The flight was smooth and it was great to fly past Mt Kilimanjaro. It was only an hour until we landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport. As we entered immigration there were a few tour companies meeting people but no sign for me so I proceeded through immigration, picked up my bag and went outside.
There were a lot of people with signs but none with my name on it. I was a little concerned as despite giving Zara Tours my travel details on 12 March they had phoned my parents (at 0300 NZ time! ) asking for my details. I had sent another email yesterday evening so wasn't sure if there would be someone waiting. To make things worse the phone number on the invoice wasn't working so I couldn't get hold of them. I had several taxi drivers trying to convince me to go with them but they were charging $50 US and I had already paid $20.
|Loading the vehicle outside the Hotel|
|Banana Market in Moshi|
|Market in Moshi|
At 1130 we arrived at the Park Office for registration. It was good to see that the porter’s loads were weighed to confirm they were under the 15kg limit and they had a gear check to make sure they had warm and wet weather clothing. I ate my boxed lunch while this was happening.
|Lomosho Trail Start|
|Packing gear ready for walking|
|Nechi with Turaco Bird feather|
|Colobus Monkey (fuzzy black and white shape center of photo)|
|The crew catching up|
|Heavy loads to start with|
|Raven eyeing up the boots as a potential meal|
|Raven seeing off the monkey|
|Packing up camp|
|Nechi walking through a clearing|
|Lots of rests|
|Love the moss hanging from the trees|
|Out of the Rain Forest|
|No wet feet on this trip|
|Heading up to the ridgeline|
|Daniel showing us up despite his heavy load|