Mountains and matatus in sub-saharan Africa

Noble Savage


A clap of thunder tore through the charged atmosphere....

Dive with me into the clash of cultures along the trails and waterways of inland Borneo... Read the rest


The view as we flew over the Kenyan border was to die for: On our left, Kilimanjaro jutted majestically above its cloud skirt, whilst looking the other way gave us our first mesmerising view of Mount Meru’s cavernous caldera and knife-edge summit ridge. Months of anticipation turned to a buzz of excitement as our eyes wandered to its summit...

Follow in my footsteps as I trek to Meru's snow dusted summit: precipitous ridges, stunning vistas and a face to face encounter with a wild giraffe... Read the rest


Four months hiking and travelling by local transport through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana and Lesotho... Jump aboard for a kaleidoscopic overland from Great Zimbabwe's medieval ruins to South Africa's gold mines; dining along the way on lake flies, caterpillars and a local brew resembling alcoholic porridge.

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Cape Town?  Great Zimbabwe? 

Both Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, its feisty little sister, are deceptive in their scale.  Perhaps it is because they are free standing mountains, rather than being part of a range.  Meru, in particular, when viewed from Arusha, looks as if it could be climbed in a day.  Pack a lunch and be home for tea…

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