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A walking safari in Kenya

Scrambling up on the rocky outcrop was not easy. The stones were loose and crumbling, the bushes thick and unyielding. Most of all, I was alone. I kept telling myself that: I'm alone on a 4,000m mountain plateau in the heart of Africa, and I have wandered off the path. At the top, I sat down on a flat rock and enjoyed the spectacular view across the Aberdare national park. The sky was a miraculous deep blue, broken only by the silhouette of an Augur buzzard cruising along some invisible air current. I scanned the grasslands below: no elephants or lions to be seen. For many years, most tourism in Africa has had a very simple arc: you drive in a 4x4, bouncing up a track, then sit and watch a group of animals. Then you do it again. It is a model that evolved out of the colonial-era hunting experience, the guns being replaced with cameras (though not entirely – big game hunting is still going on). But Africa is changing, and fast. Old ways are being dropped. And nowhere more so than …

George Adamson’s indomitable lion spirit lives, 25 years later

This weekend the world marks the 25th anniversary of the death of legendary George Adamson, whose work with lions - alongside his wife Joy Adamson - made the couple ‘immortal' in the world of conservation.

For several years now George Adamson's legion of fans have celebrated his life and accomplishments by doing pilgrimage to Kora National Park in Tana River County, where George and Joy's camp was located back then.

Like the Biblical grain of wheat, which must die to bring forth new and better life, George Adamson's horrific death inspired a legion of conservationists the world over.

Indeed, he was the poster child of Kenya's conservation prowess for decades and put the country on the world map. His image as a sun-gnarled figure with mane of yellow white hair usually dressed in shorts and sandals with the signature smoking pipe and whisky remains immortalized.

The conservation icon and his wife, Austrian-born artist Joy Adamson, are best known through t…

Makalia Adventures · Safaris and Tours · Road and Air Safaris · 5 Days Sweetwaters/Lake Nakuru/Maasai Mara

Makalia Adventures · Safaris and Tours · Road and Air Safaris · 6 days Amboseli - Tsavo / Naivasha / Maasai Mara

Rwenzori mountains: 'Africa's Alps' melting away

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"We are the last few who will climb on the ice, it is going so fast," said Medenge, after scaling the treacherous ridge up Mount Stanley, part of the dramatic Rwenzori mountain range straddling the border between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

At 5,109 metres (16,763 feet), Stanley's jagged peak is the third highest mountain in Africa, topped only by Mount Kenya and Tanzania's iconic Kilimanjaro.

But experts warn the ice is melting at "disturbing" rates, and that within two decades Africa's equatorial peaks will be bare rock, impacting agriculture and tourism.

"Every year the ice grows smaller," 54-year old Medenge added, who has been climbing the range since a teenager.

Ancient Greek geographer Ptolemy in Alexandria wrote of the snow-capped Rwenzoris around the second century AD, dubbing the mysterious peaks the "Mountains of the Moon", and identifying t…