Prabhsimrat Singh Pannu (India) – Successful summit on 23 February 2016 – Superior package – 7 Day Machame route
Good day Annale
Firstly I would like to apologise in the delayed reply.
Everything about the trip right from the word GO was SPOT ON.
I do not think I could have asked for a better team of porters and guides.
The guides David, Salim, Nelson are very professional, have an excellent spirit and one could see they form a very good team, always pleasant and encouraging every step of the way.
The cook PASSAT surprised us every meal with delicious and healthy food.
Finally, Yaseen the waiter too has excellent knowledge of the mountain and would make an excellent guide.
The facilities provided far exceeded my expectations.
Finally, I would like to thank you for patiently replying to all my queries.
Adri Dreyer (South Africa) – Successful summit on 23 February 2016 – Superior package – 7 day Machame route
We were booked for the Machame route from 18-24 February 2016. Initially we were only 2 friends booked for this period, but on short notice 5 other people joined, so we started as strangers, but left as friends. From the start David, our chief guide, took the lead in a way that immediately made us feel comfortable and safe and this set the trend for the whole period. David and his crew set our comfort and safety as their main priority… besides getting us all on the roof of Africa! What stood out was the respectful way in which David interacted with his crew and the result was visible in the loyalty they have shown towards him.
I was the slowest of the whole group, but David NEVER made me feel uncomfortable about it. In fact, without knowing this, he created a new ‘mantra’ for me by constantly saying; “Adri, you are not sick, just tired”…and those words helped me to summit! It was so amazing how that one sentence could help my mind to push my body beyond its natural limits!
The whole crew was just so fantastic. They put “Hakuna matata” into practice. Nothing was too much for them. On every request they would say “No problem” and would then go out of their way to assist. On the day before summit one of our team members, Steve, turned 60. Some of the crew went all the way to Moshi and back to Barafu camp to present Steve with…a birthday cake!!!
David, you and your team are amazing!!! I might forget how awesome it was to be able to summit, but I will NEVER forget the way you and your team went out of your way to accommodate all of our diverse needs. You created a ‘home’ to us which made us feel home away from home! May you all be blessed in abundance.
Nikki, to you and your team in Pretoria, a huge thumbs up for your professional service as our preferred agent. The urgency with which you answered our questions and the timely provision of related info prepared us with what we needed for a ‘kick start’. We will wholeheartedly promote you as service provider to whoever would like to take the challenge to visit the roof of Africa!
Theresa Haarhoff-Petersen (South Africa) – Successful summit on 23 February 2016 – Superior package – 7 Day Machame route
Wow, I have reached the top. To summit was a dream come through.
I want to say thank you to you for the professional service received from day one, it made the arrangements and trip so much easier.
Regarding the team on Tanzanian side, I can only say well done!! They made the journey possible through their encouragement, support, care and good sense of humor. From the porters to the cook and the guides, each one fulfilled his role in the best possible way. If not for David and his team, I doubt that I would have been able to summit.
There are too much to mention, but all in all it was a wonderful and rewarding experience.
Thank you to David, his team and Climbing Kilimanjaro.
Tyrone Kolby (Australia) – Successful summit on 23 February 2016 – Superior package – 8 Day Lemosho route
Everything didn’t happen as I planned, but it did work out for the best. Musa advised me to rather camp at each site as apposed to skipping Shira 1 for an extra night at Barafu. I was hesitant but was swayed by his vast experience on this mountain, and he also taught me that each mountain has its own acclimatisation…. You can’t compare the Himalays to any other experience… This is something I didn’t consider. Musa is very knowledgable and reads his clients abilities much more than the spreadsheet health checks in the am and pm. He watched my pace, rhythm as I fatigued, watched my breathing and signs of distress or any sign of AMS…. I know this not because he told me but because I have a medical background and I am aware of passive physical assessments. The team was awesome overall…. The chef, not cook, did an awesome job preparing food to suit my palate when I had no appetite; the porters are so humble and pleasant to be around; Lawrence Avansi ( hope I spelt his name correctly) who served on me at camps is so humble, helpful and nothing is ever too much. I also enjoyed his humour a lot. I believe he wants to be a mountain guide, and I would invest in him if I was in your seat….. You can teach anyone technical skills, but you can’t teach someone to be nice and true at heart. I believe that the guides and porters of Kilimanjaro on not just employees, but are the guardians of keeping this mountain in its pristine natural glory.
The information package was brilliant for preparation….. Even the bit about not closing your eyes on summit night. I must admit that I close my eyes for 2 or 3 steps and then forced myself to redirect to thoughts of my family as happy diversion to fatigue. Musa was happy with my pace variation between uphill, flats and downhill which I based on this measure. Naturally I was slower at higher altitudes, almost snail pace at Stella Point!!
On last favour, can you pass on this email to Mr. Manasseh particularly in reference to Musa and his team as well as my high recommendation for Lawrence. I hope to return to climb with daughter in 5 years time…. It took me that long to save up for this trip. I know there are cheaper options, but you get what you pay for and I won’t risk life over money on a journey like this. I will definitely use your services in 5 years time and recommend to friends and family.
The climb was wonderful. Harold, our guide, was so helpful during that last summit attempt. The rest of the crew was great as well. All the porters were very sweet.
The Safari was also great. Jackson was very personable and knowledgeable. I have absolutely no complaints.
Thank you again for all your help! It was an incredible experience.
Kasi Hoover (American) – Successful summit on 21 January 2016 – Superior package – 7 Day Lemosho route
Thanks so much for everything you did during the process of planning and everything. I honestly have nothing to complain about, only good feedback – and that includes the booking and planning and all of your help, to Charity at the hotel, the hotel itself was wonderful, and everything about the trip. Safi and the guides were professional, friendly and knowledgeable. I felt very safe and in great hands with them. The porters and entire staff were wonderful as well. Helpful, friendly and so hard working. I obviously could not have done it without them. The food was delicious and I was shocked by the size of the tents. So much bigger than I’ve had on other guided climbs.
Thanks again for helping make this such an amazing experience. I’ll be recommending you every chance I get!
Savannah Kunovsky (American) – Successful summit on 21 January 2016 – Superior package – 7 Day Lemosho route
Both trips were incredible all around. On Kilimanjaro, the guides were wonderful and the experience was quite luxurious. Food was great, gear worked perfectly (I used almost everything on the packing list), group was wonderful.
The safari was also amazing. Carlos Nyoni (our driver and guide) was kind and knowledgable, and a great person all around. Highly recommend him. The Sopa lodges, amount of time on safari, and locations were all perfect as well.
Thank you for all of your help!
Robert Maniker (USA) – Successful summit attempt on 21 January 2016 – Superior package – 7 Day Lemosho route
Sorry for the delay! Things at work have been super busy since I got back to reality here!
I did get home safe and all of my travel home was very smooth.
Regarding feedback, I have to say that everything was wonderful. The whole team (including the guides, cook, porters, etc) were all amazing. They were extremely professional, helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Safi (the head guide) in particular was so great! The food was amazing as well (way better than I expected), they had great vegetarian options, the tents were comfortable, and the route was great. It was really nice to have multiple guides so that in some areas (especially on the summit) members of the group could go at slightly different paces and everyone still had a guide with them helping out. The hotel in Arusha was really nice as well.
Thanks again for everything!