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  • 10

    Up the Rongai!

    This was a superbly planned and executed trip to the roof of Africa that left no stone unturned. The African Walking Company and Karibu Safaris were both excellent. The trek started in the foothills at a surprisingly slow pace but it soon becomes obvious that this is deliberately so your body has adequate time to acclimatise to the gradually increasing altitude. It also gives plenty of time to take in the beautiful African scenery and sounds. The Rongai route is somewhat quieter than others and gives time to acclimatise and take in such wonderful camping spots as Kikilelwa and Mawenzi Tarn. Using a different route down Kili allowed us to experience all the different vegetation zones the mountain has to offer. The food on the mountain was incredible. I did not expect to be served french fries at 4700m altitude. Omelettes, french toast, porridge, pancakes, fresh fruit, salad, spaghetti, ginger tea are just some of the delights and it never seemed to run out. Safety was also very good. The guides constantly checked that all was OK and knew exactly what to do as soon as anything was out of line. And the smiles!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    1) Obviously, reaching the top of the highest point of Africa. The feeling of teamwork and camaraderie was overwhelming. 2) Coming down from the summit into Kibo hut campsite to be greeted by the porters over half a mile from camp to congratulate us and carry our bags the final stretch. 3) The breathtaking views both from the top of Kibo and also from Kikilelwa and Mawenzi tarn camps when the clouds part to give a glimpse of our goal.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Makeke was our lead guide on Kili. He was calm, knowledgable, humorous and engaging. A perfect companion on the mountain. Mgaza was our guide on safari and, he too, was a wonderful companion. He looked after us well, was supremely punctual and found us some great game to view.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is hard work but, as Makeke says, 'everything on Kili is manageable' Do it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Kilimanjaro rongai route and safari

    Excellent from start to finish. We had a wonderful welcome everywhere we went, our team of guides and porters on the mountain were simply the best, helping us to conquer the mighty Kilimanjaro that is no easy feat. The transition to safari was perfect and what beautiful places have been chosen to relax in after a long day spotting animals. The food on the mountain was nothing short of genius, i dont know how they created such things at high altitude, and it was equally good on safari.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our guides on the mountain (Makeke and Samueli) were fantastic support when you needed them. Makeke our lead guide did a fantastic job of talking me round when I began to have doubts before the final ascent and Samueli would sing to wake us up in the morning and sing to keep us going during tired and difficult times, half way up on the final night in complete darkness, when we were all starting to flag with fatigue, our 2 guides began to sing with fantastic harmonies that lifted our spirits and kept us going to the summit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jackson who picked us up from the airport and gave us our first briefing before the trek was very helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Listen to your guides they know what they are talking about.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you for an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    It was an amazing adventure and a brilliant experience. Summit day was very tough but very rewarding !

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The guides were brilliant people. They were very friendly, helpful and supportive. They genuinely welcomed us to their country and did their utmost to help everyone to reach the summit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was knowledgable and efficient.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be physically fit and don't underestimate the challenge of summit day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was the toughest and most amazing experience . The views from the top were brilliant. But it was the African Walking Company which really made the trip. Everyone was very friendly. They were extremely well organised and they aimed to meet all our needs. The food was excellent., better than the hotel.we regularly had three course meals on the mountain. I shall always remember the Guides, in particular Tony Blair ( music man as always smiling and singing), David, Viviano and Damos. They helped us to achieve our dreams.

  • 6

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    The experience of climbing Kilimanjaro and going on safari was fanastic. I could not fault the African Walking Company who coordinated our climb. However he service from exodus themselves was disappointing. before the trip emails seemed to be sent at random either to myself or my father who i was travelling with, we each missed out on some key information. We were met by one exodus rep a tanzania airport, another took us on trek and a third collected us, with noone seeming to have overall responsibility or interest in the group. when 7/15 people were without baggage the night before the trek the rep was utterly disinterested, and had no clear contingency plan to reassure us as to how we would manage if it didnt appear.Catering especially on trek was great, accomodation was very good other than safari camp

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summitting Kilimnjaro was fantastic , worth every gasping breath!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    African walking company Guides were grea, as were safari drivers. Am not even sure which of the 3 exodus reps we met was supposed to be our group leader!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    I really enjoyed this trip. i had been travelling before coming this trip so i

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the sun coming up at stella point.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    he came across as very experienced and calm. I felt that if the chips were down he would know exactly what to do. He gave out some very good advice, even if his views seemed very fixed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    go slow, listen to the advice given and enjoy the views

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I felt that at a certain parts of the trip the local company were a bit complacent and could have provided us with more information. Apart from that no complaints we had a great time.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    Wow, what a trip! From start to finish this was really well organised. I loved that Exodus advised who their most recent staff member was who did this trip, a few weeks before we departed. Marta was AMAZING and answered so many of my last minute questions which was really useful. The trip itself was SUCH an achievement. Everyone on our group made the summit which was incredible. I found the hike to base camp ok, so long as I took it slow, but you have to be REALLY motivated and want to make the summit when doing the final ascent. Simply put, it is the toughest thing I've ever experienced mentally, emotionally and physically. In saying that, the guides were INCREDIBLE and worth their weight in gold. They looked after us, provided amazing moral support and were also a physical support on my way back down. You always knew you were in safe and experienced hands which is comforting. The safari after the tour was a great way to wind down and also a cathartic way to process the amazing achievement we all had together, and be able to talk it through with people who knew exactly what we all went through. A great bunch of people in our group from age 21 to 62 and we all got along really well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    1 - There are many! An overall impression is that I have so much praise for the African Walking Company. All of them were incredible, from the porters who galloped past us as we slowly hiked our way up, having our tents pitched and our luggage in there when we arrived, to our incredible guides who were friendly, funny and knew how to look after us on the mountain to our incredible chef, Milton. He cooked so many amazing concoctions in the middle of a mountain at high altitude, it was just amazing. Every meal was a treat. 2 - And definitely making the Uhuru peak. What an achievement. I was suffering from mild altitude sickness on the summit ascent, and the guides were incredible and looked after me so well. I honestly didn't think I'd make it further than Gilman's Point but they helped me slowly to get to Uhuru and kept a close eye on me. Although I wasn't feeling great, I knew I was always in safe hands and they were just incredible. I look back on that day and still think, how amazing. I can't believe I did it!! 3 - Some of the sunsets and sunrises we saw from Kilimanjaro were just spectacular, and are ingrained in my memory. 4 - And John in our tour. At age 62 he made it to Uhuru. Not only that, but his hiking boots broke on Kili, so he had to continue on in borrowed shoes. Such an inspiration!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abraham was our group leader on the Kilimanjaro climb and was fantastic. Managed his team and all of us really well and with good humour. Nothing but praise.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take extra money for personal tips for your guides and porters. I had to borrow money on the mountain from others in our group. The guides are just incredible, and I wanted to give them so much more than I had brought with me, especially the guides that helped me on summit day. A nail brush is great as your fingernails will get FILTHY! Lots of loo roll and baby wipes for those charming, in tent 'showers' or wash wash time! Leave behind ANYTHING you don't need from walking equipment, bags, to leftover medicines e.g. diarrhoea relief, water purification tablets, diamox (if you have it), paracetamol etc. The African Walking Company can use it all! I took only one pair of walking trousers which were so filthy by the end. Everyone was in the same position, but I would have liked a clean pair to change in to half way through.  The down jacket I hired was SO warm. In fact I was overheating on the summit climb and had to remove layers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall, a great holiday. The only small point I would make was the very early starts every day. Didn't feel like I got a chance to rest fully after the flight from London and every day you're up early. Would have loved a later start (even 10am) on one day, but this is a small point. The African Walking Company are amazing and I would throughly recommend them. The tipping guidelines provided once you're in Tanzania were really useful, however I did feel bad tipping our safari driver so much more than our guides as I felt they really deserved more than the guidelines suggested.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    This trip is jus fantastic. The organisation was faultless and the guides were just exceptional. Climbing Kili can be dangerous, but we were in very safe hands, the guides were friendly and very professional, especially on summit night. This was a spectacular experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The summit night was hard, and when we got to the top, it was amazing. For me, walking back down, taking it all in was a good opportunity to reflect, and then afterwards, everytime I saw the top I felt a massive sense of achievement. Its hard to believe that we all did it, even having been up there at the time! I don't think you can prepare yourself for the emotions that you experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Although we had one main leader, we actually had 6 guides. They were all excellent. The group leader would give us information every evening ready for the next day, which was useful and informative. He was the one who told us to start wearing our warm hats as although it wasn't especially cold, he said it would help with our headaches - and he was right!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Put your summit snacks in your pockets, and make sure you save some for closer to the top. Wear your woolly hat from day 2. Book it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Someone had tried to talk me out of doing the safari after the climb, saying that I should do the safari first as I would be too tired. However, having those extra few days with the group enabled us to chat about the time on Kili and reflect, as no-one at home truly understands what you go through to get to the top. Although we probably had the same conversation every evening, it was an excellent way of helping you process what you've done, with the people who were there with you.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    An excellent trip with well organised and professional staff. A good combination with Kilimanjaro and the chance to relax and recover with the safari afterwards.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the sunrise at Gilmans Point with a cup of coffee before heading on towards Uhuru peak.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was extremely well organised and professional. He was always making sure everyone was ok and making sure we kept a positive mental attitude.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes and follow them. All the information is in there. Take dollars for the tipping so everyone is in the same currency and for the lodges as their prices are in dollars as well.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Have as much fun as you can and enjoy the experience.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    This was an amazing trip and experience from start to finish. All arrangements went like clockwork, and we were well looked after throughout. I have so many great memories from the trip, and the whole experience is going to be with me forever.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is hard to choose as there were a few: the good humour of our crew from the African Walking Company stands out though, especially Musa our guide. Summiting obviously, but the camaraderie that got us there just as memorable. The banter in the group as we walked, and the wonderful views and scenery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    In many ways Musa made the trek for us. He was enthusiastic, energetic, thoughtful and a good judge of character. He was also very funny!! His 'faffing' as he deliberately stalled so that everyone could catch their breath without it being obvious (well until we had twigged this was what he was doing!). He was intent on this being the best possible experience for us, and worked very hard to make this happen. When my husband needed to go back down the mountain Musa took him down, left us with the assistant guide, then RAN at least part of the way back up, meeting us close to the summit, which was a great boost for the rest of us at that point.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to really want to do kili, as it is as much a mental as physical challenge. We were all really positive, and buoyed each other up through that long summit night. Try and take some surplus clothes and bits and peices for the porters. Even though Exodus contributes to the Porters Assistance Project  it was obvious how poor these guys are, and how much they appreciate the tips and equipment and clothes we left for them. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food was great throughout the trek (not so great at Kili Mountain Resort Hotel tho'). I don't know how they managed to cook the delicious three course meals we were served. The matresses we hired were well worth it as they were quite thick - and needed to be on that stony ground. A decent day pack which takes the weight on your hips and not your shoulders is essential. Be prepared to be dusty the whole time and take plenty of wet wipes. Safari was great too, and also a good way to have time to absorb your Kili experience. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy...

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    Amazing and Beautiful are the words i would use for summerise this holiday! you meet some amazing people - the guides the porters all amazing and they make it there goal to make you make the most of your holiday - really worth the weight in gold! then to top it off the beautiful sights, the beautiful aminals and beautiful food!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The group photo at the top, everyone, seeing everyones faces as amazing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    they were TOP from when we landed at the airport to the moment we left took off - couldn't do enought to for

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    This is a fantastic couple of weeks during which time you are sure to make great friends with fellow trekkers.   The bonding time on the Mountain means friendships are well established by the time of the Safari which makes everything more fun.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We didn’t have one trip leader because trip was split into 2 very different sections.   Naimann from the African Walking Company, Joseph, Reuben and Robinson were faultless guides on the Mountain.  Our safari driver was incredibly helpful, punctual and went out of his way to ensure we got the most from our viewing experience.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I am not sure anything was inspirational but the whole 2 weeks was thoroughly enjoyable and is definitely to be recommended.    I am so glad I booked the Safari extension to the trek because in doing so we got to see (a little) of Tanzania.  This may have been from the bus on the journeys to and from the safari parks but it was still an eye opener to see Masai tribesmen and children tending to their animals.    

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Hire a sleeping mat         MOST IMPORTANTLY -Take a Camelbak/Platypus and don’t rely on a water bottle.  Take plenty of hand wash gel. Take tipping money with you on the mountain and take more than you think you’ll need.   When you see how hard everyone is working for you you’ll want to give more than you planned! We donated equipment we no longer needed at the end of the trek.  I would plan in advance what (good quality) clothes etc. you can donate to the porters. Take flipflops for the showers during the safari. If possible, book the return flight a couple of days after the official trip ends and use this time to  spend a couple of days in Arusha.  I’d have loved to have gone on an excursion to a community centre or seen more of local life which I think is the only thing missing from the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    A fantastic trip which fulfilled a dream, a great group, great guides and porters and a real sense of achievement upon reaching the summit, Uhuru Peak. The safari was an excellent chance to relax and recover whilst being spoilt by viewing some of the most magnificent animals in the world.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise at Stella Point is a memory which will stay with me forever, as well as looking up and seeing that famous Uhuru Peak sign in front of me. We had perfect weather conditions and the photos we captured are amazing. Also though, to share the trip with some genuinely lovely people was great and although not everyone made it to the top, the team spirit was there till the very end. As for the safari, does it get better than a cheetah just a metre away or a male lion within touching distance?!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Florence was our group leader and he certainly is an inspirational man, great people's skills and a fantastic leader on the mountain, we were in good hands with Florence. I was fortunate not to need one to one assistance from any of the guides but consequently didn’t get the chance to get to know some of them like the others did. I am sure though if I'd needed it, they would have been there for me, like they were for others in the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Plan and prepare well. Don’t under estimate this mountain, it is a trek which any reasonably fit person can do but make it easier on yourself by getting that backpack on and hiking lots before you go, gym work is fine but it doesn’t beat getting out hill walking with your equipment. Speaking of which, make sure you have the right gear, borrow if you can’t afford it but don’t skimp on less than adequate sleeping bags / jackets etc. A good night’s sleep is essential and freezing to death won’t help with this. On the summit day I wore 6 layers on the top and 3 on the bottom but because the 3 of us walking together kept a good steady pace, I was a bit too warm! Take a decent lip balm and high factor sun cream. Jelly babies got me to the summit (they don’t freeze and don’t melt!). A small karabiner to hang my camera on from my waist band was my most treasured item, having it to hand at all times was ideal (except on summit night when it needs to be buried under layers). Trekking poles also highly recommended, essential for me on the descent. Also, drink as much water as you possibly can from day 1 and listen and take advice from the guides, they know their stuff! Binoculars for safari are really useful, open sandals are fine and small canvas bag or similar is ideal so backpacks can be kept in the back of the jeep with other luggage, leaving more room for moving around the vehicle when spotting those animals!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Above all, if summiting Mount Kilimanjaro is a dream of yours, then book it now and go for it - you won’t regret it I promise! If you have the funds and time then adding the safari is ideal, it gives you time to relax and enjoy Tanzania and stops your family and friends seeing you fresh off the mountain! I've travelled with various companies too and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Exodus to book and travel with.  Organisation, from office staff to the leaders, both on the mountain and the safari, couldn’t be faulted.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    First booking with Exodus and already organising another group for 2012.  Kilimanjaro and safari experience was amazing.  See my note on your website re our group booking prases.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the peak of Kilimanjaro and the breathtaking view - once I had time to regain my breath!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.  Florence was amazing and I sent a detailed email to MD of African Walking Company praising both Florence and his team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Attend your presentation evening re Kilimanjaro, the advice was excellent and we were very well prepared.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Vanessa, I'm currently exploring Inca Trail/Rainforest trek and plan to get another group together for 2012.  Hopefully the same 12, possibly more.  If I could win a discount for us, it would tempt them even more! Carol Merritt

  • 10

    Pain is temporary, pride is forever!

    I treated myself to this trip to celebrate my 60th birthday, i expected it to be the biggest challenge of my life and to be the most fantastic trip of my life. I was not disappointed in either respect. The mental and physical challenges in getting to the top of Kilimanjaro are some of the toughest you will encounter, unless you are an extreme sports nut or experienced technical climber. Personally I am just an ordinary Joe who keeps reasonably fit by walking a lot. I really enjoyed the whole experience and nobody can ever take away the sense of achievement that I felt on reaching Uhuru peak.I was practically in tears, a reaction that is not uncommon according to our guide. The safari part of the trip after the trek was a great way to come back down to earth before returning to mundane normality.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without a doubt, reaching Uhuru peak.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    What can I say about Justin "JT" Thomas and his dream team from the African Walking Company. They were fantastic. Incredibly upbeat for the whole trek. So much energy and infectious enthusiasm. He organised the whole exercise with military precision and successfully led our whole group of 7 to Uhuru, bucking the statistics for the Rongai route. I have no doubt that some of us would not have made it without his and his team's support. My favourite motivational statement, repeated many times on summit night - "pain is temporary, pride is forever!"

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    - Take a pair of "slip on" Crocs or similar shoes for getting around the campsites once you have removed your walking boots. - Take nail brush and clip your finger and toenails right back before you go - Make sure that your boots are well worn in and don't pack them - wear them on the plane as you cannot replace them on arrival - Read the Stedman guide

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    - Looking forward to my next Exodus trip

  • 8

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    If you want to climb Kilimanjaro, this is an excellent way to do so. The last day is very hard, but worth it to get to the top. Camping is very well organised - we loved the bed tea and wash wash!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top was the most inspirational moment, even if most of the group were too exhausted to really relax and enjoy it. I certainly was!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The African Walking Company staff, with Tosha as the leader, were excellent. Could not be faulted.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    On the summit day, you need a way to stop your water freezing - a small bottle inside your jacket is the easiest. And you need lots of snacks in easy-to-reach pockets (not in your rucksac). Special high-energy Power Bars go solid and you can't get your teeth into them! One of our group had the foresight to bring jelly babies and chocolate buttons - they were very popular.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Several of us felt that the safari days were too long. We were staying at wonderful forest hotels, but did not get time to relax and enjoy them because we were off early and not back till it was nearly dark. But that's the only slight criticism. The rest was exactly as described - and I shall treasure my Kili certificate!

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    This was my first adventure holiday and I didn't know what to expect. Climbing Kilimanjaro was a life experience, made possible by the guides and my fellow adventurers. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were climbing the final assent to Gilmans Point and we passed a girl in our group who was clearly struggling and in my mind was going to be lucky if she made Gilman Point. We continued up and eventually reached Uhuru summit. We were all elated and very tired, taking the usual photos but looking forward to descending ASAP. As we were about to leave, I was astonished to see the girl we'd passed arrive at the summit. I immediately went over and shook her hand; this was an inspirational moment, someone making it against all the odds.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Samuel Moshi was a true inspiration. 57 yrs old thin in stature but with the heart of an Ox. His Father had been a chief Guide and his 7yrs old child may follow him. My wife was struggling up the final assent. Samuel, who was already carrying a large backpack, took her backpack and carried that aswell. What a hero.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be as fit as you can, read up about what to expect but be prepared to be totally exhausted and amazed. This will be the hardest thing you have ever done.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks Exodus and the Tanzanian Team for a fantastic experience.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    First booking with Exodus and already organising another group for 2012.  Kilimanjaro and safari experience was amazing.  See my note on your website re our group booking prases.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the peak of Kilimanjaro and the breathtaking view - once I had time to regain my breath!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.  Florence was amazing and I sent a detailed email to MD of African Walking Company praising both Florence and his team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Attend your presentation evening re Kilimanjaro, the advice was excellent and we were very well prepared.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    A great combo...Walking hard for 4 days to arrive on the top just before the sunrise and then relax by enjoying tanzanian wildlife in 4 different and exceptionnel tanzanian parc. This would have never been possible without the professionalism of the local leaders.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The arrival at Gilman's point, just 10 min before the sunrise. We've walked for almost seven hours in the dark and the cold and suddenly, here you are...sun's coming, the view is stunning (crater with ice, view of Mawenzi). What else can you ask? Maybe a hot cup of water that one guide especially brought with him...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders have been all along the walk very present to ensure everyone was fine. They were getting us with good advice to keep us "physically" and "mentally" fit. As well, over a 7 hours walk, they managed to get us on the top 10min just before the sunrise which is a real proof of their experience...this is just priceless, especially when you know that Gilman's point is a very small area and that people can't stay more than 15min to allow other people to come. During the Safari, the guide were bringing their knowledge of the wildlife and of the little things that make the viewing game exciting.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it...but dont't forget two things: "Pole Pole" (Take time to do everything you do") and drink a lot of water, your legs and the guide will do the rest.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    A great combination of the challenging kili climb followed by the rather more sedate safari experience to recuperate.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of Kili  - been thinking about doing it for years!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our head Kili guide was the strong silent type rather than the chatty jokey type, but couldn't fault the professionalism and organisation of the climb. The safari guides were both really nice and chatty, and also did a greta job at spotting animals.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are thousands of websites giving advice on Kili climbs, but i haven't seen one that recommends a dust mask - take one! The rongai route is extremely dusty, especially the first couple of days, and the dust is extremely fine and gets airborne very easily. Every footfall kicks up a puff of dust and when trudging up in a line you are basically constantly breathing the dust in.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great trip - all guides and support staff were really good, well organised, friendly, very helpful. Accommodation was of a high standard throughout. The only thing I would say prevents it getting five stars from me is the tents on the Kili climb. There was nothing seriously wong with them but they were a bit past their sell by date and would really have expected dome tents.

  • 8

    KILIMANJARO & SAFARI

    Getting to the top of Kilimanjaro is tough and by no means the most interesting trek you can do.  But it does give you a feeling of tremendous achievement.   Exodus and their local agent, African Walking Tours do all that is humanly possible to ensure you will get up there successfully and feel that buzz.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing in front of the sign at the top of Africa after seven hours walking through the night.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tosha and all the other guides - Sansom, Davis and Libertad(?) were most caring and supportive.  They provided individual attention, paramedical advice when needed, carried daypacks for the exhausted and set the perfect pace.  They also knew all the tricks to get you up (including knowing when not to ask if you wanted to turn back!)  The food was great too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't try unless you have tried a lower altitude first - say 4000+ metres.  Do take the Rongai route rather than the more common Marangu route.  (I cannot speak for the other options.)  It gives a crucial extra day to acclimatise and it gives you different scenery on the way up from the way down.   Think about how you are going to stop your water supply from freezing up on the climb - it's not much use if you have carried all that weight and you then can't get at it when you need it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only do it if you think standing at nearly 6000 metres up will be worth feeling sick, headachy, and absolutely exhausted.   But my experience is that it is worth it and possible even when you are over 60.

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