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Climb KILIMANJARO and say:     "I was at the Top of Africa"
 

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First day is through rain forest most of the day, walking under the canopy, steep and long.

Getting ready to start walking!

First Day at Kilimanjaro

We drove to Kilimanjaro national park in a kombi through rough terrain. I did not realize that the vehicle took us already to an altitude of 1800 mt above sea level.

The park warden did not want to believe that I was going to do the climb without porters. No one climbs without porters.

The climb on the first day was tough and long. 5hrs through rain forest. Magnificent green that hurts your eyes. But it was very steep walking in some places. My pack was too heavy (+- 18 kg) so I am going to leave some stuff tomorrow.

While walking through the forest I saw a variety of delicate beautiful flowers. Deep red with yellow against a curtain of green leaves. Some pink and white with shiny glossy hairs that covered the whole stem. The flora is amazing and one is overwhelmed by the lavishness of the green landscape.

   

My guide Emanuel and his idea of a portable Small Gas stove!!!

 

We arrived at first camp (Machame) and prepared masala tea. Then I cooked noodles with sardines and had some coffee at the end of the day.

 

      

 

Mount Meru in the far horizon

We watched an amazing view of Kilimanjaro lit by the moon. It was fantastic, the stars were beautiful.

This was one of the longest walking days. 



Emmanuel with Mount Meru in the background

 
Me and Kilimanjaro summit
 

I must say that the toilet here: an experience. It is a pit hole inside a wooden structure for privacy, but the hole is not so big so aiming is a major problem for anyone.

         

 

Views from first camp and evergreen flowers which are present all along the way

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