Day 1 - A day at the zoo!

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
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Trip End Jun 12, 2006


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Monday, February 27, 2006

Busy morning before leaving - ATM, internet and a restock on toiletries - $12 for a stick of Right Guard! It will save other people on experiencing my smelly pits though.

I was very careful to check on the other participant's nationalities. 2 Dutch I was told. The guy must have known if he had told me the truth I would have probably not signed up, I was soon to find out the truth - 2 Germans! Marcus who had worked in South Africa for Mercedes Benz for 5 years and Freidel, his mother. There is definitely a big difference in the personalities for the British and the Germans, more than other European countries on the whole. They were very nice indeed and Marcus turned out to be a keen photographer and video enthusiast and had 20kg of equipment including 2 cameras, 2 videos (like the real deal) and lenses, estimated worth must have been a good 20 grand!

Kili was in the clouds for our drive and when we got stopped by the cops, Marcus saw the driver pass over what looked like a bribe.







We arrived at base camp and I was gob smacked - at least 50 hikers and their entourage of 200+ guides, cooks and porters - the place was a zoo. I had though I'd see 10 hikers max. I guess with 35,000 people climbing Kili each year I should have expected this - although the route we were doing wasn't the most popular. We had a 4000ft climb up to Machame camp at 10,000ft that afternoon. It was nicely graded through rain forest and true to its name, Mother Nature through a few showers our way.

We arrived at Machame Camp for about 5pm, just as the clouds were clearing. Some summit views were visible later that evening. Everyone seems to have cell phones nowadays and most of the people seemed to spend their first 20 minutes catching up with loved ones and telling them that they had made camp one safely. I sent my first ever text from a cell phone! Someday I'll be up on all this new technology, but bloody hell I can tell you it took me a long time to type that thing into the phone!
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jonclark2000
jonclark2000 on

Mozambique - alive and well
OK - looks like I'm about one month behind on travelogue. Today is 28th March and I'm in Mozambique and have just returned from a return trip to an island called Ibo on an old traditional fishing boat - lots of stories to come on that one I can assure you! I have a new phone number

+ 258 825526077 it is a Mozambique number. Will probably have it for another week if you have nothing better to do with your time. 7 hours different from EST 2 from the UK.

Hope all is well - please keep the e-mails coming, it's great to hear from you all. Not too much e-mail access over here so sorry again if I don't reply.

Still having a ball.

Jon

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