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2014-01-29 09:53
Cape Town - Pole pole!! (slowly, slowly) is the well known mantra that encapsulates an approach to tackle climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

In this week’s episode of Top Travel, Janez overcomes merciless weather, a gargantuam physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenge that ultimately gives way to awe, pride, joy and euphoria as he summits Africa’s highest point.

In the episode, Jeannie and Janez split ways – Jeannie to the island paradise of Zanzibar and Janez for the top of Africa’s highest mountain.

It is an epic five day journey - Janez and the Top Travel television crew brave the sweltering heat of the tropical rainforest, the barren wasteland of the Alpine desert and finally the sub-zero temperatures of Uhuru Peak at over 5000m above sea level.

The Machame route up Kilimanjaro is one of the mountain’s toughest trails, recommended for fit individuals with advanced hiking experience; and after three months of rushing around the globe on Top Travel shoot, Janez tackles the massive task of Africa’s highest mountain.

"Day one and day two were all about observing what was close at hand because I couldn’t place myself. I didn’t even know where I was because everything is shrouded in mist" says Janez.

"Despite the harsh elements – the greatest obstacle the team faced was the altitude. Only 41% of people who attempt the climb actually make it all the way to the top. It was definitely a great feat and one to scratch off the bucket list," he adds.

Catch Janez as he ventures up Kilimanjaro on Wednesday 29 Jan at 20:00 on SABC3.

Top Travel is broadcast every Wednesday at 20:00 on SABC3

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