Thrusting 5,199 metres above the equator, Mt Kenya's gleaming snow-licked summits, rise past glacier sculptured valleys and alpine moorland riddled with clear tarns and trout-filled streams. Elephant, giraffe and eland roam its lower slopes, while the stunning vegetation - giant lobelias appear like spiky pokers - have made it a UNESCO Bioshpere Reserve. Small wonder it was deified by the local Kikuyu people, whose doors always faced what they believed was the seat of the god Ghai.
A unique world lies above the walls on the high plateau of Mount Mulanje. High granite towers and spires, stunning moorland forests and waterfalls gives the perfect trekking experience and was the backdrop of inspiration for Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”. With high tops and passes, pristine camps, this is a unique mountain journey with huge views across Malawi and neighboring Mozambique.
It's a heavyweight duel between the two tallest mountains in Africa. Kilimanjaro just across the border in Tanzania, narrowly wins the height contest at 5,896. But for hiking, we think it's Kenya that's the undisputed champion! Why? Well Kili is younger, has suffered less erosion, leaving it with walking routes restricted to long scree paths up the mountain. By contrast, Kenya's a maize of severely eroded valleys, streams and changing eco zones, dotted with unique flora and fauna.
As the highest point on Bali and the holiest mountain on the island, we trek the 4km to the summit for a sunrise over the spectacular Batur crater at 1717 metres with views across the strait to Mt. Rinjani on Lombok.
The rwenzori mountains lie on the border between Uganda and The Democratic Republic of Congo and are host to some of Africa's wildest wilderness areas. These spectacular mountains were formed 3million years ago whe crystalized rock pushed through the earth to develop what is now a mountain climbers paradise. If you are looking for pure, untamed adventure then look no further.
Mount Meru (4566m) is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and a much underrated mountain climb. It is a horseshoe-shaped volcanic crater with a spectacular narrow ridge and superb all round views. The cliffs of the inner walls below the summit are over 1500m high, and inside the caldera is a subsidiary peak called the Ash Cone (3,670m) that last erupted only 100 years ago.