What a day yesterday was… after leaving the Serengeti behind we headed north to try and find a road that would take us to Kenya. We inspected some nice lodges along the way and then made our final push over the Mara River. At a T-junction we took a right turn and after awhile we came across a road block run by local villages who wanted money from us to go further… When we ask one of the guys if this was the road to Kenya, he said its goes to wherever you want it to go. We then worked out that we were heading in the wrong direction anyway.
We like to post safari trips and safari responses on our blog for you to read! Recently, Bart (from Boston USA) returned from Tanzania – our Northern Circuit Camping Tanzania safari… he spent some extra time in Zanzibar! Bart traveled over 10 days over May/June 2009! We asked Bart some general and popular safari questions…. … Read moreTanzania and Zanzibar Safari – Bart, our clients tells all!
Source: ‘The Art of Ink’ magazine, Volume 6 2009
We got lost on our first day in Stone Town, and our sense of direction did not improve the next day, or the day after that.
Zanzibar is still the best-kept secret in the Indian Ocean, with fascinating history and magnificent beaches. An archipelago made up of Unguja and Pemba Islands and several islets, Zanzibar is located some 40 kilometers from the Tanzanian coast. The archipelago is characterized by beautiful, sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magical Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.
Basically, WE LOVED IT! The climb up Kilimanjaro was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We all made the summit and even on Matthew’s 27th birthday – how special – so we sang Happy Birthday to him on the rooftop of Africa. Our guides – Bruno and Christopher – were excellent and really encouraging when we needed it most. I cannot say enough nice things about them. However, the team of porters was also wonderful – very supportive, very nice. As we were a small group, we got to know them fairly well and had a couple of really nice sessions of singing and dancing together, especially on the last morning. The porters and cook, etc. also sang to Matthew. Seeing their smiling faces every day, even when carrying the heavy loads, was amazing.
A Jenman African Safaris’ employee Debbie braved the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, situated in the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro, a now-dormant volcano, rises to 5895 metres and is both the highest point in Africa and one of the highest mountains in the world.
The climb takes six days and the routes can vary, according to your preference. Debbie says that one should be careful which route one chooses, as each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages.