From my hikes in Japan, Greenland and Jordan I learned that some basic knowledge of local languages helps a lot in making your hikes more safe and enjoyable. So when preparing for hiking Mount Kilimanjaro I tried to at least get some basic knowledge of Swahili words. A good starting point is actually the Jambo Bwana song which you’ll hear a lot on the mountain.
So here are some essential Swahili words for hiking – for example on Mount Kilimanjaro:
|How are you?||Habari geni?|
|Very well||Mzuri sana|
|Very beautiful||Mzuri sana|
|Visitor / foreigher||Wageni|
|No problem||Hakuna matata|
|Let’s go||Tuende (as in: tuende pole pole)|
|Very||Sana (asante sana, mzuri sana, …)|
Please let me know if you have other Swahili words to add.