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  • Dear Michele, A very big THANK YOU for the amazing holiday in Kenya and Zanzibar. After receiving information from two other organisations, I was not happy and my instinct told me to look further afield and this was a decision that I shall be thankful for. You knew exactly what we were looking for and even with the short notice you came up with a perfect itinerary and provided every detail necessary. Your advice about tipping, clothing, luggage etc., was followed and paid dividends. I do not know how you managed it, but the amount of time at each Kicheche Camp and at Ras Nungwi and Stonetown was perfect. Not too little and not too much. What I was dreading the most was meetings and transfers as I have had bad experiences. There was no need for concern as everything went off without a hitch and we had the most wonderful people meet us and make sure we were taken care of. I think our biggest hassle was filling out Immigration cards on the aircraft. If you especially arranged for us to see every wildlife imagineable – then thank you. I don’t think we missed anything. My only (half-hearted) complaint was that the food and drinks was so superb I put on weight. Thank you Michele and everyone at Safari Consultants, We shall be back.

    Geoff and Beate travelled to Kenya and Zanzibar
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Kilimanjaro National Park

Mount Kilimanjaro rises dramatically from the dry plains to a height of 5895 metres (19,370 ft) and has three major volcanic centres, ‘Shira’, ‘Mawenzi’, and ‘Kibo’. The first sighting of Africa’s highest mountain by a European is attributed to a German missionary, Johann Rebmann, in 1848.

Most travellers visiting Kilimanjaro do so with the aim of making an attempt on the ‘Kibo’ summit, Uhuru Peak, first conquered in 1889. There are a number of routes up the mountain, the ‘standard’ being the Marangu which requires a minimum 4 nights on the mountain (3 up, 1 down). You’ll also need nights either side at the base. Other climbs, notably the Machame and Shira/Londorossi routes, are more exclusive and invariably involve a night or two longer on the mountain. Please ask us for more specific information if you are interested in climbing Kilimanjaro!

With an area of 756 sq kms, the Kilimanjaro National Park includes all the area above the upper tree limit of the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve.  Significant numbers of birds and animals inhabit the park, and you might possibly catch sightings of elephant, buffalo, eland, leopard, bushbuck, suni, red duiker, Abbot’s duiker, baboon, and black colobus monkey, but do not consider this as a ‘game-viewing’ park.

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