Popote Africa Adventures
Popote Africa Adventures
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Popote Adventure Africa is a local owned tour operator based in Moshi Tanzania. We are specialized in organizing various trip in Tanzania and Kenya such as Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Safari as well as Mt. Kenya climbing, Maasai mara and Ambosel national park safari. We have our own trained guides who will the deliver an amazing and life time experience. We also organized short safari and combined packages. Book with us today and let us enjoy our professionalism together.
Moshi, Tanzania

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Colleen F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Our family of four embarked on the best adventure we have ever done . We did the Machame 7 day route and summit Mt Kilimanjaro on New Year’s Day . Fifteen of the most wonderful people took care of us for a week attending to all our needs. We honestly cannot say enough kind words and thanks to our guides Stanley and Innocent. They kept our comfortable pace for 7 days
Sharing stories and snacks during our long days of climbing and getting to know one another made the days even better.
At the end of each day our base camp tents we are all set up and warm water to wash was waiting for us.
Our cook Joseph made delicious meals for our family and we enjoyed trying new dishes we had never had.
The communication between Sabino and Cynthia the months prior to our trip was exceptional and very timely.
We can’t say enough about Popote African Adventures and HIGHLY recommend this company
To our crew Stanley, Innocent, Joseph, John, Dickson, Magaka,Livin, Abdul,Aron, Ramadan, Gustaf, Elia, Ali,Ibrahim,and Hamza. You made our trip the absolute best. We appreciate all that you did for us and can’t say enough thanks.
Written 7 April 2024
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Larry W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
My daughter (30 yo) and I (66 years old) made an ambitious spur of the moment decision at Xmas 2023 to try and climb Kilimanjaro the following month. We consequently frantically looked for a suitable company to lead us up the mountain on short notice. We selected Popote based on their timely and comprehensive proposal, responsiveness to queries and their excellent reviews on various platforms. That they were a Tanzanian owned company was also a big positive. This turned out to be a great decision.

Our Kilimanjaro team was led by Dulla who impressed us from Day one. I think he knew every rock on the mountain having climbed it 200 times over a 20-year period in various roles from porter through to his current position as lead guide. He was totally committed to getting us up the mountain successfully and safely and left nothing to chance, be that checking our oxygen saturation on a daily basis to gauge how we were responding to the altitude or keeping a close eye on how we were handling the daily treks. All this influenced his planning for how we would tackle summit night and ensure success. Dulla was ably supported by his assistant guide Godfrey who was so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful to us, Mister G is a real Dulla of the future.

What can you say about our tireless porters who carried, all the gear, food, tents up
the mountain on a daily basis and had the camp ready for us when we arrived. They really are our heroes. Then there was Pendeal who managed to have a functional toilet on the mountain as well as doing a porter role. He also often came out to meet us when we were a kilometre or two from camp to help carry our day packs, all with a big smile on his face. Nothing was too much trouble. Every morning, we were greeted with a knock on our tent and a hot cup of coffee and tea by Francis who also served us our meals in the mess tent. Our meals were quite amazing and plentiful considering the lack of facilities our great cook, Fadihl, had. We absolutely loved the soups.

The group was our dream team, and we would never have made it to the top without them. Indeed on summit night, because they had done so much for us, we were determined not to let the team down so there was no way we were not going to make it! Thanks again to Popote and our team for an incredibly rewarding week, we still can’t believe we made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro! We cannot say enough positive things about them. Our team really was the best! A big thank you again to Dulla, Godfrey, Fadihl, Pendael, Francis, Zilla, Yahya, Abdul, Thobias, Hakim and Daniel.
Written 15 February 2024
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Jane P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We booked our safari with Popote based on our neighbor's experience of going with them to climb Kilimanjaro a few years ago. Our trip could not have gone any better! Every detail of the planning was handled with courtesy and efficiency; not a single hiccup in 2 weeks! Cynthia arranged the itinerary, guides, hotels, tent accommodations, drivers, etc., and we were extremely happy with the results. Our guide, Said, made our trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He knew so much about the animals, and I loved that he knew the name of every bird we saw (almost 100!). I still can't believe he never once got the Land Rover stuck in the mud that they call roads. We had hot lunches during our safari, and the food was delicious. Said bent over backwards to make sure our trip was a huge success. We spent a lot of time talking about African culture, and he taught us some Swahili. I would HIGHLY recommend Said and Popote if you want your trip to be truly memorable.
Written 20 January 2024
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Arin
Stockholm, Sweden3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I climbed Kilimanjaro via the Machame route in December 2023 together with Popote. We were three climbers supported by a team of around twelve people. The first day I was welcomed at the airport and transported to my hotel by a genuinely nice guy. We spent a few hours in the car taking a detour through local villages because of an accident blocking the road but it made the first encounter with Tanzania even more interesting.

At the hotel I was greeted by our guide and some other people from Popote and we proceeded to our climbing briefing that included important info and room for questions.

After the briefing was done one of the guides helped me go through my packing to make sure I had everything needed for the climb.

The six days climbing up, and finally reaching the summit would never have been possible without the encouragement and support from the guide, chef, waiter, porters, and office staff.

I can strongly recommend choosing Popote for your Kili climb!
Written 15 December 2023
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Emily L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in September 2023 and had an absolutely amazing experience with Popote! We did the 7-day Machame route and our whole team (5 of us) made it to the top with the support of our amazing guides and porters. We also did a 3-day safari after which was the perfect addition to our trip! While planning the trip we had a lot of questions and we really appreciated how responsive Sabino and Cynthia were! They answered our emails within 24 hours every time and gave great detail. Our climb itself was challenging but so much fun! Our guides - Stanley, Jackson and Felix - we're incredibly kind and really really helped everyone reach the summit. As did our amazing team of Porters including the hilarious Nico! Special shoutout to our Chef Joseph! We love Popote Africa Adventures and I would recommend them to anyone looking to climb Kilimanjaro or go on Safari in Tanzania!
Written 12 November 2023
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Marco W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
After a fantastic climb to Kilimanjaro a few years back with Popote Africa, for me it was clear to book with them again when coming back to Tanzania. And we ended up having a fantastic safari experience!

Our guide, Aggrey, was amazing. He made sure that we would have the most unique and wonderful safari experience. Everything worked like a charm and we spent 4 unforgettable days in Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP and Ngorogoro Conservation Area.

Aggrey is very knowledgeable and can tell you everything from wildlife, culture, nature and history but will also be very respectful if you feel like resting or enjoy some time privately.

The lodges chosen were stunning and all the staff take very good care of you. Delicious meals and drinks, amazing rooms, spectacular views and game drives and hearing wildlife in the camps at night made our experience unforgettable.

The communication with Sabino has been great and responsive. He made sure that we didn't have to take care of anything once we have arrived at Kilimanjaro aiport.

We would definitely recommend this trip to family and friends and when coming back to Tanzania we will definitely book with Popote again.

Asante sana, Aggrey, for a great time!
Written 12 November 2023
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Cameron G
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I originally booked a 9 day Mt Kilimanjaro climb, taking the Northern Route with Popote back in May 2020, however the Covid pandemic forced me to postpone the booking. I contacted Popote earlier this year (2023) to rebook, and they were very accommodating and said I just had give them a commencement date and they would arrange everything and for the same price they had quoted in 2020.
I arrived at Kilimanjaro airport on the 23rd October this year and from the moment I walked out of the terminal, the guys from Popote took care of absolutely everything and provided a first class experience.
My guide, Abdulla (Dulla) met me at my hotel the following day, to discuss the trek, he was extremely professional, but at the same time, friendly and jovial. When referring to the trek he told me ‘One Dream, One Team’, obviously referring to my dream to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and the Popote team that would support me and do everything in their power to ensure that I achieved my dream safely and have an amazing time on the mountain.
Over the next 9 days, that is exactly what I experienced, the Popote ‘Dream Team’ were incredible, not only did they all provide me with friendly, excellent service, but they worked together so well as a team, with never a cross word between them.
Dulla’s knowledge of the local flora, fauna, history and the mountain in general was amazing and the friendly way he imparted that knowledge just great.
I would like to thank each of the Popote team individually for everything they did to make this an incredible adventure that I’ll never forget. First my guide, Dulla, Jafari - chef, Prophet - waiter, Omary – toilet master, Emanuel, Ziban & Nicolous - porters. Also Cynthia from the Popote office personally met with me both before and after the trip to go over the finer points and ensure I had a fantastic time.
If you’re coming to Africa, whether to climb a mountain, go on safari, etc. I would highly recommend Popote Africa Adventures.
Written 5 November 2023
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awoz87
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Highly, highly recommend Popote for climbing Kilimanjaro and a Tanzania Safari! Booking and communication with Sabino and Cynthia was super easy. Our team for Kili was the best, our guides Stanly, Jackson and Felix were super knowledgeable and helpful, Joseph our chef made amazing meals every day and Nico made sure we ate and kept us laughing. All of the guys really went above and beyond to make sure we all safely summited and to make the trip amazing, wouldn’t have wanted to do with it with anyone else.

Our safari was a very similar experience, Joseph our guide was the best, extremely knowledgable and amazing at spotting animals, we got to see a cheetah with 4 cubs, a rhino, many lions and just about everything else we could have imagined.

After spending time with everyone it was really clear going with Popote was the right choice, everyone had so many great things to say about working for Sabino/Popote, exactly the type of business you want to support and see grow.
Written 30 October 2023
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Hugo L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We had a great time with Popote. We took the 6 days Machame and it was a success! Thanks to Cynthia and the whole team to make it happen
Written 16 October 2023
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Brigitte K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Planned was a 9day trek Northern Circuit. But due to AMS I had do go down early. Every single day tup on the mountain the crew with my guide Dulla took super care of me, never felt uncomfortable being a female solo traveller. They do all they can to give you an experience of a life time.
As my programme got mixed up a bit, they helped and organized day trips and I could even prolong the planned Safari. Beatus my Safari guide was excellent. I really felt like part of the Popote family. Cynthia pulled a leg to make everything possible for me. A huge thank you!
Written 10 October 2023
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