As such, I selected Maasai Wanderings for the good reviews I had and also because it is part of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (you can have more details here: http://www.mountainexplorers.org/) that was a concern for me after my first experience. And what I can say is that I have not been disappointed, everything was perfect from the beginning to the end.
We were guided by Julius and his team that I recommend. He is a very nice guy, likable, always calm, encouraging you and giving all information required when you need it. He is adapting to you, and most of the time the first days, slowing you down to maximize a progressive acclimatization. I was interested by flowers and history of Kilimanjaro (snow cover, geology) and this guy is a big library.
Food was very good, varied and always in good quantity. It is surprising to see what the cooker is able to do in such conditions. There was a big mess tent where all meals were taken when it was not possible outside. The cooker is cooking just in front of you. The tent had also two extension rooms on each sides dedicated for staff (relaxing/sleeping). It was funny to see that despite of the altitude, the coldness etc. they were always happy, smiling, talking all time etc.
Everybody was dressed properly and adapted to the mountain conditions, even for the shoes. This is important to note because I have been very sad when I saw few other porters from other companies dressed just with a tee-shirt with holes everywhere or not descent shoes. When we reached the last camp (Barafu Hut) at around 13:00, one of the porter was sick and Julius, the guide, decided to escort him down to the gate quickly. He was back to Barafu Camp few hours before we left the camp to climb the final step and came with us! Everybody in the team successfully reached the top Uhuru Peak and of course everybody was very happy. Once again it has been an excellent trip and experience. I keep a lot of good memories.
For these reasons I recommend clearly Maasi Wanderings, for the quality of the guiding, the food, the tents, the team, all the equipments provided (and in good shape)."
Maasai Wanderings offers unique African wildlife safaris, mountaineering treks, cultural experiences, historical site visits and beach holiday escapes exclusively in Tanzania.We are passionate about our wildlife, tribal cultures and all of the mystical treasures that Tanzania has to offer and this makes us proud to present it to you.The combined experiences of the Maasai Wanderings team demonstrates a concise understanding of wildlife behaviours, practical local knowledge of culture and history and dedication to each individual adventure, all of which create a special experience!
For many of our trips, trekkers arriving from low level to climb Kilimanjaro often suffer from altitude sickness if they do not acclimatise properly (lack of fitness is rarely a big problem). Therefore on Kilimanjaro we use mainly the Machame Route. It's longer than the Marangu ascent and therefore means 2 more days on the mountain (and more expense), but it's less crowded, an easier climb and much more scenic. You do not need to be super fit for this trek but you should get out for a few weekends on some longish hikes before the trip - or, jog for three or four kilometres a couple of times a week to get a basic level of fitness. That will enable you to enjoy the trek much more. You will see that as well as treks and wildlife safaris we offer our clients insights into the way of life and cultures of local communities. By spending some time in local villages and visiting cultural activity programmes you get a much more rewarding and richer safari experience and the local people get a more direct share of the benefits that foreign visitors can bring. This is a very important part of our work in East Africa.
Why book with Us
designed our mountain treks to give the very best chance of reaching the
summits, maximum appreciation of the spectacular scenery and wildlife, and an
insight into the natural history and cultures of the environments and peoples
we meet. Our African guides and staff are all experts on the mountains and we
enjoy an excellent relationship with them, built up over many years working
together. Moreover our travel arrangements
are based on fair-traded principles to ensure that significant benefits from
our visits remain with local people.
arriving from low level to climb Kilimanjaro often suffer from altitude
sickness if they do not acclimatise properly (lack of fitness is rarely a big
on our records of the last 10 years, you have a better than 96% chance of making
may find cheaper options than some of our trips as there are certainly many
cut-price companies operating, but I should say that we operate a fair-traded
policy where we employ only qualified local staff and pay them above average
rates and we do not compromise on vehicles, park fees, equipment and services.
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