"We found Joining Safaris on TripAdvisor while looking for a last minute Kilimanjaro option in Moshi. They were able to find us another group on the route we wanted to do (Lemosho Route) in order to save us a bit of money. The total price wasn't the absolute cheapest that we found, but the service was so wonderful that it was completely worth it. We wanted to do the 8 days, whereas the other group was only doing 7 days, so in the end we essentially had our own little team of two guides, porters, chef & waiter. Just enough for a really comfortable trek, but not too many. We were given any gear we needed as part of the price. Worth checking the gear to make sure you are comfortable with it, the guys will find other gear if needed. The sleeping bags didn't seem like they would be warm enough, so Erick immediately sourced us some super warm ones. Our guides were Saraji & Moses and they were both very experienced and competent, we felt safe the whole time. They had started out as porters, so knew the route extremely well. Perhaps not as much nature guiding as you would have with a guide school guide (they would often be chatting amongst themselves while leading us along the route), but for the trek safety was the most important thing for us. We reached the summit nice and early to watch the sunrise and it was overall a wonderful trek. Food was quite basic, but plentiful which is what you need when trekking and there was always enough water, plus tea, coffee etc. Post trekking popcorn is the best! Erick came out and met us at the end of our trek which was lovely.
We then went on to do a 3 day budget safari as well. We wanted to do Arusha NP, Ngorongoro & Tarangire, which isn't really a popular route, but Erick was happy for us to keep delaying the start date in the hope of finding others to join, We didn't in the end, but he gave us a really good price for a private safari for just the two of us. Our guide was Emmanuel and he was excellent. Spotting animals and stopping in all the right places for photos. Our cook was also very good, the food was fantastic, although sometimes took a little but long to come out, I think because he was working on making it so perfectly! There were some logistical teething problems at the start with the Ngorongoro permits, but these were worked out and I think they were because we had chosen an unusual itinerary. Overall it was really wonderful, and seemed like excellent value considering what we paid.
Highly recommend Erick and Joining Safaris. He will go out of his way to help you with trekking and a safari and can be trusted 100%. Wish we could go back to do some more trips with them!"