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In one of my last hubs, I wrote about one of the places in the world I would like to visit one day . It felt so good that I decided that I would continue to share some of these places and there superb features with my readers. By now most people should now that I have a thing for mountains and nature in general; the nectar of our planet. I want to scale pass the northern African deserts and nest on one of the world’s largest dormant volcano, littered with snow and a flurry of vegetations and wild life contoured along its slopes; Kilimanjaro. Even the name sounds cool. Located in Tanzania, it’s one of the easy to speak of things about Africa.
Now apart from the fact that I adore mountains and eye-catching land forms, this was not the only reason why I found myself admonishing Kilimanjaro. It just had too many indifference's when compared to the world’s other tallest mountains, and in a continent most prolific for its already bounteous ecosystem. Now before I start to seriously describing why I believe Kilimanjaro is one of the best places to visit in the world, let me first give out some basic details of the African giant.
So yes, Kilimanjaro is found in Tanzania, a nation that benefits heavily from the wealth of their mountains flora and fauna. In fact approximately 45% of the whole nation’s income comes from tourism. This is from a number of nearly 50 million visitors per year. Wow huh? That means that there must be something special about this place to drive so many people to Africa’s roof. Oh yeah, that’s another thing. The mountain is A.K.A ‘Roof of Africa’; cool right? It stands 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) tall in the sky and is the 4th tallest mountain in the world by continents. There is then the eyebrow-raising name ‘Kilimanjaro’; what does it mean? Well the name is said to have come from a number of different sources. Among them are a combination of the Swahili word Kilima “mountain,” and the KiChagga word Njaro “whiteness. so I guess in some way you could call this White Mountain. There is also the name Kibo ‘KiChagga’ “spotted” referring to snowfields. Also Kilimanjaro in Uhuru translates to ‘freedom’.
All in all I’ll leave you to decide which three you prefer. The mountain is also home to three volcanoes; two extinct and one dormant named kilbo. The last eruption was about 360,000 years ago so you don’t have to worry, you won't be seeing any lava on your hike. As a matter of fact the entire summit was said to have been a volcano, which explains its overgrown cone shape. I don’t know but I think that it looks like a decapitated-inverted ice-cream cone; that is with the cream at the bottom. But that leads me to one more point. The mountain is said to be losing its snow, and fast too. Some scientists believe that approximately twenty years from now there won’t be any more white atop the mountain, and this I believe to be one of the mountain's best features. So if you’re planning a trip there you don’t want to wait too long!
Stay comfy in the mountains
Here's where it is
Would You go here?
King amidst the clouds!
More on the unprecedented
Now to the good part, why did I label Kilimanjaro as a must see. Well one more tiny fact for you; Kilimanjaro is actually one of the few places in the entire world that accommodates all possible ecological time zones in one place; tropical jungles, savannas, desert to montane forests, sub-alpine plants and the alpine zone above timberline. Isn't that amazing? So if you go to just one place you’ll find yourself experiencing evergreen forests due to the melting snow from above, whilst in another area you’ll see wide gaping savannas before you get to the unveiled deserts. An all in one package deal; all inclusive just for one plane ticket. Also, it’s because of this nearly unprecedented ecosystem why Kilimanjaro is also home to one of the world’s most bio-diverse habitats in one single arena; an explosion of rare and okay flora and fauna.
But I want you to focus on the white cap above the mountain; Kilimanjaro’s unparalleled plateau. It is here that the icing is. Its top is decorated with crystalline glaciers that thousands of visitors come to see every year. There is also the orange sun to look out at piercing a forrest of clouds you’d stand adrift. From there you could see way out into the heart of Africa. In fact, from what I understand; of all the highest peaks in the world, Kilimanjaro seems to be one of the friendliest mountains to climb. That being, the record is 7 hours and 14 minutes(up and down) held by a Spanish mountain runner Kilian Jornet. And get this it almost took him an hour and a half to sprint back down the 5,895 meters tall mountain. Now this doesn’t mean that we should all try to do this, but it just makes Kilimanjaro one of the rare options for natural sky scrapers enabling persons to have less need of heavy of protocols and packed bags as opposed to the rest of world’s 7 tallest. In fact if you’re healthy, all you need is a guide and someone to carry your bags.
From the bottom to the top!
My legs took me past fiddling savannas finding their way into my tightly fitted pants, tickling my giddy hair ends like ants.
The outsides of my boots now lay homage to smeared mud, as the desert behind disappeared like the end of a hug.
Up ahead tall canopies bowed to the cooing wind, their bright green turned pale blue further in the distance.
Like a king entering his domain the forests orchestra’s sundried at cosmic levels; monkeys chatted and bushels rustled; a zephyr danced with my clothes.
Hours passed my guide mitigated the task, up ahead was a wall of murky glass.
The Forrest shrunk, the sound of a rushing stream sprung, if heat was a test my body had flunked.
‘Over here’ ‘over there’ the man directed me. I didn’t lose my glee, the clouds were the new trees.
Before I knew it ice was all round, further up the guide shouted’ look’; sparkling prisms were Kilimanjaro’s crown.
The land was flat the air was cool, I gaped out into where the he pointed and stared with a drool. In one glare I saw Africa.
The orange sun smiled and the glaciers laughed back like a giddy child.