We are an American couple, just graduated from University, who wanted to check Kili off our bucket list. Kili Heroes was great value for money and super personable beforehand, and we can't imagine a better experience on the mountain. We did the Machame Route, planning for 7 days but completing (with successful summits!) in six. Mweyni and Babuu were our guides, and Meya, Dixon, and the rest of the team made our hike a breeze.
Other hikers probably thought we were paying an arm and a leg because it was just the two of us, but we were easily paying half or a third of what the other hikers paid, with a similar or better experience. I am gluten-free and the team was amazing at accommodating and helping me out. We also decided to invest the extra $ in a private toilet, which sounds super stuck-up but was a lifesaver - we especially recommend it if you're coming near the end of the season, when the tourist toilets have seriously been feeling the wear and tear.
Kili Heroes always had their eyes on the prize - the summit - but also were super attentive to our health, giving us a fun but functional "exam" every night with a series of health questions and measures to make sure we were dealing well with the altitude. Whenever either of us struggled, emotionally or physically, our guides and porters were all over it, helpful but not invasive - exactly perfect.
Kili Heroes says they treat their clients like family and this is true - Mweyni and Babuu, as well as the whole team, felt like brothers by the end. This is also a great company because it's locally owned and embedded in the community in a wonderful way. This is a much better choice, in our opinion, than booking through an American company - often they just outsource to Tanzanian companies, taking thousands of dollars for the convenience.
Kili Heroes is a local, lovely, relatively inexpensive, amazing way to experience Kilimanjaro. Thank you so much to the whole team for making our time on the mountain perfect!
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