Saturday, 6/7. Kilimanjaro.
A long, three-hour walk through Maasai land this morning. Good to exercise after days of sitting on our butts in a rattling jeep. After lunch, Tanya and I are shuttled to the Kia Lodge near Kilimanjaro Airport. Our driver is a tall, thin Tanzanian named Abduli. His brother, Nas, is married to Donna Duggan, the Australian tour operator. Donna came here on vacation years ago, fell in love, learned Swahili and stayed on.
Kia Lodge feels like a reward after a week of roughing it. Hot showers, a large bed to myself, clean sheets. I dine with Tanya in an open-air restaurant, facing the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro at sunset. The waiter, like so many Tanzanians, is friendly and shy and radiant. The food and wine are great. I’m more of a tenderfoot than I realized.