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“The best climbing experience in my life!”
Review of Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro
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Mount Kilimanjaro Short Trek from Arusha
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Everything was organised on the high level. From the beginning while communication and agreement stage, then real hiking (tents, lunch, service, guiding, assistance), and the final summit day, as well as at last day party on flat land.

Thank Kashkin
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

When you are going for a life challenge like climbing Kilimanjaro, the two most important things are: safety and conquer. We had one bad experience with a Safari company some days before and as soon as we met Richard we knew that with could trust him and his company. Richard and August (his partner guide) know what they are doing, they have a large experience on taking trekkers to do this climb. They are professional and the organization was perfect. Everything on time and as promised - tents, good food, plenty of water, schedules etc. The whole crew of porters was very nice too and Nsoro is a amazing, always with a big smile on his face - wich is important in some moments during the way.
One last thing: every day they checked up our health: pulse, blood oxygenation, etc and keep the record, to follow up our situation during the trekk.
They were recommended by a friend and I would totally recommend to a friend too.
Climbing Kili it’s gonna be one of the most remarkable experiences of your life. Prepare your heart :) and enjoy the ride!

2  Thank Mario R
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

My son, daughter and I returned from climbing the highest mountain of Africa ‘Mt Kilimanjaro ‘a couple of weeks ago via Machame route. Panda Kilimanjaro was highly recommended to us by our friends and nothing seemed less from our expectation. The Panda Guides were amazing and the whole Crew was so very polite, friendly and showed faultless manners, and undertook each task with a smile on their faces.

Unlike to my kids, my only fear was; shall I manage to reach the summit in 6 days as we didn’t train much preparing for the altitude but we real did it in exact time. The mountain views were stunning and the night sky was more stars than sky! Surprisingly in spite of the sun rays beating the Uhuru Peak, its ice never seems melting as one could imagine; this was real amazing.

This was an experience of a life time and anyone who really likes hiking, breath taking scenery, climate change and wonderful experience in altitude challenge must hike Kilimanjaro. Thanks David and your team for the wonderful organization. Heart-fully if you are looking for a local guiding company, that offers an incredible services and reliable options at reasonable and realistic prices, so then I would strongly recommend Panda Kilimanjaro.

1  Thank Herman L
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This was an amazing Trek from start to finish with a great group of people.
We had every kind of weather - rain, snow, hail, wind, mist, sunshine, thunder & lightning. It poured down every night, which made toilet trips a major mission, but the 2 days it counted - the Barranco Wall ascent and Summit night were clear and perfect conditions.
Climbing in snow from the start of the summit ascent was magical - clear, starry skies, the lights of the headlamps of climbers ahead and the steady crunch of snow under our boots punctuating the culmination of the Trek.
Standing atop this majestic mountain was emotional.
Don't understimate the downward sections - gruelling on the knees - but as there was record snowfall this year, I did actually get to slide down most of the descent to basecamp (had a ball!).
I trained hard for this and am so glad that I did it when many thought I was slightly mad for attempting it at my age (60). The sense of achievement and the wonder of the natural beauty was worth all the blood, sweat and tears (okay maybe not blood......)

Thank JanetT1958
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

After intensive googling and emailing and phone calling, I decided to go with the reviews on tripadvisor and book everything with "Sirikwa African Adventure", I am glad I followed the reviews.

First thing to mention is, ALL our checked luggages were delayed by two days, just in time to screw our climbing! Oinoth was able to help us out in renting/lending everything from thermo pants to trecking boots. This is the basis for our successful climbing. Thank you, Oinoth! 

And also, the warning on internet is true: WEAR your trecking boots and jackets on board. They DO screw up checked-in luggages.

The 6 days kilimanjaro climbing via Marangu route was kind of a tough one, mainly due to the rapid increase altitude. Although taking altitude-sickness pills, two out of four of us showed a headache, as well as lost appetite. Needless to say, less rest and less food, plus intensive schedule, all became difficult.

On the plus side, the organization of the climbing by Sirikwa African Adventure crew, our guides, our cook Nick , Porters ,With all the encouraging and support,and pole pole slogan we finally made it to Uhuru peak at 9:50am, possibly the latest of the day:)

A bit of hint : The Kibo camp is a crowded and noisy place, with only limited water supply (all carried by porters from lower camps). So grab ANY CHANCE to sleep when you can, regardless of time. We planned to take a longer nap, rescheduled our dinner, however the noisy roomates and other climbers dinning right outside the room made it impossible to sleep at all. Needless to say, without proper rest, the final ascending just becomes more difficult.

Another thing to mention is that, despite the negative reviews on internet about how tour guides under-tip the porters, our crew was quite fair on this point. During the final tipping day, each porter stood in one line, and we got to tip each one of them (quite generously, indeed, after that much experienced, 50$ no longer seems that much to you...) .

Followed by the climbing we took a 3 days safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire. The driver Paul was very experienced, without whom we couldn't have been in time to watch the extra-rare black rhino. The cook, Isack, was also wonderful, even treated us a roasted beef special for my friend birthday.

The most special and hence unforgettable experience, however, was the last two days we spent at the orphanage as short-term volunteers. Oinoth, the director of Sirikwa African Adventure has devoted so much into the orphanage, we could see happiness on the faces of the children. If it's possible, we shall return, not only to safari in Serengeti, to climb Kili again in rain season, but also to spend more time with the children. They are the true future of this continent. 

May we also suggest , if possible, plan a few extra days to spend at the orphanage: no payment, but will help a lot, as there is always loads of work with all the children there.

Thanks to all our crew, who jointly gave us the wonderful experience. And especially to Oinoth, who made it possible despite the delay of gears, and even kindly invited us to his place for late-hang around before the mid-night flight back.

2  Thank Tristan38
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