Lots of people enjoying another beautiful day in Istanbul, Turkiye.
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Monday, November 23, 2020

Hiking in Tanzania?

Yesterday was supposed to be a day of rest. And for the morning, it was. We sat around and did some computer research.

But we needed to pick up a few things and go to an ATM, so in the afternoon we went for a walk. Our day of rest turned into an 8.5 km (5.3 mile) walk. Oh well... we needed the exercise.

The research we were doing involved onward travels. It usually does! This time, we were looking at Tanzania.

Tanzania is one of the few countries in the world that are "open" for tourists. Like Turkey, Tanzania still welcomes travelers from any other country without any Covid related restrictions.

But since Turkey's Istanbul airport has a full testing center and laboratory on site, there are actually quite a few options open to us. Many countries allow tourists provided you can supply them with a negative Covid test done within 48 hours of entry. So, we are not locked in to Tanzania, it's just one of the options we are exploring.

Why Tanzania?

Well the short answer is... Mount Kilimanjaro.

Ruth has always wanted to hike the highest mountain in Africa. Me, not so much... although I would like to do it, I would prefer to climb the second highest mountain because it's the one that nobody goes to. Kilimanjaro is a popular climb because it doesn't require any technical climbing skills or mountaineering... it's just a hike. A very long, arduous hike... but it's mostly just hiking, not mountain climbing, so to speak.

On the positive side, January and February are the best time of the year to do the climb. And, due to Covid there would be very few people doing it compared to "normal" times. Prices might even be slightly lower than normal.

But there are a few negatives.

Price is the first one. Kilimanjaro is an expensive proposition, and Tanzania is not the cheapest country in the world to begin with. It costs an average of $2,500 USD per person for the one week excursion, and that doesn't include getting to Tanzania from Turkey. There are cheaper and more expensive options available, but certainly $2,000 USD per person is about the minimum you want to spend and still be able enjoy yourself. On top of that, you need special insurance, and some traveler vaccinations. 

If we do it, we would have to consider this to be a "bucket list" thing, and just put aside all the thoughts about how much money that is. 

The next negative is the weather. While January and February are the best time to be climbing Kilimanjaro, it's also the hottest time of year in the rest of the country. So if we want to see some of the other national parks, and some wildlife, it will be about 35C (95F) while we're doing it. Even the locals will tell you that's pretty warm.

So, we are on the fence. I will keep my eyes on the airfare prices (which are currently pretty high) but if we see the airfare come up at a good deal, we might just bite the bullet.

The umbrella street.

One of the reasons we did such a long walk yesterday was because Ruth wanted to see "the umbrella street" here in Fethiye. As you can see from the photo, there are not many people around.

On another note, my favorite item of Tilley Clothing is finally done!

Me, in my favorite Tilley shirt.

It's unfortunate that they no longer make that shirt because I would buy another one in a flash. I got that shirt originally in October 2014, and there were times I wore it for days in a row. When I washed it in the evening, it was always dry by morning.

The collar started wearing out last year, and I had it repaired in Peru. But the rest of the material was finally starting to break down, and I had to toss it out yesterday. 

Sunset from our balcony in Fethiye.

Big hike ahead of us today... have to get going. Looking forward to showing you some photos tomorrow!

Record low Black Friday deal on the Echo Flex Plug In Mini Smart Speaker.

And in Canada...


  1. I do remember Ruth has desired for a long time to climb Kilimanjaro so I can see that being a possibility for early next year. I'll climb with you from the comfort of my armchair;)

    1. I have wanted to do this hike for as long as I can remember! I think this is the first time though that we have come so close to really doing it. We will see!

  2. Kevin take the cooler of and make a granddad shirt.
    As always great blog,

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    1. The collar is still fine... it was starting to fall apart in other places.

  4. That would truly be a Bucket List hike.
    Too bad about the shirt but you did get a lot of wear from it.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Yep, definitely a Bucket List hike, the same as wanting to do the Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue) hike in Norway which we are also hoping to do next year.

      It's a shame that Tilley doesn't make that shirt anymore, Kevin loved it!

  5. On the umbrella street, if squinted a little, you might think you were back in MX.

    1. Like say the city of Chihuahua for instance! :-)

      There certainly have been times where we feel like we are back in Mexico.

  6. That umbrella street is pretty cool! I do hope you get to do the Kilimanjaro hike, as I would loooooove to read about it. Right now all our travels are vicarious, so your blog is a real necessity.

    1. We have now seen a few "umbrella" streets during our world travels, they are fun to see.

      I have always wanted to do the Kilimanjaro hike so I hope we do it too. Kevin on the other had says he would do it but he would rather do the second highest mountain in Africa, which happens to be close to Kilimanjaro. It is supposed to be a prettier hike with less people. We will see, it would definitely be a story to write and read about! :-)

  7. Hi! I found your blog through a fellow blogger, Cheapchick. Welcome to Turkey! I am hoping you enjoy Kas. I love spending too much time in the water and Kas is my favorite spot. SIS and I would like to buy a small property down there some day. I live in Istanbul. My blog is http://frugalistanbul.blogspot.com/ Have fun and enjoy your travels!

    1. Thank you for popping in to visit our blog. We only just arrived in Kaş the other day but we can tell that we are going to love the area. We have two weeks here and we know that we will have lots to see, our only hope is that the weather will hold out for us.

      Istanbul looks like a beautiful city, just not sure that we will make it there for a visit on this trip. We are doing the best we can to stay away from large populated areas so aren't planning on making Istanbul a stop, although we may need to take a flight out of Istanbul around mid January because that is when our visitor's visa is up, we will see.


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