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About Joy Climbers Expedition
Joy Climbers was established by Jacob Tata to provide clients with the best experience on Mount Kilimanjaro. Born in Tanzania, Joy Climbers staff has worked tirelessly to create the best experience for clients around the world. Joy Climbers is an elite local company that provides the most knowledge and best experience for clients who want to climb Kilimanjaro and Safari the Serengeti! We are excited to join forces with Waterboys.Org (The Chris Long Foundation) to bring water to millions in East Africa. Joy Climbers will be donating proceeds of its trips to this great organization. Join us in bringing drinkable water to those in need!
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Experience what it takes to climb Kilimanjaro on this one day tour. You will have excellent views of Africa's highest peak. Joy Climbers is a local company that offers the best local knowledge and experience for clients. In 2019, Joy Climbers awarded the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
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Amanda wrote a review Mar 2020
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I did the 7 Day Machame Trek and 4 Day Safari with Joy Climbers. The staff was great and very hard working. The food is more than you can ask for and kept us well fueled. Everyday the porters would pass us up and setup our camps. The journey was tough but not impossible. With the positivity of Joy Climbers guides and staff they really helped to push us to the summit. Summit day was definitely hard but make sure you train and prepare for the long hiking night and day. It was definitely exhausting. 4 day safari was great as we were able to see the big 5 game animals. Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti were great animal habitats and truly amazing. Joy Climbers staff was great and it was nice to support the local people. They attended to all of our needs and the trip was as described. Thank you to Neema and Godwin for they took care of all the details. High recommend Joy Climbers when climbing Kili or if you want to go on a Safari!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Niko K wrote a review Mar 2020
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JoyClimbers made traveling up Kilimanjaro a safe and enjoyable experience. Francis is a fun guide who is very engaging and also happy to take you on an insider tour of Arusha after the trek. We did the 7 day Machame trek and felt safe the entire time. The three guides made sure everyone was safe getting down which is surprisingly hard to do! I would def ask for Francis and Florence as well as Akshey if you’re going to go. The food was amazing and you were never left hungry. The porters are impressive as well and help to ensure your safety and make sure you have a wonderful experience. Kilimanjaro is hard but definitely requires a knowledgeable crew. They convinced me that trekking poles are important and were definitely right about that. They check your O2 sat. They are vigilant about any slips and falls and rushed to my aid when this happened (fortunately this didn’t ruin my trip and was secondary to my clumsiness). When one of my co-trekkers had some early signs of HACE at the top he was descended quickly by one of the crew members and was safe. Additionally, they made sure we were able to get to the top by having some of the porters bring our bags on what was the hardest of the days. I cannot imagine there is a better group to go with. It is well priced, comfortable and with knowledgeable talented crew and I’m so happy I was with that team of porters, cook and guides. Definitely pick joy climbers for your trip!!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Responded Mar 23, 2020
Thank you so much for the review! It was great having you and your group on the epic journey. I am glad you recognize our priority regarding safety as our goal is to have clients reach the summit. We agree for provide affordable pricing and we do have good hard working staff. We appreciate you climbing with us and hope to have you back in Tanzania!! Best Regards!
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Dan R wrote a review Mar 2020
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Joy Climbers Expedition (JCE) is a phenomenal tour operator for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. We (5 people) contracted with JCE for the 7 day Machame route in February and we couldn't have made a better choice! JCE made such an unforgettable experience by focusing on (1) safety, (2) success, and (3) fun. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not without risks. Altitude sickness is a real issue and prevents many climbers from reaching the summit (just google route success rates). If you are going to spend all that time and money to get to Kilimanjaro, it makes sense to maximize your chances of summiting. JCE takes several steps to both anticipate and meet the high altitude challenge. First, JCE recommends training programs for cardiovascular fitness and high altitude exposure. Second, JCE performed twice daily health checks for symptoms, oxygen saturation (don't worry it's completely noninvasive) and makes sure you are taking your altitude medication. Third, JCE always made sure guides were with us at all times; they know the mountain better than you ever well and kept on eye on us. I know maybe some of this sounds like, of course I would expect any outfit to do these things, but take it from a group of doctors (3/5) that the systematic and complete way JCE goes about safety is extremely important and the sign of a professional and well thought out organization. It may sound corny when JCE says it but really "safety is #1." To further emphasize this point, when 2/5 of our climbers experienced acute altitude sickness at the summit, they were whisked down by guides immediately. JCE made sure to maximize our climbing success. They helped us with packing strategies, clothing selection, and pacing. When members of our group looked fatigued, they even carried our day packs. I would recommend training harder than we did, but it's good to know this is an option. During summit night, guides even carried our packs. Our guides told us that by day two the knew every one of us had the potential to summit and they were right! JCE were fun, supportive, and available guides as well. They made sure we were as comfortable as possible--serving us coffee or tea IN OUR TENTS in the morning, preparing pretty excellent camping food, and even pointing out interesting flora and fauna as we ascended. I cannot imagine anything I would change to make the trip better. I want to specifically thank guides Florence and Frances for an exceptional trip. All members of JCE went above and beyond to give us the best experience possible. Additionally, given the extremely competitive pricing for JCE, I would give them my highest possible recommendation and advise anyone who is hiking Kilimanjaro to go with Joy Climbers! Good luck!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from JoyClimbers, Owner at Joy Climbers Expedition
Responded Mar 9, 2020
Thank you so much for the kind review Dan! It was great having you and your group on Kilimanjaro! We are glad to know that you had a great trip and that you recognize the hard work of staff. Yes, we would definitely agree that safety, success, and fun our the priorities! We appreciate the recommendation and we welcome you back at any time. Thanks again! Best Regards, Godwin
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daveshartman wrote a review Mar 2020
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Amazing 7 days trip up the Machame route with a group of 5 of us. From when first met them in Arusha, their professionalism and focus on our safety and making the summit was very apparent and appreciated. They even carried our day packs during the summit to make sure everyone summitted (which we did). This was just one instance of many where our guides helped us out above and beyond the mountain standard. Also, the meals were great and we learned a great deal during the voyage from the guides who were also a pleasure to talk to and become friends with. A huge thanks to our guides Francis, Aclae and Florence. Our whole crew of porters (especially Isaac and Fate who carried my girlfriend down 1,500m from the summit when she was light headed). In short, I would recommend this tour to any friends and family looking to do this trip. Everyone was fun but professional, relaxed but very safe.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from JoyClimbers, Owner at Joy Climbers Expedition
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Thank you for the review! We appreciate that you recognize the professionalism and hard work of our staff. We truly appreciate the recommendation and we enjoyed having all of you on the epic journey. We strive to provide a safe and memorable experience. We hope to have you back soon! Best Regards! Godwin
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Nikhil S wrote a review Feb 2020
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Joy climbers did a FANTASTIC job with my group of 5 up the Machame route. The entire experience was carefully structured to maximize our chances of successful ascent. For instance, on summit day the chief guide (Florence) arranged for two porters, and the three guides, to carry all of our backpacks on the ascent. I credit my successful ascent in large part to this (and also to the acetazolamide). You are well-fed the entirety of the hike (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks/tea) and while I brought protein bars with me, they weren't necessary. It also seems that safety is their chief concern while you are on the mountain-- they check your oxygen saturation daily; they're careful with any signs or symptoms of mountain sickness like headache or intractable coughing; they're hyper-vigilant regarding falls/injuries. When one of my friends slipped hiking up the mountain and struck his elbow all three guides sprinted to him and were visibly very concerned. When another friend slipped, a guide was there to actually physically catch him before he fell. Super impressive. Descending down the mountain on summit day is particularly difficult and my guide took my arm and one of the walking poles and we struggled as a unit back to camp. The three guides stratified out during each hike, with one to two of them going with the faster members of the group and one to two staying with the others. They also push you to keep going and climbing, but in a very friendly and positive way. I felt supported the entire way. Joy also went above and beyond what was expected on the last few days of the trip. One of our three guides, Francis, took us into Arusha the evening we returned from the hike and ordered nyama choma with beer and konyagi in the heart of the city. It was DELICIOUS (and extremely affordable!!) Honesty, no way we would have figured out how to do that without him, though we might have eventually figured it out for tourist prices. He also kept communicating with us on our whatsapp during the last few days of our stay in Tanzania, took us to a snake park and then camel riding. He made sure that our rides back to the airport were arranged (this is also provided through Joy climbers) and told us to call him immediately if there were delays/issues getting to the airport. One of my other friends hiked with Joy a few months ago and wanted to buy a kanga, but there was nothing in her size, so Francis apparently took it upon himself to have one sewn for her, and gave it to us to give to her when we returned to the USA. Honestly, these guys are phenomenal. Just go with them, you won't regret it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from JoyClimbers, Owner at Joy Climbers Expedition
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Thank you so much for the kind review Nikhil! It was great having all of you on the ultimate adventure and we are so glad you recognize the hard work of the staff. We appreciate you allowing Joy Climbers to help you summit Kili and we enjoyed meeting all of you! We agree as we have great staff (Frances) as they are always going the extra mile and working hard to make a great trip. We thank you for joining us and we hope to have you back soon! All the best! Godwin
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