Replies: 8 - Last Post: Aug 15, 2012 9:12 AM Last Post By: DebDenis
Mar 5, 2012 9:55 PM
Kilimanjaro 2012Hi fellow traveller,
I am planning a trip to Tanzania and Kenya later on this year and currently in a process of deciding and choosing a good tour guide for our Kilimanjaro climb. I have contacted a company called Adventure Kenya Safaris and they kindly responded to may emails. Nevertheless I am a bit wary since I could not find any reviews and feedbacks for the operator left by other travellers. I would appreciate your help if you share your experience if happened to know that company. Here I am providing their website:
Many thanks beforehand and awaiting your reply in anticipation.
Mar 11, 2012 7:47 PM
1How about using tripadvisor? I would be very leary of a company with no recommendations. I did this and got screwed. They combined me with another company, the itinerary changed, the food was lousy and we had our trip cut short. This was for a safari. I went the cheap route.
I went with: http://www.teamkilimanjaro.com/rongai.html
And did their Rongai route. It was FANTASTIC! I highly recommend them. Top notch outfit and only 3 of us with around 20 porters.
It's a very tough climb. Much harder than I imagined. I would have never made it to the top without the incredible help of TK's staff.
Mar 13, 2012 12:38 AM
Many thanks for your reply. I appreciate your help but I still believe Team Kilimanjaro are way too expensive and overpriced. Nevertheless they perhaps provide brilliant service.
Mar 13, 2012 6:32 AM
Mar 26, 2012 5:40 AM
4I suggest that you also post on the Africa/Tanzania section. You will get a lot more feedback and responses. Also as Mt Kili is in Tanzania, your trekking company and guides must be registered with KINAPA (Kilimanjaro National Park Authority). May I also suggest that you get a copy of Henry Stedman's book - Kilimanjaro - the Trekking Guide. Its considered the bible for those planning to trek Africa's highest mountain. I notice that you are questioning advice of organisations deemed to expensive, well as someone who has trekked this mountain three times (for one success) I can tell you that if you go with one of the cheap organisations your chances of success are reduced. At 5895m/19340 ft this is a serious mountain, even if not a technical climb. You will not see it in any official government news but around 10 people per year die climbing this mountain - thats trekkers (does not include any porters or guides who also get sick and do die!!). So how much is your life worth?? As suggested have a look on the TZ pages - oh yes the average for a 6-7 day trek is around $1500 US plus tips.
Jun 8, 2012 5:06 AM
5Check their reviews on http://www.adventurekenyasafaris.com/Reviews-Mount_Kilimanjaro-Kilimanjaro_National_Park.htm
Jun 21, 2012 4:18 AM
6Is highly recommended to book in advace? or is it possible to reach Moshi and compare there among different possibilities?
Jun 22, 2012 3:21 PM
7Jaimegmar - welcome to LP-TT and the Africa pages. As for pre-booking a Kili trek it really depends upon the time of year you are intending to attempt the mountain climb. If its peak season (now until end of Sep; or Feb-early March) then yes it probably is better to pre-book, especially if intend to trek the Marangu route (the one with the huts where numbers are governed by the number of beds available). If you are on your own (not in a group) then again pre-booking may improve your chances of getting on to a party being put together by one of the better trekking organisations. Have a look back through these pages and then come back with some more detailed questions. Good luck with the trek!
Aug 15, 2012 9:12 AM
8Cielo, definitely agree with other posters here that research and advance booking will pay off for you. I used Henry Stedman's book, Kilimanjaro, A Trekker's Guide..." for advance reading and research - it was invaluable - and this website plus several others. People are really happy to share about their experience. I made a photo essay about mine: www.hersolosummit.com and just published a book about it, including a full index of how to prepare, what to bring, other essentials! www.mariongracepublishing.com for the book.
HAVE A GREAT TREK! -Deb
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