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The seven day challenge – Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

July 5, 2015

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The morning we were picked up from Arusha to begin our epic hike I was nervous. The thought of doing something so far outside of my comfort zone was both terrifying and exciting. My stomach was flipping somersaults. BQ was chomping at the bit, she just wanted to hit the road and get started……NOW!!     […]

Moshi

July 3, 2015

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Moshi lies around an hour outside of Arusha. After breakfast BQ and I decided to take a local bus for $1 each way instead of hiring a private taxi for $100. It took half an hour for the bus to fill up and an hour and half to get to the town. Squashed into a […]

Stalking…..or rather Keep Track

June 26, 2015

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Thanks to everyone who has sent messages of good luck. We have had our brief this evening and this time tomorrow we will be sat around a fire eating hot soup before getting ready for bed in our tents. We are expecting to gain 400m following a 5km walk. Our guide is called Athumani and […]

Mount Kilimanjaro

June 25, 2015

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Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak (5895m). It is an ice-capped dormant volcano and I have signed up to hike it starting on Saturday.       My Irish friend BQ is flying into Tanzania today to join me. She is a personal trainer in her spare time and is also half fish. So post Kilimanjaro […]

Mwanza

June 24, 2015

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Mwanza lies on the southeastern coast of Lake Victoria. It has been heralded as one of Africa’s fastest growing cities. My first impressions are hectic, grimy and full of hustlers.       As I headed down to the ferries the hawkers came like vultures. Trailing me, speaking in pigeon English and throwing Swahili phrases at […]

Rowan Atkinson, a preacher and 12 hours on the road

June 24, 2015

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After a teeth-rattling tweleve hours on the road my bus pulled into Nyegez in darkness. The journey was very tough going. I was wedged into a window seat next to a fat mama and her child. Mama was so fat the poor child had no space for his legs when sat on top of her. […]

Locked and loaded

June 23, 2015

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The rifle was big. Almost the same size as the ranger. Clever has worked for Arusha National Park for 11 years. He patrols the park regularly for poachers. The illegal ivory trade is still thriving in Tanzania. The country is among the worst in Africa (Mozambique also guilty) for this activity and according to conservationists […]

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