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 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 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 […]