|Charity Concert "African Impressions"|
|Herbert Werz, organizer of the concert in December 2005 in Gerlingen's Stadthalle: My intention was to get Gerlingen's inhabitants to know East Africa - through words and pictures in the event "African Impressions" . The accordion orchestra Baltmannsweiler accompanied the impressions with its "Kenyade" - "Music about Africa" - a tremendous experience for the ears.|
|On the traces of Johannes Rebmann (1820 - 1876), missionary in East Africa 1846 - 1875. Discoverer of "Kilima-Ndjaro" (Kilimanjaro), in Kisuaheli "big-white-cold". Johannes Rebmann's diary stimulated me to discover his way into the unknown interior of the country. Since 1969 I travel regular to Africa, on Rebmann's traces.|
|The location of the two missionaries Johannes Rebmann and Dr. Krapf from Derendingen near Tübingen/Germany was Mpia Rabai (New-Rabai), approx. 20 kms west from von Mombasa, Kenya. There started in 1848 a long excursion with eight attendants to discover the interior of the country. A walk next to lions, elephants, buffalos, hyenas, crocodiles, over mountains and through swamp areas with snakes and scorpions. Overnight stay under the sky, but always under the Lord's gracious protection. Johannes Rebmann always had his Lord with him. The target was to built a row of Missionarie's outposts from East to West Africa (Gabun), to work against the Islamization which had started already from the coast of the Indian Ocean. Approx. every 100 walk hours they wanted to built a Mission, with two to four missionaries each. On the way for the first station Johannes Rebmann saw after approx. 200 kilometers a noticeable white clowd that didn't move, while all other clowds drifted past. Johannes Rebmann was the only one in this expedition group who knew snow and ice. When he said to the english people that he had seen snow in Africa they said: "Johannes Rebmann has Malaria, he is ill."|
In the meantime I had been five times on the Kilimanjaro. Here a photo
of the "saddle" on 4.300 m height, which you reach on the 4.
day of your hiking tour.
The impressions on the mountain are totally different from the impressions down in the steppe.
| I am
fascinated of landscapes with all kinds of vegetation, but also of the
last large mammals in the wild, the living conditions for plants,
animals and human beings..
There are more than 40 different tribes, the best known the Massai, Kikuju, Luo and Giriama. Giriama (means "farmers") live near the coast of the Indian Ocean. Because of the two rainy seasons plenty of plants grow, and mostly twice a year.
|I will continue visiting East Africa, but the times for mountain climbing are over. I keep many wonderful memories, like eg.|
reaching Gilmans Point (5.700 m) - here
left a photo near the crater with little Thomas (12 years old) from Korntal. (It
counts for "been there", when you can look into the crater.)
the right site hair cut "on highest level" (5.895 m) on Uhuru
Peak at a wind sheltered place.