An estimated one million followers of South Africa's Nazareth Baptist Church are coming to the end of their annual pilgrimage.
They have spent the past two weeks on their holy mountain of Nhlongakazi, north of Durban.
The church, also known as Shembe, has an estimated 4 million followers, or amaNazarites, mostly Zulu-speakers.
The church was founded in 1910 by Isaiah Shembe, who died in 1935. Since his death, the church has split into several factions.
The pilgrims walk barefoot for three days, covering 60km and sleeping in the open. They build fires along the way, sing and burn litter to purify their surroundings.
Evangelists in green cloaks and reverends in collared, long-sleeved gowns accompany their "Ark of the Covenant" on its journey to the mountain top.
Devotees or preachers wear white gowns and headdresses made of animal skins. They carry traditional Zulu fighting sticks called izimboko.
Shembe women worship separately from men. They gather in a group and lay flowers on the hillside to remember the souls of the departed.
During the holy month of January, Shembe's followers do not eat chicken or bread. They worship, dance and make offerings. The men do not shave.
Pilgrims believe if they reach the mountain, God will ease their pain, enable them to find employment and keep them safe in the year ahead. Pictures and text by Alice Lander.