If you’re looking for Kili inspiration, this is it: the chance to climb Africa’s highest peak with a group of local women to raise awareness about inequality, land rights and climate change.
Technically, there’s only one way to climb Kilimanjaro: up. More specifically though, there are six: Marangu, Machame, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Northern and Umbwe.
It’s time to follow the trade winds and make tracks to the spice island of Zanzibar. And yes, that is as exotic as it sounds.
It was a cool morning in Tanzania, and my husband and I rose a little earlier than most to sneak into the sheltered kitchen and grab coffee before the breakfast rush. The tents were beginning to stir, but we had a few minutes alone to enjoy the first of the sun’s rays, the squawking of unnamed birds, and to stares of the giraffes nearby.
There are many organisations around the world doing good things. And the Village Education Project Kilimanjaro is one of those organisations.
In Africa, most action takes place on the streets and roadsides – people hawking their wares, kids running to and from school, friends chatting. There’s always movement and there’s always food.
From sloths hanging out, to whales breathtakingly breeching and lions stalking their prey – when we asked you about your best experiences with animals when travelling, we were inundated with more than 2700 special moments.
Selecting just a small handful to share for you was one tough task, but here are 15 of the most fabulous animal encounters from travellers…
Could 2014 be your year to get really high? We mean a 5,895 metre kind of high…to the roof top of Africa! And why might you do it? For the personal challenge of pushing yourself beyond your usual limits? To get more girls into school? Because it’s there?
Well the answer for Intrepid employees Amy Bolger and Ronnie Albanis and two groups of Intrepid travellers who recently conquered Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, was all of the above! And what an experience it was! They tell us more about the whys, the highs and the preparation needed to get there:
Intrepid’s Skye Gainey wondered if East Africa would live up to her high expectations when she finally had the chance to travel to Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania…