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Schulamith Wolffs from Ramat Gan wrote on 24/02/2019:
Dear Menno,
We found you by accident but maybe it's been fate? I can't tell but for sure, you organised the best safari one can imagine. The lodges and tented camp, the staff, every extra and whatever we needed to be pampered, you saw to it!
Each and everyone of your staff was punctual, helpful and friendly and did their work in a way that one could not ask for more.
The walking tour with Isaac to Mount Meru waterfall and afterwards to the local market in Arusha were just the kickoff to the wonderful time we spent in the National Parks and in the lodges. Morona Lodge is an absolute must, I still get goosebumps when I think of the magnificent view, the fresh air, everything decorated so tastefully and integrated into the landscape taking it in wherever you are: in the huge and airy rooms, at the pool, in the shaded sitting area and in the wonderful dining room with beautifully set tables.
It was all so special and so tranquil and so interesting. We felt so welcome and safe. Spotlessly clean - didn't I mention it?
The whole trip and your recommendations what to do and when and where to sleep, just how it should be.
Thank you so much, especially to your driver guide Nico with his eagle eyes who spotted every bird and animal and explained us so much about wildlife but also culture and people. He was the best we could ask for: responsible and professional, resourceful, honest and kind. I wish, I could come back tomorrow!
Dees Warnawa & Dia Geluk from Utrecht wrote on 15/10/2018:
Dear Morona Hill team. Last Oct 10th 2018 we set foot again on Schiphol airport after a 25 days safari trip in Tanzania, which we planned with Hofland expeditions. Mentally we are still landing from this amazing and hallucinating trip. Taking Morona Hill as a home base for our expeditions to the parks, lakes and mountains proved to be an excellent choice. Morona Hill, this oasis amidst Masai Land, with its incredible views and gentle & professional staff practically guarantees you a dreamlike refuge. Add to that the experted & very personal company of Hoflands guides/drivers and all your expectations are going to be exceeded. Menno your Morona Hill is a true paradise which we explored to the max. Thanks for that. The set up of the trip was optimal and we explicitly wish to thank the gentle giant guide Nico, who made our Tanzanian Experience to one big treat. Thanks for all the hours we spent together in the wobbling landcruiser crossing Tanzania's harsh and remote beautiful sceneries, enlighted by your expert information. We even became to appreciate your unique humor, keeping us "oldies" alert and fresh. We hope you now enjoy your " freedom" after those weeks of hard labour.
Menno, Nienke, Nico and Morona Hill team, we thank you so much for this great experience!
Dia & Dees
Marieke van Merriënboer from Bilthoven, The Netherlands wrote on 19/02/2018:
Dear Menno,
Back home from our stay in Tanzania I like to thank you again for organising our fantastic holiday. It’s very nice and trustfull to have easy contact with you, that you answer emails so quickly, call when is suits better and that you make everything possible. After arriving, my son and I started to climb the Kilimanjaro by the Machame route in seven days. We booked a private climbing for the two of us and that was a very good choice. To know in advance what the level is and to do this together, not with other people, has our strongly preference. It was a great and unforgettable week. Leading guide was Amani and the assistent guide was Richard. For many years, Amani (and also Richard) is a very professional and experienced guide and we felt ourselves very confident and in very good hands with him. He knows quickly the level, adjust the tempo and is very alert on altitude sickness. He motivates you, is very nice to talk to and he has a lot of knowledge. His team is very friendly and helpfull where needed and we felt ourselves in very good hands with all of them the whole week. We noticed that it’s hard work but they have fun together. We liked to see that. Everything was very well organised so we could really enjoy it. The climbing was great! We enjoyed every moment, even the summit. Even if that's a very tough day, very long and exhausting. Many many thanks again for Amani and his whole team! You made it much more special for us by the way you did!
After the climbing we went on a three day safari and overnight in the Morona Hill Lodge. What a very very lovely place to stay! The way from the main road to the lodge is an adventure. A dirt road through the Masai land, very very nice and beautifull, it gives you the real Africa feeling! The lodge is magnificient! A paradise where you feel yourself very welcome and comfortable. What a view, what a nice furnitured rooms and restaurant, and what a very lovely swimmingpool area. We enjoyed it so very much. And talking with Menno was very nice. To hear how he built up his business, talk about Tanzania and about life.
Thank you very much again, Menno, the climbing was unforgettable, we enjoyed the Morona Hill Lodge very very much
and the safari was very nice after the climbing!

Bilthoven, The Netherlands
Floris van Hoeve
Marieke van Merriënboer
Ruud & Christa from Goes wrote on 27/01/2018:
Thank you Menno for arranging an incredible safari experience for us! We went on a great 5-day safari adventure. It was all well taken care of and we really enjoyed everything we saw and every minute of it. It has exceeded all our expectations!

Apart from the beautiful parks with an abundance of animals that we have seen, we were also very impressed by the accommodations where we slept with, of course, your own Morona Hill Lodge as the highlight of them all. What a great place!

We were extremely impressed with the wildlife we ​​have seen! We were very lucky to see a hyena kill a wildebeast and had the privilage to see a leopard up close when we were the only car out there. Wow!
Altogether a great experience. Thanks again! Good luck with Hofland Expeditions and of course with your lodge. All the best!
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 25/04/2016:
Great website!I am very much looking forward for 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 13/02/2015:
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.

See message below:
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
family Hermus wrote on 27/09/2013:
Already 2 months ago that we returned from our journey through Tanzania. And every day memories come by. We had a wonderful journey from walking on Mount Meru, spotting the BIG FIVE and diving in the Indian Ocean at Zanzibar. We recommend Menno, ranger Nico and his team because they can turn dreams into reality. Tanzania will stay in our heart forever.Kind Regards,Family Hermus, Breda, The Netherlands
Ilan & Cecile wrote on 03/09/2013:
Dear Menno, Amani,
Mozes and Moody,



Asante sana! Thank you
so much for making our vacation in Tanzania unforgettable. We climbed the
Kilimanjaro with a great team of guides (Amani and Mozes), porters and a cook.
It was very special to share this amazing experience with this experienced, nice and interesting group of people. After the climb we went on Safari. We visited Tarangire
NP, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater with our great guide Moody. Thanks
to Moody’s eagle eyes we spotted a lot of animals in only three days. We
finished our vacation on Zanzibar. We stayed in a great resort, Paje by Night,
situated on the eastern part of the island. Beautiful beach and many things to
do like scuba diving and kitesurfing. Thanks again for this amazing vacation.
We will visit Tanzania again someday. Ilan & Cecile
Peter & Kim wrote on 27/08/2013:
Dear Niko and Paulo,

We had a great journey with you guys through the widlife of Tanzania! Peter & me learned and ate a lot during that week. Fun ensured!

We can only wish you all the best and maybe see you soon!

thanks again,
P&K
Luc Govaerts wrote on 03/09/2012:
Dear Menno,
Amani, Faraja,

A month
ago, my son and myself returned from our “Kili climb & Safari” adventure.
Not a day has past without thinking & talking about the wonderful
experience and the great people we met. I would like to specially thank Amani
our guide, who was always smiling, always available for help, very experienced
and knowledgeable! Also a big thank you to Faraja (assistant guide), Alex or “Mr Magician” (cook) and the entire
crew! I truly believe that this is the best crew on the mountain. I’m sure that
without their expertise and care we would not have been able to reach the
summit! After our climb, we went to Tarangire Nat. Park (stayed at the
wonderful Osupuko Lodge) and visited Lake Manyara. Both days were also an
unbelievable experience with the wonderful assistance of Abu (guide) – he also
did a super job! Menno, I would like to thank you and the entire team for
setting up this customized trip. Well done! One small / minor comment for
improvement: Outpost Lodge reservations (overbooked at arrival and after
returning from Safari ) and communication on Shuttle service to & from
Nairobi (company, reservation no., ..).
As said, these were minor things and overall we had a great time and
would love to come back one day to beautiful Tanzania. Hakuna Matata! Menno and
Hofland Exp Team; Thanks again and keep up the good work!

with kind
regards, Niels and Luc, Hoogstraten – Belgium
Edwin & Tanya wrote on 19/08/2012:
Dear Menno, Amani and team, it has been 2 weeks since we got
back to Holland after journey of a lifetime in Tanzania, our very first visit
to Africa. There are almost no words to discribe the feelings&impressions
from our holiday. Climbing Kilimanjaro was such an overwhelming experience, not
only due to the mountain itself but also thanks to Amani&his team – the
best team on the mountain! Guys were great: Amani is a pleasure to have around
with his sence of humor& tremendous experience; Alex is a real wizard with
food, he spoiled us every day of the climb with surprising&delicious
dishes; the entire team made it possible for us to reach the summit with
singing&dancing!!! It’s not the destination, it’s the journey they say and
in our case it was 100% true. Summit of the Kili is breathtaking& awesome! WOW!End
of part 1))). Edwin &Tanya, Holland
Edwin & Tanya wrote on 18/08/2012:
Part 2 from see
above. After Kili we got 5 days of safari which was a true adventure& made
us feel very close to the nature. Being so close to the animals you can almost
touch them, spend a night in Serengeti Wilderness Tented Camp &wake up in
the middle of nowhere makes you feel so incredibely disconnected from European
“rushing around”mode. After couple of days spent in Zanzibar made us come to
the conclusion: we will be back to see more of this beautiful country called
Tanzania, no doubt about it! And we will climb more mountains too. Menno, we
would like to thank you for this custom made trip. Hopefully you will never lose
that personal touch which really makes your approach so unique. We are looking
forward to an invitation for the opening of your lodge! Good luck with that
project of yours!!!

We’ll be back………….Edwin&Tanya, The Netherlands

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