Adventures & Sports

  • Snow on Kilimanjaro in October

    Bryan Fawcett
    November 23, 2017

    One of the strangest things to experience in hot humid October in Africa, is snow! The only reason for it is altitude, yet it still is strange! Coming from overseas, it is cold already and snow is normal, but for us Africans, this is not normal at all, even temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius is most parts of Africa! As seen in the pictures below the landscape of Kilimanjaro changes completely and the beauty of it does not disappoint.

    Two beautiful young ladies completed their bucket list item in the snow! Starting in the raging heat and humidity of Moshi, they started the gradual climb, first to the base of Kilimanjaro where they met the team that would help them summit the largest free-standing mountain in the world. Acquiring on the permits and park fees etc takes several hours, before you start climbing the mountain at lunchtime. Now the distance to the summit on the popular Machame route is but is takes several days to it, due to the elevation increase. Doing an average of 7km a day, the climb up the mountain is physically draining on the body. So up the mountain they climbed, slowly and steadily under the watchful eye of our guide Amir.

    Taking many stops along the way, to eat or just take shorts rests to catch your breath on the ever less oxygen availability. Hiding behind rocks and large boulders, these women re-hydrated on water and replenished their belly’s with snacks. From the stunning photos you can see the change in vegetation to the lack thereof. From the rain forest at the base and light showers, to the barren lands with harsh winds and snow; the scenery has the ability to make you hold your breath in each of these places on the way up and down the mountain.

    Close to the summit one has to climb over and around a glacier, one of the few left in Africa. Snow encompasses the entire peak of the mountain, temperatures drop well before zero. Starting in the early morning, 3 a.m. to be exact, with an all dawn trek, they get to see the sunrise right at the peak of the mountain. Stopping to take stunning shots of the landscape, that this elevation provides. The pictures below show you that this is certainly true. It takes 6 days to climb and about a day to decline. The same day you summit you are back in Moshi, stoked beyond belief. The climb down is fast, and much shorter than most. It is a long day but most likely the one you will remember for a lifetime to come!

    Climbing this mountain does require some level of fitness, when preparing to climb Kilimanjaro make sure you have it a good hiking fitness is good. At Shadows Of Africa, we make sure you are kept safe and healthy all the way up and down, our guide and porters are there to assist you with any need. If you haven’t climbed any of the mountains in East Africa yet, contact us today to get details.

     

  • Climbers Experiences on Mount Kilimanjaro

    Bryan Fawcett
    September 30, 2017

    We all get told climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is amazing, that it is one of the seven great peaks to climb on your bucket list; here is some great stories of guests who climbed it recently. First, before I relate these stories to you, let me give you an overview of the largest mountain in Africa. For it has a few facts that most people get confused with. Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in the Republic of Tanzania, in East Africa, most people think it in Kenya as well just like they think the Serengeti is in Kenya too; but they are not, Tanzania is the place for these great features.

    Our latest brochure is about Mount Kilimanjaro and it explains to you what we offer and what is needed for this bucket list adventure of climbing this mountain. There are a few routes, but we mainly take our guests up the Marangu route or the Machame routes. The number of days needed to climb and get back down vary per route and per group! So when booking, make sure you know these important details, because these details will make your Kilimanjaro trek far more satisfactory and enjoyable. Below is a story from one of our guests recently.

    For the Mt Meru trek, our group of 3 were led by Amir and his team of support staff (1 cook, 1 waiter/head porter and 5 other porters). We were grouped together with 3 other companies totaling 9 clients. This was because visitors to Arusha National Park are required to be accompanied by one of their armed rangers which there are a limited number of. Shadows of Africa was noticeably more professional than the other companies I saw. During the trip briefing, Amir made sure that we all had the necessary clothing and equipment by actually checking what we brought over. Our heart rates and oxygen levels were monitored and recorded at the end of every day during the trek (something I’ve never had to do elsewhere — nice touch!). We were talking to our other fellows trekkers with other companies, and almost none of them were as well briefed as us. Some were quite unprepared clothing wise and their guides lacked professionalism (more on that below). The porter to client ratio is apparently set to 2:1 and they each have a weight limit restriction as the government is trying to dissuade operators from overloading their porters. So it’s not surprising if the number of support staff is quite large relative to the group size. My recommendation would be to do the 3D/2N option instead and ask your operator beforehand if they can arrange a car to pick you up from Miriakamba Hut and drive directly back down to the park gates.

    Our guide, Amir was an excellent guide given his experience in leading treks up to the much higher, Mount Kilimanjaro. My friend felt weak from stomach problems before the trek even started, and he provided attentive care throughout the entire trek. On the morning of the third day when we were summiting, one of the other trekkers started feeling unwell with blurred vision likely due to the effects of high altitude. As we were at the front of the group, we didn’t find out about her condition until well into the summiting trek. It’s to my understanding that her own guide (who was also the park ranger overlooking all of us) had her keep going up and barely addressed her concerns. Amir had to step in and lead her hand-in-hand safely back down. I’m quite disappointed on how the guides from the other companies handled the situation as they barely provided any help. Even though the girl wasn’t their own client, they somehow didn’t find it in them to even provide words of comfort. They just stood off to the side. I’ve been on many treks before where the guide doesn’t really play an important role but after this incident, I now realize how important it is to have an experienced guide. Amir saved the day! I highly recommend requesting for him for trekking tours with Shadows of Africa.

  • Additional Info About Upcoming Kilimanjaro Marathon

    AdminSoa
    February 17, 2014

    Kilimanjaro Marathon Team announced some important additional information  and instructions for all athletes attending the marathon.

  • Run The Most Scenic Marathon in The World

    AdminSoa
    February 4, 2014
    One month to go, on March 2nd 2014 Kilimanjaro Marathon will take place in Moshi. If you are looking for unforgettable event, then this scenic run is perfect for you!
  • Kilimanjaro Marathon 2014 Announced

    AdminSoa
    December 26, 2013

    Many joggers from around the world have Kilimanjaro Marathon on Marathon bucket list. If you are one of them, join the world class runners from around the globe in the annual road race at the Mount Kilimanjaro.

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