice, and recommend the best equipment and film for you. Make sure you buy enough film for your entire trip, as the availability of film in Tanzania is not guaranteed and the cost is prohibitive.

Your Camera cares

War far from a Photographic safari where you shoot from a well-equipped safari vehicle, the possibility to cover your photography gear is higher and easily assisted, but when it comes to mountain trekking things change and you definitely need to cope with an area.

As the Kilimanjaro photography trek takes you from the wet/rain forest to arctic conditions, it’s suggested to take measures to shield your gear from the elements. Having a waterproof camera and accessories is recommended. Bring a waterproof container (Ziploc bags are great) for your film, camera, and lenses/filters, which will also aid in keeping dust and dirt out.

On the last part of the mountain, the temperatures will most likely be below 5°C, and you must take steps to ensure that your camera does not freeze. An idea is to put cameras and lenses, etc. in the inner pockets of your Down Jacket, or in pockets of an inner layer (where they can receive your body heat), that can be enough and you better have good warm gloves maybe with additional hand warmer to protect your finger from freezing to be able to click. A smaller “point and shoot” camera is best for summit shots, as the larger cameras may be difficult and awkward to fit inside your parka. Your daypack is not an advisable location for keeping this equipment on the final ascent, and in general, insulated containers are too bulky and heavy to be useful.

On the last night before summiting, make sure your camera is all set as you will need a few nice shots. The final thing you’ll definitely want to do at Uhuru Peak has changed your lens and replace with a new roll of film. Make sure you return the camera to warmth because you’re still on the freezing zone and it normally takes short time for it to freeze. If you found that your camera is frozen when you turn it on, its advised to not attempt to take pictures. Keep it hidden in an inner corner and wait until you are back at warmer temperatures. You may want to consider bringing a backup camera in case your primary one expires.

At Katikati tours and safari, we’ll set you up with a professional mountain guide, and porter who will carry all your gear and walk beside you all the time while another crew member will walk independently to the camp.


What about Digital Cameras and Video Cameras?

Digital cameras are the greatest option to standard film cameras, and can be simple to use on the trekking. The possibility to see and edit your images right away is something essential, and it saves you time and money in the lack of the need to fuss and develop film. You can also use most digital cameras in freezing conditions without worry, though battery life diminishes quickly.

8mm or digital video are famous formats for shooting motion images from the mountain, and if you are sure enough of your abilities, then your efforts will give great rewards.

You’ll need to bring plenty of batteries, as the cold weather seems to shorten battery life. Consider bringing additional lenses and filters, but keep your weight in mind. Please take steps to guard your equipment from the elements, as discussed above. Each photographer on Kilimanjaro climbing will have a personal porter on the climb to carry your photo equipment.