298 Reviews of Arusha, Tanzania Tours
The guides were incredible and the trip was amazing March 20155.0
Operator G Adventures
Global Basecamps lets you choose your own itinerary October 20145.0
Operator Global Basecamps
Cater Capers - August 2015 August 20164.0
The numbers of Elephants in the Tarangire national park and the Ngorongoro crater views were spectacular
John looked after us well. All the arrangements went to plan and he made sure we were informed of the schedules etc.
Take your own water bottles because the hire/purchase prices are crazy on the walk on Kilimanjaro (disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the mountain). Take care with bag weight because the flight from Arusha to Zanzibar is only 20kg including hand-baggage !.
Operator Exodus Travels
A great way to see Africa for the first time July 20164.0
Operator G Adventures
Fabulous scenery, well timed itinerary, safe, good October 20154.0
Operator Intrepid Travel
KILIMANJARO CLIMB - LEMOSHO ROUTE August 20163.0
As I did not reach the summit, climbing up the Barancha wall was a real achievement – especially after our guide told us that he tried to help Roman Abramovich up the wall, but he gave up by the kissing stone!
All the assistant guides were great, but I wasn’t impressed with the chief guide. I struggled quite a lot to stay with the rest of the group, and I didn’t find him particularly encouraging. When I said I wasn’t going to try for the summit, he didn’t encourage me at all. My husband attempted the summit, but had to turn back due to altitude sickness. Twice the guide told him to push on, even though he had been sick and had a very bad headache. He should have taken my husband down to camp much sooner.
Definitely hire an exodus sleeping matt, well worth it. It gets very cold at night. Only the first 2 nights were warmish, the other nights were freezing! Wear lots of layers in bed.About half of our group didn’t take Diamox. Two that didn’t take it ended up having to take it on summit night to help them reach the summit. Stick together as a group as much as possible. It’s not a race.
If I did the climb again, I would definitely do it with people I know. The other members of our group were not at all interested in walking Pole Pole (slowly slowly), as advised by the guides. Even when I was asked to walk directly behind the guide, the rest of the group were trying to overtake me. At the end of everyday, certain members of the group were complaining that they could have walked faster and longer. On day one, everyone said that if we all stayed together, we would all make it. This was quickly forgotten and it was every man/woman for themselves. The guides didn’t try to discourage this, so the group was split everyday, 5 in one group, and myself and my husband in one group. I found this extremely demotivating, being away from the rest of the group. On summit night, I decided to stay in camp, and no-one tried to encourage me to try for the summit. I felt extremely let down by the rest of the group and the guides. Having watched the celebrities doing the Kili climb for Comic Relief, I was hoping our trek might be the same – everyone encouraging everyone else. Our trek was not like that at all.I still achieved everything that the other members of the group did (apart from reach the summit), albeit a bit slower – but that is the philosophy of the guides, slowly slowly.On the plus side, the porters are fantastic – they’re simply not human! To carry what they do every day is amazing. And the chef was awesome, the food he served was better than some I’ve had in some restaurants! To be served chips at over 3000 metres was super!