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Kilimanjaro – Machame Route

Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
5. Strenuous
Max group size: 
17
Avg user rating: 
5
Africa, Tanzania | 10 days
Trip code: 
YKXA
What's included: 

Transport - Minibus or 4WD, on foot.

Accommodation - Lodge (2nts), camping (5nts).

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners.

All Kilimanjaro park fees are included in the price.

Trip Highlights: 
Ascend and descend on different paths with great 360 views
Camp on the mountain for five nights
Climb the impressive vertical Barranco Wall
Diversity of scenery
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An extremely memorable trip. The porters and guides were very knowledgable and helped to make this trip the most enjoyable and exciting one I've ever been on

Ben Ambrose

Customer Reviews
4th Jul 2012
I rate this trip
5
Kilimanjaro

Getting to the Top!

[Accommodation] Mainly Camping but Lodge Accomodation both Prior to and Post Trek were excellent

Very Keen and helpful but maybe he has been in the job too long!

Mr W - Travelled in June 2012

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Customer Reviews
4th Jul 2012
I rate this trip
5
Whole experience excellent.

All arrangements were punctual; guides and porters excellent. Trek / summit day / food etc all very good .. whole experience excellent.

Even accounting for advice received, more detail is needed to prepare 'virgin' travellers to Africa for the 'tipping' culture. There were tips to the drivers that were 'expected' but we were not advised about.  As a small group of two we had significant additional tips to pay for that with larger numbers would have been distributed / shared out - this added considerably to an already expensive trip. Are these 'tips' anyway? Aren't these payments just additional payments .. the term 'tip' suggests payment is discretionary - these payments are not .. this needs clarification in all the information you produce. That written .. we were happy to give 'tips' for we received excellent service and support .. it is just that this needs greater clarity so as to be better prepared in country.

[Accommodation] Excellent in all ways .. except perhaps it is a longish drive .. but overall very good.

We had a form to complete about diet and medication etc - this was not requested by the group leader and contained key information about someone (my son) with lifelong conditions that needed managing. This was a gap in knowledge.

See previous comments - information not collected .. as it happens this was covered in briefing etc .. and we never felt unsafe .. just a matter of good practice

Mr T - Travelled in June 2012

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Customer Reviews
28th Feb 2012
I rate this trip
5
Whole group achieving the summit of Kilimanjaro!

Whole group achieving the summit of Kilimanjaro!

[Least enjoyed] Getting frostbite

 

 

Absolutely fantastic!  Total confidence in William - would follow him anywhere

 

Mrs L - Travelled in February 2012

 

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Customer Reviews
28th Feb 2012
I rate this trip
5
getting to the top of Kili

getting to the top of Kili

[Least enjoyed] toilets arrangements on Kili.  I noticed others had independent arrangements ie chemo toilets 

 

We had confidence in him.

 

 

Both Dar Es Salaam and Kilimanjaro airports now have webcam imaging and fingerprint ID machines. Taking photocopies of passports and passport photos for Visas is not now necessary. Transiting though Dar means getting a visa there (frantic and worrying) as you have to 'immigrate' to pickup your luggage before going for your internal flight to Kili. (not what was advised...it still worked, just, though!) Mr K - Travelled in February 2012
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Customer Reviews
9th Feb 2012
I rate this trip
5
The view from the top of kilimanjaro

The view from the top of kilimanjaro and seeing the bending of the globe......breathtaking and worth the tierd legs.

For the future you could look into including overall tips as part of the inital price, as although we had info provided about it, its still can be quite awkward.

Great trip, good length of time.....well worth it

william - nothing was ever an issue and he kept smiling throughout

Mr D - Travelled in January 2012

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Customer Reviews
9th Feb 2012
I rate this trip
5
Watching the sunrise from the side of Kilimanjaro was amazing!

Watching the sunrise from the side of Kilimanjaro was amazing!

[Least enjoyed] The organisation of the climb and the following days walk, I think it may have been too much to do 24hrs of walking/climbing in 48hrs.

The "tips" that we had to pay the guides after the trip which I had no prior knowledge about was not a nice surprise. I had to spend all my emergency money paying them off and then had to borrow further money from another person on my tour when my card didn't work in a ATM!

William was a great team leader, he really made it fun and interesting.

Mr H - Travelled in January 2012

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17th Jan 2012
I rate this trip
5
Fantastic porters.

The porters were extremely upbeat, helpful, courteous and friendly throughout the entire climb up Kilimanjaro. The lead guide was also very enthusiastic and knowledgable about the mountain and vegetation. He was able to answer all of our questions about the culture and mountain. The highlight of our trip was reaching the summit without much struggle, and part of this was due to the assistance of the guide and porters, as well as the food provided before the push for the top. 

I understand it's a tipping culture and we tipped them very, very well (I'm still in awe of how much they carry up the mountain), but the lead guide still pushed for us to donate some clothes and bags. I would still highly recommend him, but they need to know when to stop asking, especially if a generous tip is provided. 

[Least enjoyed] The toilets and not being totally prepared for 3 days of rain

Miss M - Travelled in December 2011

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Karren Monery
26th Aug 2010
I rate this trip
5
Mount Kilimanjaro - the most amazing experience of my life!!!!!

From start to finish this has got to be the best "holiday" of my life, although holiday isn't the correct word ... the trek was seriously tough, the actual walking side of the trip I found do-able but coping with the altitude was so much harder than I had imagined and it was this that stopped me from reaching the summit ... no amount of training could have prepared me for it. But although I was extremely disappointed at not achieving my goal I still came off that mountain elated. Even now, 7 weeks on, I still look back on this trip with pride, and still catch myself walking through the local supermarket feeling very smug with myself.

Our tour leader (William) was terrific, he gave me a lot of support, but it wasn't just down to him, every single one of the support team were amazing, I got the nick name "Mama" being the oldest in the group, and as they passed me during the days to (and from) final camp I had a lot of encouragement from all of them. The food was incredible considering what the chef had to cook on, and there was always plenty of it, although during the few days around final camp I wasn't able to eat very much.

* ensure you have warm clothing it can get very cold day and night. * take US dollars with you, they are accepted everywhere GBP aren't, it isn't easy to find anywhere to change GBP either. * make sure you have enough containers for drinks (you need to drink LOADS). * if you can get Diamox from your GP, take it ... I wish I had. * whatever you do DONT forget your camera.
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Christl Nagendra
23rd Aug 2010
I rate this trip
5
The most amazing experience!

The sun coming up when I was 3/4 of the way to the summit and I realised I was going to make it. An amazing sight. An amazing feeling.

Excellent. Knowledgeable, calm and with a great sense of humour. He knew his stuff and ensured that the entire group (15 of us) were covered by a guide. His knowledge of the mountain, the conditions, the local customs and the extended team (the porters) inspired complete confidence in us all.

DO YOUR RESEARCH! Read everything on the Adventure Company website and more. There is a lot of information available from previous climbers with useful tips on the climb, the conditions and especially what to pack.
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hcain
21st Aug 2010
I rate this trip
5
Fantastic trip, great people and great memories.

Seeing everyone in our group reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Spot on. Samuel really knew his stuff and worked with the group to help them reach their goal. Never loss his sense of fun or sense of humour.

Remember to enjoy the moment and try to forget the hard work to come. Take your favourite chocolate bars with you!
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