As someone who is always looking for the next adventure, ascending Mount Kilimanjaro was always high on the bucket list. Having never been at that altitude previously (nearly 20,000ft) reaching the summit was always going to be tough. But as often is the case, the most challenging tasks are also the most rewarding.
I’m happy to say I survived, and it was an experience I will never forget. Aside from sharing a week of hiking with good friends, experiencing the stunning landscape was a big highlight. From the lions and elephants in the National Parks, through to the Glaciers on the top of Kibo peak, to the beaches on the Indian Ocean, Tanzania is a country of geographical diversity. Despite a lack of what is perceived as first world infrastructure, the locals display a welcoming persona that shows they take pride in their country and culture. From the Sheppard’s escorting their herds across the savannas, to the mobile phone salesperson camped under an umbrella, Tanzania is definitely a traders market.
One of the rewards of travel for me has always been the lessons along the way, below are three things I learnt while climbing to the ‘Roof of Africa’.
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