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Recomdations for a Kilimanjaro tour operator

Old Jan 19th 2003, 7:22 am
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B. Joshua Rosen
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Does anyone have any recomendations for or warnings about any Kilimanjaro
tour operators? I'm thinking about going up in Aug, Sept or maybe
October. Any recomendations would be appreciated.

Thanks,
 
Old Jan 19th 2003, 7:34 am
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Felicia
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"B. Joshua Rosen" wrote in message
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    > Does anyone have any recomendations for or warnings about any Kilimanjaro
    > tour operators? I'm thinking about going up in Aug, Sept or maybe
    > October. Any recomendations would be appreciated.

How deluxe/ pampered do you want the climb to be? Will YOU be carrying all
your own food/fuel/ provisions? Which route do you wish to take? Will
you be taking a safari before the climb?
Felicia
 
Old Jan 19th 2003, 12:11 pm
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B. Joshua Rosen
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On Sun, 19 Jan 2003 15:34:07 -0500, Felicia wrote:


    > "B. Joshua Rosen" wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >> Does anyone have any recomendations for or warnings about any
    >> Kilimanjaro tour operators? I'm thinking about going up in Aug, Sept or
    >> maybe October. Any recomendations would be appreciated.
    >
    > How deluxe/ pampered do you want the climb to be? Will YOU be carrying
    > all your own food/fuel/ provisions? Which route do you wish to take?
    > Will you be taking a safari before the climb? Felicia

I haven't decided about a Safari after but it's a possibility. I'm looking
for a trek with porters, I don't want to carry a heavy pack just a day
pack. I don't expect luxury, just decent tents, decent food and competant
guides.

The Machame sounds like the more interesting and less crowded
route.
 
Old Jan 19th 2003, 3:40 pm
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the tour operator that we could pay by credit card when we arrived at =
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Other than that my advice would be to watch out for prices that are too =
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Your porters will carry as much as you let them. So you can carry just =
a day pack with essential items.

The guide, porters, and cook will expect a tip when the climb is =
complete (your guide will remind you of this at strategic points along =
the way, usually as you approach the summit and as you approach the end =
of the hike).

We used Zara for our climb the 2nd time. They seem to be fairly =
reputable.

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Old Jan 19th 2003, 11:12 pm
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Er Principe
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I would also recommend AKARO TOURS, they're based in Moshi.
Even if it's true that the porters bring as much as you tell them to bring,
I've seen many porters who were absolutely overloaded by tourists.
So, remember they're human: don't give them too many things...
Ciao
Maurizio

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"B. Joshua Rosen" ha scritto nel messaggio
news:[email protected]...
    > Does anyone have any recomendations for or warnings about any Kilimanjaro
    > tour operators? I'm thinking about going up in Aug, Sept or maybe
    > October. Any recomendations would be appreciated.
    > Thanks,
 
Old Jan 20th 2003, 3:15 am
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B. Joshua Rosen
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On Mon, 20 Jan 2003 07:12:57 -0500, Er Principe wrote:

    > I would also recommend AKARO TOURS, they're based in Moshi. Even if it's
    > true that the porters bring as much as you tell them to bring, I've seen
    > many porters who were absolutely overloaded by tourists. So, remember
    > they're human: don't give them too many things... Ciao Maurizio
    >
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    > Maurizio
    > "Er Principe"
    > http://maurizio.webandfun.com
    >
    > "B. Joshua Rosen" ha scritto nel messaggio
    > news:[email protected]...
    >> Does anyone have any recomendations for or warnings about any
    >> Kilimanjaro tour operators? I'm thinking about going up in Aug, Sept or
    >> maybe October. Any recomendations would be appreciated.
    >> Thanks,

One more clarification about what I'm looking for. I'm interested in a
company that offers group treks. I'll be traveling alone and I'd like to
do this trek with a group.
 
Old Jan 20th 2003, 3:38 am
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Vera Cheal
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Hi

There are many reputable companies operating in Tanzania, however
there are a few that you should certainly steer well clear of. You
should try and use local based tour operators because then the
majority of the money you spend on your holiday - stays within the
country, a much needed source of income for the local people.

Whoever you do use, if they are based in Tanzania, make sure they are
registered with either TATO, TTB or have a TALA licence.

I have an up to date listing of companies registered with TATO - so
let me know if you need any clarification.

A couple of companies that I advise you to steer clear of is

Santa Adventours
Ascend Africa
both based in Arusha.
The problem is that these companies change their names regularly.

There are a number of different Itineraries available in n The Africa
Guide's Travel Centre.

http://www.africaguide.com/travel

Whilst there are many operators we believe we have nailed down the
good ones. We follow up all enquiries and monitor tour operators
performance and quality of services supplied.

The Africa Guide also has comprehensive travellers information on
Tanzania at this URL

http://www.africaguide.com/country/tanzania

Rgds
Vera




On Sun, 19 Jan 2003 15:22:01 -0500, "B. Joshua Rosen"
wrote:

    >Does anyone have any recomendations for or warnings about any Kilimanjaro
    >tour operators? I'm thinking about going up in Aug, Sept or maybe
    >October. Any recomendations would be appreciated.
    >Thanks,
 
Old Jan 26th 2003, 10:34 pm
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Al Robinson
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I would recommend Trans Kibo Travels in Moshi. They are located at the
local YMCA, which, by the way, is a very basic but comfortable place to
stay, with a luxurious olympic-size swimming pool and an outdoor snack bar
and lounge area looking over it and up onto a spectacular view of Mt.
Kilimanjaro. We paid around $15 CDN pppd for double/triple accommodation,
and that included a western-style breakfast.

We found Trans Kibo to be very reputable and conscientious about the safety
and well-being of our group.

I am sure Thomas would be able to fit you in with a group, as there are
people coming and going to and from Mt. Kili at the "Y" all the time.

You can find contact info about his company at my website,
http://www.alrobinson.com/travel/afr...a/tanzania.htm .

Good luck with your trip! September is a good time to go.

Ciao,
Al



"Vera Cheal" wrote in message
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    > Hi
    > There are many reputable companies operating in Tanzania, however
    > there are a few that you should certainly steer well clear of. You
    > should try and use local based tour operators because then the
    > majority of the money you spend on your holiday - stays within the
    > country, a much needed source of income for the local people.
    > Whoever you do use, if they are based in Tanzania, make sure they are
    > registered with either TATO, TTB or have a TALA licence.
    > I have an up to date listing of companies registered with TATO - so
    > let me know if you need any clarification.
    > A couple of companies that I advise you to steer clear of is
    > Santa Adventours
    > Ascend Africa
    > both based in Arusha.
    > The problem is that these companies change their names regularly.
    > There are a number of different Itineraries available in n The Africa
    > Guide's Travel Centre.
    > http://www.africaguide.com/travel
    > Whilst there are many operators we believe we have nailed down the
    > good ones. We follow up all enquiries and monitor tour operators
    > performance and quality of services supplied.
    > The Africa Guide also has comprehensive travellers information on
    > Tanzania at this URL
    > http://www.africaguide.com/country/tanzania
    > Rgds
    > Vera
    > On Sun, 19 Jan 2003 15:22:01 -0500, "B. Joshua Rosen"
    > wrote:
    > >Does anyone have any recomendations for or warnings about any Kilimanjaro
    > >tour operators? I'm thinking about going up in Aug, Sept or maybe
    > >October. Any recomendations would be appreciated.
    > >
    > >Thanks,
 

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