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  • Dear Rob, I apologize for the delay in sending this to you. First, I want to thank you for your suggestions about our safari. The whole trip was clearly beyond my expectations. I have already recommended you to several friends and I will continue to do so. I particularly am grateful that you suggested that we hire private guides for Ngorongoro Crater and for Olakira. We did 12 hour game drives in Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro and all 3 days in Olakira. This was fabulous and wouldn’t have been possible without the private guides. Pietro at Kwihala was also fabulous. I probably wouldn’t have picked Ruaha based on the description and it was the high point of the trip. There were a few glitches which I think you would like to know about. Please keep in mind that we had a wonderful time; I’m passing along the criticism because you did such a good job on the recommendations that I want you to know the minor points that didn’t work out……Thanks again for all the time you put into getting everything to be perfect. You accomplished miracles for us. It really was beyond my expectations from the moment we flew into Lake Manyara until we arrived back in Dar es Salaam.

    Kurt and Douglas took an extensive safari around north, west and southern 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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