Day 337: Homeward Bound

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Wed. 17th July 2013 Backpacks packed for one last time and we are soon off in our minibus to the ferry port for our crossing back to Dar and the start of our journey home. After the obligatory stop for …

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Day 336: Slobbing

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Tue. 16th July 2013 So, here we are, 335 days gone and today is the last day of our trip before we start to head home. How can that be – we were just getting the hang of it. Tempting …

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Day 335: Stone Town

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Mon. 15th July 2013 It was  a distinctly slow start to the morning – we must be getting the hang of Zanzibar time! Today is our day to head into Stone Town – the only real town on the island …

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Day 334: Lazy Summer Day

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Sun. 14th July 2013  After all the exertions of climbing Kili for some and game spotting for others, it was good to know we were here for five nights with nothing planned. We spent the morning just chilling on the …

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Day 333: Call That A Scheduled Flight?

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Sat. 13th July 2013 Today we transfer to Zanzibar. Dave booked the flights over the internet a few months ago with Air Viva (I hope it is more modern than my first car, a faithful red Vauxhall Viva which my …

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Day 8 – Reunited

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Fri. 12th July 2013 Jambo! Nina itua David. Kutoka rahoni asantini sana. Kwakazi nzuri mliofania. I did the first part of my speech thanking the porters in Swahili – thanks to David (the guide) for a crash course in some …

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Day 7–High Achievement

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Thur. 11th July 2013 Start altitude: 4,600m Max. altitude: 5,895m Camp altitude: 3,800m Actually, it isn’t tomorrow – we’re woken at 11pm so it is still yesterday. Forget about washy-washy, get dressed (pull on yet more layers), get your pack …

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Day 6 – Base Camp

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Wed. 10th July 2013 Start altitude: 4,000m Max. altitude: 4,600m Camp altitude: 4,600m As we wake up today, the clouds beneath us have cleared to reveal the valley below – a long, long way below. It’s a reminder of how …

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Day 5 – Baranco Wall

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Tue. 9th July 2013 Start altitude: 3,900m Max. altitude: 4,200m Camp altitude: 4,000m I must be getting the hang of this camping malarkey. It’s not the greatest night’s sleep ever – waking every couple of hours with one side all …

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Day 4 – Lava Tower

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Mon. 8th July 2013 Start altitude: 3,840m Max. altitude: 4,600m Camp altitude: 3,900m It’s obvious from my notes for today that it was a hard day’s walking. I’ve barely managed two sides of my little A6 notebook in sparse bullet …

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