Kilimanjaro was amazing. Loved it. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be, except for the summit night.Your entire team were absolutely amazing down to the last one. Athumani (King) is a natural leader and would be a success in whatever culture he was born into. I watched the way he observed each of us and picked up our strengths and weaknesses, and then quietly went about resolving any issues he observed. He is genuinely one of the nicest people I have ever met. Maximilian has charisma to burn and will also be a great asset as a head guide. He and King very obviously had the love and respect of the rest of the porters. King seems to have the respect of every other team on the mountain as well. The chefs were brilliant with really high quality food (once I could eat again after the gastro). Freedom carried my gear and was fantastic throughout. A big kudos to Novatus, who performed security and took his role very seriously, never complaining about standing out in the cold. He got my thermals at the end of the trip. The entire group of boys got on well and very obviously knew their roles and took pride in performing them well. The interaction with them and our attempts at learning Swahili was one of the highlights of the trek. Nothing was too much trouble for them, to the point that sometimes I actually felt a bit embarrassed at how much they would do for us. The Safaris were equally enjoyable. Johnston was a knowledgeable, friendly and likable guide, who also has some pretty good driving skills. These were displayed when a series of vehicle were bogged in Serengeti and he managed to get us through easily and then go back and drive a couple of the other vehicles out. It may sound strange, but one of the highlights was Jordan, Johnston and I digging a truck out of the bog, while the girls performed lion watch. (t was in a large expansive plain with unobstructed views for miles, so don’t worry about us being out of the vehicle). Some role reversal with the locals watching us work, but their show of gratitude when we got them out of the bog was heartwarming. The vehicle, accommodation and itinerary, along with the range of animals and landscapes observed, were all excellent and we all really enjoyed the entire experience. King was very positive about you and Ian Taylor Trekking and the way you look after all the boys, which made me very happy that I had chosen you to travel with. I did see some other teams that didn’t seem to have the same positivity and camaraderie that our team had. Our boys were without doubt the most enthusiastic singers. Definitely will recommend Ian Taylor Trekking to anyone considering Kili or a safari.