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Trip Report Just Back: Taming Kilimanjaro and northern Tanzania

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I'm back home in Cape Town after an EPIC 3 weeks in Tanzania and trying to share my experiences as far and wide as possible. Tanzanian tourism has taken a real hit in the past year or so, thanks to misinformed media coverage of Ebola in Africa and the perceived terrorism threat in neighbouring Kenya. So after such an amazing trip I thought the least I could do is try to spread the word and tell you all what a great time we had in the hope that it might encourage more of you to see this beautiful country for yourself.

Our trip started with a hike up Kilimanjaro, one of the most challenging and memorable things I've ever done. Summiting the roof of Africa and looking out on a perfectly clear, sunny was a special feeling that will be hard to beat in this lifetime. A huge mention should be made to the guys who helped us get there. FInd them here: http://www.kilimanjaro-experience.com/

The Tanzanian mountain team were incredible, fun, professional and are the real heroes of this mountain, climbing it countless times a year with up to 25kgs on their backs and with a lot less fanfare greeting them at the summit, or when they get back down again for that matter. A hell of a lot less complaining than us along the way too! I can't emphasise enough how much they made the experience.

Another great thing about Kili is you don't have to be Bear Grylls to climb it. As mountains come, though it's certainly no picnic, it's pretty accessible. We saw people in their 70s climbing . . . and summiting. Amazing feat.

From there it was a week or so's safari on the Northern Circuit, taking in such famous spots as the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater, which certainly didn't disappoint. If there's a positive side to the dip in tourism, it's that there were a lot less cars in the parks and it was much quieter than usual, so it's a good time to visit if these places have been on your list for a while.

The lesser-known Lake Natron was a real highlight too.

I'll be writing more about all of this soon and will also point you in the direction of my photos etc, for anyone that wants to have a squizz. In the meantime, if anyone is planning to head that way soon, feel free to hit me up with any questions on this forum. I'd be glad to help if I can.

Signing off,

Christopher Clark

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