Monthly Archives: May 2017

Ride4Lions 2017 ~ Day 4


So there we were, with #Kilimanjaro towering sky-high in the south, and the magnificent green hills of the #Chyulu ranges at our backs. This was it: the final day of our Great Plains Conservation #Ride4Lions adventure, and I could hardly imagine a more perfect setting – anywhere in Africa – to top off THE #mountainbike stage tour of a lifetime. The only problem was – [...]

Ride4Lions Day 3 ~ Magical Mountain Splendour


Hemingway’s legendary ‘Green Hills of Africa’ was our view on #Ride4Lions for most of Day 3 as we headed straight from the exquisite Crater Camp into the towering #ChyuluHills. I wanted some high-angle views of the riders, so cranked off half an hour before the group into a #Kenyan version of mountain fynbos. With the early rays of light brushing the [...]

Ride4Lions Day 2 – In the Shadow of the Fire Mountains


Kilimanjaro – with Uhuru Peak at a dizzying 5 895m – rates not only as the highest mountain in Africa, but also as the highest free-standing peak in the world. When you’re cranking across the Kenyan plains, the three dormant volcanic cones of Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira rise against the skyline as an ever-present reminder [...]

Ride4Lions Day 1 – Where Wild Things Are


Amboseli National Park has been on my radar ever since my days of traveling vicariously via the pages of dozens of National Geographic magazines I devoured in our local library in Grahamstown. I clearly remember Wednesday afternoons when we had 3hrs of freedom to wander into town, and the musty, welcoming smell of books once [...]