Africa: Kilimanjaro, Tanzanian safari, Zanzibar #africa #kilimanjaro #tanzania #safari #zanzibar #beach

Mon, Feb 16

9:50a KLM601 AMS → LAX 11:50A = 11H

1525P DL4504 LAX → SAN 16:17P

Highlights from the trip:

  • The 6 day climb up Kilimanjaro and the killer headache at crater camp.  The last day descent was treacherous on the knees!
  • Amazing safari! I’ll never forget the cute lil ecosystem of Ngorogoro crater.
  • Gorgeous beaches and fantastic pier of Nungwi, Zanzibar.

Things I would do differently:

  • Bramwel Safaris tour operator did an amazing job with the trip.  Not sure I would change anything!

Keypoints learned:

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro is tougher than you think (the last day is pretty rough!).
  • The Tanzanian people are incredibly generous and kind.  Wonderful hosts!
  • Don’t be scared to travel outside your comfort zone.
  • Pack minimally but purposefully.
  • Go with your gut.  Travel with people who are good travel companions or meet people who enjoy your company.
  • Regardless of the travel mishaps (delays, baggage issues, travel partner issues, etc.), enjoy the journey.

Here’s another 35 year old gal’s trek up Kilimanjaro


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 340 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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