Something incredible happened this past week. 28 women from across rural Africa – from Cameroon, The Gambia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia – banded together to climb a mountain, both metaphorically and literally. The literal mountain was Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa’s highest peak. The metaphorical one was the land rights crisis facing women across rural Africa.
We all know the world is a pretty big place but there are simply times on the road when the penny drops and you realise just how incredible this spinning blue marble really is.
Physical challenges are nothing new to pro athletes Melissa Hickey and Katie Brennan. But this month, they’re taking on a different sort of challenge…
Travelling alone doesn’t mean you have to travel alone. One of the best ways I’ve found to explore a country, during my two years of solo travel, is to join a tour group.
Tanzania might not be a classic cycling destination, if only because cheetahs are usually faster than cyclists. Let’s change that…
Pedalling sets the perfect pace – you travel slowly enough to enjoy your surroundings but fast enough that they’re constantly changing.
A few days in, the group banter was as high as the Serengeti sun, but something else was heating up. The photo competition was on.
If you’re looking for Kili inspiration, this is it: the chance to climb Africa’s highest peak with a group of local women to raise awareness about inequality, land rights and climate change.
Technically, there’s only one way to climb Kilimanjaro: up. More specifically though, there are six: Marangu, Machame, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Northern and Umbwe.
It’s time to follow the trade winds and make tracks to the spice island of Zanzibar. And yes, that is as exotic as it sounds.