Well my 2.5 months in Africa is over:-( It was a fantastic journey and I'm going through thoughts of what's been great, what hasn't and what I'd still like to do (LOADS!). The highlight of the trip was getting to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro with the added bonus of having no altitude sickness, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience particularly seeing the world from 5,895m high! I've been really very lucky by what I've seen and experienced and there are only 3 slight downers that I can come up with:-
1. I lost my diary (but recovered it and had it sent home)
2. I ran over a sheep (which didn't recover!)
3. I thought I'd freeze to death trekking up Kili (and it took 3 hot showers to recover!!)
Aside from these small things the trip was fairly uneventful in terms of anything bad, it was one incredible view or experience after another and has left me with many wonderful memories of both places and people I've met along the way... in particular my flexible, fun and patient travelling companion, Rob. For two people who thought they could only successfully travel alone in the past we did really well in changing that view and shared some great times.
I also have to mention a few others who really helped in making it a memorable trip:
Shane and Asanthi in Dubai who picked up the pieces as I got off the flight after leaving my friends and life in Sri Lanka.
Paul and Squeaks in Kenya who were wonderful hosts and generously lent us their car so we could have a week exploring the national parks and getting our first glimpse of real Africa
Brandon and Tanya for giving me such a great time in Cape Town, showing me around your beautiful city, taking me to some fantastic places (still salivating over the food!) and for making me giggle a lot!
When I lost my diary I lost my notes on Kenya and Tanzania so the first thing I wrote was in South Africa – it's not up to the usual standard but to quieten all of you asking for something here's a little anecdote from the Wild Coast:
Posted by Faye at Tuesday, October 06, 2009