Felicia Sibiya (South Africa) – Successful summit on 1 January 2016 – Superior package – 7 day Machame route
Good afternoon Annele
I would like to start off by extending a BIG thank you to you and your team for taking care of most of the admin of organizing this experience for me. I really appreciate all your effort and dedication to ensuring that everything was in order and I had everything that I needed for the Kilimanjaro experience and the Zanzibar trip thereafter.
I honestly thought that conquering this mountain was a farfetched dream for me. I anticipated a very difficult and physically taxing journey, but I was quite surprised by how comfortable the whole experience was compared to what I thought it would be. Your crew were a huge contributor to the level of comfort that I experienced. Nelson, our chief guide, was amazing. He always made sure that we were motivated and would not allow any of us in the to give up. Lawrence, Wingod and Rastaman were also great to climb with. They kept our minds busy with their stories and the songs that they sang along the way. I truly have a lot of respect for everyone, including the porters have a very difficult job to do. I could barely carry myself up the mountain, but they had to carry all our equipment, food and tents. Those guys are really amazing.
I expected climb to be hard on my body, but it was honestly more of a mental challenge. There were times when I felt like giving up and getting off the mountain, not because I was tired, but because I was out of my comfort zone (tent life is not for me). Almost every single day on the mountain was cold and wet and I constantly had to remind myself that it was temporary. On the third night on the mountain, it was so cold that there was even ice on the inside of my tent, I convinced myself that I would be getting of that mountain in the morning. I woke up to a beautiful view of the ice capped peaked and realized that I was too close to turn back. That was a reminder to me that I should always keep the end goal in mind in everything that I do.
The final night to get up to the very top was the most challenging. Standing on Uhuru Peak made it all worthwhile. I cannot describe the feelings that I had while I was up there. It was really empowering. This journey was truly a learning experience that I will forever cherish. Thank you once again for making this possible and helping me achieve one of many goals in my life.