I made an excellent decision by choosing to Climb Kilimanjaro with Chief Tours for the following four reasons:
First, in regards to "social responsibility" and the treatment of the crew (food and lodging), after spending 6 days climbing with Chief Tours, I can testify that Chief Tours meets or exceeds other tour operators.
Second, unlike many of the Kilimanjaro operators, Chief Tours is a Tanzanian company. Therefore, instead of losing a majority of the profit to a head office in Europe, America, or Australia, the profit goes toward developing the local community by way of better wages for Chief Tours employees.
Third, Octait (my guide) was exceptional. He knew all of the short-cuts, and ensured that I was well rested and hydrated at all times.
Fourth, everyday I was served a wide array of fresh and delicious foods. The foods included: Beef, Fish, Chicken, Mango, Pineapple, Avocado, Cassava, and many more.