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September 08, 2008

Questions about climbing Kilimanjaro

Hi there.
My name is joseph and i just finished watching your kilimanjaro video. It's something i am planning to do next august/september and I am trying to find out as much about the climb as possible prior to doing it.
Altitude is going to be my weakness as I have never exposed myself to that height before and I was wanting to know whether you did any previous climbing at that height prior to the climb?

Nope. No hiking at that height. Although we do live in Colorado (where the elevation is a mile above sea level), and went for a few hikes in the mountains, up around 9,000/10,000 feet. The best preparation we did was to go to Washington D.C. for 12 days prior to our climb and be tourists. We talked about 5-7 miles/day in Washington D.C., and that made all the difference once we were on the mountain. (Other people we were climbing with were sore... we experienced very little of that in the first few days.)

Also, how much was the climb and which company did you do it through? would you recommend them?

Yes. We would definitely recommend them. It was a little more expensive than some of the other packages we could have gotten, but completely worth it. I think it cost $2600 each for 9 days in Africa (which included a 1 day safari, all of our accommodations before climbing and after coming off the mountain, and everything on the mountain). It did not include airfare, which was about $1800 each.

We went through Kevin Cherilla (www.kcsummits.com) on the American side, who partnered with Simon Mtui in Tanzania and (name of company I don't remember).

Kevin's contact info is Kevin Cherilla kcsummits@gmail.com 602.686.6146

Hope this is helpful for you!

December 08, 2006

Want to learn about Kilimanjaro?

You kind of have to speak German, but if you do, this is a truly AWESOME site about Kilimanjaro.

The reason I'm linking to it from here is because even if you don't have any knowledge in German, you can still check it out and get a look at some great pictures from the mountain and Tanzania.

Check it out here:

http://www.bernhard.flack.de

June 22, 2006

Our Travel to Africa and first day on Safari

On these days (our travel across the ocean days), we awoke in New Jersey, and our friend Viliam Choma drove us from Spotswood to Newark Airport. We then flew across the Atlantic Ocean to Amsterdam. This filght was about 8 hours. We then had a five hour layover in Amsterdam, and took a 9 hour flight to Kilimanjaro airport, in Tanzania. The videos below show our travel to Africa, and our first day in Africa, when we went on safari, toured the coffee plantation (where our hotel was located), and had an otherwise marvelous day!

The videos may each take up to 1 minute to work (on faster connections) so click play, and then be patient. The video will load. (If it's still not loading, see the instructions below.)

You can watch our first day in Africa (in our video summary below, and then you can see all of our pictures from the travel, the safari, and our first day in Tanzania, Africa!

Safari/Africa Tour Video 1




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Safari/Africa Tour Video 2



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Safari/Africa Tour Video 4



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Thanks for watching the videos!

Remember, you can also see all of our pictures from the travel, the safari, and our first day in Tanzania, Africa!