While it may be situated many miles away from any movie theatre, the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club has a front-row seat to its own kind of spectacle.
It was Kenyan paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey who pioneered the archeological exploration of their country’s lush Great Rift Valley. Their 2.5-million-year-old skeletal discoveries in Kenya and Tanzania were evidence that this expanse could well have been the cradle of mankind, and the very origin of us all.
Until a couple of years ago, Tal Dehtiar had no experience in the footwear industry. Israel-born and Toronto-raised Dehtiar, 31, has sold sandwiches on the beach in Chile, produced a radio show in Singapore, and built tree nurseries in Belize. He also obtained his MBA from Hamilton’s McMaster University. And the experience of building Oliberté has fulfilled his aspirations of creating an internationally successful, quality product made exclusively in Africa.
As with most gruelling undertakings, my decision to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro was one I made lightly and on a whim.