Why Does Climbing Kilimanjaro Impress Your Friends?
Our world is inundated with videos and images of our friends doing amazing things on Social Media. From posting videos of backflips off the cliffs in Havasupai, or hammocking next to a lake or living out of a van. We see these images all the time. We spend hours watching videos, one right after the next, of people doing impressive and sometimes crazy things just to say they did it. In this crazy world of social media where everyone is trying to outdo the previous person, how do you stand out? What can you do to be equally, if not more impressive?
We are glad you ask. One of the things that can be really impressive is traveling to a foreign country on an amazing adventure. Imagine standing on the Roof of Africa, next to the Uhuru Peak sign, or getting up close and personal photos of a lion as it lounges on the Serengeti plains or scuba diving in the turquoise waters with the sea turtles off the coast of an exotic island. Well, you are in luck we can offer you all three of these options.
Above all, your adventure should start by tackling the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. It stands an intimidating 19,341 feet tall. It is the highest point in Africa. Due to its magical draw, it receives thousands of visitors each year. These visitors try to attempt its summit via a variety of routes.
There are several routes you can choose to make your summit attempt. Which one you ultimately decide to go with can make or break your summit success. They are Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Northern Circuit, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe.
We recommend choosing either the 10-Day Lemosho or the 11-Day Northern Circuit routes. Both routes have fewer people, spectacular views and a more than 90% success rate. The 10-day Lemosho is 8 days on the mountain — 7 days to the summit. The Northern route is 9 days on the mountain — 8 days to the summit. Most importantly, because of the length of these climbs, your body has more time to acclimate to the extreme elevation gain over many days.
Furthermore, there are many locations along the way that have stunning views. Shira Cathedral has an amazing overlook of the rainforest below. The Karanga camp on the Lemosho route also has views of the rainforest with Mount Meru rising above the clouds. The Lemosho and Machame routes scale the infamous Barranco wall. Once you are at the top you have a birdseye view of the Barranco Camp below and a sheer cliff whose edge makes a great location for a group photo or fun selfie.
On the Northern route, you’ll circle around the north side of Kilimanjaro. This is the only route on this side. Far below Kenya stretches out as far as the eye can see. There are also several photo-worthy spots along this route.
Above all, the most sought-after photo is posing on the Uhuru Peak sign at the top of the mountain. It is the reason you went to Africa in the first place. Make sure you go with a company that has a high success rate so you can actually make the summit.
Standing next to the summit sign is the crown jewel of your adventure. Trust us, your friends will be impressed. Because the more difficult, exotic or crazy the location the more impressed your friends are going to be.
Go on a Safari
In addition to climbing Kilimanjaro, another way to impress your friends and family is to take amazing close-up photos of exotic Tanzanian animals. Make sure when you travel to Africa, you make time for a safari. Additionally, make sure you bring a really nice DSLR camera with at least a 300–400mm zoom lens. Our private safaris guides will get you up close and personal with all the amazing creatures that call the Tanzania safari parks home. These animals range from lions to giraffes, elephants, zebras, and gazelles. There are many different animals based on each safari park you visit.
Serengeti National Park
First, the Serengeti is the most famous safari park in the world. It covers 12,000 square miles. In its vast park boundaries live many creatures of all shapes and sizes below is a list of many of them.
- Grants gazelles
- and many other birds
There are several other safari parks to choose from. They are listed below.
The Ngorongoro Crater
The Ngorongoro Crater is believed to once be a mountain taller than Kilimanjaro. However, when it erupted the cone collapsed and created an 11 mile across, 2,000-foot deep crater that has all the same animals as the Serengeti. It is like a mini Serengeti. It does have one animal the Serengeti doesn’t — the Black Rhino. The Rhino is heavily guarded by Park Rangers stationed along the Crater rim. They are watching for poachers.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara is located at the east end of the Great Rift Valley and is home to vervet monkeys, blue monkey, baboons, giraffes, wildebeest, water buffalo, elephants, and flamingos. There are also rumors of elusive tree-climbing lions in the park.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire encompasses the Tarangire River. The same animals that are in the other safari parks are also here. Tarangire is most famous for its vast herds of elephants. Perhaps you may even spot the elusive tree-climbing lion here as well.
Arusha National Park
If you don’t have much time while visiting Tanzania, be sure to at least make a trip to Arusha National Park. The park is loaded with many species of bird, as well as the colobus monkey, giraffes, hippo, buffalo, zebra, warthog, and antelope.
Finally, another way to impress your family and friends is by taking underwater photos while diving with sea turtles off the coast of Zanzibar. Or perhaps taking a selfie while lounging on a tranquil white sandy beach or touring the bustling markets of Stone Town.
Whatever you choose to do while traveling in Tanzania, we are sure that you’ll upload many photos to Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest or whatever platform you like the most and you’ll receive tons of likes and compliments on your amazing travels. So why not start planning your adventure of a lifetime right away.
Originally published at Peak Planet.