We arrived in northern Tanzania last night, tired from the flight and ready for a good rest. Our amazing lodge, Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge (www.kilimanjarosafari.com), did not disappoint, and today we were ready for a great day.
We got up for a 7:30 am breakfast, had a brief team meeting and left at 9:00 am for a safari in Arusha National Park. This is a high mountain park, with a mix of montane forest, savannah and lakes, and home to many species of African wildlife. We saw troops of monkeys and baboons, flocks of flamingos, herds of antelope and dozens of water buffalo, giraffes and warthogs. We spent until 7:00 pm on safari, immersed in classic Africa, with Kilimanjaro and its slightly lesser cousin, Mount Meru (14,90 feet) standing by. We were very ready for dinner when it was served at 8:00. What a great way to recover from the flight and squeeze in a bit of acclimatization before meeting the mountain face to face tomorrow.
We are all tired but excited to begin this journey. Once we finish packing our bags tonight we will have another team meeting to make sure we are ready for tomorrow’s early morning departure for the mountain.
Summit Life! Scott