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Mount Kilimanjaro: Latest News
hbarkan, 4:23 am AFKI Original
I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 with my mother and sister. I thought I was ready for the physical challenge. It took us six days to summit, starting in extreme heat. We drank six liters of a water a day to stay hydrated. On the last stretch before the summit, our water froze. We had hot chocolate, but I was unable to take off my gloves to drink it. All the food we had was frozen. The guides tell you repeatedly “pole, pole,” which means “slowly slowly” in Swahili. Once I got to the top I could no longer stand. My legs crumbled and I fell down.
Joe Kennedy, 6:00 am
Known as “the roof of Africa,” Mount Kilimanjaro is possibly the most iconic place on the continent. Dozens of books have been written about it, and scores of travelers around the world dream of visiting it in person one day. Most people familiar with Kilimanjaro might know some basic facts about it, such as it being the tallest mountain in Africa, or the highest free-standing mountain in the world, but there many other interesting things to discover, such as who lives on it, and who was the oldest person to ever climb it. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Mount Kilimanjaro.
Joe Kennedy, 9:46 am
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will come at a price — it is not a low-budget getaway. Not only will it take a toll on your legs, but your purse might feel a bit ‘tired’ after this trip to Africa. The two biggest expenses will be the cost of the actual trekking tour/tour operator, and your plane ticket to Tanzania. Here is a detailed overview of the costs, to help you decide if this is something you can afford.
Julia Austin, 2:32 pm AFKI Original
The lower ranges of South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains are ideal for day hikes, horse riding and checking out San rock art. For more challenging treks visit the higher passes like the Drakensberg Traverse, a two-to three-week hike. Africa’s best mountain hikes have some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Here are 10 of Africa’s best mountain hikes.
Staff, 12:56 pm
As one of the first female mountain guides in East Africa, Kenyan Zoe Wanjiru faced discrimination. In many lodges, accommodation for women guides simply doesn’t exist. Then there are flirtatious guests and subordinates who don’t take her seriously. She learned to deal with it, and became a better guide.
Julia Austin, 10:37 am
Tanzania’s Singita Grumeti gives its guests access to 350,000 protected acres on the great migration path in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem — acres that are otherwise off limits to visitors. Here, guests can spot wildebeests and gazelles. Guests stay in one of three lodges with 36 rooms and a private villa.
Kevin Mwanza, 12:57 am
From Reuters Tanzania plans to grow its tourism numbers by about 40 percent to 1.5 million visitors this year, lifted by growing attention for its attractive sites from Asian countries and security woes facing its northern neighbor Kenya, its tourism minister told Reuters. The second east Africa’s largest economy is famed for its safari parks […]
Dana Sanchez, 9:00 am
U.S.-based Hyatt hotels is trying to strengthen its portfolio in Africa by developing new properties under different brands. Africa has also been among the key markets for U.S. hotelier, Starwood Hotels.
Nanci Theoret, 10:37 am
For participants, voluntourism is the ultimate way to experience a country without a guidebook. The trips tend to be more immersive and meaningful; travelers report a more authentic experience. According to voluntourism.org, a nonprofit committed to educating, empowering and engaging volunteers and host communities, Africa ranks among the world’s top three volunteer destinations. Most voluntourists spend one to two weeks, participating in educational and training programs, construction projects and working with children.
Dana Sanchez, 12:13 pm
Trophy hunting in Tanzania has been attracting “rich U.S. tycoons,” mostly from Texas, and they are ranked among its highest-spending visitors.
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