Covered in mist, full of legends and mystery, Mount Kilimanjaro, otherwise known as the roof of Africa, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Locals on the slopes, the Chagga people, tell us of pygmies said to be no larger than human children, and who dwell on the mountain’s caves and ravines. These ravines, which have never been explored by tourists, are said to have been inhabited by mountain pygmies who survive by hunting and gathering.
Although mentioned in African legends, the earliest written records of the mountain date back to the second century when the Greek geographer Ptolemy wrote about the land beyond “Opone” and the great snow mountain in Rhapta.
The origin of the name “Kilimanjaro” remains unknown.