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Runners See a Different Side of the Roof of Africa

Simon Mtuy knows every inch of the popular hiking routes that snake up the sides of Africa’s highest mountain. A Chagga tribesman who grew up in a small village nestled in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mtuy’s first job nearly 35 years ago was to porter equipment for international climbers aspiring to tag the peak’s…

Photos: Ice Climbing Kilimanjaro’s Disappearing Glaciers

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “Like climbing icebergs in an ocean of sand” is how ice climber and consummate adventurer Will Gadd described ascending the melting glaciers on 19,341-foot Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, in late October 2014. “The ice is really old, so it fractures very dynamically and easily—it’s…

Namibia, Africa’s Tourism Success Story

The Zambezi River curls by my deck at the Ntwala Island Lodge, dark river beneath a muted orange and red sun, dying to the African day. The river is laced with crocs, peppered with hippos, and surrounded by clouds of birds, cawing, screaming and cooing. There are super aggressive fish in the river—tiger fish that…

Two Friends Set Out to SUP and Kiteboard from Mozambique to Zanzibar

The KUZI Project is a 500-mile, self-supported stand-up paddle boarding and kite boarding journey up the coast of East Africa. Photographer-filmmaker Seth Warren and his good friend South African adventurer Kirk Hollis will travel a stretch of the Indian Ocean coastline—from Pemba, Mozambique to Zanzibar, Tanzania—that is world renowned for its wildlife, marine life, and…

Climbing Morocco: A 24-Hour Big-Wall Adventure with Emily Harrington and Hazel Findlay

Climbers Hazel Findlay and Emily Harrington are tackling big walls this month in Morocco. Recently they took on “Babel,” a 3,000-foot route in the Atlas Mountains, from the ground up. Here Emily shares their adventure. Read more about their expedition at http://www.neverstopexploring.com/blog/morocco/. Hazel and I attempted an onsight of “Babel” two days ago. I’m proud to…

Wings of Kilimanjaro: Prepping to Paraglide Down Africa’s Tallest Mountain – Part 2

This summer, a small international team scouted a route up Kilimanjaro for a paragliding attempt off the mountain, planned for February 2013. Award-winning adventure travel writer Jayme Moye reports in this two-part series. Read Part 1 Our team takes seven days, longer than most people spend hiking up Kilimanjaro, to reach the summit. We have…

Save the Elephants: Challenge 21 Climbers Find the Other Side of Wild

Chuck Yaeger stops by my tent at 4:30 a.m. Yaeger, a wild elephant that occasionally roams the Elephant Watch Camp for its tree snacks (seed pods), is a large bull. He is five feet from my head. I lay flat and quiet. Elephants can smell but have poor eyesight. A powerful step or sweep of…

Voluntourism: Luxury Meets Giving Back on Micato’s Heart of Kenya Safari

Take it from Micato Safaris, the high-end outfitter with a conscience: “luxury voluntourism” is not an oxymoron. Sort of. Starting this year, Micato promises to sponsor one Kenyan child’s education for every person who goes with them on safari. The volunteering comes with the “Lend a Helping Hand” trip extension. After 12 days sipping cocktails…

Jimmy Chin on Climbing Superstars Vs. Hollywood Stars

Climb with the world’s best alpinists and you’ll end up seeing the planet’s most beautiful, least visited places, such as China's Minya Konka massif. Climb with a bunch of actors and musicians on Kilimanjaro to draw attention to the global clean water crisis and you’re going to be number one on Twitter. Climber-photographer Jimmy Chin,…

Cartography 2.0: Volunteers Help Map Africa as Never Before

A high-tech mapping project canvasses the African bush The lioness coughed, and Mark Eveleigh looked up from his laptop. There were seven of them, 400 pounds each—that’s 2,800 pounds of feline—staring right at him. Eveleigh was in northern Uganda helping create a map of Africa, and like so many before him, he was risking his…