From Platberg to Kilimanjaro: Via Mount Stanley, Mount Kenya, and Mont-aux-Sources

· Walk in Wild Places
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On his way to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Harry climbed in Tenerife, Morocco, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya. But long before that, as a child, he stood on the summit of Mont-aux- Sources, and thought he was on top of the world.

On his travels, he argued with park authorities who refused to let him climb Teide - because it had snow on it! Got scrubbed in a hammam in Tangiers by a matronly figure. Who washed everywhere - yes, even there… Drank tea with a marijuana farmer in the Rif Mountains. On Jbel Toubkal his fingers got so cold they stopped working. In the Simien mountains he became a language teacher. And on Kilimanjaro, where a simple bite on an energy bar left him breathless, he wondered why he took so long to get around to climbing this spell-binding mountain.

Harry shares some of the problems he had with trek organisers. Like running out of food on the Rwenzori Mountains. Handing over tips for porters that were apparently part of the trek but never seen. Putting up with inefficient equipment on Kilimanjaro. He covers each day’s trek, tells the history of the first ascents and naming of the peaks. And shares observations made along the way. Some of which will make you smile and others which will touch you emotionally.

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1 review
Berthold Kaib
November 6, 2021
A fascinating read for everyone interested in venturing on Africa´s mountains: from Tenerife over to Marocco; mount Kenya via Rwenzori to Kilimanjaro Harry´s experiences make this book a great - and unfortunately too fast over, as it is a page turner - read for all of us who like to explore nature, wilderness and mountains and gratify this experience with meeting and caring for and laughing with the local population. I wish Harry success with his Company “Walk in wild places” and many a great company to join him on his endeavors and walks.
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About the author

Harry Loots was born in Harrismith in South Africa, where he took his first steps up a mountain. He has lived and worked and climbed in South Africa, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.

He currently lives in Zürich in Switzerland with his girlfriend, Barbara. They spend most weekends and holidays in the mountains. Harry shares their experiences in his blog, Mountain path (

His three children are all grown up. He's a proud grandad to six lively young people. Some of whom may become climbers like their Grandad...

Harry recently started a company organising trips to African mountains. He has a simple philosophy for having started the company: to connect people who love the mountains with Africa's greatest mountains; and to make sure that the guides, cooks, and porters who support them, get a wage worthy of their efforts. (Sadly, many of the guides, cooks and porters are desperate for work, and will work for a quarter or less of what they should be paid. Often, they have to provide their own food and equipment while on the mountain, so that the less ethical tour operators can put extra money in their own pockets.)

His company is called Walk in Wild Places (, and he would love to help you get to the top of Africa's mountains.

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