–Maria V – US

Greetings from New Jersey! :)Climbing Kilimanjaro was my #1 on my bucket list and has been my dream for the past 5 years. For so many personal reasons, successfully climbing it has been one of my biggest accomplishments. It was also the HARDEST thing I have ever done- physically and mentally.The two hardest parts for me on the trek were the freezing cold nights and of course summit night/day.Again- i climbed with Climb Kili. when you book your trip, You rarely will speak with someone unless you call to ask questions but the majority of the transaction is email with Tiffany who always would respond promptly to my emails and pretty much everything went according to plan .I was very happy with their services. for one they send you a welcome packet once you put your down payment. the checklist they provide is great . they give you a wool hat, pens, sticker,small notebook,luggage tags,exercise plan and information. you get the itinerary and contact numbers once you are paid in full. From the time I arrived to JRO until the time we left, we were well taken care of. emmanuel – the driver was waiting for us at the airport. he was friendly was reliable. he kept us informed of our itinerary at the start of the trek, the end of the trek and pre and post safari! Emanuel, my head guide was so amazing and made my experience a great one! it was with his help- that i reached Uhuru Peak! i am forever grateful for his care and guidance. the assistant guides Mr G and Chi Chi Baba were awesome as well. Singa- our waiter was a joy. Magambo- the cook made delicious meals for us every day.The rest of the crew was so pleasant and friendly and so hard working. I wish them all the very best! John , our safari driver was also awesome! we got to see so much! the only animal we didn’t see was the rhino- i was told they are the hardest to find. otherwise we saw so many animals and close up! even a male and female lion mating! :)we took a plane from arusha to the serengeti airstrip to start the safari. we went to serengeti, ngorongoro crater and tarangire national park. the sopa lodges at tarangire and ngoronogo crater were amazing! kilima valley luxury tent an Kilima Valley in serengeti was interesting and a very cool experience. The staff there was beyond friendly :). We also had a chance to visit a Masai Village- you pay $50 per safari truck and the villagers show you around. That visit was about one hour. My favorite part was seeing the Tanzanian children. they have the best smiles!If I had more time, i would have stayed and seen Zanzibar. So i recommend that if people have time and money to add that- i think it would be awesome to end the trip on a relaxing beach. Zanzibar is like the caribbean for east africa! :)Thank you Climb Kili!!!! and thank you Tanzania! I had an amazing time