I am back from Tanzania, and just wanted to drop a quick hello to all. I will be typing up and publishing a trip report very soon of my trip. A quick summary, though...
Kilimanjaro - attempted to climb Kili via the Rongai route. A nice route, but my lungs didn't like it much. I developed pulmonary edaema and had to be brought off the mountain in a stretcher. But I recovered quickly. The rest of my group carried the banner up to the top of the mountain for me, though - of the remaining 10, all made it to Gillman's Point, and 8 made it to Uhuru Peak. Yay team!
Safari - 5 days. Lake Manyara (1 day), Serengeti (3 days) and Ngorogoro (1 day). Awesome. Saw everything you could see, pretty much, except the leopard.
Zanzibar - Stone town is amazing, very different than anywhere I had been before. Makes me want to travel the Middle East and north Africa to see more Arabic influenced places. Spent a day up north in Kendwa on the beach. It is nice to be able to say I swam in the Indian Ocean.
A more detailed trip report is coming soon on each different part, including information on the guide companies I used (mainly good), hotels I stayed at (both good and bad) and the tours I did (good mainly, but the Spice Tour in Zanzibar was BORING!)
I wish I could say it's good to be back, but I wish I was still on the beach in Kendwa....