Posted on June 30th, 2011
After a highly successful and emotional climb of Kilimanjaro the team then ventured off on a game viewing safari. We offer safari’s as part of a package with our Kilimanjaro climbs. They are always fun and they never disappoint. Since animal behavior is never completely predictable it is always a treat to watch the days unfold. The only thing we know is that we will get to view some of the most legendary wildlife on our planet. We visited Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, and Olduvai Gorge. We also visited a Masai Village. Below are a few pictures highlighting some of our animal sightings. The entire photo gallery can be found here:
Safari June 21-25, 2011
Dik Dik's - the smallest of all the antelopes.
Topi in the Serengeti.
Male and female impalas in the Serengeti.
There are over 1100 bird species in East Africa. We see many on safari. Here are a few of them:
Grey Crowned Crane
Cory Bustard Bird. The largest flying bird in the world.
Black Rhino. The rhino population has been decimated by hunters and poachers. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the few places where they can still be seen. There are currently 26 living in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Teenage elephants playing in the Serengeti.
When eating Masai Giraffe's use their long tongue to wrap around thorny acacia trees
Masai Giraffe's in the Serengeti.
Hippos in the Serengeti.
A lioness resting in the tall grass.
A pride of lions in the Ngorongoro Crater.
A lioness in a tree at the Ngorongoro Crater.
Spotted hyena mother and her offspring.
Cheetah in the Serengeti.
Posted on June 30th, 2011
6:45 AM June 19, 2011 - On the summit of Kilimanjaro.
This is a summary of our recently completed Kilimanjaro climb written by Kurt Wedberg.
Our June Kilimanjaro trip was another great success. The climbers included people from Canada and from both coasts on the USA. Some were new to the SMI experience and others were long time friends. Sunniva Sorby and Kurt Wedberg both have roots with Adventure 16 Outdoor and Travel Outfitters where both were introduced to the outdoor industry. Sunniva has since traveled the world as a lecturer, explorer, adventurer, and guide. She gathered together a group of ladies to raise money and awareness for kids in Africa affected by AIDS. Also joining us were several friends of SMI who have all been on trips with us in the past. Team members included: Rosemary Berard, Kelly Dunfee, Barbara Falco, Jody Foster, Bettina Hiniker-Breckenfeld, Shena Hinks, Sarah MacDonald, John Risickella, Steve Schumm, Sunniva Sorby, Kathleen Urdahl, and Margaret Webb. Joining this group were SMI guides Karsten Delap, April Mayhew, and Kurt Wedberg.
Everybody who started on this trip made it all the way to the summit and back down… that’s 15 out of 15 to the summit!!! A big congratulations to everybody on a job well done!!
Below are a few pictures from the climb. The rest of the pictures can be found here:
Kilimanjaro June 2011
The team at the park gate ready to go!!
Jody, Rosie, Margaret, April, and Kelly hiking through the jungle trail on Day 1.
The Kilimanjaro Impatients. The jungles on Kilimanjaro are the only place in the world this flower grows.
Shena, Kathleen, and crew hiking through the jungle on day 1.
Kelly, Sunniva, BArbara, and Bettina are all smiles upon getting their first glimpse of Kilimanjaro on day 2.
Helichrysum flower. There are severaly types of these "everlastings" on Kilimanjaro.
Barbara and Jody enjoying the day 2 hike.
Sunniva and Kurt with the summit of Kilimanjaro poking through the clouds.
"Sista Sarah" enjoying one of the many dramatic views Kilimanjaro offers.
The team arriving at Barranco Camp 12,926'/3940m at the end of day 2.
The team assembled in the dining tent. From left to right: Sunniva, Battina, Margaret, Kelly, Steve, John, Karsten, April, Rosie, Barbara, Jody, Kathleen, and Shena.
A porter starting off on day 3 from camp.
John ready to start off on day 3. John went on the first international trip SMI ran to Mexico's Volcanoes and has been a good friend of SMI ever since.
Giant Senacio trees at 13,000'/3962m.
Climbing the Barranco Wall.
Shena, Kathleen, and Karsten topping out on Barranco Wall at 14,000'/4267m.
Kurt and April on top of Barranco Wall with the Heim Glacier and Kilimanjaro's summit dome behind.
Steve is all smiles high above the clouds on top of Barranco Wall.
The team poses for a group photo next to a grove of Giant Senacio trees.
Traversing along the moonscape on the flanks of Kilimanjaro en route to Karanga Camp.
Climbing out of Karanga Valley the last hill before our next camp.
The team arrives at Karanga Camp 12,893'/3930m.
The Big Dipper above Kilimanjaro. The star show every night is always a blessing to see.
The team starts climbing to high camp.
Steve, Margaret, John, Shena, and Kathleen focused and psyched to move to high camp.
April and Karsten en route to high camp.
Headlamps on in the tents as the team wakes up for summit day!
Tea time before starting off on summit day!!
The group's string of headlamps light up a pristine crisp night under a blanket of stars.
The team pacing themselves well in the wee hours of the night.
The team catching the view of sunrise from the east as it casts it's glow over the Africa plains far below.
Traversing around the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. The summit is the highest point in the distance.
Summit photo. 100% to the highest point on the African continent: 19,340'/5895m
Congratulations team on a job well done!!!!
Posted on June 28th, 2011
Our Kilimanjaro team got down from the mountain and had a great celebration dinner in Moshi on June 20. The following day we headed out in three Land Rovers for a game viewing safari. One day was spent at one of the seven natural wonders of the world when we toured the impressive Ngorongoro Crater. We also spent two nights in the infamous Serengeti Plains, plus visited Lake Manyara, which is famous for its diverse bird populations and lions who climb trees, and experienced Olduvai Gorge where numerous fossils of extinct animals are still being discovered.
A more comprehensive report is forthcoming. In the meantime we wanted to share a couple quick photos highlighting a couple of our animal sightings:
Above : A lioness in the trees, June 25, 2011.
Below : A cheetah in the Serengeti, June 24, 2011.