Trek into Nuba 
Ian Mackie, 1994

The Nuba Mountains in Kordofan Province of central Sudan are among Sudan the most remote locations in Africa, far from trade-routes and civilization.

When Ian Mackie arrived here in 1942, his idea of Africa was firmly-rooted in the adventures of Livingstone and Stanley, and the stories of Rider Haggard. What he was to discover, as an Agricultural Inspector with the area the size of Scotland, would change his out look forever.

Undaunted by the hazards of trek, including scorpion stings and malaria, he set out to explore the remotest parts of the country, learning about the customs and rituals of an ancient people.

Mackie got as close to the people of the Nuba Mountains as any white man before since. And his belief in the sanctity of their way of life and commitment to improve their agriculture –is evident on every page.

He waged war against environmental disaster, carefully balancing the British government’s demand for more grain with the welfare of the tribesmen and their families. whose land was being destroyed by the ravages of soil erosion.

Mackei’s story of life among the Nuba, and of his journey into the hear of Africa, is an anthropological epic which has the power to enchant- over fifty years later.

Published by The Pentland Press
Edinburgh – Cambridge – Durham - USA
ISBN 18521 2006