292 Reviews of Arusha, Tanzania Tours
Fantastic overland journey April 20155.0
Operator Intrepid Travel
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
Pole Pole August 20164.0
Obviously the summit for those who reach it, otherwise the imposing Barranco Wall.
Abraham from the Africa Walking Company is a gifted and strong leader, managing as he does 57 guides and porters not to mention 14 walkers. The sheer logistics of getting all of us up the mountain at the same time with no hitches would make me dizzy! The guides were watching us all the time and checking our condition, giving advice and generally keeping us going. We were also extremely well fed and lacked nothing to eat or drink, the chef and porters were all fantastic.
Take Exodus` notes seriously and be well prepared. The whole point of this trip is to get you up Kilimanjaro in pretty extreme conditions. It is not for beginners and is a hard climb even for experienced walkers. The camping, though well organised, is fairly basic. Once wet, stuff can`t really be dried, you will be cold and uncomfortable a lot of the time. You will need to be determined and resourceful. The walking itself is ok until summit day but gets harder as the oxygen levels drop. This trip gives you an extra day to acclimatise and no one in our group had serious altitude sickness beyond breathing difficulties. You just have to do everything very slowly indeed, even standing up!
The walk takes you through rainforest then alpine terrain followed by bare scree. There was plenty of wildlife to spot in the rainforest: monkeys, birds, rodents and we saw jackal spoor but not the jackals themselves. For the three middle days we were in thick mist and saw very little but once we got above the clouds the view was spectacular and worth all the effort. Only then did we get an impression of the sheer mass of the mountain.
If you`re interested in doing this, it is well worthwhile but you do need to be fairly fit and active, and some walking experience will help.
Operator Exodus Travels
A great way to see Africa for the first time July 20164.0
Operator G Adventures