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Hemingway Adventure

Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya

Michael Palin - Hemingway AdventureWoken, with tea, at twenty past five. Dawn comes like an old television set warming up.

Every time I look outside there’s a little more light in the darkness. By six-thirty we have the full picture and Kilimanjaro is clear enough for Richard to suggest we fly out to the mountain and get our pictures as soon as possible. By ten o’clock it will be hidden again.

As we drive down to the airstrip at the bottom of the hill the cattle are being moved out of the bomas to catch the morning dew on the grass. The Masai way of life looks idyllic on this dry, sun-sharpened morning, but Richard says it is much more like the Wild West than it looks. Twenty per cent of the Masai own seventy per cent of the cattle. These cattle barons are rich by African standards, some owning a truck or even a tractor.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya
  • Country/sea: Kenya
  • Place: Chyulu Hills
  • Book page no: 170

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