FC: Brett and Teresa's African Adventure 2009
1: To Brett Without you I never would have dreamed of this trip, let alone dared to make it a reality. Thank you, my love for 25 years of pushing me to both dream and dare. I love you. Teresa
2: Make the plans, ask for the right Christmas gifts, trial the equipment, get all the shots, do all our Scuba lessons.
3: And so...the journey begins. After years of wishing, months of planning and days of packing, we are finally embarking of the journey of a lifetime. Leg 1: Cambridge to Buffalo by car Leg 2: Fly from Buffalo to New York Leg 3: New York to the desert city of Dubai. Leg 4: Dubai to Dar Es Salaam, capital city of Tanzania Leg 5: Dar Es Salaam to Kilimanjaro
5: Kia Lodge, Kilimanjaro
6: Kirumuru Tented Lodge
7: Lake Manyara National Park | Lake Manyara seemed to be home to babboons. They were everywhere and seemed to own the place. This was the first wildlife preserve we visited.
8: Dawn in the Serengeti
9: The Serengeti | with Rama, our driver and guide | A little dutch influence...these are called Kopjes
11: Animals of The Serengeti Predators and Prey, Young and Old Groups and Loners Small and Large Dead and Alive
12: Sayira Mobile Camp, Serengeti | Two beers, Two showers please!!
13: Best accommodations ever. Tent with a queen size bed and flush toilet, solar lanterns, fire every evening and hearing the lions roar in the night! (and guards if they got too close)
14: Ngorogoro Crater
16: Ngorogoro Sopa Lodge
17: Goodbye to the nature preserves and bring on the mountain!
18: Part 2: Mount Kilimanjaro
19: meeting our guides and our travel companions
22: From Machame Camp to Shira Plateau. The first rainy day of our trip.
24: Shira to Barranco, past the Lava Tower. Not much altitude gain since we go up and down again.
27: Barranco to Karanga. Up the Barranco Wall. Great Fun!
29: Karanga to Barafu: The excitement builds. Tonight we set out for the summit
30: Barafu to Uhura Peak: We got up at 11:00 p.m.to get warmly dressed & get ready. We headed out at midnight...our destination is Uhura Peak, highest point in Africa and highest solitary peak in the world. It's dark but not too cold and we see many headlights ahead of us of other climbers. At about 2:30 I succumb to headaches and take some medication assisted by Stanford. Shortly after we see a crescent moon ascend in the sky. Our guides force us to go very slowly which we both find frustrating but is probably best, especially for me. The night gets colder and colder as we climb and I am having more and more trouble. The headache and the chill are now being compounded by nausea and the elephant that has parked on my chest. Fortunately Brett was feeling great and kept an eye on me as did our great guides. When we reached Stella Peak, we all had hot drinks that our porters had carried up for us, and we had an extended break before the last push to Uhuru. Forty minutes later we arrived at the peak. It was very windy and cold and the temp with wind chill was down to -26C. BUT WE DID IT!
32: The long trek back down. 3 hours back down to Barafu for lunch and a nap. So tired I didn't even really care about the mouse in our tent | Another 3 hours down to Mweka, but celebrations were on hold as we all headed for bed since we had no sleep the night before.
34: Through the tropical forest again, past all the begging children (one asked for my watch) to Mweka Gate and back to the hotel in Moshi
35: The Keys Hotel, where we stayed before and after our climb was a bit of a dump, but the showers worked and that was really all we wanted when we got back. The garden here is the place where we had a chance to sit down and visit with Eddie Frank, the founder of Tusker Trails before we started our climb.
36: Saying goodbye to our travel companions, our guides and the mountain.
38: Part 3: Zanzibar
39: Matemwe Beach Village Asali Suite
40: The afternoon we arrived at Matemwe, the tide was out so we went for a long walk out to the water's edge. Though we had been given the usual request not to collect any keepsakes from the ocean, Brett could not resist picking up a few shells. We continued walking until Brett seemed to be bitten by his pocket. One of his shells was still inhabited. We didn't collect any more after that
41: Out for an afternoon sail on the Indian Ocean in a traditional sailboat.
43: We recorded our dives with Peter (from South Africa, Day 1) and Fabien(Day 2, from France who envied us going back to Canada where there was the option to go skiing) and earned our PADI certifications!
44: Happy 25th Anniversary
47: Shamba Suite We moved out of Asali as it was not available the last night. This one was less secluded but had rooftop hammocks. We had a nice lazy last day.
48: Our little plane that begins our journey home. From Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam, on to Dubai, then the long (14 hr) flight to New York and the short hop to Buffalo where Sean picked us up for the drive back to Cambridge.
49: Happy Anniversary to us!