Yesterday, after spending 3 weeks in Africa, I finally got home from what can only be described as a trip of a life time! I managed to somehow reach the top of Kilimanjaro and it was such an experience. I learnt and saw so many new things on the trip and it was definitely an eye opener.
As I am jetting off on a family holiday tomorrow morning I wanted to blog my initial thoughts on my adventure. After I have gone through all my photos and Go Pro videos I will blog more about my time in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
-Firstly I am so lucky to have the life that I do. The trip was my first visit to a third world country and made me realise how easy it is to take food, clean water, showers, toilets, good health and shelter for granted. I am not going to lie I was so glad to be back but wish other people didn’t have to live that way.
-Timing and organisation is not a big deal in Africa. Everyone seemed so laid back and no one seemed to have any rush about them, apart from when driving like maniacs. I lost count of all the close calls we had with mini buses, cars and animals on the roads.
-Our Trek 2 Kili group on the mountain were amazing. For our group of 36 we had 92 porters and guides all of who deserve so much credit! They carried all of our bags, tents, food, sleeping bags and mats along with all of their own on their heads and backs and climbed with us the whole way. We wouldn’t have been able to make it without them.
-Even though it has been almost two weeks since, it still hasn’t quite sunk in that we made it to the top!! Although summit night/day (midnight to 3pm) was the hardest time of my life I am so glad we made it. After a few hallucinations, tantrums and hours on autopilot getting to the sign was a moment I won’t forget.
-Altitude sickness definitely was a thing and was horrible. It affected people in different ways and there wasn’t much that you could do about it, apart from carry on and push through or turn back depending on the severity.
-I never want to eat veg curry, rice or bananas ever again.
-Our 2 day African safari was AMAZING! It was probably the best two days of my life. It was so much fun and we saw so many animals. I am even more in love with elephants, giraffes and zebras now. Seeing them when the sun was setting and rising was great.
-The resort we stayed at in Zanzibar was stunning, it was full of wicker huts, white beaches and palm trees. Although the area wasn’t as westernized or touristy as everyone thought it would be.
-I love Swahili, it is such a good language. I managed to pick up some basics whilst on the climb. I think I will be using jambo, pole pole and hakuna matata from now on, English seems so boring in comparison.
I was so happy to have been able to go on the trip with Innes and all the others in our group, we made friends and memories for life!