Mount Kilimanjaro Tours & Safari
Climb Kili is the premier trekking company for climbing Kilimanjaro and Tanzania safaris. Our Kilimanjaro guides have been assisting adventures from all over the world climb Kilimanjaro for nearly three decades. At Climb Kili, we pride ourselves in providing the safest Mt Kilmanjaro treks with our certified equipment and professional Mt Kilmanjaro Guides. Make your reservation for a Kilmanjaro tour today!
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THERE AND BACK...
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If you ever think of embarking yourself in the adventure of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro make sure you do it with these guys! Climb Kili did everything right from day one of initial contacts and prep to getting us back from the top of Africa. The best guide in Tanzania? Mr. Goodluck, hands down! He and his crew are not only experts and professionals who pay attention to every single little detail, but they are also fun, outgoing and amazing human beings. From porters, to Mr. Stomach engineer, lead singer Junior, our assistant Michael, guides Francis and Manasse all great guys under the thorough leadership of Goodluck.
Make sure you are in good shape and get well prepared, this is not a walk in the park. However, if you are in decent shape, follow Climb Kili’s instructions during prep and get Goodluck on your side you will make it to Uhuru peak and in the process you will make great new friends
In August 2019, I hiked the Machame Route (7 Days) with Climb Kili. You’ll see the word challenging a lot in the comments, and I can assure you, whilst that word is technically accurate, it doesn’t quite capture the vibe of the Kilimanjaro hike. I make no embellishments when I say that this was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. And I can’t stress enough how vital the Climb Kili crew were in getting me to the top. Our guide Mackson as well as assistant guides Evans and Gideon carried me emotionally and mentally (as well as at one point physically) to Uhuru Peak and I owe them everything, as well as all the porters, for the week long trek up The Roof of Africa. As far as companies go we saw a lot on the mountain throughout the week. And I can honestly say that the Climb Kili outfit is one of the best up there. Their decision to only take groups of 6 really means that you are taken care of the whole time. This was especially important on summit days when you could see groups of over 20, in a long snake, hardly moving up the mountain. Our small group was able to take small variations of the route to pass these big groups and get to the top faster.
The cooks, waiters, and porters were amazing. The food was incredible. We never finished a single meal because of the sheer volume that was supplied. But you always had the energy you needed for the next day. All 22 crew members were friendly, enthusiastic and just wanted us to have the best time.
Every morning began with a song and dance that energized us for the day ahead and some of my best memories of the experience come from the crew that supported us all the way to the top.
Our lead guide Mackson always quoted “with determination and perseverance, we will make it to the top”, those words rang true. While it may seem easy to narrow down the experience to one phrase, it’s important to note how impactful a positive mental attitude is to having a successful climb. At the end of the day the body will do what the mind says and I know that if it wasn’t for the ever-present uplifting attitude from the crew I wouldn’t have been successful.
So to all at Climb Kili, thank you. And to everyone reading this, I can not recommend this company enough. If you want to climb Kilimanjaro, this is the company you need
I have had the opportunity to hike all over the world and this trip, through ClimbKili exceeded my expectations. Well organized, fun, good food and having the BEST GUIDES (Raymond, Dastan, and Choda) made it the trip of a lifetime.
My friend and I climbed Kilimanjaro this past August. It was an amazing trip. The company we used was Climb Kili. The company was amazing. From the mangers to the tour guides in Tanzania. They met us at the airport and drove us directly to the hotel. The whole trip ran like clock work. They even took photos as the climb was taken place and sent them to our loves ones. At the conclusion of our climb you had the option of doing a safari. My friend and I were too tired . By the way the trail we did is call the 7 day machame. I highly recommend Climb Kili.
Climb Kili made the entire process easy. I needed to be picked up at the airport at 4am and brought to the hotel a few days before the hike. The coordination between the Tanzania and US team was seamless.
On the mountain our lead guide Herment and his crew were a blast. They were extremely hard working, yet very friendly and fun to be around. Due to their excellent service we made it up the mountain with ease.
I would like to specifically mention Herment’s skills as a guide. He ensured we were properly briefed and prepared for each day well in advance. His knowledge of the mountain and ability to motivate us had us completely confident in our ability to succeed with the whole team supporting us.
Innocent was one of my favorite members of the crew. He seemed to be every where all the time. He was our go to guy for everything. In addition to his professionalism, we loved all the songs he would lead in the morning and his support as we finished each day.
Although this is not something we would have known ahead of time, staying at Kosovo camp on summit night was critical to our success. When talking to friends in the future about Climb Kili, I will mention this as one of the best parts of our route. We really appreciate all the planning that went into out trip. – Derek Smith
Climbing the tallest mountain in Africa was a pipe dream when I was a child, and an unreachable ideal 15 months before our climb. We toyed around with the possibility of climbing a mountain worth bragging about that also didn’t break the bank – and Kilimanjaro was the only one that fit!
We chose the 7 day Machame route through ClimbKili. They made it so easy for us logistically, requiring us to show up at Kilimanjaro Nat’l airport and they took care of transportation, hotel, and food during the climb. We stayed in Arusha, which meant a 2 hour drive to Moshi and the Machame gate.
Here’s a rundown of different parts of the climb:
– 6:15am – Wakeup call
– 6:30am – Coffee/tea service while you are in your tent!
– 7:00am – Breakfast
– 8:00am – Singing (or begin the hike if it was a longer day)
– 1:00pm or 2:00pm – Lunch
– Finish hiking (if the day called for it)
– 6:00pm or 6:30pm – Supper
– 8:00pm – Debrief with lead guide
By law you are not allowed to climb Kilimanjaro unless you are with a licensed operator. Most operators have porters that will carry all your luggage and camping gear up the mountain. That leaves you with just your day pack – which includes your water for the day, snacks you brought with you, and rain gear.
The hike itself is not very difficult, as you’ll read online you don’t need special equipment. Most uphill is a gradual climb – although going up the Barranco wall was pretty cool because we got to scale rocks. We went single file on the trails, with our lead guide setting the pace. Whenever we needed a break we would ask. Our group had no problem going “pole pole” – we read too much about going slow online. Some days did not feel long while others were pretty tiring. But every time we caught a glimpse of the mountain it boosted our spirits.
Our cook was amazing on this trip. Each meal we sat in the mess tent and had several courses:
* Hot Drinks
* Soup and Bread
* Main course (rice, pizza, spaghetti, curry, eggs, crepes, potatoes)
As we climbed higher and higher our appetites decreased dramatically. Most of our food was carb – heavy, as it gets harder to process protein at higher altitudes. I don’t recommend bringing Sriracha as it was too spicy and hurt my stomach. I also didn’t take too well to a probiotic snack mix that I brought – stick to plain and simple foods.
We actually had 4 guides on the tour, Amani (lead guide), Rodrick, Shosta, and Dismus. Rodrick set the pace for us on 6 of the 7 days, leading in the front. Shosta and Dismus brought up the rear, helping us up if we fell, cracking jokes, and having a great time. Amani was responsible for coordinating the hiking, educating us on the foliage and climate zones on the mountain, and making sure we were doing all right. Amani checked our oxygen levels every night and morning, and we were all doing very good. On summit morning, our oxygen levels dropped from an average of 93 to 83, while his remained steady at 96. He has also been climbing Kilimanjaro for over 25 years, summiting over 350 times. You can joke with him and he will joke right back once he gets used to you. If you can, get Amani!
No one really takes the time to talk about this, but our company made sure we had a decent bathroom setup at camp. We had a bathroom tent with a pump toilet (with toilet paper!). On the hike you go to the bathroom whenever you take a break. This was easier at lower elevations when we had many trees and shrubs, but as we got higher it became harder to find some privacy. We had to coordinate the direction that men took and women took. When we stopped at camp (before reaching our tents) they had holes in the ground in special outhouses that required a squat – but surprisingly it was easier to use the restroom when squatting. No porcelain thrones or TP here.
Everyone in our group was from the United States, and we were all young and similar in age. We bonded over food – especially snacks. Everyone was easy to talk to, we all encouraged each other on the hike and at camp. And (at least for me) I was not sick of anyone after the 7 day trek.
We climbed Kilimanjaro from June 29 to July 5. During our entire climb we did not have any rain or inclement weather. Once we were above the clouds, it was clear skies and warmth (during the day). At the top we did not see any snow on the trail, it was mostly dusty. For hiking in Tanzania’s winter, it was a comfortable trip.
We tested out all of the gear we purchased from our tour company during the winter months here in Michigan. Layers are important – definitely get layers. Since it didn’t rain, we realized that we didn’t need any rain gear (pants, coat, etc). The dust didn’t bother us so having gaiters also didn’t benefit us. Having a sleeping bag liner made a huge difference at night when it got cold, we brought our own 20 degree liner and ClimbKili gave us an extra sleeping bag liner as well. During the day we only wore one layer of clothing, it was only summit day that we used the majority of the clothes we brought. When we reached the summit it was 5 degrees Fahrenheit, and we had tested our cold weather gear in -20 in Michigan during the winter. As long as you keep moving, you’ll be fine. Baselayers, midlayers, and shells were very important either at night or on summit day. Chapstick is a necessity as our lips were horrendously chapped. You can rent some gear from ClimbKili – we chose to rent sleeping bags rated 0 degrees Fahrenheit. If we could go back and do our gear again I’d say we should have rented an extra sleeping pad on top of what ClimbKili provided us, it would have made for better night’s sleep.
Take Diamox! Seriously, at the least bring it with you as a backup. We had a member of our group who did not have Diamox and struggled – but fortunately the rest of us in the group had extra. We also started taking malaria pills after we summitted, and our vaccine list included Yellow Fever and Typhoid. At the very least the side effects you would experience from Diamox do not compare to what you would experience without it!
The day before summiting we hiked all the way up to Kosovo camp, about 16,000’ in elevation. We could see the summit from our tents. We got to camp around 2:30, had lunch, slept till 5:30, then ate supper before turning in for an early night. They woke us up at 11:00 for an 11:30pm start – although when all was said and done it was 12:30 before we left. We hiked in the dark (this is where headlamps were useful) for 6 hours before we reached Stella Point, where we arrived just in time to see the sunrise. We wore all of our layers for the final push, taking care to follow Amani’s pace so we wouldn’t go too fast and work up a sweat. Taking a break was hard, as we started shivering when we weren’t moving. Walking was at a glacial pace, taking 2 or more seconds for each step. At night, it is so dark, you can only see the feet of the person in front of you. Groups ahead and behind you look like stars in the far off distance, and you start to fight mentally to keep going. It is hard to listen to music at this part, since it’s cold and you are panting heavily. It is hard to talk to people, as talking expends valuable energy. You feel alone in the vast darkness of scaling a 3000’ climb. When we made it to Stella Point, we were unaware we were there until Amani set down his bag and told us to take a rest, the worst was over! Our guides gave us hot tea, and we sat for about 30 minutes watching the sun rise above the Shira volcanic peak. Dismus informed me that we would have no problem making it to the summit, it was only a 45 minute walk with 500’ elevation gain. I leaped for joy as I realized at this point that I was going to make it!
In the last 5 minutes of the trek, Amani allowed us to go ahead of him, the sign for the summit ahead of us. I cried like a baby as that sign became bigger and bigger. When we got there I went in to picture mode, taking pictures and video of the view around us. Even though it was a cloudy day, the fact that 5.5 day trek uphill had reached its apex was exhilarating and exhausting. The summit was not crowded, we had the summit to ourselves for about 25 minutes until the next group came. At the top you can see glimpses of the glaciers, long past their prime due to climate change. As mentioned there was no snow on the trail, so it was easy to hike. We got our pictures, enjoyed the view, reflected on the reality that stood before, and cried in accomplishment. There is something to be said about climbing a mountain and reaching the top – it’s not the location itself, but the journey to get there and the baggage of your personal burdens that you left behind.
While it took 5 ½ days to reach the summit, it only took 1 ½ days to make it back to the Mweka gate (different gate from the beginning). By far, hiking downhill was tougher on our bodies than going uphill. We went from the summit down to 10,000’ before stopping for the night, then dropped another 4,000’ to the gate. Most of the people in our group were excited to be off the mountain, I was afraid of losing any toenails or getting injured so I took my time coming down the mountain.
While Kilimanjaro was the toughest climb for this Michigan boy, the experience was worth every minute of pain and agony. To challenge myself to achieve more and bask in this achievement will stay near to me through the coming challenges that lay ahead. Sam Nadarajan
I think any company can carry a bag up and down a mountain but Herment and the Climb Kili team truly added to the experience. We did the 7-day Machame route. Everyone was always smiling, friendly, and helpful. Goodlove and Ponsien were excellent co-guides, always setting a good pace and ensuring our safety. Innocent and Kitoto were always unbelievable singers and got us excited for the day ahead. There were always climbers from other groups recording our team as they sung and danced to lift our spirit. Omari, Justin, the rest of the staff, and the porters were always helpful exceptionally helpful and kind. I can truly say I’m grateful that we chose Climb Kili as our tour company and will be recommending them to friends of mine planning on climbing. – Shaun Lampen, CAN
Summary: Very well organized, professional staff, five-star experience and exceptional value.
The 8 Day Lemosho Climb
Details: ClimbKili (ClimbKili.com) was exceptional in every way. They essentially provided a bespoke adventure for my 17-year-old granddaughter and me. Initially our group leader, Ann Harris Davidson, committed to another guide company. However, that company was unable to accommodate our requests of a small group without a significant “private group” surcharge. They were also unwilling to make an 8 day trek as opposed to 7 day (to help acclimatization), schedule the summit bid on or near a full moon and to have our last camp before summiting at the high Kosovo Camp (reducing the summit climb by 700 vertical feet.)
Ann contacted Tiffany Watson, of ClimbKili, who cheerfully met our requests. Our group was only 6 climbers that was reduced to 5 when one of the group had health problems shortly before the climb. We quickly noticed on our trek how fortunate it was to have a small group when we saw some guide companies with 15 or more climbers strung out along the trail. On summit night this was especially problematic on the dark, steep and challenging climb. Scheduling the summit night on a full moon also helped ensure a successful summit with improved light. The beauty of the moon at that elevation was spectacular. Arranging the Kosovo Camp was also critical to our success as it eliminated at least an hour of climbing on summit night from the traditional Barafu Camp. And ClimbKili was $2600 less expensive for the 8 day compared to their 7 day trek!
The ease of making these arrangements should have prepared us for the incredible professional service we experienced from when we made our deposit until they placed us on our flight home. We immediately received a comprehensive guidebook that was invaluable in preparing for our adventure. Read this thoroughly as the gear list is complete, the training guide very useful and the descriptions of the routes helpful (although nothing can truly prepare you for this extraordinary experience). Tiffany is readily available to answer any questions you may have.
This was my granddaughter and my first visit to Africa, so we had considerable anxiety landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport. However, our driver Emanuel, was patiently waiting and quickly drove us to the Summit Lodge in Arusha. There we were greeted by the friendly staff and shown to our very comfortable, clean room. The hotel serves as the client base for the ClimbKili expeditions and as such the staff is very attentive to the client’s schedules and travel. The restaurant is very good with a variety of Tanzanian and Western selections on the menu.
ClimbKili has the trek dialed in. Our chief guide Good Luck Minja and his assistants, Junior Ramsom and Gaudrence were “ Guides Extraordinaire”. Good Luck was a fount of encouragement and optimism. It was no small feat to get our group with ages of 71 (me, the old man), three women in their 60’s and my granddaughter up Kilimanjaro. However, each morning we would start our hike at a very steady pace always reminded “pole, pole”—”slowly, slowly”. We soon realized that we often passed groups of much younger climbers as we held our steady pace and would reach the evening’s camp tired, but not exhausted.
I have to call out the incredible work of the porters who would break camp after we left, race ahead with their personal gear, our personal gear as well as all camp equipment, tents and food on their backs and balanced on their heads. By the time we reached camp, our tents were erected, gear stowed, dining and toilet tents up and meals ready. The meals were wonderful. Chef Elisamehe and his helper Michael served three appetizing meals and snacks each day. We were greeted each morning in our tents by Michael with piping hot tea. Freshly prepared eggs, pancakes, porridge and fruit would start our day. Lunch and dinner would bring made-from-scratch soups, rice or potato dishes with hearty sauces and again fresh fruit accompanied by black or ginger tea. Nutrition was critical as we were burning up 3000+ calories per day at high altitude therefore, they carefully monitored our intake.
Ladslaus deserves special acknowledgement for hauling the chemical toilet up and down the mountain and ensuring that the toilet tent was set up and clean. Nelson, Pascal, Ali, Mohammed, Benson and Dennis and the other porters were all cheerful and encouraging. Each one would greet you “Jambo” and sincerely ask how you were doing. We felt like we were part of their family and they were all committed to our conquering the mountain.
I want to again thank Good Luck for personally leading my granddaughter and me up the final summit climb to successfully and safely reach the summit.
Three Day Safari
Details: Again, all logistics were perfectly executed. Emanuel drove us to the Arusha airport for a short flight to the dirt landing strip in the Serengeti. There we were met by our guide Jephta. Much to our surprise and delight, we were the only clients. A private safari! “Eagle-eyes” Jephta was incredible. He could spot wildlife hundreds of yards away or obscured by vegetation. He would often spot wildlife and say “Let’s just sit here for a while.” We were rewarded by seeing even shy animals come close, go to watering holes and seem relaxed and natural. Other safari groups would rush up, take photos and rush off. We checked off the Big 5: Elephant, cape buffalo, lion, leopard and rhinoceros; apparently not an easy feat. We saw a mind boggling abundance of wildlife. Jephta was a wealth of information and he kept us entertained as we drove through the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire National parks. Our first night was at the Kilma Valley Tent Camp. This was truly “glamping”. Hard wood floors, private shower and bathroom and very good dinner and breakfast. Serengeti sunrise should not be missed. Our second night was at the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge perched on the edge of the huge Ngorongoro caldera. The view across the caldera was spectacular. The lodge has an old world, classic vibe. This was a perfect and amazing way to conclude our grand adventure.
I questioned Jephta about working for ClimbKili. He stated that working for ClimbKili was a highly sought after position. He said that the company was well run and that Tiffany came to Tanzania every year to review procedures so as to enhance the client’s experience. It shows. This was a 5 star experience and I cannot recommend ClimbKili more highly.
P.S. A caution regarding Diamox. Although Diamox is indicated to help prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) its potential side-effects can actually trigger AMS. Diamox increases respiratory rate thereby increasing oxygenation of blood cells. However, it also acts as a diuretic which can cause low blood pressure and dehydration which can cause AMS. Ann stopped Diamox after 2 days because of low blood pressure symptoms and had no problems with altitude. I persevered taking the medication despite excess diuresis and was severely dehydrated on summit night. As a physician, I should have been more aware of my condition. – R Dean Bair, USA
Overall, our experience was amazing.
At the core of this incredible experience was Herment, our lead guide, and the incredible team assembled during our time on the mountain.
From the start at the introductory briefing, Herment was nothing but professional, knowledgable, and motivational. He maintained this spirit throughout and ensured the experience was not only extremely fun for the group and tailored to our abilities, but safe as well. During the more challenging parts of the hike, such as the summit, his reassurance, motivational tone, and general experience on the mountain helped calm any nerves. I believe his leadership and guidance, along with the incredible support of the other two guides, were key contributors in all members of the group succeeding that day.
In addition, the team assembled for the hike were simply amazing too and our group always felt like someone was always looking out for us.
The team was extremely courteous, friendly, and made the experience what it was with their positive spirit and songs. Everything was always meticulously prepared for us throughout our time on the mountain from the food, the tents, or the camp facilities and the team really went above and beyond to ensure all needs were met to a consistently high standard. Herment’s management of this team too was unparalleled and you can really tell his teams wellbeing is of highest priority to him.
All in all, these factors made it feel more like a family climbing a mountain together.
Herment and his team made sure the experience was life changing and I can’t say enough how much their presence impacted it for the better.
All other aspects of the trip, such as airport transfers, hotel accommodations etc. were also great.
Thank you again for your help in organizing this trip for us and please pass on my compliments to the rest of the Climb Kili team.
I’ll be sure to echo the same positive experience across social media reviews too.
I had a tremendous time climbing Kilimanjaro last week. The service by the whole team was top of the line. Getting picked up from the airport and checking into the hotel at 4am went seamlessly. Sia did a great job ensuring we were all prepared for our hike.
On the mountain Herment and his crew were a blast. They were extremely hard working, yet very friendly and fun to be around. Due to their excellent service we made it up the mountain with ease.
I would like to specifically mention Herment’s skills as a guide. He ensured we were properly briefed and prepared for each day well in advance. His knowledge of the mountain and ability to motivate us had us completely confident in our ability to succeed and the whole team supporting us.
Innocent was one of my favorite members of the crew. He seemed to be every where all the time. He was our go to guy for everything. In addition to his professionalism, we loved all the songs he would lead in the morning and his support as we finished each day.
Although this is not something we would have known ahead of time, staying at Kosovo camp on summit night was critical to our success. When talking to friends in the future about Climb Kili I will mention this as once of the best parts of our route. We really appreciate all the planning that went into out trip.
I will also be writing a Trip Adviser review in due time.