Evacuations by Helicopter
Kilimanjaro SAR (Search And Rescue) is the only helicopter-based search and rescue company on the Mountain. It offers 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.
Our helicopter will pick you up from the designated area on the mountain, where our medical team will immediately start an in-flight medical treatment. Upon landing at KIA/Moshi Airport there will be transport, to take you to your local residence. If you require further medical attention upon
landing, you will be taken to our 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.
Download/Print our Evacuation Liability Form
Emergency Contact Number:
Dial our 24/7 active toll-free number 0800 713 713 for an immediate medical response
What kind of travel insurance do I need to cover a helicopter evacuation on Mount Kilimanjaro?
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
Is the same insurance required for evacuation on Mount Meru?
If clients are climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and they have proper insurance coverage up to 6000m then they will also be covered on Mt Meru.
Why do standard insurance packages do not cover high altitude trekking?
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.
Do I need the proper insurance for helicopter evacuation?
Kilimanjaro SAR is committed to save lives of all climbers. In case they lack a proper insurance, they will have to pay for evacuation costs after they
are fully recovered.
Can Kilimanjaro SAR help get me the proper insurance?
No, it is very simple to purchase this insurance online or over the phone – even from Tanzania. However, Kilimanjaro SAR does recommend the best insurers to Sunny Safaris. Contact Kilimanjaro Climbing Agency for the most up-to-date information, or visit this page listing the altitude limits offered by different insurers (153KB PDF supplied by Kilimanjaro SAR)
Do I have to have my insurance documents submitted prior to hiking?
Yes, Kilimanjaro SAR requests that Kilimanjaro Climbing Agency submits your insurance details and passport copies before hiking.
Kilimanjaro Climbing Agency can supply Kilimanjaro SAR with all your climbing manifests prior to hiking.
What kind of insurance is required for evacuation within national parks and game reserves?
Any travel insurer that lists medical evacuation (altitude detail is unnecessary).