Dr. Anindita completed MBBS in 1993 and MD in internal medicine in 1999. She worked in a medical college in the department of Neurology and the department of Nephrology till 2002.In her first major climb to Kilimanjaro in January 2016, via the Machame route she met Frank. Convinced by their capabilities the duo decided to create Afrikan Adventure together. Being a primary investor in the organisation along with Frank, the company is registered under Tanzanian Government.
Frank and Anindita are partners and have a vision to help people climb this majestic mountain and see the amazing, surreal wildlife in Tanzania safely and have an adventure of a lifetime.
JUST WENT AND CLIMBED MOUNT KILIMANJARO !!
Dr. Anindita Bhateja
Started on 28th Jan 2016 and ended on 2nd Feb, thankfully of the same year!! Without a doubt this was the most challenging and toughest thing I have ever done. Challenge was not just physical but mental and emotional as well. I am not a mountaineer. This was absolutely the first time I was even attempting something of this magnitude with fear and excitement in my heart!! Started training from 6 th December and went for weekend hikes and went for long walks with a backpack, some strength training and some cycling on the side. Also did some deep breathing exercises.
Nothing trained me for the actual thing!! It was a mountain of a magnitude I could not even imagine!! For 3 weeks before I left I couldn’t sleep well at night due to fear of the unknown. Finally the day arrived and the climb started. By this time I had calmed myself enough to say that I was only going to try whatever I could do and will try thinking of reaching from camp to camp!!
First day we started and it’s a beautiful rainforest for about 18km. Took me about 6 hours to do it . Reminded me of Little Red Riding Hood going to her grandma’s house!! But as we had started late due to formalities to be completed, the last 40 min was in darkness with hyena calls!! Was scary and exciting!! Day 2 was supposedly a steep climb!! And steep it was from Machame hut to Shira camp. Rocks, rocks and more rocks. Passes and ravines were crossed and it was tough. By day 3, which was a 12 hour day for me, from Shira, up to Lava tower, steep descends to Barranco camp, at the base of Barranco wall!! I was exhausted and didn’t think I could do another day of this relentless and strenuous climb. By this time there was this guy, my guide, Frank, with me who was being seriously patient and wouldn’t give up on me. Next day in my head was the toughest thing I had to do, which was climb the Barranco wall!! Take the leap of faith, kiss the wall, which was the most exhilarating thing I had ever done in my life.
There was this seriously pro guide Frank because of whom I so thoroughly enjoyed this climb like I had never imagined that I would!! For me my climb got over as I had conquered the dreaded Barranco wall and my fear of heights. But the day was not over yet!! Had to reach karanga for a short break and then continue to Barafu!! If I thought that these last few days were hard, and the Barranco wall was tough, this karanga to Barafu was horrendous !! By the time I reached it was almost 8:30 pm. I was exhausted I could barely take a step forward. I actually broke down and told these guys to just leave me there and let me be. I felt like a prisoner of war who was going to drop dead due to exhaustion!! Again because of Frank, and I have no idea how, I reached the dinner tent. My entire group applauded my fear of reaching there conscious and in one piece . At this point I decided that no one in the group, my guide or porters needed to wait for another long haul for me the next day to summit and hence decided to stay back at Barafu.
Barafu was absolutely the worst camp. Rocky, steep, slanting, cold like hell and what not!! My group left around 2:30 am to summit, I stayed in the tent and shivered all night!!! I spoke to my family from Barafu and told them that I had consciously taken a decision not to summit and they were glad I had just survived this. Must have fallen off to sleep at some 5 am or so and then Frank, who had stayed back with me, came and woke me up and I saw the most beautiful sunrise ever!! Had tea and some breakfast. For the first time I also had some downtime . Sat in the dinner tent, had some breakfast, showed some pictures of my family, saw some pictures of Frank’s family and now that I wasn’t exhausted and was feeling great and thinking that I had achieved my target of camp to camp and actually reached the last camp, and this entire experience was almost over, and at this point made a friend for life with my guide . To me he helped me achieve my dream and conquer my fear!! Not a single gesture of impatience, rudeness or anything inappropriate in these last 5 days and nights. Then started the climb back . This too was not easy and was damn hard but by now when Frank was with me I could do anything. Next day I reached the hotel in Arusha, and saw a clean bed, shower, sink with running water in it, and these things took on a different meaning of luxury !! Till now there was just me, the mountain and God in the form of rock which didn’t let me slip, the boot of my guide which held my foot in place and the hand which was extended to help me climb up or down without asking!!
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WHY AFRIKAN ADVENTURE ?
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Guiding you professionally along the summit of Kilimanjaro and across the natural wildlife of Tanzania with years of experience in treks, safaris and mountaineering.
This East African country is famous for the vast wilderness portions. From the Wildebeest Migration to the Big5 and Tropical Beaches, it has all!
Safari is the most fun experience and primarily found everywhere in Tanzania. It’s the living style in East Arica’s second-largest nation and is undoubtedly for the decades. Many other destinations might envy Tanzania’s wildlife and landscapes.
From the exotic savannah destinations to the Serengeti, Tarangire to the beaches and coral reefs of Zanzibar, Tanzania safari is indeed a massive experience after another. If you are an adventurous freak, Tanzania safari is here to offer you the experience of a lifetime.
Are you excited about the tanzania safari adventure? But hold on! Before you discover the off-the-beaten-path gems such as chimpanzee trekking in the wild rainforests of Mohale and Rubondo. A crowd-free game is observing among the most beautiful wild and unique landscapes of Nyerere and Ruaha. Tanzania is a place that gives you fun all year round! So here are few key reasons that why you must visit the Tanzania safari?
WHAT DO TRAVELLERS FIND BEST IN TANZANIA?
Get a clear view of the Great Wildebeest Migration
If you love mystic wildlife, The safari itineraries are the best. It is a mind-blowing representation of wild nature which is quite extraordinary. The awe-inspiring event is the best terrestrial animal movement still on the earth- the herds are massive, which can be observed from space!
Enjoy the Big 5 sightings
The Ngorongoro Crater is a popular destination formed around 2.5 million years ago when the giant volcano exploded and collapsed itself. The Crater is the ultimate place in East Africa to view the Big5. It measures around 600 metres. Its best key points are as follows:
- It is East Africa’s one of the best Big5 sightings.
- It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
- It has some of Africa’s densest large mammal populations.
- Check out the best safari deals Tanzania and grab the chance to visit this fantastic tour.
Lesser Known Gems
There are parts in Tanzania that are less visited and not known much. These parks and reserves are best for intrepid safari-goers and those who have already witnessed the best family destinations in Northern Tanzania. There is so much you can do here, like fishing, walking, boating safaris, and off-roading and night drives. The key features here include:
- Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s top kept secret and the home to the country’s largest elephant population.
- Nyerere National Park can be considered as one of Africa’s best sanctuaries for the endangered wild dog.
- The Mahale Mountains or Rubondo Island is one of Tanzania’s unique safari experiences: chimpanzee trekking.
Most of the Tanzania safaris end with the most relaxing stay on the palm-fringed beach, lapped by the Indian Ocean’s warm azure waters. The days on safari might be long and dusty, but a sun-kissed tropical island is the best place to get your incredible times before heading back to everyday life. If you love the touch of lavish life, you can jump on the powder-soft beach in time for the sunset cocktails right after a great breakfast. Let’s give out a quick checklist:
- Mnemba Island: It’s a private island holiday paradise
- Pemba Island: It is one of the world’s best diving sites.
- Mafia Island: You can swim with the migrating whale sharks
- Zanzibar: It is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations.
The most popular Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro a must-watch in your bucket-list. This highest free-standing mountain on the entire earth rises to almost 6 kilometres above Tanzania's plains climbing to the Roof of Africa. It takes five or more days to finish the tour. There are so many exciting routes to the top with different tasks like mountain climbing and natural beauty.
Best Time to Travel
The adequate time to watch Tanzania's wildlife and Zanzibar's beautiful beaches should be known! If you are an adventure freak, you must travel from July to September to catch the river crossings of the Great Migration and for Spice Island sunshine. Your reasons to travel Tanzania doesn’t end here.
Visiting the Vibrant Tanzania!
The perfect season to catch a glimpse of this enchanting experience is in June or September for the crowd-haters. Head south and indulge in the most calm & peaceful national parks that are extremely quiet all year round. Outside the peak season, January and February mainly offer dry weather, and the wildlife emerges to make the most of the topped-up waterholes.
The adequate time to visit Tanzania depends on what wildlife you’d like to spot. The rains dictate the country’s seasons and the wildlife numbers, so you have a slightly different experience depending on when you select to visit.
Tanzania’s main attraction is the Great Migration which mainly takes place year-round across the Serengeti. Most of the masses visit here between July and September. You may also get a chance to witness the vast herds of the wildebeest and the zebra crossing the Mara River.
It also ensures to avoid the jaws of crocodiles and other predators as well waiting to pounce. You can also witness various vehicles in the park at this time of the year. So let us find out about the best time to do safari in Tanzania and the adequate months!
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Why Choose Us
It would help if you had a passport valid for at-least at least six months after the date of entry. Citizens of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and many countries in the EU require a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. Applications details are available on Tanzanian Embassy websites.
Tanzania is a highly safe country to travel in. Tanzanians are warm-hearted, and the most generous people and are eager to help and assist the visitors.
It is best to drink bottled water while travelling through Tanzania, which are the numerous brands and are widely available and served in all the restaurants and lodges.
The food served in safari camps/lodges depends on and varies, but its tasty, that is for sure. Gourmet cooks and bakes the best fresh bread and also produces soups, salads, and entrees that could easily grace the tables at the top restaurants worldwide.