Mountain Kilimanjaro of Africa

The Tallest Mountain in Africa.

Dream as high as the Mount Kilimanjaro of Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro, a snow-capped mountain at 19,341 feet (5,895 meters) is the tallest mountain in Africa. It is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Noteworthy, the peak is located in East Africa, near the border of Kenya and Tanzania, but falls entirely within Tanzanian soil. The name is a mix of the Swahili word, ‘Kilima’, meaning “mountain,” and the KiChagga word ‘Njaro’, loosely translated as “whiteness.”

Who discovered Mt. Kilimanjaro?

Johannes Rebmann and Johann Ludwig Krapf, German missionaries and explorers were the first Europeans to discover Mount Kilimanjaro in 1848.

In May 1849, News of Rebmann’s discovery was published in the Church Missionary Intelligence but was disregarded as mere fantasy for the next twelve years.

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True or False?

Considering the geographical climate of Africa, the Geographical Society of London, held that snow could not possibly occur let alone persist in such latitudes and considered the report to be the “hallucination of a malaria-stricken missionary”.

Further expeditions by researchers into Tanzania later regarded Rebmann’s statement as a fact.

Subsequently, many tourists come to Tanzania every year to climb Kilimanjaro.

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Facts about Mountain Kilimanjaro {Did you know?}

  1. Mountain Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa (5895m) and the highest free standing mountain in the world.
  2. It ranks as the fourth highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest leads as the first highest mountain (8848m).
  3. Did you know the mountain is a dormant volcano which is comprised of three volcanic cones, Shira, Kibo (on which Uhuru summit stands) and Mawenzi?
  4. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and has possibility of erupting again.
  5. Prices for Kilimanjaro climb varies and can cost anything from $1000 to $4000 and above.
  6. Annually, approximately 1,000 people are evacuated from the mountain, and about 10 deaths are reported due to altitude sickness.
  7. It takes between five to nine days to complete the mountain.
  8. Best Trekking Months are January-March and June-October.
  9. Most importantly, January-March is generally colder than June-October and there is a higher probability of encountering snow on the summit.
  10. Temperatures decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 degrees Celsius). Mount. Kilimanjaro’s altitude alters its weather.
  11. Johannes Rebmann and Johann Ludwig Krapf, German missionaries and explorers were the first Europeans to see Mount Kilimanjaro in 1848.
  12. Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller reached the summit of the mountain in 1889.
  13. According to the Guinness book of records, Robert Wheeler (USA, b. 15 March 1929) aged 85 years 201 days, was the oldest male to reach the summit of the Mount. Kilimanjaro on 2 October 2014. It took 5 days for Mr. Wheeler and his team to reach the summit.
  14. Russian born, Angela Vorobeva, is the oldest female to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro in October 2015 at the ripe old age of 86 years 267 days.
  15. In March 2018, 7-year-old Montannah Kenney from Austin, Texas set a new world record as the youngest female to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, breaking Roxy Getter’s record which was set in July 2017.
  16. The services of a registered guide and porters to carry tents, gas, food and trekkers gear is required to get to the peak of the summit.

The Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

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