Monthly Archives: September 2015

Kilimanjaro Countdown: 1 day to go!

Tomorrow is the day I head to the airport – after nearly a year of planning I feel like the last few months have gone by in a blink and suddenly it’s here!

I started a new job a few weeks ago so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind between learning the ropes there and getting everything ready for Kilimanjaro. Luckily, the office is on the fifth floor so I’ve had plenty of stair climbing practice – I think I might be the only one in the office who was a bit glad that the lift has been broken for the past few weeks!

As to be expected I guess, I still have a few errands to run today, buying or sorting out a few last minute bits and pieces. Even with nearly a year of planning I’ve still managed to leave a lot until the last week…

But I’ve triple checked the kit list and between the many lists I have going it seems improbable I could have forgotten something important (fingers crossed).

Guess I’ll find out soon enough!

Kilimanjaro countdown: 3 days to go!!

That’s 3 DAYS until I fly to Nairobi, and 6 until the climb starts.

In preparation, I have not drunk any Diet Coke in the last ten days… Anyone who knows me will know that this is a disproportionately big deal, as it’s normally rare that I go more than a day without a can or bottle (tut tut, I know). But the thought of experiencing any kind of caffeine withdrawal on top of whatever else Kilimanjaro might throw at me made it a no-brainer…

Also, I’ve packed!

I think I may repack before I leave just to triple check I have everything, especially as I am still purchasing various bits and pieces – nothing like last minute hey? But at least the majority of my stuff is nestled safely in my bags ready to go.

Here’s the proof:

Packed and (nearly) ready for Kilimanjaro!!

Now for one more read through the kit list…

Tanzanian Visa: check!

I had to renew my passport last year (getting old!) and I was a bit sad as my last one contained two Working Holiday visas, something I imagine is not likely to happen again. But fear not, I’ve embarked on the exciting task of filling up my new passport, starting with a Tanzanian visa.

Tanzanian High Commision

You can get a Tanzanian visa on entry at the airport, but as I work not far from the embassy (it’s actually a High Commission, I’m not sure what the difference is) I decided I may as well get it in advance. So I popped over there on my lunch break to drop off my passport – which took about 15 minutes including a 14.5 minute wait. Then 3 days later I popped back to get it, which took about 90 seconds. I was quite surprised how fast the process was, but that is maybe because I compare every embassy experience with the horror of the American Embassy a few years ago.

I will also need to get a Kenyan visa as I’ll be there for longer than 12 hours. Apparently you can no longer get a Kenyan visa on entry as they have switched to an e-visa system. I’m halfway through filling in the online form, and I think it’s then a case of taking a print out of the email confirmation to show at the airport. To me that’s not actually an e-visa, but a great way to cut down on printing costs at the Kenyan embassy by having everyone print their own visa!

I’m working my way through my list of Kilimanjaro-related tasks so visa is definitely a good one to tick off. Up next – jabs & medications, and to finalise my packing & shopping lists!