John Sheff photo

"Pale Blue Dot" image

East Africa, 1989:

"You Can Find Me In Mombasa, In A Barroom Drinking Gin"



Trip Dates: 1989 Aug.

Outfitter:  Above the Clouds Trekking.


  • Land: $
  • Air: $

Itinerary: Visited Mombasa, Kenya, and Indian Ocean beaches; went on safari in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania with Judy and Lou (boy, that guy could DRINK!); visited Olduvai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater; climbed to Uhuru Point to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft.), with Valerie, Merry, John, Steve, and Mike.

Fellow Travelers:


Lion sleeping

On Safari in Ngorogoro Crater, an ancient volcanic caldera. The savannah here and in the adjoining Serengeti Wildlife Preserve is teeming with life. But sometimes, even an apex predator needs a break.


John at Olduvai Gorge

"The Dawn of Man". Louis and Mary Leakey found some of the oldest hominid stone tools, dating back to 3 or 4 million years ago, here in Olduvai Gorge.


John on summit of Kilimanjaro

 John at Uhuru Point (5,895 m / 19,340 ft), the "true" Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 1989 Aug. It is estimated that, due to climate change, this snow will have largely disappeared by 2015-2020.