We have dreamed about it for years, we have talked about it for months, and now I am very happy (and quite proud!) to say we have done it, “it” being of course – the conquering of Mount Kilimanjaro!
Tougher, higher and more beautiful than we had ever imagined, Kilimanjaro, and Tanzania in general, superseded all our expectations, and while our mission to Uhuru Peak was no walk in the park, it was certainly worth every headache, every cold night in a tent, and every gruelling step to the summit.
During our 7-day Machame Route tour, we witnessed breathtaking scenery, crossed over five different ecological zones, and made new friends amongst our group of porters and guides. The Tanzanian people made us feel right at home on their ‘Mountain of the Gods’, and despite their busy schedules of packing and unpacking our tents, mess tents, toilet tents (aptly renamed “the internet café”) and fetching water from local streams, they always greeted us with huge smiles, a quick chat and quite often a song!
Our hike to the Roof of Africa was, perhaps, more challenging than we had anticipated, but it was also more rewarding than we had ever dreamed, and as I attempt to put our week on ‘Kili’ into words over the coming weeks, I hope we can give those who are thinking of climbing Africa’s highest mountain, a real insight into this adventure of a lifetime.
Kilimanjaro – Hakuna Matata!