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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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.
I returned to My. Kilimanjaro after 8 years since my first climb this summer and used ClimbKili as my operator. Their service was excellent both from their office staff and the very professional and efficient crew on the mountain. Our main guides were Seraphine and Mikey who our whole group absolutely adored. The food was great, all information very clear, the tents and other equipment clean and good quality (definitely not forgetting the portable toilets) and all in all I would very much recommend ClimbKili for anyone wanting to experience the top of Africa, be safe and have a wonderful time!
We climbed Kilimanjaro at the end of June with Climb Kili. From the people in the office who set up all of our tour arrangements and answered our questions to the friendly and helpful staff at the Summit Lodge, we felt well taken care of. Our actual tour guide, Sera and his team, went above and beyond to get us up the mountain. They briefed us each day about our plans, checked in on our health multiple times a day, had the camps set up before we arrived, and cooked delicious food. We loved our time on the mountain. I would highly recommend this tour company!
There is not enough room to document all the positive things that there are to say about using the professional trekking company Climb Kili for a safe, successful summit of Kilimanjaro. Our initial research, along with conversations with friends and acquaintances who had successfully climbed Kilimanjaro, had led us to contact Climb Kili.
Climb Kili’s first-class service started from our first contact with this company, through its office in the U.S.A. (when we had previously been unable to get the hike that we wanted from two other operators). Tiffany Watson of the U.S.A. Climb Kili office was readily available, responsive, and patiently answered all our queries, assuring us that we could have the expedition route that we wanted, on the dates that we wanted, and at the price that we were prepared to pay. Tiffany was so helpful that we signed on to use Climb Kili following our first conversation with her.
We signed up to do the 8-day Lemosho Route, with the final night at the high Kosovo (“Upper” Barafu) Camp. Our group consisted of five people who happen to have been born in five different countries on four continents — in the U.S.A., in Zimbabwe, in Swaziland/eSwatini, in Australia, and in China. Then, our ages and age range (a 71 year-old man, with four women aged 69, 67, 65, and 17 years) could have posed challenges for successful summiting but the Climb Kili guides were completely unfazed by having four senior citizens to the guide to the summit.
Our lead guide was Goodluck Minja; he was endlessly supportive, positive, cheerful, helpful, collaborative, professional, and safety conscious. Additionally, and perhaps most crucially, he led an amazing team of similarly hard-working, kind, solicitous people. His assistant guides were Junior Ramson and Gaudrence. (It was Junior who led me and my Australian friend up the final fearsome slope to Stella Point and on to the Uhuru summit just as dawn was breaking on July 18th, 2019 — and we are 67 and 65 year-old women.)
Goodluck’s other support team members were all equally fabulous. Elisamehe, the chef, produced hot three-course, three-star meals at all the camps (all the way up to Kosovo Camp at 16,000ft / 4,877m), including a different soup every day (vichyssoise, cucumber, zucchini, pumpkin, carrot, etc.). Michael served the piping hot meals to us in the mess tent. Benson kept the zippers on our tents working in freezing temperatures. Ladslaus needs special mention, as he hauled, set up, and maintained the private, chemical toilet that we were able to use at every camp. Nelson, Pascal, Ali, Mohammed, and all the other porters did a mind-bogglingly difficult job with grace and good humor. They ran ahead of us up the steep climbs, carrying the tents and all the gear (including our sleeping bags and other essential gear, leaving us only having to carry a day pack with our water, snacks and necessary clothing) on their heads and backs (along with their own gear) to set up the camp for our arrival.
Goodluck was also flexible enough in his planning to split our group into two groups for the final push to the summit — to increase summit success by recognizing that there would likely be differing speeds as we headed up that final steep climb in the dark. So, one group of three set out from Kosovo Camp at around 1:00 a.m. and the remaining two members left at 2:00 a.m.
It was an experience of a lifetime. I had done it to honor my parents, who died 30 and 50 years ago, after having spent nearly 30 years (1939-1968) in remote parts of Africa, in British government service, working to improve the health of Africans. Thus, I am so very grateful that Climb Kili made my ascent to the summit possible and I strongly recommend using Climb Kili (and, specifically, Goodluck Minja and his team)
I wanted to reach out to you about my experience with ClimbKili a month ago. As you know I was part of the Lifewater group that went. It honestly has taken me some time to fully process what we went through and I am not sure I have done that completely yet, a month later. It truly was an amazing experience and could not have been that without your organization. Below I will include an quick excerpt of a letter I sent to people whom supported me on the climb from afar.
Everything was absolutely perfect for the trip. The only thing I may have changed was arriving a day sooner and staying a day longer. The lodge and their staff were exceptional! Everything there could not have been better. The meal at the end of the trip was a perfect way to celebrate the accomplishment. The guides for the Safari and the accommodations for the Safari were tremendous.
As far as the guides and porters, I could not be more thankful for that group of men and what they did for our group. Herment Mosha is one of the greatest men I have ever met, truly. His ability to lead his team and our group in such a gentle, yet firmly assertive manor was exceptional. I told him that great leaders are reflected in those below him. His men, from the guides, Vada, Good Love, Paul and all the others (there were so many it’s hard to remember all the names) to every porter in the group, would do whatever Herment asked without exception! They would do anything for him. His ability to motivate us, care for us, and make sure we accomplished our goal is something very special in a leader. There wasn’t one thing that that group of 75 men would not do to make sure we all accomplished our goal. As I mentioned earlier, here is an excerpt from a letter I sent to some folks back here….
”Well it’s been a little over two weeks since I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro!! It was truly an amazing experience! Very hard to put into words. Frankly, I’m still processing what we did as a group, the impact we have had not only on the lives of so many people in Africa, but on the lives of each other that made the trek together. There was a group of 21 of us from all over the country, from all walks of life. All with different circumstances driving us to accomplish this goal. I was prepared physically and mentally for this journey. What I wasn’t prepared for was the emotional impact this had on our lives as a group. I truly believe God put us together at that moment in time because all 21 of us needed each other to accomplish this, to fill voids, and to heal. To say that the 21 of us will be bonded together for life is an understatement! It truly was a life changing event that’s hard to explain.
We had an amazing group of guides and porters! Some of the most selfless and grateful people I have ever met. 75 of them to help make sure we accomplished our goal. They would set up camp, cook food, help heal you if you were sick, mend you if you were hurt, motivate you if you were tired, cheer you up if you were struggling. They sang to us every day, a prayer for a safe journey ahead. They would leave camp after us, beat us to the next camp and have everything set up again (including 3 separate latrines Christine, LOL) Truly amazing men.”
I can’t tell you truly how much that group of men had an impact on me personally, and on our group. I thought we were having an impact on them, but absolutely the opposite. Though the names will fade, the faces and the time never will. I am very grateful for those men and the character and selflessness they displayed toward us. That impact on my life is a debt that can never be repaid!! Thank you again for everything! Your organization is absolutely the best!
My parents and I had an amazing trip climbing Kilimanjaro. We went with Climb Kili and our tour guides, Amani and Edward, were wonderful. They were professional, friendly, kind, and really helped us have a great trip. The supporting staff of porters was also fun to be with and gave us five star service. We did the seven day Machame route which was perfect for us. Climb Kili went the extra mile to get a permit to stay at Kosovo base camp on summit night which made for a little easier summit day. Everyone should do this trip at least once.
Like so many I came to Kilimanjaro on a mission to reach the summit.
As an ex-athlete living at sea level, but with 10 years of outdoor education teaching, I thought I could manage the training even at 65 yrs.
BUT, I would never have managed it without the superb professionalism, logistics, enthusiasm, encouragement and dedication of the Climb Kili Team. Their experience and pacing proved absolutely essential in making a successful ascent.
Tiffany Watson fully prepared us to get to Tanzania, then on arrival Chief guide Goodluck Minja indeed lived up to his reputation (as the good luck ninja!) who has brought together an entire support team. They work together so well and are incredibly capable, gracious and a sheer delight to be with from start to finish. We learnt so much from Goodluck’s team during our 8-day Lemosho route adventure.
Planning to climb the final pitch close to full moon & starting from the highest Kosovo camp was a great move by Ann Harris Davidson, to whom I am so grateful for organising this with Climb Kili. Both points were definitely helpful for our success.
Special thanks also to our summit guide Junior Ramson for his depth of experience and impeccable pacing which enabled me to stand on the summit with Ann Harris Davison right on sunrise on 18/7/2019, a moment we will never forget. Thank you so much Junior!
I am embarrassed not to have every one of our support teams name at my fingertips, because they were all totally focused on ensuring our personal safety, health, hygiene and well-being everyday and night! The quality of food prepared by chef Elisamehe was outstanding and the best by far of any I have experienced in an outdoor setting my whole life.
Goodluck, Junior, Gaudrence, Benson, Michael, Ali, Pascal, Amin, and your team, thank you guys, you’re the best!
I have no hesitation in recommending the Climb Kili trekking company with Goodluck’s team on the ground, as being able to deliver 100% and will take absolute care of any person/group in their charge.
Kilimanjaro is an awesome mountain which has my total respect. Thank you Climb Kili for the experience of a life-time. You have a fabulous team, long may you continue your good work.
For those who may read this, best wishes & GO Climb Kili!