Team Maasai

Matt Der Sarkissian   February 04, 2013  
 
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Do yourself (and your wallet) a favour and absolutely book your Kilimanjaro trip with Team Maasai ASAP.

As budget travellers the options available to us were either budget climbs or no climb at all. Whilst we were a little sceptical given the company is brand new (we were the third expedition) and the prices were around half the competitors, we were entirely blown away by the product and service we received in relation to every aspect of the trip. Rather than blab on I will stick to the facts:

·      Our trip was 6 days, via the Rongai route

·      We had amazing weather the entire time

·      We paid $1350 pp for two people and were not combined with any other groups

·      We organised the whole trip less than two weeks prior to commencement and settled the 75% balance on the day of departure (great flexibility for budget travellers)

·      Our team was 11 in total (us two Australian tourists, 2 guides, cook, 6 porters)

·      The guides were fantastic guys with great English and knowledge of the area

·      Most (7 of the nine) of the guys were Maasai. In comparison to the standard touristy village visit this provided us with the most incredible insight into REAL, modern maasai culture. We spent 6 days getting to know and spending time with the guys and learnt a lot about their traditional culture as well as their current life styles and how they and their elders have adapted to the 21st century way of life. Each day the boys did maasai dancing and singing for their own entertainment (rather than a zoo-like show in many other tourist maasai settings) and included us – for instance jumping and singing. This was particularly fantastic as on summit night we sang Swahili and Maasai tribal songs all the way up the side of the crater

·      The food was basic but fantastic and very plentiful (excessive may be a better word). We did not loose our appetite once and enjoyed spending time talking with the chef and helping him cook (but obviously weren’t required to)

·      The equipment is the older equipment used by their expensive sister company (Team Kilianjaro) and whilst not shiny and new, is perfectly adequate and of the same quality – we did not have a problem once on the trip. Excess and personal equipment can be hired at very reasonable rates and is incredibly good quality (sleeping bags, summit jackets, mittens, etc)

·      All of the administration, support and training is run through Team Kilimanjaro – for example we had minor payment issues and were able to sort quickly and effectively over the phone with the British owner of the company (John). We actually met John after the trip to personally thank him for the incredible experience that still in hindsight seems too good to be true

·      Costs are saved by avoiding unnecessary (in my view) expenses such as specific dining tents [we much preferred to eat outside in the amazing environment, and on the one night it rained, we would rather have been in our tent anyway] and a toilet tent [there are toilets at every camp anyway].

Overall I would insist my friends and family use Team Maasai – even if they were happy to spend double the money as you don’t miss out on anything of real value and the experience with the team and maasai people is something unique and otherwise unavailable. I would even be happy to personally discuss with any Australians (0410 159 860) who are considering going and/or send photos of our trip as I strongly believe there is no other Kilimanjaro experience worth paying for now that team Maasai is on the map.

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Overall rating 
 
9.8
Value for Money 
 
10.0
Intelligence of Route Configuration 
 
10.0
Ascent Strategy 
 
10.0
Guidance from Climb Leader 
 
10.0
Attentiveness of Staff 
 
10.0
Discipline of Staff 
 
10.0
Courtesy / Friendliness of Staff 
 
10.0
Integrity of Management 
 
10.0
Variety of Food Served 
 
10.0
Quality of Food Served 
 
8.5
Quality of Equipment 
 
9.0
Condition of Equipment 
 
9.0
Spaciousness of Tents 
 
9.0
General Standard of Organisation 
 
10.0
Cohesion of Staff 
 
10.0
Enthusiasm of Staff 
 
10.0
Perceived Job-Satisfaction of Staff 
 
10.0
Company Ethos 
 
10.0
Group Atmosphere 
 
10.0
Quality of Pre-Climb Advice 
 
10.0
Speed of Response to Correspondence 
 
10.0

Kili 6 days via Lemosho Route - superb team

Pre-trip, David answered all our questions by skype or email very promptly.
On the hike, Jacob Slaa was a superb chief guide. Very experienced, capable and reassuring, and with an infectious laugh! His 2iC was Frank Nnno, a great conversationalist and a great role model, very approachable, super competent.
Great variety of quality food prepared by Nico. Excellent soups, a range of hot drinks. Only thing we didn't like was the sugary white bread, bah!
Tents were always set up well and promptly with a ground sheet and no leaks.
With the support from the guides, we all summited.
Overall, a totally awesome experience.
Hats off to Jacob, Frank & the team: you guys were superb! :))))

Kilimanjaro Tour Operators

Route Climbed
Lemosho
Name of Mountain Guide
Jacob Slaa
Date of Summit Attempt
August 25, 2013
Did you reach Uhuru Summit?
Yes
Name of Climb Booking Agent
team Maasai
Number of Climbers in Your Group
3
How many of the group reached the summit
3.00
Number of Days Spent on Kilimanjaro
6
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Overall rating 
 
9.9
Value for Money 
 
10.0
Intelligence of Route Configuration 
 
10.0
Ascent Strategy 
 
10.0
Guidance from Climb Leader 
 
10.0
Attentiveness of Staff 
 
10.0
Discipline of Staff 
 
10.0
Courtesy / Friendliness of Staff 
 
10.0
Integrity of Management 
 
10.0
Variety of Food Served 
 
10.0
Quality of Food Served 
 
10.0
Quality of Equipment 
 
9.0
Condition of Equipment 
 
9.0
Spaciousness of Tents 
 
10.0
General Standard of Organisation 
 
10.0
Cohesion of Staff 
 
10.0
Enthusiasm of Staff 
 
10.0
Perceived Job-Satisfaction of Staff 
 
10.0
Company Ethos 
 
10.0
Group Atmosphere 
 
10.0
Quality of Pre-Climb Advice 
 
N/A
Speed of Response to Correspondence 
 
10.0

Team Maasai

Team Maasai is a new team, consisting of Maasai people, which offers to klimb Mount Kilimanjaro for less money than most tour operators, while guaranteeing high quality.
The team was incredibly helpful, kind, encouraging and supporting. So we felt comfortable during all the time. What we appreciated very much too is that three times the Team surprised us with original Maasai singing and dancing :-).
Furthermore, the food was very tasty and we enjoyed it very much (there was always more than enough).
Furthermore I would like to mention that our mountainguide Kefas was outstanding. He was not only totally reliable, trustworhty, most kind and supporting. On top he
always chose the right walking speed (while other guides rushed and the clients felt exhausted) and he made additional acclimatisation tours with us in the afternoons. What the most
stunning experience was the summit day, when he sang for us all the way up to give us energy and to encourage us. This helped so much and it is not surprising, that Kefas manages to bring all his clients to the summit.
Since Team Maasai is low priced, the tent is a little older (but not smaller than other tents), there is no eating tent (which is fine, since the "waiter" always serves the food in the tent and it's not necessary to leave the warm tent in the cold evenings) and there is no toilet. Considering this last point, I recommend renting a toilet on top of the equipment included in the price. This little bit of luxury is recommendable - particularly for women.

Kilimanjaro Tour Operators

Route Climbed
Machame
Name of Mountain Guide
Kefas
Date of Summit Attempt
July 22, 2013
Did you reach Uhuru Summit?
Yes
Name of Climb Booking Agent
Team Kilimanjaro
Number of Climbers in Your Group
2
How many of the group reached the summit
2.00
Number of Days Spent on Kilimanjaro
8
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Team Maasai

From June 1-7 I have hiked to Uhuru peak with team Maasai, under the
guidance of Jackson. I would like to recommend Jackson as a skillful
and very sympatethic guide. My overall experience with the team was
also very satisfying and I am impressed by the organization of this
trip.

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