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  • Dear Rob, thank you for your ‘Welcome Home’ letter. I must say, I was not glad to be home. I didn’t want to leave when we moved on to Zanzibar from Ruaha, and I didn’t want to leave Zanzibar, when it was time to go home! It was a wonderful holiday and all arrangements were fantastic. Selous and Ruaha were different and I enjoyed them both. However, Ruaha was the highspot. In 2001, when Elaine and I went to Botswana we met a couple of guys who had been in Ruaha and they recommended it so highly, I determined to go one day. It took ten years, but was worth the wait. The landscape is varied and is incredibly beautiful. There is masses of game and not many people. I absolutely loved it. Thanks to you and your team for organising everything so well and ensuring that all travel arrangements worked perfectly.

    Sidney travelled to Selous, Ruaha 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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