At Summits Africa we take your safety extremely
seriously. There are 3 essential components to the Summits
Africa approach to keeping you safe on any one of our trips:
- The right tools for the job (oximeters,
PAC, oxygen, stretchers, team work, customised constant
- Communications & backup (sat phones,
telephones, radios, evacuation teams, 24 hour backup, liaising
with base team)
Learn more below:
Our guides and crews are specifically trained
and instructed to ensure, where ever possible, that our guests
can walk off the mountain, unaided, themselves. They are also
trained extensively on monitoring systems (see below for more)
and also management of AMS (acute mountain sickness), and
more advanced forms of mountain sickness such as HAPE (High
Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE (High Altitude Cerebral
Summits Africa runs bi annual training.
Our training program is designed around our
ethos. Everyone from a porter to a head guide has specific
modules to undertake to help with their on going development.
Modules vary from professionally taught and certified CPR
with resuscitation dummies to environment specific flora training.
Read more about our training
The Right Tools
Over the last decade the Summits Africa team
has systemised our approach to monitoring guest's safety.
We call this the "Constant Monitoring System".
- Pre trip: Even before
you travel with Summits Africa you are expected to furnish
us with important information about your health and even
what training you are undertaking and what kit you are bringing.
- Pre Start: during your
briefing your details and kit are double checked. Guides
and crews are fully briefed on all guests.
- Event: guides monitor
you daily with pulse oximeters and altitude
sickness scorecards. If evacuations are required then
supplementary oxygen (for high altitude trips)
and custom built stretchers are on hand.
- Post trip: your feedback
is essential and combined with proper guide and crew debriefings
and your input we expect our trips to continue to develop
All altitude Summits Africa trips have:
- Supplementary oxygen
- Pulse oximeters
- Comprehensive first aid kits
- Customised evacuation stretchers (designed
to allow upright evacuation for pulmonary edema cases as
well as back boards for spinal support)
- Altitude sickness assessment scorecards
as a supplementary assessment tool
Portable Altitude Chambers are also available
and always used on Kilimanjaro trips that stay in Kibo crater.
They are available for added safety on request for standard
trips as well.
Communications & Backup
Depending on the trip different communications
devices may be applicable. These days most areas in East Africa
are covered by cell phone coverage but any trip that heads
into areas that have black spots (even if they last for only
one day), go with satellite phones. For adventure trips, hiking
and mountain biking for instance, radio communications between
teams are also included.
All trips have 1 specific manager at base
assigned to them for reliable communications channels and
all teams check-in twice daily.
All trips Summits Africa operate require
that our clients take out flying doctors or emergency evacuation
cover. Almost all trips, by default, have this cover built
into the cost for no nonsense evacuation support in remote