3 independent reviews for Climb Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route

Reviews for Climb Kilimanjaro, Rongai Route

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review 7 Apr 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro! Absolutely awesome, it is one massive challenge but worth every step!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you take it seriously! Several people had not done adequate fitness training ie hillwalking, running, endurance training. Yes it is a walkable mountain but when you consider altitude, cold, camping and long days, you need to be fit. DRINK LOTS OF WATER at least 3 - 4 litres a day! Layers, layers, layers YOU will be cold, hot, cold, hot make sure you have the right gear.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Local people do benefit by tourists coming to climb Kili, jobs are created but competition is fierce, they also rely on our generosity to supplement there income. It is important to book with a company that values, appreciates and pays well and follows appropriate guidelines to ensure the welfare of porters. Every effort is made not to impact on the environment, eg educating tourists to take all rubbish off the mountain and the use of chemical toilets at camp sites.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An amazing experience, as I celebrated my 50th birthday at the summit with Hashim, the guide that supported me throughout the summit night, ensuring my safety. I have some brilliant photographs and met some lovely people!

review 26 Oct 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Reaching Uhuru Peak. This was most memorable.

review 14 Sep 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Reaching the Uhuru peak on Kilimanjaro, although utterly exhausted at the time.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Need to be fit. Come prepared for all conditions - heat, cold, altitude, dust.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, tourism is clearly an important aspect of local economy. In that sense it appeared to be a win/ win situation. I wonder at the longer term erosive effect of thousands of people trekking up the dusty crater sides. I am not sure what could be done about this.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. It was difficult to foresee exactly how things would be, but in general it was an enjoyable challenge and very rewarding in meeting other like minded people as well as the kind and hard working porters and guides.

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