Africa’s highest peak, and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, ‘Kili’ as it’s affectionately known is in fact a long extinct volcano with its three cones rising high out of the African plains. Two of the peaks are dormant but a third, Kibo, shows signs of activity and is thought to still be live.
A Tanzania safari is something special, whatever your age, budget, interests or previous safari experience. Almost a third of this vast and spectacular country is protected for wildlife viewing, and these areas include some of the best and most varied game viewing locations in the world.
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value. With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.
Jambo Sana! *In late September/October, a group of 6 of us travelled to Tanzania for 16 days & had an incredible time. The trip could not have gone better for us, as Manase & his friends at Top Climbers prepared not only a wonderful itinerary for us (we climbed Mt Kilimanjaro & then had 6 days in 4 National Parks) but the people they organised us to travel with (the guides & porters on the trek & the driver & chef on the safari) were absolutely amazing! Manase was as well ~
I cannot recommend Top Climbers enough if you are travelling to Tanzania – such a wonderful group of people & thank you again to Manase & the team @ Top Climbers for organising and executing a wonderful trip for us!! Sante Sana to everyone involved! Hope to see you again one day!
From Mr Wallaby, Simba & the others from the group of Aussies & Slovakians 😉
Visited October 2016
My husband and I used Top Climbers Expedition for our honeymoon to Tanzania in September of 2016. From the planning stages to logistics while in Tanzania Manase and his Top Climbers team were highly professional and provided us with a wonderful customized experience.
Manase and his team really made you feel like part of the family from start to finish. Everyone of his staff members and guides were always so friendly and helpful; especially when our luggage was lost by the airlines for 3 days. Manase personally called the airport for us and helped ensure it made it to the right hotel.
For our expeditions we hiked the Machame route (6days) and a two day safari to Ngorongoto crater and Tarangire national park. We had outstanding guides for both trips who were both very knowledgeable and professional. (Special shout out to Imran). Manase helped tailor the trip to accomplish all of our goals in a limited time frame.
Top Climbers delivered and unforgettable experience and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone. Non stop to the top!
Visited September 2016
Hiked the Lemosho route with these guys back in August 2016. Everything went great, from discussions via e-mail to close the package to airport pick up, the trek, all ! Manase is a great guy, and so are Jackson and Andrew, our guides. And they are 100% local which for me is very important so that we can help the local communities. I spent a long time researching online for a company to take me to the top and found the right one with Top Climbers !
Visited August 2016
Trying to arrange a Kili Climb and Camping Safari for 5 people was challenging. After deciding to go with Top Climbers it became easy! Manase provided excellent communication from the first email to checking in with us after we got home. All questions were answered quickly and everything promised about our trip was delivered. The climbing team was excellent in all aspects, from food, porters, logistics, and reassurances while climbing. The Safari was also top notch. Awesome food and guide services made the travel and wildlife spotting just perfect! The 5 of us are all well traveled and Top Climbers surpassed our expectations by far. Don’t over think it, go with them!!
Visited June 2016
I have done several hikes and national parks visits around the world and i could honestly say that i was more than nicely surprised by service provided by Manase and his crew.
Well organized, good hummored, willing to help in difficult situation ( things left behind on different places etc) reasonable price and always at hand when you need him. This was my first visit to east africa and if I’ll ever get a another chance to see the wild show (outside of dry season) or climb Kilimanjaro ( by different track) I would not hesitate to approach top climbers expedition again!
Big big thanks to Manase and to all guides for making this trip one of the best in my life.
Like many of the reviews have already stated, Manase and the Top Climbers Expedition group went above and beyond from start to finish.
Prior to arrival: Manase was in constant communication with our group and ensured that we were all set to go weeks before our scheduled departure. This included providing a robust packing list, scheduling airport transportation, and answering any and all of our questions regarding the trip.
Upon Arrival: Manase once again did not disspaoint. For starters, the majority of our group experienced flight delays; however, Manase was extremely flexible and made sure we all were well received at the airport and made it to the hotel safe and sound. A small anecdote, I did not have the $100 for the Visa at the airport, and Manase was more than happy to personally take care of it so I could enter the country. It’s service like that you can’t get anywhere.
Regarding the hike itself, the Top Climbers Expedition crew was phenomenal. Unlike most groups, the guides went at our pace starting with the first day which they let us lead the pack and then adjusted the rest of the week based on our group’s pace. We did the 6-day Machame route and the guides were extremely experienced and made sure that we were in the right shape to continue hiking each and every day. It speaks for itself that every one of their clients has summitted Kilimanjaro this season without any altitude issues and this group understands how to appropriately adjust to make sure no one has any problems.
The accommodations – phenomenal. The food was great, the tents were clean, the dining tent was always ready for us upon arrival to each camp. In terms of variety of food, each day we had different entrees and sides that kept our appetites going throughout the hike; something that is very rare on this hike as most lose their appetite by the fourth day.
In conclusion, I cannot recommend Top Climbers Expedition enough – they truly know how to make this a one-of-a-kind experience and looking at all the other expeditions we encountered, we definitely had the best. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Visited September 2016
My friend and I decided to cap off our 3-week Tanzanian adventure with a Kilimanjaro climb. We contacted many companies, and Manase was very quick to respond to all of our questions and concerns regarding the climb, so we felt that Top Climbers was the best option. After talking with him, we decided the 7 day Machame route was the best fit for us. From the moment that we arrived in Moshi everything was completely taken care of for us. One of our guides, Florian, met us at the Moshi bus stop and took us to our hotel. He inspected all of our equipment, and made recommendations for additional things he thought we would need for the trek. He rented all the additional equipment for us while we relaxed in the hotel. I was slightly nervous to start the trek, as this was the most adventurous thing I’d ever done before. However, our guides Patrick and Florian kept us informed, safe and encouraged every step of the way. Every night, we were briefed for the hike that would be happening the next day so that we were always prepared. Each day when we arrived at camp we were met with a song and dance from our porters and guides. Anything that we asked for during the hike was provided. Nightly, Florian and Patrick would check our oxygen and heart rate to ensure that our bodies were adjusting to the altitude well. I really appreciated this because it was obvious they wanted us to complete our trek, but our health was the priority. When we returned to camp from the Summit we were greeted by everyone in our company with a congratulations, and they were all genuinely happy for us. At the bottom of the mountain we all celebrated together with a bottle of champagne. I would recommend this company to anyone considering climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. I can’t imagine having this experience of a lifetime with any other group. I also encourage anyone who goes with this company to make an effort to get to know your guides, porters and cook, because they were all great guys 🙂
Visited July 2016
My cousin Mike and I recently got back from touring Tanzania. We researched diligently for mountain guides all over the internet way back in January in order to find the right group to help us conquer Kilimanjaro and have fun doing it. I stumbled upon a great review of a small Moshi based tour company called Top Climbers Expedition run by a gentleman named Manase Mwanga and from our first email correspondence I knew this was the group to go with. Manase was so quick to respond to emails and very knowledgeable not only of Kili, but also the various national parks for safari. He provided us literally with every little detail of equipment, training, and medical info we needed in order to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Once we arrived in Kilimanjaro Airport we did not have to worry about anything. Manase our trip coordinator picked us up and the next morning our mountain guides Andrew Joseph and Jackson Charles met with us and our porters and off we went on our 6 day expedition on the Machame route. Andrew and Jackson are by far the most attentive guides I have seen. They observe your capabilities and set a manageable pace in order for you to successfully reach the summit. My cousin and I successfully reached Uhuru Peak and words can’t describe the views up there. Aside from our guides the team of porters were the most hardworking group I have ever come across. We never had an issue at any of the base camps with our equipment and the food on the mountain was great!!
Successfully finished Kili and off we went to a 4 day lodge safari which Manase coordinated for us. Our safari guide’s name was Kent and he was AMAZING. Being that we were there in dry season Kent still managed to somehow find all the BIG 5. Manase booked us at the Farm Valley Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge, and Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge which were all above and beyond our expectations. The food and service in the lodges was second to none. All in all we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. So now you know if you are going to Tanzania and are looking to climb and go on a legendary safari in the Serengeti you must do it with the Top Climbers Expedition team.
THEY ARE THE BEST!
My group did the 6-day Machame route with the Top Climbers crew and they were excellent from start to finish. Pre-trip, Menase was fantastic handling any and all of our questions, pickup/dropoff from the airport was pain free, and our hotel was nice and comfy.
Once on the mountain, our guides – Imran, Baboo, Siranga, and Jackson – were fantastic, knowledgable, professional and fun. They handled all of our questions with eased and knew exactly what to expect throughout our trip. On summit day, they continually encouraged and helped a few of us who were struggling and ultimately got our entire group to the top! I owe my summiting to each of them! Aside from the hike itself, our expectations for food were far exceeded – each meal contained a variety of tasty dishes and we were never short of food.
Overall, I couldn’t recommend Top Climbers more!
Visited September 2016
I can’t speak highly enough about Menase, his guides, and the trip overall. When we landed in Moshi, he picked us up from the airport, brought us into town and took us outs for a meal and then helped my friend buy a sim card for his phone for the week. The guides went through all of our equipment to ensure we were prepared, and for items that we had forgotten or that they felt weren’t likely to hold up, they provided them for us that night. The hike itself was fantastic. All of the guides were extremely experienced and knowledgeable, and I felt incredibly safe the whole time. We were simply required to keep a day pack with us everyday, and then the porters would carry all of our things, have camp set up by the time we arrived, and tea and hot chocolate waiting for us. I couldn’t believe how good the food was as well. Finally, I don’t think we could’ve reached the summit without all of their encouragement. Highly recommend!
Visited September 2016