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Diego Chillon from Utrecht wrote on 11/10/2017:
Dear Menno,

(intro for factual purposes) I climbed Kilimanjaro between 22 and 29 of September 2017. I did this in 8 days, as a private expedition and alone as client but with the great support of head guide Amani and his crew. We climbed following Lemosho, Lava tower, Moir Hut, Buffalo Camp, final ascent via Rongai route from Kibo hut, and down Mweka, commonly known as the Northern Circuit.

I wanted to thank you for this great experience. It will be part of me for the rest of my life. I am glad for the good communication, and if there were some minor points you always managed to solve them. The route itself was fantastic. I based my choice after lots of reading and wanted to experience the climb with minimal amount of tourists. I managed this until summit night and the day after. Then I realised it can also get busy when all routes join at the top and go down Mweka.

I also wanted to make a special mention to Amani. I was already impressed when I met him at the outpost lodge for the briefing. A very fit guy, very knowledgeable and with more than 20 years of experience climbing the mountain. Quite a resumé. But that was not all, the briefing was informational for me of course but for him to know who he was going to guide. He asked me all the right questions; from age, level of fitness, exposure to altitude in the past to the types of medicine I was carrying, food allergies etc. It gave me a lot of reassurance.

Amani has been not only a guide to me, also a great companion. He patiently answered all my questions, shared information (and meals) with me and helped with everything. He set the right pace for my climb. This is one of the most important success factors. I strongly believe I made it without a single problem mainly because of this. Knowing you are putting your life in someone’s hands to some extent with this climb, I would have not chosen a different person for the task!

With Amani, I also wanted to thank the rest of his crew. Ludiger, a great cook! I can’t believe what he was able to produce every single time on just a camping gas pit! I would like to know what he can do with a normal kitchen….. yum. Priscus, the fastest porter on Kili, was always very attentive. Actually I have deep respect for the whole crew. All very hard working and humble. They all contributed to my success. So thanks all!

Menno, I will surely call you if I decide to bring my family for a safari and a few days to Zanzibar.

Amani, with all my appreciation!

Kind regards
Diego Chillón
Eva from Naples, FL wrote on 13/02/2017:
Menno, thank you very much for the fantastic safari you organized for my husband and I. We had the most amazing time with the best safari company in Tanzania. Our driver, Nico, was very experienced and such a nice guy, who made sure we saw everything we hoped for and more. The accommodations were wonderful at Morona Hill, Rhino Lodge and the choice of tented camp. Overall our experience with the company was great and well-organized. We would definitely recommend Hofland Expeditions to anyone traveling to Tanzania.
Sandra wrote on 25/04/2014:
Great website!I am very much looking forward to my next visit to Tanzania later this year.With Hofland Expeditions I trust it will be a beautiful journey again!
Jerome de la Chambre wrote on 13/02/2014:
Dear Menno and Team,

A breath-taking lifetime experience with top-notch staff

Just after Christmas my dad and me went to Tanzania to climb
the Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and well known for its magical
stories. An experience that tightened our father-son relationship and a memory
never to forget. After closely examining and comparing different tour operators
we decided to go for Hofland Expeditions, based on pictures, recommendations,
price and intuition. A perfect choice!

Mr. Hofland himself left no stone untouched to make our trip
tailor fit and unforgettable. He listened well to our wishes, gave us the tips
and tricks, do’s and don’ts you just can’t go without. But it was not only his
commitment to quality in the preparation phase that made our trip better than
others. As an owner, he surrounded himself with the best people, especially his
guides were fantastic. Throughout our 7 day Machame route trip, our guide was
not only rock solid for us, but was also of great importance for other groups
and individuals whose guides were not up to the required standard. His efforts
(and those others like the chef-cook, who managed a great variety of good
tasting meals during our hike sessions). I am not exaggerating when saying that
part of our success (we both made it to the top) was achieved by their
contribution.

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Jerome de la Chambre wrote on 13/02/2014:
The trip itself was amazing. It started in the rainforest
with monkeys, ancient trees and beautiful sights. Our guides told many stories
about the type of threes, Masai sayings and other iconic Kilimanjaro stories.
Every day the surroundings change, hand in hand with the weather conditions,
but the astonishing views remain and intensify the further you get.

On our last day on which we reached the top, we reached the
camp exhausted but satisfied and with an experience that will be with forever.

Therefore we would like to thank Hofland Expeditions, Menno
and Amami and the rest of the team for this lifetime summit. We can recommend
Hofland Expeditions for its hospitality, engagement, excellent guides and value
for money!

With kind memorable regards


Paul & Jerome de la Chambre