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Alexander Sibbald (Australia) – Successful summit on 8 January 2016 – Superior package – 8 Day Lemosho route

NuweKili

 

Hi Nikki

 

I have got only positive things to say about the trip through this fantastic company. From the outset of my interactions with Climbing Kilimanjaro (including with yourself in the very early stages), responses were always prompt, informative, and comprehensive. It made the decision to accept the marginally larger costs (in comparison to some blatantly inferior tour companies) a no-brainer, as my mind was put at ease through all stages of the planning process.

 

This did not change when I arrived in Tanzania, which would have otherwise been an intimidating transition for a young Aussie’s first foray into solo travel, if not for the professionalism of Climbing Kilimanjaro. I appreciated the enthusiasm of the driver of my airport shuttle, even after 48 hours of minimal sleep!

 

The accommodation organised by Climbing Kilimanjaro not only met all expectations, but exceeded them, which is consistent with the entirety of the trip. The staff of the hotel San Salinero, while not employees of Climbing Kilimanjaro, represented the values of respect, service and friendship across cultures that Climbing Kilimanjaro espouses with professional aplomb.

 

And then came the hike itself. What an experience! From the get-go, with the experience and knowledge of Harold, Rama, Alan and Davis, it became apparent that all 5 in our group would summit Kilimanjaro, and sure enough we all did. For those who love the outdoors and scenic views, Kilimanjaro has them in spades. For those who love genuine cultural experiences and meeting people from different walks of life (potentially even from your own backyard), Kilimanjaro can provide. And even those who like delicious food (every night delivered incredible soup!) or reggae music, you should consider Climbing Kilimanjaro.

 

The experience on the whole was a life-changing, view-altering undertaking, which I’ll never regret doing for a single second. I will always attribute the achievement of reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro to my own personal and mental strength, but the deeper memories of Kilimanjaro, and the friendships I made would not sit with me today had I not chosen to climb with Climbing Kilimanjaro.

 

I recommend anybody of moderate fitness to consider climbing this beautiful mountain with Climbing Kilimanjaro.

 

Best wishes (and I hope to join you again soon!)

 

Alex

Felicia Sibiya (South Africa) – Successful summit on 1 January 2016 – Superior package – 7 day Machame route

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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.

Kind Regards

Felicia

Malik Faiz (Belgium) – Successful summit attempt on 26 December 2015 Superior package – 7 day Machame route

Malik

 

Dear Nikki,

 

Thank you so much for everything.

This experience was one of the best of my life.

I had to fight a lot to make this happen but with the help of the amazing crew we made it.

They were all wonderful. Safiel and Wilfred were amazing guide. Raja and Steven too.

The cool big team and porters were so lovely.

The 5 people in the group made my trip great.

Thanks once again,

Best regards,

 

Malik.

Nicholas Featherston (South Africa) – Successful summit on 20 December 2015 7 Day Machame route

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Dear Annale,

 

Happy New Year to you too!  Here are some photos…

 

It was the experience of a lifetime.  Absolutely epic!

 

The climb was a real adventure.  On our first day it bucketed down with rain for about 4 hours in the forest.  Thank goodness most of my stuff was in Jiffy bags!  I was really happy after that to see the first camp – Machame.  On the second day it also bucketed down just as we got to Shira camp.  The view from Shira camp was really awesome.  The view from Baranco was even better.  The view climbing up from Shira plateau to Lava Tower was also amazing – this was when we saw the mountain top for the very first time, even though it has been hiding behind vaporous clouds for 3 days.  It was so inspiring.

 

The ascent (on ascent night) seemed to go on forever, but Nelson gave me the altimeter which helped me actually (so I could just see for myself what height we were, rather than asking all the time).  If I ever climb again, I would want it to be Nelson with me again – he’s really wonderful and humble which I appreciated very much.  The porters are incredible and I felt really humbled by seeing the huge loads that they carry all the way along the route.  I wish I had drawn more money to give them as a tip – I think I gave them 290 dollars, but I wish I could have given them more.  The porters were a really spirited bunch who loved to sing their songs about the mountain every morning.

 

On the night of the ascent, I wasn’t really all that physically tired by the time we got to the top, I was more just tired from lack of sleep.  Having said that though, there were definitely tears in my eyes when I saw that Uhuru peak sign!  I just couldn’t believe that we’d actually made it to the top!  The temperature at the peak was also something incredible to experience.  My hand started going grey after being taken out the glove for only a few minutes to take photos.  The last time I experienced that sort of cold was in Moscow.  The wind was like a knife that cut right into you.  The most difficult part for me was the climb down the mountain to be honest.  My knees and quads got really sore and I had a headache after my ascent which stayed with me all the way coming down to Barafu camp.  Not fun!  But after Barafu camp, I recovered from the headache quite nicely and made it to Mweka.  The trip down to Mweka is a really long way and seems to go on for hours.

 

The views from the mountain every night and every morning were really special and I made lots of new friends from various countries during the hike.  I think of all the tour companies I saw during my hike, yours is definitely the best as you really did a great job of informing me of all the risks and so forth, which for some reason the other tour operators don’t seem to do very well at all.  There was a distinct lack of knowledge with some other tour operators which I thought was not great considering the risks involved.  Also the Facebook updates helped my family keep track of the progress which they really appreciated very much.  The food was great – compliments to the team for putting up with my vegetarianism.

 

Thank you so much to you and Nikki for all your assistance and organization, it was a really wonderful experience and not something that I’m going to forget soon.

Add me as a friend on F.B. and you’re welcome to grab photos from my album that I put there too.

 

Next will either be Mount Kenya, Mount Meru or gorillas in Rwanda…

 

Best regards

 

Nicholas Featherston

Penelope Masefield and Emma Guy (Australia) – Successful summit on 17 December 2015 6 Day Lemosho route – Standard package

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My friend and I have recently returned to Australia after climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with your group.

As two young women travelling alone, we were nervous about undertaking such an adventure.

Words cannot describe how amazing our entire trip was. The team who took us up the mountain exceeded our expectations every day.

The porters were so friendly and happy every day and were basically absolute legends. Their customer service skills, even when English

was not strong, went above and beyond what would have been required. I was very impressed by all the little things they did to make us

more comfortable. i.e meeting us after summit with juice, or the table cloth for dinner.

The Food cooked by our Chef was very impressive! What he can do on the one stove was really amazing. And our waiter Hussein was

absolutely a key to our positive experience we had every day. His attitude was incredible and contagious.

Innocent our guide, I can’t thank him enough for getting me to the top, for setting a great pace that both Emma and I were comfortable with,

making jokes, singing songs and being a great friend on our trip. He was knowledgeable about the Mountain and always offered a helping hand

if we got stuck. I couldn’t recommend Innocent and his team more to anyone wishing to climb Kili.

 

All in all our experience with the mountain and the accommodation was a very positive one. We both felt we left a piece of our hearts in

Moshi and hope to return again soon.”

 

Regards,
Penny

Rochelle Soodyall and Vikash Soodyall (South Africa) – Successful summit attempt on 27 October 2015 Superior package – 6 day Marangu route

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Dear Nikki,

 

Hope you are well.

 

Just wanted to say a big thank you to you for helping us put this together.

Everything ran so smoothly and we are so impressed.

The hotel was amazing and the service was impeccable.

 

To John Matiko and his team:

 

They made this journey possible. We owe our lives to them.

Humble, sincerity, humanity are the traits that is shown by all.

The food was delicious and they made sure that we were well taken care off.

We cannot begin to express our gratitude. They will forever hold a special place in our hearts for making this dream come true.

They are our angels in disguise.

 

Summit night was really tough and intimidating but nevertheless we made it.

 

Thank you Nikki for your support. It is much appreciated!!

Marco Steenkamp and Tasneem Collins (South Africa) – Successful summit attempt on 27 October 2015 7 Day Rongai route – Superior package

marco

 

Hi Annale,

 

As you can imagine when we returned we had a 101 things that needed our attention, I do apologise for the late response.

 

It was an experience which we cannot explain in words, it was amazing and realizing our dream at the summit of Kili was incredible. What made our summit possible was not only due to the training we put in before the expedition but the expertise, enthusiasm and professionalism of our team (the senior guide was Safiel and the assistant guide Wilfred) – which exceeded my expectations – as well as all the information you provided us in terms of gear requirements and other general advice for the summit attempt. We also didn’t experience severe altitude sickness symptoms which made our experience just that much more pleasant.

 

I can honestly say that there was no negative side to our Kilimanjaro expedition.

 

Kind regards,

Marco Steenkamp

Elna Smit (South Africa) – Successful summit attempt on 29 September 2015 Superior package – 7 Day Lemosho route

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Dear Nikki,

 

Myself and my husband would like to thank you for crafting an unforgettable experience for us. To get to the rooftop of Africa has been a lifelong dream and we are so happy we chose Climbing Kilimanjaro to make our dream come true. From the onset you and your team have been extremely professional and very helpful. Thank you for answering every single email and question. The team in Tanzania were also superb! Manasseh was very helpful prior and after our climb. Most importantly we really want to commend what a superb mountain team we had. David (our chief guide) and Salim (assistant guide) were paramount in getting us to the top. Their positive spirits and knowledge about the mountain (and people!) was amazing. The food was delicious and Passat was a wonderful Chef! We already miss his food. The porters were always encouraging us as they sped past and we will miss their songs and smiles. We really feel like we’ve made friends and these people positively contributed to our once in a life time experience. We would definitely recommend your company and David’s team to anyone wanting to climb Kili! Thank you!

Elna and Henk Pretorius

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