The Mountains of Kong form a magnificent, impassable mountain range in West Africa.

Or illustrious cartographers from including it in historical maps.

Or Jim Naughten from photographing it.

The British photographer pretends the legend's true for the ongoing series The Mountains of Kong.

“It’s a sort of Shangri-La ruled by the animals,” Naughten says.

Scottish explorer Mungo Park first claimed to see the mountains while journeying near the Kong Empire in his 1799 book Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, which included sweeping illustrations by cartographer James Rennell.

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