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Kilimanjaro Company Review: Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safaris

This local company in Tanzania has been spamming my Kilimanjaro blog with their links, so I thought I would do a proper review and see what they have
to offer.

Well, to be brutally honest, it looks like this company, Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safaris, is a standard Tanzanian company – they offer everything, but nothing that’s different from anyone else. It’s just meat and potatoes tour. They have copied a bunch of material, text and pictures from around the Internet and then posted it in no logical order with lots of strange colors, fonts and advertisements. It fact, I have even found information that I have written on their site. Thanks guys!

I have heard of this company once before, but having spent about the last seven years organizing tourism in Tanzania, I have never heard of anyone that has went on any of their trips. They are a registered member company by Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, which does add some validity,and say they have been in business for 18 years.

Since this website looks a bit shady, this is a classic reason why some people choose to buy through a reputable and trustworthy company, one they can call on the phone. Don’t get me wrong, this could be a great company and it probably has cheap prices, but it doesn’t feel safe to me. They are not even located in Moshi, the town at the base of Kilimanjaro, but actually in Arusha, about 1 hour from the mountain.

The only contact information is an email address and a PO Box.

By Peter Baxter | Permalink | 1 comment | January 16th, 2007
Tags: Expedition Companies, Opinion
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By Shinko Mondori | February 6th, 2008

We used Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safari for our northern circuit safari in Tanzania. What a disaster! Andrew, the managing director, totally screwed up our trip, promising everything and delivering nothing. We didn’t even have blankets (which we specificially asked whether we should bring our sleeping bags) in our tents!
I would NOT recommend this company!!!! Stay away. There are too many other good operators out there to waste your time and money. He almost destroyed our whole trip to Tanzania! We even had to cut our safari short by a day because he did not book our flight out of Arusha till 2 days before the end of the safari.


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