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  • Hi Michele, thanks for organizing a really great holiday for us, we had a great time!IMPALA CAMP: we loved this camp and wished we could have stayed longer….the food was good and Barbara was great and everyone was really friendly, our guide was Mokila and our driver was Khalid, they were both very enthusiastic… the jeeps were good and we had a jeep to ourselves for the 3 days… we loved it here…RUAHA: yes very different and a lot drier than Selous! It was better for game viewing as you could get closer to the animals. MWAGUSI CAMP: nice camp, but we found it very ‘restricted’ compared to Impala. RAS NUNGWI: a nice place, we had a good room (4) with a lovely view……it was a nice place to chill out for a few days and wash off the dirt from the bush! Overall it was a really great holiday, and many thanks for organizing for us and making it all happen, we look forward to the 2013 itineary ideas!

    Gary and Kat travelled to the Selous, Ruaha and Zanzibar in Tanzania
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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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