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11/2009:
Professional firefighter Larry Allen traded the winter rains of Oregon for the short rains of Tanzania while here for three weeks...Actually, the occasional rain wasn't too bad on his visits to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Arusha National Parks...The safari culminated in a visit to Ngorongoro and Embakaai craters, afterwards he spent 5 days in Stonetown and Bwejuu on Zanzibar.



11/2009:
Professional guide Kaiyote Snow (www.kaiyotetours.com) packed a lot of fun into a four week stay with us...She trekked on both Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro, safaried for a week in Tarangire Park and the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands, plus spent 5 days in Zanzibar enjoying both east and west coast beaches...The weather didn't always cooperate, but she came well prepared with an umbrella and an ever present smile.



1/2009:
Bill Pope and his family spent three days in our private mobile camp on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, game viewing in the caldera and hiking in Olmoti Crater...They followed this with a visit to the Pare Mountains and three days in Mkomazi Park viewing the elusive Wild Dog...During their trip Bill's wife, Teresa, worked as a volunteer dentist for two weeks at the Rift Valley Children's Village, both the orphanage and school.


7/2008:
Wolfgang Fezer and Gabriele Kalesse safaried for 6 days in the Tarangire Park and Lake Manyara region...Afterwards they relaxed at Kigongoni Lodge for a couple days than finished their trip to Tanzania with a day trip to Arusha Park and a trek on the lower slopes of Mt. Meru.


7/2008:
Ed Kahn, his daughter Alicia and son Samuel joined Ed's brother Joseph and his children, Bryan and Becky, for a trek up Kili...After relaxing at Moivaro Lodge they spent 7 days hiking the Shira/southern circuit route and enjoyed great weather the entire trip.


4/2008:
Our webmaster, Paul Westerman, visited for a month and summited both Mt. Meru and Ol Doinyo Lengai...He was lucky enough to see Ol Doinyo Lengai erupt just 23 hours after visiting the vent on the north crater.

Paul:.."While there wasn't much heat or smell, the roar coming out of the vent was incredible!..It was like standing next to a large rushing river."


04/2008:
Sophie and her cousin Nick spent a day in Lake Manyara Park and a week on Kilimanjaro with John and the rest of the gang...In between time at BaseKamp Sophie and Nick traveled to Rwanda spending time in Kigali...



11/2007:
Robyn Pratt surprised her husband Brian and son Christopher with the gift of a Kilimanjaro climb for Christmas in 2006...Scheduling issues forced them to move the trip but eventually Brian and Chris completed their climb successfully.
Brian Pratt: "The trip exceeded my expectations!..Raymond turned out to be a true friend and reliable guide...My son Christopher & I had the experience of a lifetime...The whole trip from the time we landed in Kilimanjaro airport to the time we were dropped off was perfect...I can't say enough about Raymond and his professionalism and friendship."


6/2007:
Bill Pope and his daughter, Rebecca, spent a week on safari visiting Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Serengeti parks, plus Ngorongoro Crater...They also spent a week trekking up Kilimanjaro and enjoyed beautiful weather at the summit.


04/2007:
Wilderness Medicine Institute traveled to Tanzania from Landers, Wyoming to conduct their week long Wilderness First Responder Course...Allan and his guides Victor Kinyonga, John Simon and Raymond Shayo attended the class as a refresher having attended before...The course was given by Melis Coady, a NOLS instructor and accomplished climber from Talkeetna, Alaska.


2/2007:
Dave Pope and his family joined us for a trip that included the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Arusha Park...We stayed in lodges during most of the safari, but used our mobile tented camp while following the migration of the wildebeest in the Serengeti.



11/2006:
We took 13 climbers up Kilimanjaro, most of whom were raising funds for the Kucetekela Foundation of Zambia...The foundation provides scholarships for financially disadvantaged Zambian boys and girls so they may attend secondary schools.



08/2005:
The University of Western Ontario's MedOutreach student health team returned for their annual climb of Kili with a group of eight...Summit morning was unusually cold but the weather was clear and the view was spectacular!
Adam Pite: "Our guides were simply amazing. their knowledge of not only the mountain, but of human medicine was astounding - especially for our group of medical, nursing and dentistry students!..In fact, we called Victor our Mountain doctor."



07/2005:
Brothers Greg and Barney Horne traveled from England and California to summit Kilimanjaro together.
Barney: "The experience of the trek will live with me for a long time, and it is certainly down to you and your teams' expertise in planning and truly marvelous teamwork...Plus, they are such a cool bunch of guys!"


01/2005:
Seasoned traveler Terry Todoroff teamed up with another AOE group and climbed Kilimanjaro, than safaried solo in the Serengeti with one of our guides...He claims "It was my best trip! Kudos to Allan and his crew!"


10/2004:
By summiting Kilimanjaro, Ric Felker and Randy Freidberg fulfilled a dream that began 27 years ago in college!


1/2004: Bill Hooe spent some time with us which included a safari to Serengeti to see the great migration...He also visited Ngorongoro Crater and as these pictures attest summited Kilimanjaro.



2/2003:
Past client Bill Pope and his wife Teresa (re)exchanged their vows in a traditional Maasai wedding arranged by us at a Maasai village on the west slope of Kilimanjaro...They followed that with a trek up Kilimanjaro, than a safari to Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti.


11/2002: Geoff Herbert from Los Angeles spent two weeks with us visiting Amboseli Park in Kenya, Tarangire in Tanzania, plus time at two of the lesser known parks in East Africa, Mkomazi and Saadani...



In Tarangire we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon with a pair of courting lions and in Saadani a boat trip provided some personal time with the resident hippos.



6/2001: African Outdoor Expeditions is back on Kilimanjaro working with David Breashears and the IMAX film crew for more filming...We will be climbing the Shira route from the 17th through the 24th, summiting on the 23rd...The movie is due out in February 2002 and we look forward to "hearing" about it since there are no IMAX theatres here in Tanzania.



5/2001: Allan spent a month in the United States visiting friends and attending a First Responder Course in the state of Washington...A First Responder Course is designed for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics who want advanced first aid and rescue training in a remote wilderness setting...The course lasted 10 days and each day was a full 8 hours of instruction...He will be training his guides with what he learned inorder to improve their skills even more...



11/2000: African Outdoor Expeditions was back on Kilimanjaro working with David Breashears and the IMAX film crew to finish up shooting the movie that was started in June...We once again managed the 120 or so porters needed to support the climb and film crew...The purpose for this second trip up was to get some footage on Kilimanjaro during the short rains that fall from October and November...



6/2000: African Outdoor Expeditions was on Kilimanjaro working with David Breashears (who filmed the popular Everest movie for MacGillivray Freeman Films) and a film crew shooting a new IMAX movie that will feature a climb of Kilimanjaro, and the surrounding game parks...AOE was contracted to hire and manage 120 porters to support the climb and film crew...Filming started on the 12th and we were with them as they climbed the Machame route and descended the Mweka.



2/2000:
Bill Harbert visited us from Alabama and spent a week climbing Kilimanjaro, than took a safari to the Ngorongoro Crater and the surrounding Highlands to see the wildlife and visit with the Maasai.



12/1999:

We were pleased to see a previous client again this past December...On past trips Paul Westerman had summited Kilimanjaro and visited the southern game parks...On this trip he wanted to see the Serengeti and show someone else Tanzania.

Together Paul and Rebecca Lachter visited Lake Manyara Park, Arusha Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the southern Serengeti...The highlight, though, was a camping trip to Empakaai Crater in the Ngorongoro Highlands...They spent a night on the rim and hiked down to the crater floor.
. At Ikoma Tented Lodge in the Serengeti, a stray wildebeast has remained behind since the last migration...The owners hope she will return to the herd when the migration passes through again, but in the meantime she has become a temporary guest!

Rebecca: "The Serengeti gave me an idea of what the North American plains must have looked like a couple hundred years ago...Magnificent!"

Paul:

"Hiking through the forest at Empakaai I had the sensation that I was visiting someplace where things had not changed in thousands of years. Looking down into the crater it was easy to imagine the flamingoes waking up each morning undisturbed as they had ever since the first flamingo found this eden-like enclave a million mornings ago."


2/1999:

Solo climber Robert Hubbell teamed up with a group travelling together as a benefit to raise money in the fight against breast cancer...There were 12 climbers - with the benefit group comprised of 7 women, all affiliated with the Napa/Sonoma wine industry...Their motto was "Lust for Life" and they certainly lived up to it - quite a lively bunch!..They represented some of California's best known wineries: Charles Krug, Robert Mondavi, Cakebread Cellars, Pine Ridge, Murphy Goode, Harrison & La Jota...They had made benefit treks to other parts of the world, but Kilimanjaro was the highest mountain any of them had climbed.

We also had a journalist covering the trip and their effort...The story, along with some of Robert's photos, were published in the May '99 edition of San Francisco Magazine.
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Robert: "In Tarangire [National Park], I remember sitting out on the porch of my tent one evening admiring my view of beautifully green rolling hills, dotted by Baobab and Sausage trees flowing out as far as I could see...All of a sudden a huge lightning storm began which stretched from one horizon to the next and went on for over an hour...Strangely there was no thunder...Even if there was though, it would have been difficult to hear it over the roar of billions of insects as darkness set in...Nature's fireworks and symphony at her finest!"