Protea Hotel Aishi Machame
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
TripAdvisor Reviews Protea Hotel Aishi Machame Kilimanjaro National Park
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... big sister – Mt. Kilimanjaro. But she was shy. We knew where she was – but for the entire 2 hour drive to the Machame Gate (the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park) she remained completely shrouded in cloud.
As we passed through the entrance there was much nervous excitement – but I think the overwhelming feeling by this stage was to get this show on the road!
But alas there is always paperwork and red tape. Firstly the ...
... t feel any pain (although my body was cold to the bone). Ascent day we started at midnight. It was a long walk up (took us 7 hours) with limited oxygen, and it really tested our willpower. In a way it was good that it was dark and you couldn't see what we had to walk up. We could see headlamps of groups above so we kinda knew where we had to go. I focused on Karen's shoes and just following her (we were assigned positions and had to stay in a single line). Getting to the top was ...
... 15 DAY 1 - MARANGU GATE (1980m) to MANDARA HUT (2700m) - 8KM, 5 HOURS
I was glad to know that the first day was a relatively easy one. Our guide Omari and assistant guide Bacali made sure we were always walking 'pole pole' (slowly, slowly) which is super important as we were already starting out at quite an altitude and walking at this pace meant we were more likely to acclimatize. It was a nice steady uphill walk through the beautiful rainforest and the pace meant we ...
... hand and not a foot, the baby grasped her finger, just like they do in the outside world. It was the most surreal and elating feeling – so perfectly cute! They shared a little moment the baby and her, one saying hello to the other. And that was that. It ended up being an extended breech sitting on it’s hand. Adorable.
In complete juxtaposition, we had a really confronting episode with a Doctor, let’s call this one Dr Aristottle and a decision ...
... made "stairs" of different heights - definitely not the best for the knees (and I thought the porters had a tough job on the way up!), so again we made good use of our walking poles. The only thing I couldn't protect was again my toes, which really suffered and especially by the end of the trail were hurting a lot - but Joshua promised me I won't lose my toenails and now a few days later I'm even starting to believe him! Apart from the toes I've actually got to ...