It is impossible to put in to words the incredible experience we had climbing Kili, Lemosho Route, with Kilimanjaro Economy Safari. The guides, Hadji and Mariki, were amazing…helpful, friendly, encouraging, professional, adapting to our needs and pace. They really kept us going. Hadji’s experience on the mountain made us feel safe. Mariki was the assistant guide and got me to Uhuru peak. He felt like a brother. However, the entire mountain crew was amazing…fun to be with and they served and helped us beyond our wildest expectations. They were always looking to help and encourage us in any way they could, always with a smile. It was an exhilarating experience and we couldn’t have done it without the entire team.
The food was fantastic. Who would have thought that you could have such incredible meals at 14k feet. We had delicious food every day and we looked forward to our fresh soup every night (we still talk about the best soup ever). Though at times we had little appetite due to the elevation, Kenny kept encouraging us to get the necessary calories with a smile and friendly word.
We had planned to do the Lemosho route over 8 days but did it in 7. We loved the route. The monkeys and incredible diversity in terrain and vegetation were stunning. The stars at night were indescribable..and the sunrise on summit morning was…well you have to experience it. It was only my wife and me wit the mountain team, which allowed us to go at our own pace. We are just average 55 year olds, in decent shape but not marathoners. It was definitely a challenge but very doable.
Kili Economy was great all the way through. There are so many tour options and I explored dozens before choosing. I am very glad we landed with Kili Economy. Edward was always quick to respond to questions, professional and friendly, one of the big influences in deciding to go with this tour company. The value for the money was amazing. We felt like we were part of the Kili Economy family. The base camp they provided for accommodation was very basic (simple, no wifi and 10 minutes from town) but safe and clean. We decided to get a hotel room in town the night we arrived back, simply to spoil ourselves after an exhilarating but exhausting week.
Following the trek up Kili, we did a 5 day safari with them to the four major parks in northern Tanzania. It was nice to have a seamless transition from the trek to the safari. The accommodations they chose for the safari were some of the best and most unique we’ve stayed at anywhere and added to the beauty of the safari tour.
We are very thankful for the Kili Economy team. It was an experience we will never forget. I think you would be hard pressed to find a tour with a better combination of professionalism, friendliness, service and value for your money, I would definitely recommend them.