The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

On Foot Across East Africa

Book - 1999
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In one of the most acclaimed travel and adventure books of the past year, Rick Ridgeway chronicles his trek from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean, through Kenya's famed Tsavo Park. His tale is, according to The Boston Globe , "a gripping account of how it feels to be charged by an incensed elephant and kept awake at night by the roaring of stalking lions." But it is more than an adventure story. The Los Angeles Times noted that "the pace of walking gives Ridgeway time to contemplate his great theme and the great men and women who have struggled with the conundrum of whether man can live at peace with the beasts." Ridgeway examines the effects of colonial expansion on the indigenous people, the landscape, and the animals, and contemplates the future for all of them.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1999, c1998
Edition: 1st Holt Paperbacks ed
ISBN: 9780805053906
Branch Call Number: 916.762 R544s 1999
Characteristics: ix, 288 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Kilimanjaro


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Apr 24, 2016

This is the story of a foot safari from Kilimanjaro to Malindi on the Kenyan coast. The majority of the trip is through the Tsavo National Parks, which are not that well known in the West, as far as I can tell. The author is a well known American mountaineer.

The book actually covers a wide range of topics relating to conservation and the impact of people on wildlife as well as the impact of the creation of the Tsavo parks on the indigenous people who traditionally hunted elephant there. (The Wata).

It's well written and has a diverse 'cast' including snapshots of some of the major figures in Kenyan Conservation since the war, like Leakey, Western, Woodley and Parker.

Descriptions of the trip are relatively lightweight but that doesn't detract from its appeal if you are interested in this region and it's wildlife.

Definitely worth a look.


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