Laura Prepon certainly isn’t afraid of adventure!
The Orange is the New Black star is a self-professed adventure-travel enthusiast, but she didn’t know exactly what she was getting herself into when she suddenly decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro — Africa’s highest mountain.
“I tend to do things on the spur of the moment,” she told Travel + Leisure. “I was hanging out with [my friend] Roberto [Santos], and he said, ‘I’m going to climb Kilimanjaro in Africa, want to go?’ And I was like, ‘Sure!’ And then I came home and Googled it, and I was like, this is a full-on mountain! It’s almost 20,000 feet, which I didn’t know. I’m not a climber. I just like adventure.”
The Watchung native boarded a plane to Tanzania and spent the first seven days of her trip hiking the imposing mountain.
“Summiting Kilimanjaro was so hard the last day, because you have to ascend 5,000 feet in one day, since it’s too dangerous to sleep at those altitudes,” she continued. “So we left at midnight and climbed for seven and a half hours. At 20,000 feet, you’re like, losing your mind because of the altitude; the human body is not supposed to be at that high of an altitude. But when you summit, something happens to you that’s so incredible. It’s such an accomplishment.”
The celebratory group toasted their achievement with traditions customary to the region.
“We had barbecue goat,” explained the actress. “And we drank my favorite cider I’ve ever found in my life, which is called Savanna Dry Cider.”
But after roughing it for a week, the 36-year-old was ready for some of the finest creature comforts available on the African continent.
“We went to Ngorongo Crater and stayed at andBeyond Crater Lodge, which was one of the most gorgeous hotels I’ve ever been to. Then, we went to central Serengeti, where we stayed at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, and it was just unreal. We were at the pool, and an entire herd of elephants just walked by, like, no big deal.”
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