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!
Alexander Sibbald (Australia) – Successful summit on 8 January 2016 – Superior package – 8 Day Lemosho route
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!)
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.
Malik Faiz (Belgium) – Successful summit attempt on 26 December 2015 Superior package – 7 day Machame route
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,
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.
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Next will either be Mount Kenya, Mount Meru or gorillas in Rwanda…