Shotgunton Photography: Blog https://www.shotgunton.com/blog en-us (C)shotgunton freelance@shotgunton.com (Shotgunton Photography) Tue, 15 Sep 2020 01:56:00 GMT Tue, 15 Sep 2020 01:56:00 GMT https://www.shotgunton.com/img/s/v-12/u812677775-o566134169-50.jpg Shotgunton Photography: Blog https://www.shotgunton.com/blog 120 80 Flower photoshoot https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2020/9/flower-photoshoot Some beautiful images from a special outdoor night photo shoot.

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Professional Headshots and Office Collages https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2019/12/professional-headshots-and-office-collages In December I was in Baltimore to take professional dental office photos and headshots for updating the practice's website and helping with some LinkedIn profiles.

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Dental Office Photos https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2019/12/dental-office-photos In December I was at a practice in Baltimore to photograph the office in order to give their website an update.

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Special Olympics-South Africa, Gauteng Province Unified Sports Day https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2018/11/special-olympics-south-africa-gauteng-province-unified-sports-day During our time in South Africa we were regular fixtures at Shumbashaba - Horses Helping People, as volunteers and riders.  It was a real pleasure to be a volunteer photographer when they hosted the 2018 South Africa Special Olympics, Gauteng Province Unified Sports Day.  Here are my favorite photos from the day.

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Dental Review Posts https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2017/4/dental-reviews Make those special reviews of your business stand out and be seen!

 

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Only Floss the Teeth You Want to Keep https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2017/2/only-floss-the-teeth-you-want-to-keep Importance of Flossing

Flossing once a day is an important part of keeping your mouth healthy. Last year there was some high profile news questioning the value of flossing.  It was stated that there were not enough studies to prove that flossing had benefits.  

While this was a bit frustrating for us to see blasted across the media, the truth is it probably had a limited impact.  In surveys, almost 80% of people admit to not flossing regularly. 

 

So is there value in flossing?

The ADA states:

“The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing may also help prevent gum disease and cavities.”

Each tooth has 5 surfaces, the front, the top the back and then 2 sides.  When you brush you can effectively clean 3 surfaces: the front, top and back, but the 2 sides that are adjacent to other teeth, cannot be reached with a toothbrush. Flossing gets between the teeth, removes trapped food particles and disrupts acid producing bacteria which can damage the enamel and cause interdental decay. 

Decay between teeth is hard to repair, and these interdental fillings have a greater risk of recurrent decay and tooth fracture if the area is not kept clean and the enamel continues to be weakened.  Flossing is also important in preventing periodontal disease. While the media controversy is around the fact that few studies have actually been made to prove the benefits of flossing, it has been proven that regular flossing reduces gingivitis and bleeding gums.  The benefits of disrupting the bacteria around your gums and removing any leftover food is good prevention for gum disease.

 

Does it Matter How you Floss?

Good flossing technique is actually very important to promoting healthy teeth and gums.  It is better not to floss at all than to floss badly.  Flossing should not hurt, and you should never use a sawing motion for flossing. Flossing too hard can damage your gums.  Any of the dentists and hygienists at the office will be happy to walk you through good flossing technique if you have concerns.

 

 

 

When it comes to flossing, doing it correctly once a day is the most important thing to remember, it does not matter when you decide to floss.  Making it a habit at the same time of day, will make you more successful with keeping it a habit, but whether that is first thing in the morning, right before bed or after lunch … anytime is a good time!

 

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Travel Social Media Posts https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2016/12/travel-social-media-posts Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro Mt. Kilimanjaro and Safaris Africa's Big 5 Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Health on the Mountain - Climbing Kili The Yucky Truth https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2016/12/health-on-the-mountain---climbing-kili-the-yucky-truth Health on Kilimanjaro

Health on the Mountain – The Yucky Truth

So you are dreaming of climbing Kilimanjaro ... you could be considering to climb to the roof of Africa to see an equatorial glacier before they disappear, or because it is considered one of the Top Ten climbs in the world, or you are a beginner climber looking for an incredible challenge in one of the most unique ecosystems in the world.

 

If you are a beginner climber, the idea of climbing to almost 6,000 m or over 19,000 ft may feel daunting and you of course will worry about your health.  What do you have to worry about and how can you make sure you reach that summit?  So here’s what you need to know before you climb:

 

  1. Cut those toenails If you are a runner or an experienced hiker you will get this.  It is a good idea to cut your toenails as short as comfortably possible.  Your feet are going to get battered on your 6-7 day climb and any foot pain will have a hobbling affect.  If your toenails are even just a little too long there is a chance that the constant bashing from each step could pull a toenail or 2 off.  Or if a toenail is a little too long, especially on the sides, the sharp edges of the nail could cut up the toes next door.  And all of this leads to pain and when your main objective is walking, this creates a problem!
  2. Bring a balaclava… for the cold? – No, for your constantly running nose – Your nose will run, from the cold, from the exertion, from the change in altitude and it will be difficult to wipe it on your way to the summit.  You will be concentrating on each step, you will have gloves and mittens and maybe even poles keeping your hands tied up.  How can you wipe a constantly running nose? You can’t, so in order to hide the freezing snot dripping from your nose wear a balaclava!  And consider an extra bandana or two to have tied around your wrist so if your nose starts before it is too cold to hide behind a balaclava you don’t have to use your sleeves.
  3. Get ready to talk about poop There are unfortunately going to be poop problems and in order to make sure you are in good health your guide is going to want to talk about it.  While diarrhea can be an issue when you travel, we are extra careful to make sure there are no food hygiene causes.  Still you could be sensitive to a change in water and diet and … there are not that many toilets on the side of the mountain.  Time to suck up that pride.  However, it is more likely you will suffer from the opposite problem, constipation. As you get higher in elevation, the air gets thinner, which means there is less oxygen available to your body.  Because of this, you slow down … all parts of your body slow down, including your intestines.  But hey, maybe that’s a positive thing, one less reason to have to leave your tent at those freezing temps.  Just have those prunes, apricots and dates on hand for your descent!
  4. That magical moment as you are climbing to see the most beautiful sunrise from the highest point in Africa … with vomit or maybe just retching – When we begin that last climb to the summit, let’s face it you may not feel amazing.  Appetite suppression at altitude is one way to put it, another way to put it is everything will seem gross, yes even that Snickers or Cliff bar!  You need to eat to give your body the energy to get through that last day so stick to things you like, with high carbs.  This is the time for mega-carbo-loading and not high fat snacking.  Fat requires more oxygen for metabolism than carbohydrates and at altitude your body is not getting as much oxygen. And stick to high carb liquids as they will go down easier. Some things you will be tempted to pack, like jerky, nuts and candy bars will take up too much energy to chew, swallow and digest.  Each person needs to find out what suits their body best as they get to higher altitudes and stick with it.  But even that yummy hot cocoa or warming soup may not settle in your tummy and there’s a chance you’ll be puking between your smiling summit shots.
  5. Test out your clothes, especially around those delicate places Chafing is uncomfortable, not only how it feels but having to talk about it and the places it effects. When not treated properly it gets worse and when you don’t have the time to stop and heal, the right supplies can be essential to you being able to keep walking.  The biggest tips are:  avoid cotton and look for wicking and quick dry fabrics … especially when it come to your underwear.  You can keep a look out for hiking underwear and definitely get some recommendations for the right fabric for hiking long underwear.  Make sure you wash your delicate parts every day and clean the salt and sweat off, and rinse out your sweaty clothes when you can; quick dry fabrics will make this possible. Take lots of practice hikes with the clothes you plan on wearing to see if you get any chafing.  Bring Body Glide or just plain zinc oxide – diaper rash cream – and pre apply it to your problem areas.  If you wait until after the skin is irritated and scraped up it will sting and you will still be uncomfortable.

 

Not the best things to look forward to as you are imagining your triumphant feat of reaching the roof of Africa … but while these things can and do happen to some climbers, some don’t have any of these worries.  If you come prepared, you will be less likely to have lots of yucky stories about your climb, or at least you’ll be able to smile about them because they didn’t stop you from reaching the summit.

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The Story Behind Controversial Dental Headlines https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2016/9/the-story-behind-controversial-dental-headlines How Often Do You Need to See Your Dentist?

The Story Behind the Headlines

There has been some recent media attention about dental studies (or the lack thereof) and how they pertain to what people need for their oral health and care.  There are a few sides to these stories: there is the sensationalizing of outcomes for the attention; there is keeping people informed, and there is what your dentist advises you. Here is what we practice:

  1. Each patient is unique.

Their overall health, their ability to fight off infection and their dental histories need to be considered.  A patient’s ability to clean his or her teeth needs to be assessed. People can lose teeth due to either infection from tooth decay or periodontal disease, or trauma from an accident or tooth stress from grinding.  These conditions need to be considered when recommending the timing of exams, cleanings and x-rays.

 

  1. Every case has to be reviewed before each appointment.

As a team we evaluate each patient before their appointments for their dental histories, their health and existing restorations and dental pathologies, such a cracks in teeth or recessed gums.  Is the patient on medication that would cause dry mouth? Is there a history of periodontal disease or significant tooth decay? How much calculus builds up on your teeth between cleanings and how uncomfortable are you having the buildup cleaned off?

 

  1. What will be best for your next appointment

If you are generally in good health with no oral issues we do recommend check-ups every 6 months with x-rays every every 2-3 years.  This is for preventative measures as well as your comfort.  If your mouth is healthy and your teeth have little calculus build up, cleanings are quicker, easier and in general more comfortable.  There are patients that due to medical situations may suffer from chronic conditions such as dry mouth or patients who have had recent tooth decay and for these reasons we would recommend more frequent check-ups of 3 months.  We do foster close connections with our patients and hope that if a patient has concerns about recommended follow-ups they would feel free to discuss any questions with Dr. Swenda or Maria.

 

Missed the hub-bub and are curious about these controversial media pieces:

https://www.bda.org/news-centre/latest-news-articles/bda-response-to-cdo

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/07/going-to-the-dentist-every-six-months-is-unnecessary-says-uks-to/

And don’t forget to floss! What is the whole story behind the headlines? "Lack of evidence doesn't automatically mean lack of benefit." Flossing is still the easiest and practically risk free way to remove bacteria and any food particles from between teeth!

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/tossing-flossing-2016081710196

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Dental Health News - Summer 2016 https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2016/8/dental-health-news---summer-2016 Dental Health News Dental Implants Summer Drinks Dental Health News Dental Implants Summer Drinks Dental Health News Dental Implants Summer Drinks Dental Health News Dental Implants Summer Drinks

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Dental Implants - What are Your Risks for Implant Failure? https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2016/8/dental-implants---what-are-your-risks-for-implant-failure Dental Implants What are Your Risks for Implant Failure

Dental Implants – What are your risks for Implant Failure?

If you have lost a tooth or are at risk of losing teeth from tooth decay, gum disease or an injury to your mouth, dental implants could be an excellent replacement.  

A dental implant is a small titanium post surgically placed into your jawbone which would then provide a base for a porcelain replacement tooth.

Dental Implants

 

Implants provide many benefits if you have lost natural teeth. They look like natural teeth so you feel good about your appearance without having gaps in your smile or trouble talking and eating. There is no need to compromise adjacent healthy teeth by grinding them down to secure a bridge or partial denture. They can stabilize ill-fitting dentures and partials, eliminating pain and discomfort. Most importantly dental implants help to minimize loss of bone in the jaw. Without the stimulation teeth roots provide during activities like chewing, the bone does not stay active and actually starts to “melt” away.  On average there is around a 25% decrease in bone width the first year after tooth loss with the height then decreasing year after year. With this bone loss the facial structure actually changes, causing it to look collapsed.


Benefits of Dental Implants

 

Unfortunately dental implants will not work for everyone … the ideal dental implant patient:

  • Is a non-smoker
  • Has very good oral health, with no gum disease or untreated decay and takes care to brush and floss every day
  • Has enough bone structure to support implants
  • Is healthy enough for surgery

 

You may need to complete some preliminary steps before you can be considered for dental implants.

  1. If you are a smoker, quitting may be your only option – Smoking not only increases your risk of gum disease it also inhibits bone healing, which is essential for implants to become properly anchored in the jawbone.

  2. Treating gum disease – If you are suffering from periodontal disease and leave it untreated, supporting gum tissue and the bone holding the implant in place will deteriorate leading to implant failure.

  3. Bone growth or bone grafts – If you do not have enough bone density to support dental implants, it may be necessary to build up the jawbone using bone supplements or a bone graft.  New technologies such as new implants with a smaller diameter that fit into less bone volume could be considered.

 

Make sure you give your dentist all of your health information when discussing if implants could be an option for replacing missing teeth. Factors such as diabetes, osteoporosis, immune system issues and teeth grinding all have to be carefully considered.  Recently a study from the University of Buffalo showed a link between anti-depressant use and implant failure. A side effect from anti-depressants was a decrease in the effectiveness of the hormone responsible for bone growth and metabolism.  In order for an implant to heal properly this process is essential and long term use of antidepressants could increase the risks of implant failure.

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2016/03/020.html

 

There are many steps in treatment planning for lost teeth.  Dr. Swenda takes a lot of care and time to make sure you are presented with the best options for your overall health.  If you have any questions or concerns about possible tooth loss and making sure your oral health is in good standing for dental implants, do not hesitate to contact the office.

 

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Sports Drinks... The Heat... and Your Teeth https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2016/7/sports-drinks-the-heat-and-your-teeth Sports Drinks and Your Teeth

It has been hot …. Really really hot, with excessive heat warnings and some impressive lightning displays. With the excessive heat comes the threat of dehydration and heat stroke.  This is especially a worry for anyone wanting to stay active during the heat wave or students wanting to get in shape for the fall sports pre-seasons.  When exercising in the extreme heat it is important to replenish fluids, electrolytes and salt. Many sports drinks and energy gels can effectively restore this balance but it is important to use these with care.

 

While having a sports drink to replenish electrolytes can help in the heat, these high sugar, highly acidic beverages are not necessary for children and many adults. The combination of the acidity and the high level of sugar causes tooth enamel erosion. This is then compounded by dehydration which causes low levels of saliva in the mouth.  Without a good amount of saliva to help wash the acid and sugars off the teeth, they sit, eroding the enamel and weakening your teeth.  

 

Sports drinks and gels should be used in moderation and always with a good dose of water.  Water is an essential nutrient for the body and when the body gets overheated water carries heat away from internal organs before any serious damage can occur. You should always begin exercise well hydrated and drink enough water that you do not feel thirsty.  Sports drinks can be used as a supplement if you are exercising in extreme heat for more than an hour.  Drinking water after an electrolyte supplement helps to rinse the mouth, removing sugar and acid from the teeth. Water will rehydrate your body faster, creating an environment that will allow the enamel to harden on the teeth again after the softening from high acidity.

 

If you feel you need to reach for something other than water to quench your thirst, consider drinks with a pH level higher than 5.5 or dilute sugary drinks and juices 50/50 with water.  Water should be the main beverage you drink during exercise and on extremely hot days. 

 

A good way to make sure you hydrate enough during exercise in extreme heat or during intense workouts is to:

  • Weigh yourself immediately before and after exercise – any immediate weight lost is water
  • Drink 3 cups of water for every pound lost to prevent dehydration.

This is now a guide of how much water you need during your workouts. 

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She-Trek Leave the Men at Home https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2016/5/she-trek-leave-the-men-at-home All women Kilimanjaro climb

She-Trek - Bringing, Cultures and Inspiration Together in Friendship and Success

We love all of our climbs and we always feel so close to the people we get to introduce to our beautiful mountain.  In May though we had a group with such infectious drive and spirit we have to share a little of their story.

Our first year of She-Trekkers were made up of a group of 7 women from 7 different countries, with different cultures and languages that decided on a common goal to climb Kilimanjaro. Their inspiration came from different sources: teaching their children how to succeed at difficult tasks through hardwork and dedication; hearing experiences of overcoming disabilities to accomplish feats no one thought possible. 

If we can do this, what else might we be able to do?

These women did not take their task lightly, they set to work and trained for 5 months to be ready for Kilimanjaro.  They hiked or did other strength building exercise 3 times a week.  They found 12 different hikes in the area around where they lived in suburban Johannesburg and happily shared their beautiful landscapes and hiking fun with us through weekly photo updates.

While they felt confident and ready for the climb after their months of preparation, there was no denying the underlying worry of altitude sickness.  The fact is no matter how fit you are or what your weight is or body shape and size; anyone can be affected by altitude sickness if your body does not properly acclimatize.  They were happy with our plan of an 8 day hike.  With this amount of time it gives us plenty of time to acclimatize.  We climb up to higher altitudes but then descend for the nights sleeping at lower altitudes allowing for the body to adjust.  One of the She-Trekkers started feeling the effects of altitude sickness, but with the steady approach to the climb, regular monitoring of the levels of oxygen in her blood and making sure she had plenty of fluids she was able to recover, and succeeded in reaching the summit with no continuous problems.

Not a race to the top, but a journey to go slow, enjoy and carry with one forever.

There is no doubt in our minds of how special Kilimanjaro is.  As you climb you pass through rain forest, moorland, arid dessert, and finally reach an artic zone with a rare equatorial glacier.  The climb will take the will of your mind, body and spirit, starting your last climb near midnight to reach the summit at sunrise in the freezing temperatures. But our guides will encourage you, never leave you alone and tell you “You will never see anything as beautiful as the sunrise from the highest point in Africa.”
 

Like many people who climb Kilimanjaro the She-Trekkers took their opportunity to raise money and awareness.  They donated money to local projects benefiting schoolchildren in Arusha.  They also raised money and reached out to tell their story of their desire to assist specialist schools for children with autism and developmental delays.  You can read more about their stories in these articles written about them:

http://fourwaysreview.co.za/233619/dainfern-resident-tackles-africas-highest-mountain-to-change-a-life/

http://www.pekintimes.com/news/20160730/pekin-native-scales-kilimanjaro-to-make-point

Let us know if we can plan your She-Trek Adventure – Leave the Men at Home …

 

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Oral Cancer Awareness https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2016/5/oral-cancer-awareness Oral Cancer Awareness

Oral Cancer Awareness

What are the Risk Factors and Why it is Important Your Dentist Does a Screening at Your Appointments

Oral Cancer is the sixth most common cancer and makes up almost 4 % of all cancers, with a death rate higher than other cancers you may hear more about, such as cervical cancer and melanoma. Close to 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, up from 43,000 in 2014, causing over 9,575 deaths - This is about 1 death from Oral Cancer per hour.

Why is Oral Cancer so deadly? It can develop and grow without many symptoms or pain, so it often is undetected by the patient. This leads to many oral cancers being discovered in late stages.

Oral Cancer Facts

What causes oral cancer? Are you at risk?

• One of the biggest causes of Oral Cancer is tobacco use. Smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes can cause cancers in the mouth, lips and other parts of the body. Smokeless tobaccos can lead to cancer of the cheeks, gums and lips.

• Heavy drinking, as defined by the CDC as on average 2 or more drinks a day, increases your risk factor for Oral Cancer significantly.

• And people who both smoke and drink heavily have a 15 times higher risk than others of developing a form of Oral Cancer.

• HPV, the Human Papilloma Virus, is a sexually transmitted disease and has been definitively linked with oral cancers, particularly those that occur at the back of the mouth. The body’s immune system is able to fight the HPV virus and it is only in a small portion of the population that lack the correct immune response to HPV who will develop Oral Cancer from the virus.

• Excessive sunlight exposure can cause increased risk of cancer developing on the lips, but these numbers have been declining. 

Prevention and Oral Cancer Screening

If you have a high risk factor due to tobacco use and excessive drinking, the most effective act of prevention is to quit any tobacco habits and reduce your alcohol consumption. 90% of people who develop Oral Cancer are tobacco users.

Oral Cancer Screenings should be a regular part of your dental exam when you are visiting your dentist for routine hygiene, regular oral health checks or any other procedure. If you have dentures, even though you will not need regular teeth cleanings, it is still important to see your dentist for regular oral health screenings. Your dentist will check all soft tissue areas of your mouth: gums, the palate, floor of the mouth, sides of the tongue, cheeks and the oropharynx.

Early detection is very important for Oral Cancers and will save lives! Make sure you check your own mouth regularly and make an appointment with your dentist should you find:

• a red or white patch

• a sore spot that bleeds easily or does not heal

• a thick or hard spot or lump

• a rough or crusted area

• areas in the mouth with numbness, pain, or tenderness

• any spot that is oddly shaped and growing

• any problems when chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue or jaw.

Your dentist should take photographs and record any suspected lesions or sore spots. If you have abnormalities in your mouth and neck, you should choose to have check up appointments sooner than the usual six months so that any changes can be compared and action taken quickly if necessary. Your dentist will not be able to diagnose Oral Cancer, but can refer you for a biopsy for any areas which do not heal or become worse.

Please always feel free to talk with Dr. Swenda or Maria about any concerns you have about your Oral Health and any risk factors you may have for Oral Cancer. 

Awareness, Prevention and Early Detection are key components in our battle against Oral Cancer.

Oral Cancer Awareness

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Pizza Delivery for a World Record on Kilimanjaro https://www.shotgunton.com/blog/2016/5/pizza-delivery-for-a-world-record-on-kilimanjaro Pizza Hut delivers on Kilimanjaro

Summit Trails helps Pizza Hut set a Guinness World Records® Title for Highest Altitude Pizza Delivery on Land!

 

Pizza Hut celebrated opening up a restaurant in their 100th country, Tanzania, by delivering a pizza to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro …. and guess who was guiding the pizza delivery up Kili in an amazing 2 days to summit? None other than Consea and our Summit Trails guides! The delivery set the Guinness World Records® title for the highest altitude pizza delivery on land at a height of 19,341 feet.

Consea was yet again our fearless leader. He not only led the climb, he handled all the photos and video on the trek, which was essential for proof in order to gain the Guinness World Record®. They had to move very quickly up the mountain, but Consea said he felt really confident they wouldn’t have a problem with the feat. 

He took the whole thing in stride, really just focusing on their goal. When I asked how the climb was, he stated with a smile “So basically I climbed the mountain in 2 days, from the elevation of 1800m up to 5895m. There wasn’t time for much else, we just wanted to reach the summit as quickly as possible with video and photos.” 

Once they successfully got the hot pizza to the summit, he then had the task to get the photos and video down the mountain as quickly as possible to be ready for Guinness World Records® approval and the press releases for Pizza Hut.

So how has Consea celebrated and recovered from his mountainous achievement of flying the Pizza Hut pizza delivery up to the summit by feet? He jumped into preparations for the next fantastic climb we have scheduled for May. Our She-Trekkers! A group of friends from different countries who have been training amazingly all over South Africa for months to get ready to reach Uhuru Peak. They have amazing enthusiasm and we know this will be a fun climb, full of laughing and encouragement. Ubuntu and Furaha will abound!

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Your Perfect Tanzanian Holiday

Next week we have a group heading off for the perfect TZ holiday – Big 5 safaris, climbing Kilimanjaro and beautiful tropical beaches. 

What is your perfect African adventure? We can help you build it!

Our latest group arrives December 7 and we start by heading out to the Serengeti plains, Ngorogoro Crater and Lake Manyara. December is the best time to visit the Southern Serengeti to catch the wildebeest migration. While this area is relatively quiet for most of the year, when the short rains arrive, it brings the herds to this southern region. It is the perfect place to start a safari for its close proximity to Ngorogoro Crater and Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Conservation Area is a multi-use region with the promotion of wildlife coexisting with the semi-nomadic Maasai people and their livestock herds. The crater is the world’s largest caldera and it has an amazingly high density of animals, including many threatened species. Lake Manyara is a stop well worth taking on the route between Ngorogoro and Mt. Kilimanjaro. While it is a small park without the animal density of other areas, the scenery and flamingos around the lake are beautiful and there is the chance of glimpsing the rare tree climbing lions.

Then to the mountain, to climb to the top of Africa. At 19,330 feet, Kilamanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain in the world. We will be climbing the picturesque Machame route over 8 days. It is a testing climb that traverses through 5 diverse ecological zones with different climates, flora and fauna. We do love this route, with its challenges, good acclimatization and beauty.

We will be finishing up this perfect holiday on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. We will be staying on the northern coast of Nungwi, which combines the beauty of Zanzibar’s tropical white sandy beaches with the rich fishing culture of the island. Nungwi is the perfect place for snorkeling, diving and other water sports; sitting back and relaxing with the waves and the sunsets, or exploring the old fishing village to watch the dhow builders and Swahili fishermen.

This is our perfect Tanzanian adventure this December… What will yours be and when can we take you?

 

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