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  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    What can I say about this holiday? Six days of trekking up the most amazing Mountain in the world in the company of the best people in the world! As a 'mature' lady this was tough but, as long as you are fairly fit and the altitude doesn't get you, anyone can do it! We then had a few amazing days in paradise (Zanzibar) to relax before going home. Do Kili first so that you are (fairly) recovered before you have to fly home.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many inspirational moments, but here are a few: 1. Seeing Kilimanjaro from the airoplane on the flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro - I wanted to turn around and go home as the plane was flying below the mountain. But it looked so beautiful! 2. Seeing all of the lights from people's head torches wending their way up the mountain on summit night - glittering like little stars - then seeing some 'shooting stars'! 2. Seeing the sunrise as I was still struggling to get to Gilman's Point - 'pole pole' as they say in Swahili! 3. Reaching Gilman's with my lovely guide, Robbie - and then seeing my friend Alayne waiting for me to celebrate! 4. Seeing my other companions as they came down from Uhuru - and realising that they had all managed to do it! Our turn next! 5. Reaching Uhuru Peak and having our photos taken to prove it! 6. The 'Tipping Ceremony' on the last day - saying goodbye to our 'friends' the guides and porters who had supported us so brilliantly and with great humour - a very emotional ceremony! 7. Getting back to the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park - and getting our certificates!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Obute, was an amazing leader - he said he would get us all up the mountain - and he did. All of the guides and porters were lovely! Well done to the African Walking Company!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There always seems to be someone whose luggage doesn't get on the flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro Airport - and it was mine (amongst others) on my flight! I had to pay 95 USD to get my luggage back from the airport to the hotel from the next flight from Nairobi - it arrived at 10.30pm and we were leaving very early the next morning for the climb. It was a very worrying time so pack essentials in your hand luggage and take extra cash just in case. Take advice from the guides when going up the mountain - they carry an amazing 'first aid' kit if you get ill but drink plenty and go 'pole, pole'. Make sure you have plenty of sunscreen on during the day on exposed skin - I burnt the backs of my hands despite having Factor 50 - they were the bits of me that were exposed all day and every day using walking poles! Light gloves might have been the answer on hindsight! It gets really cold at night - wrap up warm for bed and get a good sleeping bag. Likewise it is freezing on summit night - especially hands and feet! Take extra batteries for head torches - it is pitch black at night so you need them in camp and on summit night the batteries 'die' in the cold - and if you have any left over give them to the guides! If you smell sulphur on summit night, cover your mouth or you will get 'Kili cough'! No mosquitos up the mountain but remember to take your antimalarials for Zanzibar - you will get bitten at night if you're not careful (use the mosquito net in bed!)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just like to add that it was the most amazing 'holiday' of my life (so far) although I'm not sure that you should call the 6 days up the mountain a 'holiday'! The people that were doing the climb with me were amazing and will remain friends for life! I will also never forget the genuine kindness of the guides and porters who made the climb achievable. One thing to warn you about - the 'Kili blues' when you come back home!

  • 6

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    Increasingly proud I made the summit.  At the time I was questionning whether it had realy been worth the effort, especially as views throughout the trip were (because of the weather) a little disappointing.  Plus I found altitude tough on summit day and was a little sick on descent as a result.  But 3 days in Zanzibar afterwards was perfect way to recover, would strongly recommend doing something like this rather than taking a cheaper option and heading straight back to the UK.  The problem of overzealous selling of travel packages in Zanzibar, referred to by reviewers in previous years, seems to have been resolved.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    First beer in Zanzibar.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very thorough, well organised and all his advice was good.  Maybe a little downbeat in his briefings, I don't think these created much sense of anticipation for the following day, especially the day before the summit.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Keep telling yourself that the summit will be about the hardest day physically of your life (not just the climb - thee's a lot of downhill to cover after the summit too).  This is good psychological preparation.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Zanzibar Airport is a madhouse.

  • 8

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    The final ascent day was very long and hard, but worthwhile. We were very well looked after by the guides and porters on the whole six days of the trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit as the sun was rising.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very informative, organised and fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the hardest day of your life. It gets very cold so take plenty of warm clothes. Don't take travelers cheques as exchange wants 20% commission, just take US dollars cash. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Kichanga Lodge in Zanzibar is great, beautiful beach and sea. Snorkeling was really good.

  • 8

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    The Kilimanjaro part of the trip was absolutely fantastic and everything we expected.  Not so sure about the Zanzibar part!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole trek. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was a very good leader and knew what he was talking about.  All the the guides were very helpful and encouraging.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are going to take Diamox, I would suggest that you try it at home first to see what the side effects are for you.   Take plenty of pain killers for the altitude headaches.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Zanzibar part of the holiday was a bit disappointing.  We were met on the bus by a representative from Zantours and he only seemed interested in arranging trips out for us, which were extremely expensive.  Not everyone in the group wanted to do the same thing, and he became increasingly rude to us because we would not do what he wanted.  His main aim seemed to be to organise a trip into Stonetown on the last day, and then charge us so they wouldn't have to pay for the transfer back to the airport.  We didn't want to do this as it would have means walking round Stonetown in the hot sun, wearing the clothes we needed to travel back home in to Heathrow in February.  In the end hardly anyone booked any trips at all.  One pair did go on the dolphin watching trip and said that the boats seemed to encircle and then chase and trap the dolphins, which they felt was very cruel and I would imagine that is not something that Exodus would normally have any part in. All in all, the Kilimanjaro part was amazing but I really do think that Exodus needs to look more carefully at what is going on in Zanzibar as it really did not seem to be the kind of place that Exodus would normally use.  This was our sixth trip with Exodus and one of the reasons we travel with them is the responsible approach to tourism.  The actual accommodation was nice and the staff friendly, but the main problem was Zantours and the way we were treated when we first arrived there.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    Extremely well organised trip, the hired sleeping bags, down coats and mats were excellent and the local guides and porters couldn't have been more helpful. We enjoyed Zanzibar but people should be aware that there is limited electricity available on the island. The beach resort was very relaxing after the climb but lack of power meant that soft drinks/beer/wine were not that cold and there was a limited supply available.     

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit...!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Priscus the leader was excellent and enabled everyone to reach each days objective  without any fuss. Mention should also be made of Henry Fernandez, the assistant guide. Both of them were constantly encouraging and helpful. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We found Diamox helpful. Listen to the guides, they know what they are talking about. If you have any old hiking gear and space available take it with you to give to the porters etc. Socks, gloves, boots, just about anything would be useful and appreciated.    

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As our appetites diminished with altitude we all felt that the addition of some garlic and chillies to the food would have helped. However, Joseph the cook managed a minor miracle each day.  

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    The six-day climb was fantastic. Great team spirit with excellent support from The African Walking Company. Summitting is right up there as the best physical achievement (so far!) in my life. Few days on the beach in Zanzibar were definitely needed afterwards!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The push from Gilman's Point to Uhuru Peak was incredible. Very tough - make sure you don't 'peak' too early (i.e at Gilman's) as I did. It's not at all easy getting on to Uhuru. The feeling of standing on top of Africa is truly second-to-none though!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nieman, our lead guide, was excellent. Slightly shy but very chatty on a one-to-one basis and very willing to answer any questions. He was also good at checking the well-being of the group at all times.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do make sure you're in good shape. Good fitness and stamina just make one less thing to worry about come summit day. The altitude is genuinely debilitating. Take your time over the whole multi-day ascent to save yourself for the final push. Drink as much as you can - we found rehydration salts gave us a bit of a boost from time to time as well.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Brilliant trip - thoroughly worth all the hard work that went into it!

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    Actually written by Liz, not Alan! A fantastic holiday - our group of six all made it to Uhuru, having encouraged each other on every step of the way. It was without doubt the toughest walk I have done, but, as we all agreed, 'no pain, no gain.' The African Walking Company was so well organised and efficient, that we felt quite sorry for some other groups we met who didn't seem to share the same high standards that we were. As soon as we set off in the morning, our porters would strike camp, then race past us at frightening speed with all the equipment balanced on their heads, to the next site where they invariably found the very best spot for our tents etc. Tanzania is a fascinating country, much more lush and fertile than expected, and the sights and sounds will stay with me for a long time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Surprisingly, I felt a greater sense of achievement on reaching Gilman's point, just as dawn was breaking, probably because I though that Gilman's was still some distance off - and suddenly I was there! The ascent to Gilman's was not as difficult as I had thought, the final 100m ascent being more of a scramble, which was a welcome relief after what seemed like hours of zig-zagging across an interminable scree slope, looking at the feet of the person in front, and just willing myself to put one foot in frront of the other. On reaching Gilman's, Abraham, our leader clearly realised that we all had it in us to reach Uhuru (he was right) so off we set , looking wistfully at the folk who decided to make Gilman's their final stop and thinking how nice it would be to have a good long rest. I am sure that if we had settled down there, we would never have made it to the top.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abraham was a remarkable leader, helped ably by his second-in-commands, Menes and Godfrey, both of whom should qualify as lead guides later in the year, once they have passed their final exams. Abraham was so knowledgeable about the mountain, the area and what we should expect generally, even down to predicting one night that we would all have vivid dreams - which we did! We learnt a lot about the country and its people from them. Once we were down at the bottom, they admitted under protest that they did sometimes give the member of their group local names (all of ours were favourable!!), and worked out which group members would make it to the top. Other memorable team members included Beatus the cook, who produced first class meals, especially the soups, in incredible conditions and even cooked us chips and pancakes at 4000m above sea level in an attempt to revitalise our flagging appetites; and Diclan, the helping porter who folded our serviettes into fans, peacocks and other exotic shapes and placed them artistically on the tablecloth at mealtimes!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Five out of the six of us used Diamox against/as a cure for AMS. The one group member who didn't (sorry, Paul!) was probably the physically fittest of us all and yet suffered most from AMS. I know that there is no guarantee that Diamox works (and our guides who have been up the mountain many times sometimes succumbed to AMS) but I would certainly recommend taking it. For ladies, I would recommend a plentiful supply of Pampers baby wipes or similar. Although bowls of water are supplied for washing twice a day, unlike the lads I was not keen on having a strip wash in the open and much preferred to retire to the privacy (and warmth) of my tent to clean up. It is seriously cold at night - silk liners to the sleeping bags were a great asset, and most of us changed into our next days clothes at bedtime, to avoid have to rummage around for chilly undies etc in the morning.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Well done Exodus for supplying your tour groups with their own toilet tent. Just the thought of some of the long-drop toilet shacks that we saw en route is enough to turn my stomach - though I admit to being a wimp about such things. It was a bit galling when others not from our group used 'our' loo, explaining that they had decided not to pay the extra $150 dollars to have one brought up! Our trip to Zanzibar was a well deserved rest - I had thought about going on a safari as well and am so glad that I opted for some relaxation instead before returning to a busy life in the UK. Our beach resort was idyllic, although Stonetown was then someithng of a shock to the senses after the peace and quiet that preceeded it. Although the hotal in Stonetown is 'dry' and doesn't serve any alcohol, there are some excellent small bars and restaurants close by, as long as you are prepared to run the gamut of those trying to sell you CD's, souvenirs and the like. Thanks to the others in our group (you know who you are if you are reading this) for making it such an enjoyable and memorable experience.

  • 6

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    Climing "Kili" fantastic, Accomodation on Zanzibar very discipointing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Summit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    all our guides on the Kili were great.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check for the 2e part off your trip your accomodation.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Unfortunate no reaction on our email over the complains of the accomodation on Zanzibar......

  • 4

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    Kilimanjaro was fantastic. Felt a little let down by Zanzibar. Last hotel in stone town was horrible and the bus could not even get to it so had to carry luggage in mid day sun about 1/2 a mile through a busy market. The rooms were not very clean and the mosquito nets had hole big enough for a small bird to get in.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at camp in the dark then waking up to a crips clear morning above the cloud level. Amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader from the african walking company was excellent and so were all the guides and porters. Did not realy experience any leader from Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    yes. Pack you kit in the exodus bag in water proof pouches as the bags leak. Don't take Kendal Mint Cake it melts in the rain. Always eat and drink.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just to say the group of guys we met on the trip were great. The treking was made easier with the constant bond themed quizes and musical interludes from Chris (you know who you are) In summary 10/10 for Kili 3/10 Zanzibar.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    It was a perfect trip - a stunning walk with great company, a personal and physical challenge, and relaxing on an incredible beach in paradise. Two of the best weeks of my life!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro, without a doubt....it was a very emotional moment and at the time it was hard to believe that we'd made it. Although that highlight was closely followed by the first glimpse of the amazing beach on Zanzibar. It was just the perfect place to relax after the mountain. Ordinarily I like to explore and can't sit still for very long, but somehow I didn't have a problem spending 4 days just on the beach with all the new friends we'd made!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tosha was excellent, and ran the group of guides and porters effortlessly in our eyes. All the guides were very supportive and encouraging, and obviously very knowledgeable and experienced in getting anyone who was struggling up the mountain, and also down again! We were very well looked after by all the staff.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't underestimate how cold it is at night and particularly on summit night; bring as many layers as possible (including inner gloves and socks; I had 8 layers under my jacket for the summit and was toasty warm...bar the exposed bits like my nose!), and invest in a really decent down sleeping bag and jacket, as well as a good water/windproof jacket and trousers. Lots of antiseptic Wet Wipes are a must, plenty of tissues, energy snacks (nuts, chocolate, etc - I ate SO much on summit night), thermal trousers, Nytol, ear plugs, silk sleeping bag liner (warmer & lighter than cotton), walking poles (never used them before but was very grateful for them for the summit), head torch, Vaseline for your nose is a good idea as it will be red raw after summit day; and not forgetting a whole separate wardrobe for the beach...EVERYTHING from the mountain will be filthy! Plus bring plenty of individual bags to separate things in your kit bag, otherwise you're constantly rummaging around for the little items. Lastly, big waterproof sacks for separating your clothes, and keeping the dirty things away from anything clean. Everyone says drink plenty of water; I brought a 2l camelbak and 2 x 1l bottles and really needed all of them, on some days I was drinking up to 7l of water. On the whole I didn't suffer from the altitude, so I can only assume that helped. Also make sure you eat plenty, as you're burning a lot more calories than normal - I ate like a horse for the entire 2 weeks (and drank plenty on Zanzibar!) and I still lost half a stone in weight! I'd suggest hiring the mattresses - they're fairly comfy as camping mattresses go, much more so than my thermarest - and much warmer! Oh, and bring a spare battery for your camera - there's no charging facilities on the mountain and you don't want to run out of battery before you get to the summit!  Lastly, enjoy it! The scenery is stunning on the mountain, so look up and enjoy every day of it - it's not all about making it to the top, it's as much about the walk. I loved every second of it, and if I hadn't got to the top I wouldn't have enjoyed it any less. One word of warning though - check and double check that your connecting flights from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar have been confirmed by the African Walking Company.... Ours weren't and 3 of our group got bumped off the flight. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is an incredible trip, with some of the best scenery I've ever seen; and the company in our group made it extra special. Exodus run it brilliantly, with nothing missed in the run up to you going, and the staff from the African Walking Company make it a great experience on the mountain (it's pretty emotional when you have to say goodbye). The beach resort is fantastic, run by the loveliest and most helpful people, and in the most amazing location. Try The Rock (seafood restaurant on a rock about 30 mins walk down the beach from the resort) if you want a special last dinner or lunch, it was a fantastic way to end our holiday. All in all, pretty darn good!

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    An amazing experience that will take some beating! The contrast of the efforts required on the trek with the relaxtion on the beaches of Zanzibar made for a trip that was all I'd imagined it would be and more.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Kili after several hours of both physical and mental efforts! During the climb I had constant, nagging doubts in my head that I would not make it and have to turn back but when I eventually reached Gilman's Point on the crater rim and saw the sun beginning to rise something, somewhere gave me the motivation and extra energy required to get up and continue my tiring and painful walk all the way to Uruhu Peak! It was hard, it was unbelievably tiring and painful but worth every step and every penny I paid for the trip!  One further inspirational moment was upon returning to our camp at Kibo huts and being greeted by the rest of the group (including those who, unfortunately, had made the difficult decision to turn back before reaching the summit) and being hugged and congratulated by people who 7 days previously had been strangers!  The comradery between the group was fantastic!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I have given the trip 5 stars however this does not take into account the actions (or lack of) by Emmanuel, the group leader.  He did the basics - meeting us at the airport and gave us the minimal information we needed for the trip. However his effectiveness went severely downhill after we returned from the trek part of the trip. We had a flight to catch from Kili airport to Zanzibar.  Not only did Emmanuel allow us the bare minimum amount of time to reach the airport, thus making the driver speed, plus he was less than helpful and happy when several people asked to stop at an ATM.  Upon reaching Kili airport, Emmanuel did not even say goodbye, let alone help us to check in and ensure everything was OK. We thought it strange that he didn't even hover, waiting for a tip! Instead he jumped straight back into the minibus and they drove off.  We very much believe that he knew that we were not all confirmed on the Zanzibar flight (despite claiming to have confirmed everything the previous night) as upon checking in, we were told that 3 of the group were bumped off the flight and they then had a number of hours to wait until they could get on another flight, thus missing out on a large part of their time in Zanzibar! Obviously had Emmanuel ensured that we arrived at Kili airport much earlier then we probably would have been able to travel as a group of 13, with everyone getting on the flight! I really hope anyone booking on this trip does not have Emmanuel as a group leader or the messing around that we did. He was completely ineffective as a group leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This was an amazing trip - 2 weeks since returning I am still on a high about it and going back to work was such a downer after the fantastic experience of Kili and Zanzibar!  Main bits of advice.... 1) Take lots of wet wipes, a nail brush and don't worry too much about getting dirty. You will get very dirty and it will be hard to keep clean, but everyone will be in the same boat! 2) Listen to the guides and walk slowly. It seemed far too slow on day 1 but if you get the speed right then it will become natural as summit day approaches. 3) I took an inflatable pillow yet it was easier to stuff some fleeces into the hood of my sleeping bag! 4) Take some flavoured energy tablets to put in your water - you will be more likely to drink lots if it tastes OK! 5) Remember how much you have paid for the trip and get every penny's worth! If a guide or porter offers to carry your bag - let them if it means you will reach the summit with less pain or distress. Take photos, as many as you can, after all it is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is an amazing trip and I would seriously reccommend it to anyone who is thinking about climbing Kili. I do wish I had trained more though - On average I ran 8 miles a week over two sessions but some sessions in the gym on the stepper would have helped as my legs did get tired on the days we had to climb up/down over big boulders! This being said, fitness does not guarantee you will summit! I just felt that I might have had more time to look up and around and enjoy the surroundings!  On Zanzibar you must visit the Rock restaurant - you can walk there along the beach at low tide but when the tide comes in you will have to get a taxi and then a boat to ferry you across.  You can always swim back however, especially when there is a swell, the ferry is full and you only have a few minutes to get back to catch the taxi to the airport....! On the walk to the Rock along the beach there are some small shops selling local crafts - these are good places to pick up souvenirs and do some bartering! For a gorgeous sunset visit Kae Funk bar. Just ask Nigel at Kichanga Lodge to book you a taxi and give you information. Amazing views of the Zanzibar sunset. Talking of Nigel - I have never met such a nice hotelier in my life. Kichanga Lodge is fabulous and he is very welcoming. All drinks/lunch/shop purchases get put on your room tab so bring enough US Dollars, or alternately pay by credit card (with a small surcharge).  The lodge also has a very sweet dog, but he is very dirty - stroke him and see!

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    A brilliant combo trip. The cold and dirt of the mountain nicely balenced by the warmth and water of the beach. Much better than flying straight back home.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views of the glaciers after we had reached the top and were then walking back around the rim back towards Gilmans point before the main descent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Joseph was clearly experienced and highly competant so he inspired confidence

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Use your water bottle with hot water to warm up your sleeping bag (make sure its leakproof first). Take plenty of wet wipes as if its windy the volcanic ash gets everywhere.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    On Zanzibar a much more interesting trip than the one in the trip notes is to swim with dolphins early am with local boat at Kizimkazi (Captain Khamis Makame)  and then visit the Colobus monkey's at the Jozani national park. Both great experiences and better value if combine the 2 together.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    Kilimanjaro was the experience of a lifetime.  The guides were amazing - if you do what they tell you, they will get you to the summit.  Zanzibar was a beautiful place to relax afterwards. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All 9 of our group making it to Uhuru.  The guides singing and dancing at the bottom of the mountain after the climb, and then spending time with them at the hotel when they gave us our certificates. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Henry was a lovely guy and a very good leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you bring a decent sleeping bag.  Also a mattress that is around 4 inches thick.  The one I took was only around 1 inch thick, and I could feel every lump and bump on the ground, which didn't make for a good nights sleep.   Also, I would definitely recommend going to Zanzibar afterwards.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't take the decision to climb Kilimanjaro lightly - it is hard.  Do as your guides tell you and stick together as a team. Many thanks to our brilliant leader Henry, and also Wilfred, David, Ricardo and Barcelona.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    To climb Kilimanjaro is unbelievable.  I dont think there would anything I couldn't do after that.  I met some lovely people on the trip and the guides and porters were absolutley brilliant.  This was my 3rd holiday with Exodus and it just gets better and better.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational part of the trip was coming down from Gilmans point and to see what we all had achieved.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Massu, needs a medal for his patience and kindness and always smiling. His English was brilliant and his leadership was excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a hired sleeping mat it is thicker than the ones you can carry 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I did the serengeti with exodus and now kilimanjaro and have not been dissapointed  Thank you 

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    Having been on Exodus holidays before, I had expectations.  However these were far exceeded.  Climbing Kilimanjaro puts one totally in the hands of others and I felt totally safe and cared for at all times.  My friend was unwell but far from feeling responsible for her, I 100% knew her health and safety were not in jeopardy at any time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching Gillmans Point.  On summit night, although I had lots of positive mental attitude, I was not convinced I would make it.  My guide Abraham was amazing.  He was encouraging, understanding of how I was feeling and he got me there!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    See above - Abraham was outstanding.  His organisational skills to ensure the safety and success of the entire group were exceptional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it.  Brilliant experience.  Although I had seriously trained for it, I have never done anything (in all my 62 years) to push myself to achieve something like this.  I still have to pinch myself.  I am ecstatic.  I felt I was an equal with all the group - I didn't feel like one of the oldest.  Everyone struggled.  Its no easy feat, but I did it!!! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have realised there is nothing in life that you can't do. 

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    This was a once in a life time experience, the group of people I met were fantastic. The whole trip was perfect.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to Gilman's point, having a cuppa and watching the sunrise, perfect timing! Plus we beat the Americans!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Joseph was our group leader, he clearly had a lot of experience and was always reassuring us when we felt rotten. All the guides kept a very close eye on how we were feeling.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take it slowly! Drink loads of water.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    After the adventures in Kili, a relaxing few days in Zanzibar was the perfect way to finish it all off!

  • 8

    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    The trip and the climb were absolutely amazing. The company Exodus used (The African Walking Company) simply couldn't have looked after us better, the team were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, the food superb and the service outstanding - thank you Joseph, Elle & Dichson, Emily & team. Sadly our bags didn't make the flight from Kenya to Kili airport and the Exodus rep was superb, he kept us informed and ensured they reached us that evening in time for the walk the following morning- very impressive and invaluable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching Gillman Point  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Exceptionally trustworthy and knowledgeable. Very impressed with the way he stayed behind to ensure we left the mountain in the state we found it in and all rubbish was removed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train! Be prepared for changeable weather and getting very wet!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only that it was very enjoyable, and the trip of a lifetime. In addition we were lucky enough to meet some lovely people in our group and make some fabulous friends in the process.   

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    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    Really superb trip.  The experience was amazing (i.e. Kili and Zanzibar) and the organisation by Exodus and the extent to which we were thoroughly looked after was excellent. When our bags were left behind in Nairobi by the airline, Exodus were excellent in getting them to us in time for the climb.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The best moment by far was seeing the sun pop up above the clouds on the summit. I will never ever forget that moment - you cannot imagine what it is like until you experience how beautiful it is and how hard you have worked to see it. I was also generally amazed at the quality of the food we were given all the way up and down the mountain.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was a quiet person who at first we didn't see too much of as he let the assisstant guides do the leading for the first few days.  However when it came down to the crunch on summit day - he was great.  Having spent quite a bit of time chatting with him on the way down I learned that the reason we didn't see much of him at the start of each day was because he stayed behind to ensure our camp was spotlessly cleaned up each day and ALL litter removed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Drink. Lots.  Of water.  Drink drink and drink - it's the best way to avoid altitude effects (other than going down). On summit day we were advised to "put on everything we had" when we set off inc down jackets.  My experience of the mountains told me this was a bad idea as I knew I would soon be too hot.  I left my down jacket in my bag + a spare fleece.  It was a good move as I was just warm enough and then had an extra layer to put on when it got cold above 5000m.  Everyone else had to stop and take things off.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be prepared for the weather.  I had assumed it would be dry and sunny.  Unfortunately we got rained on quite a lot which was a little disappointing - basically the rainy season came early.  However, despite this the trip was really really superb and I would encourage ANYONE to do it. The Zanibar bit was real luxury too - a very welcome treat.

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    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    An amazing experience combining the extremes of the highest mountain in Africa and the most blissful beaches of Zanzibar. Summiting Kili was a hell of a challenge, but was perfectly offset by total relaxation at Kichange Lodge.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Of course it has to be standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro - Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa at 5895m! What an achievement!! It was extremely tough getting there, but it was certainly worth it! What made it all the better was that all 6 of our group made it together - a real supportive team effort.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide on the mountain was Mussa and our assistant guide was Nelson. Both of them were excellent - good fun and joked with the rest of the group, but also very attentive to how each member of the group was feeling as we climbed higher. They kept a very close eye on us all the time, but particularly on summit day, and were instrumental in getting all our group to Uhuru. Both are highly experienced and I wouldn't hesitate to climb with them again. (Not that I plan to do it again - once was enough!!) We also had a great back-up team - particular mentions must go out to Joseph, our cook, who produced vast quantities of delicious food for every meal and goes down in history as the man who made freshly cooked chips at 4700m - result!! Jackson, who served us our food and cleared up after us every day with a big smile and a lesson in Swahili! And Andrew, our loyal toilet porter, who had a crap job - literally!! - but was most highly appreciated by the whole group!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for both the physical and mental challenge of Kili. You do need to have a good level of physical fitness, as there is a lot of walking. The summit day will probably be the most challlenging of your life - it is a very long day (we took around 10-11 hours to do the round trip to the summit from Kibo camp at 4700m, setting out around midnight) - physically exhausting and you really do need to will yourself on every step of the way. Bonding with the other people in the group is also key so that you can provide support to each other. Try to stay together as one group (easy for us as we were 6 people). Make sure you have the appropriate clothing - it is worth investing in high quality gear - and plenty of warm layers (especially for the summit). Don't take too much though - you end up pretty dirty on Day 1 due to dusty ground (a never-ending supply of wet wipes is a must!!), so there's no point having clean clothing for every day! In any case, there's a weight limit on the bags carried by the porters. Be totally honest with your guides about your physical well-being. It's not an admission of weakness to admit to having issues with the altitude. All of our group suffered at some stage. Provided you are completely open with them, they will be able to prescribe the right medication and ensure that you get to the top safely.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was an amazing experience and one that I would highly recommend, but would also advise great consideration before taking the plunge as it is one hell of a challenge. You definitely need to be sure of yourself physically and mentally. We had a great group of just 6 people - I would say a smaller group is an advantage as you can really get to know each other, stick together and support each other all the way. Be prepared for the weather conditions on the mountains, which can change from one minute to the next, and be prepared for the camping experience and never really feeling clean however many packets of wet wipes you take!! Zanzibar was the perfect antidote to the exertions of Kilimanjaro - the resort is isolated, but apart from the paradise beach (where you will just want to flop for the first 2 days!) and the comfortable bar area with big couches and a good selection of books, there are plenty of excursions on offer. The staff are delightful, especially George (barman & waiter) who always had a big smile on his face! Jozani National Forest with its red colobus monkeys is well worth a visit - the monkeys are so used to tourists, you can literally sit down next to them to take their photos! I would also highly recommend a trip to The Rock for dinner - a stunning seafood restaurant literally in the sea! Go for it!!!

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    KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR

    Dont hesitate to book this trip,the whole experience was fantastic.We meet some really great friends and had a whale of a time.Reaching the sumit of KILI to the beaches of ZANZIBAR  fantastic

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting our fellow travellers getting to know each other and then summiting as a team ,a day I will always remember.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The head guide Mussa and his assiant NELSON were fantastic treated us like celebrities.Thanks to all there hard work in looking after us we all managed to summit

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Listen to your guides and be honest with them and you will summit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks for a wonderful trip and putting us in such safe hands on the mountain,after hearing so many bad reports about KILI it was a pleasure to be part of a very proffessional set up in TANZANIA. 

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