The day started off with me trying to switch a "birds' call" iPhone alarm, only to realise it was an actual bird just out of our window!
Anyway - was a good start and after a shower went up to the hotel's dining room for breakfast - Glorious!!! Fruit, cereals, toast, eggs to order and some strange looking but tasty bacon & sausage - the basic staples, but all amazingly fresh. I must stress on the fruit. In Tanzania the Papaya & Mangos are to die for and I simply couldn't stop eating (that also might explain some rush trips to the bathroom later on when thinking about it!).
After breakfast, we all got ready to go for a walk around Marangu, but before managed to get some basic Swahili words :
Thank you : Asante
You’re welcome : Karibu
Good morning : Habari
Water : Madi
Hello : Jumbo (Don't mix this with Jamba since the latter means "fart" and can be embarrassing!!)
On the 6th Day (if you are doing the Machame Route), you will arrive to Barufu Camp, which is the last Camp site before reaching Kilimanjaro's summit.
Saying it plainly, Barufu Camp is not one of the nicest camps on this mountain and these are some points to illustrate what I mean: Its very crowded, since a lot of groups meet there for their attempt to summit. It's situated on a slope so your tent will basically be at an angle.There are a lot of loose rocks, some looking like slate and one needs to walk with caution (its very depressing getting hurt just hours before your push to the summit!)
Well, grumbling aside, still it offers great views (everywhere has great views on this mountain!) and also, I think this was the most "emotional" camp, since you will arrive quite early, eat lunch and your guides will immediately suggest that you go to sleep to be up again at 11:30pm to start up for summit. This can have a profound effect and it did on some of our group members…