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Posts Tagged 'kilimanjaro'

The First Paraglide off Kilimanjaro

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
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9 South Africans are on a mission to conquer one of the top destinations in Africa, Kilimanjaro, by foot and by flight. Champion paraglider Pierre Carter, and world-class climber Schwan-khart will lead a team, joined by an American and a Namibian paraglider, on their journey to the 3rd peak in their ‘Seven Summits, Seven Flights’ adventure. It has taken 10 years to acquire the required permit to paraglide off Kilimanjaro's summit, but at long last the wait is over and 11 paragliders will jump off of 5895m of mountain. Excited about the experience, Carter said: "Paragliding off Kilimanjaro will be different to the other flights because we will have 11 paragliders in the air simultaneously - it will be fantastic. This is a once-off." Seeing as paragliding off Kilimanjaro has been off the menu until now,

I'm keen to see which leading travel company offers trips for Joe Soap to do the same...


Photo by Søren Faurby Thanks to TimesLive for the tip off :-)

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Tags: kilimanjaro, what-to-do

Mt Kilimanjaro - Things To Know Before You Go

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
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Rising 19,340 feet above sea level Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the world's highest free-standing mountain.

Today, about 15,000 people attempt to climb Kilimanjaro each year, as a spiritual journey or as a personal challenge.

This truly amazing experience will change your life and test your endurance.

What you need to know before you go: Get Fit and Break in those Hiking Boots Get physically fit, no need to be Superman fit, but be physically ready to make sure you reach the summit.

Break in those hiking boots before you come or you will end up with blisters for feet. Book in Advance Make your reservations in advance and make sure everything is in place before you arrive. This will also give you a chance to see what equipment you can rent from the operator instead of having to schlep it with you. Choose your Route There are three popular routes; Machame, Rongai and Marangu. Each have their own pro's and cons. Decide which one is best for you. Go Slowly You will hear the Swahili phrase “pole pole” alot. It means to go slow and it is good advice or you may not reach the summit. Be Mentally Prepared This is definitely a mental as well as physical challenge. You should prepare yourself to endure this journey and the elements.

Tips on what to pack: - Wet wipes - Snacks - Adequate sun protection - Thermal flask - Camera & Film If you want to know more see the Team at OverlandingAfrica.com

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Tags: kilimanjaro, tanzania, trek