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Mar 4, 2009 - Mount Meru Trek - Day 3 - Aborted Summit Bid

While we had to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in several inches of snow and otherwise experienced some inclement weather once we had reached the security of our tent while we were doing that trek generally, my dad and I had otherwise enjoyed beautiful weather for the entire duration of his visit. The torrential rainstorm that had occurred yesterday afternoon was an omen of things to come. Late last night, torrential rains pounded Saddle Hut, continuing on and off until our designated 2 a.m. departure time for the summit of Mount Meru. At 2...

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Break From the Law

Mar 3, 2009 - Mount Meru Trek - Day 2 - Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut

I am writing from the comfort of the small dining room here at Saddle Hut, where we will be eating dinner in a little while. Before then, though, i'll try and quickly summarize the course of today's events on the Mount Meru trek. We awoke at Miriakamba Hut early this morning to watch from the deck the sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance as well as Mount Meru looming above the hut. We got to enjoy spectacular views of both, but especially of Mount Kilimanjaro. Thereafter we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before departing with a...

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Break From the Law

Mar 2, 2009 - Mount Meru Trek - Day 1 - Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut

It is 5 p.m., and I am sitting on the balcony of the dining hall of Miriakamba Hut on the slopes of Mount Meru in Arusha National Park. My dad and I today completed the first day of hiking on our three day trek to the summit of Mount Meru. Mount Meru, Tanzania's second highest peak with an elevation of 4566 meters (14,980 feet), is located entirely within the boundaries of Arusha National Park. After four days on safari watching wildlife, a largely passive activity, my dad and I both felt fully rested from our successful summit of Mount...

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Break From the Law

Feb 2, 2009 - A Little Too Much Adventure

Helena and I met up with Jacob at 8am yesterday morning to go hiking in the Mt. Meru foothills. There are several waterfalls in the area and our goal was to hike to one of them. Jacob estimated roughly a 6 hour hike, but it was a bit longer than that. I guess he underestimated our ability to traverse steep, slippery, muddy terrain. It started off as an easy hike through some scenic villages. As mzungas we were quite the spectical. Not many people go simply hiking in this area, so they were probably all wondering what in the world we were...

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Nov 2, 2006 - Arusha

Stephanie's Volunteering Placement Overview: Nkoaranga Secondary School is a private secondary school run by the Tanzania Parent's Association. They enroll students who have completed primary education but do not have sufficient funds for secondary school (or could not get government sponsorship). These students come from economically disadvantaged families and have very little educational support. The school has about 300 students in four grades, from Form I to From IV (ages 13-17). This is the equivalent of upper intermediate schools in...

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Oct 12, 2006 - Snake park

Today we travelled to arusha on our way to dar salaam. We stpped on the way to us a posh hotels swimming pool which was bliss and only cost 1/2 dollar and the chlorine help0ed clean our feet. on the way to arusha we had a air bubble in the fuel pipe of the truck so had to get out and push our 17 tonne truck to the nearest gas station much to the great amusement of the locals who all pitched into help usalthough there were a few noteable exceptions in our group who did not help men would you believe think they were afrai they may break a...

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Sus' BIG TRIP

Sep 14, 2005 - Moshi again (back from Kilimanjaro)

My report is in English, Z's in Hungarian follows.... Back from Kili! We did it!! We got to the top - Uhuru peak - 5,895 meters, (19,000+ feet) and saw the sunrise on Kilimanjaro. I'm glad we did it and happy that I won't have to do it again. It was a lot harder than either of us imagined it would be. The climb on the final day was difficult, but harder still was doing an 8-day trek - what were we thinking?? First of all, the drawings of Kili as a snow capped mountain are way old, there is just a bit of the glacier left, most of the...

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M and Z's Grand Tour

Oct 28, 2004 - Tanzanian Safari, Part 1 - Longido

Written by Karen with assistance from Ted's notes: The first three days of our tour were spent on one of the Cultural Tourism Programmes in a town called Longido located at the base of Mt. Longido, 80km north of Arusha on the road that continues to Nairobi. Longido has a large Maasai population, so the Cultural Tourism Programme there focuses on the Maasai culture and uses Maasai guides. Profits from the Longido tourism program are currently used to improve the town's primary school and water supply. Previous profits were used to build a...

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