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“Climbing Kilimanjaro”
Review of Origin Trails

Origin Trails
Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

Aside from a few communication delays (which will hopefully now be resolved as someone has been hired for the office) we had a great experience climbing with Origin Trails.

The trek was organised, safe and professional. Ema is really knowledgeable and fills you with confidence in his abilities as a guide. Unfortunately he was with another group but our guides were also very good. The rest of the crew was also very friendly and the chef prepared tasty meals.

The tents and sleeping bags were excellent (we had asked to see one sleeping bag at the briefing and were initially given a 0 comfort sleeping bag. We didn't feel this would be warm enough and the guides did an excellent job of finding -8 comfort bags, which were warm enough).

The trek was fairly priced, especially in light of the huge park fees and large crew needed to make the trip happen.

We really enjoyed the Machame route and felt that 6 days was a good amount of time for us having done quite a lot of hiking. Days were short (4-5 hours) but we had sufficient time to acclimatise.

Overall, it was an unforgettable few days.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

In January Ema helped plan and execute a trip with 20 colleges students and two staff. The trip included time in Moshi, climbing Mt. Meru, a cross country bike trip, and a safari. Every detail was planned to perfecting. Ema’s understanding of his clients needs is second to none. His ability to think ahead and plan accordingly is superb. Everyone on the origin trails team is first class and makes all the guest feel special. I felt our group learned as much from the team as they did from all of the events!

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Curt M
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Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

The previous reviews say it all!! Personalized and professional, outstanding, amazing!

I had an incredible holiday in Tanzania thanks to Emanuel Motto who helped me to accomplish a long time dream of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, and swim with dolphins off the coast of Zanzibar.

Many, many thanks to Emanuel and his team at Origin Trails Tanzania who made all this possible. Emanuel took such good care of us from start to finish, even delivering on our quirky requests like getting fried chicken and champagne once we were off the mountain.

Our guides, Good Luck and Barack, were outstanding and got us safely up and down the mountain while keeping us laughing the whole way. And our wonderful guide Richard, who got us seamlessly throughout the country on safari, making sure we were always happy and our cooler was always filled with water and beer.

We loved every minute of our adventure and highly recommend Emanuel to anyone thinking of traveling to Tanzania.

And lastly, we didn't have the chance to participate just yet but his bike safaris sound amazing!

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Jacqui C
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Reviewed July 24, 2017

After tons of searching for a company to help us with our trek to Kilimanjaro we went with Origin Trails, and they were fantastic. We wanted to do a private trek (instead of being lumped in with a large group of random people like many of the other companies) and they gave us a fair price which included accommodations before and after the trek, all of our meals, transportation and guides, porters etc. We also chose them because they fairly treat and compensate the porters which was important to us. I was so impressed with how professional the staff were both during the planning of our trip and when we arrived. They were organised and accommodating, and very responsive to all of our inquiries throughout our trip.

We also decided to add on a safari during our planning phase based on how positive our email exchanges were with the director, Emanuel. He quickly arranged a 3 day safari with us with accommodations and meals. Again, this experience was phenomenal.

I highly recommend this company. I am already looking forward to planning our next trip to hopefully try out the biking experience!

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank 371bethanyr
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Reviewed April 5, 2017

I know what you're thinking..."How the heck do I figure out which company to pick for my guided trip to Tanzania?"

Well, it's actually fairly simple. Pick Origin Trails and everything will fall into place perfectly!

Our favorite part about Origin Trails is that it's run by Emmanuel Motta, a local with a passion for the outdoors, knowledge equivalent to a 1,000 yr old man, and the devotion of an olympic athlete.

We appreciate his openness to personalize trip itineraries and all his equipment and vehicles are in great shape.

You won't be disappointed.

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank weissmanm
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