14 years ago a friend of mine invited me to climb Kilimanjaro and although I was intrigued by the mountain I was not prepared for the undertaking. For some years now, I have been looking for an opportunity to get there and do this mountain. This year, my opportunity arrived. I had always imagined I would include South Africa for the obvious rock climbing destination, but I’m actually ok with the omission. This trip was more than I had hoped to get out of a mountain adventure. I was able to summit my first big mountain, see wild animals in the famous Serengeti and Ngorogoro Crater, tour Maasi and local villages, and sample life of an African family. Each part of the trip had unique elements to it that I’m breaking it up into 3 distinct write ups. It will be easier to digest and I can include tips for anyone interested in taking on a similar journey.
This was a trip of a lifetime and I am very thankful for the opportunity.