Book Review: The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

September 28, 2011  By: Gretchen

Rick Ridgeway’s ‘The Shadow of Kilimanjaro’ isn’t just a journey through Kenya, it’s a journey through time.  The book begins with Rick and his traveling companions climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  It is the beginning of a walking safari that will take them all the way to the Kenyan coast.  He is accompanied by seasoned guides and trackers as well as rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Filled with the incredible adventures of meeting and observing animals while on foot, as well as descriptions of the stark beauty of Kenya’s magical parks, the Shadow of Kilimanjaro is a riveting read.  Ridgeway deftly augments the stories of his adventure with stories of Kenya’s cast of memorable characters; the Sheldricks, Tsavo warden Bill Woodley, KWS founder Richard Leakey (yes – of those Leakeys!), and more.  He tackles the oft-times controversial history of game management and poaching in Kenya, as well as the philosophical side of big game hunting.

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro is an armchair adventure that you won’t want to put down.  It’s a must read for anyone planning a visit to Kenya and for those with a passion for Africa’s flora and fauna.