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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2016
Which trekking company to use for Kili climb?  (4 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I am starting to plan my Kili trek and safari as part of my honeymoon for Sept 2016. The trek has always been a dream of mine to do and thought what better time, right?!

But after a week of research, I am feeling very discouraged and confused. There are numerous trekking companies on line that offer the same treks which has been challenging for me to narrow down as I don't know of anyone who has done the trek before. I understand how important it is to go with a good guide as it will increase my chances to summit. Also, I was surprised to find out how much the trek costs! yikes!

Does anyone have any companies they would recommend?

I welcome any suggestion and appreciate your time, thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2013
E-Trip Africa  (10 Answers)

Does anyone know about a company called E-Trip Africa. They have given us very reasonable rate for Lemosho 9 day trek. They have been very good about responding to our questions. I only found a few reviews about them on Trip Advisor and a few other sites. All the reviews where quite good. But I am thinking that it is more safe to book with an American Company. Atleast, then if something goes wrong I can use the system to try to get my money back.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2012
Break in boots & which kind?  (2 Answers)

I have a big climb I've just been able to book, but need advice on buying and breaking in boots.

Last time I went to high altitude, I had a pair of reliable four seasons I'd been using on the smaller climbs and snow stuff. They were about two years old, in great shape, but really used to my feet.

Anyway- The guy at the retail place says that, even gearing up for a big climb, I can afford to wait up to two weeks before setting out, and still buy and break in new boots. This seems like cutting it close to me, but I've never had to do it before. I might buy new boots two weeks before a little climb, but I've got a six day trip planned, including high altitude. I need my boots to work, especially if I have to take out a small mortgage to get them.

So, is two weeks long enough to break in heavy boots before an unusually big climb for me?

Also, looking for advice on a lighter weight but sturdy four seasons boot. My Mammuts have been with me on every big excursion. I've loved them, but they were really heavy... feel like I'm lifting boulders with every step after about hour ten... Anyone recommend a good women's boot that's a bit lighter weight for the sturdyness?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2012
Lemosho Route 2012  (1 Answer)

Hi all I just looking at some info on this route an about the climb really? I am going on my own but with action challenge, If there is anyone tht has ever done this route who I cud get in contact with to find out any little things tht wud help. And wot is poli poli? Thanks all.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2012
help please  (3 Answers)

hi friends,
i have a plan to climb Kilimanjaro mountain, up to this time and someone advised me to use Keys Hotels and Tours. may any one tell me about its service quality please? or any alternative I can choose?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2011
charity events up kilimanjaro???  (1 Answer)

hi everyone.

Does anybody know of any charity teams that do climbs up the umbre route of kilimanjaro. Really struggling to find somewere.

Please get back to me with any info.

Great Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2011
Kilimanjaro climb with Akaro tours  (2 Answers)

Anyone has any recent experience with Akaro tours?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2010
Partner/Company needed  (10 Answers)

Hi,I intend climbing K'jaro in end December,and hope to see the first sunrise of 2011 from the summit of Uhuru Peak!I don't mind going via any route.Preferably 7days(but not very rigid).Just for others to gauge me(as trek partners),Im 40 and have been till K2 Base Camp(Karakorams,Pakistan) and crossed the Gondogoro La(Karakorams..18400feet).Basically from Pakistan,Im presently in Sudan.Thanx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2010
Visa on Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)  (3 Answers)

Anyone with recent experience in getting Visa on Arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport? Not in favor of mailing my passport to the embassy in my country so looking to get the visa upon arrival.

Any tips or things to keep in mind upon arrival? Is it a long process? Our flight lands around 8:30 PM. TIA.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2009
Anyone Familiar with Team Kilimanjaro


I am considerong booking a trek on Kilimanjaro with a company called Team Kilimanjaro? Is anyone familira with them, used them, can comment on their safety, knowledge, experience and quality of treks?

Any advice is helpful and appreciated.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 09, 2009
Your advice on Kili and rest of Tanzania Itinerary for July 2010  (3 Answers)

Hello VTers with Tanazania experience,

It has been a long and difficult journey to come up with a realistic itinerary to Tanzania for July 2010. I have come up with the following itinerary through consultations, but now turn to you for help on any suggestions, amendments, kudos, etc. you may have. ANYTHING!

Here is the masterpiece...what do you all think?

Day 1: 30th June: Dar es Salaam Arrival
Arrive 8:10pm. Transfer to hotel after evening airport arrival.
Overnight at the Movenpick Palm Royal hotel.
Day 2: 1st July: Dar es Salaam – Arusha,
Pick up at the Movenpick Palm Royal for airport transfer. Morning flight with Precision Air to Arusha Airport. Upon arrival transfer to Arumeru River Lodge. Climb briefing and gear check with Kilimanjaro guide. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner.
Day3: 2nd July Arusha National Park.
Leave after breakfast to ANAPA. This tour will give me time to recuperate from my international flight. Moreover, by adding this day, it will give you time to find me and you extra gears if needed or incase of any luggage delays.

Day 4: 3rd July: Arusha – Londorossi Gate – Big Tree/Forest Camp (10,000ft)
In the morning drive from hotel to Londorossi Gate and after registration drive to the dropping off point for Lemosho to meet porters and begin the trek to the Big Tree (Forest) Camp. Overnight stay in tents throughout the climb (Tents must include; sleeping bags and sleeping pads/Thermarests). Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner included all days
Day 5: 4th July: Shira 1 Camp (up to 11500ft- descend to 1100ft)
Day 6: 5th July: Moir Camp (13200ft )
Day 7: 6th July: Lava Tower camp (14500ft)
Day 8: 7th July: Lava Tower Extra day ( Acclimatization day)
Day 9: 8th July: Arrow Glacier Camp (16000ft)
Day 10: 9th July: Crater Camp (18500ft)
Day 11: 10th July: Summit in the morning, overnight Mweka hut (10000 ft).
Day 12: 11th July: Depart early morning to Mweka gate. Lunch at the gate. After signing out, drive for about 2.5 hours to Arusha, and then drive to Bougainvillea lodge in Karatu.

Day 13: 12th July: Lake Eyasi Hadzabe tour.
With an early start on this day, drive to Lake Eyasi. There visit the tribe while accompanied by a Hadzabe liaison Guide together with my own driver Guide. Participate in activities with Hadzabe tribe. Driver guide will help interpret for me what the tribe guide will be talking about. Later drive back to Bougainvillea lodge. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 14: 13th July: Ngorongoro Crater
Early morning departure for game drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Spend the day exploring Crater. Hopefully see the rhino, as well as many other animals. In the evening, visit the Maasai boma and learn about this tribe. Overnight Bougainvillea Lodge again. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 15: 14th July: Serengeti National Park
En route to Serengeti after breakfast. This should be a full day game drive. However, on the way to Serengeti, stop at Oldupai archeological site. The plan is to get to central- north Serengeti, Seronera area. I understand that July is not a migration season, but seronera area should be rich with wildlife and if it rains, there is a big chance that I will be able to see the beginning of wildlife migration moving in from the north. ( Masai Mara area). Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Mbuzi Mawe tented camp, or any similar lodges should be used. Please select a good accommodation that is not too expensive. I know choices are limited but I am looking for good value and good location. Overnight. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 16: 15th July: Serengeti National Park:
Full day game drive in the Serengeti, in search of animals as well as the migration. Seronera Wildlife Lodge or Mbuzi tented camp or any similar. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 17: 16th July: Serengeti National Park
This will be another full day game drive. Overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Or Serena lodge or Mbuzi Mawe tented camp, Located in the central Serengeti. The lodge should be close to Seronera Air strip. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 18: 17th July: Fly Serengeti-Arusha-Zanzibar.
Fly from Serengeti to Zanzibar. After arriving at Zanzibar Airport transfer to the Tembo Hotel in Stone Town.
Overnight stay at Tembo Hotel. Breakfast only.

Day 19: 18th July: Stone Town
Spice tour as well as tour of historical Stone Town. Overnight stay at Tembo Hotel. Breakfast only

Day 20: 19th July: Stone Town – Fly to Dar es Salaam – Depart for USA
Transfer to the Zanzibar Airport for flight to Dar es Salaam and then evening international flight home. In the morning of this day arrange a guided trip to Jozani for me in the morning and take an afternoon flight back to Dar. Fly back to USA from Dar at 9:20pm.

Any comments? Any? Thanks so much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2009
Kilimanjaro Climb -- Western Breach vs Shira/Lemosho Route  (3 Answers)

Hello VTers,

I'd like to hear from folks who have already climbed the Western Breach or the Shira/Lemosho Route because I am in a dilemma about which route to use because of all the contradictory information out there.

I know the bad rap that the Western Breach got because of the 3 Americans who were killed 3 years ago as well as the rock slippage that has happened recently.

However, the Western Breach acclimatization process on a daily basis seems to be more practical than the Shira Lemosho route, and the final ascent seems to be less daunting than the Shira/Lemosho route and the Western Breach seem sto be really amazing in terms of views and finally, the distances you walk each day on the Western Breach route are much less than the Shira/Lemoshor route.

On the other hand, the Western Breach may require more rock scrambling than the Shira/Lemosho and may have more risk involved due to rock slippage.

So, any suggestions on which route to take.

Things to consider: I am NOT a professional climber, hiker or trekker. I have been to Peru, Bolivia and Tibet before with minimal altitude sickness issues. I am not a sporty guy, do not really work out, but am not overweight (average build) and have good energy for what I want to do.

I am really in a dilemma because each company poo-poos the Western breach route here in USA, but many other companies say there is a higher success rate tha the Shira/Lemosho route because of better acclimitization process (not major asecnts any day.

Any suggestions?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2009
Family Holiday Africa  (3 Answers)

Hi all. I am taking my wife and two daughters to Tanzania and then to Moshi to visit some schools. This however will only take a day or two adn we would like to spend another 3 days on a Safari or the like. As I have my family Id like to organise a responsible guide to collect us from the aiport, help us during our time there, book lodgings etc and then return us to the airport.

Can anyone suggest a reliable source for this type of service.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2009
Trek to Kilimanjaro with Marangu Hotel  (3 Answers)

can someone tell if the services that the marangu hotel provide for the trek to the Kili are good ? we will we taking the marangu route, any recommendation ? can you recommend some other agencies ?
many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 02, 2007
Climbing Kilimanjaro  (1 Answer)


On september 5th my collegue and I are going to Afrika for klimbing the Kilimanjaro. My collegue became sick so we are not shore that he will be able to go.

So I want to get to know some people who also start the climb on september 6th on the Machame-route.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2006
Waterproof Boots?  (2 Answers)

I gather that the first part of a Kili trek can be pretty wet, muddy etc so I've been going for gore-tex lined boots for my climb planned for mid October.

Problem is the first set I bought weren't all that waterproof ($200). I walked for a few minutes along the beach and got wet from water seeping through the gusseted tongue. I returned those boots and got a different manufacturer's gore-tex boots ($185) but encountered the same problem. Water seeped through the gusseted tongue when I let some water from a garden hose run on the boot for about a minute. I considered getting some kind of seam sealer for the tongue but the mountain equipment store I bought the boots at said this was a bad idea.

I'm thinking waterproof should mean waterproof... am I being naive here or do they all leak?

Second question... are waterproof boots actually essential, nice to have, or not really needed in the first place? I will also be using gaiters that go almost to my knees... the kind that clip to the laces and fasten underneath the boot with a strap.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2005
Visa  (9 Answers)

Will I need a visa to travel to Kilimanjaro from the UK with a British passport? There doesn't seem to be any metion of it on the trek sales websites, so I wanted to check...just in case I missed the small print.


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