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“"Pole Pole,Works Best"”

Sirikwa African Adventure
Ranked #37 of 201 Outdoor Activities in Moshi
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: SIRIKWA AFRICAN ADVENTURES is a local company based it's office at Moshi Town that offers a wide range of safaris including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, cultural tourism, wildlife adventure safaris, bike tours and beach holidays. We provide highest quality service and products that are within your budget. We have strong experience and a great team of people that guarantee the quality services.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

After intensive googling and emailing and phone calling, I decided to go with the reviews on tripadvisor and book everything with "Sirikwa African Adventure", I am glad I followed the reviews.

First thing to mention is, ALL our checked luggages were delayed by two days, just in time to screw our climbing! Oinoth was able to help us out in renting/lending everything from thermo pants to trecking boots. This is the basis for our successful climbing. Thank you, Oinoth! 

And also, the warning on internet is true: WEAR your trecking boots and jackets on board. They DO screw up checked-in luggages.

The 6 days kilimanjaro climbing via Marangu route was kind of a tough one, mainly due to the rapid increase altitude. Although taking altitude-sickness pills, two out of four of us showed a headache, as well as lost appetite. Needless to say, less rest and less food, plus intensive schedule, all became difficult.

On the plus side, the organization of the climbing by Sirikwa African Adventure crew, our guides, our cook Nick , Porters ,With all the encouraging and support,and pole pole slogan we finally made it to Uhuru peak at 9:50am, possibly the latest of the day:)

A bit of hint : The Kibo camp is a crowded and noisy place, with only limited water supply (all carried by porters from lower camps). So grab ANY CHANCE to sleep when you can, regardless of time. We planned to take a longer nap, rescheduled our dinner, however the noisy roomates and other climbers dinning right outside the room made it impossible to sleep at all. Needless to say, without proper rest, the final ascending just becomes more difficult.

Another thing to mention is that, despite the negative reviews on internet about how tour guides under-tip the porters, our crew was quite fair on this point. During the final tipping day, each porter stood in one line, and we got to tip each one of them (quite generously, indeed, after that much experienced, 50$ no longer seems that much to you...) .

Followed by the climbing we took a 3 days safari to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire. The driver Paul was very experienced, without whom we couldn't have been in time to watch the extra-rare black rhino. The cook, Isack, was also wonderful, even treated us a roasted beef special for my friend birthday.

The most special and hence unforgettable experience, however, was the last two days we spent at the orphanage as short-term volunteers. Oinoth, the director of Sirikwa African Adventure has devoted so much into the orphanage, we could see happiness on the faces of the children. If it's possible, we shall return, not only to safari in Serengeti, to climb Kili again in rain season, but also to spend more time with the children. They are the true future of this continent. 

May we also suggest , if possible, plan a few extra days to spend at the orphanage: no payment, but will help a lot, as there is always loads of work with all the children there.

Thanks to all our crew, who jointly gave us the wonderful experience. And especially to Oinoth, who made it possible despite the delay of gears, and even kindly invited us to his place for late-hang around before the mid-night flight back.

Thank Tristan38
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

We booked Sirikwa African Adventure for an 8-days Lemosho Trek and a 4-days Safari. First, let's talk about the Trek. I truly haven't done anything that hard (especially summit day) or rewarding. I never once felt like it wasn't achievable, in part due to the experience, knowledge, dedication and preparation from Sirikwa African Adventure. Raphael our guide was a true Leader; knowledgeable and caring and truly went the extra mile, every day (morning and evening briefings, ability to identify the most obscure flower or bird, guidance on altitude prep - Pole Pole!, recommendations on clothing choices, cultural translations, camera charging, etc.) His team of assistants were very nice, supportive and extremely hard working (camp/toilet all arranged upon our arrival each day, bags stayed dry in the rainforest, great/nutritious food, and endless supply of water to drink, wash and warm us at night). I felt we formed very special bonds (like family) with the team and the place after having experienced this Trek with this company and their people. The 8-days Lemosho trek helps with acclimating to the altitude and gives a Trekker a great taste of the diversity of this gem of a park. I was also incredibly impressed with the care taken by the Park staff and the lack of litter. It's been a month since my return and not a day goes buy that I don't think about our experience, the people, and the place with a smile. 

The Sirikwa African Adventure safari itinerary was very comfortable after the Trek. Like the Trek, we really scored with our guide, Allan. Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro were all magnificent parks. Allan knew his parks and his animals ,also he is a very fun man he likes jokes ,at the safari jeep he named as with new names like Tembo and Simba (Tembo means Elephant and Simba means Lion) and we called him Zebra it was real fun that made us to want more days for safari, there wasn't a question he could not answer. He also was very interested in knowing what we wanted to see, and ended up seeing EVERYTHING! The Land Cruiser with an open roof was very comfortable, clean and was well stocked with water. Allan even helped us keep our gadgets charged and gave me cough syrup when we were far into the Serengeti. He was a gem. The accommodations were perfect; a couple grand lodges and a very special Luxury Tent Camp a stones throw from Serengeti. 

The Sirikwa African Adventure team exceeded my expectations, served to educate me in so many ways, and, occupies a very warm part of my heart. It will be hard to beat this experience.

1  Thank Christobel25
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

We booked Sirikwa African Adventure for an 8-days Lemosho Trek and a 4-days Safari. First, let's talk about the Trek. I truly haven't done anything that hard (especially summit day) or rewarding. I never once felt like it wasn't achievable, in part due to the experience, knowledge, dedication and preparation from Sirikwa African Adventure. Raphael our guide was a true Leader; knowledgeable and caring and truly went the extra mile, every day (morning and evening briefings, ability to identify the most obscure flower or bird, guidance on altitude prep - Pole Pole!, recommendations on clothing choices, cultural translations, camera charging, etc.) His team of assistants were very nice, supportive and extremely hard working (camp/toilet all arranged upon our arrival each day, bags stayed dry in the rainforest, great/nutritious food, and endless supply of water to drink, wash and warm us at night). I felt we formed very special bonds (like family) with the team and the place after having experienced this Trek with this company and their people. The 8-days Lemosho trek helps with acclimating to the altitude and gives a Trekker a great taste of the diversity of this gem of a park. I was also incredibly impressed with the care taken by the Park staff and the lack of litter. It's been a month since my return and not a day goes buy that I don't think about our experience, the people, and the place with a smile. 

The Sirikwa African Adventure safari itinerary was very comfortable after the Trek. Like the Trek, we really scored with our guide, Allan. Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro were all magnificent parks. Allan knew his parks and his animals ,also he is a very fun man he likes jokes ,at the safari jeep he named as with new names like Tembo and Simba (Tembo means Elephant and Simba means Lion) and we called him Zebra it was real fun that made us to want more days for safari, there wasn't a question he could not answer. He also was very interested in knowing what we wanted to see, and ended up seeing EVERYTHING! The Land Cruiser with an open roof was very comfortable, clean and was well stocked with water. Allan even helped us keep our gadgets charged and gave me cough syrup when we were far into the Serengeti. He was a gem. The accommodations were perfect; a couple grand lodges and a very special Luxury Tent Camp a stones throw from Serengeti. 

The Sirikwa African Adventure team exceeded my expectations, served to educate me in so many ways, and, occupies a very warm part of my heart. It will be hard to beat this experience.

Thank Christobel25
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

After researching several various tour companies, we settled on Sirikwa African Adventure as the reviews were good, and the price was much lower and reasonable than several of the other based tour groups. We were very glad with the decision,and the climb experience with Sirikwa African Adventure was excellent. 

Our total climbing party of 6 was supported by a total of 28, 1 lead guide, 2 assistant guides, 1 cook, and 24 standard porters. Everyone was fantastic, everyone was crucial to our success. The equipment was great, we rented their sleeping bags and sleeping matts,(highly recommended). Sirikwa African Adventure has a great website, explains most everything you need to know. 

We can definitely recommend the Lemosho route, it gave us the most nights high up on the mountain, a key to acclimatizing. Some of the other routes start lower in the Jungle, and although we heard great stories of that experience, we were confident in our ability to start trekking at over 9,000', and the route is beautiful. Three of the days involved acclimatization hikes above our camp. 

We booked a 7 days safari through Sirikwa African Adventure afterwards, that was great also.
Kilimanjaro was truly a bucket list item, thanks to Sirikwa African Adventure for making it come true!

Thank Georgejoshh
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

The decision to hike with Sirikwa was a splendid experience. The response from Oinoth ( the guy who runs Sirikwa) was very quick and also precise. He was available on call and whatsapp almost 24/7 for queries. No pre payment was asked and Sirikwa had no issues when we had to postpone our trip (almost in the last minute) by a couple of weeks.

The entire group of porters, cook and guides were very experienced. Rain, hail and snow did not seem to affect them at all and the tents were always set up well before we arrived at camp. Given the inclement weather conditions, the cook and waiter truly did an admirable job to make sure we were comfortable as soon as we reached camp. From a hygiene perspective, none of us had any issues with the stomach and the quality and quantity of the food served was good.

I would like to highlight the guide Raphael here, who has an amazing personality and was wonderful company to hike for the whole 6 days. He was very knowledgeable, experienced, always alert and watchful. He was quite instrumental in helping us reach the summit.

Thank Srini_GD
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