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Tougher, higher and more beautiful than we had ever imagined, Kilimanjaro, and Tanzania in general, superseded all our expectations, and while our mission to Uhuru Peak was no walk in the park, it was certainly worth every headache, every cold night in a tent, and every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!
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Hey, we were just wondering how it was going for you this morning! Well done – really look forward to the photographs.
Thank you Annie! You will probably be bored of our photos in a few days – we have thousands!! 🙂
He he – try us, we have a very soft spot for SA 😉
Congratulations and glad your trip was a “no problem”, Hakuna Matata kind of trip although tiring. Looking forward to more stories and photos.
Thank you Lynne! We look forward to sharing 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS! You have every right to BE PROUD! I look forward to reading all about it.
Thank you very much Tahira! 🙂
Congratulations! While you were away for seven days in the merciless cold, I booked a seven day cruise. You have better stories, but I need the break.
Hi Jane! Wow, lucky you!! When and where are you going?
Not until February. It’s just be a little jaunt to St. Martin, St. Thomas and Nassau with three days at sea. I’ve actually been to all those destinations. I was just looking for a bargain in extreme relaxation for my best friend, our husbands and myself.