Issue 47 Summer 2009

Summer 2009

Kilimanjaro - our guide to get you there • Samburu surprises • Sao Tome & Principe • Afloat in Luangwa • Cape Town - old city, new tricks • Botswana's great migration • Namibia's wild horses • Your guide to Malawi • Mozambique accommodation... and much more!

Kilimanjaro - Reaching new heights

Edition 47: Summer 2009

When word of a snow-capped mountain on East Africa’s equatorial plains reached Europe in the mid-19th century, the public, and London’s Royal Geographic Society, scoffed at such an unbelievable notion. Although Kilimanjaro is now one of Africa’s greatest icons, it must be said that the idea of it is no less astounding. Incredibly, the sense of disbelief in people typically reaches its zenith when they first set eyes on the mighty mountain. Whether catching a glimpse of it on a clear day from Nairobi, some 200km away, or witnessing its glaciated summit suddenly materialise on a bed of clouds, appearing to hover almost five kilometres above a golden savannah peppered with elephants, Kilimanjaro seems more fit for a dream than any reality. Fitting then, that Africa’s tallest mountain plays a part in so many people’s dreams.

Each year, thousands of visitors attempt to fulfil their lofty ambitions by climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain and one of the planet’s coveted Seven Summits. Although there is much working in their favour – a mild climate, easily accessible slopes, an abundance of porters and guides, and no need for technical climbing abilities – many don’t make it to the top. Jeremy Gane, the man responsible for recently getting all 34 of the Comic Relief team to the summit, and someone with more than twenty Kili climbs to his name, is here to help you stand on the top of Africa. 

Walking the fence
In more ways than one, man meets nature at Khumaga. Follow James Gifford as he explores an area of Botswana that was once the stomping ground of Africa’s largest herbivore migration. What he finds may surprise you.
Riding high
As Dale Morris discovers on his latest trip, there are usually two sides to every story. And in South Luangwa National Park’s case, what stories they are!
Samburu surprises
Few safaris include camels, bi-planes and elephants working as landscape architects. That said, Samburu National Reserve and the surrounding Northern Ranchlands Trust is no ordinary place. Brian Jackman visits this outstanding region and learns how tourism, wildlife and locals are working together for a better future.
Grabbing Cape Town by the routes
Tour company Coffeebeans Routes aims to give visitors a deeper understanding of South Africa’s Mother City by connecting them with local personalities, including gardeners, artists, soccer coaches and jazz musicians. Simon Richmond investigates.
Atlantic aspirations
São Tomé and Príncipe, which make up Africa’s second-smallest country, are just what tropical islands should be: lush, green havens of sun, sand and surf. However, as Emma Gregg discovers, they are so, so much more.
Wild at heart
Namibia is known for many grandiose things – the Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei, Spitzkoppe – but wild horses are not one of them. Should they be? Text and photography by Kristel Richard.
Contemporary crossroads
Africa’s modern culture may be last on the list of reasons why most people visit the continent, but for Amy Karafint it clearly sits on top. Here she explores Dakar’s contemporary art scene during the biennial Dak’Art exhibition.
Essay - one man, two countries
Looking through the eyes of one Libyan, Anthony Ham examines how Gaddafi’s dynamic shifts in government policy have transformed the basics of life in this proud North African nation.
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