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Kilimanjaro Trip Report 2nd September 2017

A trip report written by our lovely guide Louise Lawrence

Photos taken by Brendan Hynes

One of the guides responsibilities post trip is to write a Blog about the expedition, a general story or event that happened. This means that during your journey you are keeping an eye out for funny moments and unique events.  At the end of our trip I was sitting in the hotel bar watching a very unique acrobatic display and enjoying the energy and laughter of the group when I had an idea. I decided I wasn’t going to write about the time on the mountain but instead write about the time off the mountain.

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The Kilimanjaro trip creates its own excitement and hype….Living on the mountain, the porters, the hiking, the sunsets,  the local people, the struggle, the euphoria and so on but we rarely talk about the other experiences that make this such a memorable trip.  I was incredibly lucky to meet such amazing people on my this climb. Kind, funny, energetic and to top it all my sister and great friend were there too.  We arrived to the usual excitement and busy afternoon of the expedition brief, the gear check and the overall planning for the next seven days on the mountain.  However, people still managed to find the time to swim, lie in the sun, have a beer and order dinner.  On this trip we stayed in the Outpost Lodge which has the dining room and bar half inside and half outside, monkeys can be seen in the trees and depending on the time of year the trees are full of amazing purple flowers.  You truly feel like you have arrived in Africa.

On the road journey to the mountain you get your first glimpse of real Africa. The hustle and bustle of traffic, children walking to school, stalls and shops, street food and people working the fields. Everyone is spell bound by the smell, noise and the buzz.

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The trek was incredible, the landscape never fails to take my breath away. The scence if achievement you get when your team summits is always an emotional moment. Dirty, tired and emotional on our way back to the hotel we stop for lunch at a shop/restaurant close to Kilimanjaro. They have porcelain toilets and hand basins – a real treat! We sit and eat in a beautiful courtyard surrounded by art and sculpture created by local artists and let it all soak in. We all take a moment to appreciate what we have achieved. After, we have a nose around the shops and some start building up their collection of African memorabilia! Then back to the hotel for what always seems to be the best shower you will ever have, a cold refreshing drink and our celebratory dinner.  What an evening – stories, food, chatter and a lot of energy until the early hours of the morning!

We have over a full day to soak up more of Africa before we head home.  There is an option of a day’s Safari. Most of our group leave at 6.30am in a big Safari jeeps to return 12 hours later in a state of excitement or as one person said “total sensory overload”. They can’t believe what they have seen in one day; lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants etc in every direction.  Unbelievable.  Some people choose to stay in Arusha and explore and head to local eateries where you can relax in stunning gardens. Gardens with shade, sofas covered in cushions surrounded by trees, monkeys, birds and cocktails!

 

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Meeting up that evening for chats and dinner an acrobatic group arrive at the hotel and to everyone’s amazement put on a show of fire and moves right beside the pool.  It seems like the experiences never end.

The local market is the last visit of our trip.  A short walk from the hotel is the Masai Market full of friendly haggling, back pats and laughter.  I’m never sure who is getting the better deal but both parities seem happy!

Heading to the airport we say goodbye to some of our team. They have taken advantage of flights and are extending their trip to Zanzibar and a multi day Safari – lucky lot!  The final treat before we head home is literally a “flyby” from the pilot – straight past Kilimanjaro. I’m surprised the plane didn’t tilt as half the passengers stuck their noses to the window for a good look!

A twelve day journey of contrasts and stunning experiences – what a trip to Africa.

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