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While we haven't traveled with all of these outfitters many of you have. Feel free to add your comments and feedback about your own experiences with these folks. If you'd like to recommend an outfitter we should add, let us know.
Phil traveled with Absolute Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route and loved them. He particularly like their great advice as well as the local guides and porters. I love that their website starts with 9 day climbs up most routes vs. others who try to rush clients up the mountain and they suffer from altitude sickness. [...]
Adventures Within Reach are US-based adventure specialists. They have a full staff of certified travel experts in Tanzania, Ecuador, and South Africa through Travel Agent University. Their local guides are all bi-lingual, licensed, trained, and with years of experience. They are not the most expensive or the cheapest, but they’ve been recognized as one of [...]
The African Walking Company is a Tanzanian-based outfitter with a good reputation. But you will have trouble booking with them directly. Most likely you’ll end up booking with one of our international agents like Peak Planet.
Alpine Ascents are US-based professional mountain guides. They offer mountaineering training and expert advice to ascend Kilimanjaro as well as all of the 7-Summits. Their mountaineering school and certified guides have earned them a listing on the National Geographic Travel Magazine’s best travel companies list.
ClimbKili.com not only has an impressive list of past clients and groups, they have an impressive focus on safety and a number of accreditations to back it up. It’s impressive to see an organization that only offers safe climbs, a 7-day Machame and an 8-day Lemosho. No fast, 5-day Marangu route here. They claim to [...]
East African Outdoor Adventures is a small company based in Arusha, Tanzania. The company was started by guide Kapanya Kitaba and American Terry Richter. They were recommended to us by a former client who had nothing but great things to say about them. As a smaller company, East African Outdoor Adventures is focused on offering [...]
Kili WorldBorn Safaris is a locally owned company based in Moshi Tanzania. They offer customized group climbs, safaris and even trips to Zanzibar. Fares, the owner, has been a mountain guide for 20 years and climbed Kilimanjaro and other African peaks extensively. I haven’t spoken with anyone who has climbed with Kili WorldBorn yet. But [...]
Molly reached out to us to recommend Maasai Wanderings. She liked them because “They are a local mid-range company that prioritizes safety (for both the hiker and their staff) and quality experience. They also actively supporting local community development projects. Their website stresses their focus on cultural support and a number of community projects. They [...]
National Geographic Expeditions, what can we say. While they’re not cheap, they are impressive. You have the opportunity to travel one of the most beautiful place in the world with a wildlife biologists, naturalists or photographer, getting the inside scope from a real expert.
Debra Bouwer turned a life-changing Kilimanjaro climb into a global business called Nomadic Adventures. Now she wants to offer every climber that same chance for an amazing adventure. To make it happen Nomadic Adventures works with local guides who know the conditions, customs and culture and most importantly, the mountains and land that they spend [...]
Original Trails specializes in unique adventures with a focus on community based tourism. Their core philosophy is giving back on all their trips by visiting a project to support. They do Kilimanjaro treks up the Rongai route as well as Zanzibar “spice” island exploring, historical tours and beach breaks. They include cultural experiences like trekking [...]
A reader suggested Ramon Stoppelenburg’s Expedition Kilimanjaro. One reviewer wrote. “When I looked around during the 7-day climb I noticed my group had one of the most enthusiastic and caring guides of all. I learned a lot about nature and the way of life in Tanzania.” I don’t know Ramon personally, but I really [...]
REI is pretty famous for their awesome stores around the country but they also do trips. I haven’t been with them yet, but how could anything they do really go wrong. They do use a local outfitter, subcontracting out much of the service. But with REI’s guarantee it’s worth taking a look.
Thompson Safaris is a US-based adventure travel company with over 25 years of experience. They own and run all their local operations in Tanzania as well as their two offices in the US. They provide customized trips including airfares and local accommodations.
Eddie and the folks at Tusker have been climbing Kilimanjaro for over 30 years. One past client wrote “Tusker is far and away the best on the mountain and the leader in safety, equipment, food, guide and porter protection, and success rate.” Every year the guides take the High Altitude First Responder course and [...]
Zara Tanzania Adventures is the largest Tanzanian-based outfitter on the mountain. Based in Moshi, they’ve been leading climbs and safaris for over 15 years. Zainab Ansel, the founder and director has become a staple of Mt. Kilimanjaro and is recommended by the Kilimanjaro National Parks Service.