deserts & mountains
grew up in the desert and there is a deep peace to be found in the more remote parts of the globe, whether that is high on a mountain pass or in that hole on the map. Wilderness is something that we crave, perhaps without realising it however it is a word often used and yet rarely experienced. Something happens when you turn that corner on a mountain trek and you distinctly leave the rest of the world behind. The same is true when you wake up in the desert, dwarfed by the immensity of scarcely inhabited landscapes.
Africa is home to many such places. They offer challenges and are not always comfortable however maybe that is rather the point. They require effort and yet they are achievable. At 19,300ft (5,800m) Kili is as high as most of us will ever hike. Is it fun, not really, is it an incredible sense of accomplishment, absolutely. Just down the road and at a respectable 17,000ft (5,200m) Mt Kenya has some of the most beautiful trekking in the region. Further afield, Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano that houses the largest lava lake in recent history and yes, you can hike to the crater rim.
The Sahara may be the most famous of the world’s great deserts and is the largest hot desert. Disappearing into the Air or Tibesti mountains, the Ennedi massif or the Tenere desert is not for everyone however for those who want to disconnect and slow down, this is as good as it gets.
More accessible, the ancient dune seas of the Namib and the untouched Kalahari showcase an unbelievable diversity of habitats and life for those looking to get off the beaten path.