Sibusiso Vilane, our favourite climber and explorer, recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (the eighth time he has led a group), this time in the company of his daughter Setsabile.
Now 18 and in grade 12 at Penryn College near Whiteriver, Setsabile had last year joined the President's Award for Youth Empowerment which calls on members to participate in community service, skills development and adventure journeys. Sibu suggested that climbing Kilimanjaro would be an appropriate adventure journey. Setsabile accepted the challenge and embarked on a fitness program of hikes, running, and regular walking (with her mother at home along the streets of Nelspruit and with Peggy Parham here in the Waterberg). Besides Setsabile, the team of nine included three men and their sixteen year old sons. The group began on the 15 th of December, enjoyed excellent weather all the way, and summited on the 21st.
Sibu says "it was aweinspiring to see Setsabile get to the summit with me and the rest of the team. She didn't have much climbing experience but with all the hiking that she had done and the right mindset and self belief, she was always going to make it on Kilimanjaro."
Sibu will be leaving the Waterberg this year. He plans to keep on leading climbing expeditions – school hikes as well as more serious climbs. He'll continue his search and appeal for funding for future adventures such as Crossing Greenland and big mountain climbing expeditions. "Pan African Everest is my biggest dream, after which I would like to organize a Pan African Antarctica to the South Pole. Any contacts for sponsorship assistance will be most welcome. I have big dreams for myself and Africa, all to inspire and encourage Africans to strive to reach great heights in life." You'll find further information about Sibu and his plans at www.sibusisovilane.com.