Marco Steenkamp and Tasneem Collins (South Africa) – Successful summit attempt on 27 October 2015 7 Day Rongai route – Superior package
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.
Elna Smit (South Africa) – Successful summit attempt on 29 September 2015 Superior package – 7 Day Lemosho route
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
Riana Kretzschmar (South Africa) – Successful summit attempt on 29 September 2015 Superior package – 7 Day Lemosho route
Thank you very much for all your assistance before our trip, at the airport (with my little hickup) and posting photos for our friends and family to follow us. Your expertise in arranging this trip was amazing. Needless to say, there were times when I felt I was not going to make it at is was difficult (guess due to the altitude) but our guide, Nelson and his wonderful team made us get through it to the very last step.
These guys are amazing and always friendly and eager to help where they can.
Our Safari was wonderful and well organized. Every day was more exciting with all our sightings and Big 5.
I will definitely recommend your company for both Kili and Safari.
Riana Kretzschmar & team
Margarita Yelevich & Aleksey Pozhidaev (USA) – Successful summit attempt on 27 September 2015 – Superior package – 6 Day Machame route
Let me begin with saying that our trip to Tanzania as a whole and our climb to the top of Kilimanjaro in particular exceeded all my expectations! What a wonderful time we had!
It’s been almost two months since our return (sorry it took me so long to get back to you) and I still cannot stop sharing my joy and stories with my friends and coworkers. Everybody wants to know all the details and two people are already thinking very seriously about climbing Kilimanjaro too.
I want to express all my sincere appreciation to John and his team. Their daily effort in making us feel comfortable, welcomed and taken care of played the key role in our success. Us making it to the summit would not be possible without them. Everyone on the team was so friendly and attentive to our needs and wishes.
Looking back, I would not change anything or wish that something was done differently. Everything was planned and executed very well with high professionalism by both Climbing Kilimanjaro and Hidden Valley companies. You are the best!
Thank you for organizing this trip!
Matthew Patton group (USA) – Successful summit attempt on 18 September 2015 Superior package – 6 day Machame route
Just wanted to express on behalf of the whole group what an amazing trip this was. You have a fantastic organization that really catered to us and did an incredible job of getting us all up to the top at the same time.
Nelson is an amazing and very trustworthy guide. We immediately felt very safe with him. Ziggy is an awesome cook. Robert held a great pace for us. Jackson helped Ashley to the top. Everyone was amazing. A truly good group of guys. Do not let Nelson go! I will always recommend you guys and tell them to ask for Nelson! I wouldnt have it any other way if i did this trip again.
You are also great in keeping in touch with me and communicating everything to us about as clearly as possible. Its been as stress free as possible.
Thank you again very much!
Plamen Ivanov (Bulgaria) – Successful summit attempt on 17 September 2015 Superior package – 6 day Machame route
I didn’t have the time to write when i came back from Tanzania, because there was too much work accumulated during my absence and waiting for me in the office.
Now i have few minutes and i just wanted to tell you that i’m quite happy with the services that you provided and with my trip to Tanzania in general. Thank you very much for that!
The climb of Kilimanjaro experience fully met my expectations and even exceeded them by far. The logistics were perfect, our guide John was fantastic, the entire crew was fantastic. I was lucky with the two Americans that i joined, which i now call my good friends and also with the weather. I cannot think of anything that was not OK. Everything was just perfect!
The safari was for me something that i just add to my Kilimanjaro trip. But in the end i was also very happy to do that! It was also a very interesting adventure!
Thank you once again for the great service and all the best!
Logan & Dhesagee Pillay (South Africa) – Successful summit attempt on 14 September 2015 Superior package – 7 Day Machame route
Hope this mail finds you well.
We just wanted to thank you and the team in Tanzania for making our Kilimanjaro trip a success. It’s a dream come true and still feels surreal.
Aaron and especially James I owe my life to after I suffered Pulmonary Adema at the summit. Dhes was fine all the way, in fact she became stronger just before Stella Point.
I couldn’t take 3 steps without gasping for breath with much difficulty. I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me at the time because I followed the eating and water recommendations from day 1. I also took Diamox daily.
Nonetheless James knew exactly what was happening and never left me for a second.
Thanks also to the porters who often would come back on the trail to help Dhes and I to carry our backpacks to the next camp. I’m still amazed at how strong and agile that are and so courteous and pleasant. They made it their duty for us to succeed. God bless them.
We thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of every day. We both miss the Majestic mountain – Roof of Africa, it has really grown on us and will always harbour a special place in our hearts forever.
To you and your team, we would definitely support and promote your company as a preferred tour company of choice. All the travel arrangements went like clockwork. Friendly drivers between transfers. Overall 100% service. The hotel staff was outstanding and very accommodating.
Thank you for making our dreams come true.
Logan & Dhesagee
Bud Jackson (USA) – Successful summit attempt on 30 August 2015 Superior package – 7 Day Machame route
It was a spectacular trip from start to finish. Very professional from the beginning (with you) and registration thru pick-up and drop offs at airport, hotel, and especially the climb itself. Aaron and James (Guides) and the whole crew never faltered in supporting us thru the climb and successful summit. It is indeed spectacular views from the top for sure, but also along the way. It is a worthwhile adventure and you meet many adventurous souls along the way. I recommend the trip for everyone. Sincerely – Thank You for that.
Steffanie Altman (USA) – Successful summit attempt on 22 August 2015 Superior package – 7 Day Machame route
My hike up Kilimanjaro was one of my favourite experiences of my life. Every moment of it was incredible. It was physically a fantastic workout and it was a chance to be immersed in nature and separated from the rest of the world. I was very happy to not have cell service or Internet access for the entire climb. I spent a lot of time taking in my surroundings, speaking with my guides and co-hiker, and just thinking. We rarely get so much time to our own thoughts and ourselves.
Freddy and Bariki were incredible guides, and I would recommend them to anyone I know! I truly felt that so long as our health was no in danger, they would do whatever it took to get us to the top. Freddy checked our health every morning and every night, and made sure we were drinking enough water and eating enough calories. They went above and beyond their guide duties to ensure we were having a great time.
They were also very flexible and understanding that my climbing mate and I did not know each other prior and did not know we were not in the same climbing shape. They were incredibly accommodating to both of us, to ensure we felt good and that we got the experience we hoped for.
They allowed me to push myself to a pace that I was enjoying but kept me back just enough to ensure I would be safe.
Every morning we were woken up with fresh hot ginger tea. It was the perfect wake up in the freezing temperatures. After we got ready for the day we’d enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast! We had porridge, toast, omelet, avocado, cheese, and fruit. It was gourmet meals on a mountain!!
When we would arrive to camp everything was already set up by our porters. Our chef always prepared hot water for washing and either lunch or an afternoon snack if it was between meals.
They took incredible care of us. I never doubted if I would get to the top with this crew. I would highly recommend this company to anyone interested in climbing Kilimanjaro! If they are in basic athletic shape and go with Freddy, they’ll not only get to the top of Uhuru peak, they’ll smile the entire way!!