AMERICAN CITIZENS GET MARRIED ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO

September 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

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This is how it started…narrates Kara Lee: “Sometime back during the last Christmas in Minnesota, United States of  America, we had an engagement event with my hubby Richard Miller and committed ourselves that the wedding event must be done on the roof top of Africa and this is none other than Kilimanjaro Mountain”.

 

Thereafter, the duo started planning for this historic and unique event by raising money for their trip to Tanzania and in particular Kilimanjaro Mountain. They also informed their relatives about their plan to have their wedding on Mount Kilimanjaro of which they got the green light from them.

 

They arrived in the country last week and started their seven day Kilimanjaro expedition through Machame route on 20th September, 2014 and spend an overnight at Machame Hut waiting eagerly for their wedding on the following day.  Zara Tours Company based in Moshi, organized the Kilimanjaro climb.

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At Shira Cave where they arrived at around 12:00pm from Machame Hut, other Kilimanjaro climbers were excitedly waiting for this event, which was the talk of the day on Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Pastor Aloyce Mbugi from Tanzania Assemblies of God Victory Christian Centre in Arusha started the church service intended to bring together Richard Miller and Kara Lee as wife and husband. The pastor said that good foundation of having a good nation started at the family level and urged the new couple and other invitees to live by that principle.

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Escorted by their witnesses Ansigar Mtandika and Neema Njau, the newly expected couple went towards the altar where the marriage oath was taken.

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The groom Richard Miller is seen putting the wedding ring on the bride Kara Lee on Mount Kilimanjaro.

“Kara Lee from today onwards you are my beloved wife, I will take care of you during happy and hard moments of life until death do us part” said Richard while putting a wedding ring on the finger of his new wife.
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Kara Lee places the wedding ring on her new husband on Mount Kilimanjaro.

“Richard Lee from today onwards you are my beloved husband, I will take care of you during happy and hard moments of life until death do us part” said Kara while also putting the wedding ring on the finger of her new husband.

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It is now time to have wedding cake on Mount Kilimanjaro

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Chief Park Warden for Kilimanjaro National Park Erastus Lufungulo (far right), the Director of Zara Tours (middle), the porters and guides are singing and dancing for the new couple.  Celebrating the first marriage to ever take place on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is also known as the “Roof of Africa”.  Afterwards there was champagne (sparkling grape juice) to wish a good life to the new couple followed by photos and finally a buffet for the new couple and all other invitees.  This ended the three hour wedding event.

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Champagne (sparkling grape juice) to wish a good life to the new couple followed by photos and a buffet for everyone.

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Reading the wedding card signed by everyone at Zara Tours

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The newly married couple pauses for a photo holding the wedding certificate and a wedding card, with flowers.

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Chief Park Warden for Kilimanjaro National Park Erastus Lufungulo (far right) and TANAPA’s Corporate Communications Manager Pascal Shelutete (second left) poses in a picture with the newly married couple at Shira Cave shortly after they exchanged vows on Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Richard and Kara spent their first night as husband and wife in their tent on the great mountain. Today they are continuing with their Kilimanjaro climb up to Baranco point and they are expected to summit on the rooftop of Mount Kilimanjaro on 24th September, 2014 and descending out at Mweka Gate on 25th September, 2014.

“They look energetic and determined to reach the peak and I believe they will make it” remarked Teophil Karia, their guide from Zara Tours who organized the climb.

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ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps.  Zara has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS is proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience.

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