Written by Don Pinnock.
This will be about a journey to a mountain. It’s called Oldonyo Lengai, Mountain of God. So this is a journey to the mountain of god. Sounds pretty impressive. Actually it’s like no other journey on earth, not only because Lengai is an active volcano called God with an almost perfect cone, but because if where it is – in the Great Rift Valley, Northern Tanzania.
Its an area freighted with magic and a wildlife spectacle beyond imagination – the migration of nearly two million animals between the southern Serengeti plains and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. It’s also probably the birthplace of Homo sapiens – us.
As the Precision Air plane droned towards Kilimanjaro, my starting point, I ticked off the way stations ahead: Mount Meru, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, Lake Natron and Oldonyo Lengai. As journey’s go, this one’s going to be quite something. Landing beneath the glacier peak of the highest free-standing mountain on the planet – Kilimanjaro – was a good beginning.
In the plane I met Richard Hamman, who’ll be videoing the journey, and we were met at Kili Airport by Johan Phfal of Jenman Safaris who’s organised the route. Right now I’m on the wide veranda of Coffee Plantation Lodge watching Mount Meru playing hide and seek in the clouds. Tomorrow the journey begins….
Watch this space to find out more about Don Pinnock detailed safari and experience with Jenman East Africa.
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