Tales from the Serengeti - Episode 20: "The Top of Kilimanjaro"

Posted June 26th 2013 by: Bob House

Well we just finished another fantastic Mama Mika dinner. She is one heck of a cook. But more importantly let's get to the point, Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world at 19,341 feet above sea level and the highest mountain in Africa.

Arriving about 8:30 p.m. at night to Kilimanjaro airport (and we'll be leaving the same time) doesn't allow one to even catch sight of it. Then last Friday we rode with Juma as he drove Eivin to the airport for his return flight to Norway. Once again our hopes of at least seeing the mountain were thwarted by low-lying clouds.

So today our goal was to see the snows of Kilimanjaro. We set out on our trek a bit late due to low-lying clouds again. As we headed west toward our destination our anticipation grew. The going was rough. Our path was continually blocked by others moving erratically. But our guide knew how to get around them and he continually moved us forward. And suddenly we were at the top.

Brad and I set about getting ready to record our success. But we had to wait. Conditions on the mountain were horrendous. We struggled to accomplish what we'd come for. We waited for an opening. Approximately 2 ½ hours later, just as the sun began to set we attained our goal. We were able to capture Mount Kilimanjaro on film. What a spectacular sight!




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