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Candice Matthee–US

Candice Matthee–US

Where does one begin to describe the trip of a lifetime? ClimbKili and Summit Safari Lodge have exceeded all expectations. From the warm welcome to the genuine sincerity – up and down Kilimanjaro – this was a bittersweet goodbye… or rather, a great reason to return. Our head guide, James, was incredibly knowledgeable having summited over 350 times. He runs such a tight ship and has selected the best team to accompany him to further success. Without him this experience would never have been so flawless! James appointed two assistant guides, Kennedy and Jackson, who were both absolute gems! Kennedy was ever so patient and softspoken yet encouraging and motivating. I thoroughly enjoyed our treks and talks. Jackson provided the humor and energy. His positivity and extra push as well as lending his cooking abilities in a pinch, completed our guide team. Our stomach engineer, Douglas, was a miracle worker. I thought I would lose weight on a trip like this. On the contrary. His soups and meals were consistently appetising and exactly what we required to get through each day. China, our waiter, was a godsend waking us up each morning with coffee and ensuring all our dining needs were met. Like the rest of the team, he went beyond his role and assisted when our team needed an extra hand. With the hopes of not forgetting anyone, Manwell – our sanitary (and sanity) provider and the crew whose strength, encouragement and endurance are the only reasons anyone successfully summits. Thank you ClimbKili! – Candice, USA