Picking a Safari or Treking Company
If you plan to organize a safari, or climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in East Africa with a local company, you need to check out a few things. When you arrive, there will be loads of people looking to sell you a trip. Since it’s a commission-based system, there are “fly catchers” on the streets, looking to capitalize off the naive tourist who just arrived. Don’t let this bother you. They are good guys, just trying to make a living like everyone else. Of course, they can be a bit pesty, but that’s the nature of being successful.
First, you should review as many companies as possible, and only use companies that actually have an office. Ask for pictures of previous trips, references, and to meet the guide. Even ask other tourists on the streets if they had any good (or bad) experiences with local companies. For safaris, ask to see a vehicle first, to make sure it’s in good condition and ask if they have a back-up plan in case it breaksdown.
Likewise, for trekking on Mt. Kilimanjaro, you should ask to see their gear, meet the guide, and make sure you will have a good tent and equipment on your climb.