- Testimonials 2017
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- 2012 and earlier
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I could write you a novel, but I want you to know that I enjoyed every facet of the trip, from the staying at the awesome, comfortable cottages, to the food, to the climb, and to the views (and the hot shower after getting off the mountain!). I also enjoyed getting to know some of the crew (though I wish I could have got to know all of them). I appreciate each of them that took the time to talk to us about where they were from, their family, etc.
The only part of the trip that was slightly uncomfortable was the tipping process at the celebratory lunch. I will first say that I had absolutely no problem tipping the crew. I struggled mightily with the amount to tip. I wanted to provide every member of the crew with something extra. I did not feel that I could provide a tip to some but not others because I recognize that each member of the crew had a hand in getting me to the top of the mountain. (Ziggy carried my bag, Emanuel carried Kyle’s and helped us reach the summit, Robson cooked amazing food, Colorado did a great job serving our food, Damien (Moidembe – which I know spelled wrong) assisted with cooking, Antone carried water, Nelson carried supplies, etc. I wish I remembered everyone’s name, but I know they all contributed mightily.)
Ultimately, I did my best in allocating the cash that that I brought among the entire crew, and while I distributed all of the cash that I brought, I still didn’t feel like it was enough. Again, I appreciate all of their hard work and hope that what I was able to give was sufficient (and impactful). That said, it was uncomfortable sitting at a table with the crew watching Kyle and I as we tried to determine how much to provide to each member. Even after we came up with an allocation, I was not comfortable pulling out a large sum of money to distribute (especially since the larger bills needed to be broken down into smaller bills). We asked Augustino (and the SENE representative – I cannot remember his name) if it was acceptable to get change for our bills and to provide the tips to SENE the following morning. They did say that was acceptable, but I do feel like the crew was somewhat disappointed with not receiving a tip that day. I do hope that I didn’t offend any member of the crew and I do hope they fully understand how much I appreciate all of their help.
I hope this feedback is helpful to you, Simon, and SENE. I am happy to discuss in more detail if you would like and I would be more than happy to provide how exciting, amazing, awesome, well-run, organized, etc. my experience with SENE was. I certainly did not go wrong with choosing SENE as my guide to the rooftop of Africa.
(Ted also noted some disappointments: “The number of people on Kilimanjaro–next time I might look for a quieter route. Safari menu same as climb menu.” Ed. note: Ted climbed via the Machame route and had a standard camping safari.)
I would recommend one thing to all of your clients that would make summit day a bit easier, Kahtoola microspike crampons. There’s a lot of snow at the top, I was really surprised. As ultrarunners we’ve been using these for years and they’re amazing. Although [our group] were fairly efficient on the slippery ice and snow even without the kahtoola’s, folks on other teams were having difficulties and I would expect some of your other clients who haven’t traveled much on snow/ice might have issues. Incredibly, we observed a team in climbing boots and regular crampons, way overkill. The kahtoolas are lightweight insurance against someone taking a hard fall at the top. I suppose maybe all the snow at the top might go away in the Tanazania summer? Felix said it was the most snow they’ve seen in sometime.
A HUGE thank you for a fantastic vacation! I cannot say enough positive things about our entire experience.
Start to finish – SENE is in a class all by itself in terms of just about everything: attention to detail, safety, knowledge, kindness, professionalism, service, and inspiration – WOW!
I will happily and wholeheartedly recommend SENE from here forward and hope we can return again before too long!
Our kids keep thanking us for such an amazing experience and we keep having to tell them it’s SENE they need to thank 🙂
We had an awesome time on the climb and enjoyed all of the crew – Felix is such a rock star and I swear his summit crew sang to us the last 1500-2000 vertical feet of our climb! Menasse and John took such good care of us. And the food (we want Kiplet to write a cookbook!) – what can I say, but YUM!
We all couldn’t get enough of touring Simon’s farm – that place is incredible and it was so generous of him to spend the entire day with us! I loved getting to meet his boys and Tara too – what a lovely family.
And then there was our Adventures with Joseph 🙂 We all loved having Joseph as our guide – he is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, intuitive, full of great stories and has a great sense of humor. We could not believe all the animals we saw during the safari – I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better outcome.
We all left feeling a bit of sadness, not because our vacation was over, but because it felt like we were saying goodbye to family.
I truly hope we are able to remain in touch with everyone. Thank you for taking such good care of all of us. Both S and R are so proud of their accomplishment of summiting Kili and they are already talking about when and how they can visit again. S wants to find a way to do service work too.
A deep THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for memories that will last a lifetime.
Our guide Gerald was such a pleasure to be with the entire time, with his vast amount of experience on all the wild life, locations and everything in general!
We will never forget all the amazing things we did and saw throughout our journey!
I have been extremely busy from the day I returned home, so I haven’t had time to post any reviews yet, but I assure you I will.
Everything you put together on our itinerary exceeded our expectations from the locations we traveled, the accommodations we stayed at, the food and the activities we did!
Truly an experience we will all remember for ever!
I will definitely recommend SENE to all my friends that want to do a safari, which will be several after the pictures we have shared of our experience.
Again, thanks for everything and making our safari the best we could have ever imagined!
Nous avons déjà prévu de vous recommander au parrain de Damien et à sa tante qui prévoient un voyage prochainement en Tanzanie.
Merci pour tout.
It was an amazing trip. The entire SENE team was sensational. The climb was planned superbly. Pickup at the airport was effortless and smooth. The ride to Mbahe Village was a ton of fun where we were pleasantly greeted by friendly porters as we made our way to the dining room and cottages. The food was great. I so appreciated the hospitality and oversight. The next day, our lead guide reviewed all our gear and made a few wise recommendations about what to leave behind. The planning list provided in advance was quite complete, so there were no omissions.
The crew continually amazed us on the mountain. It was a fantastic and well-orchestrated effort. We miss them!
The 6-day safari was wonderful as well. Excellent planning. Our driver did a fantastic job.
Thank you so much for a great experience!
I plan on looking into SENE for a Kilimanjaro climb in the future.
Thanks so much for the kind note! We had an amazing trip and came home with many wonderful memories. We’ll definitely be singing the praises of SENE to anyone who will listen!
Thanks especially for your helpful emails and patience with our never-ending questions. We appreciate your guidance along the way!
Please convey our thanks to Simon and the amazing crew we worked with – other Tim, John, Arnold, David, and Joseph especially.
Rest assured I will be recommending and posting about SENE in the social links below. And as Kristen said, thank you for all the helpful emails and patience with our never-ending questions. You are invaluable to the SENE organization and many people rely on your good work.
Onward and upward we go Tim – and thanks to you – we really did!
– The lady who made my reservation was very supportive and she made me more excited for the summit
-The two guides are perfect match Goodson and David and without them I doubt that I would have achieved my summit.
– The guy who carried the Safty equipment during the summit (Emmanuel) was very inspiring.
– The Chef Jomah was great Chef
– The driver Willy who took me from the airport had great knowledge of many things and excellent talker
– Again everything was excellent and the whole crew are nice people who made my trip worth it.
– I was overcharged more than my original invoice with exactly 109.01 USD and that is absolutely not fair and I inquired about this and there reply was (then your bank charged fees because of the currency change) which are not true and honestly I give the maximum tip and I give even Extra more to the crew (because they deserve it) it is not about money it is about the concept you give me an invoice you bill me accordingly and if you make mistakes we are human that is okay, but you got to fix your mistake.
[SENE response: We sent the client his receipt showing the amount we charged to his card, which was the amount on his invoice. The additional $109.01 he was billed was added by his bank as a foreign transaction fee.] – Change the car that took me to the airport because I did not feel that I was safe at all and the driver as well because he is not friendly at all and he lays when he dropped me at the airport he told me that there is no trolley and there was many trolley.
The tented camp was amazing and all the staff was extremely friendly!
This trip was a dream come true and was way beyond anything we could have ever imagined!
I want to take the opportunity to give you this POSITIVE feedback and say THANK YOU for an never forgettable and life-changing experience. There is nothing else to say everything was just perfect and everybody who was involved in this amazing Run did an excellent job. You really could felt the passion for this event.
A special thank you also to Joseph (please pass this greeting to him) ….I appreciated his help a lot also with getting around to Kisangara after the Run-Safari Trip and the Safari was just amazing and a unique experience as well!
Thank you for everything…I´m looking forward to meeting you again….I will be back in Tanzania for the Kilimanjaro Marathon next year march!
Thank you again and all the best for the rest of 2017 and beyond.
We just arrived home from our trip last night and I wanted to send you both a note to thank you for the wonderful experience.
I cannot imagine it being any better. I simply can’t. From the moment we arrived we were in awe of the treatment we received from every single person we met.
I must admit the logistics of such an extensive tour, in so many different locations, from our arrival and time up the mountain to our time on Chumbe Island, and finally our multiple stops on our safari, had not really been appreciated before I experienced it. The amount of work and effort that you and your team must have gone through behind the scenes is truly amazing and your entire team is to be commended for the flawless execution from beginning to end.
I must make some special note of some very special people.
Upon arriving on the Simon’s farm we were introduced to Wilson. Truly a beautiful soul who became our teacher in preparation for the mountain on the first couple days before our climb. The approach that SENE takes by having us arrive on the farm and be greeted by such a warm and welcoming caretaker is a unique and wonderful approach to allowing us to rest from the long flight that we appreciated from the moment we arrived. We loved our time with Wilson and are very happy to have had the pleasure to spend some time with him and the others on Simon’s farm.
Our guides on Kilimanjaro… Jackson Mtui and Manase Lyimo truly were inspiring and I can’t say enough about them. They were always there to make us smile and laugh when times were particularly tough, teach us about our surroundings and encourage us all the way up the mountain no matter what the conditions, our mood, how tired they were, we were, whatever… I’ve travelled to many, many places around the world and had opportunity to meet lots of people along the way. This was different. These people became friends and I really hope to keep in touch with them for a long, long time to come.
Our entire camping crew and porters… In my life, I have never, ever seen a harder working crew of people. I literally wept when I arrived at camp on the second day, after a very tough 6 hour hike, when I was greeted by them singing songs and cheering us on. You had told me before we arrived how hard they worked but I simply was not prepared for what I saw and I don’t know if anyone could ever appreciate it unless they experience it for themselves just how much they do for us and how difficult their job is. My family and I will forever be changed by this experience and I am grateful to each and every person that put their heart and soul into getting us up that mountain.
Our safari driver Paschal… He is truly a fantastic guide. There was not a plant, bird, or animal that he did not know instantly and that he couldn’t speak about in great detail. He knew exactly where to go in order to make sure we saw everything possible and believe me we did… in many, many cases up close and personal!! From a wildlife perspective I don’t think the tour could have been more complete. From the excitement of lions, leopards and cheetahs on the hunt, seeing herds of hundreds zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant and giraffe migrating across the Serengeti, Rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater, hippos sunbathing in mud pools, crocodiles slithering through swampy waters, and green mamba tree snakes hanging from the branches of an acacia we experienced it all. All of this was made possible by Paschal’s keen eye for finding hidden sites and his incredible knowledge of the surroundings. We’ll never forget him and you should know he’s a spectacular guide for anyone who appreciates learning about the beauty of the wildlife and landscape we were there to observe.
I could go on for hours but I’ll leave it there. We truly do appreciate everything that SENE did to make this by far the greatest experience of my life and that of my family’s. You have set the bar impossibly high for any other tours that we may take in the future as we visit other places around the globe. That said, my wife is already poking me to make another trek up the mountain so we might be contacting you again in the not so distant future.
Thank you, so very much.
I ended up doing a full marathon distance (42km), and was really challenged by the terrain and elevation – but definitely would do it all again if I could!
Many thanks to you and your organization!
I will always promote your company as it was well planned and I am now looking for teachers for the Children of Choba who are keen for education.
SENE arranged everything so it was a very stress-free experience. I felt very well cared for, and that the guides were sincerely interested in enriching the experience. I ask a lot of questions…about birds, flowers, the mountain itself, weather, culture etc. and I didn’t feel like they were bothered by me but rather, interested in teaching.
Suggested Improvements: The only thing that comes to mind is the quality of the sleeping bag I rented. It is rated 0 degree, but I think because it is old the integrity had been compromised and I was colder than normal.
SENE was fun, professional and detail-oriented. They made my first visit to Africa stress-free and exceptional! I highly recommend this outfit to anyone wanting to explore Tanzania.
Our Chief Guide, Felix, instilled confidence through the trek with his mantra “Yes we can!”
Although scary, it is good to know that the gamow bag and oxygen are available if needed.
The afternoon conditioning hikes before the trek and throughout were not only fun and exhilarating but were invaluable to helping us successfully reach Uhuru Peak. Let’s do it again!
I still can’t believe that so much effort was made for me on my birthday. A cake in the shape of Africa with a rose, hand carried from Moshi to Lava Tower – truly overwhelming!”
We also spent 4 days on safari with SENE and loved that as well. We peppered our driver with questions constantly and he was great–very knowledgeable and fun to travel with. He had a knack for getting the animals to pose for our pictures–don’t know how he did it, but our pictures are fabulous! We would highly recommend SENE to anyone climbing Kilimanjaro or taking a safari.
Testimonials 2012 and earlier
I am delighted to do anything I can to support SENE. I am sure that this group is second to none when it comes to creating the best experience to the top of Africa. From the meals to the extra special monitoring, I felt as though I had my mother and family physician there to make sure that I stayed in good keeping. I’m certain that with every expedition, they make the experience special in a way that leaves each climber feeling as though they are the only group on the mountain. Every accomplishment was a celebration with friends. A special thanks to Felix, John, Ayumi and others.