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Stone Town - Zanzibar

Going around the former slave market sight was hunting especially trying to imagine how fifty people were confined in a room so small that it would be classed as a child’s bedroom in the UK. The atmosphere was eerie, like spirits were never put to rest there and they were still calling for help as they were shackled together without food or water for three days before being sold off, if they were strong enough to still be alive. ‘Kumbukumbu Ya Historia Ya Watumwa’ means memory for the slaves.

The jeep safari

A GIRAFFE… A GIRAFFE! At long last, hiding behind the tree. I never knew that they could camouflage themselves so well and if it wasn’t for our guide pointing it out, I would never have seen that beautiful animal with its long neck and bandy legs. “The battle cry of freedom” sound track kept playing around in my head as the jeep sped along the dusty ground disturbing a herd of Zebras and Impalas which ran away and disappeared from view within a matter of minutes. More Giraffe’s kept appearing, first there seemed to be one and then two appeared.

Selous Game Park - the foot safari

We are told who we will be sharing the accommodation with at the lodge and I am really glad to have another room mate. Not because the other girl wasn’t very nice, actually she was lovely. It’s just that her snoring was louder than any lion I could imagine. Wow, what fantastic four poster beds we got and with a proper loo! The next morning at dawn off my group go in search of the animals. I see an elephant looking straight at me and I wonder what he is thinking? His ears are not flapping so I presume he is not angry with us for interrupting his breakfast.

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Equador and Galapagos islands

Equador and Galapagos islands trip:
I had never thought about travelling to the Galapagos before, I didn’t even know that much about it however last year when my sister dropped out of a trip booked for her and my brother to go to the Galapagos; I just couldn’t turn down the chance to travel.

South East Africa Explorer

After following the Trade Route through Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique we arrived in Tofo – a vibey coastal town with white beaches, warm waters, a small local market and, above all, ocean safari’s – the opportunity to go snorkelling with whale sharks!

We headed out to sea in search of one of these beautiful giants of the ocean. We were soon in luck and the captain gives his call for us to put on our snorkels and fins and dive overboard…


Today we had a fun-packed day at Petra. We left the hotel at 9am and arrived at the entrance to Petra soon after. After a long wait for tickets we started the half hour walk down to the Treasury. Many of the children got a horse ride for about 1000m of it, which was nice. You cannot realise how beautiful the Petra is until you actually see it for yourself. The Treasury was carved into the rock by people so who lived in the city - it is enormous; so we were given some free time to look around. By this time it was probably around 10am. When we finished Petra it was about 4pm.

My last surprise

After a once in a life time experience, I came home to more good news, not only did I raise £1200 for charity in total, but I'm pregnant! So to all of you who would like to go but are a little scared, if a pregnant lady can climb Kilimanjaro - so can you!! Do something amazing!

The Hardest Day

The night is now freezing, about -5, but again the mountain delivers and as the sun sets Kibo turns a beautiful deep orange and takes all our breathe away (not that we had much left to take!)
I wake up with a layer of ice on top of my sleeping bag and all my water frozen, but excited and nervous I pack up, eat another apple, my only fuel for the next 5 hour climb. There can be no hanging around today, we must pass the breach before the sunlight hits it and it becomes a danger zone.

We can see the top! (a long way away!)

As promised, day 2 delivers. Its hard going, we leave the cool shade of the forest and walk for 8 hours in the direct sunlight, I foolishly miss a thin strip of exposed skin and burn so badly I blister, the route, especially after lunch is all uphill and constant, and the sun has drained my energy and every muscle in my body is screaming at me to get out the sun, but that’s not an option, there is no shade to be found as we are surrounded by nothing more than heather.