Happy New Year
LUCKY DUCKS !!!!
Have fun guys & don't forget to bring back photos to show us all
~ Have a Merry & Blessed White Christmas ~
Guess where I am going ....????
Richard & Ricki welcomed & hosted Neill & Roger in Dar es Salaam where they kindly introduced them to the local foods and drinks. One being the Kilimanjaro Beer which was most appropriate seeing that their Kilimanjaro Adventure was about to start in two days time.
After a great time spent with Richard & Ricki ... Neill & Roger took a bus from Dar es Salaam to Moshi.
Springlands Hotel near Moshi in Tanzania
The hotel is named after the freshwater springs just a short distance from the hotel. These are fed by the rains and melting snows of Kilimanjaro and are of the highest purity.The springs then feed an extensive area of paddy fields beyond which lies a protected forest reserve. This supports a rich wildlife and provides relaxing walks to see the birds and several species of monkey.
A Safari to Arusha National Park Before Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro
Arusha National Park
This small but beautiful National Park near Kilimanjaro Airport. Arusha and Moshi provides an ideal destination for day's safari or to relax in after an ascent of Kili or Mt Meru in one of the lodges in the park.
As well as having an abundance of wildlife Arusha National Park has three special features: Mt Meru, Momela Lakes and the Ngurdoto Crater. Mt. Meru, Tanzania's second highest peak at 4566m, is one of Africa's most beautiful volcanoes. The route to the summit passes through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. Finally, the summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater and Kilimanjaro in the background. Over 400 species of birds, rhino, elephant, buffalo, baboon, warthog, black and white Colobus monkey and duiker are all found in this delightful "gem amongst parks".
The Ngurdoto Crater
stretches 3 km's across; it is a steep-sided bowl surrounded by riverine forest. The crater floor is a lush swamp with many visible animal trials and provides a natural sanctuary to many animals, including elephant, buffalo, a variety of monkeys, baboons and birds since it is prohibited for tours to descend down to the bottom of the crater. To the west of the crater an extensive grassland plain, Serengeti Ndogo.
The start to the climb up Mt Kilimanjaro
The path continues up a moorland ridge through giant heathers. It gradually becomes rocky before levelling out on the Shira Plateau. (3840m, 4-5h.).
A rocky path leads east up towards the Lava Tower, dramatic views of the Breach Wall precipices. Shortly beyond this it descends to Barranco campsite (3950m, 4-5h.).
Scramble easily to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over screes and ridges to the Karanga Valley campsite (3h, 4000m.), beneath the icefalls of the Southern Glaciers.
The trail ascends a ridge to a campsite by the Barafu Hut, an airy location with little vegetation (3h, 4600m.),
Accommodation on the mountain is in tents which the porters will pitch for you.
You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas.
Start just after midnight for the ascent of the screes leading to Stella Point
From here a further 40minutes leads to Uhuru Peak to summit Mt Kilimanjaro.
A DREAM COME TRUE !!!
Who helped to make the Dream a possibility
Kilimanjaro guides all receive a licence to work on Kilimanjaro from the National Park. Without this they are unable to operate as guides. The licence is obtained after several years of experience of working on the mountain as porters or cooks then as assistant guides after which they attend courses in First Aid, Mountain Rescue, Flora and Fauna and History.
From the guides that have acquired their guide qualification Zara select those that have worked with Zara in the past and have an excellent record of working on the mountain.
"Always dream and shoot higher than you know how to.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself."
NEVER FAIL TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
Richard of course ... as all his most ardent fans know ... wishes to direct Movies in the future and he is currently involved in acting in many movies. This is definately the best way to begin because you learn the ropes practically from the bottom up.
Ricki is just as busy with her work ... forever out and about ... travelling around Tanzania helping the community where most needed.
ADMIRABLE RICHIKI !!!
For more info and photos of Richard's latest movie news
Look out for more news too of the following Projects that Richard has also been busy with.
"I don't have a title for my documentary but I am working hard to get the editing done. I will announce where it can be viewed and will put the trailer up on the video section of the site."
Advertisement with Mwisho
"Me and Mwisho Mwampamba just finished a photoshoot at the end of August for an advert that will be shown on billboards, in magazines and pretty much everywhere in TZ. Keep a look out for it."
You are one special lady and you deserve what your heart desires.
May you be blessed with good health and happiness for many years to come!!
May I add my personal best wishes too
Happy 90th Birthday Madiba & Congratulations
Mr & Mrs Mandela
10th Wedding Anniversary.
18 - 7 - 2008