Author Archive | Peter Baxter

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route

Duration: 6 – 7 days The Rongai route  is somewhat less popular with tour operators the the southern routes thanks primarily to the fact that the trail-head lies at the northern edge of the mountains, and is remote and difficult to reach. The trail is picked up north of Kilimanjaro in a heavily wooded area […]

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Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

Marangu Route is on a certain level the easiest route, and probably the most popular route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s often called the Coca Cola Route because it is the only route where climbers can buy soft drinks and snacks at each stop on the way up.It is the most developed and organized route, […]

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Climate and Weather on Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is located just south of the equator, as a consequence of which temperatures at the base of the mountain remain fairly constant all year round. However, equatorial regions tend to have two annual periods of rainfall – the short rains and the long rains. The ling rains peak between March and April, tailing […]

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Fly Fishing in Sri Lanka

I am not sure exactly what put the notion of trout and Sri Lanka in my mind. I found myself in this country only to try and untangle an ugly Indian visa application nightmare, but I suppose as a fly fisherman, and since I had to be be in the country anyway, and of course […]

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A Reflection on Maputo

I found myself more reflective as we docked alongside Maputo, the capital of Moçambique, leaving behind the relative safety of South Africa – although safety is perhaps a misnomer, because there is nowhere on the accessible African circuit more dangerous than South Africa. In Durban, for example, as we were walking along the sidewalk, downtown, […]

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Posing with RR Book

Book Review of the Rhodesia Regiment History by Brigadier (retd) G. de V.W. Hayes CBE

RHODESIA REGIMENT 1899–1981 by Peter Baxter, Hugh Bomford, Gerry van Tonder Rhodesia Regiment 1899–1981 is a wonderfully written and marvelously illustrated history of that famous colonial unit, The Royal Rhodesia Regiment. From its origins in 1899, to protect the frontiers of Southern Rhodesia against Boer invasion, to final disbandment in 1981, following independence and the […]

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Battle of Mavonde

Battle of Mavonde – The Liberation version of Operation Miracle

First published in the Patriot in September 18, 2014, composed by Booker Tichazvipedza (this version was pirated). A version of the Operation Miracle, known in liberation circles as the Battle of Mavonde.  Part I THE Mavonde/Monte Cassino battle pitting a supposedly superior white Rhodesian Airforce against a crack ZANLA artillery unit was a duel fought […]

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