Rombo District

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  • Day17

    Border Kenya to Tanzania

    October 22, 2017 in Tanzania

    That’s it for us and Kenya (for now) 🇰🇪.

    Kenya was our first real African country with lots of new experiences and a lot of talking about politics. The tribal thinking of the people makes things a bit complicated here, still we hope the election (scheduled four days from today, but still unsure to take place) will be a fair one.

    Outside of the big cities Nairobi and Mombasa we felt safe and the people were warm and welcoming. It’s a great country to travel with wildlife everywhere.

    It’s always sad to leave a country but now it’s time for 1.5 month of Tanzania 🇹🇿✌️
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  • Day35

    Iewers in die voetheuwels van Kili

    October 15, 2016 in Tanzania

    Ons was op pad na Chalameer op die Tanzanië/Kenia-grens, maar vind toe uit dit kos $30 per persoon per dag toegang. Ons spaar ons dollars vir die Serengeti, en draai toe maar om en ry Arusha se kant toe.

  • Day1

    Rombo Mount Kilimanjaro

    December 15, 2017 in Tanzania

    Rongai Route 8 Days: Africa Natural Safari
    AFRICA NATURAL SAFARI (The best tour company in Tanzania)
    Specialized in: Wildlife safaris, Cultural tourism , Beach holidays and
    Mountain climbing
    Contact +255 653 679 958
    The Quiet One
    In the northern region, the base of Kilimanjaro is covered in a dense blanket of rusty gold savannah. The spectacular landscapes of the Masaai land feature elephants, monkeys and gleaming silhouettes of the contrasting black buffalo whilst colourful flocks of East Africa’s enticing birdlife soar the blue skies. The tranquil route travels through many different climate zones. The towering peak of the mountain is drenched in brilliant light, spikes of thin emerald impale the snow in distinctive directions. The enchanted cloud forest beckons one into its pulsing heart. Steeped in plushness and opulence with coils of vaporous mist and light illuminating through fractured canopies. The long drive to the gate is crammed with beautiful sights and the 9 days Rongai Route is considered to be moderately difficult. During the wet season this route is favoured due to the fact that there is less precipitation in the area – this allows for enjoyable, drier conditions.

    Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi
    You will be picked up from the airport, from there you will go to the hotel for orientation on your hike. Your guides provide relevant information for your specific route and preform a comprehensive inspection on your gear.
    Day 2: Rongai Gate / Nalemoru (1950m) to Simba Camp (2650m) (First Cave Camp)
    WalkingTime: 3-4hrs Distance: 6.5km Altitude Gain: 700m
    In the morning we will transport you from your hotel to the Marangu Gate (1,8km). Park registration will be completed upon arriving and then we will proceed to the Nalemoru gate (Under 2km). The extended trip to the gate is packed with astonishing sceneries and ventures through a native village. An appetising hot lunch will be served at the gate an introductions between you and your crew members will take place. We will embark on the 9 days Rongai Route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The coiling path amid the golden maize field leads to entrance of the oak-brown forest. Fallen leaves will crackle beneath your feet as you marvel at the immensity of the emerald canopy. The knotted ember arms of the tree rise towards the sky, assisting the blue monkeys with their trapeze performance. The orchestra of birdsong floats through the mist covered air. You may encounter the striking Black and White Colobus or the adorable Bush Baby. We will arrive at the Simba Campsite where we will spend the night (2650m / 3-4 hours of hiking).
    Day 3: Simba Camp (2650m) to Second Caves Camp 3150m
    Walking Time: 3-4hrs Distance: 4km Altitude Gain: 500m
    After a delicious breakfast we will continue to move in the direction of the looming peak of Kibo to the Second Cave. We will venture on a gentle incline through the fuscous brown moorland and heather vegetation zones. The arid plains are scattered with hoary desert plants and the heather is dominated by whimsical plantation and celestially enormous trees. Hot lunch will be provided at the Second Caves Camp (3150m / 3-4 hours). There is a possibility of small excursions towards the Third Cave – this will aid the acclimatization process, relaxing is also an option. The excursions will increase your chances of witnessing marvelous sights including the distinct crown of Mawenzi’s serrated, dark peak speckled with snow. Encountering wildlife such as buffaloes or jackals is conceivable and the spectacular figure of Kibo Peak (the summit peak) is best observed at this angle. Your tents will be assembled at the Second Cave.
    Day 4: Second caves Camp (3150m) to Kikelewa Caves (3600m)
    Walking Time: 3-4hrs Distance: 5km Altitude Gain: 450m
    The trek advances towards Kibo and we will begin after breakfast is served. We will venture through an exposed area of moorland and heather foliage to reach the Kikelewa Caves Camp. Your chances of viewing Kibo, which is shrouded in ghost-grey mist, are high. You may spot the great buffalo with winding horns and more jackals. A tantalizing lunch will be served at the campsite.
    Day 5: Kikelewa Caves (3600m) to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m)
    Walking Time: 3-4hrs Distance: 6km Altitude Gain: 370m
    We will travel to the Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330m) after breakfast. We will traverse on a malachite-green slope. The chatter of the birds breaking the quiet of the world whilst clouds shaped like tufty pillows glide slowly across the sky. The parched fauna and flora of the moorland is temporarily banished as we travel through a region of wilderness. Our trek proceeds through a low desert area. The comforting aromas of your delicious hot lunch will drift through the entrance of the Mawenzi Tarn Hut. (6000m / 3-4 hour trek). Brief excursions for acclimatization may occur but the remaining hours of the afternoon will be spent lounging around the campsite.
    Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut (4700m)
    Walking Time: 4-5hrs Distance: 9km Altitude Gain: 370m
    The route gradually develops into a steeper, rockier trail as we further ourselves from the Mawenzi Tarn Hut. Traveling along the meek landscape of the ashen ‘Saddle’, an expansive lava stone ridge amid Mawenzi and Kibo, provides stunning views of the lofty peak of Kilimanjaro. An appetising, warm meal will be served when we arrive at the Kibo Hut (4703m). You will have a relaxing evening and an early bedtime to ensure that you are well rested for the midnight trek to the summit.
    Day 7: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)
    Walking Time: 6-8hrs ascent, 5-6hrs descent Distance: 5km ascent, 15km descent Altitude Gain: 1195m Altitude Loss: 2195m
    We will depart from the huts shortly after midnight and undertake the most demanding day of the entire trek. Until we reach the beautiful Hans Meyer Cave the trail ensues an extended screed incline, at this stage it adapts into a single-file zigzag. A rocky path with wildflowers bursting from the earth with their azure gongs attached will lead us to Gillman’s Point (5685m). The pollen travels like floating grains of pixie dust, scattered by the blustery wind. This is the most challenging section of the route. Gillman’s Point signifies the last two hours of the hike to Uhuru Peak are upon us (5895m). On Africa’s rooftop the gleaming landscape is smothered in wispy clouds and pasty streaks. An amethyst-purple tint invades the skies as the sun begins to emerge, soon the sky will be a-fire in the warm glow of tree-flame. Sun washes the ice fields with a golden radiance and the sugar-frosted coating glints. We will marvel at the view and celebrate what you have accomplished before starting the descent to Kibo Hut where we will take a break. Horombo Hut is our final destination for the day and you can enjoy a well-deserved slumber.
    Day 8: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (1800m) to Moshi
    Walking Time: 5-6hrs Distance: 20km Altitude Loss: 1900m
    After enjoying an appetising breakfast we will circle past the Mandara Hut and through the magnificent rainforest before reaching the Marangu gate. You will receive your summit certificates for completing the 9 days Rongai Route and short festivities with your porters will occur. You will be transported you to your hotel where a steaming shower and plush bedding await.
    Day 9: Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport
    A driver will bring you to Kilimanjaro Airport, where it is time to say goodby to Tanzania and its friendly people. If you’ve decided to go on a safari – well, that’s a different adventure and we’ll take care of that too!
    Our Package Includes
    • Transport from/to park gate & airport transfer
    • Pre and post climb accommodation (B&B) in Moshi
    • Park, camping & rescue fees
    • Mountain tent & mattress
    • Professional English speaking guide(s); porters & cook
    • 8 breakfasts; 7 lunches; 6 dinners
    • Water; tea and coffee with meals
    Not Included
    • Flights
    • Lunch & dinner in Moshi
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa and passport fees
    • Increases in park fees where applicable
    • Personal equipment
    • Sleeping bag
    • Tips for guide(s), porters & cook
    • Soda and Alcoholic beverages
    For more information visitwww.africanaturaltours.com
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  • Day1


    December 15, 2017 in Tanzania

    5 days Marangu route: Africa Natural Safari
    AFRICA NATURAL SAFARI (The best tour company in Tanzania)
    Specialized in: Wildlife safaris, Cultural tourism, Beach holidays and
    Mountain climbing
    Contact +255 653 679 958

    About marangu route
    Marangu Route has been referred to as the 'Coca Cola' route and this has led potential climbers to think that it is an easy route to the summit. This is far from the truth to be honest! The fact that it requires a minimum of 5 days to complete does not mean it is easier than any other route. The trail goes through lush rainforest, heath and moorland to alpine desert and ultimately the arctic zone at the peak and same route down. This safari is a great chance for you who is up for a Kilimanjaro adventure!
    Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut.
    Take a short drive from Moshi town to the Kilimanjaro Park Gate (1,830 m.) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through attractive and unspoiled forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.). The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby, and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. [3-5 hours walking to Mandara Hut]
    Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
    The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach Horombo Hut (3,720 m.). Sunrises and sunsets here are often very stunning, the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut]
    Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
    We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to screed and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut]
    Day 4: Summit Day then down to Horombo Hut
    We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic screen, but there are some well-graded zigzag and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.) passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo Hut for the night. [11-15 hours walking from Kibo Hut to Gillman’s Point]
    Day 5: Horombo Hut – Moshi
    After breakfast,we will start with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates to Moshi town.
    The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day, and it really makes you realize how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. [5-6 hours walking]
    o Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
    o 18% VAT on tour fees & services
    o Double layered Sleeping Mats
    o Transportation to & from the mountain gate
    o Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
    o 3 meals daily while on the mountain
    o Filtered water throughout the trek
    o Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Parkview Inn
    o Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
    o 2- way private airport transfers
    Not Included
    o Flights
    o Tips to mountain crew
    o Items of a personal nature
    o Laundry Services
    o A doctor for the group

    For information visit www.africanaturaltours.com
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  • Day9

    Day 8: Summit Day

    March 13, 2011 in Tanzania

    Barafu Camp, 4690m ASL

    We did it!!!!

    As expected, the climb was a long hard slog, but we managed it in the end.

    The snowstorms mentioned in yesterday's entry intensified during the evening, so that by the time we got up at 10pm the snow was already several inches thick outside our tent. After some steaming tea and biscuits we set off into the night at 11pm, armed with headtorches, cameras, and a shitload of warm clothing.

    The first stage directly out of the camp was pretty brutal - lots of steep rocks to scramble over in the dark. Extra fun when you realise they're also treacherously slippery with the wet snow which was still falling.

    After about 30 minutes the rocks gave way to what we were all expecting - long, steep uphill stretches. Since it's dark you don't really have any conception of where you are, how high you are, or how close you are to a cliff. Most of the climb thus passed by simply staring at the boots of the person in front of you, with the occasional glance down at the lights of nearby Moshi.

    Our altitude sickness was mostly under control at this point, though from hour 2 onwards I felt drunk and light-headed. I listened to music for an hour or two, but I found it more of a hindrance than a help. I couldn't hear people talking to me or others, couldn't hear the sound of my breathing (very important when every breath is about half as effective oxygen-wise as it is at sea level), and it just took me completely out of the group.

    Despite being emptied of everything except snacks, water and the first aid kit, my pack was still too heavy for me and Samweli our assistant guide carried it for me the rest of the way.

    Looking back, it's honestly hard to remember how the 7 hour climb passed. It was just walk, keep walking, keep breathing, keep drinking. Eventually we arrived at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5895m above sea level. Only two other groups on the mountain had beaten us to the summit, one of those being John our Canadian friend (we discovered later he was a marathon runner). We all took some photos with the sign, I tried vainly to call home by was foiled by Vodafone, and attempted a few fruitless scenery shots. Sadly the clouds had closed in again, despite the growing light in the eastern sky.

    All up, the summit was a little underwhelming, but I guess it's about the journey, not the destination.

    And so began the long descent into the morning. The journey up had taken roughly 95% of my willpower and energy, so the trip down was mostly torture. Snow fell on and off, we slid down dirt slopes past vistas we'd completely missed in the dark, stacked it onto arses and started the cycle again.

    After 3 tortuous hours, I finally arrived back at Barafu Camp, 9:15am. The whole climb and descent had taken just over 10 hours. Shandos arrived back about 15 minutes before me, as we'd gotten separated during the final parts of the descent. She was much better able to keep up with Hasani who was doing his best Speedy Gonzalez impression.

    I had a few glasses of pineapple cordial, a stretch and a lie down for 2 hours. Then by 12pm we were having a brief hot lunch before the second descent of the day.

    What was described as a gentle 3-hour descent to a lower altitude camp was one of the most horrible experiences of my life. After very little sleep and already walking for 10 hours, we were now being asked to walk another 3+ hours. The first hour or so was OK, fairly smooth and a long gentle down slope into the valley.

    But as we left the alpine moonscape behind, the road, scenery and weather all changed. The snow gave way to drizzling rain, the desolation became pine and then rainforest, and the smooth trail became a muddy, rocky staircase. I hated every minute of it.

    Four long hours later, we arrived at Mweka Hut in pouring rain. Thankfully our tent was mostly dry inside. We had a brief chat with Tom and Sarka who confirmed that they hadn't summited and turned back at Stella Point due to gastro, mountain sickness and fatigue. A wholly unremarkable dinner, a group cup of tea before collapsing into bed at about 8pm. Summit Day was finally over.
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  • Day6


    January 4, 2015 in Tanzania

    Autor: Sandra
    Nach einem Tee und einem Keks zur Stärkung (Zitat unseres Guides Optat: "wenn ihr mehr esst kotzt ihr das eh gleich aus") ging es um 0.00 Uhr auf zum Gipfel. Bei Vollmond waren wir zum Glück eins der ersten Teams und konnten die komplette Besteigung ohne Stirnlampe und künstliches Licht durchführen. Bei dem über 6-Stündigen Aufstieg musste ich an einen Artikel in der Zeitschrift "Brigitte" denken den ich per Zufall vor unserem Trip gelesen hatte. Der Tipp lautete "singe dir im Kopf Lieder vor und überlege Backrezepte und sieh bloß nicht auf die Uhr". Das Problem war allerdings, dass ich bei jedem Lied nach 2 Zeilen nicht mehr weiter wusste. Und an Plätzchen denken war bei dem Hunger auch nicht optimal. Das Atmen in dieser Höhe fiel immer schwerer und die Müdigkeit war unerträglich. Habt ihr euch schon mal gefragt ob man im gehen einschlafen kann? Ich hatte es nie für möglich gehalten aber gleich 2x geschafft (an dieser Stelle nochmal vielen Dank an die Personen hinter mir fürs auffangen) [Anm. ich: Ja, die Person dahinter war ich, die sich durch das Gelegentliche auffangen der vorgehenden Person wach hielt]. Schließlich kamen wir tatsächlich zu dem Punkt, von dem es nur noch 200 Höhenmeter zum Gipel waren. Im Internet steht immer "dies sind die schlimmsten 200 Höhenmeter in deinem Leben". Allerdings ging von dort alles im Flug und pünktlich zum Sonnenaufgang stand unser komplettes Team (3 Deutsche und 2 Tansanianer) auf dem Dach Afrikas. Ein unbeschreibliches Gefühl, welches wir niemals vergessen werden!Read more

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