Jonathan Mills (British) – Successful summit attempt on 8 August 2015 Superior package – 7 Day Machame route
Truly excellent trip. We all got to the top and we felt we nailed it!
I will post a review on trip advisor.
Nelson and his team on Kilimanjaro were nothing short of brilliant. Nelson and I had a lot of chats about this and that over the week. When I was slightly embarrassed by the level of pampering that we were getting, as I’m far more used to roughing it when mountaineering, he said that he viewed us as “the bosses” on the trip. I said I’d be much more comfortable if he tried to think of us as grateful clients rather than as selfish tourists who were liable to turn round and complain at any moment!
They were tireless in trying to make us as comfy as possible, and to me it felt like climbing with friends. Nelson was excellent in the way he exercised quiet authority to keep every thing running smoothly. He noticed everything and his team ran like clockwork without any need for raised voices. Everyone knew their job. I really liked the way he expected hard work from the team, but also looked out for anyone who needed support. On a couple of days I noticed he was carrying extra stuff himself and asked him about it. He said it was a hard day for the porters and so he’d taken some items for them. He used to be a porter “back in the day” so he knew what it was like.
Ziggy the cook, Adam (ziggy’s understudy) and “choirmaster” (who was Mr motivator) were stand-outs in an exceptional team. I don’t know if you pay bonuses for good performance but they all deserve one.
On the summit day, with three 15 y old boys in our group of six, Nelson was obviously quietly concerned that they might struggle. They didn’t, but if they had, it was reassuring to see that he had plenty of manpower to hand to help. There were four strong and reliable Tanzanians with us (Nelson, Robert, Choirmaster, and “Bouncer” who was seriously strong with hands like spades!)
I under-estimated how cold it would be on top, and that was even with a lot of luck with the weather which was very calm and no wind. I’d climbed mt Kenya a few years ago and reckoned it would be something similar. Wrong! I’m an experienced mountaineer (Matterhorn, and twenty other big ones in the Alps) but I nearly came a cropper on kili over gloves. With hind sight I wish I’d taken ski mitts (not gloves) for the top, to keep fingers warm. Pocket hand warmers, just for the summit day would be a good idea. And down jackets are a must.
The safari was also excellent with Meeshka. Manyara, then Ngorogoro, then Tangangire. We saw loads and Meeshka was a really nice chap. Knowledgable and friendly. The accommodation on the safari and also at outpost lodge in Arusha was great – the camp at the shore of lake Manyara before the last day in Tangangire was extraordinary- animals wandering by and a walk down on the salt flats.
The transfers to and from Nairobi worked very well. We were we’ll looked after.
And finally I must say you yourself provided a really excellent communication services. You answered questions promptly, clearly and thoroughly. Ian and I were very impressed.
So, great trip. Thanks very much to you, your company and all your staff and employees. We’d be delighted if you want to use us as very, very satisfied customers.
Jon Mills (47) and Pierre Mills (15)
Vijay Kumar & Tow Nyee Khoo (India & Singapore) – Successful summit attempt on 7 August 2015. Superior package – 7 Day Machame route
Thanks for all the arrangements. Our Group Successfully made to summit on 7-Aug . We had a great groups of Guide – Freedy and his Team. They took well care of us. Under his guidance we all enjoyed our trip and had great memorable moments.
I wish Climbing Kilimanjaro Team a great success and wish all the best for all those upcoming trips. You guys are doing you job at the best service. Thanks again for a adventures trip.
Orestis Ventouras (South Africa) – Successful Western Breach summit attempt on 7 Aug 2015 – Superior package – 8 Day Machame route & overnight at Crater camp
Sorry for the delay in response
What can i say other than absolutely awesome and amazing!
From the moment i was met at the airport i felt the warm welcome. Manasseh was very thorough in explaining each days process etc.
Aaron my guide was wonderful, answered all my questions and was always there when i needed something
I Take my hat off to Sandala my cook and to Charlis my porter/waiter. What wonderful guys. With the little and broken English they speak we managed to get by and even spoke about their family
Was amazed at the quality and quantity of the food prepared each day in the kitchen tent. Im not a soup person but ate most of the soup each night. Was that good
each day’s hike had something new to offer and the views were spectacular. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Lava Tower, Arrow Glacier and Crater Camp.
Crater Camp was like nothing i have ever experienced and felt as i was on the moon. No one else but myself the guide, cook and a porter. Might as well have been the last person on earth.
Managed to explore the area and was just in awe. Had a heavy head and a terrible headache but pushed myself and was well worth it. If i had a bit more energy and oxygen i would have gone down to the ash pit but was not able to. The view of the ash pit and glaciers will remain in my memories for a life time.
And then there was the summit, frozen toes and out of breath, we pushed on early in the morning. An hour later from our start that morning and what a sight
Have attached some pics of the trip
Absolutely amazing adventure. Will be in contact with you next year as i am planning on climbing Kili again with some friends.
once again, thank you for arranging a wonderful and memorable adventure
Walter Boos (USA) – Successful summit attempt on 31 July 2015 Superior package – 7 Day Machame route
Hello Nikki – since getting home I’ve been intending to send you a note, so your request is timely.
Starting off I would say categorically and unequivocally that our experience with you and your team was absolutely top notch.
I would recommend you in a heartbeat. You made our once in a lifetime family trip something we will cherish forever.
Some, but not all of the accolades:
- You have great information, and you’re always responsive to the questions coming at you. I must have asked you 50 questions
over the course of several months and you always answered immediately and graciously.
• I asked you for references and you provided 4-5 pages of names, with email addresses. I sent about 30 emails to those on the list
who likely spoke English as their native tongue (UK, Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand). I believe I got 28 replies and
they all spoke glowingly about their experience, and the quality of their guides.
• Your prices were more than competitive with other guide services.
• Our head guide (Freddie) was exceptional. His objective was clearly to get every one of us (5 in all) up the mountain – and he succeeded.
I had great confidence in his experience and knowledge.
• Our safari guide (Abeli) was also exceptional. A great combination of friendly and knowledgeable.
• In planning for a family trip of this magnitude there is so much I didn’t know. It was important that I find someone I could trust,
who knew what they’re talking about. You were that person.
I would be honored to speak with anyone at any time about you, your business, your responsiveness, and my family’s experience with the climb
Please let me know if I can be helpful to you in any way, as you had a lot to do with my family’s memorable experience. Best to you —
Walter (Wally) Boos
Micaela Parola & Mario Marengo (Italy) – Successful summit attempt on 31 July 2015 – Superior package – 6 Day Machame route
Thanks for your email.
The climb was a great experience, thanks to our guides and team that was excellent.
We enjoyed everything.
Overall we had a good experience, thanks for your help.
STEPHANUS SULIMRO (Indonesia) – Successful summit attempt on 17 July 2015 – Superior package – 6 Day Machame route
Thank you for making this once in a lifetime experience dream come true. The climbingkilimanjaro team were awesome. It was more of a luxury package rather than standard package and I appreciate it a lot.
Special thanks to my guide, Omari, who helped me achieve a very special personal goal. He helped me in making sure that I was the first person to arrive at every camp checkpoints as well as right up to the summit. Without his help and guidance, I am sure this would not be possible. He and his team also take good care of me, making sure that I had my meals (portions were too much! But I guess all the tour companies did the same as I was having conversation with other people), checked my health condition, etc. I really can’t thank him and his team of 7 people well enough.
Overall, I would definitely recommend climbingkilimanjaro for people who are looking to hike it and go for Omari and his team to lead. I will write in tripadvisor as soon as I got back to Indonesia at the end of July. Ashanti!
Lindsey Davis (South Africa) – Successful summit attempt on 7 July 2015 – Superior package – 7 day Machame
I just wanted to say thank you, we had an unbelievable time climbing up Kilimanjaro!
We really had the best team on the mountain, David and Salim were so knowledgeable and eager to answer the never ending questions that we had for them, we learnt all about the different trees, mosses, flowers, wild life and Tanzanian culture which all added to the holistic experience on the mountain. The porters where so friendly and helpful, they would often sing to us when they passed us, adding to the positive atmosphere that we experienced throughout the trip. We were all blown away with the teams willingness to help, and the care that they took to ensure that we were comfortable, happy, and strong. We had amazing food, and such happy company that made the hike all the more pleasant!
David and Salim were so good at ensuring that we went “pole pole” up the mountain, and that we all had enough water to drink, which in the end resulted in a successful summit! I was so impressed with the way that they cared for my mum, always ensuring that “mamma simba” was strong and happy! We loved getting to know the team, and they truly made the trip all that it was!
Nikki, thank you so much for your quick and efficient organizing of our trip! And a huge “asante sana” to David and his team for getting us to Uhuru peak, and for making this an experience of a lifetime!
I have added a few pictures for you to see.
Jeffrey & Jordan Segal (USA) – Successful summit attempt on 5 July 2015 – Superior package – 7 Day Lemosho route
The trip exceeded our expectations. We had a blast.
For the trek: The guides were professional and focused on helping us get to the top. They were enthusiastic and supportive. They understood safety. Camps were set up when we arrived. We honestly could not have asked for anything better.
For the safari – same comments. Our guide was knowledgeable and professional. He took us wherever we wanted to go. He had a knack for finding virtually every type of wildlife. The accommodations were excellent.
Thanks for making this trip a great memory!
I returned from Tanzania the day before yesterday, The trip was superb. The experience was great. The team lead by Safiel was excellent: professional, responsible, friendly, service oriented and very helpful.
Denis who guided us in the Safari was excellent as well: very knowledgeable about the safari , Tanzania, Africa: sharing his knowledge, helpful, service oriented.My Tanzania experience was great. ( I am glad to eventually I could join) I will definitely recommend your service for my friends
Jacques van Heerden en Moira Filmer (South African) – Successful summit attempt on 3 July 2015 Superior package – 7 Day Rongai route
Thank you for your e-mail.
There are few expressions that will allow us to capture what the climb meant to us. Yet I can confirm that it was life changing, emotional, beautiful, amazing and probably the hardest thing we both have done in our lives. From the start the from being picked up at the airport, Bristol cottages and the arrangements for the climb was executed perfectly.
The welcoming staff before the time and after were friendly and helpful. This comment includes having worked with you beforehand. It was comforting to have such professional assistance from the first step.
I think that Moira will agree with me that the two most amazing people on the trip was Fred Msinga and Bariki Maro, our two guides. From the start they were friendly, helpful and encouraging.
Their experience was very evident every step of the way. They were confident and firm yet reassuring and professional.
Their interaction was always very personal and their knowledge of the fauna and flora, history and culture was astounding.
The group of porters, waiter and chef was equally amazing. It was touching that our summit attempt (and success) was just as close to their hearts as ours. The meals were fresh, plentiful and tasty. We were cared for in great consideration.
After the climb Fred assisted us in buying gifts for our families and getting to the bank etc. I strongly suggest that he be involved in planning climbs… experience like his (we roughly calculated he summited over 300 times in his life).
Roy du Toit (who joined us on the climb) was a really valuable member of the team. We all bonded during our climb. What an inspirational man.
If you are looking for negative comments… I have none.
Thank you Climbing Kilimanjaro – you helped change my life.
I have to echo all that Jaques has said in his e mail. Thank you so much for all the excellent organisation and team work which Climbing Kilimanjaro so carefully planned. The accommodation, meals, transport and all the details were arranged superbly and we couldn’t have had a better trip.cI have spent the first week back being extremely emotional as I re-live all our experiences on the mountain. Most of all I miss our highly competent and friendly trekking team of porters and guides. Freddie and Barik were outstanding and incredibly highly skilled to know exactly what they could do to get us up the mountain. I have to admit that I had a rough last night to the top with nausea and vomiting but the guides made me feel so confident that I could carry on -despite my pain – and even clung onto me as I retched down the mountain so that I wouldn’t fall over. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their competence, friendliness and professionalism left me speechless. I cannot thank them or the team enough for all their enthusiasm and passion for our trip.
Many thanks for all that you do on the SA side and I will certainly be recommending the company to everyone.