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Entries By seth waterfall


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Wrap Up Their Tanzanian Adventure

Well, we are closing out another great day on safari. The main difference today is that we are all going home instead of staying in a hotel.

It’s been a marvelous trip made exceptional with a very successful Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari. We had great animal viewing everyday and today we were up close with more elephants, giraffes and two female lions. It’s just been non stop action for almost two weeks.

We will be having one last meal together before leaving for the airport in about an hour and a half. Then it’s a long set of flights for everyone on our way back to the US.

Both of my Kilimanjaro climbs and safaris have been really special which is 100% due to the fun folks that joined RMI, and to the Dik Dik staff that goes way above what you could expect out of an in-country outfitter.

Thanks everyone!
RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Tallboy @eddiebauer @rmiexpeditions

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Ok last one I promise.

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Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Spend a Beautiful Day in Tarangire National Park

Hey there. This is Seth calling in from Kikoti Camp way on the far side of Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. We are on the last part of our trip here. Today on safari was great with lots of elephants very close to the car and plenty of other stuff to see in Tarangire. Weather was really clear today. No rain insight for us that’s for sure. About 90 degrees in Tarangire and totally clear skies almost all day long. We’re going to all meet up for dinner around 7:00 for our first evening celebration as a team. Tomorrow we’ll get up fairly early to head back into the city of Arusha back to the Dik Dik Hotel. We’ll have one more dinner together tomorrow night before we all head to the airport to be on the same flight out on KLM at about 10:00 tomorrow night. Closing in our last day of the trip. It’s been great. Not sure if everybody wants to leave but we are getting back to the USA. I’ll check in when we are heading out to the airport from the Dik Dik Hotel.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls in from Kikoti Camp, Tarangire National Park.


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Encounter the Lions of Ngorongoro Crater

We are wrapping up day two of our safari and its been really great! We all got up early and were out the door just after 7 a.m. It was a quick drive to the entrance of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and after checking in with the rangers we made our way up to an overlook on the crater rim. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky so the view was amazing.

Before dropping to the bottom of the crater we stopped at a Maasai village where we were welcomed with a dance and a song and then took a tour of their boma (enclosed group of huts).

Once we got down to the crater floor things started a little slow but after an hour we spotted the first of five Rhinos. They were progressively closer to the road as we encountered them. The rhinos were great but we still hadn’t seen any lions. That changed rather quickly as the day continued. We spotted a lone female who was up and moving within 50 yards of the cars. Then we drive up on four other females lying in the road! As we pulled up one of them even moved under our car to get some shade. That’s about as close as you can get!

Everyone has amazing pictures and videos to take home now and we still have two more days of safari!

What will we see tomorrow? We’ll keep you posted.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and team

The lion went under the truck.

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Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team Begin Their Safari

Hello! We have started the safari with a real treat. After being in Lake Manyara National Park for about 20 minutes we had a herd of elephants walk right in between our two cars. Enjoy the close-up video below.

They are really amazing animals and our group was really happy to see the giant pachyderms up close. We’ll continue on our game drive for another hour or so before heading to the Plantation Lodge for the evening.

Tomorrow we will head to Ngorongoro Crater and visit a Maasai Village. I’ll check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Pachyderms @rmiexpeditions @eddiebauer

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Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team Celebrate at the Dik Dik Hotel

Hello from the Dik Dik Hotel. We are all off the mountain and enjoying a fun evening recounting our adventure.
We awoke early this morning and were treated to a pancake breakfast with fresh fruit and coffee. After that we had a really fun closing ceremony with the Dik Dik staff.
There was a small matter of a three-hour hike to the park gate but it was enjoyable and there was no rain!
We were all pretty happy to get a hot shower after a week of camping and now everyone is looking forward to sleeping on a bed!
Tomorrow we start our safari at Lake Manyara and we will be staying at the Plantation Lodge. I’ll check in again from there.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Reach the Summit!

Hi this is Seth checking in from our last camp on Kilimanjaro. We are all down from the summit safe and sound.

We had a great climb that started off with a pretty good snow storm for Tanzania and ended with clear skies on top. Everyone made it to Uhuru Peak as well which was great. That makes 100% success for my two trips this season.

After the summit we had sunny skies back to high camp where we had a late breakfast and a brief rest. Following that we made our way down the notoriously steep Mweka descent trail to our final camp.

Of course we had a few rain showers get to us on the way down. That has just been the nature of Kili this season but we are all dry in our tents and planning on an early dinner.

Tomorrow we will head out in the morning and expect to be back at the Dik Dik hotel by early afternoon. Our safari starts the next morning!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls in from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Congratulations, Seth and climbers. Clean sweep to start the year!!  Have a great safari.

Posted by: Derek Fuller on 1/31/2016 at 10:46 am

Congrats team and Seth!

Posted by: Mike Riley on 1/31/2016 at 10:24 am


Kilimanjaro: Seth & Team at Barafu Camp Readying for Summit Bid

Jambo! We have just pulled into High Camp. Our tent sites are on the low side of camp so I’m calling the elevation 14,900’. The group did great again today. We have all been moving as one cohesive unit which will make the climb tonight go really smooth.

Our weather has taken a turn for the better with a clear night last night and an absolutely perfect morning. The team got a great view of the upper slopes of Kili at breakfast this morning and it looked so good they said, “If it was a President it would be Baber-ham Lincoln.”

They really thought that joke was funny, I think it’s the altitude kicking in.

We are up here with plenty of time to rest, fuel up and prepare for the long climb to the summit tonight. The next time I check in will be from up top so wish us luck!

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Seth Waterfall & Team at Karanga Camp

Good afternoon from Kilimanjaro. The group is all doing good after a really strong showing on the trail today. We are at Karanga Valley which sits at 13,100ft and is our last camp before high camp.

We tackled the Barranco Wall this morning and had a pretty smooth ascent up the steep slopes.  We climbed it in exactly 1.5 hours which is what we were aiming for. When we were about 2/3 of the way up we could look back down on last night’s camp which looked like a camp for ants.  The rest of the way felt like a dance off with a bunch of ups and downs.

Everyone agreed that this was the most picturesque day so far.

We’re all relaxing now before dinner and tomorrow we head up to Barafu Camp at 15,000ft. I’ll check back in from there.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Ascend to Barranco Camp

Hello! The team has moved camp once again and everyone is doing well. We had a long-ish (6.5 hour) day today and everyone handled it really well.

We left the Shira Plateau at 8:00 AM under cloudy skies. After a little bit we started to get some rain and I was sure we were going to get poured on all day but it tapered off after about 1/2 hour. The weather for the rest of the day was what I would call misty as we were in a cloud for the most part.

Our route climbed about 2500’ from our camp at a gentle grade. Our high point was 14,900’ at the base of a large lava tower. We grabbed lunch up there and the walked the steep downhill trail to our camp.

The team thought we might see some R.O.U.S.‘s at one point on the way down but we did not.

We are all looking forward to another great dinner provided by the Dik Dik staff and then a good night’s rest

That’s all for now.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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Yeah Meredith!  Good luck and enjoy from your buddy in Boston

Posted by: Mike on 1/30/2016 at 5:56 am

I have to ask, what is a R.O.U.S.‘s? Great to hear your progress.

Posted by: Patti Sandow on 1/29/2016 at 12:54 am


Kilimanjaro: Waterfall & Team Camp at the Shira Plateau

Rain, rain, rain that’s the name of the game on Kilimanjaro this month. The unseasonably wet weather has continued for another day. We only had it for the last 45 minutes on the trail though and we were eating lunch in camp for some heavier showers that came through.

Despite that the team is doing really well. We all came into camp together after a 4.5 hour hike today. The start of the hike was sunny and warm and the views were great for a couple hours. Before it got a chance to get too hot for us the clouds moved in and that kept the temps mild. That was perfect as today’s hike is up a fairly steep ridge formed by an old lava flow. The vegetation is pretty low to the ground too so if the sun is out you can really cook.

There’s a couple of scrambling sections that we did in the rain so that added a little challenge at the end of the day. Everyone handled those like the champs they are so no problem with slippery, steep terrain for these folks.

As I type this the sun is poking back out and warming our tents. Most of the team is relaxing and letting their bodies adjust to our altitude of 12,500’. Tomorrow we will head up again to 14,900’ before dropping to below 13,000’ to the next camp.

I’ll check in again there.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

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