Testimonials 2011

Gail R.
“We had a lovely trip!  Gerald was a great guide, knowledgeable and friendly, and a great driver, and we enjoyed him and the parks very much.  I would wholeheartedly recommend SENE to others for safari.”

Ankur and Sangeeta B.
“We had  a marvelous time with SENE  and recommend them to anyone who wants to climb the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. They will get you there with their positive spirit and approach.”

Trevor C.
“Simon and his team are true experts and have an extremely professional organization.  We had a perfect experience from our first contact in planning the trip through our return home. Everyone we had contact with (especially our guide) had great working knowledge and delivered it in a way that makes Tanzania come to life. They think of everything and provide it all for a competitive value. We will use them again and highly recommend them to our friends.”

Michelle H. and Stephanie W.
“SENE’s trip to the top of Kilimanjaro far exceeded our expectations. It all began as we approached the Mbahe farm and saw that we were staying in paradise. Walking up the hill amidst the lush tropical vegetation, we paused to view beautiful waterfalls and soak in the pleasant sound of rushing water as we were greeted by friendly neighbors that passed along the way. The welcoming staff was so helpful and accommodating that it truly felt as though we were in a home far away from home. The owner of Mbahe farm, Simon Mtuy was a gracious host with a gregarious personality that reminded us of the older brother we’d always wished we’d had. The healthy food was absolutely delicious and fresh, right out of the garden. The aromatic coffee and cashews were raised and roasted on site. Much to our delight, the staff accompanied us for a visit of a local school, where we met the teachers and enjoyed time with the school children.”

“The Machame route that was chosen for our 14 lady team to climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro was well maintained and easy to follow. We enjoyed hiking through a variety of ecosystems. The knowledgeable guides explained many nuances of the varied vegetation and wildlife along the way. Each night displayed millions of brilliant stars in the vast African sky. As we climbed in altitude, we were able to witness a gorgeous sunset above the clouds, unlike any we had ever seen before. It was amazing to realize that we were actually climbing to a higher altitude than our flight from Kilimanjaro to Nairobi.”

“Throughout the entire climb, we felt safe and well cared for. SENE’s guides and porters were extremely attentive and helpful; supporting us through the difficult physical challenges caused from hiking at such a high altitude. They were both professional and fun. Of the whole trip, we were most impressed with SENE employees’ fine character and work ethic. SENE is a company that provides an excellent service for its customers with a cohesive team effort throughout the entire process. We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience with SENE and highly recommend it to anyone who is considering climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.”

Ben C.
“I am forever grateful to SENE for running a perfect trip, from the food to equipment, to their kindness and thoughtfulness.  I will never forget the most caring and wonderful group of porters, cooks, and guides a Mt. Kili hiker could ever ask for…asante sana!”

John R. M.
“SENE is, in my opinion, the best operator for Kilimanjaro climbs in Tanzania. The team is outstanding and all questions were answered with prompt responses. SENE is very easy to communicate with which makes a huge difference when planning your climb. The guides, porters and all the staff at Mbahe farm were great; it made the whole experience such a pleasure and I thank you all for a great experience.”

Patty and Bill F.
“A terrific company with wonderful staff. A great way to experience Kili and Tanzania.”

Muriel H.
“Picking a great company to handle safari planning is critical to the success of a trip. SENE, as we constantly realized, was an excellent choice–knowledgeable, highly competent and reliable people. Everything worked smoothly, and our guide (an important component of a small private safari) was excellent. Working with the American representative, Tim, was a pleasure and worked very well. In all, we were delighted with our choice to go with SENE, a Tanzanian owned company (also important to us).”

Dan H.
“The level of attention paid by Simon’s company; from being picked up and driven from the airport with the owner himself (and a driver); to our celebration party at the end of the climb, every moment we felt safe, taken care of and spoiled. Our guides Wilson and Augustine customized each days walk to maximize our acclimatization  see as much scenery and prepare for summit day and included bonus walks to the Shira Cathedral and Moir Huts (which were not part of our original itinerary . With their help, we reached the summit without Diamox. Read the SENE website – they deliver what they promise and offer a unique Kilimanjaro experience. I recommend them wholeheartedly.”

Michele O.
“This trip was more amazing than I ever imagined it would be! I think the biggest highlight for me was reaching the summit of Mt. Meru which I could not have done without  the wonderful SENE team! My guide told me when we started  that they were dedicated to helping me achieve my goal of reaching the summit and they certainly were! Asante sana!”

Lut V.D.
“An organization which I can highly recommend and follows ethical principles in the treatment of its staff. ”

Maddie J.
“SENE…I’m not sure whether to call to it Summit Expedition or Simon Expedition…Your staff is amazing. The unity among your staff is something that I have never seen before. Everyone seems so happy and giving. I am sure that you keep your staff quite happy as well and that is why they seem to stay with you for a long period of time. I keep seeing the images of the mountain and smiling faces of your staff in my mind.”