Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Moshi is situated near the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I’m staying an extra week at the end of October to climb. Here are some facts about the mountain.

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa – Height: 5895 meters or 19,340 feet
  2. It’s the highest free-standing mountain in the world – rising 16 000 feet (4900 meters) above the plains at its base
  3. Location: 3 degrees south of the equator latitude and 37° East in longitude; near the Kenyan border, Kilimanjaro lies completely within Tanzania
  4. Area: 60 miles (100 kilometres) long & 40 miles (65 kilometres) wide, including all three separate volcanoes
  5. Age: The volcanoes began erupting about 2 million years ago
  6. Original names : Original Swahili name – Kilima Njaro & original Masai name – Oldoinyo Oibor
  7. The peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi are joined by a broad saddle 7 miles (11 kilometers) long
  8. Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes ever to break through the earth’s crust
  9. Best time to climb & seasons: All year round, but most avoid the rainy season: The long rainy season is from April to May, the short rainy season is mostly in November/beginning of December
  10. Within its greater ecosystem lies almost every kind of environment found on earth (over 5 kinds)– from tropical rain forest, Alpine vegetation, moorland, desert uplands, to snow and ice
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