President Donald Eastman and his wife Christine met up with the team for the Serengeti portion of the trip prior to visiting another Winter Term group in Cape Town, South Africa
Team member Craig Altemose completed his world tour of the 7 continents, having visited the continents of Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, and South America through Eckerd
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Sunday, January 8
We departed Tampa on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. and arrived in Tanzania on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The mountain/safari guide company that coordinated the 2-week trip, Abercrombie & Kent (A & K), picked us up from the Kilimanjaro Airport in four 9-person safari Land Cruisers and transported us to our first site for a 2-night stay at Mt. Kilimakyaro Lodge, strategically based at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Monday, January 9
Enshrouded by the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the lodge's grass-thatched huts and simple setting provided a relaxing environment for the team to become better acquainted. Monday served as a free day. In the morning, the drivers took us into the city of Arusha to hit the Internet cafes and local marketplace. The street vendors were categorized according to trade – fresh produce, meat and fish, clothing, home improvement, etc. We returned to the lodge for lunch, afternoon siestas and leisurely games of frisbee.
At dusk, we were joined by A & K's lead guides who gave us an overview of what we could expect on the mountain and instructions on how to repack our bags accordingly – a safari bag to remain in Arusha at the city hotel, a backpack to be toted by each climber and a duffle bag carrying extra clothing/gear to be carried by one of the 40-plus porters and assistant guides. As the week progressed, the lead guides proved to live up to their names – Abel and Ernest.