Where is he?

He is so close but you hardly ever see him. The Kilimanjaro is mostly covered completely by clouds at this period of the year, the raining season. A Canadian student group who volunteers here as well only saw the Kilimanjaro once in their first two weeks so I suppose I cannot complain that it took only four days before it appeared.

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Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa: 5895 metres

Earlier this week we had a cultural trip towards the Kilimanjaro at Karangu and visited a blacksmith and local market which was amazing to see. I was advised not to take any pictures on the market itself as many people do not like to be photographed. A large part of the market was dedicated to the sale of bananas.

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On the way to the market, bunches of bananas

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She is packing some original Masai blankets that I bought.

We went up the Kilimanjaro to 1500 metres to see the Kilasiya waterfall.

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Kilasiya waterfall, Kilimanjaro

We also visited the remains of the Chagga tribe (living on the Southern slope of Kilimanjaro) tunnels at 1350 metres, used to hide themselves for the looting Masai who came into the mountains in their search for food after a period of drought on the lowlands. The tunnel system was so extensive that sixtytwo families could live in one tunnel complex.

As coffee is grown on the slopes of Kilimanjaro we had a interactive demonstration of how to roast and grind coffee that we cooked and it tasted excellent.

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