So, you’ve been training for your big adventure to Kilimanjaro – but have you thought about learning a bit of Swahili??
You may find it helpful to know how to say hello and goodbye as well as make a few exchanges with the locals and our mountain crew in their language. By learning some basic Swahili words and phrases, you will make our mountain guides day by communicating with them in a word or two that they know.
It can be a little intimidating having someone talk to you in a language that you don’t know very well, but people always appreciate even the littlest effort it takes to learn some basic Swahili words and Phrases.
While you are climbing Kilimanjaro, you will have plenty of time to speak with all our guides and porters. Although all our guides speak English, they love to speak and teach Swahili to our trekkers. Learning a handful of words may go a long way in making your adventure even more enjoyable. Your simple exchange of Swahili words may help you will feel more connected with them and proud of your mutual understanding.
Some of the below words and phrases—such as pole pole, asante, or karibu—no doubt you will hear so often that you will remember them long after your climb. Other phrases—such as poa kichizi kama ndizi—will surely impress your guides if you remember them correctly, or make them laugh otherwise.
And don’t forget to learn some animals for your African safari – especially the Big Five!