Mt. Kilimanjaro - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro holds an almost mythical fascination for the adventurous traveler. This snow capped peak near the Equator is the highest freestanding mountain in the world – yet can be summited without using technical climbing gear. Towering over the vast African savannah below, it still presents challenges even for the very fit – including choosing the right guided trip to the top. Stride can act as your Mount ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
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Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Tanzania: Safari & Service

Discover Corps
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 330 / day
$ 3,295
From : $ 4,448
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Volunteering with local children at a village primary school
  • Meeting local families and learning about Tanzanian society firsthand
  • Seeing zebras, elephants, lions, rhinos and more on an African safari
  • Hiking to a waterfall on the side of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Seeing firsthand the nomadic lifestyle of the Masai
  • Learning African dance, percussion, bead making and even how to throw a spear
Visits:
Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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Arusha + Kilimanjaro Trek: Machame Route (Group D ...

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 355 / day
$ 3,198
From : $ 4,477
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Summit Africa's highest peak on an 8 Day Kilimanjaro Trek following the highly successful Machame Route
Visits:
Tanzania
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Kilimanjaro Trek - Marangu

8 days
$ 268 / day
$ 2,144
From : $ 2,895
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Kilimanjaro Trek
Visits:
Tanzania
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Safari to Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

Intrepid Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 314 / day
$ 5,028
From : $ 7,039
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Shop for local wares and interact with townsfolk at the Mwigobero Market on the edge of Lake Victoria
  • Explore the Serengeti National Park in depth, with two early-morning and two late-afternoon game drives through this spectacular wildlife arena
  • Learn about the Great Rift Valley where the annual migration of some two million wildebeest plays out
  • Take a mind-blowing safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open-roof 4X4 for a chance to see the endangered black rhinoceros
  • Hike with a group of experienced guides and porters with 1 guide for every 2 passengers
  • Spy hiding monkeys and colourful bird species flitting through the rainforest
  • Spend a night camped out on the Shira plateau
  • Marvel at the Hiem, Kersten and Rebmann glaciers
  • Catch a dazzling sunrise on your way to summit Africa's highest mountain peak
  • We are an official partner of IMEC’s Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). This means all of our climbs have been assessed and scored based on a number of criteria, all of which are designed to ensure the proper treatment of porters on the Mountain. Read more here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/theme/walking/kilimanjaro-trek
Visits:
Arusha, Nairobi, Victoria, Kenya, Tanzania
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Mountain Kilimanjaro Climbing And Serengeti Safari

10 days
$ 340 / day
$ 3,400
From : $ 4,590
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit to Tanzania National Park
  • Enjoy your Hike and pass the Maundi Crater and climb up to its rim for a spectacular view of the Kibo Crater
  • Enjoy driving from Moshi to the Serengeti National Park crossing the Masaai Steppe
  • See the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Visits:
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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8 Days Kilimanjaro Climb via Marangu Route

8 days
$ 271 / day
$ 2,170
From : $ 2,930
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Cross Kilimanjaro rain forest
  • Sleeping in the hut
  • Crossing Marangu village
  • Crossing five Kilimanjaro zones
Visits:
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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Summit Kilimanjaro

10 days
$ 530 / day
$ 5,295
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Climb Kilimanjaro with the summiting experts—we have a 98% summiting rate, the highest on the mountain
  • Take our exclusive trek along the little-used Great Barranco Valley/Western Breach, the most scenic route on the mountain, made famous by the IMAX film Kilimanjaro
  • Get an extra full day to acclimatize at the mountain’s highest-elevation camp at Arrow Glacier
Visits:
Arusha, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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9 Day Kenya Luxventure Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 778 / day
$ 6,999
From : $ 7,979
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Visit Nairobi’s fascinating attractions like National Museum and Karen Blixen Museum
  • Experience Masai village culture
  • Enjoy  the safari  in Samburu National Reserve
  • Visit Amboseli National Park, Renowned for its excellent Masaai giraffe, lion and cheetah viewing. 
Visits:
Amboseli National Park, Masai Mara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Nairobi, Kenya
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Great Migration Safari

Rothschild Safaris
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 1,088 / day
$ 14,140
From : $ 16,120
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Nairobi
  • Visits to Amboseli National Park and Tarangire National Park
  • Experience Ngorongoro Crater, continue to the lush Ngorongoro Crater, home to 30,000 wild animals in a spectacular setting.
  • Enjoy your safari at Serengeti National Park, well known for the millions of wildebeest and zebra who migrate across the plains.
  • Enjoy a game drive through Lake Manyara National Park
  • Visit local markets and a Masai Village for an interactive cultural experience
Visits:
Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Masai Mara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Nairobi, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Kenya, Tanzania
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Tanzania Adventure Safari

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
Check price
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore the Serengeti National park
  • Experience the incredible views of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Visit Tarangire and Manyara National Parks, Manyara Ranch is home to a bountiful wildlife corridor
  • Explore Ngorongoro Crater
Visits:
Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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8-Day Luxventure Tanzania Safari: Mad, Bad & ...

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 858 / day
$ 6,865
From : $ 7,826
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Discover Tanzania
  • You'll visit Mt Kilimanjaro and massive Tarangire NP
  • See the beautiful Ngorongoro & Serengeti NP
  • Explore Arusha
  • Explore Tanzania's famous reserves, Lake Manyara National Park
Visits:
Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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7 Days-Kilimanjaro-Marangu Route

7 days
$ 240 / day
$ 1,680
From : $ 2,234
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior.
  • The chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut.
  • Fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.
Visits:
Arusha, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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Essence of Tanzania

Rothschild Safaris
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 1,005 / day
$ 9,045
From : $ 10,311
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Arusha
  • Drive to Serengeti National Park
  • Visit Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa’s finest game haunts that plays host to almost every individual wildlife species in East Africa
  • Visit a local Maasai village, where you get to learn about the tribe’s traditional, nomadic lifestyle and their coexistence with wildlife
  • Enjoy a game drive in the park before continuing to the Ngorongoro Highlands and your lodge
  • Experience walking safari is likely to take a few hours as you venture
Visits:
Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Masai Mara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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8 Days-Kilimanjaro-Machame Route

8 days
$ 233 / day
$ 1,860
From : $ 2,288
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy trekking, as you climb steadily and pass through magnificent, dense rainforest see breath takking views.
  • See Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance
  • Enjoy viewing the jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond which are breathtaking
  • Visit Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers
Visits:
Aarhus, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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10 Days Luxury Safari & Zanzibar Holiday

10 days
$ 528 / day
$ 5,280
From : $ 6,019
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore this crowd-free big game reserve on guided game drives and nature walks
  • Enjoy a thrilling night game drive after sundowners on scenic Sunset Hill.
  • See herds of elephant and buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe
  • Visiting Lake Manyara National Park
  • Enjoy horse riding
  • Enjoy a walking tour of The Manor’s estate or a spa treatment.
  • Enjoy an optional tour of the Bean-to-Cup Coffee Estate
Visits:
Aarhus, Lake Manyara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Top Mt. Kilimanjaro Experiences and Attractions

Top Mt. Kilimanjaro Experiences

Summiting  the tallest point  Africa is a never-to-be-forgotten thrill. Uhuru, the highest peak, is more than 19,000 feet above sea level.

Climbing one of seven Mount Kilimanjaro routes for the amazing views of the Tanzania plains below.

Surveying Furtwangler Glacier atop the mountain (before it recedes even further).

Catching glimpses of unique wildlife -- a true taste of Africa -- through five distinct eco-zones: rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glacier.

Witnessing never-to-be-forgotten sunrises and sunsets from an extinct volcano.

Taking advantage of the rare opportunity to see snow by the Equator.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro Trip Reviews

258 Mt. Kilimanjaro Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 198
Great 53
Average 4
Disappointing 0
Terrible 3
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Top notch First Class Safari services

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Myself and a family of 5 persons (6 in total). travel o Kenya for an adventure and I must admit wild race Africa Safaris delivered beyond our expectation.

From the time of trip inquiry to the last minute we were dropped back to the airport, Simon has been very helpful.
Very much prompt in his responses, very detailed, and flexible by all means.
The choices of lodges were excellent, good well maintained safari vehicles with excellent knowledgeable guides.

Phanuel our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
I would highly recommend Simon and the company anyone would want to experience Kenya Tanzania Safari with a touch of excellence from the local operators.

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Operator Wild Race Africa Safaris

A really wonderful safari break!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Thanks Zama Tours for arranging an incredible safari experience for us! We went on a great 5-day safari adventure. It was all well taken care of and we really enjoyed everything we saw and every minute of it. It has exceeded all our expectations!

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Operator Zama Tours & Safaris

Epic Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro & Sensational Safari.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our group of seven’s safari experience was nothing short of spectacular!
We cover Arusha, Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks as well as Ngorongoro Conservation Area over a 7 day period. A lot of ground to cover, but what an experience.
Not only did we see the Big 5 but we saw them in spades. We had fantastic looks at some of the large predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs; large grazing herds of wildebeests, gazelles, buffalo and antelopes as well as wallowing hippopotamus, lumbering elephants and stately giraffes.

Our guide worked hard and seemed to have a 6th sense in terms of locating wildlife. Not only were we very close to large herbivores, carnivores and birds but we viewed them in a setting where they seemed quite oblivious to us. They continued to hunt, graze, scavenge, dabble, court and even copulate in a stunning landscape. It was straight out of a National Geographic documentary.
Nothing seemed to escape our guide’s keen eye. He was an avid bird watcher and not only able to spot and identify the many spectacular bird species we saw, but speak to their natural history and behaviour as well. Same went for the mammals large and small, reptiles like Nile crocodiles, lizards and turtles/tortoises. His passion for wildlife was undeniable.

Our accommodation and meals during the safari/game drives were great. Three nights in a ‘bush camp’ in a spacious tent with 2 queen sized beds and a three piece bathroom was hardly roughing it. It was quite luxurious actually. Staff were welcoming, friendly and accommodating. A hot towel and cold drink on our arrival offered another touch of class.

Both our guide, Raymond and his brother Lawrence were shining examples of competent, caring and professional entrepreneurs with a small fledgling company. I highly recommend you consider them if you are looking for a safari trip of a lifetime. It was an epic trip for me that I will never forget!

Expect in Africa Safari also organized a 6 day climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m happy to report all 7 ladies in the group made the summit. Our success had everything to do with the care, support and professionalism of our guides, cook and porters. We climb the Marangu route and stayed in rustic “chalets”. Food was hot and plentiful and our cook dropped by every evening during dinner. Our guides actually sang songs to keep us motivated on the final climb to the summit. It was a total grind but we made it. A huge “Thank you” to our devoted entourage of 21 as well as Expect in Africa Safari organizers. Another trip of a lifetime that I can boost about for decades.

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Operator Expect In Africa Safari

Our Lifetime Experience!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

After we made the initial enquiry Peniel got in touch with us and fulfilled all our special wishes. All questions were fully and quickly answered via e-mail, and even when we arrived several hours early in Arusha, he managed to pick us up at the airport together with our driver-guide. We just sent a short message from Daressalam and he organized everything else.

We spent 7 days of wonderful safari on our own with Ray, our perfect driver and tour guide . The roads are sometimes very rough but with Ray we felt save all the time. The national parks we visited (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire) are really fantastic and Ray presented to us so many more animals than the big five
All the accommodation at the lodges was wonderful, good food and we particularly enjoyed the Sopa Lodges.

We have no hesitation in recommending this safari operator to other travelers.

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Operator Lights on Africa Safaris

Wonderful

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I arrived in South Africa expecting good things. I left with a whole new view of the country. It is more than wonderful places. It filled with amazing people, flora and fauna. Thanks for sharing it with me. The highlight (in addition to the great people) were the amazing animals in the wild.

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Operator REI Adventures

Saw the sunrise and close to animals, wonderful trip

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
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Successfully summiting at sunrise - seeing the sun come up from the rim of the crater and looking out at what we had accomplished was a very emotional moment. It was beautiful. Having the opportunity to be less than 2 meters from the elephant, the zebra, and the gnu (in the vehicle) - also wonderful.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro Tours and Travel Guide

Mt. Kilimanjaro Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro holds an almost mythical fascination for the adventurous traveler. This snowcapped peak near the Equator is the highest freestanding mountain in the world – yet can be summited without using technical climbing gear.

Towering over the vast African savannah below, it still presents challenges even for the very fit – including choosing the right guided trip to the top. Stride can act as your Mount Kilimanjaro trip planner, helping you reach the heights of adventure alive without the pitfalls, all based on your own comfort level.

Many Americans first heard about Mount Kilimanjaro through Ernest Hemingway’s famous short story, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” published in Esquire magazine in 1936. A 1952 film starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner further popularized the mountain by bringing The Snows of Kilimanjaro to the silver screen.

While Hemingway’s fearless spirit took him to Africa on his own, planning a Mount Kilimanjaro trek can be intimidating – there are a number of routes to choose from, for starters, each offering differing levels of difficulty and other advantages and disadvantages. Sorting these out is essential: while ascending to the peak is not as strenuous as some other mountains of its size, this is still a long trek even for those with extra lung capacity.

Native Guides

Fortunately, you can choose among a wide variety of trusted tour operators, who can provide you with a selection of itineraries, group sizes, and accommodation options, allowing you to keep the adventure alive without the worries. Tanzania mandates that a native guide escort travelers; your Tanzania tour operator will always take care of this requirement. Pick a “Stride Preferred” trip to ensure you get the best guides -- knowledgeable and friendly escorts who go along on the adventure.

Most guided tours of Mount Kilimanjaro take five to seven days to reach the summit, with stays in tents or mountain huts. The trails showcase a diverse landscape. Your trek begins as you leave the African savannah, then head into jungle, through cloud forest and into surprising hanging-moss forests before reaching a landscape reminiscent of high desert.

As you climb toward the peak, an even starker desert unfolds, and a glacier appears nearby. The latter is receding rapidly -- a third of the glacier has melted away in just the past quarter century -- so it’s advisable not to put off a Mount Kilimanjaro tour if you want to witness the striking natural wonder of ice near the Equator.

Add a Safari

But before you head off, let Stride act as your personal travel advisor, showcasing the Mount Kilimanjaro guided trips that will best meet your comfort levels. And while you’re here on the site, why not consider adding a Tanzania wildlife safari to your trip? The Serengeti plains, Ngorongoro Crater, and other wonderful wildlife parks aren’t far away.

While Hemingway was able to wring remarkable literature out of his Kilimanjaro experiences, you may well be rendered speechless as you trek. That’s OK. Take it all in. Ponder. Then ask your seasoned tour guides for suggestions on the best spots to nab those brag-worthy photos that will leave your friends envious. If they utter one word, it’s likely to be, “Wow!

Once you’ve booked your tour...

While Tanzania in general has a tropical climate, be sure to pack cold-weather gear for your Mount Kilimanjaro trek. You may be by the Equator, but it gets freezing up there!

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