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Feb 5, 2018 - Coffee

Sunday while I was still in Moshi I decided to go out to a coffee plantation tour that is organized by a farmers cooperative. Of course I got the best view of Kilimanjaro when I wasn't looking for it. I enjoyed the tour. While most of the beans are sold for less than 50 cents a pound to the big companies, my guide showed me the process which would be the same except done on a large scale. Most of the ripe berries had been picked but it seemed that there were berries in all stages still on the bushes. He picked a few then used a machine to...

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Feb 3, 2018 - Kilimanjaro

I decided to take a weekend off to go see Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano that is the highest mountain in Africa - a little higher than Rainier. It is the middle of summer here and of course very close to the equator so Hemingway's famous snows are pretty sparse. I didn't feel any need to go to base camp so I went to Moshi which is the small city that closest to the mountain, although there are towns closer. I just watched the mountain for more than an hour close to sunset. For those of you who are into trivia, Lion King was...

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Feb 1, 2014 - The real Africa?

This morning has been really eye opening. Several of us have been into the nearby town of Moshi and it was an experience to say the least. If the retail scrum at the Mweka gate yesterday was bad then today has been even worse. When we were waiting for people outside a craft shop the bus was literally besieged by people trying to sell us the same things that we were offered (and refused) outside the gate yesterday: t-shirts, bracelets, hats and flags. The touts really need to work on their sales pitch because when we weren't buying anything...

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Jan 31, 2014 - Long looked for luxuries...

So we have finally finished trekking and are back in the luxuries of the Weru Weru River lodge where I am again sat relaxing by the pool under the hot African sun. The walk down from the high camp where we spent last night was good, passing down through the tropical jungle that surrounds the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro. With each passing step people were starting to recover from the varying maladies that have been acquired as a result of the reduced oxygen levels of high altitude. Unfortunately the descent was tough as we lost 2,000m in...

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Jan 30, 2014 - rising, like Olympus above the Serengeti

So here it is, the big part of the trip. What can I say? Seeing Kilimanjaro from the hotel on Saturday with its glaciers rising high into the African sky, the sheer lunacy of what we were about to attempt was visibly brought home to us. We were told that the "dead" hours between 3-5am would be the worst as it is when the night is at its coldest and the really vital thing is to keep a positive attitude. Again Dave's "attitude not aptitude will get you altitude" was proved incredibly accurate and in his briefing last night Dave said that we...

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Jan 25, 2014 - Best laid plans...

So it has finally happened and we have taken our first footsteps on Mount Kilimanjaro. We left the hotel in reasonably good time (at 8am) for a 45 minute bus ride to the Machame gate which provided an amazing panorama of the mountain and the entire plateau leading up to, and over, Kibo. At the gate we met up with our porters (who will be integral to the success of this trip) and watched them weigh each of their loads, eventually haggling over the weight of the loads that they will carry for us on the mountain. To put it into perspective,...

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Aug 14, 2012 - Home again

Home again and first service carried out on Landcruiser. Mild sump leak easy to fix otherwise everything is fine. We figured out that at some point in time the dipstick must have been changed which is why when you fill the right amount of oil it sits above the high point. Fuel cans came off the roof rack as well as the spare tire. 16,000 + kms without a puncture. Now its a question of sorting out the photos and sharing our pics etc. I feel we have some many experiences yet to fully absorb, just a fantastic experience and I am already...

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Aug 10, 2012 - Moshi to Home

OK without Internet somewhat limited ability to provide anyone with an update. The great news is that my car is in better shape now than when it left Nairobi 7 weeks ago. So some special thoughts about the trip: 1. There is of course no problem that you cannot solve when you are on a trip like this and that you will in the course of trying to solve these challenges meet some of the best people possible. And folks will go out of the way to be helpful. Maun may have been a challenge but I have a new nickname (leaky crankshaft) and I did meet...

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Aug 9, 2012 - Day 48 Mikumi to Moshi

We left Mikumi at 6.30 this morning still dark - we drove through Mikumi National Park and saw Giraffe, Buffalo and several other animals. It was a long tiring drive which eventually took us to Moshi with the magnificent view of a nearly clear Mt. Kilimanjaro. We have arrived safe after 653 KM. 380 KM tomorrow and God willing we should be home safe. By Thomas

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Apr 12, 2012 - Leaving

"No you don't! Just bugger off" said Lynitta as I suggested that perhaps I should just check my tyre pressures before I left. Alan and Lynitta are an Ozzie couple who own Wildebeest camp and we had had become pretty good mates over the last few years of staying there. I was ready to go and felt nervous and Lynitta's command was what I needed to prevent any further procrastinations. So fond farewells were said, luck was wished and I was off. The drive to Namanga on the Tanzanian border was uneventful although the roads were busy with trucks,...

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Aug 12, 2011 - Pre-Climb Moshi Time

I'm having to go back a week now since I have had no opportunity to write until now. Lottie, the jack of all trades at the Kilimanjaro Safari Lodge in Moshi Shanty town was bartender, waiter, tour guide and mind reader.  He is a very quiet unassuming man who has a big smile that comes out when he is nervous or happy and gets a very quiet contemplative look on his face when he is confused and makes an audible "hmmmm" noise. I spent the most time with Lottie but by the time I left many of the staff felt like old friends because...

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Aug 11, 2011 - Vancouver - Seattle - Frankfurt - Addis Ababa - Kilimanjaro / Moshi Shanty Town

I'll apologize now because the internet is slow and if my paragraph breaks don't work I'll have to sort them out after. I have written pages so far in my journal but the timer is counting down from 33 mins right now and my "escort" for the day is patiently waiting for me so I'll have to keep this brief. After an all night packing session and a few final runs to the store I managed to get everything in my one large pack and my day pack (half of which is taken up with my camera) and I was even able to carry it all. I was...

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