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Abakombe Tours
Kilimanjaro Tour Operators
by Alphonce     May 27, 2013    
(Updated: June 11, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
9.9
Value for Money 
 
10.0
Intelligence of Route Configuration 
 
10.0
Ascent Strategy 
 
10.0
Guidance from Climb Leader 
 
9.5
Attentiveness of Staff 
 
10.0
Discipline of Staff 
 
10.0
Courtesy / Friendliness of Staff 
 
10.0
Integrity of Management 
 
10.0
Variety of Food Served 
 
10.0
Quality of Food Served 
 
10.0
Quality of Equipment 
 
10.0
Condition of Equipment 
 
10.0
Spaciousness of Tents 
 
10.0
General Standard of Organisation 
 
10.0
Cohesion of Staff 
 
10.0
Enthusiasm of Staff 
 
10.0
Perceived Job-Satisfaction of Staff 
 
10.0
Company Ethos 
 
9.5
Group Atmosphere 
 
10.0
Quality of Pre-Climb Advice 
 
9.5
Speed of Response to Correspondence 
 
10.0

Hello, there

Jambo!
Jeraj and Primoz
From, Slovenij Yugoslavia
We have just returned from 2 weeks-long trip in the Northern Safari Circuit of Tanzania with Abakombe Tours in June 2013. We had a wonderful time and recommend Abakombe Tours to the super adventure traveler to the more relaxed trip. We Climbed Kilimanjaro 6 Days Machame route and thanks we all made it to the top. We also appreciate our 8 days safari.

No doubt the most central ingredient to a successful safari is the experience in your vehicle. In this regard, we really hit the jackpot with Abakombe Tours. We loved our driver, Dickson. He was incredible at spotting the hard-to-find animals and always went the extra mile (literally) to find us what we had not yet seen. More than that, he has an endearing and special personality. We miss him! Our friend who had recommended Abakombe Tours Adventures to us likewise spoke highly of his driver, Emmanuel.

More generally, Abakombe Tours gave us lots of personal attention and last minute adjusting and fine-tuning of our trip. For example, when we met with Alphonce on our first day in MOSHI, Alphonce sensed that we had a strong interest in Masai culture and recommended that, since we were also visiting Tarangire National Park, we skip Lake Manyara and instead spent a day in the Crater Highlands and hike down the Empakai Crater. As it turned out, the day we visited the Crater Highlands was one of the most special of the safari, and we never would have even considered had it not been for Alphonce. We also visited the Northern Lobo region of the Serengeti on Alphonce's recommendation since he knew that I wanted to see masses of wildebeest. Speaking of Alphonce, nothing beats his amazing Stories & News involving wild animals and wild tourists! Dickson's too! Ask him how he saved a young black rhino from being devoured by a hungry lion.

June is a popular time to visit Tanzania due to the "short rainy season", which we did not understand since the weather was absolutely fine (certainly warm, but tolerable; occasional, but always short, rains; no impediments to traveling, all roads passable, etc.). While the environs were much greener than photographs I've seen from the peak of the dry season, animals were easy to spot. Most importantly, the best part of going in November is that there are significantly less tourists than during the peak months.

One final observation for those who might read this letter in preparation for their own safari: Foreign travel agents typically act as middlemen--dealing with money matters and booking hotels, but leaving the tour to local Arushan operators. Abakombe Tours is an Arusha-based tour operator, and dealing with them means dealing with the very people that will organize and conduct your safari. We went to Arusha with a feeling of comfort and certainty that was truly priceless.

Thank you for everything, Abakombe Tours!! Asante Sana!

Best wishes,
From, Slovenij
Jeraj Andrej and Primoz

Kilimanjaro Tour Operators

Route Climbed
Machame
Name of Mountain Guide
Joseph Mnene
Date of Summit Attempt
June 05, 2013
Did you reach Uhuru Summit?
Yes
Name of Climb Booking Agent
Abakombe Tours
Number of Climbers in Your Group
2
How many of the group reached the summit
2.00
Number of Days Spent on Kilimanjaro
6
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