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How cute is this zebra foal?!😍🦓😍 Like and subscribe on my webpage for weekly blogs! I release a new one every Friday: www.travexafrica.com 
Please like and follow me on Facebook and Instagram @travexafrica

Photo by @justinjacobin
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How cute is this zebra foal?!😍🦓😍 Like and subscribe on my webpage for weekly blogs! I release a new one every Friday: www.travexafrica.com
Please like and follow me on Facebook and Instagram @travexafrica

Photo by @justinjacobin
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#travexafrica #travelafrica #africa #loveafrica #safari #lovesafari #livesafari #big5 #bigfive #littlefive #themigration #best_wild_planet #wildestafrica #krugerexplorer #krugerthroughmylense #raw_africa_ #wu_africa #latestkruger #animal_captures #animals_illife #sanparks #live #zebra #animals #animalplanet #wildlife #wildlifeonearth #animallover #wildlifesafari #nature

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Planning your safari with Safari World Africa guarantees you of your security and interests, ensuring that every single one of the details is followed to the letter and that you are served with only the best in the Kenyan travel industry.
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#safariworld #kenya #luxurylodge #lodgelife #safari #safariinstyle #wildlife #viajar #travel #travelafrica #travelafrique #adventure #explore
#design #interiordesign #style #art #love #Tanzania #magicalkenya

Planning your safari with Safari World Africa guarantees you of your security and interests, ensuring that every single one of the details is followed to the letter and that you are served with only the best in the Kenyan travel industry.
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#safariworld #kenya #luxurylodge #lodgelife #safari #safariinstyle #wildlife #viajar #travel #travelafrica #travelafrique #adventure #explore
#design #interiordesign #style #art #love #Tanzania #magicalkenya

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#Repost @marlondutoit
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Here’s a little moment of magic out on safari in South Africa’s MalaMala Game Reserve.

I absolutely love encounters such as this with these gentle giants. To be this close to them is near impossible to put in words, so watch this clip instead & enjoy!

#ChangeTheWayYouSeeTheWorld @wildeyesa

#elephant #sabisands #malamalagamereserve #photosafari #privatesafari #luxurysafari #travelafrica #wildlifephotography #luxurylodge #condenaste #travelandleisure #malamalagamereserve #itsallaboutthewildlife

#Repost @marlondutoit
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Here’s a little moment of magic out on safari in South Africa’s MalaMala Game Reserve.

I absolutely love encounters such as this with these gentle giants. To be this close to them is near impossible to put in words, so watch this clip instead & enjoy!

#ChangeTheWayYouSeeTheWorld @wildeyesa

#elephant #sabisands #malamalagamereserve #photosafari #privatesafari #luxurysafari #travelafrica #wildlifephotography #luxurylodge #condenaste #travelandleisure #malamalagamereserve #itsallaboutthewildlife

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That’s how I ended my long walk in the Deadvlei region. Under a pinky light over the dunes! The cold glass of white wine was terrific after all that sand swallowed! // C’est sous cette lumière rosée que j’ai terminé ma randonnée dans la région de Deadvlei. Je vous assure que le verre de vin blanc froid était parfait pour rinser tout ce sable avalé! @voyageursdumonde #Sossusvlei #namibia #africa
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#gosselinphoto #canon #canoneosr #travelmirrorless #namibie #afrique #dune #sundowner #sunset #travelafrica #travelnamiba #tlpicks

That’s how I ended my long walk in the Deadvlei region. Under a pinky light over the dunes! The cold glass of white wine was terrific after all that sand swallowed! // C’est sous cette lumière rosée que j’ai terminé ma randonnée dans la région de Deadvlei. Je vous assure que le verre de vin blanc froid était parfait pour rinser tout ce sable avalé! @voyageursdumonde #Sossusvlei #namibia #africa
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#gosselinphoto #canon #canoneosr #travelmirrorless #namibie #afrique #dune #sundowner #sunset #travelafrica #travelnamiba #tlpicks

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How majestic is this lion? 🦁 South Africa. Photo by @charlysavely

The king at @lionsrock_sanctuary. He was rescued from the canned hunting industry just in time! Canned hunting is a trophy hunt, which is not a fair chase & lacks hunting skill. The lions are bred for slaughter & live in a very confined space that makes it easy for a trophy hunter to get the shot. I’m glad Mario got away & am glad to see him here, not on a wall.
#Animalonplanet

How majestic is this lion? 🦁 South Africa. Photo by @charlysavely

The king at @lionsrock_sanctuary. He was rescued from the canned hunting industry just in time! Canned hunting is a trophy hunt, which is not a fair chase & lacks hunting skill. The lions are bred for slaughter & live in a very confined space that makes it easy for a trophy hunter to get the shot. I’m glad Mario got away & am glad to see him here, not on a wall.
#Animalonplanet

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i solo traveled  thé world for 10 months. I always had an extra photocopy of my passport. Never had to use until yesterday That’s why it’s wrinkled and faded.  They tried to take my original along with my phone dragged me to a closet room held me illegally in a room for several hours until I gave it over and if I tried to leave the room they would grab me to attack me carelessly all while refusing to let me be In proper contact with my embassy. I was able to escape after the second attempt and run for safety. #travelafrica #traveling #solotravel

i solo traveled thé world for 10 months. I always had an extra photocopy of my passport. Never had to use until yesterday That’s why it’s wrinkled and faded. They tried to take my original along with my phone dragged me to a closet room held me illegally in a room for several hours until I gave it over and if I tried to leave the room they would grab me to attack me carelessly all while refusing to let me be In proper contact with my embassy. I was able to escape after the second attempt and run for safety. #travelafrica #traveling #solotravel

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Had an amazing sighting of a pack of African Wild Dogs recently. These are fascinating creatures and very mis understood. Come and join us on safari to learn more about these amazing animals. .
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#africanwilddog #wilddog #paintedwolf #wildphotoafrica #krugerparkphotosafaris #africa #southafrica #krugerpark #krugernationalpark #master_shots #animallovers #best_shotz #natgeo #natgeowild #wildlifephotography #naturephoto #photosafari #africansafari #instagram #nature #wild #travel #travelafrica  #wu_africa #natgeoyourshot #krugerparkpage

Had an amazing sighting of a pack of African Wild Dogs recently. These are fascinating creatures and very mis understood. Come and join us on safari to learn more about these amazing animals. .
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#africanwilddog #wilddog #paintedwolf #wildphotoafrica #krugerparkphotosafaris #africa #southafrica #krugerpark #krugernationalpark #master_shots #animallovers #best_shotz #natgeo #natgeowild #wildlifephotography #naturephoto #photosafari #africansafari #instagram #nature #wild #travel #travelafrica #wu_africa #natgeoyourshot #krugerparkpage

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Late evening encounter in the dune around Deadvlei, the lonely Oryx. Namibian’s landscapes and wildlife are just amazing! // Rencontre de fin de soirée dans les dunes entourant Deadvlei... L’Oryx solitaire. Les paysages et la faune de la Namibie sont tout simplement incroyables!  @voyageursdumonde #wildernesssafaris #namibia #africa
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#gosselinphoto #canon #canoneosr #travelmirrorless #namibie #afrique #travelafrica #travelnamiba #voyageursdumonde #wildlife #africanwildlife

Late evening encounter in the dune around Deadvlei, the lonely Oryx. Namibian’s landscapes and wildlife are just amazing! // Rencontre de fin de soirée dans les dunes entourant Deadvlei... L’Oryx solitaire. Les paysages et la faune de la Namibie sont tout simplement incroyables! @voyageursdumonde #wildernesssafaris #namibia #africa
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#gosselinphoto #canon #canoneosr #travelmirrorless #namibie #afrique #travelafrica #travelnamiba #voyageursdumonde #wildlife #africanwildlife

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Marching On!!! This stunning Elephant bull was full of confidence and attitude when we found him in the Kruger National Park. Animals like these are normally the ones you as a photographer want because they bring life to your images!! .
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www.wildphotoafrica.com
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#elephant #elephants #savetheelephants #wildphotoafrica #krugerparkphotosafaris #africa #southafrica #krugerpark #krugernationalpark #master_shots #animallovers #best_shotz #natgeo #natgeowild #wildlifephotography #naturephoto #photosafari #africansafari #instagram #nature #wild #travel #travelafrica  #wu_africa #natgeoyourshot #krugerparkpage

Marching On!!! This stunning Elephant bull was full of confidence and attitude when we found him in the Kruger National Park. Animals like these are normally the ones you as a photographer want because they bring life to your images!! .
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www.wildphotoafrica.com
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#elephant #elephants #savetheelephants #wildphotoafrica #krugerparkphotosafaris #africa #southafrica #krugerpark #krugernationalpark #master_shots #animallovers #best_shotz #natgeo #natgeowild #wildlifephotography #naturephoto #photosafari #africansafari #instagram #nature #wild #travel #travelafrica #wu_africa #natgeoyourshot #krugerparkpage

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Marching On!!! This stunning Elephant bull was full of confidence and attitude when we found him in the Kruger National Park. Animals like these are normally the ones you as a photographer want because they bring life to your images!! .
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www.wildphotoafrica.com
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#elephant #elephants #savetheelephants #wildphotoafrica #krugerparkphotosafaris #africa #southafrica #krugerpark #krugernationalpark #master_shots #animallovers #best_shotz #natgeo #natgeowild #wildlifephotography #naturephoto #photosafari #africansafari #instagram #nature #wild #travel #travelafrica  #wu_africa #natgeoyourshot #krugerparkpage

Marching On!!! This stunning Elephant bull was full of confidence and attitude when we found him in the Kruger National Park. Animals like these are normally the ones you as a photographer want because they bring life to your images!! .
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www.wildphotoafrica.com
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#elephant #elephants #savetheelephants #wildphotoafrica #krugerparkphotosafaris #africa #southafrica #krugerpark #krugernationalpark #master_shots #animallovers #best_shotz #natgeo #natgeowild #wildlifephotography #naturephoto #photosafari #africansafari #instagram #nature #wild #travel #travelafrica #wu_africa #natgeoyourshot #krugerparkpage

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Home is where the heart is. •
Sinds 8 jaar zal ik nooit meer niet naar huis willen. Want hier zijn zij. Hier zijn wij.

Home is where the heart is. •
Sinds 8 jaar zal ik nooit meer niet naar huis willen. Want hier zijn zij. Hier zijn wij.

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This majestic yellow lighthouse was built in 1864, by Sultan Mohammad III. The lighthouse went onto be maintained by Britain, France, Spain and Italy until Morocco got its independence from France in 1956. .
The area surrounding the lighthouse offers views of the strait of Gibraltar which connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Spain from the African continent. .
Hope you guys have a cozy Sunday and hope you got to learn some interesting facts about Cap Spartel!
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📸: @explorewithdhara .
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#morocco #tanger #tangier #maroc #travel #photography #picoftheday #africa #architecturejunkie #architecturephotography #arabianstylearchiteture #travelphotography #visittangier #visitmorocco🇲🇦 #travelafrica #northafrica #africatravel #morocco🇲🇦 #photooftheday #morocco_vacations #moroccotravel #capespartel #capespartellighthouse #moroccovacations #capesparteltangier #capspartel #discovermorocco #tangiermorocco #tangiercity #tangier🇲🇦

This majestic yellow lighthouse was built in 1864, by Sultan Mohammad III. The lighthouse went onto be maintained by Britain, France, Spain and Italy until Morocco got its independence from France in 1956. .
The area surrounding the lighthouse offers views of the strait of Gibraltar which connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Spain from the African continent. .
Hope you guys have a cozy Sunday and hope you got to learn some interesting facts about Cap Spartel!
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📸: @explorewithdhara .
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#morocco #tanger #tangier #maroc #travel #photography #picoftheday #africa #architecturejunkie #architecturephotography #arabianstylearchiteture #travelphotography #visittangier #visitmorocco🇲🇦 #travelafrica #northafrica #africatravel #morocco🇲🇦 #photooftheday #morocco_vacations #moroccotravel #capespartel #capespartellighthouse #moroccovacations #capesparteltangier #capspartel #discovermorocco #tangiermorocco #tangiercity #tangier🇲🇦

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The amazing agility of this cat 🙌🏻😍 #Repost @mario_wildphotoafrica
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The reward for being patient! We found this male leopard sleeping on a rock close to a water hole. As it was get hotter I knew that something might happen as some animals might come in to drink and knowing leopards, they will take any opportunity to get a meal! So the wait began and after an hour and a half some impala were approaching and he made his move!! 🎥 @mario_wildphotoafrica .
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#wildphotoafrica #krugerparkphotosafaris  #leopard #leopards #kill #leopardkill #africa #southafrica #krugerpark #krugernationalpark #safari #photosafari #wildlifephotography #wildlifevideo #viralvideos #bbcearth #naturegram #leopardsofinstagram #nature big_shotz #photography #videography #big5 #thisissouthafrica #meetsouthafrica #travelafrica

The amazing agility of this cat 🙌🏻😍 #Repost @mario_wildphotoafrica
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The reward for being patient! We found this male leopard sleeping on a rock close to a water hole. As it was get hotter I knew that something might happen as some animals might come in to drink and knowing leopards, they will take any opportunity to get a meal! So the wait began and after an hour and a half some impala were approaching and he made his move!! 🎥 @mario_wildphotoafrica .
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#wildphotoafrica #krugerparkphotosafaris #leopard #leopards #kill #leopardkill #africa #southafrica #krugerpark #krugernationalpark #safari #photosafari #wildlifephotography #wildlifevideo #viralvideos #bbcearth #naturegram #leopardsofinstagram #nature big_shotz #photography #videography #big5 #thisissouthafrica #meetsouthafrica #travelafrica

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The Fish River Canyon.
World's second largest and Africa's largest Canyon.

A must-see landmark on your next #Namibia #UltimateRoutes
#selfdrive trip.

#selfdrive
#SelfDriveSafari #desertroads #roadtrip #travelafrica #OverlandingAfrica #OverlandAfrica #FishRiverCanyon #

The Fish River Canyon.
World's second largest and Africa's largest Canyon.

A must-see landmark on your next #Namibia #UltimateRoutes
#selfdrive trip.

#selfdrive
#SelfDriveSafari #desertroads #roadtrip #travelafrica #OverlandingAfrica #OverlandAfrica #FishRiverCanyon #

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Structural engineers feast your eyes....
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FUN FACTS: 
1. Entrance fee is R90
2. It’ll take you less than 20 min to explore the house
3. There’s a restaurant on site and activities for kids
4. It’s a great stop on your way to other attractions in Harties and it can keep you entertained for about an hour or so.
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 #upsidedownhouse 
#landscapechaser 
#exploredreamdiscover .
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#hartebeespoort #views #shotleft #travelafrica #blacktrottersza #travelingafricans #beautifulplaces #blacktraveljourney #blacktrottersza #blacktravelclub #africatravel #toplandscapes #instadaily #photooftheday #luxurylifestyle #epicwanderers #instadailyphoto #girlswhotravel #melanintravel #travelphotography #instaphoto #exploredreamdiscover #Travelgram #travelclub #instatravel #naturelovers #travel #travelnoire #girlsofcolourthatwander

Structural engineers feast your eyes....
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FUN FACTS:
1. Entrance fee is R90
2. It’ll take you less than 20 min to explore the house
3. There’s a restaurant on site and activities for kids
4. It’s a great stop on your way to other attractions in Harties and it can keep you entertained for about an hour or so.
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#upsidedownhouse
#landscapechaser
#exploredreamdiscover .
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#hartebeespoort #views #shotleft #travelafrica #blacktrottersza #travelingafricans #beautifulplaces #blacktraveljourney #blacktrottersza #blacktravelclub #africatravel #toplandscapes #instadaily #photooftheday #luxurylifestyle #epicwanderers #instadailyphoto #girlswhotravel #melanintravel #travelphotography #instaphoto #exploredreamdiscover #Travelgram #travelclub #instatravel #naturelovers #travel #travelnoire #girlsofcolourthatwander

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기온: -26℃, 체감온도 : -34℃, 풍속 : 약 27m/s
보통 사진 찍을 때 이런 상황에서 갈등이 생긴다.
'힘들다고 안찍어서 나중에 후회하지 않을까?'
그래서 일단 지금의 내 눈에 아름답지 않더라도 셔터를 누르는 편인데,
이때는 장갑을 벗으면 동상 때문에 내 손을 잘라야 할지도 모르는 생각에 사진을 찍을 수 없었다.

눈꺼풀을 깜빡여서 내 눈으로만 담아왔다.
모두에게 보여주고 싶었는데, 역시 하산하고 나니 아쉬운 부분이었다.
킬리만자로 정수리를 가득 덮은 이 빙하와 빙하가 만든 얼음산은 인터스텔라의 밀러 행성이었다.

기온: -26℃, 체감온도 : -34℃, 풍속 : 약 27m/s
보통 사진 찍을 때 이런 상황에서 갈등이 생긴다.
'힘들다고 안찍어서 나중에 후회하지 않을까?'
그래서 일단 지금의 내 눈에 아름답지 않더라도 셔터를 누르는 편인데,
이때는 장갑을 벗으면 동상 때문에 내 손을 잘라야 할지도 모르는 생각에 사진을 찍을 수 없었다.

눈꺼풀을 깜빡여서 내 눈으로만 담아왔다.
모두에게 보여주고 싶었는데, 역시 하산하고 나니 아쉬운 부분이었다.
킬리만자로 정수리를 가득 덮은 이 빙하와 빙하가 만든 얼음산은 인터스텔라의 밀러 행성이었다.

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2019년 10월 24일 오전 5시 54분
아프리카 대륙 최고봉, 킬리만자로 우후루(Uhuru Peak, Mt.Kilimanjaro, 5895m) 등정

작년 12월, 니킬과 에베레스트 베이스캠프 트레킹에서 하산 하던 중, 여러 고산을 이야기 하다가 킬리만자로가 나왔는데,
'그렇지, 고산은 네팔에만 있는게 아니었지.' 내년에 아프리카에 간다면 킬리만자로에 올라야겠다.' 생각했었다.
사실 아프리카 대륙 종단의 목적은 킬리만자로 정상에 오르는 것이 첫번째였다.

모든 장면이 꿈의 조각처럼 이어져있다.
내가 도대체 무슨 일을 한걸까, 헤드랜턴의 불빛 하나에 의존하며 아무런 빛도 없는 오르막길을 한걸음 내딛음에 모든 신경을 집중하며 100m, 200m, 300m 고도를 높혀가고 있었다. 얼마나 높던지, 우주의 모든 별이 보였다.
혹시나 뒤에서 따라가던 내가 잠들까봐 아베리가 계속 외쳤다.
"자지마!"
틈날 때마다 자지말라고 외쳤다. 옆에는 아득하게 깍아지른 절벽과 빙하에 발 한번 잘못 딛으면 균형을 잃고 수백미터 아래로 떨어질지도 몰랐다. 포화 산소농도는 가파른 경사에 급격하게 줄고 있었고, 살을 에는 강풍에 숨을 쉴 수 조차 없어, 뇌로 공급되는 산소가 현저히 줄어 계속 졸음이 밀려왔다. 한걸음 내딛는게 그렇게 힘들 줄 몰랐다. 그것을 잘 알아서 그랬을까, 그래서 아베리는 자꾸 자지말라고 외쳤을지도 모른다.
작년 12월 칼라파타르(5550m)에 오를 때 역시 살면서 가장 혹한의 추위를 겪었는데 이번엔 그 이상이다. 숨 쉬는게 불가능했다. 이러다가 진짜 고꾸라질지도 모르겠다고 생각해서 정신을 차리고 내 호흡에 다시 집중했다.
"하,하,하" 가쁘게 몰아쉬던 숨을 "스읍, 하, 스읍, 하" 최대한 많은 양의 산소를 폐에 넣겠다는 생각으로 호흡에 집중했다. 출발할 때 막 떠오르기 시작했던 오리온자리는 어느새 내 정수리 위를 지나고 있었다. 시간이 얼마나 흘렀는지 가늠이되었다.
발가락과 손가락이 잘려 나갈 것처럼 아렸다.
예전에 한 산악가가 미국의 데날리에 등정했다가 손가락 10개를 동상때문에 모두 절단했다는 사실이 기억났다. 빠르게 장갑에 끼워진 손가락을 빼서 장갑 안에서 주먹을 쥐었다 폈다하며 계속 땀이 나도록 하게 했고, 발가락도 오므렸다 폈다를 반복하며 감각을 살리려 애썼다. 고산을 등반한다는 것은 막역하게 체력과 의지의 싸움이 아닌 내 모든 감각기관에 집중해야하는 명상같은 것이었다. 내 숨소리, 발끝에서 손끝까지 느껴지는 고통, 흐릿해진 시야를 다시 선명하게 보도록 온 정신를 모든 감각에 집중해야했다.
이렇게 말하면 굉장히 과장되게 말하는 것 같지만, 고산병을 겪어본 사람을 알 것이다. 고산병을 피하기 위해서 내가 가장 신경썼던 부분은 호흡이다. 고통스럽고 힘들어서 후하후하 숨을 가쁘게 몰아쉰다면 가장 빨리 찾아오는 증상은 고산병이다. 해수면보다 낮은 기압에 이미 정신은 나가기 직전이고, 낮은 산소농도에 숨까지 부족하게 될텐데,  고고도에서 고산병이 찾아온다면 답이 없다. 하산하는 수 밖에 없다. 돈도 돈이며, 여기까지 올라온 자신에게 아쉬울까봐 절대 그만두기 싫어 눈을 부라리며 앞만 보고 내 숨을 찾기 위해 애썼다.
죽고싶었다. 죽는게 더 편할 것 같다고 판단했다. 숨도 못 쉬겠고, 너무 추워서 지금 하산해도 어차피 고통스러울 것이고, 여기서 600미터나 아직 더 올라가야한다는 것은 더 말이 안되는 것 같아 차라리 죽는게 좋지 않을까 쓸데없는 생각을 자꾸 했다. 진심으로 죽고싶었다.
아베리에게 몇미터냐 물어볼때마다 우리는 100m씩 올라와있었다.
키부(4720m)에서 출발하여 5100m, 5200m, 오르다보니 5600m라고 했다.
정상, 우후루피크에 도달하기 전 첫번째 지점인 Gilman's Peak 팻말이 있었고, 그 뒤로는 축구경기장 몇배의 크기나 되는 거대한 분화구가 보였다. 그리고 한참을 또 걸어 올라가 두번째 지점인 Stellar Point에 도달했다. 웬만하면 힘들어도 사진을 찍던 내가, 여기서 사진을 찍는다는 건 정신나간 일이라 생각될 정도로 극한의 환경이었다. 얼굴을 다 얼어붙고 손가락을 잘려나갈듯 아려 장갑을 벗고 셔터를 누른다는건 불가능했다.
정상에 다다를 즈음에 태양이 붉게 타오르며 구름 뒤로 떠오르고 있었다. 마치 섬광이 터진 것처럼 수평선따라 기다란 빛을 발산하고 있었다.
그리고,
"Congratulations! Uhuru Peak(5895m)"
아프리카에서 가장 높고, 전세계에서 가장 높은 단일화산, 킬리만자로.
내가 여기에 올랐다.

2019년 10월 24일 오전 5시 54분
아프리카 대륙 최고봉, 킬리만자로 우후루(Uhuru Peak, Mt.Kilimanjaro, 5895m) 등정

작년 12월, 니킬과 에베레스트 베이스캠프 트레킹에서 하산 하던 중, 여러 고산을 이야기 하다가 킬리만자로가 나왔는데,
'그렇지, 고산은 네팔에만 있는게 아니었지.' 내년에 아프리카에 간다면 킬리만자로에 올라야겠다.' 생각했었다.
사실 아프리카 대륙 종단의 목적은 킬리만자로 정상에 오르는 것이 첫번째였다.

모든 장면이 꿈의 조각처럼 이어져있다.
내가 도대체 무슨 일을 한걸까, 헤드랜턴의 불빛 하나에 의존하며 아무런 빛도 없는 오르막길을 한걸음 내딛음에 모든 신경을 집중하며 100m, 200m, 300m 고도를 높혀가고 있었다. 얼마나 높던지, 우주의 모든 별이 보였다.
혹시나 뒤에서 따라가던 내가 잠들까봐 아베리가 계속 외쳤다.
"자지마!"
틈날 때마다 자지말라고 외쳤다. 옆에는 아득하게 깍아지른 절벽과 빙하에 발 한번 잘못 딛으면 균형을 잃고 수백미터 아래로 떨어질지도 몰랐다. 포화 산소농도는 가파른 경사에 급격하게 줄고 있었고, 살을 에는 강풍에 숨을 쉴 수 조차 없어, 뇌로 공급되는 산소가 현저히 줄어 계속 졸음이 밀려왔다. 한걸음 내딛는게 그렇게 힘들 줄 몰랐다. 그것을 잘 알아서 그랬을까, 그래서 아베리는 자꾸 자지말라고 외쳤을지도 모른다.
작년 12월 칼라파타르(5550m)에 오를 때 역시 살면서 가장 혹한의 추위를 겪었는데 이번엔 그 이상이다. 숨 쉬는게 불가능했다. 이러다가 진짜 고꾸라질지도 모르겠다고 생각해서 정신을 차리고 내 호흡에 다시 집중했다.
"하,하,하" 가쁘게 몰아쉬던 숨을 "스읍, 하, 스읍, 하" 최대한 많은 양의 산소를 폐에 넣겠다는 생각으로 호흡에 집중했다. 출발할 때 막 떠오르기 시작했던 오리온자리는 어느새 내 정수리 위를 지나고 있었다. 시간이 얼마나 흘렀는지 가늠이되었다.
발가락과 손가락이 잘려 나갈 것처럼 아렸다.
예전에 한 산악가가 미국의 데날리에 등정했다가 손가락 10개를 동상때문에 모두 절단했다는 사실이 기억났다. 빠르게 장갑에 끼워진 손가락을 빼서 장갑 안에서 주먹을 쥐었다 폈다하며 계속 땀이 나도록 하게 했고, 발가락도 오므렸다 폈다를 반복하며 감각을 살리려 애썼다. 고산을 등반한다는 것은 막역하게 체력과 의지의 싸움이 아닌 내 모든 감각기관에 집중해야하는 명상같은 것이었다. 내 숨소리, 발끝에서 손끝까지 느껴지는 고통, 흐릿해진 시야를 다시 선명하게 보도록 온 정신를 모든 감각에 집중해야했다.
이렇게 말하면 굉장히 과장되게 말하는 것 같지만, 고산병을 겪어본 사람을 알 것이다. 고산병을 피하기 위해서 내가 가장 신경썼던 부분은 호흡이다. 고통스럽고 힘들어서 후하후하 숨을 가쁘게 몰아쉰다면 가장 빨리 찾아오는 증상은 고산병이다. 해수면보다 낮은 기압에 이미 정신은 나가기 직전이고, 낮은 산소농도에 숨까지 부족하게 될텐데, 고고도에서 고산병이 찾아온다면 답이 없다. 하산하는 수 밖에 없다. 돈도 돈이며, 여기까지 올라온 자신에게 아쉬울까봐 절대 그만두기 싫어 눈을 부라리며 앞만 보고 내 숨을 찾기 위해 애썼다.
죽고싶었다. 죽는게 더 편할 것 같다고 판단했다. 숨도 못 쉬겠고, 너무 추워서 지금 하산해도 어차피 고통스러울 것이고, 여기서 600미터나 아직 더 올라가야한다는 것은 더 말이 안되는 것 같아 차라리 죽는게 좋지 않을까 쓸데없는 생각을 자꾸 했다. 진심으로 죽고싶었다.
아베리에게 몇미터냐 물어볼때마다 우리는 100m씩 올라와있었다.
키부(4720m)에서 출발하여 5100m, 5200m, 오르다보니 5600m라고 했다.
정상, 우후루피크에 도달하기 전 첫번째 지점인 Gilman's Peak 팻말이 있었고, 그 뒤로는 축구경기장 몇배의 크기나 되는 거대한 분화구가 보였다. 그리고 한참을 또 걸어 올라가 두번째 지점인 Stellar Point에 도달했다. 웬만하면 힘들어도 사진을 찍던 내가, 여기서 사진을 찍는다는 건 정신나간 일이라 생각될 정도로 극한의 환경이었다. 얼굴을 다 얼어붙고 손가락을 잘려나갈듯 아려 장갑을 벗고 셔터를 누른다는건 불가능했다.
정상에 다다를 즈음에 태양이 붉게 타오르며 구름 뒤로 떠오르고 있었다. 마치 섬광이 터진 것처럼 수평선따라 기다란 빛을 발산하고 있었다.
그리고,
"Congratulations! Uhuru Peak(5895m)"
아프리카에서 가장 높고, 전세계에서 가장 높은 단일화산, 킬리만자로.
내가 여기에 올랐다.

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A Kenyan sunrise 🌅 😊🇰🇪 .
One of our prayers/resolutions was that we’d see at least one African country a year together, and that in the next 50 years, we’d have explored the entire African continent side by side 🙌🏾 .
God is so sweet, He made a way for us to visit two this year, beyond which was beyond our own plans or imagination 🙌🏾 6 ✅, 48 to go .
Was really just encouraged to dream more and to trust God with things that I can’t even achieve in my own strength...and just reminded that He’s a good father who cares about even the smallest desires of our hearts.

#OurKindaFamily

A Kenyan sunrise 🌅 😊🇰🇪 .
One of our prayers/resolutions was that we’d see at least one African country a year together, and that in the next 50 years, we’d have explored the entire African continent side by side 🙌🏾 .
God is so sweet, He made a way for us to visit two this year, beyond which was beyond our own plans or imagination 🙌🏾 6 ✅, 48 to go .
Was really just encouraged to dream more and to trust God with things that I can’t even achieve in my own strength...and just reminded that He’s a good father who cares about even the smallest desires of our hearts.

#OurKindaFamily

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Inviting and relaxing no matter which perspective you look from.

The Luxury Suites at Madikwe Hills are your home-away-from-home during your stay in South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve. 📷: @lynedavel

Inviting and relaxing no matter which perspective you look from.

The Luxury Suites at Madikwe Hills are your home-away-from-home during your stay in South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve. 📷: @lynedavel

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Yoga lovers! Pay attention: The wide savannah with a rising African golden sun☀ and your yoga mat on the stiff grass 🌾 . Traveling in a small group of 9 like-minded people, whom you have already met before the journey. Enjoying the variety of yin yoga and meditation sessions 🧘 with hikes and spotting animals on safari 🐘 . Together with @moyo_coaching we are organising a yoga trip 3 - 14 November in Kenya. The journey goes through 5 locations. From Nairobi to the foot of Mount Kenya, along the savannah at Tsavo to the Indian Ocean at Watamu. Want to know more? Check out the link: bit.ly/CT-Moyo-Yoga

Yoga lovers! Pay attention: The wide savannah with a rising African golden sun☀ and your yoga mat on the stiff grass 🌾 . Traveling in a small group of 9 like-minded people, whom you have already met before the journey. Enjoying the variety of yin yoga and meditation sessions 🧘 with hikes and spotting animals on safari 🐘 . Together with @moyo_coaching we are organising a yoga trip 3 - 14 November in Kenya. The journey goes through 5 locations. From Nairobi to the foot of Mount Kenya, along the savannah at Tsavo to the Indian Ocean at Watamu. Want to know more? Check out the link: bit.ly/CT-Moyo-Yoga

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What could be better than soaking up the sunshine relaxing next to an infinity swimming pool in exotic Zanzibar? ☀️
It's a beautiful summer day in #Thezanzibari. 𝗧𝗮𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵!

Sunday #relaxmode

What could be better than soaking up the sunshine relaxing next to an infinity swimming pool in exotic Zanzibar? ☀️
It's a beautiful summer day in #Thezanzibari. 𝗧𝗮𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵!

Sunday #relaxmode

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Day 43: it’s Sunday, the final day of the week to recoup. Are you ready to work this hard next week; to get where you need to be, to meet your goals, to get your mind right, to prep for the coming year? There’s so many reasons to get out there and hustle as hard as you can for the life you want! There are opportunities looking us all in the eyes, but can we recognise them? 
I have to catch you all up with the developments on the ride, it’s been a crazy few days, look out for my post this evening on what’s been happening! 
#mychoice
#londonsocialcycles
#londontolagosadventure
#Travel
#adventure
#bileadventure
#travelafrica
#bikelife
#bikeadventure
#explore
#Africa
#cycling
#lovetocycle
#blackridersassociation
#blackcyclist
#senegal 
#burkinafaso 
#mali 
#ghana

Day 43: it’s Sunday, the final day of the week to recoup. Are you ready to work this hard next week; to get where you need to be, to meet your goals, to get your mind right, to prep for the coming year? There’s so many reasons to get out there and hustle as hard as you can for the life you want! There are opportunities looking us all in the eyes, but can we recognise them?
I have to catch you all up with the developments on the ride, it’s been a crazy few days, look out for my post this evening on what’s been happening!
#mychoice
#londonsocialcycles
#londontolagosadventure
#Travel
#adventure
#bileadventure
#travelafrica
#bikelife
#bikeadventure
#explore
#Africa
#cycling
#lovetocycle
#blackridersassociation
#blackcyclist
#senegal
#burkinafaso
#mali
#ghana

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Last @stonetownfoodfestival night in Forodhani today, try the Emerson tasting plate, prepared by chefs from #EmersonSpice and #EmersononHurumzi , or taste a proper #Zanzibar coffee served from a traditional dele brass pot by our neighbour Hashim. All welcome!
#eatZanzibar #foodiegram #envogue #Culinarytraditions #swahiliculture #travelAfrica #experienceZanzibar #Spacesaremagical

Last @stonetownfoodfestival night in Forodhani today, try the Emerson tasting plate, prepared by chefs from #EmersonSpice and #EmersononHurumzi , or taste a proper #Zanzibar coffee served from a traditional dele brass pot by our neighbour Hashim. All welcome!
#eatZanzibar #foodiegram #envogue #Culinarytraditions #swahiliculture #travelAfrica #experienceZanzibar #Spacesaremagical

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📍 When in #bujumbura,.... The sound of rain needs no translation. - someone

📍 When in #bujumbura,.... The sound of rain needs no translation. - someone

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I’ve been nicknamed the “smiling sunshine man” by a few people here in Egypt because I smile a lot. Honestly, I smile everyday because “The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.” #gobacktoAfrica #african_portraits #travelafrica #cairo #travelnoire #thisisegypt

I’ve been nicknamed the “smiling sunshine man” by a few people here in Egypt because I smile a lot. Honestly, I smile everyday because “The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.” #gobacktoAfrica #african_portraits #travelafrica #cairo #travelnoire #thisisegypt

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Zanzibar beach days! I’m sure Africa has some of the best beaches in the world! 🥂🐠🐚

Zanzibar beach days! I’m sure Africa has some of the best beaches in the world! 🥂🐠🐚

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#virsnīšiāfrikā #fazergarša #geishamirklis #virsnīšiceļo #mauritania #sahara #saharadesert #africa #realafrica #visitafrica #travelafrica #heliolv #360tv #travelaroundtheworld

Kamieļu tirgus Mauritānijas galvaspilsētā Nuakšotā ir līdz šim ceļojumā piedzīvotā spicīte - kur vien veries, tur kamieļi, tūkstošiem kamieļu un nomadi savos gaiši zilajos un baltajos tērpos. Tu ej starp kamieļiem, kuri augstu gaisā pacēluši savas galvas un visapkārt cilvēki, kas vēro katru tavu elpas vilcienu, bērni, ieraugot mūs, ar interesi aplūko, taču, kad tuvojamies, pazūd kā mazi, veikli zvēriņi nomadu teltīs, baltie cilvēki šeit nav bieži viesi. Kāds miesās druknāks vīrs melnā sporta jakā ar zīmīti “Just do it”, kuru uzvilcis pāri savam tradicionālajam ietērpam, pasaka jā vienam no skaistuļiem. Te iepērkas turīgi ļaudis, jo viens mazs kamielēns maksā ap 350 eur, savukārt par lielu un spēcīgu dzīvnieku tiek prasīti 700-900 eur. Tas, kādiem nolūkiem tiek kamieļi izmantoti, labāk nezināt, viņi neplāno veidot vietējos Rakšus, taču nomadiem tā ir iztika - audzēt dzīvniekus un tos pārdot tirgū, tā tas bijis gadu simtiem ilgi.
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How majestic is this lion? 🦁 South Africa. Photo by @charlysavely

The king at @lionsrock_sanctuary. He was rescued from the canned hunting industry just in time! Canned hunting is a trophy hunt, which is not a fair chase & lacks hunting skill. The lions are bred for slaughter & live in a very confined space that makes it easy for a trophy hunter to get the shot. I’m glad Mario got away & am glad to see him here, not on a wall.
#Animalonplanet

How majestic is this lion? 🦁 South Africa. Photo by @charlysavely

The king at @lionsrock_sanctuary. He was rescued from the canned hunting industry just in time! Canned hunting is a trophy hunt, which is not a fair chase & lacks hunting skill. The lions are bred for slaughter & live in a very confined space that makes it easy for a trophy hunter to get the shot. I’m glad Mario got away & am glad to see him here, not on a wall.
#Animalonplanet

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I found my own versions of Patrick, they weren’t as goofy and didn’t talk back to me, but they were still pretty cool! ⭐️🌟 #starfish #destinationdiani #dianibeach •
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I found my own versions of Patrick, they weren’t as goofy and didn’t talk back to me, but they were still pretty cool! ⭐️🌟 #starfish #destinationdiani #dianibeach



#visterlafrique #darkskinwomen #melaninpoppin #blackpassportstamps #travelafrica #takemetoafrica #cntraveler #essencetravels #blacktravelfeed #sheisnotlost #blacktraveljourney #travelnoire

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One of the most surreal experiences of my life 💫

One of the most surreal experiences of my life 💫

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At least the lion is upside up. 😉This male was enjoying life, rolling around on his back. I also got down, lying on the ground the get the low eye-level shot. This seemed to interest him and he gave me this nice look straight into the camera.
Photographed in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Photo & caption by @naturebydanielrosengren | #Animalonplanet

At least the lion is upside up. 😉This male was enjoying life, rolling around on his back. I also got down, lying on the ground the get the low eye-level shot. This seemed to interest him and he gave me this nice look straight into the camera.
Photographed in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Photo & caption by @naturebydanielrosengren | #Animalonplanet

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