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Split & Two Step
City: Pleasanton
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Oct 19, 2019
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Oct 17th, 2019
Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands
End: Moshi, Tanzania
Daily Distance: 0
Daily Ascent: 0
Daily Descent: 0
Max Elevation: 2801

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 56
Journal Visits: 838
Guestbook Views: 7
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Our planned route up Mt. Kilimanjaro

Arriving in Tanzania

Arriving in Tanzania

Our flight from San Francisco airport to Amsterdam was long, but KLM is an excellent airline, and we were wined and dined and movied throughout the trip. Our plane left at 1:55 pm, so we were able to watch the sunset, and doze a little afterwards. When the sun rose a few hours later, we were still blurry-eyed. Due to the nine-hour time difference, our ten hour flight took us nineteen hours into the future.

It was a short stopover in Amsterdam, and soon we were on our way to Kilimanjaro airport via another eight-hour flight. Again, the KLM flight was enjoyable, as was the conversation with our seat mate, who was also climbing Kilimanjaro in a few days. She had prepared somewhat differently than we had, and so the natural worries began. Have we packed the right gear for the forecasted rain and snow and altitude? If not, how uncomfortable will we be? We are experienced long distance hikers, but mountain climbers - not so much.

The final worry was hearing from our seat mate that the recent ban on all plastic bags coming into Tanzania was quite serious. Since we use plastic bags to segregate and organize much of our gear, I spent the last half hour of our flight dumping everything out of their various plastic bags and storing said bags far out of sight in the bottom of various stuff sacks. We would later find that the customs process did not care at all about plastic bags. Sigh.

We arrived at Kilimanjaro airport and were greeted with a long passport control and customs line. Between our travel agent and Two Step's meticulous preparations, we had our visas in hand and had all of our travel documents filled out, but the customs process was slow. It took about an hour to reach an official in his small booth who managed our entire transaction by pointing and motioning. Apparently, our papers were in order, and although we passed our bags through some type of machine (x-ray?) there was no one seeming to look at the results as we collected our bags and walked out of the facility.

Welcome to Tanzania!

We were greeted by two individuals from our tour company, Leopard Tours, and soon Steve had stowed us into the back of a small van and started on our one-hour journey to Moshi. It was literally a dark and rainy night, and we proceeded in the English fashion down the left side of a two lane highway. We were informed this highway continued all the way to South Africa, but it would be a long and slow drive. We passed numerous slow vehicles and one police checkpoint - apparently trying to dissuade smugglers. Unfortunately, we could see little of the country as we progressed, as the darkness and rain limited our vision to a narrow corridor.

We arrived at at the Panama Garden Resort Hotel after 10:00pm. Our room is satisfactory and has a patio that I'm sure we will enjoy tomorrow. As we go to sleep, an unseasonably heavy rain is falling outside. The sound is peaceful inside, and it is at least somewhat reassuring to know tonight is forecast to be the heaviest rain of our Tanzanian stay. Tomorrow is a rest day, and our orientation with the tour company, but tonight we can hopefully get some rest in this new time zone nearly half way around the world.

From Tanzania,
Split and Two Step

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