After lunch with great views, we went down on the other side and passed the tiny village of Shigatini.
Shigatini has some relics from the German colonial period, including a beautiful church and several old tombs of missionaries..
From there it was still a long way home. A tough day in hot conditions, but, also thanks to my guide, very enjoyable and a perfect way to get fit for Kili.
To my surprise the tour was not finished yet. After more than an hour we reached the edge of the mountain range.
We now looked to the north over Jipe Lake at the plains of Kenya, and to the east at the Southern Pare Mountains and the Mkomazi game reserve.
We started to get down. I asked what was the special place that we were up to, considering the huge efforts in the burning sun. And finally we reached a steep rock that apparently had been in use for sacrifices to the Gods a century ago.
When a childs first teeth started to grow at the wrong side the baby had to be left on top of the rock and when he turned himself he would fell down some 10 meters and die. Hmm, very interesting tour...
When we returned we visited the small but very lively local market of Usangi to buy some juicy sweet mangos. Great finish! and...ready for Kili!
The tours were not only about reaching the peaks, but also to show local life.
Besides a dozen encounters with local people at their homes (all acquaintances of my guide), we visited the secondary school, a pottery where women produce energy saving stoves, the local market and a sugarcane beer brewery.
Of course we had to taste the local alcohol at the brewery and to be honest -I thought it was less nice- but the locals loved it!