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KILIMANJARO PASS FROM TANZANIA INTO KENYA.
The Western Kilimanjaro Pass
from Tanzania into Kenya
The Western Kilimanjaro region
is fairly new to the northern safari circuit of Tanzania. It is not
therefore frequented by hordes of safari makers. Little information
exists; there is no National Park here and the area is contained in
a private concession; a type of private park. It is a very special
area and borders on Kenya’s Amoboseli Park.
I would strongly recommend this
area for a few days if you find yourself planning a safari in
Tanzania and truly want, unique, off the beaten track and an ‘out of
African experience’. Many destinations offer these qualities but
Western Kilimanjaro truly delivers all these qualities.
I visited this private
concession this weekend; we left Arusha, my driver and I, heading
toward Kilimanjaro. An hour out of Arusha we turned left and spent
another ninety minutes on a very rough road. It was slow going as
the 4 x 4 rattled slowly along the track; all the while I was
wondering if all this would be worth the effort. I was unsure of
what to expect but had heard good reports about this new area and so
looked forward to a pleasant experience.
My heart sank as we entered the
camp. The tents were under local thatch and it all looked very
basic; the luxury I was looking forward to, I feared, was greatly
exaggerated. I was surrounded by African bush and the camp looked
non existent. However, the camp is truly built into the
surroundings; the en-suite tents and the entire camp is truly
luxurious; but hidden.
No other cars were at the camp
[we were the only guests this weekend] and with no other camps in
the area we were literally off the beaten track; just myself, the
driver and the staff of the camp. We arrived in time for lunch and
the food was superb five course meals in elegant surroundings. As
there were no other guests my driver/guide who was also Maasai
joined me for each meal. This turned out to be fortunate as I got to
know all the staff very quickly.
The rest of the day I spent
relaxing around the camp drinking in the surroundings. Relaxing and
getting to know the local Maasai. The following day Philemon [the
driver] and I were joined by the camp guide and he showed us the
surrounding area and where to find the animals. Seeing herds of
elephant against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro was a highlight of many
years spent in East and Southern Africa. We then drove to a big
white stone that signposted the Kenyan – Tanzanian border and we
stopped for photographs. After this we drove across the border and
around the Kenyan Amboseli National Park.
That evening as the sun waned we
drove to the top of a large hill just outside the camp. We watched
the sun begin to set then the clouds cleared around Kilimanjaro and
the snows were turned pink with the setting sun, and bellow the
acacia trees were silhouetted as the dusk seemed to rise from the
ground upward. Then as I though it gets no better than this the
Maasai from the lodge came dancing and singing up the hill – they
brought champagne as this was to be my last evening. We toasted a
most enjoyable stay and the staff and Philemon sang Maasai songs and
danced into the early evening. If ever I was in Africa proper it was
this evening. Not a tourist or car in sight, Kilimanjaro and local
Maasai, words cannot express the emotions of that evening; you
cannot have a more African experience than to spend some time in
this luxury, eco friendly camp.
If you come to Tanzania, I
recommend this area, this camp. Forget everything else your African
experience should start in the Western Kilimanjaro on the Tanzania –
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