Does anyone know about a company called E-Trip Africa. They have given us very reasonable rate for Lemosho 9 day trek. They have been very good about responding to our questions. I only found a few reviews about them on Trip Advisor and a few other sites. All the reviews where quite good. But I am thinking that it is more safe to book with an American Company. Atleast, then if something goes wrong I can use the system to try to get my money back.
Hi! My friend recently left for Africa (she climbs Kilimanjaro in six weeks time)and unfortunately her bag containing all her clothing, boots etc for the trek did not arrive with her. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to help her - send some more things, or will she be able to get some more gear out there? She is currently in Dar es Salaam. (It's her first time away from home and her parents are worrying!!) Thanks very much! x
I have a big climb I've just been able to book, but need advice on buying and breaking in boots.
Last time I went to high altitude, I had a pair of reliable four seasons I'd been using on the smaller climbs and snow stuff. They were about two years old, in great shape, but really used to my feet.
Anyway- The guy at the retail place says that, even gearing up for a big climb, I can afford to wait up to two weeks before setting out, and still buy and break in new boots. This seems like cutting it close to me, but I've never had to do it before. I might buy new boots two weeks before a little climb, but I've got a six day trip planned, including high altitude. I need my boots to work, especially if I have to take out a small mortgage to get them.
So, is two weeks long enough to break in heavy boots before an unusually big climb for me?
Also, looking for advice on a lighter weight but sturdy four seasons boot. My Mammuts have been with me on every big excursion. I've loved them, but they were really heavy... feel like I'm lifting boulders with every step after about hour ten... Anyone recommend a good women's boot that's a bit lighter weight for the sturdyness?
Hi all I just looking at some info on this route an about the climb really? I am going on my own but with action challenge, If there is anyone tht has ever done this route who I cud get in contact with to find out any little things tht wud help. And wot is poli poli? Thanks all.
i have a plan to climb Kilimanjaro mountain, up to this time and someone advised me to use Keys Hotels and Tours. may any one tell me about its service quality please? or any alternative I can choose?
Does anybody know of any charity teams that do climbs up the umbre route of kilimanjaro. Really struggling to find somewere.
Please get back to me with any info.
Anyone has any recent experience with Akaro tours?
Am planning a trip to Kilimanjaro soon, and am looking at the different routes and guiding companies.
I still haven't found any companies that have the option of going up one route and come down a different one. For example to go up from the west side of the mountain and come down on the east side.
Does anyone know if this option is possible?
HI, I`m going to take the Marangu route on Kilimanjaro 11th or 12th September. Anyone interested to join us to share the fun?
i am planning a kilimanjaro trip later this year.
i have extensivly researched many tour operators and have now narrowed it down to 3 preferred KNAP affiliated operators,one of them being 'BIG EXPEDITIONS' based in Arusha.
My questions are:
In the past 18 months has anyone used this company for climbing kili and had a positive/negative experience?
How was their equipment,food ,toilets,water etc?
How was their before and after the climb hotel?
How was their safety program/procedures?
Who was your preferred lead guide?why?
I will be climbing with AfriGalaxyTours..in March.has anyone any experience with this company.They have a website too..but no one has left any comments on it.Please do let me know..Thanks
Anyone interested in teaming up for an early March Climb(Will be starting on the 3rd hopefully via the Marangu Route on a 6 night itinerary)?
I'm in the early stages of planning a trip for March 2011 to climb Kilimanjaro. I have a pretty debilitating fear of heights (so naturally, I want to climb a mountain) and am looking into both the Rongai and Marangu routes. There's a wealth of information on the internet, and these trails have ratings that appeal most to me. I've been interpreting them as they don't require a vertical climb up steps/rocks on narrow ledges – but it will be a steep ascent on a wide path. How far off am I? Although I'm afraid of heights, I have no problem skiing, snowboarding and hiking. I just become fearful when I'm close to an edge and have to walk vertically.
Thanks in advance for any replies :)
Hi,I intend climbing K'jaro in end December,and hope to see the first sunrise of 2011 from the summit of Uhuru Peak!I don't mind going via any route.Preferably 7days(but not very rigid).Just for others to gauge me(as trek partners),Im 40 and have been till K2 Base Camp(Karakorams,Pakistan) and crossed the Gondogoro La(Karakorams..18400feet).Basically from Pakistan,Im presently in Sudan.Thanx
Has anyone read any recent figures on how many people try to summit Kilimanjaro each year and how many people actually make it? A lot of the tour companies seem to tout some really high success rates, but then I thought I read somewhere that only about 40% of those who try make it.
I've arranged a trek for me and my father in law. Just the two od us are gonna trek Mt. Kilimanjaru (Marangu route). We have bought the trip through 'Evans Adventure Tours' in Moshi and they have provided us with: 1 guide, 1 assistant guide, 1 cook and 6 porters. I'm very much in doubt of how to tip them - can anybody help? Some years back my father in laws' brother did the climb and gave the guide 10 USD, but I find this amount extremely low, so what shall I do?
Anyone with recent experience in getting Visa on Arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport? Not in favor of mailing my passport to the embassy in my country so looking to get the visa upon arrival.
Any tips or things to keep in mind upon arrival? Is it a long process? Our flight lands around 8:30 PM. TIA.
I would like to hire a car with or without a driver to go from Kili to dar es salaam ( without return). We can spend several days on the road. any suggestions ? how to get a car , were to go, what to see.
I am planning to climb Kili in August 2010. Is this a good time to go?
I am currently looking at using GAP Adventure Tours for a climb/safari package.
Have any VTers used GAP before? What did you think? Also, I am assuming that GAP outsources to another outfitter. Does anyone know who it is?
Can anyone recommend another tour company to use?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
What is the best route to take? How much should I budget for "in-country" expenses. How much time should I budget. Who is the best outfitter. What is the best time of year to go and what should I pack that is not the obvious.
Thanks for taking the time.
I am considerong booking a trek on Kilimanjaro with a company called Team Kilimanjaro? Is anyone familira with them, used them, can comment on their safety, knowledge, experience and quality of treks?
Any advice is helpful and appreciated.
can anyone tell me the cheapest company to book a trek with ???
Hello VTers with Tanazania experience,
It has been a long and difficult journey to come up with a realistic itinerary to Tanzania for July 2010. I have come up with the following itinerary through consultations, but now turn to you for help on any suggestions, amendments, kudos, etc. you may have. ANYTHING!
Here is the masterpiece...what do you all think?
Day 1: 30th June: Dar es Salaam Arrival
Arrive 8:10pm. Transfer to hotel after evening airport arrival.
Overnight at the Movenpick Palm Royal hotel.
Day 2: 1st July: Dar es Salaam – Arusha,
Pick up at the Movenpick Palm Royal for airport transfer. Morning flight with Precision Air to Arusha Airport. Upon arrival transfer to Arumeru River Lodge. Climb briefing and gear check with Kilimanjaro guide. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner.
Day3: 2nd July Arusha National Park.
Leave after breakfast to ANAPA. This tour will give me time to recuperate from my international flight. Moreover, by adding this day, it will give you time to find me and you extra gears if needed or incase of any luggage delays.
Day 4: 3rd July: Arusha – Londorossi Gate – Big Tree/Forest Camp (10,000ft)
In the morning drive from hotel to Londorossi Gate and after registration drive to the dropping off point for Lemosho to meet porters and begin the trek to the Big Tree (Forest) Camp. Overnight stay in tents throughout the climb (Tents must include; sleeping bags and sleeping pads/Thermarests). Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner included all days
Day 5: 4th July: Shira 1 Camp (up to 11500ft- descend to 1100ft)
Day 6: 5th July: Moir Camp (13200ft )
Day 7: 6th July: Lava Tower camp (14500ft)
Day 8: 7th July: Lava Tower Extra day ( Acclimatization day)
Day 9: 8th July: Arrow Glacier Camp (16000ft)
Day 10: 9th July: Crater Camp (18500ft)
Day 11: 10th July: Summit in the morning, overnight Mweka hut (10000 ft).
Day 12: 11th July: Depart early morning to Mweka gate. Lunch at the gate. After signing out, drive for about 2.5 hours to Arusha, and then drive to Bougainvillea lodge in Karatu.
Day 13: 12th July: Lake Eyasi Hadzabe tour.
With an early start on this day, drive to Lake Eyasi. There visit the tribe while accompanied by a Hadzabe liaison Guide together with my own driver Guide. Participate in activities with Hadzabe tribe. Driver guide will help interpret for me what the tribe guide will be talking about. Later drive back to Bougainvillea lodge. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 14: 13th July: Ngorongoro Crater
Early morning departure for game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Spend the day exploring Crater. Hopefully see the rhino, as well as many other animals. In the evening, visit the Maasai boma and learn about this tribe. Overnight Bougainvillea Lodge again. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 15: 14th July: Serengeti National Park
En route to Serengeti after breakfast. This should be a full day game drive. However, on the way to Serengeti, stop at Oldupai archeological site. The plan is to get to central- north Serengeti, Seronera area. I understand that July is not a migration season, but seronera area should be rich with wildlife and if it rains, there is a big chance that I will be able to see the beginning of wildlife migration moving in from the north. ( Masai Mara area). Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Mbuzi Mawe tented camp, or any similar lodges should be used. Please select a good accommodation that is not too expensive. I know choices are limited but I am looking for good value and good location. Overnight. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 16: 15th July: Serengeti National Park:
Full day game drive in the Serengeti, in search of animals as well as the migration. Seronera Wildlife Lodge or Mbuzi tented camp or any similar. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 17: 16th July: Serengeti National Park
This will be another full day game drive. Overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Or Serena lodge or Mbuzi Mawe tented camp, Located in the central Serengeti. The lodge should be close to Seronera Air strip. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 18: 17th July: Fly Serengeti-Arusha-Zanzibar.
Fly from Serengeti to Zanzibar. After arriving at Zanzibar Airport transfer to the Tembo Hotel in Stone Town.
Overnight stay at Tembo Hotel. Breakfast only.
Day 19: 18th July: Stone Town
Spice tour as well as tour of historical Stone Town. Overnight stay at Tembo Hotel. Breakfast only
Day 20: 19th July: Stone Town – Fly to Dar es Salaam – Depart for USA
Transfer to the Zanzibar Airport for flight to Dar es Salaam and then evening international flight home. In the morning of this day arrange a guided trip to Jozani for me in the morning and take an afternoon flight back to Dar. Fly back to USA from Dar at 9:20pm.
Any comments? Any? Thanks so much.
I'd like to hear from folks who have already climbed the Western Breach or the Shira/Lemosho Route because I am in a dilemma about which route to use because of all the contradictory information out there.
I know the bad rap that the Western Breach got because of the 3 Americans who were killed 3 years ago as well as the rock slippage that has happened recently.
However, the Western Breach acclimatization process on a daily basis seems to be more practical than the Shira Lemosho route, and the final ascent seems to be less daunting than the Shira/Lemosho route and the Western Breach seem sto be really amazing in terms of views and finally, the distances you walk each day on the Western Breach route are much less than the Shira/Lemoshor route.
On the other hand, the Western Breach may require more rock scrambling than the Shira/Lemosho and may have more risk involved due to rock slippage.
So, any suggestions on which route to take.
Things to consider: I am NOT a professional climber, hiker or trekker. I have been to Peru, Bolivia and Tibet before with minimal altitude sickness issues. I am not a sporty guy, do not really work out, but am not overweight (average build) and have good energy for what I want to do.
I am really in a dilemma because each company poo-poos the Western breach route here in USA, but many other companies say there is a higher success rate tha the Shira/Lemosho route because of better acclimitization process (not major asecnts any day.
Hi all. I am taking my wife and two daughters to Tanzania and then to Moshi to visit some schools. This however will only take a day or two adn we would like to spend another 3 days on a Safari or the like. As I have my family Id like to organise a responsible guide to collect us from the aiport, help us during our time there, book lodgings etc and then return us to the airport.
Can anyone suggest a reliable source for this type of service.
A group of us are climbing Kili in three weeks. YAY!!!
Just some last minutes questions id really appreciate some help with.
Is there somewhere we can hire gear for the trek OTHER than through our tour company (they arent based in Tanzania)????????????????
We were hoping to hire sleeping bags,, waterproof jackets, and maybe gloves. ???
Also can anyone tell me what the weather is like in february? As in how many layers of clothing we will need on the mountain?
Any MUSTS that we should have to ensure wekeep warm and may need on the trek????? I dont want anything to get in the way.
Thankyou so much for your help
can someone tell if the services that the marangu hotel provide for the trek to the Kili are good ? we will we taking the marangu route, any recommendation ? can you recommend some other agencies ?
I am planning a 8 day Kili trek via the Western Breach in Feb 2009 and I am looking at Kiliwarriors (www.go-kili.com). Has anyone used Kiliwarriors and if yes, I would love to know your thoughts on using them, your experiences in general and whether you would recommend using them. Thanks so much -- Sam
Hi, I have a question about Marangu. It is known as the easiest route on Kilimanjaro, yet it has the worst % of summit success of what I have read. Why is that? Is it because a lot of unprepared climbers use this path?
Has anyone here climbed Marangu? I'm thinking of going to Kili in June. Does anyone have any opinion about going during that month?
My husband and I are possibly thinking of climbing Mt Kili, but I really don't know where to start?
Just some basic questions:
-risk factor (i want to see my kids again!)
-exactly how gruelling is it?
-best time of year to go
We are both early 30's and somewhat fit. We have hiked out in BC/AB on various mountains a couple of yrs ago without any problems, and I have also done the half dome(yrs ago). We live in Toronto, so there are not many mountains to climb, just a ski hill nearby, which may help with descent practice.