Long time on the bucketlist

20 January 2023 | Maikel en Matthijs

It had been on the bucket list for a long time and in 2022 we decided not to put it off any longer and start booking.

After doing some research ourselves, we ended up at Explore Tanzania, where our plans were discussed and adjusted to a more realistic time frame. Clear, honest information that immediately gave us a good feeling.

January 20th it was finally time! We said goodbye to our families and headed for Kilimanjaro! After the briefing with the guides we spent a day in Moshi and the next morning we were picked up by the entire crew. A nice ride to the starting point of the Rongai route and off we go.

The first days were fine, we had enough time to enjoy the changing landscape and to acclimatize. The care was top notch, every meal surprised what the cook knows how to make on one gas burner.

The nights are getting a little colder and after a few hours of rest/sleep on the 4th evening we leave around midnight on the trek to the top. In the pitch dark with no idea where the end of the climb is we follow the guide. After a few hours we reach Gillmans Point and realize that we are now very close. The last hour was tough for me, but pole pole continued and finally made it to the top! What a great feeling to stand there with the breathtaking sunrise!

The way back is by daylight and we can also see the route we took to the top, impressive to see it only then. After descending and a the last night in the tent, we had a nice trip to the exit of the park where we received the certificate and say goodbye to the crew.

After a long hot shower and a good night’s rest, we traveled to Mto Wa Mbu for a few days where we visited a village walk and a luxury resort.

After this a day to Lake Manyara National Park and a day to Ngorongoro. Both locations are completely different and both times we got to see a lot of wild animals, very cool to experience everything at such a short distance from the animals.

Then the adventure is really over and we drive to Arusha for the last night and we return home with a very satisfied feeling!

Maikel en Matthijs

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