An amazing 2 weeks, I loved the 8 day trek and would do it again, with stunning scenery/views and with good company, across both the group, guides and porters. The safari was a great introduction to safari and covered such a wide area (and animals!) in such a short period of time across the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Just being on the trek was amazing in itself and being able to appreciate the scenery which changed every day as we crossed the different zones.
Getting to the top of the Baranco wall, which looks pretty awesome from the bottom!
Seeing the trail of lights making their way up on summit night and of course making it to the top of Kili in time for sunrise! Not to mention what I learnt about myself during the final ascent!
Seeing a cheetah chase from start to finish, although the gazelles escaped on this occaision!
- What did you think of your group leader?
Our trek guide was Charles, supported by assistant guides Damasi, Hasheem and Senani. Charles was friendly, knowledgable, informative and always had our best interests at heart. We would receive briefings each morning and evening, from everything from where we were going, information on the Mountain and area, to what to wear. Charles was always asking us how we were, making sure that none of us were suffering from the effects of altitude sickness.
Charles and the assistant guides were a credit to Exodus and the African Walking Company. Damasi deserves a particular mention as he got me to the top of the mountain!
Gabrielle was our Safari guide and again could not be faulted in his knowledge or his ability to change a tyre twice in the space of about an hour!
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
I am a single traveller, but yet again I joined a group which was well suited and easy to get on with and we have met up since returning to exchange stories.
Forget the sun tops, although a sun hat with a wide brim is a must! Although its warm during the day and a t-shirt and shorts (for the first few days at least) will be fine, it gets quite cold at night. Make sure you have plenty of warm clothing and hire a duvet jacket and sleeping bag for collection when you get there. I had a thermarest which was fine, but the hired mats also went down well with the rest of the group, as did the walking poles, although I did without.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would definitely recommend the 8 day trek along the Lemosho route, not only was it a stunning route, it was quiet with very few other trekers, at least until all the routes start to converge, it also gave you enough time to acclimatise and just enjoy the experience!
It has definitely been my best holiday yet and will prove very hard to beat! I read a review on the Exodus website before I booked which said, stop thinking about it and just book it today! I have to agree, do it today!!