Kilimanjaro Day 1: The Situation

Tanzania, home to Kilimanjaro, a giant stratovolcano peaking at 5895 meters above sea level. Comprised of 3 peaks: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira; the latter two are extinct while Kibo still lies dormant. Out of its crater Kibo emits gas and molten magma lies a mere 400m below its summit. Uhuru peak is the highest point […]

Kilimanjaro Day 2: Moshi

Uhuru and Mawenzi The seven of us departed Oliver Tambo airport on the 30th September 2011 at 21:00, bound for Dar es Salaam. Actually the time of departure was about a half-hour later. David and Pierre were summoned several times over the intercom whilst at the pub. They were well on their way to not […]

Kilimanjaro Day 3: Shira Plateau

At the foot of Kili there were literally hundreds of porters getting ready to load bags and depart through the rain forest region which covers the first day’s ascent. Mega-bus loads of aspiring hikers were also getting out the buses and making their way to sign indemnity forms and pick up their pack lunches. I […]

Kilimanjaro Day 4: Barranco Valley and Karanga

The next morning after kitting up we headed off up the winding path. We soon learned a lot of Swahili on the way up the mountain, as each guide passed us there would be an exchange of lingo and laughter..’Safi kama samaki!’ this one guy said, carrying a huge duffel bag on his neck as […]

Kilimanjaro Day 5: The Summit

We rolled into Barafu camp at around 12pm. There was not a lot of flat ground to be had and tents were pitched hap-hazzardly trying to wedge in as many people as possible. Some parties were camped for a couple of days, getting in as much acclimatising as possible. Remaining at this altitude of 4500m […]

Kilimanjaro Day 6: The dirty descent

Time was of the essence and we couldn’t cavort up here much longer, besides, the ache at the back of my head was still nagging like an aggravated fish-wife on PMS. About halfway back to Stella who should we see, but David! A porter under each shoulder, the big man looked absolutely beaten. He had […]

Karanga to Base camp (Additional photos)

Camping at Karanga- Day 4. The mist and clouds surround Kibo permanently. This image was made possible during a 15 minute opening just after 10 am on departure. It was completely enshrouded the rest of the time. The valley where magma once flowed. Kibo enshrouded by mist A moonscape devoid of all life at 4000m+ […]