MOHAMED AMIN, GRAHAM MERCER AND DAVID PLUTH
ISBN 1 874041 64 4
Nothing in Africa is as majestic and awe-inspiring as Kilimanjaro. This fabled mountain – Africa’s tallest and world’s 10th highest – which lies astride the Kenya-Tanzania border rises more than 5,800 metres into a clear blue equatorial sky, its crown of snow and ice ever beckoning and alluring.
Long before man’s earliest ancestors evolved in the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago, Kilimanjaro was born in the tumultuous series of volcanic eruptions across East Africa that also formed mount Kenya and the still active volcano called OL Doinyo Lengai.
Kilimanjaro’s summit was first scaled by Hans Meyer just over a century ago, and is now a Mecca for mountain climbing enthusiasts from all over the world who come to relish its challenge and revel in its extraordinary beauty.
A source of mystery from time immemorial – to this day nobody knows the meaning of its name – Kilimanjaro is the subject of many fables and legends and is home to the Chagga and Maasai people, two of Africa’s most colourful and fascinating communities – the one an industrious agriculture Bantu group, the other a Nilotic tribe of fierce and noble warriors and pastrolists.
Their engrossing history and the captivating beauty of Kilimanjaro and its natural history are portrayed here in all their glory through their magnificent colour photography of David Pluth and Mohamed Amin, while Graham Mercer’s compelling and often lyrical narrative delves into the many secrets of The Great White Mountain, a spectacle that has attracted and fascinated diverse peoples down the ages.