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Surviving Kilimanjaro: Your Ultimate Packing List

June 5, 2017
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Each year, nearly 40,000 people (and growing) attempt to climb Africa’s highest mountain: Kilimanjaro. Only about half successfully reach the summit of this iconic peak at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet). Before embarking on such a journey, it is critical to be prepared with the right gear, but knowing what you need to survive can be daunting. As I prepared for my own trip, I found a multitude of tips and lists, but none that were all encompassing. I had to piece together the puzzle from the variety of resources. If you are wondering, “Where do I even begin?” then you’ve come to the right place. The recommendations and tips below are broken into sections based on gear for each body part and then equipment needed from general climbing gear to personal toiletries. Enjoy and happy climbing! Continue Reading…

Destinations: Africa

Top Tips For Planning an African Safari Trip

October 31, 2015
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Guest Post By: Peggy Wang
An African safari is a true adventure offering travelers around the world an opportunity to get up close to animals in their natural environment. Safari destinations are by no means cheap nor are they anything like a trip to the zoo. Planning is a must! Here are some tips based on my own research and experience. Continue Reading…

Destinations: Africa

Experiencing Tanzania’s Northern Safari Circuit

March 9, 2015
Serengeti Sunrise

Guest Post By: Peggy Wang

I was 13 years old visiting the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History when I fell in love. “Africa: The Serengeti” (released in 1994) was being featured at the museum. I was immediately mesmerized by the gorgeous aerial views of the endless plains, the interactions of the African wildlife, and of course, learning about the greatest migration of land animals in the world. Making it to the Serengeti became a dream for me right then.

Nearly two decades later, I coerced convinced my husband to make Tanzania our next travel destination. There are so many things to do and places to see in Tanzania–climb Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, go on a safari, relax on Zanzibar—-but with limited vacation days we had to stick to our (my) priorities. And making my way to the Serengeti was at the top of the list! Continue Reading…