2 independent reviews for Kilimanjaro Shira Route climb

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review 7 Jul 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The day we reached Uhuru Peak. What an unforgettable experience!!!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Very warm clothes, water bottle to put in your sleeping bag at night, and very very warm gloves! Try finding a way to insulate your Camel Bak for the summit day, otherwise you might not be able to drink water for a long time!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic!

review 24 Aug 2006

Kurt Enjoying a Fine Cuban Cigar at the PeakJust got back from Mt. Kilimanjaro with my son (we both made it to the peak) and the experience exceeded my expectations in every regard. It was better than I had hoped for and I want to thank you very much for all the assistance, hand holding, and help before the trip. I had never done anything like this, but I can't wait to try it again. I'm thinking maybe Machu Picchu, or some other South American destination. I look forward to more great experiences in the future, and look back to a phenomenal trip that will always be one of the highpoints of my life, and I'm sure my son's life. Thank you very much.

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Sunrise at Stella PointThe most memorable part of the climb was probably the feeling of accomplishment when reaching the peak. I felt like I could accomplish anything in life now that I had made this trek successfully.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Tips - Find someone who has climbed the mountain using the same route and ask them for advice, don't over-pack, and if you use responsible travel / this operator then RELAX - because you are in good hands!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Climbing Lent HillThe local people definitely benefitted. This is a third world country and the people are very poor by our standards. The money the porters and guides make, and the tips (be generous!) are a very good living compared to many of the alternatives they might otherwise face. I chose this operator and Responsible Travel precisely for the reason of the environment and the way they look at things. "Leave only footprints and Take only pictures" is more than a slogan. We not only picked up after ourselves, but we picked up other trash that we saw along the way - and there was surprisingly little - in general it is a very clean mountain.

4. Any other comments?

I am reborn! Definitely one of the best holidays I have ever been on. My daughter wants to go now and so I will probably be going again when she graduates from college in 2008 - I'll try to get me wife and other son to go also!

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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