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Deb Matbagan–US

Deb Matbagan–US

This was my first time in Africa, and it was one of the best trips, ever! I am a solo female traveler. I travel quite a bit, and I like climbing mountains! Due to the nature of my job, I make last minute travel plans at times. What I liked about ClimbKili is their flexibility. You can schedule your start date any day. They don’t require a minimum number to operate. Whether there is a group or you are alone, they will accommodate you. They are quick to respond. After a trip is confirmed, you will receive a kit that include a very informative book, it contains almost everything you needed to know. I suggest going over the book prior to the trip. I did the 8 days Lemosho route and added a 2-day Safari. It just so happened that on the dates that I chose, I was the only client on both tours. It was a private tour at a very reasonable price! I had the best time! It would have been perfect if I did the 3-day Safari to include the Serengeti National Park which is a must see in Tanzania. I strongly suggest at least the 3-day Safari.
I climbed with a team of seven. They were all very nice and friendly. I was constantly checked if I was ok. They also helped me carry my day pack on summit night which I greatly appreciate. The weather was very challenging at that time, strong winds and below zero temperature, I couldn’t have made it to the summit without their encouragement and support. They were very happy that I made it, and that they were a part of it. I felt safe the whole time. I work in health care, and I can tell that they are knowledgeable and know what they are doing. I admired my climbing team – Meckson, Valerian, Fabian, Shedrack, Michael, Edward, and Chabban. We sang the Kilimanjaro song as we “pole pole” on the way up.
Victor was my driver/guide during the 2-day Safari, also a nice guy, and knowledgeable. I had the whole back of the truck by myself! I got to see what they call the big 5’s. I had a wonderful time! And oh, food and accommodation were way more than I expected!
ClimKili have excellent vehicles! Accommodation in Arusha was also the best, the staff are wonderful and made sure that I was comfortable, it felt like home. Sia was the coordinator, she made sure that I maximized my stay in Arusha. Everything exceeded my expectations! All in all, I had a wonderful experience, I can go on and on talking about how satisfied I was. I’d be more than happy to tell you more about my trip if that helps– debmatbagan@yahoo.com