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S: TANZANIA 2010

FC: TANZANIA SEPTEMBER 2010 SAFARI KILIMANJARO ZANZIBAR

2: Flight path from London to Nairobi | Calgary to London 7058 km (4386 miles) London to Nairobi 6820 km (4238 miles) | First stop is an overnight in London, then on to Africa for an amazing adventure

3: A change of planes in Nairobi and it's off to the Kilimanjaro airport | Passing by Mt. Kilimanjaro, visible above the clouds ... rather scary knowing that we'll be climbing it soon | Comparing mountain heights

4: Here we meet Paulo, our tour director and our fellow travellers, a great group of 10 people | We board the bus and head out to our first stop | Scheduled arrival time is 0830 | The road that we take goes from South Africa to Egypt | Important piece of paper - Tanzania requires proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever before allowing entry | Actual arrival time | So far so good!! | L I S A | A L A N | S T U | T O M | K A T I E | L I V | S U E | P E T E R | L I Z | KAREN

5: We repack our bags with only our safari gear, leaving things for the Kili climb behind for a few days. Paulo labels everything so we can actually find it when we return to pick it up | After a 1.5 - hour drive we arrive at the Ilburo Safari Lodge | Oh oh, this is our tour rating. It promises to be "challenging and tough". Should have read that before leaving home. | H E L P ! !

6: After lunch at the lodge we board two safari vehicles. Let the adventure begin !!

7: Driving through Arusha's main street and ...

8: It's the dry season so the trees and grass are quite brown | ... outta town

9: Just outside of Arusha we experience the first of many animal sightings , | and watch in awe as some elephants come lumbering out of nowhere

11: Continuing along the road towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

12: Several monkeys have commandeered a jeep and a cute little fella entertains us by scrambling up a wall to sit on a window sill | Gate at Ngorongoro

13: It's dusty ! Trees and grass on the side of the road are covered in dirt

14: A bit farther up the road brings us to the edge of the crater which we will visit tomorrow | Lodge where we'll stay for the first night | The Welcoming Committee

15: First African sunset | Most comfy cozy bed of the whole trip | Katie and Liv | A misty view from the balcony. At night this becomes a feeding ground for herds of buffalo

16: A foggy morning | It's rather chilly as we leave for the crater | But it starts to clear up as we get farther down the mountain

17: The first zebra sighting ... they walked across the road right in front of us!! | There are lots of hairpin turns on the way down to the crater floor | Colourful garb

18: A rare black rhino and baby put in an appearance

19: Other kinds of creatures

20: We thoroughly enjoyed the amazing variety of birds and animals | A speck on the horizon turns out to be a spotted hyena

21: ! | You've been warned

22: Just lion around | ! ! L I O N S ! ! | 3-month-old cub hanging out near mama

23: Another mom and kid enjoying the afternoon

24: Heading towards the Serengeti and the camp that will be home for 2 nights | These are the only cheetahs that we saw

25: We climb a small hill where we can see for miles over the extensive plain. Dark areas are shadows from clouds | At the park entrance

26: Lisa's and my tent, #35 | Beds are surrounded by mosquito netting. Candles are provided because the power goes out at 2300

27: Enjoying the early morning light | Footprints of animals that passed by the tent in the night | One of several people who patrol the campsite all night to ensure the there are no animal - people encounters. They also escort people back to their tents from the restaurant, as it's pitch black and easy to get lost. Our tent was a 15 - minute walk away

28: The restaurant had both inside and outside seating areas | A couple of odd-looking birds perched high in the trees | Poster identifying prints of the animals - handy for checking out who was outside the tents at night

29: Non-operative phone booth must be for decoration | This is the guy we trust to hold our tip money ? | Aloe vera grows wild just outside the campsite | Aloe vera grows wild outside the campsite | Ben our driver extraordinaire, Wenlock a fellow traveller,and Paulo our amazing tour director

30: We are treated to some beautiful sunrises around 0645 . Everyone gathers to [watch the start of the new day

35: A full day in the Serengeti

36: At the Hippo Pool | Almost a showdown between a croc and a hippo | Ahhh, life is good !!

37: BIG yawn | Alan and Lisa enjoy the very entertaining hippo show | Very special treat in the washroom, if you dare look up ... | B | athroom ats ! ! | ... just hanging around ...

38: Time to leave the park | Enroute to the airport for our flight to Arusha | Ben and The Gang ... farewell to a wonderful driver who who kept us laughing and whose keen eyes easily spotted animals that were far off | Universal lineups at the women's washroom | Serengeti Airport Terminal

39: Our Pilots | No assigned seats here. Just find a place | The flight takes about 55 minutes | Cutting grass between the runways | The safari is over, Kilimanjaro is next

40: Shopping for energy food, mostly Mars bars, before the climb | Calling all bargain hunters out there | The bus that takes us to our hotel in Marangu

41: We're very impressed by the Kilimangaro Mountain Resort and are determined to enjoy it, as the next 5 nights will be on a mountain

42: Bags are packed and it's time to head to Nale Moru to begin climbing | Liv, Tom, Lisa, and Katie in the van heading to the park gate | The lobby is teeming with several groups of hikers

43: T h e G a n g | Sign In and Waiting Area | "Points to Remember" | A few final adjustments to the packs, a few nervous moments ... what have we got ourselves into !!

44: First part of the route is a well-marked path. | Corn, grown on the lower part of the mountain, is ready for market | A small mountain village | The ringleader of an army of kids who came out to greet us | This is where we first heard "pole pole" | This us EASY

45: A quick lunch break, then back to the trail

46: One more break before reaching camp | Signing in upon arrival | Getting the dirt off, and out | Liz is NOT impressed with the wilderness facilities

47: Katie keeping her trip diary current | A Swahili lesson by Alan, King of the Mountain | Dinner in the mess tent | Liv and Tom enjoying tea and popcorn - a welcome and unexpected treat | Our first experience of Kili camping

48: Lisa and I in our mountain "home" | Each morning and evening hot water basins are delivered to our tents for "washy washy". It's dusty up here and this is the only way to get clean | Campsite is quickly taken down while we are having breaky. We're off on Day 2

49: "TO THE LEFT !!" Etiquette is that hikers move to the left when porters are overtaking the group so they can pass easily | We are astounded at their ability to move so quickly with those heavy loads on their heads and shoulders

50: It's a steep climb this morning. Trees are shorter and the HOT sun is beating down. The overheated crew really welcomes their breaks | Yeah, a cave, nice and cool!!

51: It's a relief to arrive at the camp where we will have lunch, as now the wind is chilly, a contrast to the heat of the sun

52: Liv checks out the map of Kili to make sure we're on track | Paulo catches up on the news | Pete and Liz give their feet and legs a much-needed break | Thanks to Joseph the cook we have a very tasty lunch before heading out

53: The trail leads ever higher. The crew is weary and today's hike is long

54: How did this happen? We're above the clouds already and it's only Day 2 | After today's exhausting hike we can't wait to get to sleep | We are thrilled to arrive at camp

55: Day 3 and the sun is shining brightly. We all feel better after a good rest | The portable flushing toilet ... a pleasant surprise and much better than the bush !! | And in case you were wondering ...

56: Paulo gets us on the trail around 0830 this morning | Mawenzi Peak in the distance

57: The landscape is so different at a higher altitude | Lisa takes a power nap

58: A short steep walk brings us to our third camp by early afternoon

59: At this height the clouds are right on the ground. We could walk through them, and they would blow right into us

60: We do an acclimatization walk to help adjust to the altitude. "Walk high sleep low" is the mantra | Our campground is small in the distance

61: Heading down after about half an hour | Alan, King of the Mountain, kindly dishes out the soup tonight | At sunset | Many feet have been on this path before us

62: "Beddy tea", made to order, is brought to our tents every morning while we are still in our sleeping bags. What service !! | On Day 4, camp is packed up and we head out across the Lunar Desert. The wind is quite chilly today

63: We arrive at camp in the early afternoon. After lunch, we go to bed around 1600 in preparation for an all-night climb | We can see our destination, Kibo Hut, 14 km in the distance | Liz takes a rest stop on a rock

66: At 2300 comes the wake-up call. We have something to eat and start walking at one minute to midnight | Our first stop out of 4. They are short, as around 0300 it gets quite cold and we need to keep moving

67: We hike back and forth "pole pole" in a switchback pattern all night. Soon the eastern sky starts to light up | Our last stop before Gilman's Point

68: Day 5 at 0615 we arrive at Gilman's Point totally ELATED!! | Someone looks a bit sleepy ... | ... maybe out too late last night? | Our trusty trail guides have already arrived to brew a pot of tea for us

69: View from Gilman's Point | We're not quite done yet, as there is one more challenge ... a 3-hour round-trip hike would take us to the highest point in Africa

72: On we forge until we arrive at that infamous signpost at the highest point on the African continent

73: It's a short stop, as we need to get down to where there's more oxygen

74: It's a rapid descent back to Kibo Hut, then downwards to our last camp | The summit from Camp Horombo. Hard to believe we were up there just a few hours ago | Last Kili sunrise

75: Reading a note from home. Who knew there was mail delivery on Kili ! | Day 6 and time to say farewell to the cook, guides, and porters. It took 37 people to get 10 of us up Kili

76: The path to the park gate takes us through a beautiful tropical forest with huge trees and waterfalls

77: We're BAAACK !! We enjoy our first showers in 6 days plus have a great sleep in real beds | The amazing and unforgettable journey of the past 6 days

78: It's now time for some R&R on the island of Zanzibar | On the way to Fumba Beach Lodge

79: A welcome drink in a coconut shell awaits | This is home for 3 days | View out the front doors | The tide goes out every evening, but it makes checking the nets easy. This yields the catch of the day for lunch | Our little house guest

80: Around the Lodge | One night we had dinner on the beach with the sound of the waves and the full moon overhead | Raking the beach !

81: Beautiful sunsets over the Indian Ocean

82: The Dhow is a traditional sailing boat used by the people of Zanzibar | Dhows are sailing vessels with one or more masts with triangular sails.. They are trading vessels primarily used to carry heavy items like fruit, fresh water or merchandise in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean regions. Larger dhows have crews of approximately thirty, smaller ones typically around twelve

83: It's a beautiful day and Lisa enjoys the sunshine and the ocean | Lots of bright-coloured flowers

84: Next stop is Stone Town and our hotel, The Swahili House | View from the Rooftop Restaurant | Paulo sorts our bags while we wait at the outdoor snack bar

85: Christopher our tour guide shows how a plant can yield "soap" | A holding cell | Memorial to the slaves | A church now stands where the market once did | We got settled in, then headed off on a walking tour of Stone Town | First stop - the former Slave Market

86: Walking through the fish market. It's slightly smelly here and we find many mystery things for sale ... kind of scary

87: Wandering through narrow winding streets to the Monsoon Restaurant. It's a relief to sit down, even on the floor

88: Visit to the museum of the History of Zanzibar

89: The square in front of the museum comes to life at night | Remember to get a nummy drink of sugar cane juice

90: Interior of the Swahili House, a former palace | Rooftop sunsets

91: At our farewell dinner, Paulo presents us with our certificates for the climb

92: It's tall buildings and congested roads here ... what a contrast | Jacaranda tree | On a 12-hour stop in Nairobi on the way home

93: This fella is lookin' good at over 100 years old | Visit to the Railway Museum and the Natural History Museum

94: Giving treats to a giraffe at the Giraffe Centre | Toyota vehicles are very common here | Yes, this is the jawbone of a giraffe ... | ... and a femur ... it's HEAVY | So is walking and lying on the ground

95: Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant before James drops me off at the airport | Home again to streamers and balloons and flowers | Cubby even decorated a bag of her food for me to sort out | THIS WAS LITERALLY A MOUNTAINTOP EXPERIENCE!!

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