The beautiful Mt Kilimanjaro
Trip Start Dec 12, 2010
147Trip End Jan 05, 2012
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After a delightful conversation I headed to the camp site where we ate dinner when suddenly the heavens opened and the place is sopping wet ! Already beautifully green and lush (due to continual rain) I wonder how the campers will fare tonight and feeling sorry for them offer that should they get wet or uncomfortable during the night they are welcome to use the ‘spare’ bed in my room. I decide to walk back to my room and in the 500 meters I must walk I get absolutely drenched and when I open the door to the room my nice new and very dry umbrella stares up at me from the table (DOH). Regardless I have a lovely HOT shower (YIPPEE) and just in the middle of lathering up I hear a loud ‘POP’ crackle…and then the power shuts down. Entirely in the dark, I complete showering and then check outside to find my room is the ONLY one cloaked in darkness! (Murphys law again?).
The bed side table lamps and one power point are all that still have power so I pack in semi darkness and plug in my laptop to charge over night (at least I can use the hairdryer in the morning ahhhhhh). I sleep like a baby waking up only once around 3am to pull up the warm blanket as it feels a little cool
I reach the truck, deposit my bag in the luggage cabin and head over for breakfast everyone seems to have fared well through the night apart from a little dampness everything was ‘hunky dorey’! Today we are driving only 5 minutes up the road initially to walk into Mshiri village which is situated high on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro (fondly known as Kili). You are able to participate in organized climbs (with a local guide provided) but it takes around 5 days to do as there are many levels where you need to stop to acclimatize to the high altitude. One of our group is hoping to go back in October to do the climb which is awesome. We have the opportunity to take some lovely photos of the Mountain because the cloud cover has moved, revealing the peak just in time for us
Our local guide was a lovely young man in his mid twenties named Praise. I learned later that this was a ‘religious’ name given to him at church when he was young by the missionaries however his real name is 20 letters long and practically unpronounceable so Praise it was ! This boy was a WEALTH of information and an inspiring man for one so young. He is studying wildlife conservation at college and hopes to one day become a guide for the Serengeti and is so passionate about his country and maintaining its wildlife and natural resources that it was a pleasure to walk with him and listen to his concerns and dreams for over an hour. For the meantime he is working part time during his breaks from study at the Mt Kilimanjaro National Project which ensures that his skills as a guide are enhanced and his practice/use of English is improved. I wished him well at the end of our tour because he certainly deserves to do well considering his enthusiasm and positive attitude.